Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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925 Ratings
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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 43
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Faro |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002

ABV varies slightly
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Photo of ajm5108
2.27/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Way too much vinegar on the nose. Sugar rush up front, very fizzy, like drinking a cheap pop, but then the vinegar returns on the end. Sugar and vinegar. Not the best combination.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany brown in color with nice clarity. A fingernail of dull white caps it off. I smell dark candy sugar and a bit of an acidic edge. I taste sweet dark candy sugar and that intensity really builds as it reached the back of the palate. The mouth is very dry, crisp, and carbonated.

Photo of ScaryEd
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper color with a medium two-finger white head.

The aroma is tart with notes of vinegar and black cherry. The brown sugar is very faint but it is there.

The taste is tart, but the sweetness of the brown sugar really comes through. Plenty of black cherry notes with just a hint of vinegar on the finish.

The feel is fantastic. It is very well carbonated with the alcohol being all but undetectable. I have an extremely dry finish after every sip.

Overall, a surprisingly good beer. Pretty straightforward but delicious nonetheless.

Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed on May 24th, 2015 from a 355ml corked and capped bottle labeled LF06NFA, which indicates it was bottled on June 6th, 2014. Poured into a Firestone Walker Teku glass.

Beer is a deep honey amber, fairly clear. A two-finger white head of amazingly fine bubbles forms and is slowly reduced to a slight crown around the edges which nonetheless provides some sheeting and clingy bubbles with each tip of the glass.

Aroma is tart, sweet and funky. Notes of red wine vinegar, strawberry and cherry.

Flavor is likewise sweet and sour, with brown sugar being the most prominent flavor component at the beginning and end. In the middle, there is a wince-inducing sourness
that lingers into the aftertaste, getting more acidic as it fades. Sour cherries in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well-carbonated. If the beer is held on the tongue for a few moments, a mild carbonation burning develops.

Not as complex as some lambics and sour beers I have had, but definitely worth a try if one is into sour beer.

Photo of captaincoffee
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber with thin head which quickly disapated. Full funky aroma...much more than expected and a lot more brett than I get from many wild ales. Also some grape skin and musty odors like the storage cellar of a brewhouse. Taste has some nice sour notes, but is naturally overcome by the syrupy sweetness. I really wish it was a little less sweet, which would have made it much more drinkable. I also couldn't help but wish the other Lindemans products (fruit lambics) had this level of funk.
Mouthfeel and finish were quite good. Overall, interesting and almost very good, but it is still a faro after all. I think this would be rated much higher if not for the reviews from people who didn't know what to expect from this style.

Photo of KeithE
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap yesterday and it was quite good. I was pretty conservative with my rating. Maybe the bottled version doesn't stand up to having it directly from the keg.

Photo of AirBob
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Notes from 3/9/15

A - About one inch of bubbly off-white head. Burnt orange body with golden hues around the edges of the glass. Good amount of visible carb. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Tart lemon and lemon rind. Tart cherry and red wine vinegar. Musty woods. Stale peanut shells.

T - Sweet honey and brown sugar. Sweetened lemonade. Tartness. Syrupy medicine. Damp, earthy woods. Tart lemon to more sweet honey.

M - Syrupy but not sticky. Low carb.

O - Having no point of comparison. Interesting beer but not really something I'd pick up again. Like the tartness and funk and layered flavors, but the sweetness is a little much.

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Head small, very short-lived. After a few seconds almost completely reduced in the middle of the remaining small amount of glass bubbles.
Smell very dry, grapes, cherries, sugar, slightly candied fruit, floral notes but also dark, old lemon.
Saturation more than average, nice tickles the tongue. Faro taste is amazing, light tea with lemon, grapes, sour cherries in sweet pickle, cherries, raspberries, old, watery - stewed fruits strawberries. There is also a sugar candy, slightly scorched. Each sip brings a light stone bitterness, and the finish is heavily seasoned, very stimulating sour taste buds and salivary glands. Alcohol very well hidden. Smooth texture and even velvet, super.
In Faro, you can either love or hate them. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Photo of Ian_B
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Colour of deep amber brown. Translucent with particulates, a weak head but a decent ring of retention.

Aroma of darkening black walnuts or their shells; something I'm sure few people will understand.

Taste very similar. I guess I should try Belgian candi sugar to understand what it is that flavours this beer. Slightly sour, but mostly sweet with the very odd flavour of black walnut. Don't know how else to describe this beer.

Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid beige head, good retention, lots of lacing. Brew is crystal clear and a fairly dark amber color. Tons of bubbly action.

Tart, acidic, and slightly sweet aroma. Reminds me of honey and berries. Nice, moderate wild yeast aroma.

Extremely sweet! Like biting into a juicy tangerine. Lots of sugar and juice, with a bit of a citric bite following. Very little, if any, funk.

Silky, not quite syrupy, feel, relatively light, with a long wet finish.

This is a very tasty beer, but I can see why Faros are rated lower than other Lambics: it's extremely sweet, and there's less of a wild yeast presence. Still, I could easily see this replacing mimosas as a breakfast drink. Light, sweet, low ABV; not a bad beer at all.

Photo of Locke
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

To say they overdid the sweetness is an exaggeration. Sour does nothing to overcome its syrup-like feel and taste but in the farthest reaches of aftertaste.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip. A dark reddish bronze with a finger of quick-breaking white bubbles. Not a bad brettanomyces aroma. Green grapes, cherries, barnyard, some darker fruit, big brown sugar sweetness which portends things to come.

Palate is unfortunately far too sweet although I recognize that this style is supposed to be loaded with candi sugar. The tasty fruit notes on the nose do reveal themselves, with vibrant cherry, ripe pears, and hints of tangerine and lemon providing interest above and beyond the pervasive caramel flavor. I will say that the sour element improves over the course of a glass, presumably as one habituates to the sugar. The pear note starts to shift to something less ripe and some of the horse blanket shines through. Medium body with a perception of added thickness due to the sugar. Mellow carbonation. Finishes mildly tannic, vinous, fairly tart with an apple cider vinegar echo.

The fruitiness is a strength and this brew has some nice sour character if ones goes looking. Well-crafted if ultimately leaving one yearning for a legit gueze.

Photo of Wanne
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like a lambic or gueze, and looks the same. However, the addition of too much candy sugar makes it too sweet for my taste. Little disappointed...

Photo of infinitebruner
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

December 28, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Medium to deep amber, about an inch of slightly off-white head with very strong retention. Some slightly reddish hues are also present.

S – Barnyard, horseblanket, more barnyard. The Brett is strong with this one. I could smell it from five feet away after pouring it into the glass. There is some mildly sweet-dark fruit, cherries, perhaps a hint of tangerine. No hop aroma.

T – Very, very sweet, sugary. I assume residual, unfermented candy sugar. The funkiness takes a back seat. Slightly fruity component to the sweetness, like cherry or apple juice. No hop flavor.

M – Very light carbonation, which means there’s not much to offset the high sugar levels, and this comes across as cloyingly sweet.

O – This is a difficult beer to drink because of the unbalanced level of sweetness, in spite of the wonderful aromas. Seems like it mind blend well with a darker beer for some interesting concoctions, but alone it is not great.

Photo of JLSIV
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in my favorite beer haunt in the bottle. Wanted to try this type.

Poured into a tulip glass, I had more fuzziness than a head that some of the other raters/reviewers are talking about. No lacing at all. Head disappeared into small ring of effervescent bubbles.

Aroma has a hint of sour with a sweet, fruity background, almost similar to a sparkling wine.

Taste was more sweet than sour, but with a little almost brett background….as it warmed, I got some of the "horse blanket" smell and taste, similar to Orval's. It was pleasant, however, just not really what I was expecting. More sour than the other fruit lambics by Lindemans'


Very medium body, finishes rather crisp, almost like a dry cider.

Overall, I would try again on tap, but probably wouldn't buy in the bottle. As I said, wanted to try this style, and it is harder to find.

Photo of tillmac62
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a slight garnet hue. Excellent head, lacing and retention. The nose is a light white wine like sweetness with grape and berry notes. Light medium body with a touch of creamy texture. Normal carbonation with some effervescence in the middle and finish. The World Class flavor profile hits the perfect balance of sweet and sour, excellent intensity and reasonable complexity. It begins with a blend of tart sweet fruit. As the tartness fades, brown candi sugar becomes evident. The middle produces a light sourness that is sour fruit in nature rather than vinegar. The finish is a slow fade of sweet/sour tartness. This one is an excellent choice for lambic introduction.

Photo of Sathanas
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A golden orange body, lot's of carbonation and a fluffy off-white head. Smells and tastes of a brown sugar sweetness, slightly dour and funky. Tons of carbonation and a very light, yet silky mouthfeel. Good sour for beginners and highly session-able.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a seasonal treat at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA, delivered to me on tap. It had a lustrous dark red color, with a decent fluffy yellowish head (at least in the light I had) and nice lacing. Aroma is of berries and apple, almost like a root cellar smell after harvest. The taste is decidedly tart, with a mix of apple and berry that stings the tongue at the back. I detect an almost medicinal taste to it, but not syrupy. The mouthfeel is definitely carbonated, but not fizzy. I like the tartness on the tongue that lingers afterward. I am liking this Faro Lambic very much, and will try to get my hands on more in the near future.

Photo of Avant_Garage
3.75/5  rDev +3%

2014-Nov-28

Photo of Samp01
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with a medium off white slightly creamy head. Aroma and taste is fruity, berries, sweet raspberry hints of strawberry, yeast and a bit of biscuit malt with mild tartness at the end. A medium body with lively carbonation, light bubbly and crisp on the palate. I found this brew to be quite enjoyable, crisp and refreshing without being too sweet. Very nice tasty brew.

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +3%

I'm certain this is the first Faro for a vast majority of beer drinkers. This one goes into my Lindeman's flute, pouring a deep, rich hazy medium-dark yellow color and growing a creamy off-white head to just over a finger. It sits well and remains sturdy, laying down lots of creamy lace as it goes.
This beer is all about showcasing the sweetness without covering up everything beneath it, and without being artificial or tasting like cane sugar. I'm a fan of belgian candi sugar in that there's a lot more to the sweetness than regular sugar, and it works better with the beer to its overall effect. It's sweet from front to back, but also shows a little tartness underneath and a light touch of funk beneath that. All in all, the only thing I'd like more, which I'm sure the best of the style get, would be to draw out the Lambic's complexities and show more of the aromas and flavors underneath the sweetness.
It has almost a luxurious smoothness on the tongue, a creamy flow complemented by just the right crispness from a very consistent carbonation. The medium body offers the right level of support, and just a little tartness can be felt on the tongue so the sweetness isn't cloying, though it naturally keeps from it.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Finally can check this style off my list. Sampled a bottle at Bohemian Biergarten in People's Republic of Boulder. Came out a crystal clear coppery color with a more orange hue throughout. Head retention was limited.

The nose had hints of sour and a fruity almost strawberry note. Maybe a hint of blueberry and a light herbal hint on the back. Was expecting more of a brown sugar/molasses but really nothing there. No real orange or coriander to speak about.

The taste is similar to Lindeman's beers. A more sweet forward with just a hint of sourness. The brown sugar/molasses comes out a bit more vs the nose but still light. A light herbal note on the back end with a more citrus berry backing. More of a muddled note than what the nose provided. Clean, no real off notes.

The body is moderate but finishes sweet. Carbonation is light but ok. Would like a bit more sweetness but glad to try it.

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.91/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great taste and slightly sour!

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/25/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, light vinegar, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, light vinegar, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, candi sugar, hay, straw, grass, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness and after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very nice Faro Lambic style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

$ 5.99/12 oz bottle from Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle at 40 degrees into tulip glass
Aroma of strawberries
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny bubbles
Body pinkish-gold, clear
Flavor begins with a fruity sweetness which quickly becomes tart; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. No Brettanomyces characteristics are noticeable.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.0625. Final weighted score: 4.225.
A very nice lambic, particularly if you like strawberries.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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