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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 42
Gots: 76 | 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

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Ratings: 912 | Reviews: 462
Reviews by foogerd:
Photo of foogerd
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Really dark orange almost brown, clear body, small off white head that leaves some lacing.

S- Yeast, sugar, the yeast seems almost sweet in itself, some slight sour aroma.

T- Sour green apple juice, green grapes, some white wine quality, caramelized sugars.

M- Wet feel throughout the drink, moderate carbonation.

O- Decent Faro, at times it was just too sweet for my palette and I felt it was lacking balance in that aspect. Good for the ladies.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a beautiful dark brownish copper with an easy white head.

Smell - The nose is light fruit, maybe some mild orange and a spritz of lemon. There's also a nice, light funk and a bit of raw sugary goodness.

Taste - The sugars are mild, just enough to soften the taste without calling too much attention to themselves. The orange and lemon are a nice mix and any acidity is offset by the sugars.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with good carbonation and light and tingly in the cheeks.

Drinkability - I like the strong taste of a stiff Lambic but it's nice to have a Faro every now and then. This does exactly as advertised. It's a nice, refreshing midday drink.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first Faro so consider this review more of a review of the style as opposed to a review of the beer in comparison to others of the style.

I was impressed…big time.

I first found this beer at Chateau LaCour, a wonderful beer bar/reggae club high in the Massif Central on the border between Ardeche and Haute-Loire. I noticed that nearly half of the drunken French hillbillies in the place were downing the stuff so after a few bottles of Chimay Blue and Rocheforte 10, I ordered a 750 of Faro. It was served in the bottle sans glass. Everybody else was drinking it right out of the 750 so I didn’t think much of it. I just started downing it.

Instantly I was impressed by the big intense raspberry. This beer captures the essence of raspberry better than most. The fruit is just huge and the candied sugar makes it supremely drinkable. It was very similar to Lindeman’s Raspberry Lambic only much, much bigger and better. I followed up this first bottle with several other at home and in a glass.

Now I am generally not one to enjoy more than one fruit beer in a sitting but this one is exceptional. The fruits of this Faro are so big and the sugar and spice are so well balanced with the natural sourness of the lambic, I could sit and guzzle away at this one all night long. I loved it. I still love it and I’m desperate to get my hands on some in the states.

Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber with very good clarity and a few floaters which are not cork as I was careful to not drive the corkscrew through the other side of cork. The floaters just sit there messersingly still in the barley carbonated beer. The cream, very light tan head falls to a very thin cap after a minute.

S: A funky lambic smell that is mainly goaty with wet horse blanket and a very faint cheese aroma. There is a light wheat aroma and a very light apricot like fruit ester. No hops, no diacetyl.

T: There is a somewhat sharp tartness immediately followed by a cloying sweetness. The sugar and fruitiness combine with the tart to produce an almost apple like impression with very little of the apple flavor but that sort of sweet tart balance. The finish is sweet and tart. There is nothing of hops and malt flavors in here while there is a light hops bitterness.

M: Moderately-high carbonation with with a medium-full body. There is no creaminess but it's not crisp either. No astringency.

O: If you are fan of Duchesse De Bourgogne you'll probably enjoy this beer it has the same very sweet some what tart character all be it with a much simple flavor profile. I'd enjoy this without the sweetness as that would be a pretty good lambic with a moderate sour/tartness to it. I probably would't buy this again.

Photo of brownbeer
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours on the red side of amber; a thin ring of foam around the edges.

The aroma is funkier than I expected; stank barnyard.

Ah, then the taste. That sweet Lindemans taste that I really only care for in the Framboise because it has a fruity tartness. Sweet like sugared peaches, that maybe I ate in a barnyard. There is some redeeming acidity while the sugar tries to undo everything that your dentist has worked so hard to avoid. Lower carbonation while being somewhat refreshing.

It's not bad, but complexity and awesomeness are not its strong suits.

Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green capped and corked 355ml bottle into a Lindemans fluted glass. The label has a description of the beer but there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: It's dark in the glass with a bronzy amber colored body held up to light. It has good clarity and some visible carbonation. A good two finger head caps of the beer. It's off white in color and tightly packed. On the glass it leaves some spotty lace.

Smell: There are notes of white bread, raw grain and wheat malt with a hint of sweetened whiskey or sweet brandy.

Taste/Palate: It is candy sweet up front with notes of white bread, sweet caramel, and nougat. Some tangy wheat and yeast tartness just tries to sneak in as some fruit notes like sweet apple peach and pear lead into a stick sweet finish. The palate is medium bodied, smooth and slick. On the lips it feels sticky.

Notes: I'm not quite sure what to think of this beer. My palate is confused, is it a tart beer trying to be sweet or a sweet beer trying to be tart/sour. It is interesting if nothing else.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl bottle (tiny!), purchased somewhere in Paris. "consumer avant de 18 mars, 2008" dating on the rear label. The nose here was of orange, nuts, earthiness, and Grand Marnier liquor. A moderate pour revealed a minor head, next to no lacing, but plenty of bubbles continuing to rise to the top. More earth, orange, honey, sweet and sour with more and more sour building up. I also pick up some mustiness and minor continued funk in the finish. Wish I could get a regular supply of this in the U.S.A. Nice dessert/aperitif beer

Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: no head, clear, red/brown in color, low-minimal carbonation

Smell: big honey, vinegar, small apple and oak.

Taste: an apple/oaky taste starts things off the sour and honey come in mid tastes and the finish is more apple and honey

Mouthfeel: super light bodied, moderate carbonation, very sweet with a moderately small sour taste

Drinkability: A very good sipper. Nice mix of sweet and sour . The sourness is not puckering or harsh. I could have several throughout the course of a day.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of citrus, lemons, tart fruit and some sugar. The flavor is mainly lemony tartness with some sugar and light funk. This tastes about like liquid sweet tarts. Low carbonation and thin mouthfeel.

Only the second faro I have had and this is better than the Chapeau, but still not anything too memorable.

Photo of deebo
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First faro I've tried with the promise that a faro makes someone who has yet to embrace the sourness of most lambics like the flavor profile of these spontaneously fermented beers. Definitely has the characteristic sour, slightly funky wild microbe flavor of lambics but indeed finishes with a sugary sweetness. Finishes a bit like a sweet white wine. Definitely an approachable, easy to drink sessionable brew that although not overly complex has enough character to keep you interested.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml foil wrapped corked and capped bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a very crisp clear amber red color with no yeast lest a small white ring of foam. Nose is a bit funky but sweet and mellow as well.

Taste is very odd. It is slightly sour/tart with a very sweet almost syrupy flavor and Mouthfeel but no frutiness like with most fruited lambics. It's an interesting style.

Photo of mjtiernan
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a globe. Bottled 3/6/12 (code L C06LFA).

A: Poured smooth...almost creamy. White head with nice tight bubbles. Body color is a rusty reddish-brown.

S: Funky and bretty. I like what I smell. Tiny bit of caramel and dark fruit.

T: Pretty sweet. Plenty of funk and it does finish dry and tart, which is nice. I just wish Lindemans didn’t add sweeteners to so many of their lambics :(

M: Your mouth gets attacked by two extremes. First the sweetness smacks the back of your tongue and then the tartness makes the sides buckle. Body is medium-full. Carbonation not much of a player.

O: I would like to try a version of this style that isn’t sweetened. Probably won’t buy it again but could see pushing it as a beginning sour ...maybe for a wine drinker.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep apple juice like amber hue with a bright white head that dwindles rather quickly, not as effervescent as the other fruit lambics that Lindeman's makes. Aroma tart fruit notes hints of green apple acidity and barrel aging undertones. Nice pleasant flow in the nose, I like it so far let's taste...super sweet compared to most traditional lambics, it's actually cider sweet hints of barrel aging touch of woody tones. More apple like sweetness even though I know there's no fruit added to this one just Belgian candi sugar. Nice underlying acidic notes but again it's overall really sweet dessert beer. Mouthfeel is medium body a bit of residual sugars, nice tart middle with a sweet coating finish mellow carbonation going on. Drinkability is decent if you are in the mood for something on the sweeter side.

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a hazy brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light caramel malts with good amounts of brown sugar and lighter amounts of molasses. Also present are moderate amounts of funkiness and tart green apple aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with good amounts of brown sugar flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of funk and mildly tart green apple flavors come into play, carrying through to a somewhat muddled ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I have to admit this was my first of the style so I'm not sure to what I should compare it, but it was on the sweet side and just didn't seem very crisp. Worth a shot if just to try the style.

Photo of turamarth
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a cloudy deep dark amber. Very little head and no lacing that I can observe. Doesn't look amazing doesn't look horrid.

Smell: Right off you get a big wiff of FUNK! Not super funk like some other fancier lambics and guezes. Then there is a nice smell of some lemons. Light and pleasant on the nose. Some nice grassy smells in there, sorta like being on the farm when the hay has just been cut. This is pretty nice smellin'.

Taste- Was not expecting this taste from the nose. This is super sweet. But, at the start it has a nice sour kick. There is still the lemony sourness and some of the grassiness. There is almost an applejuice/cider sweetness to it. Maybe candied apples? This is really sweet. But natural sweet.

Mouth: This beer really coats the mouth with its super sweetness, almost makes me want to drink some water right afterwards. An interesting mouthfeel, not quite sure how I feel about it.

Drink- Despite the over coating mouthfeel, this beer is low in abv and pretty taste, fairly drinkable.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 375 poured into a flute.

A: Dark amber, almost cider like, with a thin white head.

S: Malt, fruit, apple, pear, and a bit of green in the finish.

T: Sweet fruit with a malt backbone and bit of zest from carbonation

M: Medium

O: A sweet beer that has a bit of a green finish, Faro is meant as a desert, and it should be. Enjoyable for its purpose, Faro is worth a buy.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer pours a warm brown slightly dense but clean body with a hint of red. There is a bubbly creamy antique white heat that last a bit. The gentle carbonation of microbubbles pop to the surface.
S- The tart and sweet aroma has some barnyard qualities and some cola note to it. There is a bright tartness and a cheese rind note to the finish.
T- The tart and sweet aroma blend much like the aroma with some dark barnyard qualities and some lighter cola notes. There is a bite note in the finish from the tartness and the sweetness starts to take on a minty quality as the beer opens up. The brett cheese rind note in the finish also grows as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft tartness and a big fizz that hits the back of the mouth.
D- The candy sweetness is a big part of the beer with brett and lambic characters just peaking through the background. The minty character is interesting and works with the tartness. This is easy to drink and I kept sipping hoping more of the funk would arise.

Photo of pwoods
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml corked and capped green bottle poured into a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a dark ginger ale color with likewise carbonation. A moderate, wispy head forms but falls out fast and leaves only a bit of lacing.

S: Smells closer to a flanders with the lactic sourness rotten cheese. Very sour funk, sharper than expected and with a definitely sourness to the funk, other than just straight funk.

T/M: Definitely tastes Flemish with the lactic tart/sourness and funk. Closer to a red than a brown. The added Belgian candi sugar does make it much more palatable and lightens things up but the flavors don't do a whole lot for me. Body is medium light with decent carbonation.

D: 4% and much more palatable than would be expected, especially after the aroma, but this just doesn't do it for me. Especially since I was expecting more of a tradition Lambic with Belgian candi sugar added... not a Flanders.

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 gregb13
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled this with some spicy Chinese food tonight. The beer looks inviting; burnt orange color with a quickly-diminishing head of very small, tight bubbles. Smell is very sweet and fruity. Taste is sweet and sugary, with a slightly tart-bitter aftertaste that does not linger. Soft, creamy mouthfeel.

Not great, but certainly not bad or off-putting in any way. This is my first time trying Lindemans' Faro, but I had sampled several of their other beers and have found them to be well-made and enjoyable, without blowing my socks off in any way. They pair well with dessert, or spicy food.

Photo of r0nyn
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with fellow BA infi. Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a translucent, slightly hazy amber hue. Smallish white head that leaves a bit of loose lacing. Few thin lines of carbonation can be seen. Looks almost like a marzen, actually. Smell is... wow. Funky, funky funky. Sugary, tart and quite a bit of vinegar. Unlike anything I've smelled from a beer before. Not sure how I feel about it, but it's certainly interesting.

Starts off a bit on the sweetish side, but quickly transitions to a kind of tart, sour fruitiness with a fair bit of that advertised Belgian candi sugar. No malts, no hops, nothing that makes it like any other beer I've tried other than a bit of yeast and breadiness on the back end. Finishes with some subtle sourness that lingers very briefly into the almost non-extant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is almost like a soft drink, with effervescent bubbles spreading the sweetness around. Rounds off smooth, though, which is always a good thing.

Alcohol is pretty much a non-factor, so the drinkability is governed by how much you like the sour tartness and the soda-like mouthfeel. While it was certainly a different experience, I liked it. Might have to revisit it!

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion this is a very underated variety of lambic out there but it is not really available in the U.S. so you have to really seak these out if you want to try them. I was lucky enough to taste a few with family. The beer poured a golden color with a very slight head. The nose is very sweet and citrusy as expected. For some the taste may be too sweet but I really enjoy it in moderation.

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle, at Saint-Bock in Montreal.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of soapy, thinly foamy off-white head, and some chunky, chippy sediment swirling about, and some low-lying seacoast lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of rather bitter cherry and lemon 'fruitiness', weirdly tempered by a sense of out-of-place sugary sweetness, with a slightly understated acetic funkiness, and mildly gamey yeast. The taste is sweet lemon, cherry, and apple tartness, equally prominent candy sugar, a hint of generic coriander, crystallized orange peel, sour grain, and softly earthy yeast.

The carbonation is tame and duly frothy, the body a fairly solid medium-light weight, and a wee bit sticky. It finishes well off-dry, the candy sugar dueling a bit too winningly with the lingering stone fruit sweetness, and now ethereal barnyard funk.

I found this to be a very nice, if somewhat surprising opener to a warm summer evening abroad in my own country - light, but not so much so, and definitely sweet, with a hint of balance that allows one to end off with tongue intact, ready for more.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. First time with a Faro.

A: Pours a light brown with a large, two finger foamy head that has pretty good retention and leaves behind some spotty lace.

S: A light sour/tartness with a light barnyard funk, belgian yeast, and a little bit of fruit - some apple and pear.

T: Extremely sweet. The flavors are muted by the over the top sugar that is present in this beer. I was able to pick up some apple and pear, as well as some honey and belgian yeast, but it wasn't as sour as I was hoping.

M: Light to medium bodied, but again, overly sweet and not as sour as expected.

O: It was good, but the sweetness killed it for me. Probably best paired with a rich dessert. Would love to try another Faro to compare this one to as some point. I think I may prefer other lambics to this style.

Photo of dacrza1
4.41/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date Rated: Feb. 3, 2013...
Glassware: Lindemans flute...
Occasion: Super Bowl Sunday--lose Baltimore!...
Appearance: dark copper body with a bright, white, thin hazy head; sediment flecks dance amidst fervent effervescence...
Aroma: flat, funky, punchy pungency; dryish as a wine, buts its wheat keeps the profile in the beer realm...
Palate: medium-bodied and fizzy; willpower must be invoked to keep from slamming the flute's contents...
Taste: sour and tart, as expected--not too puckerish; fruity and rewarding in its full flavor profile...
Overall: Part Super Bowl high, part beer-buying-binge-booty mood, my state of mind may have something to do with enjoying this beer and its style, which I haven't sprung for in a while; at $6 a bottle, pricey but provides a worthwhile experience...

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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