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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
82
good

817 Ratings
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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 37
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Faro |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly

(Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002)
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Reviews by jklecko2:
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

jklecko2, Oct 30, 2012
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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.

RoyalT, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Jan 30, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SuqMadique, Jul 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

OhioBobcat, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

MadScientist, Oct 15, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

brownbeer, Aug 13, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

tbryan5, Oct 22, 2013
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

Marc33, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Satyr179, May 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

SD-Alefan, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of generallee
3.63/5  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.

generallee, Mar 17, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Billolick, Aug 30, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

tigg924, Feb 14, 2011
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.

Mora2000, Feb 23, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ant1, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of deebo
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

deebo, Apr 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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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.

kingcrowing, Dec 03, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

mjtiernan, Nov 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Cynic-ale, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

briandaube, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

williamjbauer, May 16, 2014
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Keegan, Jun 07, 2012
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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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