Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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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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Ratings: 925 | Reviews: 467
Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like a bold apple cider. Few bubbles.
S: A little bitter smell but also sweet. Apples!
T: A lot sweeter than other Lindemans beer's I've had but I like that. It reminds me a lot of their Cuvée René having a lot of wine-like characteristics but the Faro is a lot sweeter. The initial tartness is replaced with a sweetness while maintaining a fruitiness of apples.
M: A medium body on this one. Sits bubble and smooth with some tartness that fades to a nice dry linger.

Overall another great beer my Lindemans. When I saw the initial low rating I was skeptical but I think this beer is better than any of the fruit styles. I quite liked the Cuvée René better but this is another great showing. Certainly for people with a sweet tooth but I found it to be a great showing.

Photo of suspect
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Founders Snifter.

A: Deep red, crystal clear color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick rocky white 2 finger head that slowly fades. Much thicker head than normal lambics. Lacing is thick and plentiful.

S: Big sweetness to it with the candied sugar shining through. It's a really strange take on a lambic as far as the smell goes.

T: Really kind of nice. Sweet candied sugar and funky barnyard hay flavors that come with the lambic. It's so good and so interesting. Part of what I like about lambics is the tartness and it's really masked by the candied sugar which is excellent.

M: Sticky yet fluffy-carbonated. Kind of big-bodied which is weird for a lambic type beer.

O: Really nice sessionable beer. Great really I thought this beer was really good.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber and a thick tan head and tons of carbonation and lacing. Smells quite earthy and sour like spoiled milt and vinegar. Tastes very sour bent with earthy, musky undertones with a very dry finish. Good full mouthfeel and very drinkable. Almost tastes like wine.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle pours a very clear, dark gold color. Large, bubbly white head shows light retention and a few spots of lacing.

Nose is cheesy sour/sweet with a Goudenband-like rich sugar aroma. Roasted caramel popcorn...interesting and welcomingly sour.

Taste is a complex mélange of sweet than sour malty mixatropolis. Beery lambic flavors with some helping acidity. Yummy for sure, but hard to define. Has a soft sweetness. This is my first faro, but I am thoroughly enjoying the experience, too much so to write a lengthy review. Good stuff!

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a dark, clear amber color, with a big white head and light lacing.

Smell – A bit sour like a gueuze, but the candied sugar is more dominant. I think the candied sugar is subtle raspberry; it might even be unflavored.

Taste – Taste starts with the gueuze, but is quickly overtaken by the candied sugar, which is a nice change from the sourness of a gueuze. No sour aftertaste at all.

Mouthfeel – Crisp, with a pleasant sweetness and perfect but somewhat light carbonation. Leaves little aftertaste.

Drinkability – Highly drinkable as it leaves no sour aftertaste. Much more drinkable than a typical gueuze.

Photo of hdofu
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is like a less intense apple cider vinegar taste with a candy sweetness. Smell is sour like fermented apples. Pours a dark color with a thin almost non existent head. Taste is pleasantly sweet with a sort of grape fruit like bitter/sour citrus finish. Has a pleasant level of carbonation that isn't distracting from the flavor. It is really really really easy to drink.

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 scottum
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy colorful deep red amber with a heady offwhite head. Sour tang, yet full body does it good. Mouthfeel is superfly. Slides down with a very pleasant aftertaste to boot. A great introduction for me to the style. Now I really wish I got to track down the cantillon version when I was in Belgium.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Chouffe N'ice Goblet. This is my first Faro, had no idea what to expect. A very clear amber color, very little head, recedes to nothing. No visible bubbles, but it's carbonated. Looks like a hard cider. Smells sorta ciderish as well. Brown Sugar. Apple. Spicy. And the lambic funkiness hiding in the background. Not too much hint of the coming tartness. Light tartness on the front end. Very full bodied candied sugar flavor. Really well rounded. Tart red apple flavors. Medium tart finish. A little funkiness lingers on the back of my tongue. Nice little bubbles as I swish. I really dig this.

Photo of Vancer
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a lip smacking frosty – starting with the hazy apple cider brown pour, topped by a short-lived white head. Nice sliding sheet laces added a fine touch.

Aromas were the funky sour musty barnyard, really tantalizes your taste buds. And not to be disappointed, a delicious and contrasting combination of flavors – sweet apple cider to start, finishing with a sour mash. Tart and tangy throughout the bottle.

A main body of campaign dryness, but a lingering sweet aftertaste really leaves you scratching your head. My first lil’ Faro, too bad this is not readily available here in the States. The 4% makes this a real session brew.

Thank goodness for my lil’ beer babe, JaneyC, for bringing back such a nice frosty for me.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber brown with hints of orange when held up to light. Rather clear. Head is about one finger thick and egg-shell white. Fades to a thin cap and leaves thin rings of lace.

S - Pale malts and underlying aroma of wild lambic yeasts. Sugary sweetness comes through more and more as the beer warms, but the barnyard aromas remain as the most dominant.

T - Not near as sweet as I expected it to be. Pale malts and wild yeasts with a barnyard funkiness. Candi sugar certainly provides a balancing sweetness to the funk but is not at all overwhelming.

M/D - Light and crisp with a nice puckering sensation. Surprisingly easy drinking.

Photo of Lemke10
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a beautiful semi-clear, copper color with a bubbly, off-white head. The scent is yeasty combined with aged, sweet fruits. There is a sweetness of candied sugar that is like no other. Very smooth, tasty, and unique. Style points aside, this is quite a delicious desert beer that is best enjoyed by itself after dinner, in my opinion. By far the easiest Lambic-Faro to find on the market!

Photo of BierFan
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce corked and capped green bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Fizzy off-white head rises to a couple inches and settles to near nothing within a minute. Reddish body.

Smell: Funky wet hay, a little lemon and cork. Smells like a good Belgian beer to me.

Taste: Very sweet/tart, smooth, and fruity. Cherry, raspberry, and lemon. I think I'm getting a taste of wood in the aftertaste, perhaps from the barrel or the cork, not sure.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in wine glass.

A - Amber gold. Tiny bits of yeast in glass.

S - Nice light smell. Sour. Grapefruit.

T - Delicious, balanced flavor. Hardly any hint of alcohol, yet still satisfying.

M - Creamy, light/medium body.

O - This is a very nice lambic/faro. Very sour, yes. Light, uh huh. But that's ok for me.

Photo of jerryjeff
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma-Seems to have mainly an apple ciderish scent to me with maybe some toffee. A bit of pear possibly.

Mouthfeel-Finely carbonated, feel some tartness on the sides of the mouth.

Appearance-Brown/amber without haze. Poured to little head which quickly disappeared, but still have fine carbonation bubbles a few minutes after pour.

Taste-Initially get sweetness in the front of the mouth but bitterness along sides soon follows, sweetish/sour all at once and rather interesting. Not sure if as good as a blended geuze but is very good.

Drinkability-Rather, if price wasn't an issue. I'd love to see how much I could get through. This is truly more of an accent piece or initial drink most likely though.

Overall-I will almost certainly purchase this again at some point and am really into lambics just in general. This seems a bit more straight forward than a blended geuze, but I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice dark amber color with no head and little carbonation.
Smells of tartness and little sweetness.
I expected little sweetness like the Geuze but was surprised when it has a sweetness to it
Has a non-carbonated feel but a very good taste and smell.

I really like this Lambic and imagine I would like to try more for sure!

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured 25cl bottle into a lindeman's flute, beautiful brown/orange color with chunky, foamy head and constant champagne-like carbonation.

aroma is faintly of lambic but moreso of a fine aged cheese.. but in an appetizing way.

this is my first time tasting faro, and it is amazing! lindeman's lambic with a perfect sweetness that counterbalances the typical lambic sour bite. oddly enough, this brings out a woody, smoky taste that I can recognize from lambic but could previously not appreciate wholly. leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste which is complex and welcome..

this is a perfect afternoon sipper and the 4% alcohol can allow full functioning after enjoyment. what a great treat and something really unique. i will seek out more faro in the future.

Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent amber color with a thin one-finger head into my tulip.

Aroma is slightly musty with apple, grape and a slight hint of horse leather.

Taste is tart, full of apple, grape and slight cherry upfront. Certainly not too sour. Just right actually.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering apple, grape and cherry. Of course, these are not actual flavors but rather what is imparted in the beer itself.

I've never had this style but I can confirm that it is somewhat sweeter than an regular lambic. Easier to drink to. The style seems obscure but well worth checking out!

Photo of ybnorml
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clean amber beer. Has a small off white head. The aroma is sweet and sour at the same time. With the candy sweet dancing back and forth with the tempting sour notes. The candy sweetness starts the flavor that has hints of caramel apple. Followed by a nice tart finish. There are also hints of tabacco as it warms and a light astringency.

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 obrendano
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass

A - dark orange with reddish tint, head is foamy and sticky

S - tart fruit smells, musty yeast and slight malt

T - huge sweet cider taste of Granny Smith-like apples, middle reveals a punch of the yeast, finish is ever so slightly sour to balance and complement. this almost tastes a little too good and goes down extremely easy

M - sticky cider-like body, nice and smooth

D - like I said, this is almost too inviting to put down within a few big gulps. no taste of alcohol, or even a heavy malt taste for that matter. a bigger bottle of this could spell a very happy night.

Photo of bark
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Faro… I like Faro. I cannot see why it is so hard to get beers of this style? This one, I found at the “Musseles Belgo Bar” in Budapest.

The colour is deep amber; the liquid is cloudy. The head is just a tiny white ring, leaving some lacing.

The smell is sweet and sourish with earthy notes, some apricots and vinegar. Maybe there is a hint of soap?

The taste is sweet with lots of vinegar, earthy flavours, canned fruit salad, wax chalks. The long aftertaste is fruity with notes of apricots, malt vinegar and brown sugar.

The carbonation is robust and short. The mouthfeel is very very dry.

A nice faro, and as one could expect from Timmermans, it is well crafted but not very complex.

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.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a flute at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a head that billows like a champagne head upon pouring and settles to a 4-finger frothy, rocky, white head. Really nice retention and great patchy lacing. Clear with tons of bubbles.

S – Definitely Belgian dark candi sugar and a healthy dose of musty funk from the Brett. I’m only getting a little bit of vinegary Acetobacter, but the amount of Brett makes up for it.

T – Very sweet candi sugar along with a bit of acidity and tartness. Musty, funky, barnyard Brett appears mid-taste and lasts through to the finish.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a tart, funky, and dry finish. Sweet sugar and some barnyard funk flavors linger nicely.

O – Again, a Lindemans beer that isn’t getting much love here. I think this beer is tasty, drinkable, and is a very nice example of the style. That’s pretty much all you can ask for if you ask me.

Photo of buschbeer
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured to a large, rocky head. It is amber in color. The smell is some funk at first. Then I get some sour apple. The taste is sweet up front, followed up by some tartness. It's kind of drinking sour apple juice. I like it. The sugar really sticks to my lips. This stuff goes down real easy, like a drunk chick on a Saturday night.

Sante!

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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