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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans Faro LambicLindemans Faro Lambic

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.53%

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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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Photo of scottum


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 20:32:04 | More by scottum
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 16:50:34 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of hdofu


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:52:23 | More by hdofu
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 14:14:16 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of WestValleyIPA


4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 05:25:43 | More by WestValleyIPA
Photo of Lemke10


4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 22:25:47 | More by Lemke10
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 00:32:35 | More by ybnorml
Photo of Spineypanda


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 04:31:22 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of Brad007


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 04:44:52 | More by Brad007
Photo of BierFan


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 08:45:34 | More by BierFan
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:03:55 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of Vancer


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 14:22:16 | More by Vancer
Photo of ckeegan04


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 18:29:36 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of obrendano


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 22:03:07 | More by obrendano
Photo of UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a weird pinkish orange. Thin head.

Wine-like, funky, sharp pungent aroma.

Complex sour, tart flavor. Fruity and sweet. Great flavor!

Medium bodied. Lightly carbonated. Smooth. Nice mouthfeel.

I'm just getting in to sour beers. This is one of my favorites so far. My first time trying a Faro. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 16:32:13 | More by UnderPressure
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first faro I'd ever tasted, and several of it's friends were soon to follow. This was close to becoming my favorite style until I re-tasted a Double Stout and remembered why I love them.

A: The Lindemans isn't made from an oude gueuze, but it's good none the less. It is very carbonated (probably force carbonated before bottling) and the bubbles rise quickly through the amber orangish body and up to the thick fluffy white head.

S: It has a classic gueuze sour aroma but with a slight sweetness to it. I definitely love that aroma.

T: Awesome taste. It was my first faro and not the best I had of the style, but the style itself is so damn tasty and this is no exception. It is sweet initially but with the constant tart sourness in the background.

M: Fairly light bodied but the carbonation makes it seem a bit heavier I think. Very smooth beer though.

D: I'm not sure how many I could drink in a single setting, but I will be sad to leave Belgium to return to the land of no faros. I will be looking for this at home.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 16:37:31 | More by drseamus
Photo of buschbeer


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 23:03:35 | More by buschbeer
Photo of jerryjeff


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:39:05 | More by jerryjeff
Photo of bark


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 08:51:33 | More by bark
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with an orange tone. A short head falls apart quickly.

Smell: cherries, earthiness, and a sugary sweetness is pleasant. A hint of sourness is detectable.

Taste: heavy leaning of the cherry and sugary sweetness with a soft sourness at the finish. Definite earthy tones and a mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a bit of drying late. Long cherry aftertaste.

Drinkability: this went down quickly and was nicely refreshing. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 18:08:21 | More by Gavage
Photo of hustlesworth


4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a lightly hazed orange amber with a short lived creamy off white head that settles into a very dense shaving creamy ring. some lacing stick is drippy and spattered here and there in delicate branches and arches.

S- a bit musty and somewhat bland, with fleeting notes of pear, melon, and caramel. some barnyard aromas in there too. wish they were more pronounced.

T- very delicious blend of sweet and sour. very earthy, with plenty of yeast funk and rich woodsy barrel flavors. the multitude of fruitiness the yeast contributes ranges from cherry to wild strawberry to sour apple to melon, red plum, and apricot. the added sugar transforms the tart fruit into a near confection, reminding me of a fruit punch candy... in a beery sort of way. there's also a grainy white bread flavor from the wheat providing a nice backdrop to the complexities. another layer of yeasty funk is also present in the guise of barnyard, horse blanket, earthy goodness, etc. finishes fruity and tart with some grain and fading pleasant sweetness similar to a quality sweet fortified wine.

MF- body is pumped up by the sugar but beneath that i get the general impression of a solid juiciness to this beer. perhaps the fruity yeast flavors allude to that. either way, it's beautiful. subtle yet persistent carbonation glides freely with some of the tightest bubbles i've ever known. very drying on the cheeks and clean elsewhere.

D- the $5.75 price tag for a 12 oz bottle was definitely worth it to me. this is one unique beer that i wish i could share with a few certain people. the combination of sweet and sour is a complete win and is a delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 00:11:15 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 01:29:51 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Photo of CampusCrew


4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark brown, no head retention

smell: lemon, toasty nutty malts

taste: balanced sour ale, plenty of sweetness to go with the sour aspect of the beer. lemon flavors and bitter on the back.

mouthfeel: medium, good carbonation, not over done

drinkability: forst faro and loved it. undertaed sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 16:35:01 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fancy bottle (silver foil top, cork under the cap!) into a schooner. No obvious best before on the bottle.

A - clear amber with an initially huge, fluffy head (2 fingers) that leaves behind some chunky lacing.

S - sour apple, yeasty and a hint of skunk in the background, slightly astringent

T - exceptionally refreshing: controlled tartness runs throughout the entire experience, sour apple, ripe fruit, with a hint of skunk in the background, some orange rind on the back of the tongue. Just a hint of initial sweetness is totally destroyed by the sour.

M - light with an explosive shot of carbonation on each fresh swig, sourness sticks in the back of the throat with a vengeance

D - quite drinkable if you can adapt to the sourness

Very interesting and refreshing. Not yet familiar with the Faro style of Lambic, but I'll definitely be researching this style. This beer is delightful if you're a sour fan. Not for the faint of heart!

[Very interesting reading the other reviews as I don't get the extreme sweetness - it's there initially, but for me is totally destroyed by the sour elements. It's not the bottle as my wife found it super sweet. Perhaps I'm a freak!]

[After a bit of research it seems to be the difference between a sip and a swig - if you're doing small sips, this seems really sweet; if you take a few big swigs the sourness just sticks in your throat and dominates. Interesting implication for tasting styles.]

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 21:11:32 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a large white head. Lots of lacing as it goes down. The smell brings out some citrus, tart grapes and apples, and some malty sweetness. The taste is somewhat sour, but mostly refreshing sweetness. A little bit of earthiness. The body is medium and creamy; overall, this one was quite drinkable, and makes faro a style I'd like to seek out more of.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 17:57:43 | More by Thorpe429
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