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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
82
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771 Ratings
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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 41 | 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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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to msubulldog25 for providing me with my first-ever Faro. He is what they call "the man."

Pours a bronzed brown color, leaning toward mahogany. Not much head but a ton of bubbles. It's rolling around like champagne in there.

The aroma is entrancing, having a tart snap like a gueuze, a bold fruitiness that's equally sour and sweet, moldy wood, and that wonderful/unique yeastiness typical of a lambic. All of it is blended really well, balanced...welcoming...making my mouth water for the first sip.

Flavor offers sour cherry, green apple, sugar, the slightest hint of wood, and more fruit tartness. It's pretty simple actually, an excellent balancing act between sweet and sour/tart. It's really the mouthfeel that makes this a total success and an extremely enjoyable experience. The carbonation is seemingly made of insanely tiny bubbles, which explode in the mouth without any sort of harshness, rather rolling over the tongue like caviar or melted ice cream with a dash of 7-Up in it. It's slick, slippery, creamy, bright, everything good and nothing bad. Wow!

At 4.2% and with the big sweetness impressively balanced and kept in control, not to mention the fantastic texture, this was a completely great way to be introduced to the Faro. Very, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 22:49:14 | More by Metalmonk
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Beejay

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium amber, beautifully clear, and nice tan head, though it dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.

S: Definitely a good sour smell coming through. There is a nice little bit of sweetness in there as well. Raisons and caramel perhaps.. Seems nice.

T: Sweet and tart at the same time. The sweetness reminds me of eating crystalized rock candy as a kid. This is a lovely blend of acid sweetness, tart flavors, and a touch of sour funk.

M: Light in body, fairly high carbonation, and an almost acidic feel.

D: Damn tasty. This might be one of my favorite wild ales that I have had so far, I really enjoy the balance between sour and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:26:36 | More by Beejay
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives the color of dark maple with no head, just faintest of rings and that was gone soon enough.
Smell is intriguing, notes of malt, sweetness and a sour hint.
Taste is really nice. Sweet and sour, malty with notes of apple and raspberries. Very good balance and more complex than I was expecting.
Good stuff. Medium full body, extremely light effervescence. A little cloying. With a bit more effervescence, this would be 5's in several areas. I actually prefer this to the Framboise. Its more like a sweeter version of a Flanders Red, a style I really enjoy a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 23:56:19 | More by PorterLambic
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 17:59:04 | More by Jamesthebrit
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 05:44:40 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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suspect

New York

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 04:05:56 | More by suspect
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 16:17:27 | More by TheKingofWichita
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hdofu

Maryland

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
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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
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scottum

Vermont

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
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WestValleyIPA

California

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
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

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
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

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
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BierFan

Michigan

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
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

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
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Spineypanda

Texas

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
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Brad007

Vermont

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
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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
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Eir

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

12-06-2013 17:06:18 | More by Eir
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-06-2013 20:41:24 | More by pathman
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

04-26-2012 16:55:36 | More by Buggies
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NeutroMan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-13-2012 00:58:23 | More by NeutroMan
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kguard

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-09-2014 04:14:28 | More by kguard
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-02-2013 14:19:14 | More by ajzy
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Focusf111

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-04-2014 20:33:26 | More by Focusf111
Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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