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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 41
Gots: 77 | 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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Photo of brewandbbq
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml bottle.

Pours clear copper with a one inch head of white and tight dots of lacing throughout the glass. A partial skim-coat on the surface as well.

Aromatics lead off with cut grass, wet hay, lemon pith, barnyard, and soured fruit. Earthy and lots of green apples.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Sharpish and slightly puckering.

Crushed Sweet Tarts start the palate with plump malt and apple juice quickly following. A sugary sweetness continues and is similar to Pixie Stix dust.

Finishes with lingering sugar-dusted green apples and crushed Flintsone vitamins.

Wow, very sweet but the Lambic character is still there. The only other Faro I've had was a 1988 Eylenbosch and it had traces of sweetness, but nothing on this level.

Photo of LehighAce06
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first example of the style, keep that in mind while reading this. Poured into long stemmed white wine glass, closest I had to a flute. Poured a nice medium brown/amber with an inch of off-white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was mostly malty grains with a nice tang. There was an underlying sweetness that only showed up if you looked for it. On the tongue, that sweetness was more prevalent than the aroma led me to expect. The malt was there, as was that mild tang.

The body was decent, perhaps a bit thinner than I would have liked. Drinkability was very good, I could eaqsily have a coupler of these after dinner. I had a couple of lemon cookies while I had this one and they went together very well.

Overall, a decent brew, worth trying when you see it.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared this between a couple friends.

A- Rusty, cream soda, golden brown. Small white head. Lots of bubbles floating to the top.

S- Musty, powerful. Reminded me of a musty bathroom/urine smell. Theres lots of funk, some cheese and barnyard.

T- Apples. All different types of apple tastes. Apple peels, apple sauce, the bruised parts of an old apple. There is also some cheesiness underneath the sweet aspects of the candi sugar.

M- Light, bubbly and very dry.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours the color of a light scotch with a frothy two-finger-plus head that recedes quickly and leaves gobs of lace.

aroma of honey, pear, caramel. burnt sugar, tart apples, a good bit of yeasty bready funk. toffee and toasted raisins. tart plums.

taste is complexly tart and sweet. overly sweet. honey, clove, rotting apple, fermenting fruit. a good bit of funk, with a solid and pleasant green apple tartness that is just slightly over-balanced by the candi sugar sweetness that comes across as some funky wildflower honey. Not bad... but slightly over-sweetened.

mouth is moderate, slightly slick and slightly syrupy. ample carbonation is fine and pleasant. works well.

all in all, an interesting beer that is obviously leaps and bounds from some of the other Lindemans. at the price point, there are other sours I'd much prefer, as the candi sugar seems to muddy up the clean tartness that lies underneath. Might hit the spot if I was in the right mood.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shy pour produces a little less head than desired - definitely not over-carbonated. Pours thick, with a ruby-amber color that looks quite nice. Mostly clear, with a little haze suspended; aromas are slightly musty, like apples in a dry cellar starting to rot. Dry herbs and a sugary sweetness finish up the nose.

The flavor profile starts a little lactic and sour, not enough to pucker, but more like apple juice. Very sweet through the middle of the sip and into the finish. Honey and candi sugar really jump out here, with elements of sweetened iced tea and apple juice boxes rounding out the flavors. Very full body, with the spicy alcohol appearing only rarely.

Overly sweet for my enjoyment; I actually enjoyed it a little more when it was fresh out of the fridge, and the sugar notes hadn't taken hold yet. Interesting, but not something I'll go back for.

Photo of Goliath
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a large two inch light tan head. There is decent head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is ok. The candi sugar appears first with a lightly sweet nose. It's also mildly fruity with a nice malty note as well.

The taste is interesting. It's got a sweet and sour thing going for it. Candi sugar and some nice grain bring a simple sweetness. It's lightly fruity as well with a touch of tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lightly efforvescent carbonation bubble.

Drinkability is moderately high. The flavor profile is interesting enough, however it would be difficult to have more than one.

Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange-copper with two fingers of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Funky aromas dominate at first with dry barnyard notes. Some sour and tart citrus aromas bring up the finish.

T: Surprisingly sweet considering the aroma. A syrupy sweet caramel and candy sugar flavor hits at first followed by tart and sour fruity flavors reminiscent of cranberries and raspberries. The finish is fairly dry and tart with slight funky and acetic notes.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer could use a bit more carbonation to off-set the sticky sweet body.

O: A pretty decent and interesting beer that is both sweet and sour. It's a little on the sweet side for me, but still not bad.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at tap42 in ft Lauderdale. Pours a nice orange with no head. Crazy wet horse blanket aroma. Taste is super sweet...horse blanket a bit of funk and some kind of fruit...strawberry maybe. Its so over sweet but it mellows quick to reveal some actual flavor. Its ok but not the best lambic.

Photo of ShanePB
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle served at cellar temperature. Shared with my girlfriend and poured into a snifter glass. We were both interested as this is a first for us in the Faro-style.

A: Semi-clear amber and bronze colored body with a small off white head that dissipated extremely rapidly. A tiny retention ring settles out but there's really no lace at all left behind. An interesting looking beer, darker than I expected but again this style is new to me.

S: Browned apples, sweet caramel, toasted coconut and sugar, black cherry. There's a very interesting component from the Belgian candi sugar that was added to this beer. It has a sweetness to it but the fruity element is odd.

T: Sweet up front with a little tartness, caramel malts, sweet brown sugar, more browned apples (not rotten but not fresh), dates and cherry pits. Quite the blend of flavors but it does work rather well. It's tasty but perhaps a little too sweet and not enough of the acidic tartness is coming through that I'd like.

M: Highly bubbly, well carbonated but not thin though. It's a very nice feeling that I've come to expect from anything in the Lambic-family. A bit dry on the finish.

I know Lindemans adds sweeteners to their beers, but correct me if I'm wrong that Faros are supposed to be sweetened a bit? I thought I read that somewhere. Anyway, this was an interesting beer but not one I'd drink a bottle of to myself.

Photo of clabaugh
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cherrywood color with a bubbly, off-white head. The head gurgles down to fizzy ring of light foam around the glass.

Smell: Pungently acidic fruit aromas. Citrus fruit and some cherry, spruced up with a peppery spice. Decadent, cakey malts work their way in to produce a robust pastry-like presence in the nose.

Taste: Abundant fruit flavors with tastes of rock candy. Cherry, citrus fruits, melon, and a peppery zest. Evokes a mildly sour corn syrup character on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a vigorous fizz. Leaves a sticky sweet coating on the lips and the roof of the mouth. A slightly lip-puckering sourness characterizes the finish.

Drinkability: Tasty, albeit tremendously sweet. Develops a sort of saccharine, seltzer water quality toward the end of the glass. Would make a great brunch beer paired with the right cuisine. Quite an interesting beer, but not one I'd make a regular selection.

Photo of mikeg67
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle. Pours orange-amber with a small, short lived, off-white head and Champaign like carbonation.
Aroma is of yeast, malt, brown sugar and barnyard. Full, tangy body. Taste is sweet malt, brown sugar and sour grapes. This brew could be a good substitute for Champaign.

Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer uncorked with a loud 'POP'. It poured as a caramel-like translucent brown color with a slight white head. Nice lace...the apperance is really inviting. The smell is nothing special. There's some twang and sugar...a little caramel and faint molasses. Young apples. It's an interesting smell, but there's no funk, and it's not terribly exciting. The taste is mostly sweet, and (as expected) sugary...a brown-sugar flavor with some caramel. The beer also has a nice tartness that could be a little more pronounced. The flavors do balance off of one another. Good body for the low alcohol brew. Not bad, it's very drinkable.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brownish cherry red color with a red tinted head. Upon serving there is a lighter tinted, almost cream, colored head floating atop the brew. The small head fades over about a 3 minute time frame leaving some light bits of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was most potent of some aromas of a Belgian candied sugar and some darker fruits of cherry and raisin. Some more funky aromas were there as well, consisting of a hay like and grassy smells along with a old leathery and somewhat grainy and barnyard like smell, which when mixed with the sugar and fruit smells produced a rather weird smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet flavor with tons of Belgian candied sugar flavors and a little bit of a darker fruit taste. A lighter grainy taste as well as some sourness is present upfront both of which grow slightly stronger throughout the taste. While some sourness comes to the tongue, it remains relatively light, being largely overshadowed by the sweeter flavors. A little bit of a hay like taste and a bit of a funky and lactic acid taste also come to the tongue more toward the middle and the end. The mix of flavors that finishes up the taste ends up leaving a rather sugary sweet, but lightly sour and funked flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. While the higher carbonation was fantastic for the sweet and sour flavors of the brew, a slightly thinner body may have been more appropriate for the sweeter and sour nature of the beers flavor. Even said though, the feel overall was still rather appropriate.

Overall – Sweet and sugary with a lighter level of funk and sour. If looking for a sweeter and more sourbrew then this is a good go to, but for me it was a little too sugary to likely want on much occasion.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (batch LH10JFA) poured into a Lindemans' flute glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber with plenty of off-white strands of persistent lacing. Thin foam across the top.

Smell: Very interesting, smells very much like wine at first, with a hint of mustiness in the very back. Definite berries in here.

Taste: Sour, fruity (blackberry) and sweet all jumbled up, but the sour finish lingers and clashes sometimes with the sugar sweetness. Interesting, but the fruit + sour isn't quite doing it for me.

Mouthfeel: Nice, good carbonation that is quite smooth. Juicelike in consistency.

Overall / Drinkability: I feel this beer is an acquired taste, and I have not yet acquired it. Interesting in smell, good appearance, but I couldn't finish it. The Mrs. (who likes wine) really enjoyed it, but not me. Oh well, maybe I need to try one from another brewer and see what I think.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle picked up at Willow Park in Calgary, style is traditionally served on tap so I am a little leery of trying it in this format, but since I am unlikely to get to Belgium any time soon...

Pours a clear caramel color with a hint of amber, a finger of white head builds up and instantly fizzes out, leaving a placid pool. A few particles at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose has the light funk and tartness you would expect with a lambic, joined with a sweet candi sugar note and a hint of floral and fruit arrangements.

Light apple tartness, a hint of red wine vinegar and the accompanying acidicness, dominated by the sweetness of the candi sugar, hints of apples and raspberries, light musty hay funk. Soft mouthfeel, very round, lots of lush micro bubbles. Light drying in the finish but mostly sweet.

Just too sweet for me too enjoy the style, I think the candi sugar needs to be used a little more judiciously. A very unusual style that I think I would need some more examples to appreciate more fully.

Photo of dauss
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375ml corked, capped, and foiled. Raised imprint of BL on the lower neck of the bottle. Stamp: L C29JFA 9844.

Appearance: Very slightly hazy golden amber color. Small tan head forms quickly and dissipates just as quickly.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness with a tangy acidic quality and notes of barnyard funk.

Taste: Sweet and sour at the same time. Very thick bodied beer with an overpowering sweetness upfront and dries out with a mouth puckering tartness mid-taste , with the Belgian dark candi sugar sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied at first but finished with a thin dryness in the end.

Notes: I've had other faro before and it just isn't the same when it's in the bottle. The sweetness is just a little too strong and cloying and for the mouthfeel is too heavy than having one made fresh at the bar in Belgium. I do like that it is in a 375ml, because all that Belgian candi sugar is too much to drink much more than that.

Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to akorsak for helping me check this style off my list! A sweetened lambic....hmmm.

A-Bright, clear copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a ring and left decent lace.

S-Wet,musty wool, a touch of sulphur and strong honey sugary sweetness.

T-Very sweet with a honey like feel and a touch of vinegar sourness. This one though is all about the sweet! A sharp bite comes out in the background.

M-Medium-light bodied and syrupy smooth with a nice lingering residual sweetness and sour twang.

D-Not bad and certainly interesting but overall this one is too sweet for me. I would love to try a fresh, on tap and more? authentic offering of Faro. Guess I will have to go to Belgium to do so!

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 250ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brown colour with a small, quick to dissipate white head.

Smells of sugar and vinegar.

Tastes of mango-y tropical fruits, almost like coca-cola, and a burnt sugar & cinnamon taste with a soft hint of vinegar acidity competing with the sweetness on the finish. Nice, soft level of carbonation.

Overall a cheap but thoroughly enjoyable beer.

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

16.7oz bottle, beer temple in brussels

appearance: split in our hotel in brussels - poured into 2 wine glasses as a nightcapper, copper body, beige foam

smell: sweet, wild yeast, wet hay, earthy

taste: a bit too sweet as i often find to be the case with lindemans - the added sugar makes this one a little harder for me to enjoy. there is some nice wild yeast funk, earthy mushroom, and nice lambic notes but its just too sweet

mouthfeel: a little heavy

drinkability: ok

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice sweet champagne like beer. I've tried the peach version and did not like it but this version is really good. Nice and sweet with a sweet smoky and slightly barnyard aroma. Goes down great and tastes fresh. Slightly tart. Definitely not as sour as the peach version. I really like this one and would recommend highly.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear bubbly amber with a thin tan head that retreats to a ring of foam.

S - Tart green apple with just a hint of vinegar. Cereal graininess with a sweet sugary aroma. Earthy.

T - Very sweet but the sweetness doesn't remind me of candi sugar at all. Slight graininess, earthy with tart apple. The aftertaste reminds me of very sugary cider mixed with a hint of lambic.

M - Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Becomes a touch sticky as it warms due to sweetness.

D - Not sure how I feel about this one. The sweetness tastes a little artificial and it might be a tad too sweet for my tastes.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: brown, clay with unfiltered body, lots of carbonation, trace head.

S: cherries, mild figs + dates, hint of woodsy aroma with chocolate an aroma of sweetness.

T/M: sweet cherry, date, figs upfront, bitter and sour finish. slight prickly feeling on the tongue, surprisingly goes down smooth with a little pucker to change things up for a a beer drinker.

D: This is my 1st lambic. I have been very hesitant to try this style of beer, but it is very refreshing and different. I think I could try other lambics, but no more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. This may be a good starting beer for ladies who like Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss or perhaps a wine cooler.

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

Just bought this small capped bottle from De Bier Tempel in Brussels. It was in the oooler for 1.85 euros.

Pours a dark amber with a bit thick creamy head.

Smell is strong sweet sugar and acidic vinegary lambic. A bit medicinal, not much else going on in the nose.

Taste is very, very sweet almost syrupy with a bit of citrusy lemon kick. It reminds me of the blended lambic I just had at a la becasse around the corner.

This is sort of a dessert beer slash beer that I would love if I was much younger and just getting into beer. The sweetness is a bit overpowering.

Overall, I can't say its a favorite but it certainly is something that is easy to drink. Its a good night cap after being up for 24 hours after landing in Brussels early this morning.

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