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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 38
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Faro |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002

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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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330mL caged-and-corked bottle into a thin tumbler. L C29JFA (date code?)...

Clear tea colored liquid with an active ivory head that recedes to a thin dappled layer. Decent sandy lacing and light viscous legs.

Sour, grainy, grape skin aromas.

Cloying mead-like palate entry, lots of honey and apple-skin. Faint caramel candy and a pleasing dusty young lambic funk note in the background. Slightly grassy/grainy finish. The wild yeast comes out more when imbibed alongside something sweet (in this case, raspberry jam on crêpes).

Very low carbonation but not still. Thin and light-bodied.

A sweet example of a sweet style, but still a nice beer on a hot day.

Photo of brdc
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small corked and capped bottle, poured into a Lindemans flute.

Dark yellow with reddish highlights, it has a quickly dissipating off-white head.
The aroma is actually quite good; the sweet fruitiness still leaves some space to the more typical mustiness and leather-like gueuze smell.
Light bodied, it is unfortunately too sweet, and although some gueuze-like funkiness and earthiness comes through, the excessive amount of sugar limits the drinkability - a lot. I have had better, more balanced faros.

Photo of scottfrie
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter.

A: Pours a dark grape-hued amber with a billowing off white head that took forever to fade into a dense film that left a network of lace down the glass.
S: Not much odor. A little bit of fruit, a little bit of funk. Strange all around.
T: Wow! This is my first faro but something tells me they all aren't THIS sweet, are they? This one is definitely seems unnecessarily sugary, but I believe that is a characteristic of Lindemans' beers. It hits the palate tart at first, and just the slightest bit of funky flavor sneaks through before BAM! sugary sweet sugariness overpowers everything. Finish has some fruity notes to it, and the aftertaste feels like I just drank some (sweet) fruit juice concentrate.
M: Medium body, that goes down wet (as opposed to dry), and is sticky and viscous from all the syrupy sugar.
D: I mean who doesn't like sugar? I know this beer is supposed to be sweet, and of course this is easy to drink, but it is a bit too sweet for me to think Lindemans didn't take a few creative liberties a put their own touch on the style. I would actually almost probably buy this again if I was in the mood for dessert, and now I really want to try some other beers in this style. I just hope they don't all give me diabetes.

Photo of Daredevil
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

elegant Jugendstil label ....
pours a beautiful bronze colour, with a firm foamy head ...
smell is very fresh and soury ...
taste goes into caramelized apples, a bit of wild cherries, very sweet and very sour .... certainly a great thirst quencher ...

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. corked and capped bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a dark copper with a finger of off white head. Fruity aroma with some dark sugar. On the sweet side. More fruit, cherries. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. As it warmed, I got a hint of something like vomit in the aroma, which obviously was not pleasant. Beer is very drinkable none the less. Definitely on the sweet side. Would make a good dessert on its own.

Photo of ffejherb
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to akorsak for sharing this 355ml bottle on 10/18/09.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden/light orange body with a foamy alabaster head that yielded lots of thick, bubbly lacing around the glass.

S - Hmmm... kind of odd aroma and certainly not exactly what I was expecting. Initial aroma is a patchwork of sweet and sour sauce, mothballs, caramelized apples, candi sugar and a hint of band-aid.

T - Initial sip reveals something very different than what the aroma suggested. This is an extremely sweet and sugary brew with lots of fruity notes akin to apples and berries. There's also candi sugar... LOTS of candi-sugar. This is the Marshmallow Peeps of beer, folks!

M - Light bodied with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation, resulting in minimal bristle factor. Sugary, candy-like sweetness envelopes the tongue through the finish.

D - This was almost too sweet. Actually, it was too sweet... for a beer, anyway. The sweetness really hinders its drinkability overall. Interesting style, though, and could be the perfect gateway beer for twenty-something chicks who drink liquor laced with Red Bull and Sweet & Sour mixers.

Photo of SuqMadique
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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