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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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


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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DavidST

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a fluted glass, coded bottle date. This pours a massive head (filling 3/4 of the fluted glass at one point), this initially quickly disappates to a 3 finger head which then has good retention ans leave a slight lacing, the body is a nice golden or light amber color, more clear than I was expecting. The smells are of a little funk, some barnyard hints, brett, a little vinegar, some ripe cherries. The feel is medium light, a little tangy. The taste is pretty good, you get the funky ripe sour vinegar taste of the gueze but then you get a nice sweet balance, I prefer the straight sour, but this is nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 05:42:26 | More by DavidST
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mjtiernan

New York

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a globe. Bottled 3/6/12 (code L C06LFA).

A: Poured smooth...almost creamy. White head with nice tight bubbles. Body color is a rusty reddish-brown.

S: Funky and bretty. I like what I smell. Tiny bit of caramel and dark fruit.

T: Pretty sweet. Plenty of funk and it does finish dry and tart, which is nice. I just wish Lindemans didn’t add sweeteners to so many of their lambics :(

M: Your mouth gets attacked by two extremes. First the sweetness smacks the back of your tongue and then the tartness makes the sides buckle. Body is medium-full. Carbonation not much of a player.

O: I would like to try a version of this style that isn’t sweetened. Probably won’t buy it again but could see pushing it as a beginning sour ...maybe for a wine drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:18:47 | More by mjtiernan
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 375 poured into a flute.

A: Dark amber, almost cider like, with a thin white head.

S: Malt, fruit, apple, pear, and a bit of green in the finish.

T: Sweet fruit with a malt backbone and bit of zest from carbonation

M: Medium

O: A sweet beer that has a bit of a green finish, Faro is meant as a desert, and it should be. Enjoyable for its purpose, Faro is worth a buy.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 22:17:57 | More by ianjsullivan
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-27-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. green bottle, corked with pry-cap covered in foil
Glassware: Chalice
Purchased: Single from Argonaut Liquors, Denver

Pours a clear, dark amber color initially, with the second pour yielding some sediment and cloudiness. The modest white head has low retention but leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Aromas are very curious, funky and different. Smells of wine and grapes, which gives it a dry aroma, but also has a sweetness as of candied fruits. Also has the aroma of a beer aged on wood.

The taste is equally complex and is both sweet and sour. Flavors are rich, with a tart, citrus character as well as a hefty level of sweetness and a woody/oak component. Carbonation is high on this full-bodied beer. The finish is again sweet and sour, like in sour candies.

I can't say I've had anything quite like this Faro before. It's a highly enjoyable, curious mixture of smells and tastes. I really enjoyed it and would love to have more!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 04:15:47 | More by sommersb
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FlyAwayPhil


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish-brown with strong carbonation, slighty cloudy and a two-finger head. The head dissipates quickly.

S - Some sourness with a bit of sweetness. Also some funky and cherry notes. Smells almost like a gueuze, but too sweet.

T - A little sour a first, but it gives way to a moderate sweetness. There are some of the cherry notes noticed in the smell, not too funky though. For some reason the taste reminds me of the Haribo coca-cola gummies a little bit.

M - Carbonates a rather dry at first. A little more syrupy as the glass warms. Very carbonated and light

O - A good beer, which I could see myself drinking again, but not as good as Lindemans Cuvee Rene in my opinion. Enjoyed from my Lindemans flute for this review.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 22:19:31 | More by FlyAwayPhil
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dfillius

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet
A: A very slight pop when corked. Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white head with poor retention. High degree of fizziness seems to be par for the sour course. Brown liquid with red highlights - crystal clear.
S: Tart aroma leaps out of the bottle as soon as it is corked. Apple cider, and slight grain.
T: Rich, sweet, lightly tart. A bit too sweet. Earthy finish with a tart twinge. No off flavors and fairly solid.
M: Just shy of cloying. Lightly prickly. Syrupy. A bit of an expectorant.
O: Tasty, though a bit uninteresting. I'd order another and recommend to others. I won't buy regularly. Better than the other Lindeman's lambics.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:18:47 | More by dfillius
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MadScientist

New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber with very good clarity and a few floaters which are not cork as I was careful to not drive the corkscrew through the other side of cork. The floaters just sit there messersingly still in the barley carbonated beer. The cream, very light tan head falls to a very thin cap after a minute.

S: A funky lambic smell that is mainly goaty with wet horse blanket and a very faint cheese aroma. There is a light wheat aroma and a very light apricot like fruit ester. No hops, no diacetyl.

T: There is a somewhat sharp tartness immediately followed by a cloying sweetness. The sugar and fruitiness combine with the tart to produce an almost apple like impression with very little of the apple flavor but that sort of sweet tart balance. The finish is sweet and tart. There is nothing of hops and malt flavors in here while there is a light hops bitterness.

M: Moderately-high carbonation with with a medium-full body. There is no creaminess but it's not crisp either. No astringency.

O: If you are fan of Duchesse De Bourgogne you'll probably enjoy this beer it has the same very sweet some what tart character all be it with a much simple flavor profile. I'd enjoy this without the sweetness as that would be a pretty good lambic with a moderate sour/tartness to it. I probably would't buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 01:06:46 | More by MadScientist
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a flute glass. Clear, peach color body. Finger of head lasted a few seconds.
It smells like barnyard vinegar cherry. Interesting if nothing else.
A slight vinegar taste and sweet candy. It's like beer candy.
Higher carbonation and light body.
It's a sweet, light, high carbonated beer. The sparkling wine of beer. Worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:42:45 | More by Fatehunter
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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
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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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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a signature Lindemans glass. Pours out a crystal-clear coppery gold color with a nice tight head and lots of bubbles streaming to the top. Nose is dry and has champagne-like notes of white wine and apples.

Light body and firmer mouthfeel than I expected. Quite sweet up front as the candied sugar offsets the strong acidity. Get flavors of pepper, apples, white grapes, and a touch of ginger. I'm new to faros and I'm not sure what the great ones taste like, but this one fits the description nicely and tastes good. Not much of a finish, but that may be indicative of the style. I like the sweetness, but it may be just a bit overdone. If they pulled it back just a touch, the beer might be better.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 00:40:40 | More by deadonhisfeet
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - beautiful dark amber, clear with small white head that stay for a little bit
S - mix of semi- sweet fruits and sour fruits
T - amazing, I had no idea what i was getting myself into, this tastes the farthest from any beer I have ever had, it tastes like a sour skittle almost, very good beer
M - smooth, a little thin, but great
O - this was my first faro, and my first lindemanns beer, it was absolutely excellent

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:14:34 | More by vicsju1991
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark reddish amber. Thin cream colored head

S-woah this smells tart! Just a very funky and sharp scent of lemony zest.

T-comes in with a much more mild taste than the nose lets on. The taste is strong of artificial sugars. It does have a slight tartness but it's mostly sweet. it's somewhat of an aged flavor. It's not bad. There's a hint of pepper in the after-taste. 

M-syrupy, medium to low carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

O-one of the sweeter lambics I've had, especially considering there's a lack of fruitiness to it. It's okay but not entirely drinkable. I don't know if its the beer or style that I'm not fond of. The more I drink it, the less I can taste the flavors. 

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:51:05 | More by AdamBear
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robertgurley

New York

4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass; extremely light fruity flavor, tart and acidic with a clean finish. Very similar to other Flemish beers, but w/ an added sweetness (no doubt from the Belgian candi sugar) that almost completely masks the alcohol bite.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 22:18:06 | More by robertgurley
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber with moderate carbonation and a moderate head that dissipated quickly, no lacing. Sweet and sour apple and cherry flavors, little malt or hops. Finishes with slightly sour fruit. Light and refreshing, worth picking up when available.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 21:22:58 | More by LiquidAmber
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draheim

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL (code L H10JFA) into a saison glass. Not sure what to expect w/ this one...

Pours a crystal clear amber w/ a 1-finger white head, lazy carb.

Aroma: smells vaguely of vomit. Seriously, there's a caramel malt aroma reminiscent of a Marzen/Oktoberfest, overshadowed by that acidic stomach acid smell that gives me an impulse to wretch. Not sure what to expect from the first sip now.

Taste is sugary sweet, balanced by a lemony sourness. Not acidic, just a unique balance between almost syrupy, fruity sweetness and tangy sour.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, a little sticky from the elevated sugars.

Overall this one was a challenge. Different from any beer I've ever had. Aroma was off-putting, taste was simply unique. Not sure I'll pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 05:46:10 | More by draheim
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pigc

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden brown with one finger head that fades quickly.

S - Sour apple, slight musty funk, raspberry.

T - Starts out with a sweetness right up front followed by a pleasantly tart semi-dry finish. Candy sugar is very apparent and somewhat overpowers the tartness at the end.

M - Light to medium and drying at the finish.

O - Interesting beer but a bit too sweet for my taste. Good variance between sweet and sour. Reminds me of a hard cider.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 00:42:01 | More by pigc
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TheBeerCarl

Idaho

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear amber, orange in color with a light thin white head and good retention.

Smell: APPLES! Strong orchard and grassy notes and a little bit of a chemical smell but that could be from the glassware as this was at a restaurant that I had this.

Taste: Tangy-tart sweetness that grips the sides of the tongue that closely mimics biting into a caramel apple including the tanic apple peal. Some chlorine taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice sharp bubbles on the front of the tongue, finishing with a nice smooth and almost syrupy feel.

Overall: A good standard lambic ale. I'd recommend this to anyone who wanted to taste a baseline.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:41:05 | More by TheBeerCarl
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baos

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a nice corked and capped bottle.

A: Finger of head that dwindles down to just a faint ring. Body look like apple cider.

S: Green apples, sour cherries, sour yeastiness, hints of lemon.

T: Very tart with all the above attributes balanced pretty nicely with the candi sugars. Many sweet grains and nectar notes. Faro is a great style!

M: Medium to light crisp mouth-feel. A refreshing brew.

O: A nice sweet style. Push it up to "Belgian tripel" levels of alcohol and you'd have a great dessert beer on your hands.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 04:10:26 | More by baos
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atr2605

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a orange/amber/light rust color with an off white head with above average retention
S-raspberry,caramel, sour yeast
T-honey, strawberry/raspberry, followed by a sour bitterness
M-light-medium bodied
O-Really interesting lambic. I like this alot better than the other lindeman's lambics. Still has alot of sweetness but is much more balanced on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 01:25:04 | More by atr2605
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a Lindemans footed glass.

A: Golden, ruby-ish hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Settles very quickly leaving only a dusting of carbonation and a slight beer ring. Light, but not much, lacing.

S: Raspberry and strawberry in a fermented grainy mash.

T: Cornucopia of fruity flavors, with a very subtle grainy base component.

M: Light, fruity, crisp, and sweet... but not cloying. Lightly bitter finish balances it out nicely.

D: Not much resistance here. Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Reddish golden hue, with a good bit of carbonation, a light head, and no real lacing. Nose is fruity goodness. Flavor follows suit as a fruity, but not cloying, sweet concoction. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 03:03:09 | More by bmwats
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L I27JFA

375ml capped and corked poured into a very slender (flute-like) Radeberger pokal. Either dated '09 or '10. Ochred-amber in color with tons of bubbles. The head was quieted from a gentle pour and has since tried to stabilize as a thin cap, but it's fizzing out slowly. 4.0

Tart, funky aromas of barnyard, wet hay, fresh granny smith apples, caramel, and candi sugar. Really don't know what to expect, but this smells pretty delicious. 3.5

Whoa... literally a sweetened lambic. Tart apples can't compete with lush Belgian candi sweetness. Complexities derived from spontaneous fermentation include chewed straw, petting zoo air, sweet apricot, lemon rind, grape must, and apple cider. All of THIS is paired with sweet caramel syrup, candi sugars, sugar cookies, and pastry dough. Faro makes for a fascinating style, and I'm having a lot of fun passing the glass back-and-forth with my girlfriend and refilling from the bottle. As my first ever of this style, I can imagine enjoying something a little drier and with a more pronounced sour flavor and/or funky nuance. Maybe an implied fruit. Nevertheless, I'm rating the taste a straight 4.0.

Puckering, yet sticky sweet. Light syrup to the body. Prickly carbonation that doesn't let go. Nice feel, and I can see why a flute is the appropriate glassware. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:42:25 | More by thecheapies
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jjanega08

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No freshness dating. Bottle stamped with
L C09JFA

A= Pours a nice deep amber color with a small white head that falls somewhat fast. Actually the head holds on for longer than I would have thought by the way it looks. The lacing is spotty at best.

S= The smell is a nice slightly sour slightly malty funshow. There is a little funky and maybe a little wood coming from it. Classic "horseblanket" barnyard aroma.

T= The flavor is very unique. Much sweeter than the aroma led me onto. A mix of sweet and a slight sourness. The sourness is a nice lactic sourness and a touch of woodiness. I have to say that there is a strange medicinal flavor to it that I don't enjoy as much. It seems overly sweet. Not in the way other Lindeman's beers are. Those are fruit juice sweet this actually has a sour component to it but there is an overbearing sort of straight sugar water sweetness. The finish is different. It's really weird.

M= A little more carbonation would be nice.

O= This is one of the stranger beers I've had. Lindeman's lambics are usually like fruit juice and overly sweetened but still incredibly drinkable. This is actually a little sour which I don't get from their beers except the gueze. The sweetness is overdone here. It has a straight sugar taste. Unfermented raw sugar. I dunno if its to faro style but this sweetness is almost undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 21:04:30 | More by jjanega08
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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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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stella artois chalice.

A- Pours a very dark brown that looks almost black with a very small head that dissipates immediately. Some small bubbles can be seen around the edges of the glass. Very murky.

S- Has a light smell that is very surgery. Smells very much like candy with some notes of fruit and taffy.

T- Very sweet with a slight taste of fruit and berries. It taste's very strongly of candy and sugar. Some sweet grape like jelly flavor is noticeable as well.

M- Very light feeling with light carbonation. This beer feels very smooth.

O- This is the beer equivalent to candy. Super sweet I could definitely drink this beer for dessert after a hearty meal. Very good. I can't wait to try more beers of this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 18:54:05 | More by Zachtheporter
Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.