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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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874 Ratings
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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 36
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Faro |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002

ABV varies slightly
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of doughanson78
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Darker orange with a slight red tint. Just a wisp of a fizzy head that instantly disappeared. Leaves no lacing.

S: A slightly funky tartness. Buttery with some wood. Some sour apples and a little bit of sweetness.

T: Sweet caramel and apples upfront. A mild funk and tartness comes through with the buttery flavor and notes of sweet cherries, raisins, and candy. Finish is more sweetness.

M: Light body. Light carbonation. Slick and very dry.

O: I wouldn't so much call this a sour. It does taste like candy. It is good. Definitely something worth trying if your into something sweeter.

Photo of Kromes
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. A clear copper color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: A toasted malt aroma mixed with sour and musty notes.

T: The flavor is mostly made up of earthy and fruity flavors that are both very sweet and sour. It's almost more of a feel as the flavors are muted by the intense sweet and sour.

M: The feel is light and smooth and the sourness and spicy carbonation dry out the tongue after the sweetness fades.

O: I've never had a Faro so I didn't know what to expect. It's very interesting....probably the sweetest beer I've tried, but it was palatable with some good sour notes.

Photo of Elut
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of nrbw23
1.39/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- Pours a murky redddish brown color with a thin whiteish colored head. Head is pretty small, has little retention and no lacing is left behind.

S- Picking up a bit of wood, funkiness, barnyard and sour apples.

T- Is pretty horrific. Quite a bit of funkiness and tart. Sour apples and vinegar everywhere. A bit of sweetness at the finish.

M- Fairly light in body and carbonation was pretty nice.

O- Ok looks like I knocked off the Faro style is about the only good thing I can say.

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of DoktorZee
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.]

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a lindemans flute glass

A - copper brown body with lively carbonation. nice thin champagne style head with great retention and lacing.

S - vinegar sour apples and oak.

T - candied sugar, sour apples and a hint of vinegar in there. a bit too sugary sweet for me. still pretty good.

M - light bodied with low carbonation on the tongue. some tartness but not overpowering by any means.

O - its a decent beer and can see why its popular. would probably be more into this on a hot day but again i know the point is the candied sugar but its just too much for my tastes.

Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of J4de
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

37.5cL bottle poured into a snifter at 6°c

Appearance - 3 fingers of crackling head. Intense light carbonation that erupts through the froth. Nice polished mahogany colour.

Smell - At first it smells very strongly of cider and apples. After a few sips, the sweetness is replaced by a rancid butter smell - not very appealing.

Taste - Acidy sweet apple taste even more than I expected. Overpowering and made it hard to finish the glass.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a nice coating and is rather fizzy but a few sips and the astringency of the sugar leaves the mouth very dry.

Overall - I knew what I was getting in to, not being a great fan of sweet beers. So I rated it on the generous side - it's brewed to taste the way it does. The sweetness of the beer affects the smell and I found it rather off-putting.

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of adrian21
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Agold
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light caramel in color, resembling cream soda, two fingers of frothy white head, fed by steady swift carbonation

S - sour aromas dominate, mostly apple, grapes, and bosc pears, a dry champagne overall quality

T - holy jumpin'! I was totally prepared for a sour beer. This is my first Faro as they arent easy to find and it is not what I expected. Sweetness hit my unexpecting lips and I immediately knew I would like this beer. Luscious fruits abound, sweet green apples, ripe but not overripe pears, asian pears come to mind. Dry muscat-esque champagne grapes are included.

M&D - a contradictory beer, both dry and juicy on the tongue, sweetness in spades, light and effervescent, very easy to drink, a good introduction to a new Belgian style

Photo of Heavenisbeer
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tulip.

A: Opaque, tea-like brown. Very little carb, with a thin white ring lining the edge of the glass. Little to no lacing.

S: Watery. Very light touch of sourness, and a vague trace of prunes and soy sauce. This is my first faro, but the nose is not what I expected from this style.

T: Okay, I wanted to try this style, but the candied sugar addition seemed to me like a good way of ruining a perfectly fine lambic. The taste fully supports my preconceived notions. The funky must of the lambic peaks through the out-of-place sweetener, clashing in the process. A strong phenol presence. Off cider. Overly sweet fruit.

M: Not bad, not great. Just there. A little dryness towards the back end.

O: I understand that the beer needs to be appreciated in the context of the style, so I will judge it accordingly. But I will not be drinking a faro again.

Photo of redleaves
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is well over a year old. Poured dark amber, not much head and disappears quick. Carbonation dissipates quick as well, probably the age. Very sweet on the nose, tart and caramel apple. The flavor is very along the lines if a caramel apple, slightly sour and tart. Barnyard as well. The caramel apple is amazingly strong considering there is no fruit. Not dry enough, I wish it would dry up faster on the tongue, but it is supposed to be sweet. Very nice and refreshing. My wife is a huge fan and I'm becoming one as well. I'm going to hunt down some more Faros to try after this introduction.

Photo of corby112
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, hazy plum color with amber edges and a fizzy half finger head and that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Syrupy sweet aroma with some slight earthy funky. Lots of sweet artificial medicine and candy syrup with some pale malts and dark fruits.

On the lighter end of medium bodied and very sweet with lots of artificial sweetness. Lots of candy sugar and syrup with subtle tart funk and sweet dark fruit. Hints of cherry, grape and other dark berries produce an overwhelming sweetness that lingers into a sling dry finish.

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.