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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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818 Ratings
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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 36
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the little Faro I had this was not my best. A lot of sugar and barley. Looked nice, brown colour with no head. Smelled like barley cereal, tasted barley cereal and sugar. Average mouthfeel, though it was a little tart backup up by much sweetness. Drinkable with a good lunch.

Sammy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -17.6%

t0rin0, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light orange-brown color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is some slight sediment that is floating around in the glass after the pour. Sticky globs of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is sweet, funky, musty, with a slight yeast aroma. Taste is pretty sweet with some funk/must flavors being covered up by sugar flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a sticky and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer from Lindemans and the first of the style I have tried but the sweetness is slightly cloying and I am not too sure I would drink this one very often.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a large white head. Lots of lacing as it goes down. The smell brings out some citrus, tart grapes and apples, and some malty sweetness. The taste is somewhat sour, but mostly refreshing sweetness. A little bit of earthiness. The body is medium and creamy; overall, this one was quite drinkable, and makes faro a style I'd like to seek out more of.

Thorpe429, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with a fluffy off white head that faded away rather quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are a mixture of sweet and funky sour aromas in the nose; the smell resembles that of a muted down gueuze with the addition of candi sugars.
T: Similar to the smell, there is a lot of sweetness in the overall taste along with notes of barnyard funkiness and yeast. There are also notes of tart apples, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a little syrupy from all of the sugars. There is a light amount of carbonation.
D: The sugars make the beer rather palatable and easy to drink.

metter98, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with golden highlights around the edges; the head fades quickly in an almost soda-like fashion, though it does leaves a few streaks of lace behind

Smell: While there is plenty of sugary sweetness in the aroma, I also pick up the Brett as well

Taste: Fruity sweetness, up front, with a combination of apples and apricots, with some sour Bretty flavors arriving by mid-palate; ultimately, the sweetness overwhelms the sour flavors, as it continues to do in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: My first Faro and a little research reveals that this is a style that suits Lindemans to a "t"

brentk56, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of thewolf: Poureda hazy orange color lambic with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet notes courtesy of the candi sugar with some light sour traces and some light tart notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet notes with light sour and tart notes. Light filtration with some great carbonation provide an easily enjoyable beer that would be even better in my backyard during a hot summer afternoon.

Phyl21ca, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My very first Faro--yep, no longer a Farovirgin. Glad I didn't save myself for something better, because I'm not sure that anything better exists. This beer was exquisit. Starting with the very soured belgian lambics that I usually find dificult to tolerate, but blended with a huge dose of candy sugars. The beer started out with a mead-like sweetness, but quickly followed up with an intense tartness that reached astringent levels. A earthy, musky, cellar-like quality swirled around in the aromas and flavors. Tasted and felt wood-like and sweettart-like. Thin feeling, but richer than the standard lambics. Finished quite dry and sweet. Approaches wine character. With all that said, it was a fantastic beer...I need a moist towelette. Thanks Clvand0.

BEERchitect, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first of the style for me, I had to seek this one out, as it is not readily available in my neck of the woods. I had been eager to try it, so I decided to pop one open last night and try it out. The pour was rather nice, with a caramel colored light brown liquid falling into the glass. Lots of lighter tones permeating throughout. A very interesting head of white foam formed quickly with lots of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. Unfortunately, it did not last long and was quickly replaced by a thin line of white around the edges of the glass, and a small amount of side glass lace. There were still some small bubbles stretching to the surface that could be seen through the semi transparent liquid. Interesting look for sure.

The first thing I picked up from the aroma was the beautiful smell of funky yeast, wow do I love that smell, it really sets me off when ever I run across it. Nice sour apple and pear aromas start to come through then and are mixing in with a candied apple and sugary smell that as it warms starts to take over the profile a bit, but was still leaving behind the nice funky notes way in the back. The flavor, on the other hand, was an utter disappointment. Everything was awash in sickingly sweet candy notes. Now this was not terrible by any means, it was just a shame, as the sweetness was so overpowering that it was nearly impossible to really appreciate the apple and pear notes that lie underneath of it. Lots of honey infused flavors here now, really sweet. With some residual funky yeast, flavors were there if you really looked for them, but again, buried under caramelized candy like sugar flavors. The feel was light, and a little slick, with surprisingly a lack of carbonation, which I did not think, would be an issue. It was very light and airy though, but I could not stomach another one, as it was just too sweet for me.

I do not know about this one. I am a big fan of the sour beers, so seeing this one overrun with sugar disappointed me, but then again it is the style, just not one I overall think I will enjoy. No need to slam it, as I am sure it is a fine example of the style. It is definitely complex and well crafted, just not for me. If the honey soaked candy sugar type fruit beers is your thing, this one is right up your alley.

mikesgroove, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

kjkinsey, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this. One of those obscure styles that I've been looking to try.

A: The pour is a clear amber color with an intense levely of carbonation but surprisingly little in terms of head.

S: The nose is very musty with some odd notes of cork and bread. There is quite a bit of sugary sweetness as well, but I expected that.

T: Wow, I was really surprised by the flavor of this. The intense sweetness was the first thing I noticed as this beer is very sugary. There's also a hint of fruit and for some reason, a bile note on the back end.

M: The body was medium with a very high level of carbonation and despite being sweetened, still has a certain level of dryness.

D: This beer is really all over the place. I was not at all surprised by the intense sugary character, but the vomit flavor really seemed out of place.

womencantsail, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.6%

ygtbsm94, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light brown-amber body with a few initial bubbles, though no appreciable head formation.

Smell: Sourish, tart, lightly musty wafts juxtaposed against a sweet, sugar-laced aroma.

Taste: Sugary sweet with touches of treacle to keep the mustiness at bay. Some subtle fruity tones of sour apricots and tart peaches. Even subtler herbal hints. Very small nibble of Colby cheese. The high degree of sweetness manages to hold back the tart and sour qualities, even through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fairly low amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Just as the overly sweet, simplistic Lindemans lambics rarely win me over, the same is true for their faro. I feel the humble faro could be better served by more prominent lambic produces. Now then, if I could only get my grimy mitts on the Cantillon or Girardin faro.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was interesting, Gave it a good poure into a tuplip glass and looked it over. The color was a a shade of brown with a very thin white head on top that faded almost right away. The smell of the beer was actually quite funky, I expected this to be on the tart side once I took a sip. The taste however was not tart at all really. I know that it's a Lindeman's product but even they have some sourness in them. This was surprisingly sweeter than all the others I've had from them. The taste of brown sugar was throughout the beer. There was just a touch of funk in there too. The mouthfeel was decent but nothing too impressive really. Overall this was something that I found to be quite interesting and I'd like to have more of this style one day just to compare.

Knapp85, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -45.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

When Tombstone showed us Wyatt Earp dealin' Faro, it looked nothing like this bottle... It pours an equally hazy and clear light amber brown, not unlike a lighter cup o' tea, topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose has got some tea influence as well, along with some violets, pears, mangoes, raspberries, and some toffee. The taste is basically the same fruit, berry, and flower blend as the smell, with some extra framboise influence thrown in for good measure. In addition, some added sugar sweetness (redundant? I think not!) pervades as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thick, sticky feel. Overall, as my first faro, I felt this held its own as a very tasty brew. I feel I should have more of these...if only I could find them...

TMoney2591, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently arrived in the market, thanks to Sebastian for pointing it out!

A mild pop from the cork, and the tawny lambic is poured into a wine glass. A fizzy crown of foam rises and falls quickly. The reddish copper color is deep with good clarity, and a tiny amount of suspended sediment. Fruit flies are drawn to it, so there must be some lambic in there somewhere!

From the bottle, there's a bare hint of rusticity, wet wood and hay, but in the glass it's dull... sweet and a little papery.

Tartness is there, vaguely cidery at first, until the candi sugar sweetness swiftly overpowers it. An odd tannic note appears also. Sweetened tea and mild apple cider flavors. Light effervescence clears it up quickly, but the candi sugar lingers in the aftertaste. Pairs well with earthy Cabot clothbound cheddar.

An interesting one to try, if not only to knock off the style. Better than the imported bottled Faro from Chapeau, but most likely nothing close to traditional draft Faro in Belgian lambic cafes.

emerge077, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, ruby/copper color with a one-finger head of off white foam. It left a little lacing.

S - It smelled of some tart sourness. Dried fruits and some yeastiness.

T - It tasted fruity and sweeter than expected. Some cherry flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It had a good initial bite on the tongue. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This was okay. I've never been blown away by a Lindemans brew and this one continues the trend.

zeff80, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle, at Saint-Bock in Montreal.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of soapy, thinly foamy off-white head, and some chunky, chippy sediment swirling about, and some low-lying seacoast lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of rather bitter cherry and lemon 'fruitiness', weirdly tempered by a sense of out-of-place sugary sweetness, with a slightly understated acetic funkiness, and mildly gamey yeast. The taste is sweet lemon, cherry, and apple tartness, equally prominent candy sugar, a hint of generic coriander, crystallized orange peel, sour grain, and softly earthy yeast.

The carbonation is tame and duly frothy, the body a fairly solid medium-light weight, and a wee bit sticky. It finishes well off-dry, the candy sugar dueling a bit too winningly with the lingering stone fruit sweetness, and now ethereal barnyard funk.

I found this to be a very nice, if somewhat surprising opener to a warm summer evening abroad in my own country - light, but not so much so, and definitely sweet, with a hint of balance that allows one to end off with tongue intact, ready for more.

biboergosum, Aug 01, 2009
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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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