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Lindemans Faro Lambic | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

Style: Faro

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly

Added by stcules on 12-28-2002

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Photo of EMV
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear golden brown color. 1 finger of tannish head. Spotty lacing.

S: Tart fruits and spice. Apple cider vinegar... a bit of funk.

T/F: Tart up front... semi-sour dark fruits and citrus notes giving way to a complex dark sugar sweetness. Spicy... with coriander and lemon zest. Sticky on the mouthfeel... adequate carbonation. Finish is slightly tart.

O: Very tasty and drinkable. not much of a pucker, but enough of a sweet and sour combo to be interesting on the palate. Dessert in a glass. My first Faro beer and hopefully not my last! Best consumed in small doses only.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.34/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

The nose is badly skunked, so I can't judge it fairly aroma-wise. It's all skunk, with almost no sweetened lambing coming through. Its flavor falls more in line with what I expected. The tartness is mild and simplistic, and it's ballasted by a hefty sugary sweetness. In many ways, it's very cider-esque. Too bad the retronasals also pick up the nasty skunk - in many ways, its presence is like a dog turd in a bowl of fruit punch. Faro, consider yourself ticked. Shame this one was utterly ruined by the green bottle...

2.34/5: Green bottles are worse than Robert Mugabe hosting a nude beach party

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served cool from 375ml bottle into tulip glass.

Opened it with a bottle opener and then there is a cork to remove too! That's a new one on me! My first lambic.

L) Medium brown with a distinct cherry red tinge. Cloudy. 1cm very dense white head.

S) The dominant smell to me is that of cider. A bit of funkiness. I can tell that this is going to be a very different beer to those I am used to.

T) Fruity tang with immediate strong sweet balance. The sharp fruity element definitely has apples as per the smell. The sweetness is pretty much pure sugar. The balance is perfect though.

F) Light mouthfeel, easy drinking. Just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste.

O) My first lambic and I really enjoyed it, will buy again if I see it. I understand that most don't have the sugar added to counter the sourness, I have a feeling they could be too much for me, but this is really great, a good intro beer into the lambic family.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 335ml bottle into a goblet.

looks really nice. kinda like an old ale. deep reddish brown color with nice one inch head. lacing is good to begin with before shrinking to a ring with light covering. there are a few floaties, which look like small pieces of cork?

smell is also good, pleasing mixture of sweetness, vinegar and a little funk.

although initially the taste was very good, same as the nose, as the beer warmed up, the sugar began to dominate more than i would like. still pleasant, but i cant imagine having more than the one at a sitting.

mouth was a solid medium. finish was sweet.

overall, an interesting experience, and once in a while this wouldn't be something i would turn down.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Very foamy 2-3 finger head with a moderate pour. Very clear, but a slight haze. Deep copper with a slight red hue.

Sweet, fruity, malty, vinegary. There is an earthy funk / dirt scent. Very aromatic with hints of wine as well.

First off is a blast of many flavors! Bitter, tart fruit, sour, vinegar, and sweet all at the same time. Tastes like a mixture of wines: grape, cherry, apple, peach, raspberry, etc. There seems to be a bit of malt in there as well. Stays sweet throughout. Dries out a bit as you go. It gets a bit funky, earthy, herbal, and peppery at the end.

Flattens quickly and not much fizz after the initial pour. Flat on the tongue and slick/oily. Not very interesting in the feel category.

Very rich and flavorful Lambic. There are a lot of complex flavors in there. This is a definite purchase again.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lambics are problematic.
They are sour, so I can never drink much... and they usually come in large bottles. So, it is best to drink them with a friend... but so few of my friends have this acquired taste and end up taking only a sip... leaving the rest for me. I drink it and tell myself that no more Lambics for a year.
But I wonder: maybe I could taste more lambics if I found one sweeter.
Enter Faro.
This probably has a little too much brewer's sugar; but it was a small bottle. And I enjoyed it.

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium".

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rather stunning autumn brown with a fairly modest head. The aroma offers up apple cider vinegar, baked apple, nutmeg, cinnamon, thyme, and sage. The flavor starts of we sweet brown sugar, cinnamon, and baked apple, then turns to tart green and and vinegar, with herbal thyme and sage peeking through at the end. The mouthfeel is a touch syrupy, with solid carbonation to cut through the sweetness. Overall I found this a very different and enjoyable beer - neither too challenging nor too boring. I would definitely drink this again, possibly with ham and pineapple.

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Photo of Myotus
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle into a beer flute. Consumed on 24Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that shrinks into a line within 1 minute. Dark amber in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are large in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sweet red apples are backed by mild sour green apple, hay, brown sugar, and earthy yeast aromas along with subtle aromas of wheat and grassy barley.
TASTE: Strong sweet red apple and sour green apple flavors first come forward onto the palate and are immediately followed by strong brown sugar flavors. Mild grassy barley and subtle earthy yeast flavors enter next as sweet red apple flavors grow slightly stronger. Subtle hay and hints of wheat finish off the taste symphony as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: At long last, I have conquered the Faro. And what an amazing one at that. Incredibly sweet to the point of cloying. But I have an insatiable sweet tooth, so cloying isn't a word I would ever use for a beer.

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Photo of pagriley
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Right. here goes. half bottle into a snifter.

L - Pours golden honey brown with an effervescent white head that dissipates quickly
S - odd mix of lambic + caramel. I didn't think I could smell sweetness, but damn, this smells sticky
T - Very sweet up front. Some acid and balance, but overpowered by a cloying candy finish
F - sticky but light - puts me in mind of a trippel

Overall an interesting beer, but not a style I will ever visit again. I am trying to be fair based on style descriptions, but frankly the sweetness is ruining what I know to be a great base lambic.
Reading up on this beer, it has Stevia in it apparently, so they are going for sticky sweet... If you like candy sweetness, then you might enjoy, but too much for me I'm afraid.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Impressive cork and foil neck on the bottle! The beer has a lovely head that starts out fizzy in both sound and look but it becomes dense and settles into a grouping of bubbles that looks like fine soap....the coloration of the beer is hazy and brown with tinges of gold intertwined. Carbonation appears to be somewhat heavy and the lacing is impressive with lots of small patches of bubbly goodness sticking to the side of the glass!

S- Smells of Worcestershire sauce!....just a little more vinegar and wild game/funk. The wild yeasts are in action! Sour apples perhaps....slight peppery spice....interesting indeed!

T- This has a wild flavor that is quite tart/sour...of granny smith apple, vinegar acidity, soy sauce, funky yeast and some caramel/toffee sweetness.....almost like a sour candy.....apple cider in similarity as well!

M/O- Light/medium in body and the carbonation is palate scrubbing...this is most definitely a refresher that I don't think is for just anybody but it is uniquely good! Would also be a great cooking beer or additive to a recipe and while I don't think it's a highly drinkable brew, it's something that I could go for every now and then! Do try this!

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Photo of MacMalt
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a cylindrical beer glass. It pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy, bright white head and minimal lacing. It smells of vinegar and grassy hops. The taste is syrupy sweet citrus. It is both sour and slightly bitter at the finish. To me, it is too sweet - almost like a cough syrup. It has a full body, again almost syrupy, with light carbonation and a low ABV of 4.2% Overall, it's an interesting beer but too sweet to my taste. I could understand how some could enjoy this style but it just isn't for me.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.5/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. Reading CPPHTP10 Ch11. Adding sugar makes it less disgusting than a pure lambic but doesnt make it good either. At least I could finish it.

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Photo of bnes09
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby color with floating yeast flakes. Descent retention on the off-white head. Strange, musty rice, saki aroma. Mildly tart, funky, earthy. I understand this style is sweet but this is way overdone. Finishes syrupy. Anxious to try others in this style and see how they compare.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle (well within the "Best by" date) it pours a deep amber with a small head. Nose is mild, somewhat woodsy to my wife. Taste is slightly sweet with a tart background.

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Photo of woemad
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Foil-wrapped 12oz embossed dark green bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $5.59. My first Faro. Oddly, the bottle cap had a cork hidden under it, which I don't think I've encountered before in a beverage. No obvious freshness date, just a code (LB03NFA) stamped on the label.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a dark, slightly chill-hazed shade of amber, with a big, bubbly beige colored head that dropped fairly quickly.

The nose reminds the workers at my olfactory of vinegar and sugar, with a wee bit of grassy hops thrown into the mix.

This is an odd, but not inoffensive tasting beer. Things start out fruity, tart and vinegar sour, then there’s a sugary sweetness that kicks in and accompanies the initial taste through a dry fadeout.

Fairly light bodied, with an effercescent, coating, almost “cotton mouthy” mouthfeel.

A strange beer, not unpleasant, but not something that fills a previously empty niche for me. I might try another Faro if I come across one, but I don’t feel like I need to chase this one down again.

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Photo of TravisMason
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage March 2010
dark amber 2 inches of white head decent lacing around rim of glass
of sour apples and sweet Syrup
is very sweet almost like old Apple juice
Mouth feel
Thin and very crisp leaves a bit of a sweet covering on your lips
Very good a lot sweeter than most in the style but quite good

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Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber, almost red color, lots of tiny floaties. Nice one finger tannish head, decent retention and nice lacing. Earthy deep red wine aroma up front, with a slight hint of some sweetness and pepper notes. Flavor was very sweet at first then went to tart and fruity, followed by an earthy medicine flavor, and ending with sweetness again - very complex, but wonderful combination. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, with good carbonation. Overall, quite different, but in a very good way. The sweetness combined with the earthy yeasty flavors really made this an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had last night out of the bottle, I think there may have been a date somewhere but it was too codified to tell. Pours a lovely cherry wood color, clear, with a small head that fades fast. Subtle aroma of some yeast funk, sweetness. Taste starts with some funky yeast, hay, hints of peat, middle is caramel and toffee, finishes fruity with a big sweetness. A little too sweet and it makes the body feel heavier. Overall an interesting take on lambic, but a bit too sweet and not enough wild bugs here.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown with some lazy bubbles, red-tinted champagne head fades to only a ring of fizz. Sugar, sugary caramel, trichloroanisole (cork and oak) on the nose. Taste is very sweet, cardboard, white grapes, real & tart cherry, chalky yeast. Aftertaste is reminiscent of plywood - the cork's shortcomings again (yeah, I've tasted plywood). Slightly syrupy, surprised to find that this is under carbonated.
Initial taste makes this very drinkable, only on the woody aftertaste does this get yucky. I do credit it for being complex and adventurous, even if those adventures end up in a debatable place; it's better than being simply alcoholic sugar nectar. With some fine tuning this could be incredible; as is, it is commendable.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet vingeary smell. Sweet like candy. Vingreary fruits with butterscotch. So damn good. Lots of body with a nice feel on the tongue. Decent amount of carb. Love it

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.64/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first time tasting a lambic. Pours deep cooperish with a very mild white foam head, almost no retention. Aroma is spectacular, acetic, vinegar, wine, fruits, candy, cider, lot´s of things there. Taste is odd but good, cider, wine, fruits like apple and fermented oranges. I liked this beer a lot, different and bold.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear amber, almost apple juice color with a thin head that stays persistent thanks to some active carbonation.

S: sweet, sour, tangy, a little musty. It is different each time you try to figure it out, and it is intriguing and quite becoming. The sweet is fruity, the sour acidic, the must provides a balance. It just works.

T: Much more sweet than sour. There is a syrupy fruitiness that comes forward that is almost apple or raisin. The must is still there, and then there is a nice tart finish that mellows the sweetness.

M: lighter body, medium but slightly prickly carbonation.

O: My first try of a Faro, and I did take the time to learn about them. I have a friend who loves them and swears by them. I was still taken a bit aback by the sweetness, but I think for what it is supposed to be, this is a nice beer. I would suggest that this would make a lovely dessert beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A cherry amber color. Very still, no head at all.
Sweet, fruity aroma. On the subtle side.
Tasted better. Like brown sugar combined with a Jolly Rancher.
Very sweet, a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into a wine-style beer glass.

Pours a murky and ruddy brown raisin color. Somewhat unexpected appearance, as it's neither as clean or as visually appealing as most Lambics. 3.75

Lots of funk hits me as I pour this, that's another surprise as I was expecting something highly sweet. But this smells all the way tart, lemony and heavy on the earthy funk. George Clinton in the mud. Some stone fruit presence, but despite the color, very little in the way of malt. 4

How this flavor diverges from the nose so much is beyond me. It's still got some tartness around the edges and that lemon quality, but there's a rush of sweet syrup and a raisin wine taste. Caramel malt and figs are all over this. A touch of funk emerges. It's like a Burlington-based Parliament tribute band type of funk. Interestingly, though this beer isn't at all vinegary, the flavor at times make me think of vinegar. Something connects the two, but it's much more related to the malt than the bacteria. 4

Sweet and syrupy but wrapped in tartness. Medium carbonation that crescendoes towards the finish and creates an interesting lingering feel of sticky sweetness and acidity. It's akin to an overly sweetened lemonade with mineral water. 3.75

I mostly picked this up for the style tick, but it's enjoyable and I'd like to try other brewery's attempts at it, particularly the Drie Fonteinen version.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy bubbly clear light amber with a tiny little head and no lacing. Smells of typical lambic character but muted. Taste is lemon, fruity, slightly funky, tart and sweet. Crisp carbonation and a sour burn dominate the feel. Overall a good but sweet and mild lambic.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
83 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.