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

-pours a clear amber with a small to medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-tiny particle floaties
-no carbonation visible
-wheat,lemon,old barn,leather
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Fruitier than i though.Really nice warm weather beer

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Photo of byronic
4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This was completely unexpected. With a nice pop from the cork this one pours similar to champagne. The glass is instantly filled with a golden liquid containing lots of bubbles. From smelling the cork I was expecting a rather pungent sharp taste. The aroma given off by this brew is heavenly. It's sweet, it's sour, almost different each time. The taste is spectacular a tart, tangy but fruity start with a sweet bordering on candy finish. The presence of that candy sugar is very noticeable but does not upset a near perfect balance of sweet and sour.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I knew the style; so when I opened l'amplolla was a surprise since I expected Lambic, traditional, classic and powerful. For me it is excessively sweet taste makeup of beer, lambic character.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Baby's first faro. And, just by the by, holy hell did the cork give me some difficulty on this guy.

Pours a mostly-clear brown with some tints of ruby, capped initially by about two fingers of foam that recedes to a few islands and some decent lacing. High carbonation is visible.

Smell is tangy, sour, and sweet. Some hints of tart, green apple, sour stone fruits, slightly milky, pepper, brown sugar, cherries, brown sugar. Slightly doughy? An increasing herbacious, almost hoppy aromatic as it warms (though faros are not known for their hopping?). A bit of banana? Very nice.

Taste is much the same: tangy, tart, but with a sweet balance. Slightly wild, funky, but also very fruity. Again, tart apple, stone fruits, cherries (not as additional ingredients--this is the work of the yeast). A touch chalky and wheaty, milky. Slight herbal character, too. Again, very nice. Carbonation is high, and the body is quite light.

This is a very good beer. Not overwhelmingly complex, and not really "big," but super interesting, nicely balanced between the sweet and tart, and very drinkable. Will have to hunt down others in the style: but for something so affordable and so widely available, it's hard to go wrong.

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

Lindeman's Faro Lambic, brewed with brown sugar.

A: A finger and a half of slightly cream colored head. Mid-dark orange/sienna in the glass. Tons of flecks free floating in the beer.

S: A touch of maple, wheat, and tartness. A slight brown sugar note around the edges. Very faint banana peel and faint funk hint at the presence of Brett, maybe. Narrowing in on those, I do get a slight butterscotch pudding note, too.

T/MF: Mmm. Sweeter than I was expecting, and the brown sugar gives it a nice roundness to the overall flavor. Definite candy like flavor, though I can't place what kind. More butterscotch pudding and banana notes, but they blend in nicely. Just a pleasantly sweet, and overall tasty beer.

Poured from a 355mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a style I'm familiar with, though I had some ideas about what to expect. Smells and tastes akin to tart black cherries - maybe some mixed berry - with suggestions of brown sugar - almost tasted like some form of fruit soda. Tart, light, and fizzy, but not my bag.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.27/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Way too much vinegar on the nose. Sugar rush up front, very fizzy, like drinking a cheap pop, but then the vinegar returns on the end. Sugar and vinegar. Not the best combination.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany brown in color with nice clarity. A fingernail of dull white caps it off. I smell dark candy sugar and a bit of an acidic edge. I taste sweet dark candy sugar and that intensity really builds as it reached the back of the palate. The mouth is very dry, crisp, and carbonated.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper color with a medium two-finger white head.

The aroma is tart with notes of vinegar and black cherry. The brown sugar is very faint but it is there.

The taste is tart, but the sweetness of the brown sugar really comes through. Plenty of black cherry notes with just a hint of vinegar on the finish.

The feel is fantastic. It is very well carbonated with the alcohol being all but undetectable. I have an extremely dry finish after every sip.

Overall, a surprisingly good beer. Pretty straightforward but delicious nonetheless.

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

Consumed on May 24th, 2015 from a 355ml corked and capped bottle labeled LF06NFA, which indicates it was bottled on June 6th, 2014. Poured into a Firestone Walker Teku glass.

Beer is a deep honey amber, fairly clear. A two-finger white head of amazingly fine bubbles forms and is slowly reduced to a slight crown around the edges which nonetheless provides some sheeting and clingy bubbles with each tip of the glass.

Aroma is tart, sweet and funky. Notes of red wine vinegar, strawberry and cherry.

Flavor is likewise sweet and sour, with brown sugar being the most prominent flavor component at the beginning and end. In the middle, there is a wince-inducing sourness
that lingers into the aftertaste, getting more acidic as it fades. Sour cherries in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well-carbonated. If the beer is held on the tongue for a few moments, a mild carbonation burning develops.

Not as complex as some lambics and sour beers I have had, but definitely worth a try if one is into sour beer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber with thin head which quickly disapated. Full funky aroma...much more than expected and a lot more brett than I get from many wild ales. Also some grape skin and musty odors like the storage cellar of a brewhouse. Taste has some nice sour notes, but is naturally overcome by the syrupy sweetness. I really wish it was a little less sweet, which would have made it much more drinkable. I also couldn't help but wish the other Lindemans products (fruit lambics) had this level of funk.
Mouthfeel and finish were quite good. Overall, interesting and almost very good, but it is still a faro after all. I think this would be rated much higher if not for the reviews from people who didn't know what to expect from this style.

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

I had this on tap yesterday and it was quite good. I was pretty conservative with my rating. Maybe the bottled version doesn't stand up to having it directly from the keg.

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Photo of AirBob
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Notes from 3/9/15

A - About one inch of bubbly off-white head. Burnt orange body with golden hues around the edges of the glass. Good amount of visible carb. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Tart lemon and lemon rind. Tart cherry and red wine vinegar. Musty woods. Stale peanut shells.

T - Sweet honey and brown sugar. Sweetened lemonade. Tartness. Syrupy medicine. Damp, earthy woods. Tart lemon to more sweet honey.

M - Syrupy but not sticky. Low carb.

O - Having no point of comparison. Interesting beer but not really something I'd pick up again. Like the tartness and funk and layered flavors, but the sweetness is a little much.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Head small, very short-lived. After a few seconds almost completely reduced in the middle of the remaining small amount of glass bubbles.
Smell very dry, grapes, cherries, sugar, slightly candied fruit, floral notes but also dark, old lemon.
Saturation more than average, nice tickles the tongue. Faro taste is amazing, light tea with lemon, grapes, sour cherries in sweet pickle, cherries, raspberries, old, watery - stewed fruits strawberries. There is also a sugar candy, slightly scorched. Each sip brings a light stone bitterness, and the finish is heavily seasoned, very stimulating sour taste buds and salivary glands. Alcohol very well hidden. Smooth texture and even velvet, super.
In Faro, you can either love or hate them. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Colour of deep amber brown. Translucent with particulates, a weak head but a decent ring of retention.

Aroma of darkening black walnuts or their shells; something I'm sure few people will understand.

Taste very similar. I guess I should try Belgian candi sugar to understand what it is that flavours this beer. Slightly sour, but mostly sweet with the very odd flavour of black walnut. Don't know how else to describe this beer.

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Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid beige head, good retention, lots of lacing. Brew is crystal clear and a fairly dark amber color. Tons of bubbly action.

Tart, acidic, and slightly sweet aroma. Reminds me of honey and berries. Nice, moderate wild yeast aroma.

Extremely sweet! Like biting into a juicy tangerine. Lots of sugar and juice, with a bit of a citric bite following. Very little, if any, funk.

Silky, not quite syrupy, feel, relatively light, with a long wet finish.

This is a very tasty beer, but I can see why Faros are rated lower than other Lambics: it's extremely sweet, and there's less of a wild yeast presence. Still, I could easily see this replacing mimosas as a breakfast drink. Light, sweet, low ABV; not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of Locke
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

To say they overdid the sweetness is an exaggeration. Sour does nothing to overcome its syrup-like feel and taste but in the farthest reaches of aftertaste.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip. A dark reddish bronze with a finger of quick-breaking white bubbles. Not a bad brettanomyces aroma. Green grapes, cherries, barnyard, some darker fruit, big brown sugar sweetness which portends things to come.

Palate is unfortunately far too sweet although I recognize that this style is supposed to be loaded with candi sugar. The tasty fruit notes on the nose do reveal themselves, with vibrant cherry, ripe pears, and hints of tangerine and lemon providing interest above and beyond the pervasive caramel flavor. I will say that the sour element improves over the course of a glass, presumably as one habituates to the sugar. The pear note starts to shift to something less ripe and some of the horse blanket shines through. Medium body with a perception of added thickness due to the sugar. Mellow carbonation. Finishes mildly tannic, vinous, fairly tart with an apple cider vinegar echo.

The fruitiness is a strength and this brew has some nice sour character if ones goes looking. Well-crafted if ultimately leaving one yearning for a legit gueze.

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Photo of Wanne
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like a lambic or gueze, and looks the same. However, the addition of too much candy sugar makes it too sweet for my taste. Little disappointed...

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

December 28, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Medium to deep amber, about an inch of slightly off-white head with very strong retention. Some slightly reddish hues are also present.

S – Barnyard, horseblanket, more barnyard. The Brett is strong with this one. I could smell it from five feet away after pouring it into the glass. There is some mildly sweet-dark fruit, cherries, perhaps a hint of tangerine. No hop aroma.

T – Very, very sweet, sugary. I assume residual, unfermented candy sugar. The funkiness takes a back seat. Slightly fruity component to the sweetness, like cherry or apple juice. No hop flavor.

M – Very light carbonation, which means there’s not much to offset the high sugar levels, and this comes across as cloyingly sweet.

O – This is a difficult beer to drink because of the unbalanced level of sweetness, in spite of the wonderful aromas. Seems like it mind blend well with a darker beer for some interesting concoctions, but alone it is not great.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in my favorite beer haunt in the bottle. Wanted to try this type.

Poured into a tulip glass, I had more fuzziness than a head that some of the other raters/reviewers are talking about. No lacing at all. Head disappeared into small ring of effervescent bubbles.

Aroma has a hint of sour with a sweet, fruity background, almost similar to a sparkling wine.

Taste was more sweet than sour, but with a little almost brett background….as it warmed, I got some of the "horse blanket" smell and taste, similar to Orval's. It was pleasant, however, just not really what I was expecting. More sour than the other fruit lambics by Lindemans'

Very medium body, finishes rather crisp, almost like a dry cider.

Overall, I would try again on tap, but probably wouldn't buy in the bottle. As I said, wanted to try this style, and it is harder to find.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a slight garnet hue. Excellent head, lacing and retention. The nose is a light white wine like sweetness with grape and berry notes. Light medium body with a touch of creamy texture. Normal carbonation with some effervescence in the middle and finish. The World Class flavor profile hits the perfect balance of sweet and sour, excellent intensity and reasonable complexity. It begins with a blend of tart sweet fruit. As the tartness fades, brown candi sugar becomes evident. The middle produces a light sourness that is sour fruit in nature rather than vinegar. The finish is a slow fade of sweet/sour tartness. This one is an excellent choice for lambic introduction.

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

A golden orange body, lot's of carbonation and a fluffy off-white head. Smells and tastes of a brown sugar sweetness, slightly dour and funky. Tons of carbonation and a very light, yet silky mouthfeel. Good sour for beginners and highly session-able.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a seasonal treat at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA, delivered to me on tap. It had a lustrous dark red color, with a decent fluffy yellowish head (at least in the light I had) and nice lacing. Aroma is of berries and apple, almost like a root cellar smell after harvest. The taste is decidedly tart, with a mix of apple and berry that stings the tongue at the back. I detect an almost medicinal taste to it, but not syrupy. The mouthfeel is definitely carbonated, but not fizzy. I like the tartness on the tongue that lingers afterward. I am liking this Faro Lambic very much, and will try to get my hands on more in the near future.

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Photo of Samp01
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with a medium off white slightly creamy head. Aroma and taste is fruity, berries, sweet raspberry hints of strawberry, yeast and a bit of biscuit malt with mild tartness at the end. A medium body with lively carbonation, light bubbly and crisp on the palate. I found this brew to be quite enjoyable, crisp and refreshing without being too sweet. Very nice tasty brew.

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