Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 467
Hads: 931
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 44
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Faro |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, brown amber colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: funky, musty, wild, grapes, brown sugar, sour

T: simultaneous sweet and sour flavors, quite tasty, has fruity apple flavor, reminds me more of cider than beer, different but good

M: thin but sticy with high carbonation

O: I've never had this style before. It's quite sweet, which I'm alright with. (450 characters)

Photo of Steamer
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reddish Amber color with a thin white head with little to no lacing. Smell; Very sour, almost pungent. The taste is sweeter than the aroma which is surprising, like a sweet tart, pleasant actually. Mildly carbonated, dry and a little bitter. Overall: A very good refreshing lambic, definitely worth a try. (305 characters)

Photo of HabiMendes
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This amber-looking beer brings a slight (yes, slight) acidity in the aroma, together with apples, pears, barnyard ideas, cinnamon, and sugar/honey. The light body has a medium-high carbonation, and the aftertaste is short, malty (wheaty) and sweet - perhaps too sweet. Didn't impress me: doesn't have the complexity of the Gueuzes, or the expressiveness of the Flanders Sour Ales. (380 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First faro I've tried with the promise that a faro makes someone who has yet to embrace the sourness of most lambics like the flavor profile of these spontaneously fermented beers. Definitely has the characteristic sour, slightly funky wild microbe flavor of lambics but indeed finishes with a sugary sweetness. Finishes a bit like a sweet white wine. Definitely an approachable, easy to drink sessionable brew that although not overly complex has enough character to keep you interested. (488 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a surprisingly dark amber with little head formation or retention. However, quite a bit of sediment drifts around the bottom and contributes to the slight haze present. The nose is relatively sweet with slight depth in the form of a subtle funky tartness. It drinks like a very very mild kriek with huge brown sugar sweetness upfront followed by a slightly fruity tartness. It's medium bodied, drinkable, and frankly a bit too sweet considering the lack of fruit/carbonation/acidity. I'm glad to try a beer with so much history and I'm a huge lambic fan, but this just doesn't do it for me. Lambics should be blended with...other lambics. (653 characters)

Photo of jandadeboer
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Faro is a unique Lambic. I always enjoy learning and trying Lambics, as they are (usually) naturally firmented. Faro is much sweeter than Gueuze. If you like sweet, I would stick with a Kriek or Framboise. If you don't like sweet beers, then go with the Gueuze. (261 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a ruddy and candied reddish brown with a nice white head on top that sits at a fingers width. The beer’s body is clear but full of floating particles. The beer leaves a lacing of fat medium sized bubbles that leave a curtain along my glass. On the nose, the beer smells largely funky sweet, with cherry fruit leather mixing with barnyard funk and sweet sugars. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and of salty funk with a nice underlying acidity. In flavor the beer begins as cherry leather, moving into almost cidery juice with prickling malic acidity. The flavor then moves quickly into a drier hay-like bitter flavor that does not taste like hops and really doesn’t work with the sweet flavor that came before it. These flavors mix in the finish, creating a weird mix of flavors that is sweet, but not too appealing. The after taste is rather clean with just a slight acidic pucker ringing in the mouth. In the mouth, the beer feels medium thick in body with a smooth velvety carbonation on the tongue that could stand a little more prickliness to wrangle in the sweet flavors. The mouth is left slightly dry with sticky saliva on the sides. Overall, I’m a little impartial to this beer. It starts interesting and complex, but falls apart with the added bitter flavors and the weird combination of the two flavors. The beer is a little too sweet for my taste, but that isn’t what undoes the beer for me. This beer is weird, and I would probably advise trying one of Lindmans other offerings before I picked this one up. (1,546 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The beer is dark orange in color with a small white head, slightly cloudy in color.

The smell is of brown sugar water, a little earthy. Not too pleasant.

Taste is very very sweet, almost like syrup. Notes of fruit and green or candied apple. Very powerful and bad aftertaste.

Probably medium in body but the sugar makes it very cloying.

This beer was not good. Maybe it is good for the style but it was not enjoyable to drink. (430 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in wine glass.

A - Amber gold. Tiny bits of yeast in glass.

S - Nice light smell. Sour. Grapefruit.

T - Delicious, balanced flavor. Hardly any hint of alcohol, yet still satisfying.

M - Creamy, light/medium body.

O - This is a very nice lambic/faro. Very sour, yes. Light, uh huh. But that's ok for me. (314 characters)

Photo of sirtomtom
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Felt like having a Lambic on a whim, saw this on the shelf, never had seen it before, gave it a delicious shot.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly, very effervescent.

S: Caramel, sour fruit, and a teeny bit of wet grass.

T: Rather sweet, but not overpowering, moving on to a bit of wet grass funk and finishing with a lightly sour finish, reminiscent of a fresh granny smith apple. The funk is in no way overpowering, fits well with beer, and doesn't change in intensity when consumed with food(in this case, strawberries and bananas).

M: Medium bodied, with a good effervescence to it. A soft soda like mouth feel. What I was expecting and wanting out of the style.

O: My first Faro style Lambic, so I can't compare it to others of the style. A very easy going beer. If you are just coming off of Lindemans sweet fruit Lambics, this will make a good gently transition. Maybe dial back the sweetness a touch, but other than that a great beer you shouldn't hesitate to grab off the shelf. (1,030 characters)

Photo of elchingen
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into champagne glass.

A: Dark copper color. Numerous very small carbonation bubbles peculating from bottom of glass. White head dissipated quickly. Lovely light lacing coated the glass with every sip taken.

S: Candied sugar, fruit basket of raspberry/cherry/sour apple/plum. Yeast & barnyard funk element.

T: Obvious sugar sweetness up front. Nice tartness tickling the tongue w/ sour cherry like fruit mixed with barnyard hay. Burnt sugar aftertaste, cleans up nicely leaving some cloying, but not a lot.

M: Rounded, carbonation tickles a bit. Sticky and a bit cloying.

O: Pretty sweet, but that is to be expected of this style, after all. I felt there was enough sour pull to go along with the sugars to keep it pretty pleasant and sessionable. Good partner with certain fruity tart like desserts, I'm sure. I'd have again. (838 characters)

Photo of Braz
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased a bottle at Tacoma Boys. Pours a clear ruby amber color, with a thin white head that recedes leaving light splotching on top. Aromas of sourdough and yeast. Taste is sweet tart. The sweetness and tartness balance nicely. Granny Smith apple like flavor. Light bitterness comes through at the very end. Comparable to citrus peel. Has a nice light feel, with a good dose of carbonation. This is good and light bodied. It has a wine cooler like sweetness, but isn't over powering. Quick abrupt finish as well. Would be nice to have on occasion just to break things up time to time. (587 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a flute at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a head that billows like a champagne head upon pouring and settles to a 4-finger frothy, rocky, white head. Really nice retention and great patchy lacing. Clear with tons of bubbles.

S – Definitely Belgian dark candi sugar and a healthy dose of musty funk from the Brett. I’m only getting a little bit of vinegary Acetobacter, but the amount of Brett makes up for it.

T – Very sweet candi sugar along with a bit of acidity and tartness. Musty, funky, barnyard Brett appears mid-taste and lasts through to the finish.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a tart, funky, and dry finish. Sweet sugar and some barnyard funk flavors linger nicely.

O – Again, a Lindemans beer that isn’t getting much love here. I think this beer is tasty, drinkable, and is a very nice example of the style. That’s pretty much all you can ask for if you ask me. (995 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a beautiful semi-clear, copper color with a bubbly, off-white head. The scent is yeasty combined with aged, sweet fruits. There is a sweetness of candied sugar that is like no other. Very smooth, tasty, and unique. Style points aside, this is quite a delicious desert beer that is best enjoyed by itself after dinner, in my opinion. By far the easiest Lambic-Faro to find on the market! (397 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Heavy 12oz bottle, capped and corked, $5.99 at McKinnon's grocery in Portsmouth NH. Served room temp in a small tulip.

A: Reddish tan brew with vigorous carbonation. It puts up a good 1/2" of frothy head that settles in a matter of seconds. All that remains is a thick meniscus along the glass.

S: Smells super tasty, almost like raspberry ginger ale (I mean that in the nicest way possible, no insult intended). Nice mix of spicy ginger, pepper and a hint of clove. Obligatory barnyard stale horse piss funk mixed wtih dry hay. Sour fruity twang like sour cherries and unripe raspberries. Clean, bright candi sugar sweetness rounds out the body but not in a cloying way. A real treat to the nose. I've been smelling it for a good 10 minutes now, not really in any hurry to move on. Also pulling out a hint of cinnamon and ripe strawberry.

T: Reeeally cloyingly sweet up front, wow, I wasn't expecting that. This is like a desert beer. Wish I was drinking it cold, putting the second half in the freezer. My fault for not knowing the difference between Faro and regular Lambic. Anyway... ton of candi sugar up front. Barnyard stuff and sour stuff follow immediately and linger into the very long finish. Horse blanket and sour cherry vinegar.

M: The mouthfeel is like light sugar syrup with a bunch of carbonation. Viscous in a sugary kind of way, so much so that the vigorous carbo can't neutralize it. Yikes.

O: Maybe just not my thing, way too sweet. Will try the second half cold. Maybe I'll put it on pancakes or over ice cream or something. Jeez. (1,559 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Amber-brown with a nice cream-colored head.

S: Vinous, grapey candi sugar, a bit of woody tartness. Smells ok.

T: Sweet grapey glucose with the slightest bit of tartness. Woody spice and more sugary sweetness on the end.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Honestly, this just tastes like grape juice. I realize that faro is sweetened, but this is a bit too much for me. (420 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is excellent overall. Although not as good as their Cuvee Rene, it is a nice, characterful, and enjoyable beer with a good lambic quality despite being sweetened.

Reddish copper, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to foamy ring.

Aroma is nice funky yeastiness, winy fruit - plums and apricot, hints of brown sugary sweetness, and metal.

Taste is zesty funky yeastiness, tart citric quality, iron, light burnt-sugar sweetness. (448 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Founders Snifter.

A: Deep red, crystal clear color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick rocky white 2 finger head that slowly fades. Much thicker head than normal lambics. Lacing is thick and plentiful.

S: Big sweetness to it with the candied sugar shining through. It's a really strange take on a lambic as far as the smell goes.

T: Really kind of nice. Sweet candied sugar and funky barnyard hay flavors that come with the lambic. It's so good and so interesting. Part of what I like about lambics is the tartness and it's really masked by the candied sugar which is excellent.

M: Sticky yet fluffy-carbonated. Kind of big-bodied which is weird for a lambic type beer.

O: Really nice sessionable beer. Great really I thought this beer was really good. (790 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at tap42 in ft Lauderdale. Pours a nice orange with no head. Crazy wet horse blanket aroma. Taste is super sweet...horse blanket a bit of funk and some kind of fruit...strawberry maybe. Its so over sweet but it mellows quick to reveal some actual flavor. Its ok but not the best lambic. (302 characters)

Photo of NoHipTee
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Must confess my bias before reviewing this beer. Spent part of my formidable years in Belgium.

This beer certainly took me back.

The appearance is not all that special but the smell is delicious. Keep in mind that this is a dessert beer. (not the sand dune dessert but the sweet after dinner kind)

The taste has some sour notes that only serve to accent the sweet smell.

Mouthfeel is smooth as expected. A delicious beverage.

I expect my rating to be a little over the top. (478 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of mjtiernan
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
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! (1,000 characters)

Photo of FlyAwayPhil
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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. (740 characters)

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.