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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Reviews: 475
Hads: 949
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 22.53%
Wants: 48
Gots: 87 | 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 maximum12
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this 250ML bottle mostly because I had no idea what the hell a faro was. Good to know I'm not so far gone that I can name ever moon of Tatooine. Never mind. Split with my wife in our cozy flat, surrounded by Brussels garbage. Best by date of February 2015 on the cute label.

Pour looks innocent enough, straight-up amber with a persistent white mop. Nose is sweet sweetness, with only a faint varminty earth smell to interfere with the candy-shop aroma.

Lindemans Faro is a swift dose of sugary esthers, and that's about it. Candied sugar, incongruent earthy aftertaste. I am searching for the beer in my glass and not coming up with much. 125ML WILL BE PLENTY, THANK YOU.

Not sure if this is representative of an uncommon style, but I will admit I'm not likely to run out and see. Sweet. Mediocre, but only because I love sweet, all day, every day.

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Photo of ManekiNeko13
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love it! Score another hit for the lambic crew for those of us just not into hops. The flavor is sweet yet tart, a combination of nectarine and pink grapefruit with a nice yeasty flavor lingering on the palate. It's crisp, well-carbonated, a beautiful dark golden color with an initial flourish of foam that rapidly subsides. Mouthfeel is substantial but not syrupy--you know it's there and you know it has been there but it doesn't coat one's tongue. This reminds me a bit of Piper champagne with a sugar cube and more fruitiness.

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

Finally popped the cork on this one... had it for 2 years or so, and just never motivated enough to hit it.

Poured into a tulip at about 55 degrees

Large peach-to-white head over a darker than expected amber body, with lots of tiny suspended particles, and a touch of carbonation flowing up. Decent retention, surprisingly enough.

Plenty of dull earthy qualities in the aroma. Some cardboard. Touch of tree fruit.

Flavor has a lot of sweet peach-to-nectarine qualities. Very juicy. Not much tart... maybe that quality has faded over time. Still delicious though - one of the most flavorful 4% beers I can remember having. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, without being thin. Finishes with a bit of a syrup quality.

Wasn't expecting quite this much flavor - really enjoyed this one. Drinks like a much bigger beer.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Russet/orange; cloudy; no head at all

Aroma: Very sour; sickly sweet

Taste: Very sweet start; zippy in the mid, with a tart finish; almost pink grapefruit aftertaste; pretty good for a sweet dessert drink

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of dacrza1
4.41/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date Rated: Feb. 3, 2013...
Glassware: Lindemans flute...
Occasion: Super Bowl Sunday--lose Baltimore!...
Appearance: dark copper body with a bright, white, thin hazy head; sediment flecks dance amidst fervent effervescence...
Aroma: flat, funky, punchy pungency; dryish as a wine, buts its wheat keeps the profile in the beer realm...
Palate: medium-bodied and fizzy; willpower must be invoked to keep from slamming the flute's contents...
Taste: sour and tart, as expected--not too puckerish; fruity and rewarding in its full flavor profile...
Overall: Part Super Bowl high, part beer-buying-binge-booty mood, my state of mind may have something to do with enjoying this beer and its style, which I haven't sprung for in a while; at $6 a bottle, pricey but provides a worthwhile experience...

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 250ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brown colour with a small, quick to dissipate white head.

Smells of sugar and vinegar.

Tastes of mango-y tropical fruits, almost like coca-cola, and a burnt sugar & cinnamon taste with a soft hint of vinegar acidity competing with the sweetness on the finish. Nice, soft level of carbonation.

Overall a cheap but thoroughly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From Platinum. BB 04/14.

Appearance - reddish brown - two finger head. Stays nicely.

Smell - Funk, apples, vinegar.

Taste - Slightly sweeter front palate to smell, but not too sweet. Nicely balanced, with sour note left on palate.

Mouthfeel - light, zesty, well carbonated.

Overall - nice drop. Balanced flavours - yes I know it is not a sour bomb, but it goes down well.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with almost no head. Aroma is a combination of caramel, tart fruits and a hint of balsamic vinegar. Taste starts a bit sweet with some caramel and dark sugar and gets fruity and tart in the finish. It resembles a sweet flanders style ale more than a lambic. Overall it's nice, easy drinking beer with a good amount of complex flavors.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.