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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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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 vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Beautiful orange amber. Pours a big white, fluffy head that settles fairly quickly and leaves an ok lace.

S – Tart and barney. Earthy, wet hay. Light honey. Nice bready malt note on the backend was surprising.

T – First notable characteristic is distinct, almost dosed, sweetness. Like a teaspoon of sugar was added to the bottle right before I popped the cork. Tart, green apple middle with hay and earthy candied citrus. Backend includes sweet honey and is lightly peppery. Overall the sweetness is a bit much, but balanced to a tolerable level by the tart and earthy sides of the profile.

M – Soft and well carbonated. Medium body. Slightly syrupy.

O – Not a bad beer. Very sweet, but drinkable. Almost a Flemish wine-cooler.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:41:36 | More by vfgccp
Photo of aasher


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm always down to try a new style, so here is my first Faro. Shared with zep9865 during a mini tasting. This beer pours an orangish amber in color with a light cream colored lacing around the glass. It is very clear and translucent. It smells like it should be tasty. It smells of candied fruit and has some syrupy raspberry to it. The flavors are very sweet but not too sweet. As zep said, my girlfriend would love this. It is so flavorful and full of sweet fruits. It's almost like a fruity soda and reminds me of cherry Dr. Pepper. It is a little sticky on the palate but I guess I should expect that from such a sweet beer. This is a tasty beer and worthy trying to knock out a new style.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:58:39 | More by aasher
Photo of UnknownKoger


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Appearance is light copper with faint shades of red. Good carbonation.

Smell is more sour than I had anticipated. Some funkiness. My mouth is watering already

The taste is interesting. It's definitely sweeter than the nose lets on. Some grapes and other vine fruits are in there. Very surprised. Not entirely thrilled, but decent

Mouthfeel is fine. Smooth

Overall-- decent. I don't think I'd go out of my way to buy it again. It's nice, light and fruity. I went to this blind, and it is my first Faro I've had, so I don't know how representative this is of the style. But glad to have tried it. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:39:14 | More by UnknownKoger
Photo of harrymel


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown-golden ale. Excellent clarity. single finger peanut head falls quite quickly to a shiny surface. No lacing.

S: Up front, very sweet. Quite syrupy, sweet and sour oranges. Some farmy tones, evident wild yeasty flavors.

T: See "S". Then intensify the sweetness. The beer is like candy. I can't imagine this beer coming in a bottle any larger than 12oz - too much, unless for a party.

M: Body is like a light syrup from a can of fruit. Sticky feel. Slick on the finish. Medium carb.

O: Well done from what I understand the style to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 08:13:58 | More by harrymel
Photo of nickfl


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours with about half an inch of white foam that rests on top of a slightly hazy, orange-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light rings of lace sticking to the glass.

S - A dry, musty aroma of wild microbes with notes of wet moss, tart cherries, and a hint of sulfur.

T - Tart fruit up front, quickly followed by a sweet tea level of sugar. Notes of black cherry, caramel malt, lemon, and sweetened balsamic vinegar in the middle. The beer finishes with an emphasis on sugar, lemon, and cherry; it almost tastes like a soda.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - This contrast between the earthy, funky aroma and the sweetened, soda like flavor is really different from most other beers. It shows the funky complexity of its base beer much better than Lindeman's less traditional sweetened lambics and despite the strange descriptors that I am forced to use in relating the flavors it is actually pretty enjoyable. Unlike the sweetened fruit lambics, the sourness is able to show through a bit along with the wild character and thanks to the tradition behind this style, you aren't left with the feeling that they ruined something wonderful to appeal to the masses. If you know what you are getting into with this beer you can enjoy it for what it is and I can see it being a really refreshing beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 00:36:28 | More by nickfl
Photo of lstokes


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to try this beer because I usually love these Belgians with the sour and musty wild yeast, but this is faaar too sweet, such that the sugar drowns out the nicer flavors of sour apricot ans musty yeast, and so it's also a little bit one-note--the front of your tongue is the back of your tongue, so to speak. Thin, kind of acerbic body. I see the potential in the style, but I don't really know that I would want to drink this particular brew again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:36:21 | More by lstokes
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3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottled poured into a white wine glass · fridge temp · not sure about the bottling date

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color, clear, without yeast disturbance. 2" tall head is off-white in color. Great retention and plenty of lace on the glass.

Smell: A classic aroma of funky yeast and wheat malts. Barnyard, gym sock funk is mouth watering. A fresh lemon citrus aroma furthers the salivary glands into action. Nice and musty.

Taste: Wow. Being that this is my first faro, I didn't expect so much sugar to leap forward. Plenty of candi sugar to go around. It's actually kind of a shame that the sugar gets added to this beer, because it washes away any other sense of taste that I can decipher. I get a little bit of funk on the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but sticky sweet with candi sugar. Some yeast dregs give the beer a little bit more discernible funkiness. Hardly any alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: This beer is too sweet for me. I love what it stands for, but I couldn't see myself drinking more than one, which I certainly could do with another lambic. That being said, I love sours, and would drink another if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:00:08 | More by Risser09
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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz corked and capped bottle. $26 at The Brick Store Pub. Served in a Lindemans flute.

A: It pours a boring light brown color with a quickly rising and falling head of white. What head that existed is long gone after a few seconds and there is no real lacing afterwards.

S: Somehow, this combination of funky sourness and brown sugar reminds me of vomit. Perhaps I'm the only one but the smell just makes me think of praying to the porcelain gods.

T: The taste is considerably better than the smell; it features a delicious blend of sweet and sour pears, peaches, and green apples with brown sugar. It comes across as a very sweet beer that leans more towards the brown sugar.

M: The body is medium-light but a bit oily with low carbonation.

O: I can really see how this would be a tasty beer style but this is a bit too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 05:27:43 | More by bucklemyshoe
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Really dark orange almost brown, clear body, small off white head that leaves some lacing.

S- Yeast, sugar, the yeast seems almost sweet in itself, some slight sour aroma.

T- Sour green apple juice, green grapes, some white wine quality, caramelized sugars.

M- Wet feel throughout the drink, moderate carbonation.

O- Decent Faro, at times it was just too sweet for my palette and I felt it was lacking balance in that aspect. Good for the ladies.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 19:42:16 | More by foogerd
Photo of DCon


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $4.95 in a 355mL and poured into my Schlafly snifter to enjoy after my Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. This is my first time enjoying these two Belgian Style ales (Oud Bruin & Faro).

Appearance- This was an orangish, light brown color with 3 fingers of foamy head. Carbonation was evident from bubbling but retention wasn't very good. This seems very common for Lambics. There was a great amount of lace that was left on the side.

Smell- The smell was fantastic on this one! Starts off with a strong apple and sour scent. This seems like it is a hard, sour candy that was put in a beer.

Taste- From the start, the sour attribute is a "no-duh", but possibly to strong. I was thinking that the apple taste would have came out here but it sure didn't. This wasn't like any other sour's I've ever had before.

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, puckered the tongue after keeping on the palate for a few seconds, and was very light on the viscosity.

Overall- Have enjoyed at the iTap House, Chesterfield, MO before and had the same reaction as this time having at home. Really enjoy these sour ales now that I've been introduced to the style from my cousin and will keep searching for new and better ones. The drinkability is unreal with this Faro as it disappears from the glass in no time but very sweet/sour. This may turn people off from the start but I say you just have to get used to it and appreciate it for what it is! Would say this is one of my top Sours from Lindenman's Brouwerij.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 05:16:11 | More by DCon
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3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

undated bottle, poured into champagne flutes.

A- Pours a crisp transparent brown amber, some sparkling bubbly head forms.

S- Tart unripe green apples, a pretty funky & wild tone, a mild sweetness. A little dirty earthy aroma.

T- Very sweet. Doesn't match smell. A light tartness on top of heavy sweet apple juice.

M- Pretty intense on palate. bold, lingers well. Slightly acidic on teeth, wet on tongue.

O- A good take on this lambic varietal. Very easy to drink, but far to sweet for me. The girlfriend liked it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:09:09 | More by busterthecat
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Faro is a crystal clear amber brew that's topped with a white film that leaves excellent lacing. It has a very sweet, tangy candy aroma. It's light bodied and lively with a dry finish. It tastes very sweet and tangy. There's almost a hint of green apple. It's the Lindemans flavor without the fruit. This is funky candy juice. It's a very unique beverage that's fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 19:00:40 | More by yesyouam
Photo of RoyalT


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a beautiful dark brownish copper with an easy white head.

Smell - The nose is light fruit, maybe some mild orange and a spritz of lemon. There's also a nice, light funk and a bit of raw sugary goodness.

Taste - The sugars are mild, just enough to soften the taste without calling too much attention to themselves. The orange and lemon are a nice mix and any acidity is offset by the sugars.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with good carbonation and light and tingly in the cheeks.

Drinkability - I like the strong taste of a stiff Lambic but it's nice to have a Faro every now and then. This does exactly as advertised. It's a nice, refreshing midday drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:51:10 | More by RoyalT
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma-Seems to have mainly an apple ciderish scent to me with maybe some toffee. A bit of pear possibly.

Mouthfeel-Finely carbonated, feel some tartness on the sides of the mouth.

Appearance-Brown/amber without haze. Poured to little head which quickly disappeared, but still have fine carbonation bubbles a few minutes after pour.

Taste-Initially get sweetness in the front of the mouth but bitterness along sides soon follows, sweetish/sour all at once and rather interesting. Not sure if as good as a blended geuze but is very good.

Drinkability-Rather, if price wasn't an issue. I'd love to see how much I could get through. This is truly more of an accent piece or initial drink most likely though.

Overall-I will almost certainly purchase this again at some point and am really into lambics just in general. This seems a bit more straight forward than a blended geuze, but I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:39:05 | More by jerryjeff
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber-orange body. Nice clarity. Small, quickly dissipating dirty ivory head.

S: Caramel, apples, musty wood, citric sourness.

T: Unfortunately the taste is out of proportion. The caramel sweetness completely dominates that citric/woodsy lambic flavors unlike the better examples of the style. the presence of the apple flavors also didn't work for me.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation were both appropriate. The sweetness became cloying after getting a fifth of the way in.

O: Not the most stellar example of the style. Unfortunately it's the only one that comes to the states, giving the style a bad rep.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 11:52:33 | More by callmemickey
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New York

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green capped and corked 355ml bottle into a Lindemans fluted glass. The label has a description of the beer but there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: It's dark in the glass with a bronzy amber colored body held up to light. It has good clarity and some visible carbonation. A good two finger head caps of the beer. It's off white in color and tightly packed. On the glass it leaves some spotty lace.

Smell: There are notes of white bread, raw grain and wheat malt with a hint of sweetened whiskey or sweet brandy.

Taste/Palate: It is candy sweet up front with notes of white bread, sweet caramel, and nougat. Some tangy wheat and yeast tartness just tries to sneak in as some fruit notes like sweet apple peach and pear lead into a stick sweet finish. The palate is medium bodied, smooth and slick. On the lips it feels sticky.

Notes: I'm not quite sure what to think of this beer. My palate is confused, is it a tart beer trying to be sweet or a sweet beer trying to be tart/sour. It is interesting if nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 23:39:04 | More by generallee
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Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A clear amber color, visible carbonation bubbles that rise up to a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. No lacing to be found on my glass.

S- Not familiar with this style, but I'm not picking up any sweetness from the candied sugar. Funk & sour apples dominate the nose. Smells like Lambic to me!

T- Faint flavors of Brett and then a wallop of sugar and sweetened berries hit you. The aftertaste has some sour apple/cherries and tart lemon, but it remains very sweet as well.

M- Sugary feel on the teeth and tongue. Body feels medium, soft carbonation.

D- I didn't find this easier to drink than Lambic, but the flavors are nice just a bit to cloying for my liking. I definitely enjoyed this much more when it was chilled. It's probably a good place to start for someone looking to try Lambic for the first time. I think a wine drinker may like this as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 20:13:15 | More by Dawkfan
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this 750 that I brought back from France. Best by 2012. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Clear orange white head with good retention.

Smell: Apples, kind of cidery. A little bit of welcome funkiness and a slight acetic note. I'm pleasantly surprised.

Taste: Of course its very sweet. Slightly tart, enough to keep the sweet from being overbearing. More apple and a little vinegar. Finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Slick and kind of sticky. A little more carbonation might lighten this up a bit.

Drinkability: Much better than I thought. This was my first faro. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 01:42:17 | More by rapidsequence
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2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from sour tasting notes.

A. Pours amber/ orange with a small head.

S. Wood, apple cider vinegar, maple syrupy sweetness, funky

T. Very sweet, funky, too sweet - the tremendously high sweetness is very odd - like tasting smirnoff coming back up

M. Thin with low carbonation level

D. Not a fan of this one at all

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 05:51:57 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange brown color with 1 finger white head

smell: sour, apples, floral

taste: belgian yeast, sour cherries, apple,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, sweet

drinkability: due to how sweet it is I would consider this to be a dessert beer. but highly enjoyable.


the CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 17:45:08 | More by THECPJ
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad look to this beer at all. Reddish-orange with a bit of a chill haze that goes away as the beer warms...wel, duh...allowing you to watch the carbonation that built a 1/4" head that doesn't last long before it gives way to a top film.

The smell is the star of this beer, letting you know that this is a lambic and you should be ready for some sour taste notes. Sour fruit (maybe apple) and a perceptible floral back tone make you want to get to that first sip.

This is my first faro and I had not read the standard for the style and wound up surprised at how sweet this beer is. It was as if someone took a lambic and poured some sugar into it. Well, that's almost exactly what it is. The sweetness really knocks down the sour, but the fruits (now I get apple/raspberry) become a little more clear.

Medium body and crisp, but there is a slight "oiliness" on the tongue that I'm not enjoying. It makes me wonder if the sugars made it a bit syrupy. The body may have been lighter without this.

They sugar these beers to make them more approachable and sweeter, but for whom? Certainly not me. This is too sweet for me and even for my wife who prefers a sweeter brew. Yes, it's easy to drink for then first few sips, but then becomes cloying. This is definitely the white zinfandel of beer.

This was my first faro, but may not be my last if I can find one from Cantillon or Boon. Hopefully they're a little more even-handed with the sugar.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 14:53:00 | More by Naugros
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4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium amber, beautifully clear, and nice tan head, though it dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.

S: Definitely a good sour smell coming through. There is a nice little bit of sweetness in there as well. Raisons and caramel perhaps.. Seems nice.

T: Sweet and tart at the same time. The sweetness reminds me of eating crystalized rock candy as a kid. This is a lovely blend of acid sweetness, tart flavors, and a touch of sour funk.

M: Light in body, fairly high carbonation, and an almost acidic feel.

D: Damn tasty. This might be one of my favorite wild ales that I have had so far, I really enjoy the balance between sour and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:26:36 | More by Beejay
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Two fingers off-white frothy cap. The beer is active and bubbly, with mostly light brown hues. Frothy retention and nice lacing.

S: Aromas are sour, dirty, and almost skunky. The sourness is citrusy and earthy. That always makes my mouth water.

T: First sip is candied fruity sugary sweetness. WOW...so sweet. It's liquid sugar! Middle of the sip reveals bitterness, and it immediately gives way to the sweet aftertastes. Citrus and honey are in there too. Very earthy, and a little bit of cherry.

M: Light but the residuals would leave me to believe I just pumped syrup in my mouth. Good carbonation, as is expected.

D: Very sweet, but enjoyable. I'd drink this again, but not more than one small bottle at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 15:39:06 | More by washburnkid
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is like a less intense apple cider vinegar taste with a candy sweetness. Smell is sour like fermented apples. Pours a dark color with a thin almost non existent head. Taste is pleasantly sweet with a sort of grape fruit like bitter/sour citrus finish. Has a pleasant level of carbonation that isn't distracting from the flavor. It is really really really easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 01:52:23 | More by hdofu
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4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: no head, clear, red/brown in color, low-minimal carbonation

Smell: big honey, vinegar, small apple and oak.

Taste: an apple/oaky taste starts things off the sour and honey come in mid tastes and the finish is more apple and honey

Mouthfeel: super light bodied, moderate carbonation, very sweet with a moderately small sour taste

Drinkability: A very good sipper. Nice mix of sweet and sour . The sourness is not puckering or harsh. I could have several throughout the course of a day.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 16:35:17 | More by tigg924
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