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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 35
Gots: 61 | 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 WestValleyIPA
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Chouffe N'ice Goblet. This is my first Faro, had no idea what to expect. A very clear amber color, very little head, recedes to nothing. No visible bubbles, but it's carbonated. Looks like a hard cider. Smells sorta ciderish as well. Brown Sugar. Apple. Spicy. And the lambic funkiness hiding in the background. Not too much hint of the coming tartness. Light tartness on the front end. Very full bodied candied sugar flavor. Really well rounded. Tart red apple flavors. Medium tart finish. A little funkiness lingers on the back of my tongue. Nice little bubbles as I swish. I really dig this.

Photo of dbossman
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper with a thin quickly dissipating head--leaving a very thin film and okay lacing

S: This smells weird like musty weed; this is grassy with subtle dry fruits but mostly weed and grass and grains and funk

T: Sugary and sweet up front and then it dries out--it's grassy and musty and earthy and metallic with a touch of skunk; weird--still a touch of that weed too

F: A touch thin but enough beer does cling to the roof of the mouth

O: Weird, funky, sweet, earthy, metallic, weedy, interesting

Photo of bonkers
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifer, clear, dark caramel pour, light fizzy head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet and sugary with notes of barnyard funk. The beer is definitely sweet, aggessively so. There are caramel notes, and some sweet fruit notes, but the candi sugar is mainly what you taste. The beer is actually light and somewhat refreshing, in a sugary cola sort of way. My first faro, and it was kinda what I expected. Not really my thing, but it was not bad, would like to try another.

Photo of jneiswender
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served out of a bottle into a two ounce tasting glass at the Belgian Beer Festival in Boston.

A.amber body and an off white head

S. Sour rotten apple

T. Cider...vomit


D.no thanks. I know these are supposed to be funky but WOW! Too much for me. How do you pair this?

Photo of hardy008
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber to light brown color with a large off white head which fades quickly. The aroma has candy sugar, tart apples, yeast, and some funk.

The taste is much like the aroma with candy sugar, tart apples, yeast, and funk. An interesting combination of sweetness and tartness that I am not sure works for me.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. A bit of a sticky mouthfeel. Not bad, but not something I will go out of my way to have again.

Photo of plfahey
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber-copper colored with good clarity. Thin off-white head has fair retention.

Aroma-Smells a bit musty, with cork notes along with a hint of lactic tartness balanced by cider apples, honey, and a sort of candy sweetness. For a sweetened lambic, this seems rather balanced and not over-sweetened.

Flavor-Honeycrisp apples, slight cider vinegar, a little bit of barnyardy Brett character, with a sort of toffee/caramel/candy sugar sweetness in the finish. For a sweetened lambic, it still has a great deal of complexity. Finishes semi-sweet with a lingering belgian candi sugar flavor mixed with light Brett notes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately low carbonation. I wish the carbonation were a bit higher on this one. Mouthfeel is fuller than expected due to wheat and rounded out by the sugar.

This is pretty good, and, although I've never had a Faro before, pretty damn close to dead on for the style for what I understand. It's a bit sweet for my tastes, but that is one of the marks of the style. While it definitely has the sweet, candi sugar notes from the sugar addition, it also has light lactic acid and Brett complexity, giving it a depth I have not found in other sweetened lambics. Bravo to Lindemans for keeping this rare style alive.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375ml bottle into a 350ml wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a large whitish head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind some thick spots of lace.

Smell: Musty with lemon and vinegar and candi sugar sweetness.

Taste: Begins very sugary sweet, rounding out to a mild citric sour and finishing with apple and honey sweetness. There is a slight earthy/woody backbone as well.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with light carbonation and a syrupy finish.

Overall: This is my first faro lambic, and it's definitely an interesting take on the lambic style. A good beer; this is a style I'd be willing to explore more.

Photo of evlu1441
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my 100th BeerAdvocate review. I decided to save a special beer for this occasion. This will be my first adventure into the world of Faro and Lambics in general. Not many beers have both a bottle cap AND a cork! This should be interesting to say the least. This will be a bit of a review of my opinion of the style in addition to the beer itself.

This beer is VERY heavily carbonated. It pours a pale amber colour almost akin to apple juice. There is a ton of carbonation rising up to the top, forming a nice foamy finger of off-white head. It definitely doesn't look like most other beers.

The smell is quite spicy. There are notes of cloves and possibly cinnamon coming through. There is also a strong cidery-sweetness coming through. Some aspects of the aroma are almost champagne-like.

The flavour is definitely interesting! It's very tart, but it is perfectly balanced by the sweetness. This combination is not very beer-like in my experience, but it certainly doesn't taste bad. The herbal notes come through towards the end, but are subtle.

Overall, this is definitely not what I think of when I'm wanting a beer. It's almost a beverage in a class on its own. I suppose this is probably the case with all the lambic beers. It definitely isn't bad though. It could compliment some meals well... I think that once you get past the fact that it doesn't taste like a normal beer, it is easier to appreciate the flavours going on. I don't know when I'll have this again, but I certainly won't avoid it.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've never had a faro beer before (I'm working on trying every style). So I read through the description multiple times before writing this review. Please educate me on my errors and I wouldn't mind updating the review.

I poured this into the snifter to sip it like a dessert drink (because of an expectation of sweetness). There was minimal head, but that shouldn't come as a surprise with almost no carbonation.

It was a very deep red with lots of inclusions into the glass. You can see the lack of filtering pretty easily.

The smell isn't really plesant. I get a lot of funk and sour.

I taste sweet, sour, and the funk in the first sip. There is a lot of fruitiness in this beer. It is like fruit punch for the belgians.

It was pretty good, but a 12 oz. bottle went a long way.

Photo of Wadsey
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lindeman's Faro

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours sunset orange with a minimal head that shows little retention. Medium effervescence. 

S: Light sour and musty notes. Actually, the mustiness was pungent at first, but that softens as the beer opens up. Some fruitiness, which ranges from artificial to natural. Subtle wood. 
T:  Yes, there is the sweetness, which is sugary like a pop. Then comes a mild sourness, along with some intense, concentrated fruit notes of apple, berry and grape. The flavor fades away. Residual fruit and sweetness comprise finish. 

M: Light but syrupy body and medium carbonation, which effectively lifts the body. Reminds me of a sparkling grape juice. 

O: I'm reasonably sure this is not a particularly faithful representation of a Faro. I would liken Lindeman's Faro to the fruit ales in New Glarus' portfolio, a comparison that works in its favor. If it were more available and a bit cheaper, this beer could become a guilty pleasure. Plus, the wife loves it. 

Photo of Squelch
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light lacing. Rosy colored. White head.

Smell: Smells like a lambic. No other aromas.

Taste: Sweet. Sour. funkiness. Wonderful

Mouthfeel: Heavy beer. Syrupy. slightly puckering

Overall: Very nice lambic. never had a faro but I'd try it again.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a lightly hazed orange amber with a short lived creamy off white head that settles into a very dense shaving creamy ring. some lacing stick is drippy and spattered here and there in delicate branches and arches.

S- a bit musty and somewhat bland, with fleeting notes of pear, melon, and caramel. some barnyard aromas in there too. wish they were more pronounced.

T- very delicious blend of sweet and sour. very earthy, with plenty of yeast funk and rich woodsy barrel flavors. the multitude of fruitiness the yeast contributes ranges from cherry to wild strawberry to sour apple to melon, red plum, and apricot. the added sugar transforms the tart fruit into a near confection, reminding me of a fruit punch candy... in a beery sort of way. there's also a grainy white bread flavor from the wheat providing a nice backdrop to the complexities. another layer of yeasty funk is also present in the guise of barnyard, horse blanket, earthy goodness, etc. finishes fruity and tart with some grain and fading pleasant sweetness similar to a quality sweet fortified wine.

MF- body is pumped up by the sugar but beneath that i get the general impression of a solid juiciness to this beer. perhaps the fruity yeast flavors allude to that. either way, it's beautiful. subtle yet persistent carbonation glides freely with some of the tightest bubbles i've ever known. very drying on the cheeks and clean elsewhere.

D- the $5.75 price tag for a 12 oz bottle was definitely worth it to me. this is one unique beer that i wish i could share with a few certain people. the combination of sweet and sour is a complete win and is a delight to drink.

Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this courtesy of RiekerStarBrew served chilled in my goblet, probably the first Faro i have tasted.

A deep amber with translucent clarity and thin white cap with lace that clings in spots, retention is decent with fine bead. The smell is good, nice yeast odor, slight candy sugar aroma with a hint of wood and caramel undertone with some subtle spice. The feel is moderately high sugary sweetness level which is good for the style even if it is not my taste, semi-high carbonation with hints of yeast giving smooth body.

The taste is as the nose leads on, with spice caramel heavy sugar influence and mild oak flavor accenting. w/ subtle spiciness and lots of residual sugar on the palate as the sweetness lingers. Overall this is not a style I think that many can compare to base on the fact so few are available in the U.S., but this comes off like their other lambics -too sweet, the only missing ingredient is a fruit addition.

Photo of FosterJM
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

702nd Review on BA
Bottle to strange
12oz cap/corked

App- Pours the color of apple juice with a two finger pillowy top head. Big foam with very noisy bubbles. No cling really.

Smell- Like a nice gueuze just less damp and dry. A bit lighter and brighter than normal but still retained a little yeast and funk.

Taste- It starts out a little sugary but moves to a unique blend of juicy flavors and yeast. It really tasted like apple juice with flat coke. A very de-flavorized and commercial version.

Mouth- light bodied/ high carbed. Both levels couldve gone medium but was a little lighter so call iy as you see it.

Drink- Eh, for International beer day was all I had as import. Wasnt the best, wasnt the worst. A little too sweet, little unbalanced. Wont come back to this one.

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into tulip

A: Hazy red body, with a shallow off white head. Very little lacing. Low level of carbonation.

S: Subtle sour sweetness, with a bit of a low intensity in the overall character. Hints at grapes and cane sugar.

T/M: A nice creamy mouthfeel, that holds good amounts of candy sweetness. Sourness is not very profound, Dry and acidic flavor on the finish. Mouthfeel is left with a liquid candi coating. Sparkling, white wine and champagne flavors.

O: Overall this is a good and drinkable lambic, but high levels of sweetness are in question with the balance of the blending. None the less a good brew.

Photo of mdfb79
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into My Gulden Draak tulip. Picked this one up at Stateline about 2 months ago.

a - Pours a hazy orange-brown color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass and 2 minutes or so of head retention.

s - Smells of sugar, fruit, apples, some Belgian yeast, light spices. A ton of sugar up front.

t - Tastes of sugar, sweet fruits, apples, Belgian spices and yeast. Again, way to sweet...reminded me a tiny bit of a really sweet cider.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little tough to drink due to the sweetness.

o - Overall not a great faro. Just way to sweet and not balanced at all; the sugar dominates and makes it tough to drink. My girlfriend liked it quite a bit though and helped me finish the bottle. Wouldn't seek it out again; go for the 3f faro if you're interested in trying the style.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber color, fruity nose and acid as with candied fruits (like apple and cherry). Body without being too nauseating sweet, sour and bitter without being powerful. Aftertaste of wood, especially cork. Another aftertaste is reminiscent of the gastric juice. A very young lambic is surely the basis of the beverage. Very easy to drink without being artificial or lacking in flavor.

Photo of DIM
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a light, cola brown and it poured with a small, wispy head.

s: This is an interesting clash of sweet, candi-sugar marshmallow sweetness and lightly funky, prickly apples.

t: The taste clashes as well, but its more off-putting than interesting. The sweet elements are much stronger than funky ones. It starts off with something I want to call marshmallow plus a pretty healthy dose of artificial sweetener. There is some green apple funk towards the end, but it doesn't take over. The funk that was there brought Flander's to mind rather than a lambic.

m: The light carbonation coupled with the sweetness makes this feel kind of heavy overall.

o: While I'd welcome a chance to try another example of the style, I don't think Faros are for me. The sweet/funky ratio was way out of whack here.

Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a clear copper body which was more on the red side...the head stood two fingers tall and was white in color...it didn't stick around for long and only left a few spots of lace behind

S - The nose was a bit muted and underwhelming but I did pick up notes of sour fruit, some vinegar, and the wild yeast

T - Now the flavors come together better than they were presented in the nose...the Bretts actually jump out first and present the wild yeast/farmhouse flavor but it's short lived...a slight tartness decides to settle in...you really pick up the fruitiness here...apples, pears, and cherries...once the fruit leaves you are presented with the sweet Belgian candied sugar and that finishes the beer

M - Light bodied...nice carbonation...mild tartness and sweetness

O - I've never had a Faro before, but I enjoyed this one...the Brett was kept to a minimum as well as the tartness...I was actually expecting more tartness and less sweetness...with the powering sweetness this one should be saved for dessert

Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden color with a tight ivory head. There's a very solid cascade of bubbles working up the side of the glass. There is a huge staying power on the head due to the carbonation. Looks good. The aroma is a dichotomy between barnyard and sour fruityness. There is an upfront mustyness that plays with an underlying sour apple fruityness. The aroma is actually a bit subtle. The flavor brings a mild tartness as I take the first sip. Following this comes a tart cherry mixed with grape skin and black currant. There is a lot of fruit in there. The aftertaste brings some mustyness and a slight raw wheat flavor as well. This one is very light on the tongue, with a lively carbonation. Not having any other experiences with a faro, I really don't have a point of comparison, but knowing a bit about the style, I think this falls with a standard deviation of what I would have expected before opening it. I like it. Overall, this is a good beer. I think it would fit the bill when I wanted something sour-ish but not puckering.

Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown with an orange tint and a little bit hazy. Some fine, off-white foam appeared during the pour and lingered for quite some time, producing a lot of spotty lacing. Earthy nose, tart notes of apples and grapes, brown sugar, with a hint of nuttiness and sourness. Quite sweet in flavour -- this really tames the tartness that seems to be somewhat hidden by the sugar. Apples and brown sugar, sort of cidery and grapey, dry on the palate. Carbonation was light, but enough to lift the body and keep it from feeling dead. Overall, an interesting beer and one that I'd certainly have again, but a little sweet for my tastes. I'm thinking this would go better with food rather than on its own on a warm summer day.

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

A - This beer pours a clear copper color. It has a decent sized slightly off-white head on it. The head has decent retention and leaves just a few specs of lacing behind.

S - I am getting some nice yeast and barnyard scents right away. I am also getting some big sour fruit notes such as green apple and pear. Some Vinegar as well.

T - There is a nice sour fruit flavor right off the bat. There is also a nice sweetness to it. There are notes of green apple, pear, black cherry, and some lemon. The finish leaves a lingering sweetness with just a bit of bitterness in the background.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down easy, and has a bit of a sticky feel to it. There is also some bitterness and a sweet finish.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down pretty good and the flavor is nice. Overall, I thought it was a good beer. This is my first Faro so I don't really have anything to compare it to. The size of the bottle is perfect because the beer is too sweet to drink a whole bomber. All in all though, I think it's a good beer and definitely worth a try.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brownish-red body, with a thin white head; light lacing.

S: A nice funky aroma of yeast, barnyard, white sugar, & sour fruits like green apple & pear.

T: A nice balance of sweet sugar, vinegar, tart fruit, and funky Belgian yeast. The sour green apple flavor is balanced with a candy sweetness that kind of reminds me of juice.

M: Light body; light carbonation; a lean texture.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but I find that I enjoy it more if I split a bottle. The whole bottle can be slightly overwhelming being so sweet and all. Picked this up for a friend who wanted a fruity beer and she loved it. Personally, this is a once in a while kind of thing. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light orange-brown color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a small cap. There is some slight sediment that is floating around in the glass after the pour. Sticky globs of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is sweet, funky, musty, with a slight yeast aroma. Taste is pretty sweet with some funk/must flavors being covered up by sugar flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a sticky and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer from Lindemans and the first of the style I have tried but the sweetness is slightly cloying and I am not too sure I would drink this one very often.

Photo of zoolzoo
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Lindemans Faro drinks pretty much like an apple juice infused gueuze. Plenty of candied apple, some pear. The problem is an unwelcome bombardment of sweetness. Where I wish I would find increased tartness, its more layers of sugar. However, the finish is pretty good. The way the sweetness lingers and mixes up with some unexpected must is interesting.

The aroma is more enjoyable than the taste. It contains more funk, sour apple, and only a hint of the sweetness to follow on the tongue. This may (or may not) be a good example of the style, but I cant get into this beer. Still, not entirely undrinkable.

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
83 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.