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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 36
Gots: 49 | 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 tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

tigg924, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a gobet
Cap hides cork

A- Pours a nice golden orange with a thin 1 finger white head. Good amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Not much lacing but leaves some nice alcohol feet on the side of the glass.

S- belgian yeast up front with a nice touch of fruitiness. Maybe some cherry, nice banana and sweetness from the wheat. The barley notes come through quite a bit giving it a bread like aroma.

T- Really sweet and creamy barley malts with a great cherry fullness and tons of belgian yeast flavors coming through. Definitely some wheat like flavors coming through as well. Like a seriously toned done wheatwine with cherrys added.

M- Medium light champagne like body with with a good amount of carbonation and a nice wet finish.


Arenbeer, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear amber in color with a little over a finger of head, little retention or lacing.

S - Aroma of dark cherries, apple, pear, currants. As well as malts, candy sugar and some sour funk.

T - Sweet candy sugar, honey, malts, caramel, tart fruit - cherries and apples mostly, mild amount of sourness and a little bit of funk.

M - Bubbly and crisp, very sweet and sugary which sticks to the palate.

D - This is very drinkable, however I can't imagine having more than one myself and even that is a bit much, would recommend sharing with a friend as a dessert.

StoneBrewFanatic, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Arinthos
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark ruby color with a large head that stuck around awhile despite light carbonation and eventually a thick lacing that remained throughout the entire drink.

S- fruity with hints of cherry apple and other sweet fruits also a hint of sour.

T- very sweet definatlly a cherry taste that was super sweet.

M- very sweet hard to drink if you don't have a sweet tooth. leaves a sweet aftertaste as well

D- a dessert beer not a session beer by any means but a great dessert beer after a tasty meal like thanksgiving or a holiday.

Arinthos, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden red with a fizzy head that died quick. A mix of tart cherries/berries with some minor sugary sweetness in the fruit, as well as a touch of the typical Belgian yeast strain. Very light and sweet and a fluffy yeast touch. Very little in terms of complexity but still a good drinker; a minor tart fruit taste like cherry with some sharpness from these tart flavors and carbonation and is well-balanced. Overall, though, I'd say this is a sugary sweet beer that is great for a dessert beer.

clayrock81, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Donnie2112
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lindemans flute

Looks like

Smells like: Leather, dark fruit such as cherries and currants, vinegar and some vague sweetness.

tastes like: Sweet and sour, the sweetness is rather generic and vague and the sourness combines with it to remind me of something like very sugary but balanced lemonade, just a hint of blunt bitterness

feels like: Medium carbonation, medium body a very dry finish

It's an easy drinker, lots of fun little nuances, nothing offensive about it. It's my first Faro and I'm interested to taste more of the style.

Donnie2112, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a perfectly clear, light copper color with a light, beige head. The retention of the head as a skim was fine and it left decent lacing. The aroma was of wild yeast, must and earth, sweet fruit and berries. The flavors were of berries, sweet tart berries similar to lingonberries, then yeast. Tart and sweet, complex yet drinkable, sour yet balanced. I wasn't dazzled but I decided I liked the style as a result of trying this beer. The sweetness was noticeably high on the overall scale of beers but the strong tart element really came through in the right way none the less. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation pleasant. Any Faro beer is novel and I would definitely recommend this one.

thekevlarkid, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was an, interesting, one to try; like a lambic and at the same time not.
The bottle is nice with the iridescent silver label over the black glass. My glass was filled with a copper beer with next to zero carbonation and no head. The aroma was rich with apple and pear, liken to that of apple coder. The taste is at first is rich with sweet apple then becomes very tart, for a few seconds it's slightly overly tart but settles back into the acceptable range. After settling it has that classic lambic velvety smoothness which makes up for the tartness.
Will I try it again? Perhaps.

DesMoinesMike, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange brown color with a skim head that is slightly off white and reduces to skim. There is lacing that fades on the glass. The aroma is of candied yeast and almost a red wine like scent. The tatse has a red wine like start which gives way to the candied yeast taste and a syrupy sweetness. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and slightly stingy like champagne. The drinkablility is good a nice sweet taste and an easy drink. A very enjoyable expierance.

goblue3509, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of elricorico
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherry red in colour, fairly dark, with a wisp of beige head that doesn't stick around.

Tart cherry candy aroma, with an earthiness underlying it. Interesting.

Taste is sweet, with some hints of the tartness and earthiness mixed in. Candi sugar seems to dominate though, this brings to mind a sweet juice drink more than anything.

Medium bodied and somewhat sticky feel. Moderate carbonation. Decent mouthfeel.

This isn't bad, but isn't really what I was looking for. A little too much on the sugary side of things.

elricorico, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of drtth
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Code on Bottle: H10JFA

Appearance: As poured the beer is very lightly hazed deep russet, almost brown, color with a ½" eggshell white head that leaves some lacing as it slowly recedes to a ring and an island of foam. The ring persists for most all of the beer and sipping continues to leave lots of scattered large speckles of lacing.

Smell: Upon opening there is a distinct set of aromas that tell me this beer is different from most I've had. There is some vinegar like character that a bit like that of sour apples tinged with a bit of sour cherry. It also has a slightly musky character and all of this is softened by something like the aroma of white syrup.

Taste: The flavors are pretty much predicted from the nose, except that the sweetness comes through much more strongly than expected. There is some underlying tartness and sourness that is barely let through to show by the sweetness. The flavors remind me of tart apples mixed with sour cherries and then blended with lots of sweet syrup. (From reading the style description that is role the sugar syrup is supposed to play, however, the taste of the artificial sweetner in here is mildly unpleasant to me).

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is crisp and medium bodied with light but persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long with the sweetness taking a long time to eventually fade away into a dry sour cherry flavor. Meanwhile in the background is the somewhat bothersome contribution from the artificial sweetner.

Drinkability: This is both my first Faro and my first Lambic. It seemed a good way to ease into the style and while my experience is limited so far I already know that I can enjoy tart sourness in a beer. On the whole I found this a beer for slow sipping, but at times I confess I also found the sweetness a bit much, partly because I'm a taster for artificial sweetners. And so, as with many introductions, now that I've had this one I'll not be returning often to this particular beer or style of Lambic very often except to sample someone else's version of a Faro to see if I like it a bit better. (Also to be fair this seems to be intended as a dessert beer, which is not how I drank it.)

drtth, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml corked & capped bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery brown color, with a short off- white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, brown sugar, tart fruit and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavor of honey, brown sugar and caramel. Then some tart fruit flavors quickly follow. There is some breadiness from Belgian yeast a thin malt character creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is certainly a favorable alternative if you prefer a much less harsh type of lambic beer.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crimson-hued brown with a two finger head.

S-Smells pretty acidic with a hint of sweet brown sugar.

T-Slightly acidic, lemon sourness balanced out by the huge sweet notes from the candi sugar.

M-Light to medium bodied with high amount of carbonation and an almost dry, graininess to it.

D-Pretty easy drinking considering the sweetness factor, a very interesting beer; definitely not what I was expecting from the nose. I thought this would be more along the lines of a gueze.

samie85, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle. Pours orange-amber with a small, short lived, off-white head and Champaign like carbonation.
Aroma is of yeast, malt, brown sugar and barnyard. Full, tangy body. Taste is sweet malt, brown sugar and sour grapes. This brew could be a good substitute for Champaign.

mikeg67, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I notice when popping the cap on this beer is the lack of pffft. The second thing I notice is the cork that lies beneath. It all makes sense now as this is lambic by nature.

Pours a golden mahogany into a wine glass and offers a decent cap of foam for the style. Keeps a nice ring and drops off a fair amount of lacing.

Nose is sweet and tart at the same time. Bit of candied fruit and a slight hint of roasted caramel. Just a hint of sourness carries through the sweet delivery, though not nearly as fruity sweet as Lindeman's standard offerings.

Well balanced with an apricot fruit flavor up front and a light tartness on the finish which offers a decent feel and a slowly drying finish with a hint of spice. Quite pleasant, not too sweet and not too sour, yet not too intriguing either.

HalfFull, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of clickpush
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Without a cork screw I sacrificed two house keys... finally got the bottle open with my tooth brush... Orangy copper liquid capped by large, rocky head. Head descends relatively quickly to solid cap of lace and sticks to glass all the way down. Moderate appearance of carbonation in beer.

Nose: Sweet candi sugar meets, malty, Scottish ale type aroma, plus citrus dish detergent plus tart citrus meets hay stacks type thing.

Mouth: Excellent creamy mouthfeel exploits rich malty flavors contributed by the extra sugar combining with lightly acidic, enjoyable fruity flavors. Lingering chewy feel. Tongue is coated by an array of flavors reminiscent of ginger ale.

Nice drinking beer. Could benefit from being two notches drier, IMO, but very good beer!

clickpush, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great everyday sour beer, especially because of the price! It kind of reminds me of the Dechutes Dissident but lower in ABV and not quite as fruity but a great alternative. Definitely has some fruity aromas and flavors but it also has some spicy malts.

WhatsNewinBooze, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of baconsausage
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Chimay glass.

Pours a clear amber with small bubbles. Very slight lacing. Smell is sweet and bready with a little sour mixed in. The beer tastes to me like a mix of licorice, herbal, a little cola, and a little sour. Lots of candy sugar flavor. Mouth feel is a little to viscous for me, want something a little more crisp. Over all, I want to try another faro, but this is not quite what I was hoping for. A little dryer and a little more tartness would do it for me.

baconsausage, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer pours a warm brown slightly dense but clean body with a hint of red. There is a bubbly creamy antique white heat that last a bit. The gentle carbonation of microbubbles pop to the surface.
S- The tart and sweet aroma has some barnyard qualities and some cola note to it. There is a bright tartness and a cheese rind note to the finish.
T- The tart and sweet aroma blend much like the aroma with some dark barnyard qualities and some lighter cola notes. There is a bite note in the finish from the tartness and the sweetness starts to take on a minty quality as the beer opens up. The brett cheese rind note in the finish also grows as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft tartness and a big fizz that hits the back of the mouth.
D- The candy sweetness is a big part of the beer with brett and lambic characters just peaking through the background. The minty character is interesting and works with the tartness. This is easy to drink and I kept sipping hoping more of the funk would arise.

rhoadsrage, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of thecarster1
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- capped and corked bottle poured into a lindemans signature flute, little more than a fingers worth of head that fades quickly to a spotty layer and trailing.

s- some vinegar, woody, very prevalent sweetness here as opposed to other lambics - because it's a faro.

t- this is interesting, very sweet, some woody, vinegary notes as well, not alot of funk, just a residual sweetness that almost takes on a minty note.

m- light to medium and well carbonated.

d- not the greatest for me just because it's so sweet, this isn't a style that i'd be interested in trying out. i want my lambics and sours to be tart, dry, and funk filled.

thecarster1, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of tart malt, acidity, citrus, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Faro. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, tart malt, acidity, citrus, general sweetness. Overall, a good sweetened Lambic.

Tone, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice.

Color is a clear caramel brown. Pours no head.

Aroma: Sweet and funky. Vinegar with light acidic flavors. It has an odd musk flavor to it. I kind of like it, but it is just weird.

Taste: It has a caramelized brown sugar sweetness flavor up front. Not as funky as I was expecting. Very sweet. I like it. It has the Lindeman's house flavor. Light vinegar flavors.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and then some. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, it is a beer that I have to be in the mode to drink. I think it could be drinkable in the right time and place. I have to give it a good score here as I do like it.

mothman, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into an oversized wine glass and I got a big white billowy head sitting on top of a ruby colored body. The head fades away to a nice lace but you still get a ton of carbonation coming from the glass.
Big old funk nose on this brew that I couldn't get past. Now the flavor was really sweet which threw me for a loop with the amount of funk in the nose. It was big on the candy sugar and fruit. It had a medium feel to it with more than ample carbonation to it.
I drank about half the bottle then it became a little to sweet for me. So I sparked a big ass cigar and dam if it didn't work well with it

joepais, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Faro.

A: Fairly clear brownish golden color. A thin covering of white head.

S: The nose is of oak and the underpinnings of a lambic with a ton of sweetness added. The sweetness really is overwhelming.

T: The taste is sweetness. Little bit of lambic. A touch of oak and some fruit as well. Gets better as it warms up and kills the sweetness.

M: Light body well carbonated.

D: What I like about this beer is what I get when I do not like the sweetness. I taste the Cuvee Rene in this and want that. I could see why people like this but this is not for me.

aerozeppl, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: brown, clay with unfiltered body, lots of carbonation, trace head.

S: cherries, mild figs + dates, hint of woodsy aroma with chocolate an aroma of sweetness.

T/M: sweet cherry, date, figs upfront, bitter and sour finish. slight prickly feeling on the tongue, surprisingly goes down smooth with a little pucker to change things up for a a beer drinker.

D: This is my 1st lambic. I have been very hesitant to try this style of beer, but it is very refreshing and different. I think I could try other lambics, but no more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. This may be a good starting beer for ladies who like Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss or perhaps a wine cooler.

BeerLover99, Dec 24, 2010
Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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