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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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875 Ratings
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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 36
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Faro |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002

ABV varies slightly
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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.

Photo of thecarster1
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of joepais
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of aerozeppl
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter.

A: Pours a dark grape-hued amber with a billowing off white head that took forever to fade into a dense film that left a network of lace down the glass.
S: Not much odor. A little bit of fruit, a little bit of funk. Strange all around.
T: Wow! This is my first faro but something tells me they all aren't THIS sweet, are they? This one is definitely seems unnecessarily sugary, but I believe that is a characteristic of Lindemans' beers. It hits the palate tart at first, and just the slightest bit of funky flavor sneaks through before BAM! sugary sweet sugariness overpowers everything. Finish has some fruity notes to it, and the aftertaste feels like I just drank some (sweet) fruit juice concentrate.
M: Medium body, that goes down wet (as opposed to dry), and is sticky and viscous from all the syrupy sugar.
D: I mean who doesn't like sugar? I know this beer is supposed to be sweet, and of course this is easy to drink, but it is a bit too sweet for me to think Lindemans didn't take a few creative liberties a put their own touch on the style. I would actually almost probably buy this again if I was in the mood for dessert, and now I really want to try some other beers in this style. I just hope they don't all give me diabetes.

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

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with an orange tone. A short head falls apart quickly.

Smell: cherries, earthiness, and a sugary sweetness is pleasant. A hint of sourness is detectable.

Taste: heavy leaning of the cherry and sugary sweetness with a soft sourness at the finish. Definite earthy tones and a mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a bit of drying late. Long cherry aftertaste.

Drinkability: this went down quickly and was nicely refreshing. Enjoyable.

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

Appears a deep apple juice like amber hue with a bright white head that dwindles rather quickly, not as effervescent as the other fruit lambics that Lindeman's makes. Aroma tart fruit notes hints of green apple acidity and barrel aging undertones. Nice pleasant flow in the nose, I like it so far let's taste...super sweet compared to most traditional lambics, it's actually cider sweet hints of barrel aging touch of woody tones. More apple like sweetness even though I know there's no fruit added to this one just Belgian candi sugar. Nice underlying acidic notes but again it's overall really sweet dessert beer. Mouthfeel is medium body a bit of residual sugars, nice tart middle with a sweet coating finish mellow carbonation going on. Drinkability is decent if you are in the mood for something on the sweeter side.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lindemans Faro lambic has a cloudy brown body with a tan head, and leaves some decent lacing on my lindemans glass (I can't figure out what to put in the things, and it makes sense to dump this one into it).

The aroma is quite nice. Candied sugar mixes with a big, woody character, sweet malt and sourness.

The flavor is good, and similar to the aroma, but the sourness is understated when compared to the aroma. Up front is a nice woody flavor, followed by a slightly musty tartness. Next sweet malts come in, and at the finish the candied sugar takes over and mops everything up. I would prefer a little more edge to the sourness in this beer, and in an extremely sour lambic I could see the candied sugar really taking the mouth twisting edge off just enough to make the beer a lot more drinkable.

Not much to say about the mouthfeel, pretty basic.

I finished this beer in no time, and was happy to do so. Although I'd like a little bit more sourness as this was on the sweet side this beer was pretty refreshing as it is.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep cola orange, very mild bubbly white head, looks a lot like soda, hard to judge because I've never had this style before.

S: Minor notes of horse blanket, wood, sweet malt.

T: Sugary fruit, with definite notes of peaches, mild cherries, certainly tastes good.

M: Light-bodied, more sweet than sour but has a finishing acidity like sour candy. Too sweet overall for me.

D: At $8 this is a single buy for me to try the style, it's the only one around, but it was a lot like drinking a lambic soda, a sure fire crowd pleaser though.

Photo of DefenCorps
1.82/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I grabbed this at State Line yesterday. While this is the second faro I've had (the other being the Chapeau faro), this is the first I get to tick.

Clear amber with a dense, white head that settles into a thin cap, leaving some lace, this beer looks good. The nose belies this beers lambic base. A mild musty funk and woody aroma are immediately noticeable, but as this warms up, I do get a rather noticeable sweetness. Sugary and rather intense, like cake frosting, this aspect isn't particularly enjoyable. It is, however, better than the taste. Wretched candy sweetness, this tastes like sugar water. The sourness and funk are completely overwhelmed here, this is like cheap store brand soda with an artificial fruit and sugary sweetness and the carbonation lending a refreshing finale to this beer. I really don't get much flavor here, this is just rather wretched. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this is sweet on the finish with a blend of regular and brown sugar. Avoid.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky ruddy brown with off-white head that fades. Nose is pretty good with some nice tart and funky notes, some lemon as well. Taste, however, falls a little flat. It tastes pretty much exactly like the description of a faro--a geueze with sugar added. It's sweet, has lemon and malty notes, as well as an almost tea-like note. Moderate mouthfeel, decent drinkability. OK, though not something I will revisit.

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

375 ML bottle... Poured into tulip.

A clear, brownish-red hinted gold color. Minimal head and lacing.

Smells of thick, unrefined sugar, tart cherries, slight vinegar, earthy oakiness, and a little grape-like quality...

Taste starts really sweet-- sugar in the raw, molasses, sweet fruitines... Then an earthy and oaky note comes in with a little dry funky hay... Never quite dries out enough for my taste-- but the beer's drinkability doesn't suffer much for it. Very easy to drink, and rather enjoyable. Nice tartness.

The body is medium-light with low carbonation. Feels slightly oily, but mostly from the thick sugar.

This is really worth a try-- even if you pick it up just to bring it to a Christmas party-- this is worth a pour for yourself. This seems like it would be enjoyed by most people, craft fans or not. I look forward to trying more Faro beers.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pale and thin appearance with head that quickly disappears
S- smells pretty much just like funk... not very complex or pleasing
T- tasts sweet and funky... syrupy sweetness that underlies it all
M- Drinks very easily other than being syrupy
D- a bit of a sipper

Photo of beerwolf77
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Redish brown purple hue. About a finger of dirty white head. Fast fading. Some soapy lace. Thin cap.

S: Moderate lactic sour. Lots of sweet berries. Mild touch of funkiness. Dusty wood and damp basement.

T: Rather sweet up front. It then sort of fades into a light lactic sour and then nothing. No off flavors just not a whole lot going on.

M: Light and bubbly body. Dry as a bone finish.

D: Overall easy drinking for sure. Nothing that's gonna wow you flavor wise but tasty with a decent sour kick. I would love to try another beer in this style. Just to compare. For almost $6 a bottle this one won't be picked up again.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with golden highlights around the edges; the head fades quickly in an almost soda-like fashion, though it does leaves a few streaks of lace behind

Smell: While there is plenty of sugary sweetness in the aroma, I also pick up the Brett as well

Taste: Fruity sweetness, up front, with a combination of apples and apricots, with some sour Bretty flavors arriving by mid-palate; ultimately, the sweetness overwhelms the sour flavors, as it continues to do in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: My first Faro and a little research reveals that this is a style that suits Lindemans to a "t"

Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

-Corked and capped. My first per style.

A: Orange-cherry in the glass shows a misty rise of effervesce though a good clarity. The head doesn't care to stick around, falling from a one finger statue in a matter of seconds leaving but a faint whispy lashing for lace.

S: Musky fruit of apples and pear juice comes first, along with a sweetness of candi-sugar. A touch of maraschino cherry juice comes on the trail.

T: Sweet and fruity, there's no denying it, almost unbearably so on the open. Think apple juice laced with a generous helping of candi-sugar. Musky fruit meets sickening sweetness. Hard to measure this in terms of style, my first so, but going by guidelines meets, even exceeds criteria, don't know if that's a good or bad thing. Sparkling cider with a tartness of green apples and perhaps some vinegar on the close.

M: Mouthful is heavy and syrupy, with a slick feel and tartness of green apples lining the tongue. Some crispness on the lips but doesn't translate to the tongue.

D: Not a fan in terms of multiples. Hard to imagine going back to back here. A pure diabetic shock. A long sipper with a reluctance to finish.

Final musings: being my first per style my thoughts probably lean towards more personal preference rather comparison per style vs. others. Draw your own conclusions but it is overly sweet which is never good for any style.

Photo of xylophonica
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 37,5cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Rich dark amber colour. Very little head.

S - Port and cherries.

T - Underlying sourness which is only just noticeable - fairly well masked by the sugar. Big cherry flavour with a sugar kicker. Almost a bier de garde but a bit sweeter.

M - Mild carbonation and fizz, probably closer to a dr pepper than a normal beer. Sweet and refreshing without doing an awful lot.

D - Easy to knock back..

Photo of ptykozoon
2.41/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pretty dirty pink cranberry. Good head and a multitude of bubbles.

Nuts, yeast, hints of fruit - though I'm not sure which.. Musky wood.

Sweeter than I had anticipated. Tastes a lot like Sprite, or Mike's Hard Lemonade with a sour tinge.

Lots of soda-like carbonation. Clean and refreshing. Too sweet though.

A tad too straightforward and soda-like.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 24 November 2010.

Poured into two 10oz snifters and shared with my girlfriend. Bottling stamp shows "L H14IFA" meaning that it was bottled on 14 August 2009 (Lindemans told me how to decipher the date -- I'd be happy to share with you). Color is a clear, deep amber-orange, light film head, no lacing. Aroma of light funk, brown sugar, smells like champagne does. Tastes of bret and some other wild bacteria (still no expert with sours, but I know at least know bret), sweet brown sugar, slight cinnamon, and leaves a "sour apple cider" taste on the tongue. I know there's no such thing, but it's a combination of sour apple and apple cider. The bubbles attack the tongue and then disappear. My first faro lambic was pretty delightful.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At last, Lindemans provides. The long search for a faro-styled beer comes to end for me. Now the fun part, the drinking of Lindemans Faro. On to the beer:

Orange amber colored with spectrum of different brigter colors. Depending on where the light shines, it ranges from yellow to lighter orange to a darker amber orange. That head doesn't stay around for very long. Unsure wat to expect in the nose, I get a sweet and sour aroma. Musty cork hits, then comes the wave of red wine vinegar. It's more sweet that sour.

Here's an odd couple that works: take three parts Flanders Red and one part gueuze. That may be heresy to some, but that's what this is like. Really sweet caramel makes up the base, a touch of sourness attempts to balance out the rest, but it remains sweet. In this case, I don't mind. Red wine vinegar flavor comes through, hold the acid. Fun to drink, although 12 ounces will be plenty.

A different way of doing lambic. Lindemans knows how to get their fruit lambics sweet, but perhaps it's appropraite that they make this unusual style.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear bubbly amber with a thin tan head that retreats to a ring of foam.

S - Tart green apple with just a hint of vinegar. Cereal graininess with a sweet sugary aroma. Earthy.

T - Very sweet but the sweetness doesn't remind me of candi sugar at all. Slight graininess, earthy with tart apple. The aftertaste reminds me of very sugary cider mixed with a hint of lambic.

M - Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Becomes a touch sticky as it warms due to sweetness.

D - Not sure how I feel about this one. The sweetness tastes a little artificial and it might be a tad too sweet for my tastes.

Photo of Bendurgin
2.27/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured this into a tulip. The pour gives a clear clean looking honey color with a big quickly reducing white head with runny lace. The smell is tart like apples with a bit of cedar. A little bit of candied sweetness in the nose also. Holy sweet! The pallet is toned down from from any tartness found in the aroma and it becomes a very sweet. The taste reminds me of white grape juice. It's actually really tough for me to come up with anything else on this. The mouthfeel isn't offensive, it's kind of syrupy but it's not bad.

Honestly, I do not enjoy this beer. That being said it is the first of it's style I've had. Maybe it's not for me but I'm pouring this out. I just can't drink it. The smell was nice but I really don't like the taste. I was still expecting a bit of sourness with me sweet.

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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