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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
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790 Ratings
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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 37
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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NStLincoln

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +14%

Poured this orangy red beer out of a 12oz bottle. The head disappears right away and leaves a roiling lace at the top.

Smells sweet tart and sugary. Like if you were making a sour lollipop on the stove. A little pumpkin spice on there too.

Sweet sugary goodness that gives way to a sour end. It's a reverse sourpatch kid. No particular fruit jumps out here but if I had to call one I'd say very far away peaches.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Tons of bubbles add to the crispness here. I feel like I'm drinking a very sweet, but good champagne. Yum.

08-10-2010 01:23:04 | More by NStLincoln
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crossovert

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

My "first" faro, im trying it side-by-side with chapeau. 12.7 oz capped and corked green bottle. I'm trying these two both the same temp, same bottle type, same glass, so i hope to find which one is better.

The Chapeau has this one beat in looks, just slightly, the actual beer here looks better it is a clear brownish red, they head is a bit weaker though.

Take the funk of the chapeau and throw it out the window with this one, I like this one better too. It is slightly tart smelling with a nice lemon smell to it, very much like a lighter version of the gueuze, there is some barnyard but it lingers waaay, waay in the background.

This one is much crisper than the other, it is overly sweet, but I'm assuming that the sweetness is somewhat par for the course. The lambic flavors are there, but simply with a dose of straight up sugar.

I'd say colder is better to enjoy this one, it isn't bad, but it is really really sweet.

08-09-2010 03:49:38 | More by crossovert
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Goliath

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a clear amber color with a large two inch light tan head. There is decent head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is ok. The candi sugar appears first with a lightly sweet nose. It's also mildly fruity with a nice malty note as well.

The taste is interesting. It's got a sweet and sour thing going for it. Candi sugar and some nice grain bring a simple sweetness. It's lightly fruity as well with a touch of tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lightly efforvescent carbonation bubble.

Drinkability is moderately high. The flavor profile is interesting enough, however it would be difficult to have more than one.

08-07-2010 21:10:54 | More by Goliath
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +24.5%

poured into duvel tulip

A: pours a deep reddish amber, with a thin half finger white head that fell to a thin layer.
S: dry sour sweet, a bit of funky barnyard and plastic aroma. this funk is growing on me.
T: a great balance between an almost lemon like sourness and a sweet toasted sugar sweetness, but it leans more toward sour. also a bit of band-aid from the brett.
M: light and quite crisp. semi-high carbonation
D: very drinkable, wish this were two things, cheaper and easier to find!

08-07-2010 05:04:41 | More by rootbeerman
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Served in a Lindemans lambic flute.

When Tombstone showed us Wyatt Earp dealin' Faro, it looked nothing like this bottle... It pours an equally hazy and clear light amber brown, not unlike a lighter cup o' tea, topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose has got some tea influence as well, along with some violets, pears, mangoes, raspberries, and some toffee. The taste is basically the same fruit, berry, and flower blend as the smell, with some extra framboise influence thrown in for good measure. In addition, some added sugar sweetness (redundant? I think not!) pervades as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thick, sticky feel. Overall, as my first faro, I felt this held its own as a very tasty brew. I feel I should have more of these...if only I could find them...

08-06-2010 20:47:56 | More by TMoney2591
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a slightly hazy reddish orange color with a smallish bone white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smell is sweet with candied cherries and darker pitted fruits but with a sourish funk in there as well. Taste is sweet with dark fruits, hints of caramel, some mild gym socks. Sweet turns to a slight tartness about mid way through, then leaves a long lingering candy sweetness. Light to medium level of carbonation, sweet sticky mouthfeel, medium body. This one is pretty good although I thought it a little on the sweet side. If this were a bit funkier it would be better.

08-05-2010 21:34:40 | More by johnnnniee
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Poured into a flute, quite a deep amber hue, with a fleeting white head topping it all. Lacing is minimal to none, though it's not really expected.

S + T: Malts, some hints of funk, and sugary sweetness on the nose... as far as flavour, the balance between funk and sugary sweetness leans more towards the candi sugars. If the balance were a little more centered, I think I would find this to be a far more enjoyable beer... that said, it's not all too bad at all.

M + D: A little bit of weight in the body... it drinks rather smoothly, but there is a touch of stickiness on the finish making it seem a little heavier than it is. Slightly dry, though I would have enoyed a little more of the 'lambic dryness.' Nonetheless, a decent take on the style... as a beer, I would pick it up again, but for the price, I might paid ($6.99 for a 12 oz), I'd be hesitant.

08-02-2010 03:22:48 | More by Proteus93
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with an amber honey glow to it, minimal white head retains well as a lacing.

Smells sour and sweet, like apple with citrus notes over top. Hint of a maltier undertone.

Tastes sugary. Mild tartness follows the sweetness. Sort of a "soft drink" taste.

Feels moderate to full with soft but thorough carbonation.

An interesting treat. Doesn't really taste much like a beer actually. Maybe a bit too sweet and light for me, but worth trying as something different.

08-01-2010 19:25:54 | More by Cylinsier
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glid02

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours a hazy brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light caramel malts with good amounts of brown sugar and lighter amounts of molasses. Also present are moderate amounts of funkiness and tart green apple aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with good amounts of brown sugar flavors kick things off. Midway through the sip hints of funk and mildly tart green apple flavors come into play, carrying through to a somewhat muddled ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I have to admit this was my first of the style so I'm not sure to what I should compare it, but it was on the sweet side and just didn't seem very crisp. Worth a shot if just to try the style.

07-31-2010 20:35:03 | More by glid02
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Spider889

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

This was my first 'real' lambic (ie-Lindemans Framboise is just too sweet and not as true to style). While this Faro is still very sweet, it tasted more naturally sweet than the Framboise.

The beer poured a yellow/straw color which faded into a light amber color as it filled the glass. It was very carbonated and inviting looking but had no head.

My main impression of this beer is that it tasted and smelled like a fruitty champagne. It had some mild funkiness to it, maybe green apple peel.

Like a champagne it was relatively dry and bubbly. There was a slightly off-putting taste to the beer though and it's not one I'll likely seek out again. The abv is low and it drank easily. Mine came from a little bottle and I probably could have finished two if I had more.

07-30-2010 23:59:08 | More by Spider889
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DaveHS

California

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a light amber, the color of apple cider, with a small off-white head that leaves almost no lacing. From the start it's clear that this is less carbonated than the average Lindemans release. Aromas of musty, overripe apples and barn musk. Smells sweet, and just a little bit citric. The flavor is unusual, and takes some getting used to. The dominant flavor is akin to sweetened apple cider vinegar, with something earthy and papery, like dry leaves. The little carbonation that comes through is just enough to support these flavors, and in the end, this beer is all about the sweet, dark candi sugar. It stops just short of being cloying, making it a good dessert beer, but not something to sip on all day. I appreciate this beer for being something new and interesting.

07-25-2010 19:23:05 | More by DaveHS
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hawks10

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -23.6%

375ml bottle poured into a tulip, my first Faro, not really sure what to expect...

Pours a murky dark rose color, with some plum as well. Two fingers of fine off-white head forms and recedes pretty quickly...

Wow, the aroma is exciting. Tart and acidic like your typical lambic, but the tartness is much more subdued and even has a slight overripe fruit aroma. Where the aroma really shines is in its mustiness, funky and earthy, wet hay...

Hmmm, I detect no tart or sour flavors in this beer at all. Over the top sweetness with no balancing flavors. Very much like a very sweet cheap champagne or one of those macro ciders, not my style at all. When you lick your lips after each sip, all you taste in candi-sugar...

Medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Slick and syrupy, eh...

Yea, not trying this one again. WAY too sweet, I need a Cantillon to wash out my mouth now...

07-24-2010 00:11:21 | More by hawks10
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Brad007

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

Pours a decent amber color with a thin one-finger head into my tulip.

Aroma is slightly musty with apple, grape and a slight hint of horse leather.

Taste is tart, full of apple, grape and slight cherry upfront. Certainly not too sour. Just right actually.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering apple, grape and cherry. Of course, these are not actual flavors but rather what is imparted in the beer itself.

I've never had this style but I can confirm that it is somewhat sweeter than an regular lambic. Easier to drink to. The style seems obscure but well worth checking out!

07-20-2010 04:44:52 | More by Brad007
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

EinWeizenbitte was courteous enough to send me a 375ml bottle of this. No dates, and the entire thing is written in Flemish, but the date 2012 is on there, maybe best by 2012. First faro.

A: Pours a dark orange/brown in color with a tan head that recedes to a ring of bubbles around the edges and an island in the middle. Decent clarity on the first pour. I really like the looks of this one.

S: Lemony up front followed by some pilsner malt/slightly skunky hops. Just a little bit of funk, but its a little dull. Fairly interesting in the nose, but a little subdued compared to the Cuvee Renee, as I expected. Smells light and maybe a little bit sweet.

T: Much sweeter than I had expected, raw brown sugar really comes to life followed by a slightly sour little bit of funk. Reminds me of sweet tea with a wedge of lemon in it. Has a lot of simple syrup like characteristics. Decent, for what the style is defined as though.

M: Thick, mild carbonation and just a hint of acidity.

D: On a hot day like today, it is pretty darn refreshing, however, its a bit too sweet to really go after a few more. Just a little too sweet and sticky for my tastes.

Thanks Todd!

07-20-2010 01:43:32 | More by pokesbeerdude
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours out a clear light reddish pink with a minimally fizzy head. Aroma has some slight funk and fruity sweetness. Taste starts off a little tart before a raspberry soda-like sweetness takes over. This is sort of like a sour lambic with jolly ranchers in it. Finishes tart and fruity. An interesting brew and my first faro. A gateway beer for those that like the sweet lambics and are looking to venture more into the sours.

07-19-2010 08:33:47 | More by saintwarrick
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.13/5  rDev -14%

375mL green glass corked and capped bottle with silver foil. Shared with sleepnbballrlife.

Appearance: Crystal-mother-fuckin-clear. Lots of lively carbonation but quickly receding head. Perks up with agitation.

Nose: Smells somewhat tart and like candied orange peel. Dusty sugar with citric acid (like the outside of a sour-patch kid, to quote Carl). The aroma of being-brewed coffee (but not roasty).

Palate: Tastes like you blended in "Sugar-in-the-Raw" into a Cuvee Renee. Not unpleasant though. A little simple and some light molasses notes. Some of that sour-patch kid on the palate, lemon (props), and some funk. Sugar is a prominent flavor here, but it's not syrup-y or too sweet.

Notes: An interesting style. It's much more complex on the nose than the palate, but is very drinkable and probably a good entry beer for people looking to get into "real" lambics and not the fruit-syrup ones.

07-17-2010 04:42:26 | More by SFLpunk
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

375ml bottle $6. This looked a little bit like cuvee rene in the glass but darker. The smell was odd, not what I would expect from lambic, sweet but almost artificially sweet. Same for the taste, just too damned sweet with no funk or sour. I have no clue why they would send this as opposed to the Cuvee Rene Kriek.

07-10-2010 20:53:23 | More by ArrogantB
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured a clear brown into a stang. A frothy head rapidly collapses. No lacing. Moderate carbonation which sticks around for a while. Complex spicy smells. Amazing balance between sweet and sour. There is sweetness there but almost perfectly balanced by the sour base notes. Moderate body. Drinkability is good. I would drink another if I had one. In the end the sweetness would get you though.

07-09-2010 04:25:56 | More by scott451
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

Shy pour produces a little less head than desired - definitely not over-carbonated. Pours thick, with a ruby-amber color that looks quite nice. Mostly clear, with a little haze suspended; aromas are slightly musty, like apples in a dry cellar starting to rot. Dry herbs and a sugary sweetness finish up the nose.

The flavor profile starts a little lactic and sour, not enough to pucker, but more like apple juice. Very sweet through the middle of the sip and into the finish. Honey and candi sugar really jump out here, with elements of sweetened iced tea and apple juice boxes rounding out the flavors. Very full body, with the spicy alcohol appearing only rarely.

Overly sweet for my enjoyment; I actually enjoyed it a little more when it was fresh out of the fridge, and the sugar notes hadn't taken hold yet. Interesting, but not something I'll go back for.

07-05-2010 02:19:48 | More by BretSikkink
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emerge077

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

Recently arrived in the market, thanks to Sebastian for pointing it out!

A mild pop from the cork, and the tawny lambic is poured into a wine glass. A fizzy crown of foam rises and falls quickly. The reddish copper color is deep with good clarity, and a tiny amount of suspended sediment. Fruit flies are drawn to it, so there must be some lambic in there somewhere!

From the bottle, there's a bare hint of rusticity, wet wood and hay, but in the glass it's dull... sweet and a little papery.

Tartness is there, vaguely cidery at first, until the candi sugar sweetness swiftly overpowers it. An odd tannic note appears also. Sweetened tea and mild apple cider flavors. Light effervescence clears it up quickly, but the candi sugar lingers in the aftertaste. Pairs well with earthy Cabot clothbound cheddar.

An interesting one to try, if not only to knock off the style. Better than the imported bottled Faro from Chapeau, but most likely nothing close to traditional draft Faro in Belgian lambic cafes.

07-01-2010 22:59:57 | More by emerge077
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Popped the cork and a sourness aroma came up, fruity and sweet on the end. Poured a somewhat murky copper with a quick rising, huge foamed up head. Foam died very quickly never to return.
Aroma turned a bit more to apple and sour. Sweetness still on the end.

Total opposite taste. Sweet up front, then some apple and pear, soft. Sour at the end, with candi sugar clinging on for dear life. This is close to a cider it seems. Too sweet for me. Not sure if this is good representation of a Faro..hard to find specifics on it.

07-01-2010 05:17:40 | More by Mebuzzard
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peabody

Kentucky

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours out a clear light amber to yellow/orange with one finger of very fine bubbles that stay in the flute for most of the drink.
Smell is sour rotting apples and pears in a good way. The yeast is strong but not overpowering. A balanced aroma with a slight sugar/sweetness.
Taste is candi sugar water with a sweet tart thrown in there just for a little taste of sour.
Too much sugar here.
Very sticky in the mouth and the flavor rushes away with the sugar.
Drinkablilty is not good here. Not enough sour and way too much sweet.

06-29-2010 01:46:40 | More by peabody
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

750ml corked bottle served in a Lambic flute glass.

A: Pours a clear dark orange color forming a huge, fizzy and soapy white to yellow head. Great retention and lots of lingering and soapy lacings left in the glass

S: Classic Lambic: Very fruity with strong notes of Lambic yeasts. Strong notes of Apple juice. Mild Citric and vinegar in the nose

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of fruits, mainly apples, tastes a bit like a cider. Some caramel malts. In overall, a sweet taste. Mild sourness

M: Very light body and strong carbonation. Sweet fruity aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Refreshing beer. A little bit too sweet

06-28-2010 22:20:36 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from a Lindeman's bottle into a tasting glass. A rich amber in color with a bit of head.

Smell: Aroma of Belgian candi sugar sweetness, tinge of sour vinegar as well.

Taste: Follows the nose, a tart sourness with some vinegar and sugar interacting. Ends up much like a good dry cider. Very sweet and very odd. An unblended lambic with a good deal of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp enough with a lingering acidity.

Drinkability: Interesting beer here from Lindemans. A rare style with only a few examples, all from Belgium. If you are a fan of sours, I would recommend this.

06-27-2010 13:09:42 | More by Stinkypuss
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dauss

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Presentation: 375ml corked, capped, and foiled. Raised imprint of BL on the lower neck of the bottle. Stamp: L C29JFA 9844.

Appearance: Very slightly hazy golden amber color. Small tan head forms quickly and dissipates just as quickly.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness with a tangy acidic quality and notes of barnyard funk.

Taste: Sweet and sour at the same time. Very thick bodied beer with an overpowering sweetness upfront and dries out with a mouth puckering tartness mid-taste , with the Belgian dark candi sugar sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied at first but finished with a thin dryness in the end.

Notes: I've had other faro before and it just isn't the same when it's in the bottle. The sweetness is just a little too strong and cloying and for the mouthfeel is too heavy than having one made fresh at the bar in Belgium. I do like that it is in a 375ml, because all that Belgian candi sugar is too much to drink much more than that.

06-25-2010 23:49:45 | More by dauss
Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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