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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 37
Gots: 46 | 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 ADZA


3.75/5  rDev +3%

This brew pours a dark cherry colour with average carbonation that leaves no head and little lacing,the aroma is barnyard funk,mustiness almost mouldy and some berry sweetness hiding in amongst it,the mouthfeel is above average which slides down the palette with a very sweet taste of raspberries,dark grapes and it finishes with an almost champagne like finish but instead of finishing dry it finishes sweet/dry and if you are not a fan of your lambics i would not recommend but since i am ive got no problem finishing this brew just wouldnt drink another straight away.

02-28-2010 07:45:24 | More by ADZA
Photo of fastsrt

New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

poured 12 ounce bottle in flute
A: brown with a thin white head.

S: funky, skunky, musty, and yeasty

T: sweet, Champaign like with out the dryness, great funky sourness, I like this it is good just a bit too sweet.

M: sweet finish, it is refreshing in a weird sort of way.

D: I can not handle much more than a small glass of most lambics but this is one of the best i have had I like the raw qualities that are not masked by fruit. none the less a 12 ounce bottle is all i can handle.

02-28-2010 01:53:09 | More by fastsrt
Photo of Mora2000


3.53/5  rDev -3%

Pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of citrus, lemons, tart fruit and some sugar. The flavor is mainly lemony tartness with some sugar and light funk. This tastes about like liquid sweet tarts. Low carbonation and thin mouthfeel.

Only the second faro I have had and this is better than the Chapeau, but still not anything too memorable.

02-23-2010 22:27:26 | More by Mora2000
Photo of illidurit


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours light amber with a small white head. Aroma is candied fruits and rock candy. Tastes like candi sugar, pretty much. Lesser notes of lemons and tropical fruits, maybe some sauvignon blanc sweet grapey notes. Finish is gently tart and drying with a minor acidity. Too sweet for me but better than the abomination that is Chapeau Faro. A little syrupy in body as well.

02-23-2010 10:42:37 | More by illidurit
Photo of xjapanhomebrewx


3.75/5  rDev +3%

pours a light copper with bright golden tones and an appetizing cream colored head.

smells of musty sour apple and hard candy, jolly ranchers come to mind. earthy funkiness is evident as well.

taste is super sweet and refreshing the way a juice would be. the sour and tartness ride through the duration of each sip. dry, sweet, and almost plum-like at times. looked hard to find some molasses and brown sugar flavors but couldn't discern any.

very light-bodied and easy to drink if you like sweet beers. definitely great as a light dessert on its own after a filling meal.

02-21-2010 14:26:44 | More by xjapanhomebrewx
Photo of kegger22


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

My first experience with a lambic was not a pleasant one and I didn't expect to ever try another. But, on the advice of a friend, I gave Lindemans Faro Lambic a try and was happily rewarded.

This lambic poured a dusty rose blush with a delicate light beige head that faded to a collar.

The aroma was sweet, but otherwise inoffensive.

The taste was a balance of sweet grapes and sour apples. Not fancy but it was flavorful. Faro lambic tasted similar to a sweet dessert wine.

The mouth feel was light bodied, a bit oily and low carbonation.

Drinkability was good with a great taste and low ABV, but despite that, not good enough to justify buying again at eight and a half bucks a 12 oz bottle.

02-20-2010 03:55:52 | More by kegger22
Photo of Spineypanda


4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

Has a nice dark amber color with no head and little carbonation.
Smells of tartness and little sweetness.
I expected little sweetness like the Geuze but was surprised when it has a sweetness to it
Has a non-carbonated feel but a very good taste and smell.

I really like this Lambic and imagine I would like to try more for sure!

02-19-2010 04:31:22 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.75/5  rDev +3%

Nose is vinegary sour, moderately acidic, with secondary floral/fruity tones. Smells quite good.

Pours dark apple juice color, clear, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Moderate sweetness pairs with the stiff vinegar to provide a nice balance. Moderately malty. Dry floral and dried fruit potpourri. General fruitiness like apple juice. Finishes slightly dry/tart. Tastes pretty good. Feels good.

02-18-2010 04:27:40 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of drpimento


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

These comments may show me to not have a beerophiles insight into the finer qualities of beer. Oh well. I like this Faro version of Lindeman's Lambics much better than the Geuze, even the Rene. This poured with a nice off white fine foamy head and a little lace. Color is a hazy medium to dark amber. Aroma is yeasty, tart, caramel, toffee, wine. Flavor's very similar. Nice sweet/tart interplay. Great body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor. I really like this beer.

01-31-2010 16:34:47 | More by drpimento
Photo of champ103


3.75/5  rDev +3%

A: Pours a clear reddish color. A one finger white head forms and first poor, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: A fruity tartness up front with some funky yeast and barnyard aromas. Sweet malty aromas as well.
T: A tart fruitiness. Sweet candy sugar and malt. A little to sweet for me though. Still enjoyable enough.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, but smooth. Not hard to drink at all.

I enjoy this. A very mellow blended Lambic. The candy sugar that is added makes this a little to sweet though. Other than that this is fine. Worth a try.

01-30-2010 19:10:22 | More by champ103
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Shared this between a couple friends.

A- Rusty, cream soda, golden brown. Small white head. Lots of bubbles floating to the top.

S- Musty, powerful. Reminded me of a musty bathroom/urine smell. Theres lots of funk, some cheese and barnyard.

T- Apples. All different types of apple tastes. Apple peels, apple sauce, the bruised parts of an old apple. There is also some cheesiness underneath the sweet aspects of the candi sugar.

M- Light, bubbly and very dry.

01-23-2010 19:21:48 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Rather dark, almost venturing into Flanders with its reddish-copper hue and disappointingly small head. Flush and fruity in the nose, ripe with white and red grapes, cranberries, and a sort of savory yogurt sourness. Tangy and sour and actually fairly sweet on the palate, with a lingering aftertaste of cider. Apple, lemon, rice vinegar, and rock candy feature prominently, with some background notes of strawberry and caramel. Dry in spite of its sweetness, with a crisp finish and bright carbonation. Not my favorite lambic by a long shot, but quite nice and drinkable... possibly a gateway to gueuze.

01-08-2010 21:39:14 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of juju7


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Looks quite different to a geueze, darker, more caramel in colour. Good solid retentive head.
Nose is not as pungent as I was expecting. A bit of farmhouse sourness and some of the cork too. This is quite reminiscent of fortified wine on the palate. The sweetness feels definitely port like but like a slightly oxidised port perhaps. I'm quite enjoying this. Smooth and pleasant. Low carbonation, long finish. My first faro and I dig it!

01-06-2010 09:30:43 | More by juju7
Photo of Travlr

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

A: Golden yellow colo with very small head that disappears quickly; no lacing to speak of.
S: Aroma of apples, grapes and candy.
T: Flavor is dominated by the cloying sweetness that never lets up - nothing to balance it.
M: Medium body.
D: This one is too sweet, lacks the lambic characteristic sourness to balance it.

01-04-2010 11:07:34 | More by Travlr
Photo of huricrane47


4.72/5  rDev +29.7%

This beer is kind of like an adult version of candy. It is very sweet but complex at the same time. The sweetness is very forward and it blends well together with sour tartness, woodiness, and maltiness. You definitely get that funky barrel smell and flavor just like all the other lindeman lambics. It is very worthy of trying and i recommend picking up a bottle ($7) if you can find it. Also, If you like this you might try the douchess de bourgogne.

12-24-2009 21:37:17 | More by huricrane47
Photo of laituegonflable


3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a dark brown-tinged orangey colour, very healthy beige head, nice dense and bubbly, sinks slowly but great retention, leaving some pretty thick sheets of lace that cling to the glass. Looks very nice.

Nose is, wow, very different. Very sour with a huge champagne oaky aroma first of all, plus a big whiff of tobacco smoke and a large metallic aroma. But the overriding smell is a big whiff of stinky brie. It's champagne and rubber, very organic, and almost corporeal. It's a big WTF smell, really, but points for uniqueness.

Taste is very sweet and fruity, full of currant and basically just concentrated grape characters. A bit of a meaty character is produced because of that stinky brie mixing in with it. Some metallic hints towards the back, but really this tastes like stinky brie followed by grape juice. It's one of the most bizarre beers I've ever drunk, and overall pretty simple. I can't mark this down because of how fascinating I find it, but really it's bizarre more than delicious or outrageously palatable.

Quite fizzy on the feel, buzzing really, a little thin but an okay body for 4%.

I really can't fathom this, but I can drink it.

12-21-2009 23:19:47 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.33/5  rDev -36%

Pours a deep golden copper colour with an frothy head of white foam that leaves some egg-white lacing down the rim of the glass. Carbonation is exceptionally fine and extensive, but static, even though the body isn't particularly heavy. It's just really composed of tiny bubbles which is really nice. Yep. A very nice looking brew.

Lots of acidity and slight funk on the nose, with huge notes of oak-barrel dominant. Really quite acidic and vinous. The characters are very refined but intense - it's as though you can smell the fermentation going on as it is served. Nice.

Taste is initially confronting and it gets worse, but, to be honest, it's exactly what I expected from the style. The acidity is present, but there's a huge sugary sweetness trying to overwhelm it. Rather than providing balance, it produces conflict between the acidity and the syrup, leaving both seemingly unpleasant and out of kilter. The oak character lingers above all of this, providing the only pleasant note. Otherwise, I find this sickly but brash, a cacophony of characters committing genocide in my mouth. Mouthfeel is crisp at least.

I just don't get this beer. It's like lolly-water, or like a beer brewed for kids. I found it incredibly difficult to drink, given the sweetness and the odd acidity striking harshly off it. I'm not a fan at all, especially given the really quite pleasant nose, the rest is offensive. I believe it's just the style that causes me so much grief - this may be a stellar example, but I'm not inclined to try another in order to find out.

12-21-2009 10:00:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of russpowell


3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Picked this up at Mid-Town in Tulsa

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with a fast falling cream colored head. Slight head retention & lacing

S: Tartness & grassyness & some raspberry once warm

T: Slight tartness, then intense sweetness (raisins, cherries & figs), & a bit of leafy hops up front. Oaky dryness & cherry sweetness as this warms. Finishes puckery with fruittyness & intense candi-sugar sweetness & leafy hops

MF: Puckery, intensely dry & still a bit too sweet balance-wise

Drinks all right, the over whelming sweetness makes this a beer that would be good for one or two at best. Not sure it's a style I can ever fall head over heels about

12-08-2009 03:19:22 | More by russpowell
Photo of pwoods


3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

355ml corked and capped green bottle poured into a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a dark ginger ale color with likewise carbonation. A moderate, wispy head forms but falls out fast and leaves only a bit of lacing.

S: Smells closer to a flanders with the lactic sourness rotten cheese. Very sour funk, sharper than expected and with a definitely sourness to the funk, other than just straight funk.

T/M: Definitely tastes Flemish with the lactic tart/sourness and funk. Closer to a red than a brown. The added Belgian candi sugar does make it much more palatable and lightens things up but the flavors don't do a whole lot for me. Body is medium light with decent carbonation.

D: 4% and much more palatable than would be expected, especially after the aroma, but this just doesn't do it for me. Especially since I was expecting more of a tradition Lambic with Belgian candi sugar added... not a Flanders.

11-29-2009 03:28:57 | More by pwoods
Photo of Nickls

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

(From notes)

A - Pours with a half-finger of of bubbly white head that disappeared really quickly; semi-clear amber color

S - Stinky (but a milder version of stinky) cheese aromas; earthy; semi-funky and a little tart; not very sour smelling and no acidity; some fruit sweetness

T - Whoa; wasn't expecting how sweet this was. I understand that this is part of the style, and I have to admit this was my first Faro, but really not digging on this. Really sweet grapes and cherry flavors; and the funkiness of it is really overshadowed. Almost medicinal

M - A little sticky; lightish to medium MF; very muted carbonation

D - Not good for me; way too sweet and the mix with the slight funk just didn't work out well for my palate. Definitely was hoping for more funk

Overall, I hate to review this poorly as it was my first attempt at the style, but I still can't help but think that the overwhelming sweetness might not be the entire intention of the style. Will have to seek out others to compare.

11-09-2009 21:45:14 | More by Nickls
Photo of rhinos00


3.15/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured from a 355 mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a darker amber. Very akin to apple juice. Produced to fingers width of off-white colored head. Reduced to a thick ring around the glass. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Pretty simple. Getting a little funk at the front of the nose. Barnyard along with some mustiness. A slight bit of fruit character in the background.

T- The first half the flavor profile is pretty good. The notes I was detecting in the aroma is exactly what was showcased here. However, where this beer went wrong was that an artificial sweetness just took over this beer, almost like nutrasweet. The ending of this beer reminded me of a Liptons Iced Tea that you would drink out of 20 oz. bottle with a couple packs of sugar added into it.

M- Light bodied with a lot of carbonation. The syrupy sugarness left an unpleasant coating on the palate, especially considering that it was very artificial.

D- A little bit of a chore to get through. Just way too sweet and synthetic for my liking. When my wife took a sip and said she liked it, I knew I was in trouble.

Overall, this was my first faro. I honestly hope this is not representative of the style. Looking forward to trying others.

11-09-2009 00:49:03 | More by rhinos00
Photo of bump8628


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

355ml miniature Champagne bottle. Served in a Stange.

Copper-orange in color with a finger of white head that lasts for the whole session and leaves some nice Brussels lace on the sides of the glass.

Mild funky sourness and tart lactic sourness mingle with a sugary sweetness in the nose. Subtle fruity and spicy notes come through as well.

The taste has all of the characteristics of lambic (barnyard funkiness, lactic sourness, cider vinergar character), but they are cut by a syrupy candy sweetness. Additional fruitiness is evident behind the sweetness. It kind of reminds me of apple juice.

The added sugar leaves a rather thick mouthfeel that sits heavy on the back of the tongue. Rather than lending more drinkability (which I think is the intention of this style), the sugar makes one bottle of this plenty for one sitting. This is my first experience with this style, but I think it is a decent representation. It's definitely my least favorite of the lambic styles but I can appreciate it for what it is and I'm glad to have tried it.

11-07-2009 21:42:29 | More by bump8628
Photo of jrallen34


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a light clear brown with small head, but good retention and lacing.

The aroma is sour with horse blanket dominating. Lots of strong funkyness.

The taste is much lighter than the smell, but tart none-the-les. This reminds me of an american wild ale, just not as funky or complex. Its still something enjoyable to drink and very drinkable despite its funk.

11-01-2009 14:12:10 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Paisan


2.48/5  rDev -31.9%

Amber-brownish liquid, fast receding "dirty" head.
I t doesn't look like beer, doesn't smell like beer, AND doesn't taste like beer.
Sweet, syrupy, not enough carbonation to counter it. A lemonade with some alcohol, pretending to be beer.
I will try a faro from another brewery, but I'm fairly certain this is not my style of beer. I prefer the "real" lambics.

10-30-2009 22:23:01 | More by Paisan
Photo of Cresant


2.9/5  rDev -20.3%

Poured this 355 mL green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Coded: LJ27HFA. The body was amber-gold and fairly clear of sediment, head was off-white. A ring of sediment remained in the bottle.

Smell was the expected damp basement aroma. I hate to say it but upon a deep inhale a vomit smell was revealed, ick. Thankfully this was not the predominant aroma.

Taste was sweet, wow! Syrupy on the lips with a tart finish. Green apple pulp.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth with a medium body. Adequate carbonation and a bit syrupy. This was my first faro, I see that I prefer lambics.

10-26-2009 13:12:11 | More by Cresant
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