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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 eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

eduardolinhalis, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of dauss
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

dauss, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of sfprint
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Darkish woody brown, like a wood stain. Almost no head.

S: Like a very sweet apricot syrup.

Taste: Apricot syrupy flavor, very sweet and somewhat spicy. A bit too sweet and not so beer like, however nice.

Mouthfeel: Very Sparkly in a pop rocks sort of way.

O: Good but its barely a beer.

sfprint, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.7oz bottle, beer temple in brussels

appearance: split in our hotel in brussels - poured into 2 wine glasses as a nightcapper, copper body, beige foam

smell: sweet, wild yeast, wet hay, earthy

taste: a bit too sweet as i often find to be the case with lindemans - the added sugar makes this one a little harder for me to enjoy. there is some nice wild yeast funk, earthy mushroom, and nice lambic notes but its just too sweet

mouthfeel: a little heavy

drinkability: ok

dirtylou, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this about 6 weeks ago at Party Town in Florence, KY and just got around to trying it. The review is from notes taken on 6/2/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: The pour is a nice orange/coppery color and starts with a one finger, creamy off-white head that slowly fades to a full and uneven cap; the body is pretty clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; oily residue and swaths of lacing are left hanging around the sides of the glass.

Smell: Whoa, easily the most funky/offensive beer with wild yeast that I've opened yet, and I love it. It reaks of skunky gym socks at first but then subtlely rounds out after breathing for a few minutes and becomes much more tart with some sour fruitiness and a wild, yeasty scent and a pretty strong candi sugar presence creeping up as it continues to warm.

Taste: Something pretty different than the smell -- the sour and tart fruitiness is there initially on each sip, but it is quickly dominated by a ton of Belgian candi sugar that really counteracts the tartness; the sweetness is almost too much at times and becomes a bit cloying, but fortunately, the sour fruitiness lingers a bit in the aftertaste and it becomes slightly acidic as I would expect after a bit.

Mouthfeel: Oily and smooth; carbonation is virtually a non-factor, though it is quite strong and lively in the appearance; a moderately thick and oily coating is left on the roof of the mouth; if I had to sum the body of this beer up in one word, I would use "slippery."

Drinkability: Sweetness is a bit cloying and I feel the balance could be helped with less of the candi sugar; not bad overall, and I would gladly drink it again, but I do wish it was a bit funkier.

bamadog, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of mobyviacheslov
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Caramel brown and thick. A fluffy white head fades quickly.
S - Wild yeast funk, and fruit punch.
T - Sweet and fruity, almost candy like (think jollyrancher). Sourness is their but not very strong. This is much less a lambic style, and much more a flanders red/brown style. They add belgian sugars to the brew to sweeten it.
M - very gummy in the throat.
D - A little to sweet for my liking.
Balloon glass, cellar temp.

mobyviacheslov, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich tawny-amber hue with a thin finger of compact ivory foam. Appearance is quite nice.

Smell: aroma is tangy, funky, woody, earthy and sweet. It's got a little bit of that band-aid smell to it. This is my first faro, but I rather like what is being presented here.

Taste: bright and sour with a fair bit of sweetness. Funkiness and earthiness aren't as strong as in the aroma, but the oak character is still there. While I could probably stand this to be a little drier, this is still quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty good level of carbonation. This brew is fizzy rather than creamy, but I think with the sourness that works.

Drinkability: quite drinkable and refreshing; though I always tend to think of sour beers as refreshing. I am finding this extremely drinkable.

flagmantho, May 28, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to see this at Vintage Estate. The employee who recommended it said it was his favorite beer.

Poured into a snifter: Cloudy, deep amber, like a golden-brown, with bright orange highlights & a thin ring of loose head with some web lacing. Very rich, nice color.

Smell is definitely wild: apple cider, mild vinegar, tart lemon, a tiny bit of cherry. Complex & inviting.

Whoa! I was not expecting all that sweetness, as there's next to none in the nose. Light tart cherry & green apple at the very beginning, quickly blanketed by a huge honey & candi sugar sweetness. The sour notes still linger around the sweet center & buoy it, & gain strength in the finish with cherry & apple skins & a slight dryness. Residual fruity sweetness & a touch of funk in the aftertaste. I love the back & forth act going on here, both interesting & delicious, like they took the sour fruitiness of a Flemish red & turned it inside-out.

Full-bodied, effervescent, tart without being really challenging. Makes me salivate -- a little viscous.

This is fascinating & combine so many great elements: the sweetness of a barley wine, but low ABV (a plus), with the sour of an Oud Bruin & the funk of a lambic. Maybe it's partly the novelty, but I was really into this. One is satisfying -- a great drinker, but I wouldn't want to spoil myself. I really hope they start distributing this closer to home soon.

OneDropSoup, May 19, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair picked this up in his recent travels and corked it at a recent tasting at Ditmier's house... Thanks Sam.... this is a style that I haven't had the opportunity to try before.

Hazy orange.... short lasting white head.. no real lacing.

Nose is completely unique to me.. lemon zest... funky .... I wrote down "bile and nasty woolen socks".. lite sweetness sorta pulls the lambic qualities out of the glass.

Flavor is not really as funky as the aroma.. brown sugar.. funky wet hay ... apple cider... foot funk.. I was expecting some acetic qualities, but they are no where to be found, instead just a real overlying "gueze lite" funkiness that is awash in the sugary sweetness.... very balanced really... I could sip on a couple bottles of this for hours.. not much carbonation... and it surprisingly finishes a bit dry.

I have no frame of reference for this, so... don't hate the reviewer.... hate the review.


JohnGalt1, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice-looking pour, with a cloudy brown color and a small off-white head. Nose offers a tiny bit of malt, along a sweet & sour scent (mostly sweet)--the sourness has a touch of metallic vinegarness to it. The taste is much akin to the assorted sweetened fruit lambics Lindemans produces, without the fruit character. The sweetness borders on cloying, and the lambic character is very understated. Uncomplex, and uninteresting.

As faro goes, this is weak.

allengarvin, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Whip-in in Austin while I was passing through Austin. I took this beer camping and babysat it the whole time so I could try it today. Here we go!

Appearance: There was no real off-gas when the cap or the cork was pulled, but there are some bubbles rising to keep a tiny island of head in the middle of my tulip glass. The beer itself is a slightly cloudy burnt copper color with no lace to speak of when swirling. The bubbles are small and off-white in color.

Aroma: I initially got a little more funk than I did in subsequent sniffs. The beer does have a defined wild character with some dark fruit being the primary component in the very cold beer. I get a bit of syrupy sweetness which is what I guess makes this a Faro...it is almost like a dark caramel flavoring that you get is some "Amber" beers the commercial breweries produce.

Taste: The flavor is pretty well balanced with any funk being reserved to the sweetness. I am not getting so much of a caramel sweetness like I did in the aroma, but now it is more like a Demerrara sugar syrup or something. The sweetness is a really big player in the flavor and actually leads the beer into the finish. There is no alcohol noticeable at any time here, and the reserved carbonation makes the syrupy sweetness come across the palate rather heavy. It is light to medium bodied and you can pick up every bit of it when sipping.

Opinion: Well, this is an OK beer. I would have liked it to have some more carbonation so that it would slip across the palate a little easier. As it is, the beer stays syrupy and the lambic character is really reserved. I will keep sipping it as it warms, but I will stick to the Gueuze.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle: Purchased at Carrefour. This one pours a dark, hazy apple juice color. There was a small fizzy head that went away quickly, as did the carbonation. The aroma is a bit like sour apples. There are also some floral notes. It has a bit of a candy sweetness to it, along with a sour apple taste. Still, it finishes a bit dry. It is an interesting brew. It is also my first Faro, and will have to pursue others.

Boto, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of vacax
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange color with a tight smallish head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, flowery, and a bit like cork. Tastes sugary sweet with some tartness, tealike flavors, and with a bit of bile. Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation to match it. This is fairly easy to drink, but something about it is not quite right, probably why this style is best left unbottled.

vacax, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer poured into a Lindemans flute. Beer is brown and slightly cloudy. It forms a thin head of large bubbles and carbonation is steady and moderate, large bubbles. Not much in the way of head dynamics, diffuse, broken.

Aroma is grainy and sweet.

Beer is low in body and sweet. Kind of like apple juice. Tastes fine. Easy drinking, I'm enjoying it. Not much carbonation in the palate, not much of anything really. Second taste, beer had more complexity that time. I could drink this like water. More body than the first taste, much more fruit flavor. I'm enjoying it a lot.

drabmuh, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured to a large, rocky head. It is amber in color. The smell is some funk at first. Then I get some sour apple. The taste is sweet up front, followed up by some tartness. It's kind of drinking sour apple juice. I like it. The sugar really sticks to my lips. This stuff goes down real easy, like a drunk chick on a Saturday night.


buschbeer, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of armock
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves spotty lacing

S - Is very sweet and slightly tart

T - This is like drinking sweet and tart sugar water the Belgian candi sugar must barely be dissolved in this beer starts off sweet then finishes with some tartness

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

D - As with most of the Lindemans beer I've had the sweetness is overdone but compared to the other faro I've had that seems to be part of the style either way I like this beer its worth a try if you see it

armock, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This one is a clear, dark amber color. Two-fingers of foamy, off-white colored head sits on top. The retention is quite good and the lacing is slightly spotty, but thick and sticky.

This has smells that I associate with a 'typical' lambic. Big notes of tangy sourness. Slight hint of vinegar. It smells mostly musty and dry. These smells are much more to the lighter/muted side than in a 'typical' lambic.

Now it gets different. This is like a lambic on sugar steroids. All of the elements of the nose are here, but they are somewhat overpowered by belgian candi sugar sweetness. Very nice apple presence, almost cider-like. The finish is still dry, though nowhere near as dry as most any other lambic.
While this is definitely a sweet beer, it is by no means cloying. It has a very nice level of balance.

This has a medium body with a light-to-medium level of carbonation. This helps it maintain a nice level of crisp freshness with just a slight hint of creaminess.

Flavor and body-wise, along with abv (4.0%), this is very drinkable. I have a bad feling though, that if you downed too many of these in a session, the sugar attack would be harsh the next day.

coldmeat23, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Code LJ 27HFA; Sampled March 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber hue with red-plum overtones to it. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, amber-copper color. The aroma smells of lightly oxidized apples, a touch of musty mushroom notes, perhaps a whiff of foot-stench, some tea like notes and a soft lactic tartness.

Wow, incredibly sweet it does manage to finish with a light tartness, but then it is the sweetness that really lingers on in the palate after a sip. Vaguely tastes like honey-sweetened Lipton's Iced Tea. My second sip has my palate adjusting to a little more balance between the sweet and the lactic tartness found here. There is definitely a cider like quality to this beer and again it reminds me of lightly oxidized apples. Despite being low in alcohol, the sweetness really makes this almost a sipping beer as the excess sugars really add some heft to the body. A hint of funky foot flavors are sometimes barely noticeable underneath the sweetness

This is an interesting beer, and definitely an interesting style as I definitely need to try more examples from the traditional Lambic brewers. Some more interesting funkiness and more aggressive sourness would make this much better and more balanced. I can't help but think of this as some sort of fruit juice; perhaps a mix of apple cider and sweet tea somehow. This certainly gets a boost just because it is Faro and I have had so few of these.

Gueuzedude, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this. One of those obscure styles that I've been looking to try.

A: The pour is a clear amber color with an intense levely of carbonation but surprisingly little in terms of head.

S: The nose is very musty with some odd notes of cork and bread. There is quite a bit of sugary sweetness as well, but I expected that.

T: Wow, I was really surprised by the flavor of this. The intense sweetness was the first thing I noticed as this beer is very sugary. There's also a hint of fruit and for some reason, a bile note on the back end.

M: The body was medium with a very high level of carbonation and despite being sweetened, still has a certain level of dryness.

D: This beer is really all over the place. I was not at all surprised by the intense sugary character, but the vomit flavor really seemed out of place.

womencantsail, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, and light tawny amber with some orange and red hues. Very thin light beige head with little retention and no lacing left over.

S - Funky, tart and sour make up most of the smell. Also has a bit of a sweet smell in the background. Reminds me a bit of an Oud Bruin only sweeter, the combination of the sour/tart and the funk.

T - Starts out with sour apple and lemon as well as tart cherry and raspberry taste. Then, quickly, the sweetness comes into play along with those taste. It goes from being a sour/tart beer to something more like a cider or a strong fruit juice. The sweetness also brings a bit more of a strawberry taste out. There is a slight funky background, but the yeast flavors are well covered.

M - Medium to light body with low carbonation. Slight puckering with a mouthwatering finish. Also a bit sticky/coating in the mouth.

D - Quite drinkable. Provides some tart and sour flavors, but they are very strong due to the sweetness. That sweetness and the coating mouthfeel might prevent drinkability, depending on your mood.

Notes: Pretty good beer. A little too sweet, especially with the coating/sticky feel, for me. However if I were in the mood for something sour and tart but didn't want it to be too sour and tart, this would really fit the bill. Nice mouthwatering and refreshing cycle goes with this. Not a bad beer, and definitely worth trying, and has a niche it fills. Also may be a good way to start people off on sours, since the sugar makes the sour taste less powerful.

FreshHawk, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A somewhat hazy copper-orange body capped by a finger of whitish head that fades rather quickly and leaves only patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of musty and tart notes over a sweet malt body--typical Lindemans fare.

Flavor: Up front is a sweet brown sugar body that can be a little cloying at times. The tartness becomes much more of a subservient component here, and keeps the sugar from running away from the show here. There seems to be none of the musty funk left. Decent tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little syrupy with medium carbonation. Dries just a hint in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable if you're not put off by the sweetness.

Verdict: This is another of the syrupy-sweet Lindemans Lambics and can be reminiscent of a soda at times, though the sweetness is more appropriate here in a Faro. While I'm a fan of this dynamic, ff you don't like their other Lambics you probably won't find anything to like here.

BeanBone, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ADZA, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

fastsrt, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Feb 23, 2010
Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.