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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 35
Gots: 61 | 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 turamarth
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a cloudy deep dark amber. Very little head and no lacing that I can observe. Doesn't look amazing doesn't look horrid.

Smell: Right off you get a big wiff of FUNK! Not super funk like some other fancier lambics and guezes. Then there is a nice smell of some lemons. Light and pleasant on the nose. Some nice grassy smells in there, sorta like being on the farm when the hay has just been cut. This is pretty nice smellin'.

Taste- Was not expecting this taste from the nose. This is super sweet. But, at the start it has a nice sour kick. There is still the lemony sourness and some of the grassiness. There is almost an applejuice/cider sweetness to it. Maybe candied apples? This is really sweet. But natural sweet.

Mouth: This beer really coats the mouth with its super sweetness, almost makes me want to drink some water right afterwards. An interesting mouthfeel, not quite sure how I feel about it.

Drink- Despite the over coating mouthfeel, this beer is low in abv and pretty taste, fairly drinkable.

Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, ruby/copper color with a one-finger head of off white foam. It left a little lacing.

S - It smelled of some tart sourness. Dried fruits and some yeastiness.

T - It tasted fruity and sweeter than expected. Some cherry flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It had a good initial bite on the tongue. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This was okay. I've never been blown away by a Lindemans brew and this one continues the trend.

Photo of r0nyn
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with fellow BA infi. Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a translucent, slightly hazy amber hue. Smallish white head that leaves a bit of loose lacing. Few thin lines of carbonation can be seen. Looks almost like a marzen, actually. Smell is... wow. Funky, funky funky. Sugary, tart and quite a bit of vinegar. Unlike anything I've smelled from a beer before. Not sure how I feel about it, but it's certainly interesting.

Starts off a bit on the sweetish side, but quickly transitions to a kind of tart, sour fruitiness with a fair bit of that advertised Belgian candi sugar. No malts, no hops, nothing that makes it like any other beer I've tried other than a bit of yeast and breadiness on the back end. Finishes with some subtle sourness that lingers very briefly into the almost non-extant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is almost like a soft drink, with effervescent bubbles spreading the sweetness around. Rounds off smooth, though, which is always a good thing.

Alcohol is pretty much a non-factor, so the drinkability is governed by how much you like the sour tartness and the soda-like mouthfeel. While it was certainly a different experience, I liked it. Might have to revisit it!

Photo of infi
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a snifter.

A translucent syrupy brown color with tinges of dark red within the glass. A thin white head of loose bubbles sits atop the brew with little to no lacing. Smell is fruity-laced: apples, skin and all, with some lemon rind. A good bit of funk is also found towards the end, but not too overpowering on the whole.

The taste mirrors the aromas completely. Thoroughly sweet and sugary from the Belgian sugars that ends with the apple tartness and lemon sourness. Some of the funk makes its way through on the palate, but not at an amount to deter you away. Very enjoyable and appeasing, especially for a style I've personally never tried. I'm pleasantly surprised and humbled by this Belgian brew.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and borderline syrupy. Very subdued in carbonation overall. Drinkability is substantially easy in terms of consumption. Very tasty and impressing. My favorite Lindemans beer so far.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle split with oglmcdgl tackling down another style,

Lindemans Faro pours a dark rubyish red with some trace amounts of brown within, a small ansd dismal cap comes and goes no lacing. Smells include cherry juice, brown malt and slight vinegar. Small trace of darker fruits. Taste is hard to describe but it is definatly spritzy sweet kinda soda like. Some malt sweetness mixed in with vinegar and cherry with a small amount of caramel. No hop presence just a weird sweetness. A weird version of soda if you will. Mouth is a bit spritzy but surprisingly smooth when all is settled, a slight tartness on the back hand side. Drinkability is ok, I am not really a fan of this though, half a bottle was a chore.

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

12oz. corked and capped bottle served in a Tank 7 tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a dark copper with a finger of off white head. Fruity aroma with some dark sugar. On the sweet side. More fruit, cherries. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. As it warmed, I got a hint of something like vomit in the aroma, which obviously was not pleasant. Beer is very drinkable none the less. Definitely on the sweet side. Would make a good dessert on its own.

Photo of treehugger02010
4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bottle from Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, PA. I poured it into an oversized water glass
Appearance: The body is a clear reddish amber color. The head is a finger tall, dark beige, good retention, small bubbles, and thin pretty lacing.
Smell: The aromas are nutty, tart, and berries.
Taste: The flavors are raspberry, sweet tartness, and blackberries.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin and the finish is dry and clean.
Drinkability: This beer is stellar.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Lindeman's flute.

A: appears a deep golden color, nice clarity, thin white head, some retention, not much lacing

S: the nose features some fruity notes of white grapes along with some tart notes that hint at vinegar, there is a little bit of funk in there along with a sweet finish

T: the taste surprised me as there is a considerable sweetness on the front, as it sits on the palate, it becomes incredibly tart and finishes with a little farmhouse flavor. This has a nice interplay of sweet and sour, very nice.

MF: thin body, high carbonation, crisp

D: this is a great product from Lindeman's, I wish there was a little more tartness to offset the sweetness, but overall it is quite tasty and refreshing

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle split with onix1agr. First time with the style.

A- a small cap of bright white soapy looking head from a vigorous pour. Head settles almost instantly to a dusting of white and a solid ring. Sunset copper orange in color with a nice clarity.

S- sweet and mildly funky. Honey and caramel with a barnyard wet hay mustiness. Hints of rotten vegetation and earth.

T- sweet up front with honey and rock candy. The barley over powers the wheat a bit. The funk comes out a bit here and there and a glimmer of tartness. There some fall spice in the very back end.

M- a bit above medium in body with a simple syrup like slickness to it. Light carb the struggles to fight through the syrup.

D- rather sweet for me and to be honest I don't know if this is true to style or not. I will continue to look for more examples. Interesting but not really my thing.

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

Okay, this is the one and only Faro that I've had, and although I'm somewhat familiar with the idea behind the style, I'm not sure I can completely review to style. Pours copper colored with no head, but it is perfectly well carbonated. Smells sugary, very slightly sour, and with a slight sherry finish. The taste is sweet and sour, with more candi sugar sweetness than there are acetic notes. Clean and light with the sugar coming through loud and clear, and although the acid makes an attempt to balance, it's not quite up to the task. I could see why some might like this sitting at a cafe in the sun, but make mine a little less sweet please. Still the flavors are clean and distinct and the mouthfeel is smooth and clean if sweet. Interesting- the sweet tea of beers. I'll continue to try other versions if they become available and see if others are more balanced. Still worth a go if you like light sweet beers, or want to try something new.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Green tulip. No date or info.

Thanks to emerge077 for this one! A nice surprise in the trade!

A - Pours darker than I expected, it's a crystal clear amber brown color beer that emerges. The tall pour creates a three-finger head. The slightly brown-tinted off-white head has very low retention from the acidity but great lace left on the glass.

S - Naturally white-wine-like in aroma with a sweet but mellow kick to the funky aroma. Notes of light wood shine through. Mild tart cherry fruitiness and lactic acid tartness as well. A great lambic aroma! Candi sugar sweetens up the otherwise tart, acidic smell.

T - Tons of candi sugar sweetens the flavor heavily, almost a little too much. Tiny bits of tart cherry fruitiness comes through with a little wood. A pinch of lactic barnyard funk timidly tickles on the finish. A good flavor though.

M - A little overly sweet, the body is medium-full and just a little too much. I do really enjoy the tart, slightly dry finish and carbonation tickle in this but the sugar could be backed off a bit.

D - Again, it's good but just a little too sweet for drinkability. The candi sugar overcomes the nice tart finish too much. A good, different lambic though. Also, with how much sugar is in here, how is the alcohol percent this low?

Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lindemans flute.

A: Pours a pale amber with nice clarity and very active carbonation. A strong apple-tinged cap quickly falls to a thin pillow of foam. Leaves small wisps of lace.

S: Quite sweet. An apple candy aroma dominates. Behind it is a bit of white grape.

T: The apple and grape candy sweetness continues. Once it subsides, a bit of straw comes through. A tart and sour lemon flavor rounds things out. Finishes tart, with a lingering candy sweetness.

M: The medium body is syrupy and sticky. The carbonation level is right on.

D: This is a very sweet beer that's perfect as an after dinner beer. It's also my first Faro, so I didn't know what to expect going in. I was impressed overall.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber nutty brown with slight orange highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: the sweet candied sugar and vinegar are pretty sharp with oaky funk aromas, citrus notes, slight plum and fig aromas. There was also some underlying vinous wine notes.

T: the vinous wine notes are more potent on the palate along with cork, candied sugar, and oaky funk accents. It kinda reminds me of a sangria drink.

M: the brew was medium body with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet, sour, and slight dry finish.

D: it drank good and reminded me of a sangria drink. It was a pretty different tasting sour beer. I definitely have to seek out more brews of this style.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with a fluffy off white head that faded away rather quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edges of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are a mixture of sweet and funky sour aromas in the nose; the smell resembles that of a muted down gueuze with the addition of candi sugars.
T: Similar to the smell, there is a lot of sweetness in the overall taste along with notes of barnyard funkiness and yeast. There are also notes of tart apples, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a little syrupy from all of the sugars. There is a light amount of carbonation.
D: The sugars make the beer rather palatable and easy to drink.

Photo of wedgie9
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted from bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours dark, sparkling amber with a large white head that quickly recedes to lace. The aroma is slightly sour with a sweet note, a hint of red wine vinegar, and a vegetal quality as well. The flavors are slightly sweet and sour with red wine vinegar and some fruitiness. Body is medium with sparkling carbonation and a medium malty and tart finish.

Photo of mrandypandy
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

325ml bottle purchased at Green's, in Atlanta.

A- Pours a clear ruby/orange with a spritzy/fizzy white head. Head dies quickly, leaves minimal lacing.
S- Faint sweetness, mild barnyard funk. Straining to pick up much of anything.
T- Apple juice. Faint sour notes overshadowed by the sugary sweetness.
M- Medium body, low carbonation.
D- Too much sugary sweetness. I'm struggling to finish.

Overall - I had high expectations for this one and it fell flat. It just reminds me of fermented apple juice, too much sugary sweetness, no complexity. I'll stick with the Cuvee Renee next time.

Photo of jedwards
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Brought back with me from a recent visit to Washington. Haven't seen this in New England yet.

Pour is light and coppery, with a thin foamy white head that rapidly dissipates. Smell is classic lambic, very similar to the Cuvee Rene -- slight citric tartness, grassy notes, a little peach/apricot in the finish. Taste starts off with lactic tartness, accented by the ample carbonation, and gives way to a sweet starchy fruit flavor and a slightly funky finish. High carbonation and thin body make this almost soda-like. Drinkability is almost off the charts for me -- I'm not typically a fan of sweet beers, but the sweet/sour balance in this is just right and the sugar is not at all cloying or saccharine. I know it'll never happen... but it would be pretty great to get this in cans for the summer.

My first and likely only (for awhile) faro. My assumption is that Lindeman's pasteurizes it like their fruit beers, which would be the only way of stopping the flora from consuming the sugar and blowing up the bottle. Not a true faro, but I'm glad to have tried it.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to msubulldog25 for providing me with my first-ever Faro. He is what they call "the man."

Pours a bronzed brown color, leaning toward mahogany. Not much head but a ton of bubbles. It's rolling around like champagne in there.

The aroma is entrancing, having a tart snap like a gueuze, a bold fruitiness that's equally sour and sweet, moldy wood, and that wonderful/unique yeastiness typical of a lambic. All of it is blended really well, balanced...welcoming...making my mouth water for the first sip.

Flavor offers sour cherry, green apple, sugar, the slightest hint of wood, and more fruit tartness. It's pretty simple actually, an excellent balancing act between sweet and sour/tart. It's really the mouthfeel that makes this a total success and an extremely enjoyable experience. The carbonation is seemingly made of insanely tiny bubbles, which explode in the mouth without any sort of harshness, rather rolling over the tongue like caviar or melted ice cream with a dash of 7-Up in it. It's slick, slippery, creamy, bright, everything good and nothing bad. Wow!

At 4.2% and with the big sweetness impressively balanced and kept in control, not to mention the fantastic texture, this was a completely great way to be introduced to the Faro. Very, very nice.

Photo of brownbeer
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours on the red side of amber; a thin ring of foam around the edges.

The aroma is funkier than I expected; stank barnyard.

Ah, then the taste. That sweet Lindemans taste that I really only care for in the Framboise because it has a fruity tartness. Sweet like sugared peaches, that maybe I ate in a barnyard. There is some redeeming acidity while the sugar tries to undo everything that your dentist has worked so hard to avoid. Lower carbonation while being somewhat refreshing.

It's not bad, but complexity and awesomeness are not its strong suits.

Photo of sweemzander
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear pale sienna color with reddish highlights. Produced a nice off-white head that dissipated after a minute or two to bubbles.

(S)- Very dry with a funky barnyard hay/straw. Has a light lemon/orange peel tartness at the end. A light vinegar/lactic acid aroma.

(T)- A lightly tart yet very sweet profile. Some dry hay/straw in there, but is mostly a fresh, crisp, tart sweetness overall.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A bit sweet in the middle, but otherwise a smooth beer despite the tartness/funk.

(D)- An interesting style, however, I think I prefer the lambic/gueze styles more. The sweetness certainly makes this smoother and easier on the palate, but it kills off the sourness I like plus the funk as well. Good, but could be more.

Photo of NStLincoln
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Goliath
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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