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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 35
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Faro |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a cylindrical glass. Emerges clear and dark in color, kind of like unsweetened tea. The beer is topped with a stark white and frothy head of about three fingers in size. Not much to speak of in the way of lacing.

Aroma is tart and sour, lemony and slightly fruity. It really has a distinct sourness; I assume that is the yeast speaking.

Sweet up front. Really sweet. Due to the high carbonation, the sweetness isnt sickly sweet or cloying. I kind of like it. There is a sourness and lemon-rind quality underneath but the raw sugarl-like sweetness hits the tongue immediately.

I know it is oxymoronic, but this beer is sweet and sour at the same time, and niether characteristic overtakes the other, but balance and complement each other. Completely drinkable and very pleasant. Finishes dry but with a bit of sugary oiliness on the tongue. I really liked this one.

Photo of DrDoitchbig
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

It's been quite some time since I reviewed a beer. But I figured I'd make a run at it with this bizarre style. Who knows maybe I'll get back in the grove and start doing this on a more regular basis.

Appearance: I went with an aggressive pour assuming that head retention would not be a strong suit. I was correct in this assumption. The head started off at about 1 and 1/2 fingers but quickly receded to a thin cap. It still managed to leave a few swipes of lacing with the first few swigs. The beer itself is a moderately hazy reddish amber color with ginger ale colored edges when held to the light.

Smell: I can tell right off the bat this is going to be an interesting experience. The first thing that comes to mind is tart lemon rind which mixes fairly well with the sweetness from the candi sugar. The wild card is the dusting of funkiness that vaguely reminds of a strong cheese. It's not off putting per se just a bit awkward.

Taste: Wow, much sweeter than the smell would lead you to believe. It's an artificial sweetness that reminds me of saccharine. In fact the beer as a whole kind of reminds me of a glass of iced tea that someone dumped one too many Sweet'n Lows into and then squeezed in a lemon. The only difference being the kick of sour and the funk. I realize this may be close to the intended style, but the sweetness is just too overbearing and fake.

Mouthfeel: Nothing remarkable, but it's fairly good for the style. The body is fairly light, while the carbonation is sprightly but not overbearing.

Drinkability: At some point in time I'd like to try a different Faro though I realize the chances of this are slim to none. I just wonder if Lindemans did some artificial sweetening as well as the candied sugar. After all they do it with their standard series of lambics so it certainly isn't out of the question. Also for reference I have had a few of their fruit lambics and this is far sweeter than any of them. It's just too much.

Photo of BierFan
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce corked and capped green bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Fizzy off-white head rises to a couple inches and settles to near nothing within a minute. Reddish body.

Smell: Funky wet hay, a little lemon and cork. Smells like a good Belgian beer to me.

Taste: Very sweet/tart, smooth, and fruity. Cherry, raspberry, and lemon. I think I'm getting a taste of wood in the aftertaste, perhaps from the barrel or the cork, not sure.

Photo of carpezytha
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in tulip

A: Deep dark honey with head that requires vigorous pouring and still flattens (I know, it's a lambic, it's supposed to).
S: Sweet seaweed and Irish grass.
T: Cherry pits, prunes, sweet tarts. Perhaps a bit too sweet, I was looking forward to something not as sugary as Lindemans fruit lambics. It's as though they did not let it ferment all the way and the candi sugar is still in there.
M: Decent body, prickly carbonation keeps it on your tongue.
D: A decent refreshing lambic that I am willing to try again. Not many dimensional, but drinkable on a hot day.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to copper color with a white head. In the aroma, white grape and sweet tea. In the taste, white grape and lemon sweet tea. A sugary/ sour bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a clean to small sugary sourness in the aftertaste. A sourness blended nice with a sweet tea like body. Not too bad.

Photo of craytonic
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Mike Brawley of Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC for the opportunity to try this. This must have just hit the US, I'm not entirely sure that it has been bottled before.

would recommend this to any any new sour drinker.

Appearance: clear ruby caramel with a small head

Smell: brown sugar and lemon juice (sourness) with a very faint funk mixed with tart cherries and raspberries. Simple but pleasurable

Taste: Candy-like, there is an initial sweetness followed by a sour twang with some faint balsamic vinegar mixed with honey. There is a sweet tart / strawberry lemonade element to it.

Mouthfeel: Not syrupy, but definitely sugar sticky, jammy.

Drinkability: Too sweet to drink a lot, but I can see using this to ease someone into a gueuze or lambic. Very much like fruit juice - put it in a squeeze box! It actually has a great deal of flavor for a 4.2% ABV beer. Makes you want this beer without the sugar training wheels.

Photo of mjs814
4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you are looking to try your first lambic or haven't had one in a while, this is a fantastic choice to seek out. I served this beer in a Lindemans flute I recently purchased. Upon pouring, there was a healthy amount of carbonation but not too much. Right off the bat I was able to pick up almost floral sweetness notes. The taste was very similar to the nose with a bit of tartness. This is a perfect Lambic to quench your thirst. The balance of sweetness and tartness reminds me of a good glass of lemonade. If you are looking for something different that is still very approachable, you should pick up a bottle or two of this.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle picked up at Willow Park in Calgary, style is traditionally served on tap so I am a little leery of trying it in this format, but since I am unlikely to get to Belgium any time soon...

Pours a clear caramel color with a hint of amber, a finger of white head builds up and instantly fizzes out, leaving a placid pool. A few particles at the bottom of the bottle.

Nose has the light funk and tartness you would expect with a lambic, joined with a sweet candi sugar note and a hint of floral and fruit arrangements.

Light apple tartness, a hint of red wine vinegar and the accompanying acidicness, dominated by the sweetness of the candi sugar, hints of apples and raspberries, light musty hay funk. Soft mouthfeel, very round, lots of lush micro bubbles. Light drying in the finish but mostly sweet.

Just too sweet for me too enjoy the style, I think the candi sugar needs to be used a little more judiciously. A very unusual style that I think I would need some more examples to appreciate more fully.

Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, the cork was almost impossible to get out. When it did it poured a big fizzy bubbly head of almost 2 fingers that fades so fast it would make flash jealous, until it gets to a fluffy head covering and stops. It leaves little remnants of lacing on teh sides. The beer is a super clear bright cherry orangered like color.

Aroma wafts light sour fruit, a light musty breaddy funk and wild yeast, touch of horse blanket, some tart cherry, some sweet candi sugar, and a nice juicy tart raspberry juice.

Taste comes very sweet! Damn, that's too sweet. Lots of fruit too, more than I expected. It is fairly juicy, with some light tart cherry and raspberry, sour and tangy with a little acidity too. Some light funk and wild yeast but not much. The breaddy malts are there with the light funk but way overpowered by the sweet fruit. The nose had a nice thing going, but the taste just dropped off a cliff.

The mouth is thicker than I expected, a medium to heavier body, with good carbonation.

It finishes slightly drier thanks to light remnants of wild yeast, dry and a little funky, but still pretty sweet, and sticky, very flemmy as well. Lots of fruit juice left behind as well, mostly tart raspberry and a little candy cherry juice.

It started nicely, with a nice appearance and nice nose, but the taste was way to sweet and fruity. I guess I should have known being Lindemans and all.

Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330mL caged-and-corked bottle into a thin tumbler. L C29JFA (date code?)...

Clear tea colored liquid with an active ivory head that recedes to a thin dappled layer. Decent sandy lacing and light viscous legs.

Sour, grainy, grape skin aromas.

Cloying mead-like palate entry, lots of honey and apple-skin. Faint caramel candy and a pleasing dusty young lambic funk note in the background. Slightly grassy/grainy finish. The wild yeast comes out more when imbibed alongside something sweet (in this case, raspberry jam on crêpes).

Very low carbonation but not still. Thin and light-bodied.

A sweet example of a sweet style, but still a nice beer on a hot day.

Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip sept7 2010

A clear deep amber with a thumbs width of light tan head that fizzes out pretty quick leaving a few patches of lace

S plenty of fruity vinegar with a little barnyard funk and some sweetness

T I pick up on a lot of strawberry among other fruit on top of what I smell, it almost has a bit of a off wine flavor that works well for some strange reason

M sour with some bite and plenty of bubbles and a lingering finish

D low booze and lots of flavor, quite interesting and a style I may need to research

It's always a challenge reviewing beer styles you've never tried before, but the only way to learn is to try. I'd drink this again it's something different to enjoy

Photo of Gosox8787
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 335 mL corked and capped bottle shared with a friend. My half poured into a Smuttynose Big Beer snifter. Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of an hour or so.

Appearance: Deep golden to light brown in color. Not much head at all.

Aroma: Lots of horse blanket and funk here. Realy sweet brown sugar and molasses notes here too.

Taste: The sugar makes this almost cloyingly sweet. Lots of horse blanket and prominent funk. A bit tart with some green apple notes, but the sugar more than overwhelms them.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light bodied. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Depending on how much you enjoy the sweetness, this is relatively drinkable at this ABV.

Overall, an interesting beer that I found to be just too sweet at times. The Lindeman's base beer is in full effect here and gives this its charactistic funk. Definitely worth a try just to sample the style.

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours a mostly clear chestnut brown with a thin head and minimal retention; loose lacing

S - Nose is sweet fruits followed by a big hit of tart sourness. Subtle hint of lemon and fermenting grapes.

T&M - Medium to fuller bodied with light carbonation. Lot's of sweet fruit, cherries, and sugary sweetness. Right behind it is a big hit of sour tart with a lemony edge, and a bit of carbonated grape juice. The sweet/sour combo is interesting. Finish interplays the two with a smack of sugary sweet, but it's the sour that resonates.

D - A tasty and interesting brew. Lot's of flavor at a low ABV; probably to lowest alcohol beer with the most flavor I've had.

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.

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.