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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
82
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767 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
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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cooch69

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep copper amber with some brown highlights. It has a pretty compact head that lasts long and sticks to the glass pretty well.
This beer smells like a regular Gueuze, funky sour and lactic but it also has a caramelness to it. This is most likely due to the sugar.
This beer tastes sour, funky and lactic upon the first sip but the sugar makes itself present within a few seconds. It's a real pure cane sugar flavor. This is pretty much balanced equally between sweet and sour. Although it moght be a tad too sweet for my preferences. I'm also getting some sour apple and caramel in the taste.
All in all it is a pretty refreshing beer that has a nice carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 04:07:59 | More by cooch69
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange brown color with 1 finger white head

smell: sour, apples, floral

taste: belgian yeast, sour cherries, apple,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, sweet

drinkability: due to how sweet it is I would consider this to be a dessert beer. but highly enjoyable.

cheers,

the CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 17:45:08 | More by THECPJ
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mesatrin

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a feel of champagne. Fruit, raisin, grape, orange smells and flavors. There is a tart and a bit of a sour front end followed and cleaned by a sweet almost desert whine flavor. You can feel the higher PH in your mouth and there is a drying back end.

Over all it is an OK beer but nothing to seek out. I am sure than any place selling this would always carry a different better beer to buy

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:30:57 | More by mesatrin
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glid02

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 25cl bottle at the Hopduvel restaurantin Ghent. The beer is sweet and and cidery, but still pleasant and was a decent enough pairing with my beer stew. The aftertaste did leave a decent sour tang, though compared to most lambics this is fairly simple. It had an odd, but interesting, stale bread aroma. Maybe that's supposed to happen with faros. I can't say I know.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 00:05:38 | More by tempest
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samie85

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crimson-hued brown with a two finger head.

S-Smells pretty acidic with a hint of sweet brown sugar.

T-Slightly acidic, lemon sourness balanced out by the huge sweet notes from the candi sugar.

M-Light to medium bodied with high amount of carbonation and an almost dry, graininess to it.

D-Pretty easy drinking considering the sweetness factor, a very interesting beer; definitely not what I was expecting from the nose. I thought this would be more along the lines of a gueze.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:37:57 | More by samie85
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel tinted amber color, relatively clear with some active carbonation, bubbly with a decent cap of prickly off-white froth, little retention or lacing. Scent brings funky and earthy yeast notes with fruity like candy sweetness in the background. Taste leads with a big rush of candied sugar that becomes somewhat cloying as the bottle approaches its finish, tart and funk notes seem aggressive and blend with the sugar to produce an odd flavor, light vinous notes... Medium bodied, active carbonation, lingering finish. Overall, strong sweetness and lacks complexity of fruit lambics and subtlety of gueze.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 13:15:02 | More by rfgetz
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UnknownKoger

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Appearance is light copper with faint shades of red. Good carbonation.

Smell is more sour than I had anticipated. Some funkiness. My mouth is watering already

The taste is interesting. It's definitely sweeter than the nose lets on. Some grapes and other vine fruits are in there. Very surprised. Not entirely thrilled, but decent

Mouthfeel is fine. Smooth

Overall-- decent. I don't think I'd go out of my way to buy it again. It's nice, light and fruity. I went to this blind, and it is my first Faro I've had, so I don't know how representative this is of the style. But glad to have tried it. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:39:14 | More by UnknownKoger
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joepais

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into an oversized wine glass and I got a big white billowy head sitting on top of a ruby colored body. The head fades away to a nice lace but you still get a ton of carbonation coming from the glass.
Big old funk nose on this brew that I couldn't get past. Now the flavor was really sweet which threw me for a loop with the amount of funk in the nose. It was big on the candy sugar and fruit. It had a medium feel to it with more than ample carbonation to it.
I drank about half the bottle then it became a little to sweet for me. So I sparked a big ass cigar and dam if it didn't work well with it

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 20:02:49 | More by joepais
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with golden highlights around the edges; the head fades quickly in an almost soda-like fashion, though it does leaves a few streaks of lace behind

Smell: While there is plenty of sugary sweetness in the aroma, I also pick up the Brett as well

Taste: Fruity sweetness, up front, with a combination of apples and apricots, with some sour Bretty flavors arriving by mid-palate; ultimately, the sweetness overwhelms the sour flavors, as it continues to do in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: My first Faro and a little research reveals that this is a style that suits Lindemans to a "t"

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 23:53:13 | More by brentk56
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carpezytha

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 19:47:26 | More by carpezytha
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brownish-red body, with a thin white head; light lacing.

S: A nice funky aroma of yeast, barnyard, white sugar, & sour fruits like green apple & pear.

T: A nice balance of sweet sugar, vinegar, tart fruit, and funky Belgian yeast. The sour green apple flavor is balanced with a candy sweetness that kind of reminds me of juice.

M: Light body; light carbonation; a lean texture.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but I find that I enjoy it more if I split a bottle. The whole bottle can be slightly overwhelming being so sweet and all. Picked this up for a friend who wanted a fruity beer and she loved it. Personally, this is a once in a while kind of thing. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 17:09:06 | More by BrewCrew2010
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Two and a half fingers of frothy yellowish white head with near average retention and moderate amounts of lacing.

4.0 S: Strange, but nice. Lots and lots of candi sugar. Huge sweetness. However, there's a good bit of saison-like barnyard funkiness to balance. Wild apple fruitiness. A touch of tart acidity.

3.5 T: Good taste, but the candi sugar is present in far too high a level. I can deal with this amount of sweetness in some of Lindeman's other brews because there is usually a strong enough sourness to balance. This, however, is a couple level of tartness lower, than say, the Kriek. Barnyard funkiness is there again as well as the wild apple, but everything plays second fiddle to the sweetness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Fairly creamy. Not all that smooth due to the massive amounts of sugar.

3.5 D: Even with the oversweetening, I did enjoy this brew. It's not something I'd like to drink all the time, but one every couple months would be fine. Interested to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:29:53 | More by DavoleBomb
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Arinthos

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark ruby color with a large head that stuck around awhile despite light carbonation and eventually a thick lacing that remained throughout the entire drink.

S- fruity with hints of cherry apple and other sweet fruits also a hint of sour.

T- very sweet definatlly a cherry taste that was super sweet.

M- very sweet hard to drink if you don't have a sweet tooth. leaves a sweet aftertaste as well

D- a dessert beer not a session beer by any means but a great dessert beer after a tasty meal like thanksgiving or a holiday.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:07:08 | More by Arinthos
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color; clear. No head at all.

Candy sugar aroma with a slight sourness.

The flavor is sugary; no sign of the sourness. This is also a full bodied beer with nearly no carbonation. Very much like double bock and less like a lambic. A pretty good beer although it is contrary to the usual taste I like.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 00:39:09 | More by smcolw
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the Beer Temple in Brussels.
Unwrapping the silver-foiled top, I pried off the cap with an opener, and was then faced with a cork in the bottle. This is the first beer I have tried which is both capped and corked; to require both an opener and a corkscrew. The appearance of this faro was darker than I expected--it was not golden but more dirty-light-brown. It was hazy, and possessed a quick, fizzy head that lowered to a ring of foam. The aroma is obviously extreme sweetness, which I expected from a faro lambic. There is complexity, however, in the delightful oakwood aromas, the assertive sourness and tartness. At the very first smell there was some unknown note, akin to leather or an astringent chemical, but it was not at all in the least unpleasant. The aroma reminded me of champagne, sour and piquant. There is also a musty note, some faint citrus, and tomato juice. The aroma, whilst appetising, was not the most powerful; for me, it could use more strength. Up front the beer is all sweetness, with oak definitely making its presence felt. I absolutely loved the sweet, sugary taste. You can feel the sugary slickness of the cane. The aftertaste too is sugary, with some balancing light malt, and oak again. There is more bitterness than a kriek, but still very little in the beer. In the middle I taste acidic tones of tomato. Despite the sweetness I get some dry mouth feels. The breath-taste is somewhat metallic, with some cherry candy. Fairly viscious carbonation, like champagne, sparkling on the tongue. On the long aftertaste, I sense iron and saltiness. I enjoy the sweetness, but no more than two of these for me at one sitting, or the sugar is overmuch. This is probably one of the sweetest beers I have ever tried. Would I buy this again? Absolutely.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 09:29:52 | More by Cwrw
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown pour with a frothy white head. The lacing and retention are really good.

S: This one is all barnyard funk. Not really a lot else. Sort of wheaty, funk, sweet.

T: Wow the taste is really sugary. Belgian Candi Sugar all over the place, masking the funk and acidity a bit. Certainly no red fruits in this one, but perhaps apples and some more wheat.

MF: Light, low carbonation.

O: It was tough to drink all 12oz because of the sweetness, but overall I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:04:22 | More by russwbeck
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(bottle date 19 Jul 2010, stored in fridge most of that time(?) - poured into a tulip)

A: clear, sunset orange-y amber liquid... head fizzed out fast at first pour - stayed around maybe 30-45 sec on final pour... no retention aside from a thin collar, little-to-no lace

S: overripe honeydew rind... light crystal malty... bit of a spicy floral aroma in the back... anticipation of candy-sweetish fruit flavors apparent

T: briefly tart on the tip of the tongue, noticeably sweet, blandly sour on the edges... the aged, musty-funky notes hit immediately before sipping and linger on the perimeters of the palate in the aftertaste while the honey-berry-juicy sweetness coats the palate, retaining more of its light caramelized flavors than candy flavors, while its dullish tartness holds almost enough to balance

M: round, fullish, vinous-like body, delicate sudsy wash... perhaps a bit heavier than desirable, but I haven't had any other Faro to compare it to

O: if you've a sweet tooth, this is a fine lil treat - thankfully, not quite the intensity of sugars as in their fruited lambics... suppose it held up fine after ~4 years

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 22:12:25 | More by Bouleboubier
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generallee

New York

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green capped and corked 355ml bottle into a Lindemans fluted glass. The label has a description of the beer but there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: It's dark in the glass with a bronzy amber colored body held up to light. It has good clarity and some visible carbonation. A good two finger head caps of the beer. It's off white in color and tightly packed. On the glass it leaves some spotty lace.

Smell: There are notes of white bread, raw grain and wheat malt with a hint of sweetened whiskey or sweet brandy.

Taste/Palate: It is candy sweet up front with notes of white bread, sweet caramel, and nougat. Some tangy wheat and yeast tartness just tries to sneak in as some fruit notes like sweet apple peach and pear lead into a stick sweet finish. The palate is medium bodied, smooth and slick. On the lips it feels sticky.

Notes: I'm not quite sure what to think of this beer. My palate is confused, is it a tart beer trying to be sweet or a sweet beer trying to be tart/sour. It is interesting if nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 23:39:04 | More by generallee
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper with a thin quickly dissipating head--leaving a very thin film and okay lacing

S: This smells weird like musty weed; this is grassy with subtle dry fruits but mostly weed and grass and grains and funk

T: Sugary and sweet up front and then it dries out--it's grassy and musty and earthy and metallic with a touch of skunk; weird--still a touch of that weed too

F: A touch thin but enough beer does cling to the roof of the mouth

O: Weird, funky, sweet, earthy, metallic, weedy, interesting

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:48:52 | More by dbossman
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 25cl bottle, best before 25th Jan 2009, drank 15th Feb 2009, so slightly older than recommended.

Poured into a 'Mort Subite' flute (twice, it only holds 0.2 Litre.

No cork in my bottle, just a silver foil covering and a normal bottle cap.

Old marmalade orange in colour, with a huge cream coloured head (hence the two pours).

Vinegarous aroma, then farmyards, then marmalade with yeast and sour fruit.

Sweet and sour flavours, tart yet very drinkable. Drys in the mouth, strange and yet interesting qualities. Complexed and confusing. Sticky when spilt, I needed some water after the tasteing, just to cleanse my palate.

Is it too sweet? Most likely yes.

Is it too sour? Most likely yes.

The 25cl bottle was just about the right amount for me. Any more and I'd have started to find fault, any less and I might have missed something.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 14:20:18 | More by BlackHaddock
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 21:23:54 | More by bamadog
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

brilliant brownish amber with a touch of froth (more than i would expect from a sour brew)

...and it's sour smelling! with a more complex aroma than, say a gueze. this, i suppose, is due to the additional dark stuff for the yeast to eat up

i don't know how i feel about the extra sweetness (if you can't tell, this is my first faro), mainly because it seems so empty. it's a basic, sugary sweetness. luckily, there's some bitterness

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 03:01:13 | More by bruachan
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad look to this beer at all. Reddish-orange with a bit of a chill haze that goes away as the beer warms...wel, duh...allowing you to watch the carbonation that built a 1/4" head that doesn't last long before it gives way to a top film.

The smell is the star of this beer, letting you know that this is a lambic and you should be ready for some sour taste notes. Sour fruit (maybe apple) and a perceptible floral back tone make you want to get to that first sip.

This is my first faro and I had not read the standard for the style and wound up surprised at how sweet this beer is. It was as if someone took a lambic and poured some sugar into it. Well, that's almost exactly what it is. The sweetness really knocks down the sour, but the fruits (now I get apple/raspberry) become a little more clear.

Medium body and crisp, but there is a slight "oiliness" on the tongue that I'm not enjoying. It makes me wonder if the sugars made it a bit syrupy. The body may have been lighter without this.

They sugar these beers to make them more approachable and sweeter, but for whom? Certainly not me. This is too sweet for me and even for my wife who prefers a sweeter brew. Yes, it's easy to drink for then first few sips, but then becomes cloying. This is definitely the white zinfandel of beer.

This was my first faro, but may not be my last if I can find one from Cantillon or Boon. Hopefully they're a little more even-handed with the sugar.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 14:53:00 | More by Naugros
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 19:25:54 | More by Cylinsier
Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 767 ratings.