Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans
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2.73/5 rDev -25%
green 12oz into tulip snifter.
corked bottle. absolute nightmare to remove the cork, broke off, leaving half in the neck.
Pours an amber yellow with a fizzy off white head that is short lived.
The aroma is of sweet Belgian candi and some tart apple with a lightly funky backing.
The taste is very sweet, with a lot of apple notes. A very faint funky backing that gets lost at times in the sweetness.
Medium body with low carbonation.
As it is my first example of the style I have nothing to compare it to, but it was a bit too sweet for my liking.
01-31-2012 08:57:41 | More by vkv822
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
a: murky redish brown with a thin white ring.
s: candi sugar, apples, cherries and some yeast.
t: very tart and sweet, like an overly sweetened fruit juice.
m: slightly creamy. feels overly carbonated on the tongue. cloyingly sweet and a dry tart finish.
o: meh, had to try it because i never had the style, but i dont think i'll seek it out again.
01-31-2012 02:12:44 | More by match1112
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
A: One finger of white fluffy head quickly turns into just a thin layer. Beer is much darker than I imagined. It's a rich caramel color. A lot of large chunks of yeasty sediment in the glass.
S: A rich sweet tartness permeates throughout the entire bouquet. Caramel exists throughout too. Very acidic quality. A dark fruitiness is there in the back as well.
T: It immediately strikes me how sweet this is. Past that it tastes like a regular lambic. There's a rich acidic quality. Some mild fruitiness exists that plays off of some oakiness. It finishes tart and with a bready yeastiness.
M: Fairly creamy, medium body with a light carbonation. Sourness is lightly astringent as well.
O: It's difficult because I'm not a fan of this style. It's far too sweet for me. Maybe if this 16 oz bottle was half or maybe just having 4 oz. with dessert, but a traditional lambic would still be far superior. So from what I read this is all approximately true to style. I'll give it a slightly above average 3.5
01-28-2012 23:35:48 | More by tony223366
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
A: Dark muddy pond water with a truly bazar space nebula star cloud nursery of yeasty sediment hangs in the center. Lots of sediment to go with it. decent head forms which is light tan in color yet disappears fairly quick.
S: Baked red and green apples, apple cider, green table grapes, cane sugar.
T: The extremely dominating cidery quality of this beer takes over. It even has the tannic mouthfeel of hard cider. Slightly acidic with an evening sweetness and just a touch of bitterness. Caramalized apples and fresh linger on the palate for some time as well as a touch of brown sugar and alcohol. Kind of wild stuff.
M: Hard apple cider
O: This is interesting stuff though I find it pretty one dimensional. I admittedly have not tried any Faro's and will try to do so soon.
01-28-2012 00:55:43 | More by flannelman808
4/5 rDev +9.9%
A: Poured from a bottle to a flute glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A very sweet smell, with lots of sugar and fruit apparent in it.
T: Tasted of sugar, yeast, apples, caramel, and some malt in the finish. Somewhat sour, but not to the point of distraction. A good flavor, if a little thin in the finish.
M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.
O: This is first Faro I've tried, so I don't have a lot to compare it to. Pretty good, but it has its flaws.
01-25-2012 13:22:04 | More by avalon07
3.93/5 rDev +8%
355mL into long-stemmed tulip.
A: bright orange. i had a slightly shitty pour here and dumped some bottom dregs in my glass, but otherwise clear. head starts billowy but recedes down. nice lacing.
S: brown sugar. definitely some cherry aroma. reminds me of the juice in the cherry jar when you put the top.
T: starts a little acidic. just a twang. any acidity is pushed aside by a barrage of sweetness. cherries. apple juice. the sweetness is very fruity, very sharp.
M: a little more mild than a champagne, but still pretty aptly carbonated. the slightly sour aspect makes a tingly sensation on the tip of my tongue. light bodied.
D: i have been waiting to try an example of this style for a while now. not super easy to find. very sweet, very nice sipping beer. i would love to have a few of these side by side and see where else this style can go.
01-24-2012 12:52:02 | More by Jimmys
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
355mL corked and capped green bottle. a code on label, but no clear date.
appears clear, brilliant looking. dark amber with red hues. 1/4" off-white colored head. decent retention. smells of malt and a bit of wheat. fairly neutral aroma.
taste is slightly tart, a touch of sour, but the aftertaste is actually sweet, and leaves a sugary taste. nice and thirst quenching. light body. thin, fizzy refreshing carbonation.
overall - my first experience with the style. It seems more balanced than other lambic styles.
01-21-2012 04:28:26 | More by jmdrpi
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
355 ml bottle served at cellar temperature. Shared with my girlfriend and poured into a snifter glass. We were both interested as this is a first for us in the Faro-style.
A: Semi-clear amber and bronze colored body with a small off white head that dissipated extremely rapidly. A tiny retention ring settles out but there's really no lace at all left behind. An interesting looking beer, darker than I expected but again this style is new to me.
S: Browned apples, sweet caramel, toasted coconut and sugar, black cherry. There's a very interesting component from the Belgian candi sugar that was added to this beer. It has a sweetness to it but the fruity element is odd.
T: Sweet up front with a little tartness, caramel malts, sweet brown sugar, more browned apples (not rotten but not fresh), dates and cherry pits. Quite the blend of flavors but it does work rather well. It's tasty but perhaps a little too sweet and not enough of the acidic tartness is coming through that I'd like.
M: Highly bubbly, well carbonated but not thin though. It's a very nice feeling that I've come to expect from anything in the Lambic-family. A bit dry on the finish.
I know Lindemans adds sweeteners to their beers, but correct me if I'm wrong that Faros are supposed to be sweetened a bit? I thought I read that somewhere. Anyway, this was an interesting beer but not one I'd drink a bottle of to myself.
01-20-2012 13:50:54 | More by ShanePB
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from a 355ml. bottle (code L C29 JFA stamped).
Appearance: Barely 2 fingers worth of head dwindling to a very thin ring. Amber gold body that i can partially see through with mild lacing.
Smell: Quite tart with some green apples, hay, grass and a definite funk as it warms.
Taste: A nice back and forth of sweet and tart with no clear winner. Candi sugar, granny smith apples as well as bruised and browned ones. Wet grass with some funk. As it warms, the end has a bit of vinegar in it that is mildly off putting.
Mouthfeel: Very lively and refreshing in a tart way. A bit acidic.
Overall: I enjoyed this one. Bit of a weird finish as it warms so try to drink it more chilled.
01-19-2012 12:19:09 | More by papat444
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
Pours almost clear, burnished copper, with ample carbonation. Pushes up a half-inch, beige, rocky head that lasts a couple of minutes, leaving minimal lacing in the Lindemans flute glass.
A pleasant, funky yeast fills the nose with sweet-tart cherries and other berries. Some apple vinegar is detectable later.
Sweet, hugely sweet! Fresh berries and southern sweet tea with honey, maybe some lemon. A brief, mild finish. Warmth subdues the sweetness and helps bring out earthy berry flavors.
No alcohol in this medium bodied beer with vigorous, fine, carbonation leaves a sticky residue on the lips.
Definitely a dessert beer. Perhaps suitable to a brunch the day after a summer celebration.
01-15-2012 21:17:46 | More by SLeffler27
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
From the little Faro I had this was not my best. A lot of sugar and barley. Looked nice, brown colour with no head. Smelled like barley cereal, tasted barley cereal and sugar. Average mouthfeel, though it was a little tart backup up by much sweetness. Drinkable with a good lunch.
01-15-2012 02:58:32 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Finger of off white head settles very quickly. Interesting deep amber color with excellent clarity. Lots of escaping carbonation.
A bit musty, some sweetness and the notes of candied sugar. Right at the very end, there is a familiar hint from the aroma familiar with lambics.. Just a hint.
A lot sweeter than I expected despite knowing that a Faro specifically has the sugar added. I just assumed it would be a little more subdued. It really takes over. There is a subtle malt and nutty flavor just below the surface. The sweetness just lays over this.
Thicker body than any lambic I’ve ever had.
It’s ok… I think the sweetness if heavy handed and too much. It’s my first Faro so I have no perspective on the aggressiveness within this example.
01-14-2012 00:50:09 | More by Reagan1984
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
Appearance: rich coppery brown with suspended flecks; creamy off-white head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing in the glass.
Smell: It is what it is. This lambic has more in common with a well-ripened cheese than with your average beer. Musty, warm leather notes.
Taste: Surprisingly sweet front end with a strong musty sourness. Notes of toffee and old socks--strong Gouda flavors. Some raisin and plum. Nice sour finish, astringent oak, tannins in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Not a lot of carbonation, but acidic enough to be pleasant. Bit of a pucker towards the back of the tongue, slight throat-closing.
Overall: The wife says: Buy this if you enjoy the experience of walking down a cheese aisle in Europe. It has many of the same notes. Pair it with a dark, crusty bread. Not recommended with a meal. The husband says: Buy this for a unique taste experience and lambic flavor profile.
01-10-2012 20:04:09 | More by beerthirtysa
3.28/5 rDev -9.9%
This is my first Faro. Purchased at City Swiggers in Manhattan.
A_Pours a darkish clear copper with minimal head an a light wisp of a cap. There is some lacing despite that fact.
S_The aroma is bready and sweet with a faint hit of something i just can't place.
T_Initially the flavour comes across as nice and tart with apple notes. The finish is remarkably sweet however and is very different from how it starts. The aftertaste is very reminiscent of a candy Granny Smith apple.
M_Light bodied with a bit of stickiness. The carbonation is tight bodied and cuts through this well.
O_This really reminds me of a candied apple. As this is not a style I am familiar with I can't really speak to style but this is probably not something I would go running back to. Still interesting to try nonetheless.
01-08-2012 04:00:11 | More by sleazo
3.75/5 rDev +3%
This one was interesting, Gave it a good poure into a tuplip glass and looked it over. The color was a a shade of brown with a very thin white head on top that faded almost right away. The smell of the beer was actually quite funky, I expected this to be on the tart side once I took a sip. The taste however was not tart at all really. I know that it's a Lindeman's product but even they have some sourness in them. This was surprisingly sweeter than all the others I've had from them. The taste of brown sugar was throughout the beer. There was just a touch of funk in there too. The mouthfeel was decent but nothing too impressive really. Overall this was something that I found to be quite interesting and I'd like to have more of this style one day just to compare.
01-03-2012 03:04:15 | More by Knapp85
Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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