Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 35
Gots: 63 | 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 bump8628
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml miniature Champagne bottle. Served in a Stange.

Copper-orange in color with a finger of white head that lasts for the whole session and leaves some nice Brussels lace on the sides of the glass.

Mild funky sourness and tart lactic sourness mingle with a sugary sweetness in the nose. Subtle fruity and spicy notes come through as well.

The taste has all of the characteristics of lambic (barnyard funkiness, lactic sourness, cider vinergar character), but they are cut by a syrupy candy sweetness. Additional fruitiness is evident behind the sweetness. It kind of reminds me of apple juice.

The added sugar leaves a rather thick mouthfeel that sits heavy on the back of the tongue. Rather than lending more drinkability (which I think is the intention of this style), the sugar makes one bottle of this plenty for one sitting. This is my first experience with this style, but I think it is a decent representation. It's definitely my least favorite of the lambic styles but I can appreciate it for what it is and I'm glad to have tried it.

Photo of cooch69
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.


the CPJ

Photo of mesatrin
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of janubio
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

37,5 cl. bottle. Dark amber colour, with a medium head and good retention and lace. Smell of grapes, apples, sherry, oak, cider. Medium to light body, sour palate, though you can notice clearly the sugar added. Taste is acid apples, oak, cider. Very pleasant, though I like best the usual gueuze with no sugar.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 375 poured into a flute.

A: Dark amber, almost cider like, with a thin white head.

S: Malt, fruit, apple, pear, and a bit of green in the finish.

T: Sweet fruit with a malt backbone and bit of zest from carbonation

M: Medium

O: A sweet beer that has a bit of a green finish, Faro is meant as a desert, and it should be. Enjoyable for its purpose, Faro is worth a buy.

Photo of Casey10
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Capped and Corked. This was one interesting beer. Never had this style so not sure if this is how it is supposed to taste.

It is very sweet and it reminds me of a malt beverage then a beer. It is carmel in color with a light head. The smell is like a prickely pear.

The tastes is sharp and sweet. Mouthfeel is sort of tart but at the same time not like a sour.

Worth trying for the style it's okay for looking for a sweet beer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this courtesy of RiekerStarBrew served chilled in my goblet, probably the first Faro i have tasted.

A deep amber with translucent clarity and thin white cap with lace that clings in spots, retention is decent with fine bead. The smell is good, nice yeast odor, slight candy sugar aroma with a hint of wood and caramel undertone with some subtle spice. The feel is moderately high sugary sweetness level which is good for the style even if it is not my taste, semi-high carbonation with hints of yeast giving smooth body.

The taste is as the nose leads on, with spice caramel heavy sugar influence and mild oak flavor accenting. w/ subtle spiciness and lots of residual sugar on the palate as the sweetness lingers. Overall this is not a style I think that many can compare to base on the fact so few are available in the U.S., but this comes off like their other lambics -too sweet, the only missing ingredient is a fruit addition.

Photo of AdamBear
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark reddish amber. Thin cream colored head

S-woah this smells tart! Just a very funky and sharp scent of lemony zest.

T-comes in with a much more mild taste than the nose lets on. The taste is strong of artificial sugars. It does have a slight tartness but it's mostly sweet. it's somewhat of an aged flavor. It's not bad. There's a hint of pepper in the after-taste. 

M-syrupy, medium to low carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

O-one of the sweeter lambics I've had, especially considering there's a lack of fruitiness to it. It's okay but not entirely drinkable. I don't know if its the beer or style that I'm not fond of. The more I drink it, the less I can taste the flavors. 

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked & capped green 355mL bottle. The beer is hazy , light copper colored, thin wet "spitty" looking foam. The aroma is so good, funky barnyard / horse saddle, & whatnot. A little bit of apple too. The taste is very sweet (added candi sugar based on the bottle description), probably about right for the style but really too sweet for me. I like the tart apple flavors and also the Belgian yeasty funk but the sugar makes it hard to drink much. Good thing it comes in small bottles.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%

Silver foiled, capped and corked 12 ounce bottel.

A: Pours a hazed dark orange/amberish under a one-inch thick slightly off-white head which slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves clumpy lace.

N: Cork, oak without tannins - mostly wood, damp earth, sour wheat, tart fruits, vinous (white grape), lovely spontaneous barnyard funk.

T: Sweetness at first, funk, malts, fresh cut hay, apples, pears, peaches, cherries, cider, minerality and then sweet again.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Mildly sweet and syrupy finish.

O: Oh so good as a companion to after meal desserts. Extremely easy drinking. Wonder how this might age???

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dsauter
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +3%

I'm certain this is the first Faro for a vast majority of beer drinkers. This one goes into my Lindeman's flute, pouring a deep, rich hazy medium-dark yellow color and growing a creamy off-white head to just over a finger. It sits well and remains sturdy, laying down lots of creamy lace as it goes.
This beer is all about showcasing the sweetness without covering up everything beneath it, and without being artificial or tasting like cane sugar. I'm a fan of belgian candi sugar in that there's a lot more to the sweetness than regular sugar, and it works better with the beer to its overall effect. It's sweet from front to back, but also shows a little tartness underneath and a light touch of funk beneath that. All in all, the only thing I'd like more, which I'm sure the best of the style get, would be to draw out the Lambic's complexities and show more of the aromas and flavors underneath the sweetness.
It has almost a luxurious smoothness on the tongue, a creamy flow complemented by just the right crispness from a very consistent carbonation. The medium body offers the right level of support, and just a little tartness can be felt on the tongue so the sweetness isn't cloying, though it naturally keeps from it.

Photo of PopGun
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I notice when popping the cap on this beer is the lack of pffft. The second thing I notice is the cork that lies beneath. It all makes sense now as this is lambic by nature.

Pours a golden mahogany into a wine glass and offers a decent cap of foam for the style. Keeps a nice ring and drops off a fair amount of lacing.

Nose is sweet and tart at the same time. Bit of candied fruit and a slight hint of roasted caramel. Just a hint of sourness carries through the sweet delivery, though not nearly as fruity sweet as Lindeman's standard offerings.

Well balanced with an apricot fruit flavor up front and a light tartness on the finish which offers a decent feel and a slowly drying finish with a hint of spice. Quite pleasant, not too sweet and not too sour, yet not too intriguing either.

Photo of rlschultz
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Kinsman
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with a dark copper colored body with only a tiny bit of haze. Capped by a light and airy white head, about an inch thick at first, but fades to leave thin lace behind.

Aroma is a bit funky, but with a much sweeter aroma than your typical lambic. The candi sugar does seem to compliment the lemony/acidic sour aroma well.

First taste reveals a delicate balance between sweet and sour. Sugary and fruity, like many non-wild Belgian styles, but balanced with a tart and sour yeasty flavor. Overall, its a pretty enjoyable desert beer, but almost a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is a bit bubbly, but very smooth and silky. This might be my favorite aspect of this beer.

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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