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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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759 Ratings
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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 33
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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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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nickfl

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours with about half an inch of white foam that rests on top of a slightly hazy, orange-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light rings of lace sticking to the glass.

S - A dry, musty aroma of wild microbes with notes of wet moss, tart cherries, and a hint of sulfur.

T - Tart fruit up front, quickly followed by a sweet tea level of sugar. Notes of black cherry, caramel malt, lemon, and sweetened balsamic vinegar in the middle. The beer finishes with an emphasis on sugar, lemon, and cherry; it almost tastes like a soda.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - This contrast between the earthy, funky aroma and the sweetened, soda like flavor is really different from most other beers. It shows the funky complexity of its base beer much better than Lindeman's less traditional sweetened lambics and despite the strange descriptors that I am forced to use in relating the flavors it is actually pretty enjoyable. Unlike the sweetened fruit lambics, the sourness is able to show through a bit along with the wild character and thanks to the tradition behind this style, you aren't left with the feeling that they ruined something wonderful to appeal to the masses. If you know what you are getting into with this beer you can enjoy it for what it is and I can see it being a really refreshing beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 00:36:28 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear and a darker amber. Nose is like a syrup kind of thing. Flavor is basically like a sweetened beer (which it is.) Fruity tones are mixed in. Mild earthy tones barely show up before being taken over by the sugars again. Feel is slick on liquid and the carbonation is a bit full. It's sweet, but this is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 12:50:30 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer poured into a Lindemans flute. Beer is brown and slightly cloudy. It forms a thin head of large bubbles and carbonation is steady and moderate, large bubbles. Not much in the way of head dynamics, diffuse, broken.

Aroma is grainy and sweet.

Beer is low in body and sweet. Kind of like apple juice. Tastes fine. Easy drinking, I'm enjoying it. Not much carbonation in the palate, not much of anything really. Second taste, beer had more complexity that time. I could drink this like water. More body than the first taste, much more fruit flavor. I'm enjoying it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 04:12:30 | More by drabmuh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Mid-Town in Tulsa

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with a fast falling cream colored head. Slight head retention & lacing

S: Tartness & grassyness & some raspberry once warm

T: Slight tartness, then intense sweetness (raisins, cherries & figs), & a bit of leafy hops up front. Oaky dryness & cherry sweetness as this warms. Finishes puckery with fruittyness & intense candi-sugar sweetness & leafy hops

MF: Puckery, intensely dry & still a bit too sweet balance-wise

Drinks all right, the over whelming sweetness makes this a beer that would be good for one or two at best. Not sure it's a style I can ever fall head over heels about

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 03:19:22 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep apple juice like amber hue with a bright white head that dwindles rather quickly, not as effervescent as the other fruit lambics that Lindeman's makes. Aroma tart fruit notes hints of green apple acidity and barrel aging undertones. Nice pleasant flow in the nose, I like it so far let's taste...super sweet compared to most traditional lambics, it's actually cider sweet hints of barrel aging touch of woody tones. More apple like sweetness even though I know there's no fruit added to this one just Belgian candi sugar. Nice underlying acidic notes but again it's overall really sweet dessert beer. Mouthfeel is medium body a bit of residual sugars, nice tart middle with a sweet coating finish mellow carbonation going on. Drinkability is decent if you are in the mood for something on the sweeter side.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:31:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 18:17:19 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice crystal malt and candy sugar scent along with a mild lambic yeast sourness. The taste is good as well. It has a pleasant pale and crystal malt flavor and with a sweet candi sugar character. It goes down smooth with a mild sour finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easier "lambic" beer to swallow for those who don't care for the more sour, traditional versions. The candy sugar adds just enough sweetener to make it more accesible.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 22:26:29 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:52:27 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of citrus, lemons, tart fruit and some sugar. The flavor is mainly lemony tartness with some sugar and light funk. This tastes about like liquid sweet tarts. Low carbonation and thin mouthfeel.

Only the second faro I have had and this is better than the Chapeau, but still not anything too memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 22:27:26 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

This was my first sampling of this style, I believe. Poured into a Lindemans flute glass, a thick burnt caramel color with a few stray bubbles gracing the surface. Very sweet nose, candi, candy, and raisins. Taste was obviously very sweet as well, candy-like and fruity, even though there isn't actually any fruit in it. RAISINS permeated my palate, with strawberries and white wine coming in mid-palate, and sweet dark sugars finishing off, with a hint of oak. Mouthfeel was about medium, with a syrupy sweetness I just didn't care too much for. Good for a glass, but that's probably it for me. I'd be interested in sampling other brewers' cracks at the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 01:28:26 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into My Gulden Draak tulip. Picked this one up at Stateline about 2 months ago.

a - Pours a hazy orange-brown color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass and 2 minutes or so of head retention.

s - Smells of sugar, fruit, apples, some Belgian yeast, light spices. A ton of sugar up front.

t - Tastes of sugar, sweet fruits, apples, Belgian spices and yeast. Again, way to sweet...reminded me a tiny bit of a really sweet cider.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little tough to drink due to the sweetness.

o - Overall not a great faro. Just way to sweet and not balanced at all; the sugar dominates and makes it tough to drink. My girlfriend liked it quite a bit though and helped me finish the bottle. Wouldn't seek it out again; go for the 3f faro if you're interested in trying the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:38:47 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-16-2011 03:01:44 | More by oline73
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Code LJ 27HFA; Sampled March 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber hue with red-plum overtones to it. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, amber-copper color. The aroma smells of lightly oxidized apples, a touch of musty mushroom notes, perhaps a whiff of foot-stench, some tea like notes and a soft lactic tartness.

Wow, incredibly sweet it does manage to finish with a light tartness, but then it is the sweetness that really lingers on in the palate after a sip. Vaguely tastes like honey-sweetened Lipton's Iced Tea. My second sip has my palate adjusting to a little more balance between the sweet and the lactic tartness found here. There is definitely a cider like quality to this beer and again it reminds me of lightly oxidized apples. Despite being low in alcohol, the sweetness really makes this almost a sipping beer as the excess sugars really add some heft to the body. A hint of funky foot flavors are sometimes barely noticeable underneath the sweetness

This is an interesting beer, and definitely an interesting style as I definitely need to try more examples from the traditional Lambic brewers. Some more interesting funkiness and more aggressive sourness would make this much better and more balanced. I can't help but think of this as some sort of fruit juice; perhaps a mix of apple cider and sweet tea somehow. This certainly gets a boost just because it is Faro and I have had so few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 23:03:09 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-25-2011 23:24:13 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep cola orange, very mild bubbly white head, looks a lot like soda, hard to judge because I've never had this style before.

S: Minor notes of horse blanket, wood, sweet malt.

T: Sugary fruit, with definite notes of peaches, mild cherries, certainly tastes good.

M: Light-bodied, more sweet than sour but has a finishing acidity like sour candy. Too sweet overall for me.

D: At $8 this is a single buy for me to try the style, it's the only one around, but it was a lot like drinking a lambic soda, a sure fire crowd pleaser though.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 03:57:14 | More by Halcyondays
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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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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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Gavage

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with an orange tone. A short head falls apart quickly.

Smell: cherries, earthiness, and a sugary sweetness is pleasant. A hint of sourness is detectable.

Taste: heavy leaning of the cherry and sugary sweetness with a soft sourness at the finish. Definite earthy tones and a mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a bit of drying late. Long cherry aftertaste.

Drinkability: this went down quickly and was nicely refreshing. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 18:08:21 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-03-2014 04:12:39 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap over top a cork served into a Champagne flute in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of slight cream, pretty good thickness, and good retention - though the ABV is low. colour is a senitransparent copper.

Sm: Moderately strong bacteria, souring hops, and light funkiness - could be brett; I don't know. A strong aroma overall.

T: A light sourness is present throughout, with light bacteria (mostly in the second act), pleasant funkiness, and a sweet candied sugar finish. It's balanced well; I like the subtle crystal malts.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some tingly coarseness in the third act. Suits the flavour well.

Dr: Very drinkable for the style, of good quality and priced perchance a bit high - at least stateside. I'd have it again, preferably on cask. Its simplicity holds it back.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 01:23:56 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, hazy plum color with amber edges and a fizzy half finger head and that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Syrupy sweet aroma with some slight earthy funky. Lots of sweet artificial medicine and candy syrup with some pale malts and dark fruits.

On the lighter end of medium bodied and very sweet with lots of artificial sweetness. Lots of candy sugar and syrup with subtle tart funk and sweet dark fruit. Hints of cherry, grape and other dark berries produce an overwhelming sweetness that lingers into a sling dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 08:38:02 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

08-02-2012 02:10:31 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep golden copper colour with an frothy head of white foam that leaves some egg-white lacing down the rim of the glass. Carbonation is exceptionally fine and extensive, but static, even though the body isn't particularly heavy. It's just really composed of tiny bubbles which is really nice. Yep. A very nice looking brew.

Lots of acidity and slight funk on the nose, with huge notes of oak-barrel dominant. Really quite acidic and vinous. The characters are very refined but intense - it's as though you can smell the fermentation going on as it is served. Nice.

Taste is initially confronting and it gets worse, but, to be honest, it's exactly what I expected from the style. The acidity is present, but there's a huge sugary sweetness trying to overwhelm it. Rather than providing balance, it produces conflict between the acidity and the syrup, leaving both seemingly unpleasant and out of kilter. The oak character lingers above all of this, providing the only pleasant note. Otherwise, I find this sickly but brash, a cacophony of characters committing genocide in my mouth. Mouthfeel is crisp at least.

I just don't get this beer. It's like lolly-water, or like a beer brewed for kids. I found it incredibly difficult to drink, given the sweetness and the odd acidity striking harshly off it. I'm not a fan at all, especially given the really quite pleasant nose, the rest is offensive. I believe it's just the style that causes me so much grief - this may be a stellar example, but I'm not inclined to try another in order to find out.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 10:00:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kryptic for the heads up that I could locate this at the Andersons Market in Sylvania, OH. Shared with ksak and others (they know who they are, and they better thank me!).

A: The ale is an amber color that approximates a brown beer bottle. The ale is transparent, clear enough that I can see through it. A finger and a half of head left no trail.

S: The nose is sugary sweet, very similar to Lindemans' other lambic offerings without the fruit additions. A touch of funkiness reminds me of its Belgian heritage.

T: The faro is distressingly sweet. A sugary body of the pale candi variety dominate each sip. The ale takes on a cidery flavor, sweet beyond description. Par for the course for most of Lindemans' offerings. There is a funkiness below the candi sugars that is strong enough to remind you of its origins.

M: The mouthfeel is very pleasant, sweet and driven by candi sugars. The only difference between this and the fruit lambics is a touch of fruit juice.

D: Some may complain that this one doesn't count. To that I say, 'Nuts!' The lambic underbelly and candi sugar sweetness are a good one-two punch.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:44:19 | More by akorsak
Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.