Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 43
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

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

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/25/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, light vinegar, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, light vinegar, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, candi sugar, hay, straw, grass, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness and after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very nice Faro Lambic style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of orangesol
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was standing at Al's of Hampden trying to decide what to get to drink when he told me I should just get one of these because he was trying to kick the keg. I was not expecting a full pint of it but oh well here we go....

A - Pours murky brownish orange with a small half finger tall white head leaving very little lace down the glass.

S - Smells of musty basement funk, lots of sweetness, and some light salt air. Some light fruity aroma's are present as well but I can't really detect what they are through all the other things going on.

T - Starts off with lots of candied sugar sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of light fruit, dulled tartness, and even more sweetness. Some mineral like qualities creep in toward the end but the sweetness drowns them out quickly. The finish is, you guessed it, more sweetness with some light funk, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly funk, feel that stays on the pallet for some time after consumption.

O - I had trouble finishing this glass. I have had a few faro's before but for some reason this one really got to me. I won't be getting this one again any time soon.

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear ruby reddish brown in color with some visible yeast sediment. The head on this beer started out a finger tall and off white but reduced to a thin layer of bubbles over the top of the beer with a little bit thinker ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Lots of sweetness in the aroma but very pleasant - strong hints of green apple and candi sugar with more subtle hints of funk, wet horse blanket, wood and caramel. Sweet but complex.

T: The flavor of this beer is overall very sweet with lots of hints of green apple, raspberry, cherry, candi sugar, and caramel. The finish was a little more tart and slightly woody.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Almost syrupy with a slight prickling on the tongue from the carbonation.

O: I could see this as a beer/style that might not appeal to everyone but it certainly is delicious in my opinion. I think this beer is easy to drink though a little sweet to really be sessionable. I also found this appealed to a few friends that are more wine than beer drinkers.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. First time with a Faro.

A: Pours a light brown with a large, two finger foamy head that has pretty good retention and leaves behind some spotty lace.

S: A light sour/tartness with a light barnyard funk, belgian yeast, and a little bit of fruit - some apple and pear.

T: Extremely sweet. The flavors are muted by the over the top sugar that is present in this beer. I was able to pick up some apple and pear, as well as some honey and belgian yeast, but it wasn't as sour as I was hoping.

M: Light to medium bodied, but again, overly sweet and not as sour as expected.

O: It was good, but the sweetness killed it for me. Probably best paired with a rich dessert. Would love to try another Faro to compare this one to as some point. I think I may prefer other lambics to this style.

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

Poured into chalice.

Color is a clear caramel brown. Pours no head.

Aroma: Sweet and funky. Vinegar with light acidic flavors. It has an odd musk flavor to it. I kind of like it, but it is just weird.

Taste: It has a caramelized brown sugar sweetness flavor up front. Not as funky as I was expecting. Very sweet. I like it. It has the Lindeman's house flavor. Light vinegar flavors.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and then some. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, it is a beer that I have to be in the mode to drink. I think it could be drinkable in the right time and place. I have to give it a good score here as I do like it.

Photo of ShanePB
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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 Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl bottle (tiny!), purchased somewhere in Paris. "consumer avant de 18 mars, 2008" dating on the rear label. The nose here was of orange, nuts, earthiness, and Grand Marnier liquor. A moderate pour revealed a minor head, next to no lacing, but plenty of bubbles continuing to rise to the top. More earth, orange, honey, sweet and sour with more and more sour building up. I also pick up some mustiness and minor continued funk in the finish. Wish I could get a regular supply of this in the U.S.A. Nice dessert/aperitif beer

Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a brighter, ruby/orange color with a decent sized, bubbly white head to it.

The aroma shows a mix of sour, funky, tart flavors and some sweeter, fruity, candi sugar notes. The sour, funky notes seem a little overshadowed, but they are there. Not bad.

The taste shows a lot of the sweet candi sugar to it with some sugary, fruity, raspberry and cherry notes to it. I get some tartness to it towards the finish with just a bit of a sour funk. It's a little overly sweet and sugary though even for the style, almost like a syrupy soda like flavor.

The Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a decent beer, but not a great one of the style. The sweet, candi sugar and fruitiness dominated a little too much for me even for the style and overshadowed the sourness. I haven't had a lot of Faro's but I thought Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter was significantly better.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Lindeman's bottle into a tasting glass. A rich amber in color with a bit of head.

Smell: Aroma of Belgian candi sugar sweetness, tinge of sour vinegar as well.

Taste: Follows the nose, a tart sourness with some vinegar and sugar interacting. Ends up much like a good dry cider. Very sweet and very odd. An unblended lambic with a good deal of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp enough with a lingering acidity.

Drinkability: Interesting beer here from Lindemans. A rare style with only a few examples, all from Belgium. If you are a fan of sours, I would recommend this.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Popped the cork and a sourness aroma came up, fruity and sweet on the end. Poured a somewhat murky copper with a quick rising, huge foamed up head. Foam died very quickly never to return.
Aroma turned a bit more to apple and sour. Sweetness still on the end.

Total opposite taste. Sweet up front, then some apple and pear, soft. Sour at the end, with candi sugar clinging on for dear life. This is close to a cider it seems. Too sweet for me. Not sure if this is good representation of a Faro..hard to find specifics on it.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At last, Lindemans provides. The long search for a faro-styled beer comes to end for me. Now the fun part, the drinking of Lindemans Faro. On to the beer:

Orange amber colored with spectrum of different brigter colors. Depending on where the light shines, it ranges from yellow to lighter orange to a darker amber orange. That head doesn't stay around for very long. Unsure wat to expect in the nose, I get a sweet and sour aroma. Musty cork hits, then comes the wave of red wine vinegar. It's more sweet that sour.

Here's an odd couple that works: take three parts Flanders Red and one part gueuze. That may be heresy to some, but that's what this is like. Really sweet caramel makes up the base, a touch of sourness attempts to balance out the rest, but it remains sweet. In this case, I don't mind. Red wine vinegar flavor comes through, hold the acid. Fun to drink, although 12 ounces will be plenty.

A different way of doing lambic. Lindemans knows how to get their fruit lambics sweet, but perhaps it's appropraite that they make this unusual style.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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

Ok seems fair to have a faro style after all this time. Not sure how this will go (a sweetened lambic?? I dunno ..) but let's try a starter one this seems like a good place to start. Poured into a tulip glass.

A tight off white head picking up some of the red body color with a consistency of tight soap, but sort of falls. Body is a wonderful dark ruby red and brown amber, clear, with some sticking large cola bubbles and some fast small rising carbonation in the middle of the glass. This looks great!

Nose is brett. Distinct funk and heat with a mild sense of sweet and sour cherry. Feels interesting kind of a wild balance no pun intended.

Taste is ridiculous sweet syrup cherry. Sugar dominant with a sense or hawaiian fruit punch. Brett and heat action is nowhere to be found in the palate. Candi sugars abound without a hot yeast like punch. Texture is luckily not too syrupy, even slightly viscous.

Overall well I guess faro is always this sweet??? I mean it is Lindemans after all but it certainly can work and doesn't hurt. I wouldn't call this a sugar bomb, but I am curious if this style made by Cantillon or Drie Fontinen is considerably different. We'll see! Pretty easy drinking for a low abv.

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.

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.