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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 35
Gots: 61 | 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 BierFan
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce corked and capped green bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Fizzy off-white head rises to a couple inches and settles to near nothing within a minute. Reddish body.

Smell: Funky wet hay, a little lemon and cork. Smells like a good Belgian beer to me.

Taste: Very sweet/tart, smooth, and fruity. Cherry, raspberry, and lemon. I think I'm getting a taste of wood in the aftertaste, perhaps from the barrel or the cork, not sure.

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Photo of soulgrowl
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather dark, almost venturing into Flanders with its reddish-copper hue and disappointingly small head. Flush and fruity in the nose, ripe with white and red grapes, cranberries, and a sort of savory yogurt sourness. Tangy and sour and actually fairly sweet on the palate, with a lingering aftertaste of cider. Apple, lemon, rice vinegar, and rock candy feature prominently, with some background notes of strawberry and caramel. Dry in spite of its sweetness, with a crisp finish and bright carbonation. Not my favorite lambic by a long shot, but quite nice and drinkable... possibly a gateway to gueuze.

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Stigs
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of sommersb
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-27-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. green bottle, corked with pry-cap covered in foil
Glassware: Chalice
Purchased: Single from Argonaut Liquors, Denver

Pours a clear, dark amber color initially, with the second pour yielding some sediment and cloudiness. The modest white head has low retention but leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Aromas are very curious, funky and different. Smells of wine and grapes, which gives it a dry aroma, but also has a sweetness as of candied fruits. Also has the aroma of a beer aged on wood.

The taste is equally complex and is both sweet and sour. Flavors are rich, with a tart, citrus character as well as a hefty level of sweetness and a woody/oak component. Carbonation is high on this full-bodied beer. The finish is again sweet and sour, like in sour candies.

I can't say I've had anything quite like this Faro before. It's a highly enjoyable, curious mixture of smells and tastes. I really enjoyed it and would love to have more!

Photo of ybnorml
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clean amber beer. Has a small off white head. The aroma is sweet and sour at the same time. With the candy sweet dancing back and forth with the tempting sour notes. The candy sweetness starts the flavor that has hints of caramel apple. Followed by a nice tart finish. There are also hints of tabacco as it warms and a light astringency.

Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer. It was a slightly hazy deep amber with almost no head, minimal lacing. Not too carbonated.

The aroma was sweet and fruity (several types of fruits and berries blended together in layers), with a little tartness. A bit sugary, and a touch of mustiness on the back of the nose.

The taste was slightly tart and sweet, fruity, and slightly sugary.

Overall not too nad... I am not that experienced with lambics, so I don't have too much to compare it to. But it was an OK beer overall.

Photo of NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dbossman
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GPHarris
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left thick sheeting and lacing throughout. billows very nicely. the body was a bubbly amber color.
s - tart cherry candy.
t - sweet cherries with a hint of tartness. like cherry candy.
m - medium and sticky, lip-smacking dry.
o - my first faro and i really enjoyed it. reminded me a lot of new glarus wisconsin belgian red.

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Wobbly
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Goliath
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a large two inch light tan head. There is decent head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is ok. The candi sugar appears first with a lightly sweet nose. It's also mildly fruity with a nice malty note as well.

The taste is interesting. It's got a sweet and sour thing going for it. Candi sugar and some nice grain bring a simple sweetness. It's lightly fruity as well with a touch of tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lightly efforvescent carbonation bubble.

Drinkability is moderately high. The flavor profile is interesting enough, however it would be difficult to have more than one.

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

A: Poured into a tulip glass. A clear copper color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: A toasted malt aroma mixed with sour and musty notes.

T: The flavor is mostly made up of earthy and fruity flavors that are both very sweet and sour. It's almost more of a feel as the flavors are muted by the intense sweet and sour.

M: The feel is light and smooth and the sourness and spicy carbonation dry out the tongue after the sweetness fades.

O: I've never had a Faro so I didn't know what to expect. It's very interesting....probably the sweetest beer I've tried, but it was palatable with some good sour notes.

Photo of jarrgal
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a lightly hazed orange amber with a short lived creamy off white head that settles into a very dense shaving creamy ring. some lacing stick is drippy and spattered here and there in delicate branches and arches.

S- a bit musty and somewhat bland, with fleeting notes of pear, melon, and caramel. some barnyard aromas in there too. wish they were more pronounced.

T- very delicious blend of sweet and sour. very earthy, with plenty of yeast funk and rich woodsy barrel flavors. the multitude of fruitiness the yeast contributes ranges from cherry to wild strawberry to sour apple to melon, red plum, and apricot. the added sugar transforms the tart fruit into a near confection, reminding me of a fruit punch candy... in a beery sort of way. there's also a grainy white bread flavor from the wheat providing a nice backdrop to the complexities. another layer of yeasty funk is also present in the guise of barnyard, horse blanket, earthy goodness, etc. finishes fruity and tart with some grain and fading pleasant sweetness similar to a quality sweet fortified wine.

MF- body is pumped up by the sugar but beneath that i get the general impression of a solid juiciness to this beer. perhaps the fruity yeast flavors allude to that. either way, it's beautiful. subtle yet persistent carbonation glides freely with some of the tightest bubbles i've ever known. very drying on the cheeks and clean elsewhere.

D- the $5.75 price tag for a 12 oz bottle was definitely worth it to me. this is one unique beer that i wish i could share with a few certain people. the combination of sweet and sour is a complete win and is a delight to drink.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally popped the cork on this one... had it for 2 years or so, and just never motivated enough to hit it.

Poured into a tulip at about 55 degrees

Large peach-to-white head over a darker than expected amber body, with lots of tiny suspended particles, and a touch of carbonation flowing up. Decent retention, surprisingly enough.

Plenty of dull earthy qualities in the aroma. Some cardboard. Touch of tree fruit.

Flavor has a lot of sweet peach-to-nectarine qualities. Very juicy. Not much tart... maybe that quality has faded over time. Still delicious though - one of the most flavorful 4% beers I can remember having. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, without being thin. Finishes with a bit of a syrup quality.

Wasn't expecting quite this much flavor - really enjoyed this one. Drinks like a much bigger beer.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 335 mL corked and capped bottle shared with a friend. My half poured into a Smuttynose Big Beer snifter. Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of an hour or so.

Appearance: Deep golden to light brown in color. Not much head at all.

Aroma: Lots of horse blanket and funk here. Realy sweet brown sugar and molasses notes here too.

Taste: The sugar makes this almost cloyingly sweet. Lots of horse blanket and prominent funk. A bit tart with some green apple notes, but the sugar more than overwhelms them.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light bodied. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Depending on how much you enjoy the sweetness, this is relatively drinkable at this ABV.

Overall, an interesting beer that I found to be just too sweet at times. The Lindeman's base beer is in full effect here and gives this its charactistic funk. Definitely worth a try just to sample the style.

Photo of Mike
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
83 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.