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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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863 Ratings
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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 35
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
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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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +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.

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 BlackHaddock
3.63/5  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 orangesol
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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 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 corby112
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.33/5  rDev -36%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 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 mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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 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 DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer pours a warm brown slightly dense but clean body with a hint of red. There is a bubbly creamy antique white heat that last a bit. The gentle carbonation of microbubbles pop to the surface.
S- The tart and sweet aroma has some barnyard qualities and some cola note to it. There is a bright tartness and a cheese rind note to the finish.
T- The tart and sweet aroma blend much like the aroma with some dark barnyard qualities and some lighter cola notes. There is a bite note in the finish from the tartness and the sweetness starts to take on a minty quality as the beer opens up. The brett cheese rind note in the finish also grows as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft tartness and a big fizz that hits the back of the mouth.
D- The candy sweetness is a big part of the beer with brett and lambic characters just peaking through the background. The minty character is interesting and works with the tartness. This is easy to drink and I kept sipping hoping more of the funk would arise.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Mebuzzard
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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 BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Poechenellekelder in Brussels.

A huge, rocky white head shakes side to side in the glass as our waiter hurriedly runs it over to the table. The body has two tones: a deep amber colour on top and a lighter, tawny yellow underneath. Some - but in no way complete - clarity. The complexion has a creamy look to it. Plenty of lacing, top to bottom, circle the glass like topography lines on a map.

A soft spoken, deliciously sweet aroma. It smells just like the boiling rock candy used in production. The aroma does fair warning of the sweetness that will ensue. No spice in the nose.

The sugar is felt in the mouth, especially in a "tooth-decaying" sense. The texture is very smooth and it is refreshing, but only in small quantity. With such sweetness the drinkability wears out after only one. Even the best Faros aren't that special.

The candi sugar seems to numb notes of apple and pear. There is plenty of sugar where in standard lambics there would be 'funk'. The flavour is very light, which I suppose by design is to keep the Faro enjoyable. The finish has an almost sucking dry finish.

The Lindemans Faro seems to capture the style quite well, unfortunately I don't feel the style is all that great. While Faros are suppose to be more "palatable" then other lambics, I would tend to disagree. I will grant them being more "agreeable" to the average drinker, but they certainly are nowhere near as exciting.

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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