Brouwerij Lindemans

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Belgian Faro
Ranked #3
Ranked #35,499
3.72 | pDev: 15.05%
Brouwerij Lindemans
Notes: ABV varies slightly

Lambic is one of the world's oldest beers. According to some, it is also the best, even if its characteristic acidity does not please all palates. To offset this acidity, some decided to add sugar to it. Thus faro was born. Adding sugar syrup to lambic was a revelation at the time of Bruegel. (Some even argue that without faro, Bruegel would have been deprived of inspiration and would have remained an ordinary amateur painter whose canvases couldn't even have been sold at a flea market.) Until the 19th century, faro was very prevalent in the Brussels region. Folklore there was frequently associated with it, and the divine liquid flowed like water. Then faro fell into oblivion. It was not until 1978 that our family brought it back to centre stage. Or centre Senne, as you prefer. Particularly appreciated after physical exertion, faro is not only easy to drink, it is a joy to do so.
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4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look: small slightly off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer of very small bubbles, beer is a lovely mahogany colour, pretty clear, lots of bubbles rising through the beer.

smell: lots of tart sour apple smells initially, some wild sour flavours champagne, white grape, grass, bready malt, raspberry, cherry, blueberry, quite sweet smelling, very impactful and aromatic.

taste: it really really is quite sweet, but it is still absolutely delicious, lots of tart fruit flavours, apple and cherry, lots of champagne too, maybe even a little like sherry, a caramel sweetness perhaps, no bitterness on the finish, lots of complex sourness which is really nice, great.

feel: medium bodied, highly carbonated, super dry, crisp, lots of warming of the back of the throat, lovely really

overall: while i’m sure it’s too sweet for many pallets, i personally find it to be delicious, great stuff.

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Photo of milkshakebeersucks
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish amber appearance with a small white head and little lacing. Tart apples mix with other fruit in the aroma. Earthy, funky, sour flavors smash up against the inherent sweetness of the style. The sweetness does not become too cloying until the aftertaste, where it lingers longer than desirable. Interesting change of pace.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Pours dark amber and slightly hazed. Limited head but good lacing.

A variety of aromas arrive. Apple (juice, cider, and vinegar), cherry, faint barrel and must.

Sweet and sour flavors simultaneous on the tip of the tongue, the candi sugar wins out initially, but cherry and cider vinegar tartness closes ranks fairly swiftly in midstream. The finish is somewhat pie-like. Fruity, spicy, and tart.

The brew has a nice feel. Medium bodied, the acidity provides a nice counter to the candi sugar.

Better than Lindeman's fruity offerings. This is a nice tasty brew.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Feb 09, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25cl bottle, bb in a year, so probably quite fresh.

Clear amber colour, off-white fluffy head.

Nose is unsually interesting. The sweetness is as expected for the style, but it is blended with an entire fruit garden and some vinegar poured on top. Cherry, pear, fig... too hard for me to untangle further. But I do not think that is very important.. it is a sweet and sour fruit bowl.

Taste matches the aroma, emphasizing tartness a bit more and revealing the sugar to be like... table grape syrup? The balance is not tiring at all, and not like a soda because of the complexity of the fruit and the acid and vinegar.

Delightful. I always want to sample this rarish style, so maybe I am biased, but faro is a unique combination of sweet, sour and vinegary in the beer world, so sample if tou are not familiar with it.

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KooVee from Finland, Jan 25, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time with a Faro. Smell is slightly off putting but it’s incredibly sweet. Taste is far better than the smell. Would be interested to see how others in this style are.

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PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania, Nov 27, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Faro Lambic from Lindemanns I am sitting outside and drinking a 20+ years old Faro Lambic from Lindemanns, ABV 4.50%. It is the first Faro I've ever had. It is surprisingly fresh tasting. My wife love it, I think it is a bit too sweet, but it is still thirst quenching in this heat.

Look: dark red/purple with a finger thick white head

Aroma: cherries, sweet caramel, cinnamon

Taste: It is sweet, caramel, I think cherries and grape, slightly tart/dry at the end with a cinnamon like spice.

Body/Overall: It is creamy and almost full bodied.

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Photo of ZSXXII
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely the sweetest of Lambics I have tried! Poors well with minimal head. Has an amber's color. The taste is sweet yet sour with nuances of vinegar followed by cherry and grape.

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ZSXXII from Colorado, Jul 29, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-optically clear cherry wood colored bottle pour hosts a thin foam ring. The aroma has a sweet grape tone and a light acidic sharpness. The flavor is tart and sweet, some raisin and brown sugar included. There is a slight woody note with a bit of cherry. The body is light. I will pick up another when I find it.

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Bluecrow from New York, May 24, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I can't thank Snowcrash000 enough for helping me locate this bottle.

A - Medium amber color with nice clarity, light carbonation, and a creamy lacing ring.

S - Earthy sweetness on the nose with a very small amount of acidity.

T - Green apple with brown sugar, light earthiness, with some cranberry on the back end.

M - Very thick texture for 4.5% which is impressive.

O - This was a tough style to locate and every bit worth the effort.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Mar 30, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sparkling clarity and a deep gold color. Reasonable head, white to tan. Aroma is fruity, musty. Taste sweet, with tart finish. Light, refreshing, interesting.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark, reddish mahogany coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smell is sugary, with a distinct dextrose aroma, as well as notes of red berries and dark fruit: cranberry, plum, black cherry, as well as light funk and a mild herbal note. Taste follows the nose, being quite sweet with a certain dextrose character and notes of sweet dark fruit: plum, fig and slightly tart red fruit/berries: cranberry, redcurrant black cherry, as well as light barnyard funk and mild esters of green apple and clove. Finishes sweet and tart, with some funky esters lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and low carbonation.

I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. While it is rather sugary, it's not totally over the top and balanced nicely by the tart and herbal/spicy notes. Also, the dextrose in combination with the red berry notes gives this a certain red grape character that is indeed a little reminiscent of grape juice.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent brown with a finger of white foam that dissipates fairly quickly, and resides in a foamy ring for a long while. Aroma is sugary sweet, with notes of berries, cherry, dark fruits and plum. A bit of yeast concludes the aroma. Flavor profile is sugary with notes of dark fruits, cherry, plum and berries. Complexity is modest, with the beer finishing with lingering notes of cherry and sugar on the tongue. Mouth feel is still, with a very fine amount of graininess that bumps it up a touch from smooth. It has a medium-thin consistency. Overall, drinks splendidly, but is rather sugary (as per the style). Nice blend overall here. Very easy to drink, and would make a welcome addition to anyone seeking a flavorful, sweet, light beer.

Served in a teku from a 355mL bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Nov 18, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic! Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Copper color shot through with garnet. No head to speak of. Aroma is funky, full of worn leather and dark cherry. Taste is incongruous with the aroma: sweet, fruity, and spicy. There's just a hint of sour tartness on the finish. Overall a wonderful style.

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Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light copper body crowned with a thick, creamy head. Musty, slightly fruity smell; cherries or cranberries. Sugary sweetness with a bold cherry tartness makes up the flavor. Heavy body; syrupy with a tangy edge.

Based on the BA style guidelines, I'd posit that the beer hits the mark for the style. Definitely a heavy sweetness throughout the taste and feel experiences.

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beergoot from Colorado, Sep 06, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear coppery brown with a poorly retained half inch head that left little lacing. Smell is rather mild with sweet malts and some sour notes. Tastes of brown sugar, sweet malts, sour golden delicious apples, cherries and just a bit of funk in a good way. Light bodied, thin mouth feel, well carbonated, lingering sweetness on the finish. Would make an excellent dessert beer, but works as a sipper.

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EMH73 from New York, Sep 01, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz green capped and corked bottle poured into a teku glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. Coded L:BF220FA. The beer pours bright in a rusty color similar to Apple juice. The head is khaki and recedes to a thin cap. The aroma is musty in a horse barn type way with apple cider vinegar notes alongside. The taste is kinda really sour, at least to my palate, with some sweetness coming through late. There are some definite tart cherry notes although no fruit is used. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, highly carbonated and very dry. Overall? I'm ok with giving it a try, but this style is not for me.

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jkblr from Indiana, Jul 23, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from Carrefour supermarket in Brussels (€1.46):
Great stuff from Lindemans & an excellent first Faro style lambic for me, I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one without having tried this type of beer before. It opened with some nice sweetness on the nose alongside a couple of sour touches, there was some apple & citrus coming through with plenty of tart & funky flavours too. It's quite & easy going & balanced offering that I found lively & fresh too with strong carbonation & a few spices towards the end. Great stuff & one I'd happily pick up again if I managed to find it outside of Belgium.

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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Jun 22, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was my first faro and found it quite enjoyable and interesting with mild kettle sour fruitness over taken by cane sugar sweetness yet very balanced.

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BenHoppy from Michigan, Apr 22, 2018
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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a copper color with a nice amount of carbonation. There is a slight haze to it and the head did not last long. The smell is super sweet not much sourness just lots of sweetness, reminds me of a juice. The taste is similar, there is sweetness a lot of sweetness. The beer is a little watery.

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the_awesometeer from California, Apr 21, 2018
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4.71/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle

Pours clear copper amber orange with a lasting dense creamy white foam head. Smells like tart apples, sour fruit with an underlying sweetness, dried apricot, caramel, syrupy brown sugar, oak, cherry, orange citrus, funky hay, straw, sweet cinnamon-esque spice, bready wheaty malt, slight vinegar, with dusty floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes tart and acidic with an underlying sweetness, tart apples, dried fruit, caramel, syrupy brown sugar, oak, cherry, orange citrus, funky hay, straw, sweet cinnamon-esque spice, bready wheat malt, slight sweet apple cider vinegar, with dusty floral earthy herbal grass. Amazingly balanced with the sweet and sour. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice faro lambic beer.

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, Apr 19, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle L BK260FA. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a very dark orange/copper, ever so slight haze with streams and streams of carbonation. 1 ginger bright white head lingers. Decent, but not excellent, lacing.

S: sour and funky; wheaty. The sourness is understated compared to the other sours (lambic, gueuze, and Berliner Weisse) I’ve had.

T: Now this is a sour I can get behind! Arrival is immediately sour, with a bright, earthy sweetness. Kind of grape-like, but not really fruity. Gooseberry-like? It is extremely tart and sweet, but without any fruit essence, which makes it really palatable to me. Grows even more tart on mid palate. Puckering earthy citric finish.

M: midweight, with high carbonation from very small bubbles. Slick, but the high carbonation makes it seem very drinkable.

O: so far, most of the lambics I’ve had have come from Lindeman’s. So take that for what it’s worth, but this has been my favorite one so far. Yeah, probably because it’s sweet and relatively simple. Approachable. But it never gets cloying. This is the shallowest end of the lambic pool, but it is a pleasant and interesting beer. I would certainly buy this again if the mood strikes. It is better to me than the very sweet and fruity sours I see popping up locally (looking at you, Bubbles!) Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First impression is of wine, has some wine sourness in the flavor. Fruits are in both the aroma and taste, and lots of fine carbonation keep it fizzy. Color is orange , like dark ice tea. A little bit more body than a geueze, but similar.

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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 06, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 12oz cold and brought it home. Poured into a snifter. Beer is an interesting dark copper to brown color, with a 1/4 white head. Smell is definitely funky, lemon, apple, leather, and what seems like Brett-- smell is very good and complex. Taste is sour apple and lemon that is sweetened at the end of the mouthful. Feel is tart, a little sticky, low carbonation, and well balanced. Aftertaste is pleasant.

This is my first Faro Lambic I have had, and so far I enjoy this version of Lambic the most out of the others. Beer is tart but not too tart, mouthful is sweet but not overly sweet-- very well done beer IMO. Now if I can only find this beer more often I would get it, even with the bottle being somewhat pricey ($6.99 for a 12oz), it makes a sweet beer treat. Recommended!

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3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours deep copper color with small sized off-white head. Duration of foam is very short and there is no lacing. Classic funky lambic smell plus brown sugars. Cellar, wood, tartness and slight caramel are on the nose. Taste is moderately sweet and slightly sour. Lots of late added sugars (faro) are dominating the palate. Slightly funky tartness comes out more when it gets warmer. Overly sweet aftertaste for even a faro. Light bodied and highly acidic. It's still lambic, but lots of residual sweetness is shadowed that perfect lambic feeling.

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emincems from Turkey, Feb 16, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep orange topped by a finger and a half of dense cream colored head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of hte glass with some lacing
S: Smells of light sourness, some funky oak, and some candi sugar sweetness.
T: Taste is an interesting mix of sweet and sour with some light funk and some oak interwtined. Hints of lemons and orange zest at times. Swallow is sugary sweet with a ton of candi sugar followed by some more sourness and lingering oaky funk along with a slight vanilla note.
M: This beer has a moderate mouthfeel that 's a little slick and syrupy. Carbonation is low but adequate while the beer has a drying finish.
O: This is an interesting style and I get the idea but it seems like a terrible shortcut to make the beer more approachable. The extra sweetness helps to counter the sour but by it self it deadens the beer. If this had a little more going on I would be a bigger fan. Worth trying to expand the horizons but not worth revisiting.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, Feb 04, 2018
Faro from Brouwerij Lindemans
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