Faro
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Style:
Lambic - Faro
Ranked #4
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #37,592
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 15.05%
Reviews:
540
Ratings:
1,119
From:
Brouwerij Lindemans
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  66
Gots
  129
SCORE
84
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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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Reviews by Keepnitrl:
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Keepnitrl from Washington

4.91/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great taste and slightly sour!

Sep 14, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

2.34/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

The nose is badly skunked, so I can't judge it fairly aroma-wise. It's all skunk, with almost no sweetened lambic coming through. Its flavor falls more in line with what I expected. The tartness is mild and simplistic, and it's ballasted by a hefty sugary sweetness. In many ways, it's very cider-esque. Too bad the retronasals also pick up the nasty skunk - in many ways, its presence is like a dog turd in a bowl of fruit punch. Faro, consider yourself ticked. Shame this one was utterly ruined by the green bottle...

2.34/5: Green bottles are worse than Robert Mugabe hosting a nude beach party

May 10, 2016
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I2uss from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Nov 18, 2011
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a flute glass. Clear, peach color body. Finger of head lasted a few seconds.
It smells like barnyard vinegar cherry. Interesting if nothing else.
A slight vinegar taste and sweet candy. It's like beer candy.
Higher carbonation and light body.
It's a sweet, light, high carbonated beer. The sparkling wine of beer. Worth trying at least once.

Sep 29, 2012
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 335ml bottle into a goblet.

looks really nice. kinda like an old ale. deep reddish brown color with nice one inch head. lacing is good to begin with before shrinking to a ring with light covering. there are a few floaties, which look like small pieces of cork?

smell is also good, pleasing mixture of sweetness, vinegar and a little funk.

although initially the taste was very good, same as the nose, as the beer warmed up, the sugar began to dominate more than i would like. still pleasant, but i cant imagine having more than the one at a sitting.

mouth was a solid medium. finish was sweet.

overall, an interesting experience, and once in a while this wouldn't be something i would turn down.

Apr 30, 2016
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SVD from Netherlands

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Oct 22, 2014
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jrob21 from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 23, 2015
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ToAzwethinkweizm from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 24 November 2010.

Poured into two 10oz snifters and shared with my girlfriend. Bottling stamp shows "L H14IFA" meaning that it was bottled on 14 August 2009 (Lindemans told me how to decipher the date -- I'd be happy to share with you). Color is a clear, deep amber-orange, light film head, no lacing. Aroma of light funk, brown sugar, smells like champagne does. Tastes of bret and some other wild bacteria (still no expert with sours, but I know at least know bret), sweet brown sugar, slight cinnamon, and leaves a "sour apple cider" taste on the tongue. I know there's no such thing, but it's a combination of sour apple and apple cider. The bubbles attack the tongue and then disappear. My first faro lambic was pretty delightful.

Nov 30, 2010
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Cnorrisl from Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Aug 24, 2012
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dcmchew from Romania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Nov 05, 2013
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BretSikkink from Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shy pour produces a little less head than desired - definitely not over-carbonated. Pours thick, with a ruby-amber color that looks quite nice. Mostly clear, with a little haze suspended; aromas are slightly musty, like apples in a dry cellar starting to rot. Dry herbs and a sugary sweetness finish up the nose.

The flavor profile starts a little lactic and sour, not enough to pucker, but more like apple juice. Very sweet through the middle of the sip and into the finish. Honey and candi sugar really jump out here, with elements of sweetened iced tea and apple juice boxes rounding out the flavors. Very full body, with the spicy alcohol appearing only rarely.

Overly sweet for my enjoyment; I actually enjoyed it a little more when it was fresh out of the fridge, and the sugar notes hadn't taken hold yet. Interesting, but not something I'll go back for.

Jul 05, 2010
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow I never had a "fargo" before. I paid $5.50 for the bottle on discount.

A - Quite an interesting shade of brown. Very clear and tons of carbonation making it almost impossible to get the damn cork off! Spilled around an ounce forcing on of the hardest corks I ever encountered. Tons of carbonation fizzes to just a mild lace ring.
S - Smells of candies and some sour grapes/apples. Roasted malts? Cherry pits? Smells complex.
T - Wow such a strong candied sugar taste! I never experenced such a sweet balanced with oaky cherry goodness. I can pick up some musty flavors too so it has some barrel character.
M - Very light and not as bubbly tasting regardless of how much carbonation.

Overall I have never had such an interesting lambic before. So sweet. So balanced. Mild sour and some wood. Well worth the price!

Dec 14, 2013
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Zaphog from Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jun 19, 2015
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Richardbeerlover from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice sweet champagne like beer. I've tried the peach version and did not like it but this version is really good. Nice and sweet with a sweet smoky and slightly barnyard aroma. Goes down great and tastes fresh. Slightly tart. Definitely not as sour as the peach version. I really like this one and would recommend highly.

Nov 27, 2013
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roblowther from Texas

3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first faro, I've been wanting to try this style for years now. Not easy to come by in my neck of the woods. It's toffee colored with a nice thin head and no lace to speak of. The smell is yeast, horse blanket, and fresh earth. Very unusual...sort of the beer equivalent of meat that's "gamey". The taste is very sweet up front, with mellow fruits and a earthy background. The mouthfeel is syrupy, soft, and a bit too thick overall. The drinkability is really limited by the sweetness. Unless you're hypoglycemic, this is not the session beer for you.

Apr 21, 2008
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Nov 14, 2011
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Mudawg from New Jersey

1/5  rDev -73.1%

Jun 26, 2012
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ArsMoriendiOU818 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Aug 06, 2014
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ccrida from Oregon

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Lindemans Faro is spritzy honey brown with no head or lace.

Smell is sweet, apple cider like quinine.

Taste is like the appearance, iced tea. Lambic with nutrasweet is what this is, and what it taste like, with the dominant emphisis on the saccharin. Starts out nice and tart, but is nothing but fake sugar through the long finish.

Mouthfeel is sugary and thick, a total teeth rotter.

Drinkability is fine I guess for the style, which I've never had before. But I hate saccharin, and feel this 'style' of lambic is a travisty, kiddie beer. My wife hates all beers, but this is the only one of the many I've made here try that she actually liked. It was that un-beer-like! Again, I'm not familiar with the style, but I assume this is pretty much average.

Oct 22, 2009
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MichialTanner1 from Texas

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

Jan 30, 2016
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Elicoleman from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Nov 05, 2014
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byronic from Canada (ON)

4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This was completely unexpected. With a nice pop from the cork this one pours similar to champagne. The glass is instantly filled with a golden liquid containing lots of bubbles. From smelling the cork I was expecting a rather pungent sharp taste. The aroma given off by this brew is heavenly. It's sweet, it's sour, almost different each time. The taste is spectacular a tart, tangy but fruity start with a sweet bordering on candy finish. The presence of that candy sugar is very noticeable but does not upset a near perfect balance of sweet and sour.

Aug 17, 2015
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ArrogantB from Colorado

2.27/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

375ml bottle $6. This looked a little bit like cuvee rene in the glass but darker. The smell was odd, not what I would expect from lambic, sweet but almost artificially sweet. Same for the taste, just too damned sweet with no funk or sour. I have no clue why they would send this as opposed to the Cuvee Rene Kriek.

Jul 10, 2010
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Nov 14, 2011
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vicsju1991 from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - beautiful dark amber, clear with small white head that stay for a little bit
S - mix of semi- sweet fruits and sour fruits
T - amazing, I had no idea what i was getting myself into, this tastes the farthest from any beer I have ever had, it tastes like a sour skittle almost, very good beer
M - smooth, a little thin, but great
O - this was my first faro, and my first lindemanns beer, it was absolutely excellent

Aug 22, 2012
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