Lindemans Faro Lambic | Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans Faro LambicLindemans Faro Lambic
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3.67/5
1,059 Ratings
Lindemans Faro LambicLindemans Faro Lambic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Faro

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly

Added by stcules on 12-28-2002

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Ranking:
#31,739
Reviews:
509
Ratings:
1,059
pDev:
15.53%
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Photo of Vinnytee
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of ahommell
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Theniz
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of byronic
4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a seasonal treat at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA, delivered to me on tap. It had a lustrous dark red color, with a decent fluffy yellowish head (at least in the light I had) and nice lacing. Aroma is of berries and apple, almost like a root cellar smell after harvest. The taste is decidedly tart, with a mix of apple and berry that stings the tongue at the back. I detect an almost medicinal taste to it, but not syrupy. The mouthfeel is definitely carbonated, but not fizzy. I like the tartness on the tongue that lingers afterward. I am liking this Faro Lambic very much, and will try to get my hands on more in the near future.

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Photo of sommersb
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
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!

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork releases with a loud pop freeing up a small white wisp of vapor. The aroma has a mild funk, slight wet horse blanket, traces of wet leather, a hint of grain and a light brown sugar and caramel sweetness. It is a beautiful beer pouring brilliant copper amber releasing cascades of fine bubbles rapidly rising to the top producing a 2" off-white to cream foam collar with fair retention. It starts sweet but the tart responds quickly and when combined with the brown sugar suggests a variety of fruit and berries and perhaps a marmalade. It crisps up a bit by the finish. Faro is light, highly effervescent, yet soft and refreshing.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - light caramel in color, resembling cream soda, two fingers of frothy white head, fed by steady swift carbonation

S - sour aromas dominate, mostly apple, grapes, and bosc pears, a dry champagne overall quality

T - holy jumpin'! I was totally prepared for a sour beer. This is my first Faro as they arent easy to find and it is not what I expected. Sweetness hit my unexpecting lips and I immediately knew I would like this beer. Luscious fruits abound, sweet green apples, ripe but not overripe pears, asian pears come to mind. Dry muscat-esque champagne grapes are included.

M&D - a contradictory beer, both dry and juicy on the tongue, sweetness in spades, light and effervescent, very easy to drink, a good introduction to a new Belgian style

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Photo of jcubz
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite limbic so far

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My very first Faro--yep, no longer a Farovirgin. Glad I didn't save myself for something better, because I'm not sure that anything better exists. This beer was exquisit. Starting with the very soured belgian lambics that I usually find dificult to tolerate, but blended with a huge dose of candy sugars. The beer started out with a mead-like sweetness, but quickly followed up with an intense tartness that reached astringent levels. A earthy, musky, cellar-like quality swirled around in the aromas and flavors. Tasted and felt wood-like and sweettart-like. Thin feeling, but richer than the standard lambics. Finished quite dry and sweet. Approaches wine character. With all that said, it was a fantastic beer...I need a moist towelette. Thanks Clvand0.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date Rated: Feb. 3, 2013...
Glassware: Lindemans flute...
Occasion: Super Bowl Sunday--lose Baltimore!...
Appearance: dark copper body with a bright, white, thin hazy head; sediment flecks dance amidst fervent effervescence...
Aroma: flat, funky, punchy pungency; dryish as a wine, buts its wheat keeps the profile in the beer realm...
Palate: medium-bodied and fizzy; willpower must be invoked to keep from slamming the flute's contents...
Taste: sour and tart, as expected--not too puckerish; fruity and rewarding in its full flavor profile...
Overall: Part Super Bowl high, part beer-buying-binge-booty mood, my state of mind may have something to do with enjoying this beer and its style, which I haven't sprung for in a while; at $6 a bottle, pricey but provides a worthwhile experience...

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Photo of KornWallace
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Date:7/28/14
Location: Half Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Amber to light brown in color with an off white to tan well carbonated head. The beer itself is very clear when held to the light. There are some large yeast flakes inside the bottle. Average retention. Decent cling.
Aroma: Sweet in aroma with a syrupy cherry smell. Candied sugars. No hop presence.
Taste: Again the flavors are very sweet from the candied sugars. More fruits announce themselves in the flavor like plums, grapes and a very light cherry. There might be the slightest hint of hop bitterness in the back but it's hardly noticeable. The cherries linger in the end.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel shines. It's a very luscious syrupy flavor that coats the tongue and cheek. Medium body and medium to medium high carbonation hits my throat and tongue.

Notes: Capped and Corked.

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Photo of JamesS
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice dark orange-copper color with some decent initial head and some very nice lacing. Very sweet scent, wheat malt with some candy sugar to it, along with a very slight spice that I can't place (pepper, coriander, ???). Great taste, excellent sweet beer with great malt, wheat, and sugar attributes, with just enough hops at the end to keep it from being overly unbalanced; again, a slight spiciness that's just at the edge of my tongue that I can't place. It goes down very smoothly. This would be a great beer for a wine drinker.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color. Highly carbonated and no head. Aroma is semi sweet and malty. Very sweet, slightly tart, and bitter. Well balanced. My first Faro. Closer to a beer than other lambics.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rather stunning autumn brown with a fairly modest head. The aroma offers up apple cider vinegar, baked apple, nutmeg, cinnamon, thyme, and sage. The flavor starts of we sweet brown sugar, cinnamon, and baked apple, then turns to tart green and and vinegar, with herbal thyme and sage peeking through at the end. The mouthfeel is a touch syrupy, with solid carbonation to cut through the sweetness. Overall I found this a very different and enjoyable beer - neither too challenging nor too boring. I would definitely drink this again, possibly with ham and pineapple.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A golden orange body, lot's of carbonation and a fluffy off-white head. Smells and tastes of a brown sugar sweetness, slightly dour and funky. Tons of carbonation and a very light, yet silky mouthfeel. Good sour for beginners and highly session-able.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Look:
Very foamy 2-3 finger head with a moderate pour. Very clear, but a slight haze. Deep copper with a slight red hue.

Smell:
Sweet, fruity, malty, vinegary. There is an earthy funk / dirt scent. Very aromatic with hints of wine as well.

Taste:
First off is a blast of many flavors! Bitter, tart fruit, sour, vinegar, and sweet all at the same time. Tastes like a mixture of wines: grape, cherry, apple, peach, raspberry, etc. There seems to be a bit of malt in there as well. Stays sweet throughout. Dries out a bit as you go. It gets a bit funky, earthy, herbal, and peppery at the end.

Feel:
Flattens quickly and not much fizz after the initial pour. Flat on the tongue and slick/oily. Not very interesting in the feel category.

Overall:
Very rich and flavorful Lambic. There are a lot of complex flavors in there. This is a definite purchase again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to msubulldog25 for providing me with my first-ever Faro. He is what they call "the man."

Pours a bronzed brown color, leaning toward mahogany. Not much head but a ton of bubbles. It's rolling around like champagne in there.

The aroma is entrancing, having a tart snap like a gueuze, a bold fruitiness that's equally sour and sweet, moldy wood, and that wonderful/unique yeastiness typical of a lambic. All of it is blended really well, balanced...welcoming...making my mouth water for the first sip.

Flavor offers sour cherry, green apple, sugar, the slightest hint of wood, and more fruit tartness. It's pretty simple actually, an excellent balancing act between sweet and sour/tart. It's really the mouthfeel that makes this a total success and an extremely enjoyable experience. The carbonation is seemingly made of insanely tiny bubbles, which explode in the mouth without any sort of harshness, rather rolling over the tongue like caviar or melted ice cream with a dash of 7-Up in it. It's slick, slippery, creamy, bright, everything good and nothing bad. Wow!

At 4.2% and with the big sweetness impressively balanced and kept in control, not to mention the fantastic texture, this was a completely great way to be introduced to the Faro. Very, very nice.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives the color of dark maple with no head, just faintest of rings and that was gone soon enough.
Smell is intriguing, notes of malt, sweetness and a sour hint.
Taste is really nice. Sweet and sour, malty with notes of apple and raspberries. Very good balance and more complex than I was expecting.
Good stuff. Medium full body, extremely light effervescence. A little cloying. With a bit more effervescence, this would be 5's in several areas. I actually prefer this to the Framboise. Its more like a sweeter version of a Flanders Red, a style I really enjoy a lot.

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Photo of Beejay
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium amber, beautifully clear, and nice tan head, though it dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.

S: Definitely a good sour smell coming through. There is a nice little bit of sweetness in there as well. Raisons and caramel perhaps.. Seems nice.

T: Sweet and tart at the same time. The sweetness reminds me of eating crystalized rock candy as a kid. This is a lovely blend of acid sweetness, tart flavors, and a touch of sour funk.

M: Light in body, fairly high carbonation, and an almost acidic feel.

D: Damn tasty. This might be one of my favorite wild ales that I have had so far, I really enjoy the balance between sour and sweet.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like a bold apple cider. Few bubbles.
S: A little bitter smell but also sweet. Apples!
T: A lot sweeter than other Lindemans beer's I've had but I like that. It reminds me a lot of their Cuvée René having a lot of wine-like characteristics but the Faro is a lot sweeter. The initial tartness is replaced with a sweetness while maintaining a fruitiness of apples.
M: A medium body on this one. Sits bubble and smooth with some tartness that fades to a nice dry linger.

Overall another great beer my Lindemans. When I saw the initial low rating I was skeptical but I think this beer is better than any of the fruit styles. I quite liked the Cuvée René better but this is another great showing. Certainly for people with a sweet tooth but I found it to be a great showing.

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Photo of suspect
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Founders Snifter.

A: Deep red, crystal clear color. Aggressive pour leads to a thick rocky white 2 finger head that slowly fades. Much thicker head than normal lambics. Lacing is thick and plentiful.

S: Big sweetness to it with the candied sugar shining through. It's a really strange take on a lambic as far as the smell goes.

T: Really kind of nice. Sweet candied sugar and funky barnyard hay flavors that come with the lambic. It's so good and so interesting. Part of what I like about lambics is the tartness and it's really masked by the candied sugar which is excellent.

M: Sticky yet fluffy-carbonated. Kind of big-bodied which is weird for a lambic type beer.

O: Really nice sessionable beer. Great really I thought this beer was really good.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber and a thick tan head and tons of carbonation and lacing. Smells quite earthy and sour like spoiled milt and vinegar. Tastes very sour bent with earthy, musky undertones with a very dry finish. Good full mouthfeel and very drinkable. Almost tastes like wine.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 1,059 ratings
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