Lindemans Faro Lambic | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Faro LambicLindemans Faro Lambic

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Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Faro

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The beer was offered clear amber with an off-white and lasting head which coated the cup.

The aroma as tart with a strongly acidic character and a strong fruity presence that had some cherry similarities.

The flavor was very fruity and far too sweet. A lightly husky flavor was notable.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of tartness and a bit of astringency. The body was medium light with a moderate carbonation. If it were not so sickly sweet it could be a thirst quenching beer, but the sweetness was cloying.

Draft served in a plastic cup from the "Order of the Faro" booth setup in Grand Place in Brussels on 9/16/06.

Note: I brought home a bottle so maybe it will have some different characteristics from draft for a future review.

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Photo of hardy008
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber to light brown color with a large off white head which fades quickly. The aroma has candy sugar, tart apples, yeast, and some funk.

The taste is much like the aroma with candy sugar, tart apples, yeast, and funk. An interesting combination of sweetness and tartness that I am not sure works for me.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. A bit of a sticky mouthfeel. Not bad, but not something I will go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

-Corked and capped. My first per style.

A: Orange-cherry in the glass shows a misty rise of effervesce though a good clarity. The head doesn't care to stick around, falling from a one finger statue in a matter of seconds leaving but a faint whispy lashing for lace.

S: Musky fruit of apples and pear juice comes first, along with a sweetness of candi-sugar. A touch of maraschino cherry juice comes on the trail.

T: Sweet and fruity, there's no denying it, almost unbearably so on the open. Think apple juice laced with a generous helping of candi-sugar. Musky fruit meets sickening sweetness. Hard to measure this in terms of style, my first so, but going by guidelines meets, even exceeds criteria, don't know if that's a good or bad thing. Sparkling cider with a tartness of green apples and perhaps some vinegar on the close.

M: Mouthful is heavy and syrupy, with a slick feel and tartness of green apples lining the tongue. Some crispness on the lips but doesn't translate to the tongue.

D: Not a fan in terms of multiples. Hard to imagine going back to back here. A pure diabetic shock. A long sipper with a reluctance to finish.

Final musings: being my first per style my thoughts probably lean towards more personal preference rather comparison per style vs. others. Draw your own conclusions but it is overly sweet which is never good for any style.

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Photo of roblowther
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

French beer tour #4
Pour slightly chilled in tulip glass

A: dark clear amber color; little head but good carbonation; not much lacing
S: stinks at first, then dissipates into rather bland but not offense yeast aroma
T: the flavor redeems the smell; beautiful tart apples barge in; really nice balance of fruit, booze, carbonation, and sourness; virtually no hops; very appetizing, and enjoyable

Worth trying again, but let it stand for a bit, so you don't have to deal with the poor aroma.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Lindemans Faro drinks pretty much like an apple juice infused gueuze. Plenty of candied apple, some pear. The problem is an unwelcome bombardment of sweetness. Where I wish I would find increased tartness, its more layers of sugar. However, the finish is pretty good. The way the sweetness lingers and mixes up with some unexpected must is interesting.

The aroma is more enjoyable than the taste. It contains more funk, sour apple, and only a hint of the sweetness to follow on the tongue. This may (or may not) be a good example of the style, but I cant get into this beer. Still, not entirely undrinkable.

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Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently arrived in the market, thanks to Sebastian for pointing it out!

A mild pop from the cork, and the tawny lambic is poured into a wine glass. A fizzy crown of foam rises and falls quickly. The reddish copper color is deep with good clarity, and a tiny amount of suspended sediment. Fruit flies are drawn to it, so there must be some lambic in there somewhere!

From the bottle, there's a bare hint of rusticity, wet wood and hay, but in the glass it's dull... sweet and a little papery.

Tartness is there, vaguely cidery at first, until the candi sugar sweetness swiftly overpowers it. An odd tannic note appears also. Sweetened tea and mild apple cider flavors. Light effervescence clears it up quickly, but the candi sugar lingers in the aftertaste. Pairs well with earthy Cabot clothbound cheddar.

An interesting one to try, if not only to knock off the style. Better than the imported bottled Faro from Chapeau, but most likely nothing close to traditional draft Faro in Belgian lambic cafes.

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Photo of csmiley
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours medium gold to amber depending on the light and area of the glass under inspection. White head tops out at about half inch and has a creamy look to it. Retention is average and little to no lacing is left behind. Not much really stands out in this category.

S - Start out pretty sweet with aromas of caramel and hard candy. A light bread crust is able to follow but the sweetness really dominates all the way through. Toffee pops in at the very end. Smell is simple and to the point.

T - Sweet doesn't even begin to describe this beer. It's different. I'll give that much at least. Big dose of malt, caramel, straight liquid malt extract just crush the palate with sweetness. Somehow there are other flavors that are able to come in towards the background and compliment the sweet flavors. Some green apple and maybe a hint of cherry in there. The flavors do kind of work overall. Kind of.

M - Fuller bodied at first that dwindles to a lighter body toward the end with a light carbonation level. Finish is...sweet and too close to cloying for my taste. No surprise there.

D - Drinkibility is really not that great. The overwhelming sweet flavor really is hard to get past. Seems like the beer has a good amount of potential though. The apple that follows the sweetness in the flavor could work really well if it was a little stronger. This was my first experience with the style and although it is pretty average I can see giving the style another whirl to see what all could be done with it from other brewers.

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Photo of Wanne
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like a lambic or gueze, and looks the same. However, the addition of too much candy sugar makes it too sweet for my taste. Little disappointed...

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a lambic fan but a friend offered me a bottle and I didn't deny the opportunity to try something new.

Poured a light amber tan with a thin half-finger of white head. Head departs rather quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smells of sugar and fruit, very sweet.

Taste is extremely sweet, to sweet for me, and the sweetness overpowers what subtle hints of fruit and maybe brown sugar there are.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and sharp due to the high amount of carbonation, almost seems like this beer is a carbonated candy liqour as opposed to a beer.

Drinkability is average at best. This is way to sweet for me to drink more than once and I'm not a fan of lambics to begin with.

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Photo of KajII
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Flute glass]

The pour was a pinkish orange brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) creamy white head that dissipated quickly down to a thin film and a small collar, but did produce some good streaky lacing.

The aroma was a funky sweet with a light touch of cereal malts and a sweet horse blanket yeast with noticeable notes of green apple, berries, caramel, candy sugar and a mild hint of wood.

The taste was extremely sweet and substantially malty with hints of berries, candy sugar and caramel at first and finished just as sweet and malty, but was a tad on the tart side with notes of green apple and a touch of wood at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration with the sweet-tart candy taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry syrupy texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall a nice tart and extremely malty-sweet brew, with a berry-apple champagne taste.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazed dark cider color with a dark tan colored thin bubbly head.

S-the nose has some earthy tones to it as the sweetness takes over, a slightly artificial cherry dominates with touches of sugar and honey.

T-the taste is even more singular, very light earthy tones an almost all sweetness with a slightly artificial taste. nothing offesnsive, loads of red cherries with touches of sugary honey and notes of cider.

M-medium syrupy body that doesn't have the carbonation to back it up, extremely juicy throughout but no driness what-so-ever.

D-extremely simple and straightforward, very sweet and somewhat artificial. exactly what was expected, would be enjoyable by anyone that likes lindemans.

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Photo of Brent
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a light caramel. Some faint mustyness in the aroma. Almost overpoweringly sweet. There is some lambic tartness lurking deep in the depths, but it is overlayered with fathoms of candy sugar. On one level, this could almost pass for a very sweet sparkling white wine that was a bit too long in the bottle. I would have enjoyed this had the lambic quality been allowed to shine through through just a bit more.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a reddish copper color with a very slight head. The smell is pretty interesting; tart but sweet fruits as well. The taste comes as quite a surprise. Brett funk flavors up front that quickly transitions to a very sweet fruit flavor almost like maraschino cherries. Light mouthfeel. An interesting beer and style. Too sweet for me but I could see how this could be a good after dinner sipper or for people that like sweet cocktails. Would love to try the Cantillon version to see if it is as sweet.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, ruby/copper color with a one-finger head of off white foam. It left a little lacing.

S - It smelled of some tart sourness. Dried fruits and some yeastiness.

T - It tasted fruity and sweeter than expected. Some cherry flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It had a good initial bite on the tongue. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This was okay. I've never been blown away by a Lindemans brew and this one continues the trend.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 355 mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a darker amber. Very akin to apple juice. Produced to fingers width of off-white colored head. Reduced to a thick ring around the glass. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Pretty simple. Getting a little funk at the front of the nose. Barnyard along with some mustiness. A slight bit of fruit character in the background.

T- The first half the flavor profile is pretty good. The notes I was detecting in the aroma is exactly what was showcased here. However, where this beer went wrong was that an artificial sweetness just took over this beer, almost like nutrasweet. The ending of this beer reminded me of a Liptons Iced Tea that you would drink out of 20 oz. bottle with a couple packs of sugar added into it.

M- Light bodied with a lot of carbonation. The syrupy sugarness left an unpleasant coating on the palate, especially considering that it was very artificial.

D- A little bit of a chore to get through. Just way too sweet and synthetic for my liking. When my wife took a sip and said she liked it, I knew I was in trouble.

Overall, this was my first faro. I honestly hope this is not representative of the style. Looking forward to trying others.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A brown beer with a settling head that is creamy.

Smell of candisugar and a mild tartness and a bit of wood. There is something unfresh in the smell, which mostly reminds me of old flowerwater.

Taste is intensily sweet. The candi sweetness almost completely overrules the tartness. There is some tartness, but hidden in the back. The sugar makes the beer's mouthfeel very syrupy and hard to drink. For a newbie (lambic) beer drinker this might be a very good beer, but not for me.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy ruby red color, foamy off-white head, good lacing, signs of active carbonation. Aroma is musty, wheat, tart and just a hint of sour. Flavor is sweet, caramel and apples. Body is light, tart and slightly acidic mouthfeel. Good beer.

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Photo of baconsausage
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Chimay glass.

Pours a clear amber with small bubbles. Very slight lacing. Smell is sweet and bready with a little sour mixed in. The beer tastes to me like a mix of licorice, herbal, a little cola, and a little sour. Lots of candy sugar flavor. Mouth feel is a little to viscous for me, want something a little more crisp. Over all, I want to try another faro, but this is not quite what I was hoping for. A little dryer and a little more tartness would do it for me.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok another one deleted. I picked this one up from the craft beer outlet in Philly. Poured into a my lindeman's glass.Poured a crrystal clear amberish color with a decent white heading.Left some lacing ring's behind.

Smell is very sugary at best with a decent malt backing.

Taste is mostly sugary candied fruits with a slight pepperiness.Very mild tartness on the backend for the finish.

Mouth is light-medium bodied with decent carbonation. Peppery funk light linger is left on the palate.

A decent beer but nothing that I would seek out again.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375mL green glass corked and capped bottle with silver foil. Shared with sleepnbballrlife.

Appearance: Crystal-mother-fuckin-clear. Lots of lively carbonation but quickly receding head. Perks up with agitation.

Nose: Smells somewhat tart and like candied orange peel. Dusty sugar with citric acid (like the outside of a sour-patch kid, to quote Carl). The aroma of being-brewed coffee (but not roasty).

Palate: Tastes like you blended in "Sugar-in-the-Raw" into a Cuvee Renee. Not unpleasant though. A little simple and some light molasses notes. Some of that sour-patch kid on the palate, lemon (props), and some funk. Sugar is a prominent flavor here, but it's not syrup-y or too sweet.

Notes: An interesting style. It's much more complex on the nose than the palate, but is very drinkable and probably a good entry beer for people looking to get into "real" lambics and not the fruit-syrup ones.

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Photo of pwoods
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml corked and capped green bottle poured into a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a dark ginger ale color with likewise carbonation. A moderate, wispy head forms but falls out fast and leaves only a bit of lacing.

S: Smells closer to a flanders with the lactic sourness rotten cheese. Very sour funk, sharper than expected and with a definitely sourness to the funk, other than just straight funk.

T/M: Definitely tastes Flemish with the lactic tart/sourness and funk. Closer to a red than a brown. The added Belgian candi sugar does make it much more palatable and lightens things up but the flavors don't do a whole lot for me. Body is medium light with decent carbonation.

D: 4% and much more palatable than would be expected, especially after the aroma, but this just doesn't do it for me. Especially since I was expecting more of a tradition Lambic with Belgian candi sugar added... not a Flanders.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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