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 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 infinitebruner
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

December 28, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Medium to deep amber, about an inch of slightly off-white head with very strong retention. Some slightly reddish hues are also present.

S – Barnyard, horseblanket, more barnyard. The Brett is strong with this one. I could smell it from five feet away after pouring it into the glass. There is some mildly sweet-dark fruit, cherries, perhaps a hint of tangerine. No hop aroma.

T – Very, very sweet, sugary. I assume residual, unfermented candy sugar. The funkiness takes a back seat. Slightly fruity component to the sweetness, like cherry or apple juice. No hop flavor.

M – Very light carbonation, which means there’s not much to offset the high sugar levels, and this comes across as cloyingly sweet.

O – This is a difficult beer to drink because of the unbalanced level of sweetness, in spite of the wonderful aromas. Seems like it mind blend well with a darker beer for some interesting concoctions, but alone it is not great.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in my favorite beer haunt in the bottle. Wanted to try this type.

Poured into a tulip glass, I had more fuzziness than a head that some of the other raters/reviewers are talking about. No lacing at all. Head disappeared into small ring of effervescent bubbles.

Aroma has a hint of sour with a sweet, fruity background, almost similar to a sparkling wine.

Taste was more sweet than sour, but with a little almost brett background….as it warmed, I got some of the "horse blanket" smell and taste, similar to Orval's. It was pleasant, however, just not really what I was expecting. More sour than the other fruit lambics by Lindemans'

Very medium body, finishes rather crisp, almost like a dry cider.

Overall, I would try again on tap, but probably wouldn't buy in the bottle. As I said, wanted to try this style, and it is harder to find.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a slight garnet hue. Excellent head, lacing and retention. The nose is a light white wine like sweetness with grape and berry notes. Light medium body with a touch of creamy texture. Normal carbonation with some effervescence in the middle and finish. The World Class flavor profile hits the perfect balance of sweet and sour, excellent intensity and reasonable complexity. It begins with a blend of tart sweet fruit. As the tartness fades, brown candi sugar becomes evident. The middle produces a light sourness that is sour fruit in nature rather than vinegar. The finish is a slow fade of sweet/sour tartness. This one is an excellent choice for lambic introduction.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.49/5  rDev +22.7%
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 Samp01
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with a medium off white slightly creamy head. Aroma and taste is fruity, berries, sweet raspberry hints of strawberry, yeast and a bit of biscuit malt with mild tartness at the end. A medium body with lively carbonation, light bubbly and crisp on the palate. I found this brew to be quite enjoyable, crisp and refreshing without being too sweet. Very nice tasty brew.

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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

I'm certain this is the first Faro for a vast majority of beer drinkers. This one goes into my Lindeman's flute, pouring a deep, rich hazy medium-dark yellow color and growing a creamy off-white head to just over a finger. It sits well and remains sturdy, laying down lots of creamy lace as it goes.
This beer is all about showcasing the sweetness without covering up everything beneath it, and without being artificial or tasting like cane sugar. I'm a fan of belgian candi sugar in that there's a lot more to the sweetness than regular sugar, and it works better with the beer to its overall effect. It's sweet from front to back, but also shows a little tartness underneath and a light touch of funk beneath that. All in all, the only thing I'd like more, which I'm sure the best of the style get, would be to draw out the Lambic's complexities and show more of the aromas and flavors underneath the sweetness.
It has almost a luxurious smoothness on the tongue, a creamy flow complemented by just the right crispness from a very consistent carbonation. The medium body offers the right level of support, and just a little tartness can be felt on the tongue so the sweetness isn't cloying, though it naturally keeps from it.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Finally can check this style off my list. Sampled a bottle at Bohemian Biergarten in People's Republic of Boulder. Came out a crystal clear coppery color with a more orange hue throughout. Head retention was limited.

The nose had hints of sour and a fruity almost strawberry note. Maybe a hint of blueberry and a light herbal hint on the back. Was expecting more of a brown sugar/molasses but really nothing there. No real orange or coriander to speak about.

The taste is similar to Lindeman's beers. A more sweet forward with just a hint of sourness. The brown sugar/molasses comes out a bit more vs the nose but still light. A light herbal note on the back end with a more citrus berry backing. More of a muddled note than what the nose provided. Clean, no real off notes.

The body is moderate but finishes sweet. Carbonation is light but ok. Would like a bit more sweetness but glad to try it.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

$ 5.99/12 oz bottle from Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle at 40 degrees into tulip glass
Aroma of strawberries
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny bubbles
Body pinkish-gold, clear
Flavor begins with a fruity sweetness which quickly becomes tart; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. No Brettanomyces characteristics are noticeable.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.0625. Final weighted score: 4.225.
A very nice lambic, particularly if you like strawberries.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.3%

this stuff is great, forget the ratings. a much much darker wild ale, with a deep deep copper color to it, great clarity, and a lazy off white head. the nose here is nice too, sour but sweet from the addition of candy sugar. its sourness would be intense without it. there is some oak on it too, moderate woody properties blend in with the finishing sweetness. carbonation is lively, which is nice and not always the norm with these belgian lambic type. the darker grain and sugar give this way more body than others, and the wheat malt is lost a little on it. less delicate than their cuvee rene, but i like that. its low abv makes it drinkable even though it is a little thicker. its almost flemish red like for a second, that pucker but sweet at the same time thing. i like this a lot, this and the cuvee for me are the higher end of lindemans, distinct and high quality. their fruit stuff is maybe less compelling much of the time, but this beer is really great. appreciably unique.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%

Silver foiled, capped and corked 12 ounce bottel.

A: Pours a hazed dark orange/amberish under a one-inch thick slightly off-white head which slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves clumpy lace.

N: Cork, oak without tannins - mostly wood, damp earth, sour wheat, tart fruits, vinous (white grape), lovely spontaneous barnyard funk.

T: Sweetness at first, funk, malts, fresh cut hay, apples, pears, peaches, cherries, cider, minerality and then sweet again.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Mildly sweet and syrupy finish.

O: Oh so good as a companion to after meal desserts. Extremely easy drinking. Wonder how this might age???

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Photo of janubio
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

37,5 cl. bottle. Dark amber colour, with a medium head and good retention and lace. Smell of grapes, apples, sherry, oak, cider. Medium to light body, sour palate, though you can notice clearly the sugar added. Taste is acid apples, oak, cider. Very pleasant, though I like best the usual gueuze with no sugar.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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 TheBrewo
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We split a bottle, screwing the cork and pouring into our tasting snifters. It shows a golden brown coloring, with only a film of a creamy tan head to show for. Spots of lacing replace this, but they are far and few in between. No haze or sediment are appreciated, but carbonation appears to be high. The aroma is both sweet and salty, giving notes of candied walnuts, strawberry and raspberry fruitiness, hot balsamic vinegar, oaky woodiness, musk and dust, white sugar, fermented red apples, wildly souring tart yeastiness, cucumber skins, and chemical chlorine bite. The taste to follow is immensely sweet. Flavor hails from syrupy cherry, strawberry, and raspberry sugars, with hollow plastics, glossed printer paper, white sugar, vinegar acidity, tart barnyard yeastiness, mild graphite, metallics and mineral-laden soil, tweed, commercial honey, and sweet, seeded raspberry jam. The body is light, but syrupy and thick when it comes to slurp, smack, and finishing pop. The mouth is left fully coated and satiated, with no real dryness. The abv is easy, and the beer drinks back like candy.

Overall, this was a nice experience. Although faros as a style are sweet, with cloying amounts of added sugars, Lindemans sure knows how to make a crazy sweet beer. This beer, for us, functions more as an after-dinner aperitif, much like a port or sticky brandy. We didn’t find any aspect of it to be offensive, but it is about as refreshing as a tall, warm glass of merlot. There is enough tartness from the yeast to help curb the large base of cloy, but again, the ultimate picture shows that stylistically, they did things right, without too much in one direction or the other.

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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 Bouleboubier
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(bottle date 19 Jul 2010, stored in fridge most of that time(?) - poured into a tulip)

A: clear, sunset orange-y amber liquid... head fizzed out fast at first pour - stayed around maybe 30-45 sec on final pour... no retention aside from a thin collar, little-to-no lace

S: overripe honeydew rind... light crystal malty... bit of a spicy floral aroma in the back... anticipation of candy-sweetish fruit flavors apparent

T: briefly tart on the tip of the tongue, noticeably sweet, blandly sour on the edges... the aged, musty-funky notes hit immediately before sipping and linger on the perimeters of the palate in the aftertaste while the honey-berry-juicy sweetness coats the palate, retaining more of its light caramelized flavors than candy flavors, while its dullish tartness holds almost enough to balance

M: round, fullish, vinous-like body, delicate sudsy wash... perhaps a bit heavier than desirable, but I haven't had any other Faro to compare it to

O: if you've a sweet tooth, this is a fine lil treat - thankfully, not quite the intensity of sugars as in their fruited lambics... suppose it held up fine after ~4 years

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Photo of FLima
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color with practically no head.
Strong predominant aroma of horse blanket, sulfur and sweat.
Much sweeter flavor and less sour than I expected given its bold aroma. Tart and very sweet flavor with notes of cherries, champagne vinous, apple vinegar and lots of candied sugar. Dry aftertaste with hints of leather.
Medium body with a medium carbonation and an acid feeling.
Interesting that given the big sour aroma I was expecting some heavy tartness, but it is reasonably friendly, with sugar superseding its sourness. Actually, it is a bit too sweet for my taste with a relatively lower complexity. But it was worth it to try this.

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Photo of mesatrin
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a feel of champagne. Fruit, raisin, grape, orange smells and flavors. There is a tart and a bit of a sour front end followed and cleaned by a sweet almost desert whine flavor. You can feel the higher PH in your mouth and there is a drying back end.

Over all it is an OK beer but nothing to seek out. I am sure than any place selling this would always carry a different better beer to buy

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Photo of gregb13
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled this with some spicy Chinese food tonight. The beer looks inviting; burnt orange color with a quickly-diminishing head of very small, tight bubbles. Smell is very sweet and fruity. Taste is sweet and sugary, with a slightly tart-bitter aftertaste that does not linger. Soft, creamy mouthfeel.

Not great, but certainly not bad or off-putting in any way. This is my first time trying Lindemans' Faro, but I had sampled several of their other beers and have found them to be well-made and enjoyable, without blowing my socks off in any way. They pair well with dessert, or spicy food.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brownish cherry red color with a red tinted head. Upon serving there is a lighter tinted, almost cream, colored head floating atop the brew. The small head fades over about a 3 minute time frame leaving some light bits of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was most potent of some aromas of a Belgian candied sugar and some darker fruits of cherry and raisin. Some more funky aromas were there as well, consisting of a hay like and grassy smells along with a old leathery and somewhat grainy and barnyard like smell, which when mixed with the sugar and fruit smells produced a rather weird smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet flavor with tons of Belgian candied sugar flavors and a little bit of a darker fruit taste. A lighter grainy taste as well as some sourness is present upfront both of which grow slightly stronger throughout the taste. While some sourness comes to the tongue, it remains relatively light, being largely overshadowed by the sweeter flavors. A little bit of a hay like taste and a bit of a funky and lactic acid taste also come to the tongue more toward the middle and the end. The mix of flavors that finishes up the taste ends up leaving a rather sugary sweet, but lightly sour and funked flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. While the higher carbonation was fantastic for the sweet and sour flavors of the brew, a slightly thinner body may have been more appropriate for the sweeter and sour nature of the beers flavor. Even said though, the feel overall was still rather appropriate.

Overall – Sweet and sugary with a lighter level of funk and sour. If looking for a sweeter and more sourbrew then this is a good go to, but for me it was a little too sugary to likely want on much occasion.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle marked L-H10JFA. Sampled on November 28, 2013.

The pour is amber brown with a moderate head that fades back. Very good clarity.

The aroma is more on the fruity side and by fruit I would say more specifically cherry. There is a mild roasted malt character and some sweetness but the fruitiness is what I'm getting the most.

The body is light to medium and fairly smooth.

The taste is also quite fruity almost like fruit juice character with a sour, tart bite at the end. I could take this in small quantities but it is not something I would go to regularly.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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