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

Added by stcules on 12-28-2002

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Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
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 bbtkd
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lindemans Faro, 4.2% ABV, 12 IBU. Pours thin and amber with not much head. Nose is sour, taste is sweet apple,some sour, with no bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, overall very good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its not every day that you come across the Faro style of beer, and in fact, this is my first and only time drinking one after having had around 5000 different beers.

Comes in a copper color, carbonation nice, off white color head, 1/2" deep, this looks like a pretty standard beer. Aroma after that is a sweet and sour mixture, but don't start getting visions of Chinese food in your head, its not like that.

Taste, hey man, I can dig it. More sweet (less than expected) and sour, a wheat like grist to the mouthfeel. Pretty easy drinking, I thought this would be challenging. Mild apple, funk, wood and vinegar notes. Carbonation high but not inappopriate.

Good price for something I have zero comparable examples of finding on shelves.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear coppery color with minimal off-white head. Wheat, sweetness, funk, yeast, and some light fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with a slight sweet-tart note.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 into a Teku - been in the fridge for years

L: Deep amber, no haze, small off-white head with a nice collar, minimal lacing
S: Apple cider, faint funk
T: Very sweet, apples, cherries in the front, funk in the back
M: Thin but satisfying, nice carb
O: Tastes more like a soda than a beer,

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The packaging/presentation are first rate, classical black/silver labeling with silver foil wrap cap and cork. Elegant. It pours a clear rose-cherry red. I had to be aggressive to get my head to appear, so it was not as impressive as I would have liked, but it was still pretty good - and dissipates fast with bits and pieces of lace, a slight ring but next to no surface bubbles remain once it settles.

Aromatics: Yummy candied dark and stone fruits with brown sugar, with a hint of tart floral and freshly harvested barley wwwaaayyy in the background.

Taste: If you pureed some peaches, plums, cherries and then baked them together with molasses and brown sugar that is the only way I can describe the complexity in the sweet and savouriness. It has a unique and distinctive sweetness I have only had in a honey wine made here in the Okanagan. The smells doing a great job of teasing you - and the flavour that hits is beautiful and bold. There is a slightly acidity to it like a cider but enough yeastiness to keep it from being one.

Mouth: The carbonation is subtle but still does a decent job of tickling the tongue. Has a light syrup-like swish on the palate; a pretty good tang and zing in the middle and finishes very cleanly. No real after taste or lingering flavours to complicate the the next sip.

Overall: Intensely sweet, great for sipping, extremely impressive that there is no actual fruit and yet it tastes super fruity. I feel you can never really go wrong with Lindemans when it comes to lambics, they are my benchmark that I hold all lambics to. If you like sweet and tangy but don’t necessarily want a specific fruit flavour (like cherry, peach, black current) then this is a great lambic to go with.

Pairing: Being as sweet as it is, I would definitely lean towards a good salty/fatty choice of dish. Fresh large soft pretzels with generous dusting of coarse salts and maybe a spritz of hot butter and garlic or dipped in a side of hot spiked mustard. Another choice I would love to try with this lambic is a hearty Italian wedding soup, with plenty of gourmet salts added in the pasta and meatballs. Its flavour really invites me to cook with it - I think I might actually use it in lieu of apple cider vinegar in my next batch of slow cooker pulled pork.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark almost apple-cherry juice color. Amber with not much haze to it at all. Small head dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Has a good amount of cheesy funk, overripe red delicious apple and cherry.

T: Starts with a smack of that cheesy funk, then moves to super sweet apple cider, red cherry juice and pomegranate. Finishes super sweet with not even a hint of the funk. Pretty tasty overall.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear golden brown color. 1 finger of tannish head. Spotty lacing.

S: Tart fruits and spice. Apple cider vinegar... a bit of funk.

T/F: Tart up front... semi-sour dark fruits and citrus notes giving way to a complex dark sugar sweetness. Spicy... with coriander and lemon zest. Sticky on the mouthfeel... adequate carbonation. Finish is slightly tart.

O: Very tasty and drinkable. not much of a pucker, but enough of a sweet and sour combo to be interesting on the palate. Dessert in a glass. My first Faro beer and hopefully not my last! Best consumed in small doses only.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.34/5  rDev -36.1%
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

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served cool from 375ml bottle into tulip glass.

Opened it with a bottle opener and then there is a cork to remove too! That's a new one on me! My first lambic.

L) Medium brown with a distinct cherry red tinge. Cloudy. 1cm very dense white head.

S) The dominant smell to me is that of cider. A bit of funkiness. I can tell that this is going to be a very different beer to those I am used to.

T) Fruity tang with immediate strong sweet balance. The sharp fruity element definitely has apples as per the smell. The sweetness is pretty much pure sugar. The balance is perfect though.

F) Light mouthfeel, easy drinking. Just a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste.

O) My first lambic and I really enjoyed it, will buy again if I see it. I understand that most don't have the sugar added to counter the sourness, I have a feeling they could be too much for me, but this is really great, a good intro beer into the lambic family.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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.

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

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 Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lambics are problematic.
They are sour, so I can never drink much... and they usually come in large bottles. So, it is best to drink them with a friend... but so few of my friends have this acquired taste and end up taking only a sip... leaving the rest for me. I drink it and tell myself that no more Lambics for a year.
But I wonder: maybe I could taste more lambics if I found one sweeter.
Enter Faro.
This probably has a little too much brewer's sugar; but it was a small bottle. And I enjoyed it.

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium".

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Myotus
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle into a beer flute. Consumed on 24Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that shrinks into a line within 1 minute. Dark amber in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are large in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sweet red apples are backed by mild sour green apple, hay, brown sugar, and earthy yeast aromas along with subtle aromas of wheat and grassy barley.
TASTE: Strong sweet red apple and sour green apple flavors first come forward onto the palate and are immediately followed by strong brown sugar flavors. Mild grassy barley and subtle earthy yeast flavors enter next as sweet red apple flavors grow slightly stronger. Subtle hay and hints of wheat finish off the taste symphony as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: At long last, I have conquered the Faro. And what an amazing one at that. Incredibly sweet to the point of cloying. But I have an insatiable sweet tooth, so cloying isn't a word I would ever use for a beer.

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Photo of pagriley
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Right. here goes. half bottle into a snifter.

L - Pours golden honey brown with an effervescent white head that dissipates quickly
S - odd mix of lambic + caramel. I didn't think I could smell sweetness, but damn, this smells sticky
T - Very sweet up front. Some acid and balance, but overpowered by a cloying candy finish
F - sticky but light - puts me in mind of a trippel

Overall an interesting beer, but not a style I will ever visit again. I am trying to be fair based on style descriptions, but frankly the sweetness is ruining what I know to be a great base lambic.
Reading up on this beer, it has Stevia in it apparently, so they are going for sticky sweet... If you like candy sweetness, then you might enjoy, but too much for me I'm afraid.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Impressive cork and foil neck on the bottle! The beer has a lovely head that starts out fizzy in both sound and look but it becomes dense and settles into a grouping of bubbles that looks like fine soap....the coloration of the beer is hazy and brown with tinges of gold intertwined. Carbonation appears to be somewhat heavy and the lacing is impressive with lots of small patches of bubbly goodness sticking to the side of the glass!

S- Smells of Worcestershire sauce!....just a little more vinegar and wild game/funk. The wild yeasts are in action! Sour apples perhaps....slight peppery spice....interesting indeed!

T- This has a wild flavor that is quite tart/sour...of granny smith apple, vinegar acidity, soy sauce, funky yeast and some caramel/toffee sweetness.....almost like a sour cider in similarity as well!

M/O- Light/medium in body and the carbonation is palate scrubbing...this is most definitely a refresher that I don't think is for just anybody but it is uniquely good! Would also be a great cooking beer or additive to a recipe and while I don't think it's a highly drinkable brew, it's something that I could go for every now and then! Do try this!

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Photo of MacMalt
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a cylindrical beer glass. It pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy, bright white head and minimal lacing. It smells of vinegar and grassy hops. The taste is syrupy sweet citrus. It is both sour and slightly bitter at the finish. To me, it is too sweet - almost like a cough syrup. It has a full body, again almost syrupy, with light carbonation and a low ABV of 4.2% Overall, it's an interesting beer but too sweet to my taste. I could understand how some could enjoy this style but it just isn't for me.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.5/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. Reading CPPHTP10 Ch11. Adding sugar makes it less disgusting than a pure lambic but doesnt make it good either. At least I could finish it.

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Photo of bnes09
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby color with floating yeast flakes. Descent retention on the off-white head. Strange, musty rice, saki aroma. Mildly tart, funky, earthy. I understand this style is sweet but this is way overdone. Finishes syrupy. Anxious to try others in this style and see how they compare.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle (well within the "Best by" date) it pours a deep amber with a small head. Nose is mild, somewhat woodsy to my wife. Taste is slightly sweet with a tart background.

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Photo of woemad
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Foil-wrapped 12oz embossed dark green bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $5.59. My first Faro. Oddly, the bottle cap had a cork hidden under it, which I don't think I've encountered before in a beverage. No obvious freshness date, just a code (LB03NFA) stamped on the label.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a dark, slightly chill-hazed shade of amber, with a big, bubbly beige colored head that dropped fairly quickly.

The nose reminds the workers at my olfactory of vinegar and sugar, with a wee bit of grassy hops thrown into the mix.

This is an odd, but not inoffensive tasting beer. Things start out fruity, tart and vinegar sour, then there’s a sugary sweetness that kicks in and accompanies the initial taste through a dry fadeout.

Fairly light bodied, with an effercescent, coating, almost “cotton mouthy” mouthfeel.

A strange beer, not unpleasant, but not something that fills a previously empty niche for me. I might try another Faro if I come across one, but I don’t feel like I need to chase this one down again.

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Photo of TravisMason
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage March 2010
dark amber 2 inches of white head decent lacing around rim of glass
of sour apples and sweet Syrup
is very sweet almost like old Apple juice
Mouth feel
Thin and very crisp leaves a bit of a sweet covering on your lips
Very good a lot sweeter than most in the style but quite good

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Photo of timontheroad
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber, almost red color, lots of tiny floaties. Nice one finger tannish head, decent retention and nice lacing. Earthy deep red wine aroma up front, with a slight hint of some sweetness and pepper notes. Flavor was very sweet at first then went to tart and fruity, followed by an earthy medicine flavor, and ending with sweetness again - very complex, but wonderful combination. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, with good carbonation. Overall, quite different, but in a very good way. The sweetness combined with the earthy yeasty flavors really made this an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had last night out of the bottle, I think there may have been a date somewhere but it was too codified to tell. Pours a lovely cherry wood color, clear, with a small head that fades fast. Subtle aroma of some yeast funk, sweetness. Taste starts with some funky yeast, hay, hints of peat, middle is caramel and toffee, finishes fruity with a big sweetness. A little too sweet and it makes the body feel heavier. Overall an interesting take on lambic, but a bit too sweet and not enough wild bugs here.

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