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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1,059
pDev:
15.53%
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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Boone757
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice.

Color is a clear caramel brown. Pours no head.

Aroma: Sweet and funky. Vinegar with light acidic flavors. It has an odd musk flavor to it. I kind of like it, but it is just weird.

Taste: It has a caramelized brown sugar sweetness flavor up front. Not as funky as I was expecting. Very sweet. I like it. It has the Lindeman's house flavor. Light vinegar flavors.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and then some. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, it is a beer that I have to be in the mode to drink. I think it could be drinkable in the right time and place. I have to give it a good score here as I do like it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear ruby reddish brown in color with some visible yeast sediment. The head on this beer started out a finger tall and off white but reduced to a thin layer of bubbles over the top of the beer with a little bit thinker ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Lots of sweetness in the aroma but very pleasant - strong hints of green apple and candi sugar with more subtle hints of funk, wet horse blanket, wood and caramel. Sweet but complex.

T: The flavor of this beer is overall very sweet with lots of hints of green apple, raspberry, cherry, candi sugar, and caramel. The finish was a little more tart and slightly woody.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Almost syrupy with a slight prickling on the tongue from the carbonation.

O: I could see this as a beer/style that might not appeal to everyone but it certainly is delicious in my opinion. I think this beer is easy to drink though a little sweet to really be sessionable. I also found this appealed to a few friends that are more wine than beer drinkers.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, the cork was almost impossible to get out. When it did it poured a big fizzy bubbly head of almost 2 fingers that fades so fast it would make flash jealous, until it gets to a fluffy head covering and stops. It leaves little remnants of lacing on teh sides. The beer is a super clear bright cherry orangered like color.

Aroma wafts light sour fruit, a light musty breaddy funk and wild yeast, touch of horse blanket, some tart cherry, some sweet candi sugar, and a nice juicy tart raspberry juice.

Taste comes very sweet! Damn, that's too sweet. Lots of fruit too, more than I expected. It is fairly juicy, with some light tart cherry and raspberry, sour and tangy with a little acidity too. Some light funk and wild yeast but not much. The breaddy malts are there with the light funk but way overpowered by the sweet fruit. The nose had a nice thing going, but the taste just dropped off a cliff.

The mouth is thicker than I expected, a medium to heavier body, with good carbonation.

It finishes slightly drier thanks to light remnants of wild yeast, dry and a little funky, but still pretty sweet, and sticky, very flemmy as well. Lots of fruit juice left behind as well, mostly tart raspberry and a little candy cherry juice.

It started nicely, with a nice appearance and nice nose, but the taste was way to sweet and fruity. I guess I should have known being Lindemans and all.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml corked & capped bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery brown color, with a short off- white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, brown sugar, tart fruit and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavor of honey, brown sugar and caramel. Then some tart fruit flavors quickly follow. There is some breadiness from Belgian yeast a thin malt character creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is certainly a favorable alternative if you prefer a much less harsh type of lambic beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a large white head. Lots of lacing as it goes down. The smell brings out some citrus, tart grapes and apples, and some malty sweetness. The taste is somewhat sour, but mostly refreshing sweetness. A little bit of earthiness. The body is medium and creamy; overall, this one was quite drinkable, and makes faro a style I'd like to seek out more of.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours with about half an inch of white foam that rests on top of a slightly hazy, orange-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light rings of lace sticking to the glass.

S - A dry, musty aroma of wild microbes with notes of wet moss, tart cherries, and a hint of sulfur.

T - Tart fruit up front, quickly followed by a sweet tea level of sugar. Notes of black cherry, caramel malt, lemon, and sweetened balsamic vinegar in the middle. The beer finishes with an emphasis on sugar, lemon, and cherry; it almost tastes like a soda.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - This contrast between the earthy, funky aroma and the sweetened, soda like flavor is really different from most other beers. It shows the funky complexity of its base beer much better than Lindeman's less traditional sweetened lambics and despite the strange descriptors that I am forced to use in relating the flavors it is actually pretty enjoyable. Unlike the sweetened fruit lambics, the sourness is able to show through a bit along with the wild character and thanks to the tradition behind this style, you aren't left with the feeling that they ruined something wonderful to appeal to the masses. If you know what you are getting into with this beer you can enjoy it for what it is and I can see it being a really refreshing beer on a hot day.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with almost no head. Aroma is a combination of caramel, tart fruits and a hint of balsamic vinegar. Taste starts a bit sweet with some caramel and dark sugar and gets fruity and tart in the finish. It resembles a sweet flanders style ale more than a lambic. Overall it's nice, easy drinking beer with a good amount of complex flavors.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

This was my first sampling of this style, I believe. Poured into a Lindemans flute glass, a thick burnt caramel color with a few stray bubbles gracing the surface. Very sweet nose, candi, candy, and raisins. Taste was obviously very sweet as well, candy-like and fruity, even though there isn't actually any fruit in it. RAISINS permeated my palate, with strawberries and white wine coming in mid-palate, and sweet dark sugars finishing off, with a hint of oak. Mouthfeel was about medium, with a syrupy sweetness I just didn't care too much for. Good for a glass, but that's probably it for me. I'd be interested in sampling other brewers' cracks at the style.

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Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a brighter, ruby/orange color with a decent sized, bubbly white head to it.

The aroma shows a mix of sour, funky, tart flavors and some sweeter, fruity, candi sugar notes. The sour, funky notes seem a little overshadowed, but they are there. Not bad.

The taste shows a lot of the sweet candi sugar to it with some sugary, fruity, raspberry and cherry notes to it. I get some tartness to it towards the finish with just a bit of a sour funk. It's a little overly sweet and sugary though even for the style, almost like a syrupy soda like flavor.

The Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a decent beer, but not a great one of the style. The sweet, candi sugar and fruitiness dominated a little too much for me even for the style and overshadowed the sourness. I haven't had a lot of Faro's but I thought Drie Fonteinen Straffe Winter was significantly better.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%

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 smithj4
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of vfgccp
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Beautiful orange amber. Pours a big white, fluffy head that settles fairly quickly and leaves an ok lace.

S – Tart and barney. Earthy, wet hay. Light honey. Nice bready malt note on the backend was surprising.

T – First notable characteristic is distinct, almost dosed, sweetness. Like a teaspoon of sugar was added to the bottle right before I popped the cork. Tart, green apple middle with hay and earthy candied citrus. Backend includes sweet honey and is lightly peppery. Overall the sweetness is a bit much, but balanced to a tolerable level by the tart and earthy sides of the profile.

M – Soft and well carbonated. Medium body. Slightly syrupy.

O – Not a bad beer. Very sweet, but drinkable. Almost a Flemish wine-cooler.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color; clear. No head at all.

Candy sugar aroma with a slight sourness.

The flavor is sugary; no sign of the sourness. This is also a full bodied beer with nearly no carbonation. Very much like double bock and less like a lambic. A pretty good beer although it is contrary to the usual taste I like.

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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Mid-Town in Tulsa

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with a fast falling cream colored head. Slight head retention & lacing

S: Tartness & grassyness & some raspberry once warm

T: Slight tartness, then intense sweetness (raisins, cherries & figs), & a bit of leafy hops up front. Oaky dryness & cherry sweetness as this warms. Finishes puckery with fruittyness & intense candi-sugar sweetness & leafy hops

MF: Puckery, intensely dry & still a bit too sweet balance-wise

Drinks all right, the over whelming sweetness makes this a beer that would be good for one or two at best. Not sure it's a style I can ever fall head over heels about

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light brown-amber body with a few initial bubbles, though no appreciable head formation.

Smell: Sourish, tart, lightly musty wafts juxtaposed against a sweet, sugar-laced aroma.

Taste: Sugary sweet with touches of treacle to keep the mustiness at bay. Some subtle fruity tones of sour apricots and tart peaches. Even subtler herbal hints. Very small nibble of Colby cheese. The high degree of sweetness manages to hold back the tart and sour qualities, even through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Fairly low amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Just as the overly sweet, simplistic Lindemans lambics rarely win me over, the same is true for their faro. I feel the humble faro could be better served by more prominent lambic produces. Now then, if I could only get my grimy mitts on the Cantillon or Girardin faro.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. First time with a Faro.

A: Pours a light brown with a large, two finger foamy head that has pretty good retention and leaves behind some spotty lace.

S: A light sour/tartness with a light barnyard funk, belgian yeast, and a little bit of fruit - some apple and pear.

T: Extremely sweet. The flavors are muted by the over the top sugar that is present in this beer. I was able to pick up some apple and pear, as well as some honey and belgian yeast, but it wasn't as sour as I was hoping.

M: Light to medium bodied, but again, overly sweet and not as sour as expected.

O: It was good, but the sweetness killed it for me. Probably best paired with a rich dessert. Would love to try another Faro to compare this one to as some point. I think I may prefer other lambics to this style.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into My Gulden Draak tulip. Picked this one up at Stateline about 2 months ago.

a - Pours a hazy orange-brown color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing left on the glass and 2 minutes or so of head retention.

s - Smells of sugar, fruit, apples, some Belgian yeast, light spices. A ton of sugar up front.

t - Tastes of sugar, sweet fruits, apples, Belgian spices and yeast. Again, way to sweet...reminded me a tiny bit of a really sweet cider.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little tough to drink due to the sweetness.

o - Overall not a great faro. Just way to sweet and not balanced at all; the sugar dominates and makes it tough to drink. My girlfriend liked it quite a bit though and helped me finish the bottle. Wouldn't seek it out again; go for the 3f faro if you're interested in trying the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first of the style for me, I had to seek this one out, as it is not readily available in my neck of the woods. I had been eager to try it, so I decided to pop one open last night and try it out. The pour was rather nice, with a caramel colored light brown liquid falling into the glass. Lots of lighter tones permeating throughout. A very interesting head of white foam formed quickly with lots of carbonation bubbling up toward the surface. Unfortunately, it did not last long and was quickly replaced by a thin line of white around the edges of the glass, and a small amount of side glass lace. There were still some small bubbles stretching to the surface that could be seen through the semi transparent liquid. Interesting look for sure.

The first thing I picked up from the aroma was the beautiful smell of funky yeast, wow do I love that smell, it really sets me off when ever I run across it. Nice sour apple and pear aromas start to come through then and are mixing in with a candied apple and sugary smell that as it warms starts to take over the profile a bit, but was still leaving behind the nice funky notes way in the back. The flavor, on the other hand, was an utter disappointment. Everything was awash in sickingly sweet candy notes. Now this was not terrible by any means, it was just a shame, as the sweetness was so overpowering that it was nearly impossible to really appreciate the apple and pear notes that lie underneath of it. Lots of honey infused flavors here now, really sweet. With some residual funky yeast, flavors were there if you really looked for them, but again, buried under caramelized candy like sugar flavors. The feel was light, and a little slick, with surprisingly a lack of carbonation, which I did not think, would be an issue. It was very light and airy though, but I could not stomach another one, as it was just too sweet for me.

I do not know about this one. I am a big fan of the sour beers, so seeing this one overrun with sugar disappointed me, but then again it is the style, just not one I overall think I will enjoy. No need to slam it, as I am sure it is a fine example of the style. It is definitely complex and well crafted, just not for me. If the honey soaked candy sugar type fruit beers is your thing, this one is right up your alley.

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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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