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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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Avg:
3.65
pDev:
22.74%
 
 
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Photo of suspect
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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 DrinkSlurm
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at tap42 in ft Lauderdale. Pours a nice orange with no head. Crazy wet horse blanket aroma. Taste is super sweet...horse blanket a bit of funk and some kind of fruit...strawberry maybe. Its so over sweet but it mellows quick to reveal some actual flavor. Its ok but not the best lambic.

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Photo of NoHipTee
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Must confess my bias before reviewing this beer. Spent part of my formidable years in Belgium.

This beer certainly took me back.

The appearance is not all that special but the smell is delicious. Keep in mind that this is a dessert beer. (not the sand dune dessert but the sweet after dinner kind)

The taste has some sour notes that only serve to accent the sweet smell.

Mouthfeel is smooth as expected. A delicious beverage.

I expect my rating to be a little over the top.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a fluted glass, coded bottle date. This pours a massive head (filling 3/4 of the fluted glass at one point), this initially quickly disappates to a 3 finger head which then has good retention ans leave a slight lacing, the body is a nice golden or light amber color, more clear than I was expecting. The smells are of a little funk, some barnyard hints, brett, a little vinegar, some ripe cherries. The feel is medium light, a little tangy. The taste is pretty good, you get the funky ripe sour vinegar taste of the gueze but then you get a nice sweet balance, I prefer the straight sour, but this is nice.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a globe. Bottled 3/6/12 (code L C06LFA).

A: Poured smooth...almost creamy. White head with nice tight bubbles. Body color is a rusty reddish-brown.

S: Funky and bretty. I like what I smell. Tiny bit of caramel and dark fruit.

T: Pretty sweet. Plenty of funk and it does finish dry and tart, which is nice. I just wish Lindemans didn’t add sweeteners to so many of their lambics :(

M: Your mouth gets attacked by two extremes. First the sweetness smacks the back of your tongue and then the tartness makes the sides buckle. Body is medium-full. Carbonation not much of a player.

O: I would like to try a version of this style that isn’t sweetened. Probably won’t buy it again but could see pushing it as a beginning sour ...maybe for a wine drinker.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 375 poured into a flute.

A: Dark amber, almost cider like, with a thin white head.

S: Malt, fruit, apple, pear, and a bit of green in the finish.

T: Sweet fruit with a malt backbone and bit of zest from carbonation

M: Medium

O: A sweet beer that has a bit of a green finish, Faro is meant as a desert, and it should be. Enjoyable for its purpose, Faro is worth a buy.

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Photo of sommersb
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
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 FlyAwayPhil
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish-brown with strong carbonation, slighty cloudy and a two-finger head. The head dissipates quickly.

S - Some sourness with a bit of sweetness. Also some funky and cherry notes. Smells almost like a gueuze, but too sweet.

T - A little sour a first, but it gives way to a moderate sweetness. There are some of the cherry notes noticed in the smell, not too funky though. For some reason the taste reminds me of the Haribo coca-cola gummies a little bit.

M - Carbonates a rather dry at first. A little more syrupy as the glass warms. Very carbonated and light

O - A good beer, which I could see myself drinking again, but not as good as Lindemans Cuvee Rene in my opinion. Enjoyed from my Lindemans flute for this review.

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Photo of dfillius
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet
A: A very slight pop when corked. Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white head with poor retention. High degree of fizziness seems to be par for the sour course. Brown liquid with red highlights - crystal clear.
S: Tart aroma leaps out of the bottle as soon as it is corked. Apple cider, and slight grain.
T: Rich, sweet, lightly tart. A bit too sweet. Earthy finish with a tart twinge. No off flavors and fairly solid.
M: Just shy of cloying. Lightly prickly. Syrupy. A bit of an expectorant.
O: Tasty, though a bit uninteresting. I'd order another and recommend to others. I won't buy regularly. Better than the other Lindeman's lambics.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber with very good clarity and a few floaters which are not cork as I was careful to not drive the corkscrew through the other side of cork. The floaters just sit there messersingly still in the barley carbonated beer. The cream, very light tan head falls to a very thin cap after a minute.

S: A funky lambic smell that is mainly goaty with wet horse blanket and a very faint cheese aroma. There is a light wheat aroma and a very light apricot like fruit ester. No hops, no diacetyl.

T: There is a somewhat sharp tartness immediately followed by a cloying sweetness. The sugar and fruitiness combine with the tart to produce an almost apple like impression with very little of the apple flavor but that sort of sweet tart balance. The finish is sweet and tart. There is nothing of hops and malt flavors in here while there is a light hops bitterness.

M: Moderately-high carbonation with with a medium-full body. There is no creaminess but it's not crisp either. No astringency.

O: If you are fan of Duchesse De Bourgogne you'll probably enjoy this beer it has the same very sweet some what tart character all be it with a much simple flavor profile. I'd enjoy this without the sweetness as that would be a pretty good lambic with a moderate sour/tartness to it. I probably would't buy this again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a flute glass. Clear, peach color body. Finger of head lasted a few seconds.
It smells like barnyard vinegar cherry. Interesting if nothing else.
A slight vinegar taste and sweet candy. It's like beer candy.
Higher carbonation and light body.
It's a sweet, light, high carbonated beer. The sparkling wine of beer. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a weird pinkish orange. Thin head.

Wine-like, funky, sharp pungent aroma.

Complex sour, tart flavor. Fruity and sweet. Great flavor!

Medium bodied. Lightly carbonated. Smooth. Nice mouthfeel.

I'm just getting in to sour beers. This is one of my favorites so far. My first time trying a Faro. I like it.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a dark, clear amber color, with a big white head and light lacing.

Smell – A bit sour like a gueuze, but the candied sugar is more dominant. I think the candied sugar is subtle raspberry; it might even be unflavored.

Taste – Taste starts with the gueuze, but is quickly overtaken by the candied sugar, which is a nice change from the sourness of a gueuze. No sour aftertaste at all.

Mouthfeel – Crisp, with a pleasant sweetness and perfect but somewhat light carbonation. Leaves little aftertaste.

Drinkability – Highly drinkable as it leaves no sour aftertaste. Much more drinkable than a typical gueuze.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, funk, fruit, and subtle cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, earth, tart, and sugar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This was my first Faro that I have had. So I really went into this one blind, but was hoping I would like what I would find. In typical Lindeman fashion this one was quite sweet, but not to the point of being sickening. There was a really nice balance of flavors without being overwhelming which made it quite easy to drink. I was hoping that my first from the style would be a little more of a harder to get brewery that is known for a little more tradition of their styles, but this one wasn’t too bad.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a signature Lindemans glass. Pours out a crystal-clear coppery gold color with a nice tight head and lots of bubbles streaming to the top. Nose is dry and has champagne-like notes of white wine and apples.

Light body and firmer mouthfeel than I expected. Quite sweet up front as the candied sugar offsets the strong acidity. Get flavors of pepper, apples, white grapes, and a touch of ginger. I'm new to faros and I'm not sure what the great ones taste like, but this one fits the description nicely and tastes good. Not much of a finish, but that may be indicative of the style. I like the sweetness, but it may be just a bit overdone. If they pulled it back just a touch, the beer might be better.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - beautiful dark amber, clear with small white head that stay for a little bit
S - mix of semi- sweet fruits and sour fruits
T - amazing, I had no idea what i was getting myself into, this tastes the farthest from any beer I have ever had, it tastes like a sour skittle almost, very good beer
M - smooth, a little thin, but great
O - this was my first faro, and my first lindemanns beer, it was absolutely excellent

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Photo of AdamBear
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark reddish amber. Thin cream colored head

S-woah this smells tart! Just a very funky and sharp scent of lemony zest.

T-comes in with a much more mild taste than the nose lets on. The taste is strong of artificial sugars. It does have a slight tartness but it's mostly sweet. it's somewhat of an aged flavor. It's not bad. There's a hint of pepper in the after-taste. 

M-syrupy, medium to low carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

O-one of the sweeter lambics I've had, especially considering there's a lack of fruitiness to it. It's okay but not entirely drinkable. I don't know if its the beer or style that I'm not fond of. The more I drink it, the less I can taste the flavors. 

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Photo of robertgurley
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass; extremely light fruity flavor, tart and acidic with a clean finish. Very similar to other Flemish beers, but w/ an added sweetness (no doubt from the Belgian candi sugar) that almost completely masks the alcohol bite.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber with moderate carbonation and a moderate head that dissipated quickly, no lacing. Sweet and sour apple and cherry flavors, little malt or hops. Finishes with slightly sour fruit. Light and refreshing, worth picking up when available.

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Photo of draheim
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330mL (code L H10JFA) into a saison glass. Not sure what to expect w/ this one...

Pours a crystal clear amber w/ a 1-finger white head, lazy carb.

Aroma: smells vaguely of vomit. Seriously, there's a caramel malt aroma reminiscent of a Marzen/Oktoberfest, overshadowed by that acidic stomach acid smell that gives me an impulse to wretch. Not sure what to expect from the first sip now.

Taste is sugary sweet, balanced by a lemony sourness. Not acidic, just a unique balance between almost syrupy, fruity sweetness and tangy sour.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, a little sticky from the elevated sugars.

Overall this one was a challenge. Different from any beer I've ever had. Aroma was off-putting, taste was simply unique. Not sure I'll pick this one up again.

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Photo of pigc
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden brown with one finger head that fades quickly.

S - Sour apple, slight musty funk, raspberry.

T - Starts out with a sweetness right up front followed by a pleasantly tart semi-dry finish. Candy sugar is very apparent and somewhat overpowers the tartness at the end.

M - Light to medium and drying at the finish.

O - Interesting beer but a bit too sweet for my taste. Good variance between sweet and sour. Reminds me of a hard cider.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear amber, orange in color with a light thin white head and good retention.

Smell: APPLES! Strong orchard and grassy notes and a little bit of a chemical smell but that could be from the glassware as this was at a restaurant that I had this.

Taste: Tangy-tart sweetness that grips the sides of the tongue that closely mimics biting into a caramel apple including the tanic apple peal. Some chlorine taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Nice sharp bubbles on the front of the tongue, finishing with a nice smooth and almost syrupy feel.

Overall: A good standard lambic ale. I'd recommend this to anyone who wanted to taste a baseline.

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Photo of baos
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a nice corked and capped bottle.

A: Finger of head that dwindles down to just a faint ring. Body look like apple cider.

S: Green apples, sour cherries, sour yeastiness, hints of lemon.

T: Very tart with all the above attributes balanced pretty nicely with the candi sugars. Many sweet grains and nectar notes. Faro is a great style!

M: Medium to light crisp mouth-feel. A refreshing brew.

O: A nice sweet style. Push it up to "Belgian tripel" levels of alcohol and you'd have a great dessert beer on your hands.

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Photo of atr2605
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a orange/amber/light rust color with an off white head with above average retention
S-raspberry,caramel, sour yeast
T-honey, strawberry/raspberry, followed by a sour bitterness
M-light-medium bodied
O-Really interesting lambic. I like this alot better than the other lindeman's lambics. Still has alot of sweetness but is much more balanced on the finish.

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Photo of bmwats
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a Lindemans footed glass.

A: Golden, ruby-ish hue. Pours a slight, bubbly, white head. Settles very quickly leaving only a dusting of carbonation and a slight beer ring. Light, but not much, lacing.

S: Raspberry and strawberry in a fermented grainy mash.

T: Cornucopia of fruity flavors, with a very subtle grainy base component.

M: Light, fruity, crisp, and sweet... but not cloying. Lightly bitter finish balances it out nicely.

D: Not much resistance here. Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Reddish golden hue, with a good bit of carbonation, a light head, and no real lacing. Nose is fruity goodness. Flavor follows suit as a fruity, but not cloying, sweet concoction. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,033 ratings.
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