Lindemans Faro Lambic | Brouwerij Lindemans

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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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Ratings:
1,050
Reviews:
505
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
15.57%
 
 
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57
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108
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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear amber, almost apple juice color with a thin head that stays persistent thanks to some active carbonation.

S: sweet, sour, tangy, a little musty. It is different each time you try to figure it out, and it is intriguing and quite becoming. The sweet is fruity, the sour acidic, the must provides a balance. It just works.

T: Much more sweet than sour. There is a syrupy fruitiness that comes forward that is almost apple or raisin. The must is still there, and then there is a nice tart finish that mellows the sweetness.

M: lighter body, medium but slightly prickly carbonation.

O: My first try of a Faro, and I did take the time to learn about them. I have a friend who loves them and swears by them. I was still taken a bit aback by the sweetness, but I think for what it is supposed to be, this is a nice beer. I would suggest that this would make a lovely dessert beer.

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

A cherry amber color. Very still, no head at all.
Sweet, fruity aroma. On the subtle side.
Tasted better. Like brown sugar combined with a Jolly Rancher.
Very sweet, a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of mbalint1
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chippo33
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into a wine-style beer glass.

Pours a murky and ruddy brown raisin color. Somewhat unexpected appearance, as it's neither as clean or as visually appealing as most Lambics. 3.75

Lots of funk hits me as I pour this, that's another surprise as I was expecting something highly sweet. But this smells all the way tart, lemony and heavy on the earthy funk. George Clinton in the mud. Some stone fruit presence, but despite the color, very little in the way of malt. 4

How this flavor diverges from the nose so much is beyond me. It's still got some tartness around the edges and that lemon quality, but there's a rush of sweet syrup and a raisin wine taste. Caramel malt and figs are all over this. A touch of funk emerges. It's like a Burlington-based Parliament tribute band type of funk. Interestingly, though this beer isn't at all vinegary, the flavor at times make me think of vinegar. Something connects the two, but it's much more related to the malt than the bacteria. 4

Sweet and syrupy but wrapped in tartness. Medium carbonation that crescendoes towards the finish and creates an interesting lingering feel of sticky sweetness and acidity. It's akin to an overly sweetened lemonade with mineral water. 3.75

I mostly picked this up for the style tick, but it's enjoyable and I'd like to try other brewery's attempts at it, particularly the Drie Fonteinen version.

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Photo of CSO
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy bubbly clear light amber with a tiny little head and no lacing. Smells of typical lambic character but muted. Taste is lemon, fruity, slightly funky, tart and sweet. Crisp carbonation and a sour burn dominate the feel. Overall a good but sweet and mild lambic.

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Photo of cubbyZilla
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Magery
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lanecirrus
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

L:
-pours a clear amber with a small to medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-tiny particle floaties
-no carbonation visible
S:
-wheat,lemon,old barn,leather
T:
-wheat,lemon,lime,orange,sugar
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Fruitier than i though.Really nice warm weather beer

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Photo of byronic
4.49/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This was completely unexpected. With a nice pop from the cork this one pours similar to champagne. The glass is instantly filled with a golden liquid containing lots of bubbles. From smelling the cork I was expecting a rather pungent sharp taste. The aroma given off by this brew is heavenly. It's sweet, it's sour, almost different each time. The taste is spectacular a tart, tangy but fruity start with a sweet bordering on candy finish. The presence of that candy sugar is very noticeable but does not upset a near perfect balance of sweet and sour.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lmaduells
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I knew the style; so when I opened l'amplolla was a surprise since I expected Lambic, traditional, classic and powerful. For me it is excessively sweet taste makeup of beer, lambic character.

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Photo of sporklift87
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kdown
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of headlessparrot
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Baby's first faro. And, just by the by, holy hell did the cork give me some difficulty on this guy.

Pours a mostly-clear brown with some tints of ruby, capped initially by about two fingers of foam that recedes to a few islands and some decent lacing. High carbonation is visible.

Smell is tangy, sour, and sweet. Some hints of tart, green apple, sour stone fruits, slightly milky, pepper, brown sugar, cherries, brown sugar. Slightly doughy? An increasing herbacious, almost hoppy aromatic as it warms (though faros are not known for their hopping?). A bit of banana? Very nice.

Taste is much the same: tangy, tart, but with a sweet balance. Slightly wild, funky, but also very fruity. Again, tart apple, stone fruits, cherries (not as additional ingredients--this is the work of the yeast). A touch chalky and wheaty, milky. Slight herbal character, too. Again, very nice. Carbonation is high, and the body is quite light.

This is a very good beer. Not overwhelmingly complex, and not really "big," but super interesting, nicely balanced between the sweet and tart, and very drinkable. Will have to hunt down others in the style: but for something so affordable and so widely available, it's hard to go wrong.

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Photo of risenz
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of tikk
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TruePerception
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lindeman's Faro Lambic, brewed with brown sugar.

A: A finger and a half of slightly cream colored head. Mid-dark orange/sienna in the glass. Tons of flecks free floating in the beer.

S: A touch of maple, wheat, and tartness. A slight brown sugar note around the edges. Very faint banana peel and faint funk hint at the presence of Brett, maybe. Narrowing in on those, I do get a slight butterscotch pudding note, too.

T/MF: Mmm. Sweeter than I was expecting, and the brown sugar gives it a nice roundness to the overall flavor. Definite candy like flavor, though I can't place what kind. More butterscotch pudding and banana notes, but they blend in nicely. Just a pleasantly sweet, and overall tasty beer.

Poured from a 355mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yoann
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a style I'm familiar with, though I had some ideas about what to expect. Smells and tastes akin to tart black cherries - maybe some mixed berry - with suggestions of brown sugar - almost tasted like some form of fruit soda. Tart, light, and fizzy, but not my bag.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,050 ratings.
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