Lindemans Faro Lambic | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

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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499
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3.65
pDev:
22.74%
 
 
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Photo of sjdevel
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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 Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to msubulldog25 for providing me with my first-ever Faro. He is what they call "the man."

Pours a bronzed brown color, leaning toward mahogany. Not much head but a ton of bubbles. It's rolling around like champagne in there.

The aroma is entrancing, having a tart snap like a gueuze, a bold fruitiness that's equally sour and sweet, moldy wood, and that wonderful/unique yeastiness typical of a lambic. All of it is blended really well, balanced...welcoming...making my mouth water for the first sip.

Flavor offers sour cherry, green apple, sugar, the slightest hint of wood, and more fruit tartness. It's pretty simple actually, an excellent balancing act between sweet and sour/tart. It's really the mouthfeel that makes this a total success and an extremely enjoyable experience. The carbonation is seemingly made of insanely tiny bubbles, which explode in the mouth without any sort of harshness, rather rolling over the tongue like caviar or melted ice cream with a dash of 7-Up in it. It's slick, slippery, creamy, bright, everything good and nothing bad. Wow!

At 4.2% and with the big sweetness impressively balanced and kept in control, not to mention the fantastic texture, this was a completely great way to be introduced to the Faro. Very, very nice.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives the color of dark maple with no head, just faintest of rings and that was gone soon enough.
Smell is intriguing, notes of malt, sweetness and a sour hint.
Taste is really nice. Sweet and sour, malty with notes of apple and raspberries. Very good balance and more complex than I was expecting.
Good stuff. Medium full body, extremely light effervescence. A little cloying. With a bit more effervescence, this would be 5's in several areas. I actually prefer this to the Framboise. Its more like a sweeter version of a Flanders Red, a style I really enjoy a lot.

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Photo of Beejay
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium amber, beautifully clear, and nice tan head, though it dissipates to a ring fairly quickly.

S: Definitely a good sour smell coming through. There is a nice little bit of sweetness in there as well. Raisons and caramel perhaps.. Seems nice.

T: Sweet and tart at the same time. The sweetness reminds me of eating crystalized rock candy as a kid. This is a lovely blend of acid sweetness, tart flavors, and a touch of sour funk.

M: Light in body, fairly high carbonation, and an almost acidic feel.

D: Damn tasty. This might be one of my favorite wild ales that I have had so far, I really enjoy the balance between sour and sweet.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like a bold apple cider. Few bubbles.
S: A little bitter smell but also sweet. Apples!
T: A lot sweeter than other Lindemans beer's I've had but I like that. It reminds me a lot of their Cuvée René having a lot of wine-like characteristics but the Faro is a lot sweeter. The initial tartness is replaced with a sweetness while maintaining a fruitiness of apples.
M: A medium body on this one. Sits bubble and smooth with some tartness that fades to a nice dry linger.

Overall another great beer my Lindemans. When I saw the initial low rating I was skeptical but I think this beer is better than any of the fruit styles. I quite liked the Cuvée René better but this is another great showing. Certainly for people with a sweet tooth but I found it to be a great showing.

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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 TheKingofWichita
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber and a thick tan head and tons of carbonation and lacing. Smells quite earthy and sour like spoiled milt and vinegar. Tastes very sour bent with earthy, musky undertones with a very dry finish. Good full mouthfeel and very drinkable. Almost tastes like wine.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle pours a very clear, dark gold color. Large, bubbly white head shows light retention and a few spots of lacing.

Nose is cheesy sour/sweet with a Goudenband-like rich sugar aroma. Roasted caramel popcorn...interesting and welcomingly sour.

Taste is a complex mélange of sweet than sour malty mixatropolis. Beery lambic flavors with some helping acidity. Yummy for sure, but hard to define. Has a soft sweetness. This is my first faro, but I am thoroughly enjoying the experience, too much so to write a lengthy review. Good stuff!

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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 hdofu
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is like a less intense apple cider vinegar taste with a candy sweetness. Smell is sour like fermented apples. Pours a dark color with a thin almost non existent head. Taste is pleasantly sweet with a sort of grape fruit like bitter/sour citrus finish. Has a pleasant level of carbonation that isn't distracting from the flavor. It is really really really easy to drink.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper color with a medium two-finger white head.

The aroma is tart with notes of vinegar and black cherry. The brown sugar is very faint but it is there.

The taste is tart, but the sweetness of the brown sugar really comes through. Plenty of black cherry notes with just a hint of vinegar on the finish.

The feel is fantastic. It is very well carbonated with the alcohol being all but undetectable. I have an extremely dry finish after every sip.

Overall, a surprisingly good beer. Pretty straightforward but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of scottum
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy colorful deep red amber with a heady offwhite head. Sour tang, yet full body does it good. Mouthfeel is superfly. Slides down with a very pleasant aftertaste to boot. A great introduction for me to the style. Now I really wish I got to track down the cantillon version when I was in Belgium.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Chouffe N'ice Goblet. This is my first Faro, had no idea what to expect. A very clear amber color, very little head, recedes to nothing. No visible bubbles, but it's carbonated. Looks like a hard cider. Smells sorta ciderish as well. Brown Sugar. Apple. Spicy. And the lambic funkiness hiding in the background. Not too much hint of the coming tartness. Light tartness on the front end. Very full bodied candied sugar flavor. Really well rounded. Tart red apple flavors. Medium tart finish. A little funkiness lingers on the back of my tongue. Nice little bubbles as I swish. I really dig this.

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Photo of Vancer
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a lip smacking frosty – starting with the hazy apple cider brown pour, topped by a short-lived white head. Nice sliding sheet laces added a fine touch.

Aromas were the funky sour musty barnyard, really tantalizes your taste buds. And not to be disappointed, a delicious and contrasting combination of flavors – sweet apple cider to start, finishing with a sour mash. Tart and tangy throughout the bottle.

A main body of campaign dryness, but a lingering sweet aftertaste really leaves you scratching your head. My first lil’ Faro, too bad this is not readily available here in the States. The 4% makes this a real session brew.

Thank goodness for my lil’ beer babe, JaneyC, for bringing back such a nice frosty for me.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber brown with hints of orange when held up to light. Rather clear. Head is about one finger thick and egg-shell white. Fades to a thin cap and leaves thin rings of lace.

S - Pale malts and underlying aroma of wild lambic yeasts. Sugary sweetness comes through more and more as the beer warms, but the barnyard aromas remain as the most dominant.

T - Not near as sweet as I expected it to be. Pale malts and wild yeasts with a barnyard funkiness. Candi sugar certainly provides a balancing sweetness to the funk but is not at all overwhelming.

M/D - Light and crisp with a nice puckering sensation. Surprisingly easy drinking.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a beautiful semi-clear, copper color with a bubbly, off-white head. The scent is yeasty combined with aged, sweet fruits. There is a sweetness of candied sugar that is like no other. Very smooth, tasty, and unique. Style points aside, this is quite a delicious desert beer that is best enjoyed by itself after dinner, in my opinion. By far the easiest Lambic-Faro to find on the market!

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Photo of BierFan
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce corked and capped green bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Fizzy off-white head rises to a couple inches and settles to near nothing within a minute. Reddish body.

Smell: Funky wet hay, a little lemon and cork. Smells like a good Belgian beer to me.

Taste: Very sweet/tart, smooth, and fruity. Cherry, raspberry, and lemon. I think I'm getting a taste of wood in the aftertaste, perhaps from the barrel or the cork, not sure.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in wine glass.

A - Amber gold. Tiny bits of yeast in glass.

S - Nice light smell. Sour. Grapefruit.

T - Delicious, balanced flavor. Hardly any hint of alcohol, yet still satisfying.

M - Creamy, light/medium body.

O - This is a very nice lambic/faro. Very sour, yes. Light, uh huh. But that's ok for me.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma-Seems to have mainly an apple ciderish scent to me with maybe some toffee. A bit of pear possibly.

Mouthfeel-Finely carbonated, feel some tartness on the sides of the mouth.

Appearance-Brown/amber without haze. Poured to little head which quickly disappeared, but still have fine carbonation bubbles a few minutes after pour.

Taste-Initially get sweetness in the front of the mouth but bitterness along sides soon follows, sweetish/sour all at once and rather interesting. Not sure if as good as a blended geuze but is very good.

Drinkability-Rather, if price wasn't an issue. I'd love to see how much I could get through. This is truly more of an accent piece or initial drink most likely though.

Overall-I will almost certainly purchase this again at some point and am really into lambics just in general. This seems a bit more straight forward than a blended geuze, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of acidity, citrus, sugar, and tartness. Fits the style of a Faro. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthiness, tartness, acidity, citrus, sugar, and fruity yeast. Overall, a lighter, sweeter, and less tart version of a Lambic.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice dark amber color with no head and little carbonation.
Smells of tartness and little sweetness.
I expected little sweetness like the Geuze but was surprised when it has a sweetness to it
Has a non-carbonated feel but a very good taste and smell.

I really like this Lambic and imagine I would like to try more for sure!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured 25cl bottle into a lindeman's flute, beautiful brown/orange color with chunky, foamy head and constant champagne-like carbonation.

aroma is faintly of lambic but moreso of a fine aged cheese.. but in an appetizing way.

this is my first time tasting faro, and it is amazing! lindeman's lambic with a perfect sweetness that counterbalances the typical lambic sour bite. oddly enough, this brings out a woody, smoky taste that I can recognize from lambic but could previously not appreciate wholly. leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste which is complex and welcome..

this is a perfect afternoon sipper and the 4% alcohol can allow full functioning after enjoyment. what a great treat and something really unique. i will seek out more faro in the future.

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent amber color with a thin one-finger head into my tulip.

Aroma is slightly musty with apple, grape and a slight hint of horse leather.

Taste is tart, full of apple, grape and slight cherry upfront. Certainly not too sour. Just right actually.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering apple, grape and cherry. Of course, these are not actual flavors but rather what is imparted in the beer itself.

I've never had this style but I can confirm that it is somewhat sweeter than an regular lambic. Easier to drink to. The style seems obscure but well worth checking out!

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Photo of ybnorml
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clean amber beer. Has a small off white head. The aroma is sweet and sour at the same time. With the candy sweet dancing back and forth with the tempting sour notes. The candy sweetness starts the flavor that has hints of caramel apple. Followed by a nice tart finish. There are also hints of tabacco as it warms and a light astringency.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
83 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.
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