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

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Reviews: 504 | Ratings: 1,043
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown with some lazy bubbles, red-tinted champagne head fades to only a ring of fizz. Sugar, sugary caramel, trichloroanisole (cork and oak) on the nose. Taste is very sweet, cardboard, white grapes, real & tart cherry, chalky yeast. Aftertaste is reminiscent of plywood - the cork's shortcomings again (yeah, I've tasted plywood). Slightly syrupy, surprised to find that this is under carbonated.
Initial taste makes this very drinkable, only on the woody aftertaste does this get yucky. I do credit it for being complex and adventurous, even if those adventures end up in a debatable place; it's better than being simply alcoholic sugar nectar. With some fine tuning this could be incredible; as is, it is commendable.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet vingeary smell. Sweet like candy. Vingreary fruits with butterscotch. So damn good. Lots of body with a nice feel on the tongue. Decent amount of carb. Love it

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.64/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first time tasting a lambic. Pours deep cooperish with a very mild white foam head, almost no retention. Aroma is spectacular, acetic, vinegar, wine, fruits, candy, cider, lot´s of things there. Taste is odd but good, cider, wine, fruits like apple and fermented oranges. I liked this beer a lot, different and bold.

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

-pours a clear amber with a small to medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-tiny particle floaties
-no carbonation visible
-wheat,lemon,old barn,leather
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
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 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 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 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 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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Photo of ajm5108
2.27/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Way too much vinegar on the nose. Sugar rush up front, very fizzy, like drinking a cheap pop, but then the vinegar returns on the end. Sugar and vinegar. Not the best combination.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mahogany brown in color with nice clarity. A fingernail of dull white caps it off. I smell dark candy sugar and a bit of an acidic edge. I taste sweet dark candy sugar and that intensity really builds as it reached the back of the palate. The mouth is very dry, crisp, and carbonated.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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 charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed on May 24th, 2015 from a 355ml corked and capped bottle labeled LF06NFA, which indicates it was bottled on June 6th, 2014. Poured into a Firestone Walker Teku glass.

Beer is a deep honey amber, fairly clear. A two-finger white head of amazingly fine bubbles forms and is slowly reduced to a slight crown around the edges which nonetheless provides some sheeting and clingy bubbles with each tip of the glass.

Aroma is tart, sweet and funky. Notes of red wine vinegar, strawberry and cherry.

Flavor is likewise sweet and sour, with brown sugar being the most prominent flavor component at the beginning and end. In the middle, there is a wince-inducing sourness
that lingers into the aftertaste, getting more acidic as it fades. Sour cherries in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well-carbonated. If the beer is held on the tongue for a few moments, a mild carbonation burning develops.

Not as complex as some lambics and sour beers I have had, but definitely worth a try if one is into sour beer.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber with thin head which quickly disapated. Full funky aroma...much more than expected and a lot more brett than I get from many wild ales. Also some grape skin and musty odors like the storage cellar of a brewhouse. Taste has some nice sour notes, but is naturally overcome by the syrupy sweetness. I really wish it was a little less sweet, which would have made it much more drinkable. I also couldn't help but wish the other Lindemans products (fruit lambics) had this level of funk.
Mouthfeel and finish were quite good. Overall, interesting and almost very good, but it is still a faro after all. I think this would be rated much higher if not for the reviews from people who didn't know what to expect from this style.

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

I had this on tap yesterday and it was quite good. I was pretty conservative with my rating. Maybe the bottled version doesn't stand up to having it directly from the keg.

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

Notes from 3/9/15

A - About one inch of bubbly off-white head. Burnt orange body with golden hues around the edges of the glass. Good amount of visible carb. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Tart lemon and lemon rind. Tart cherry and red wine vinegar. Musty woods. Stale peanut shells.

T - Sweet honey and brown sugar. Sweetened lemonade. Tartness. Syrupy medicine. Damp, earthy woods. Tart lemon to more sweet honey.

M - Syrupy but not sticky. Low carb.

O - Having no point of comparison. Interesting beer but not really something I'd pick up again. Like the tartness and funk and layered flavors, but the sweetness is a little much.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Head small, very short-lived. After a few seconds almost completely reduced in the middle of the remaining small amount of glass bubbles.
Smell very dry, grapes, cherries, sugar, slightly candied fruit, floral notes but also dark, old lemon.
Saturation more than average, nice tickles the tongue. Faro taste is amazing, light tea with lemon, grapes, sour cherries in sweet pickle, cherries, raspberries, old, watery - stewed fruits strawberries. There is also a sugar candy, slightly scorched. Each sip brings a light stone bitterness, and the finish is heavily seasoned, very stimulating sour taste buds and salivary glands. Alcohol very well hidden. Smooth texture and even velvet, super.
In Faro, you can either love or hate them. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Colour of deep amber brown. Translucent with particulates, a weak head but a decent ring of retention.

Aroma of darkening black walnuts or their shells; something I'm sure few people will understand.

Taste very similar. I guess I should try Belgian candi sugar to understand what it is that flavours this beer. Slightly sour, but mostly sweet with the very odd flavour of black walnut. Don't know how else to describe this beer.

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Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid beige head, good retention, lots of lacing. Brew is crystal clear and a fairly dark amber color. Tons of bubbly action.

Tart, acidic, and slightly sweet aroma. Reminds me of honey and berries. Nice, moderate wild yeast aroma.

Extremely sweet! Like biting into a juicy tangerine. Lots of sugar and juice, with a bit of a citric bite following. Very little, if any, funk.

Silky, not quite syrupy, feel, relatively light, with a long wet finish.

This is a very tasty beer, but I can see why Faros are rated lower than other Lambics: it's extremely sweet, and there's less of a wild yeast presence. Still, I could easily see this replacing mimosas as a breakfast drink. Light, sweet, low ABV; not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of Locke
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

To say they overdid the sweetness is an exaggeration. Sour does nothing to overcome its syrup-like feel and taste but in the farthest reaches of aftertaste.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip. A dark reddish bronze with a finger of quick-breaking white bubbles. Not a bad brettanomyces aroma. Green grapes, cherries, barnyard, some darker fruit, big brown sugar sweetness which portends things to come.

Palate is unfortunately far too sweet although I recognize that this style is supposed to be loaded with candi sugar. The tasty fruit notes on the nose do reveal themselves, with vibrant cherry, ripe pears, and hints of tangerine and lemon providing interest above and beyond the pervasive caramel flavor. I will say that the sour element improves over the course of a glass, presumably as one habituates to the sugar. The pear note starts to shift to something less ripe and some of the horse blanket shines through. Medium body with a perception of added thickness due to the sugar. Mellow carbonation. Finishes mildly tannic, vinous, fairly tart with an apple cider vinegar echo.

The fruitiness is a strength and this brew has some nice sour character if ones goes looking. Well-crafted if ultimately leaving one yearning for a legit gueze.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,043 ratings.
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