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Lindemans Faro LambicLindemans Faro Lambic

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

Style: Faro

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies slightly

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Photo of tigg924
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: no head, clear, red/brown in color, low-minimal carbonation

Smell: big honey, vinegar, small apple and oak.

Taste: an apple/oaky taste starts things off the sour and honey come in mid tastes and the finish is more apple and honey

Mouthfeel: super light bodied, moderate carbonation, very sweet with a moderately small sour taste

Drinkability: A very good sipper. Nice mix of sweet and sour . The sourness is not puckering or harsh. I could have several throughout the course of a day.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Impressive cork and foil neck on the bottle! The beer has a lovely head that starts out fizzy in both sound and look but it becomes dense and settles into a grouping of bubbles that looks like fine soap....the coloration of the beer is hazy and brown with tinges of gold intertwined. Carbonation appears to be somewhat heavy and the lacing is impressive with lots of small patches of bubbly goodness sticking to the side of the glass!

S- Smells of Worcestershire sauce!....just a little more vinegar and wild game/funk. The wild yeasts are in action! Sour apples perhaps....slight peppery spice....interesting indeed!

T- This has a wild flavor that is quite tart/sour...of granny smith apple, vinegar acidity, soy sauce, funky yeast and some caramel/toffee sweetness.....almost like a sour cider in similarity as well!

M/O- Light/medium in body and the carbonation is palate scrubbing...this is most definitely a refresher that I don't think is for just anybody but it is uniquely good! Would also be a great cooking beer or additive to a recipe and while I don't think it's a highly drinkable brew, it's something that I could go for every now and then! Do try this!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair picked this up in his recent travels and corked it at a recent tasting at Ditmier's house... Thanks Sam.... this is a style that I haven't had the opportunity to try before.

Hazy orange.... short lasting white head.. no real lacing.

Nose is completely unique to me.. lemon zest... funky .... I wrote down "bile and nasty woolen socks".. lite sweetness sorta pulls the lambic qualities out of the glass.

Flavor is not really as funky as the aroma.. brown sugar.. funky wet hay ... apple cider... foot funk.. I was expecting some acetic qualities, but they are no where to be found, instead just a real overlying "gueze lite" funkiness that is awash in the sugary sweetness.... very balanced really... I could sip on a couple bottles of this for hours.. not much carbonation... and it surprisingly finishes a bit dry.

I have no frame of reference for this, so... don't hate the reviewer.... hate the review.


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Photo of megahurts4
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lindemans Faro

Appearance: hazy light brown, very small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast, sourness, and spices.

Taste: candi sugar sweetness, faint sourness, and a fruit tartness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a unique brew. The candi sugar sweetness mixed with the sourness is very interesting.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a lightly hazed orange amber with a short lived creamy off white head that settles into a very dense shaving creamy ring. some lacing stick is drippy and spattered here and there in delicate branches and arches.

S- a bit musty and somewhat bland, with fleeting notes of pear, melon, and caramel. some barnyard aromas in there too. wish they were more pronounced.

T- very delicious blend of sweet and sour. very earthy, with plenty of yeast funk and rich woodsy barrel flavors. the multitude of fruitiness the yeast contributes ranges from cherry to wild strawberry to sour apple to melon, red plum, and apricot. the added sugar transforms the tart fruit into a near confection, reminding me of a fruit punch candy... in a beery sort of way. there's also a grainy white bread flavor from the wheat providing a nice backdrop to the complexities. another layer of yeasty funk is also present in the guise of barnyard, horse blanket, earthy goodness, etc. finishes fruity and tart with some grain and fading pleasant sweetness similar to a quality sweet fortified wine.

MF- body is pumped up by the sugar but beneath that i get the general impression of a solid juiciness to this beer. perhaps the fruity yeast flavors allude to that. either way, it's beautiful. subtle yet persistent carbonation glides freely with some of the tightest bubbles i've ever known. very drying on the cheeks and clean elsewhere.

D- the $5.75 price tag for a 12 oz bottle was definitely worth it to me. this is one unique beer that i wish i could share with a few certain people. the combination of sweet and sour is a complete win and is a delight to drink.

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Photo of fragilehearted
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer plenty of times, but figured I'd give it a review. I've probably only tried one other faro, but plenty of lambics. I do have a little of a soft spot for it, since it was one of the first beers I tried in Brussels, at the recommendation of a friend I was staying with. Here goes!

A - Bottle, capped & corked, poured into a snifter. Minimal head that goes down quickly to a slight cover + ring. Clear orange-ish brown color. You can see the bubbles coming up from this one, like a glass of sparkling wine.

S - Sour right off the bat, but not overpoweringly so. Apples, cherries, & oranges, plus you get that earthy/funky smell. A little vinegar. Then you can smell the candy sweetness.

T - A little tartness, but the sugar is very obvious. Similar to the smell...first you get the fruity sourness, then the sugar hits you. But well, that's the style, lambic + sweetness.

M - so smooth & crisp - like biting into an apple or something. This is a well-carbonated beer, but it works for this style.

D/O - This beer, if you like the style (keep in mind that sweetness is part of the package of a faro), is so insanely drinkable (helped by a low ABV). Price keeps me from drinking a ton, though. But really, this is the perfect beer to give to your ladyfriend when she says she "doesn't like beer." Or your dudefriend, when he thinks all the beers you drink are too big. Not that I'd know about that. ;)

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Photo of redleaves
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is well over a year old. Poured dark amber, not much head and disappears quick. Carbonation dissipates quick as well, probably the age. Very sweet on the nose, tart and caramel apple. The flavor is very along the lines if a caramel apple, slightly sour and tart. Barnyard as well. The caramel apple is amazingly strong considering there is no fruit. Not dry enough, I wish it would dry up faster on the tongue, but it is supposed to be sweet. Very nice and refreshing. My wife is a huge fan and I'm becoming one as well. I'm going to hunt down some more Faros to try after this introduction.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left thick sheeting and lacing throughout. billows very nicely. the body was a bubbly amber color.
s - tart cherry candy.
t - sweet cherries with a hint of tartness. like cherry candy.
m - medium and sticky, lip-smacking dry.
o - my first faro and i really enjoyed it. reminded me a lot of new glarus wisconsin belgian red.

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Photo of juju7
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks quite different to a geueze, darker, more caramel in colour. Good solid retentive head.
Nose is not as pungent as I was expecting. A bit of farmhouse sourness and some of the cork too. This is quite reminiscent of fortified wine on the palate. The sweetness feels definitely port like but like a slightly oxidised port perhaps. I'm quite enjoying this. Smooth and pleasant. Low carbonation, long finish. My first faro and I dig it!

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Photo of bminor7
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from eBI for 5.50.

looks amber fizzy perfectly clear, some lacing

smell soapy funky sugary.

taste sweet, tart, oh this is great. whether good compared to other members of the style, this is addicting. i love sugar more than most people and the sour notes in these lambics are so appealing already...

mouthfeel is very good, thick enough, coating

there's only 7 beers of this type brewed right now according to this site. try whatever one you can get your hands on.

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Photo of kegger22
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with a lambic was not a pleasant one and I didn't expect to ever try another. But, on the advice of a friend, I gave Lindemans Faro Lambic a try and was happily rewarded.

This lambic poured a dusty rose blush with a delicate light beige head that faded to a collar.

The aroma was sweet, but otherwise inoffensive.

The taste was a balance of sweet grapes and sour apples. Not fancy but it was flavorful. Faro lambic tasted similar to a sweet dessert wine.

The mouth feel was light bodied, a bit oily and low carbonation.

Drinkability was good with a great taste and low ABV, but despite that, not good enough to justify buying again at eight and a half bucks a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a cylindrical glass. Emerges clear and dark in color, kind of like unsweetened tea. The beer is topped with a stark white and frothy head of about three fingers in size. Not much to speak of in the way of lacing.

Aroma is tart and sour, lemony and slightly fruity. It really has a distinct sourness; I assume that is the yeast speaking.

Sweet up front. Really sweet. Due to the high carbonation, the sweetness isnt sickly sweet or cloying. I kind of like it. There is a sourness and lemon-rind quality underneath but the raw sugarl-like sweetness hits the tongue immediately.

I know it is oxymoronic, but this beer is sweet and sour at the same time, and niether characteristic overtakes the other, but balance and complement each other. Completely drinkable and very pleasant. Finishes dry but with a bit of sugary oiliness on the tongue. I really liked this one.

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Photo of Converge
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - A nice creamy medium-sized head off the pour. The body is a reddish-amber brown hue, with some tiny chunks of yeast floating about. The head settles to a soapy cap that retains well for a while, and leaves tons of sticky lacing. Looks great.

S - Smells surprisingly like a lambic, with lots of floral funk and generous tartness and vinegar. Lots of sweet candi sugar help balance it out along with plenty of light fruitiness. Smells pretty encouraging.

T - Definitely lots going on with this flavor profile. Immediately it strikes as exactly what was advertised, a traditional lambic sourness and funk, along with candi sugar sweetness that instantly makes this a much more accessible brew. Lots of fruity flavors, with white grapes, green apple, mixed berries, and cherry all in there. Finishes sweet, sour and spicy, with a touch of oak. Slight tart funk lingers, along with some caramel malt, cola syrup, cinnamon, and rye bread.

M - Surprisingly creamy body, with nice fine carbonation. Slightly drying finish gives it a nice feel. Works well with the flavors.

D - Overall an excellent combination of flavors. While I certainly wouldn't consider this a sour, it has enough tart and funky flavors to feed that craving, as well as a host of sweetened fruity and rather interesting flavors to give it a more unique feel. Another great beer from Lindemans.

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Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper colour with a persistent off-white head. Pretty streams of carbonation flow through the glass.

Nicely sweet and sour aroma with some nice funky overtones working their way through the nose.

Good balance between sweet and sour. While I am a fan of really sour traditional lambics and gueuzes, this works for me. I get a strong vinous character with tart grapes, peaches and stonefruit playing a role. The significant sweetness doesn't overpower cutting the sweetness enough to mean that this doesn't have to be a sipper.

Medium bodied with a soft carbonation, this is easy enough to drink. I would probably like it to be a bit thinner but that is hard to do when it has been loaded up with unfermented sugars. A tasy, drinkable beer even if it goes against my penchant for mouth puckering, stupidly sour wild beers.

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Photo of jedwards
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Brought back with me from a recent visit to Washington. Haven't seen this in New England yet.

Pour is light and coppery, with a thin foamy white head that rapidly dissipates. Smell is classic lambic, very similar to the Cuvee Rene -- slight citric tartness, grassy notes, a little peach/apricot in the finish. Taste starts off with lactic tartness, accented by the ample carbonation, and gives way to a sweet starchy fruit flavor and a slightly funky finish. High carbonation and thin body make this almost soda-like. Drinkability is almost off the charts for me -- I'm not typically a fan of sweet beers, but the sweet/sour balance in this is just right and the sugar is not at all cloying or saccharine. I know it'll never happen... but it would be pretty great to get this in cans for the summer.

My first and likely only (for awhile) faro. My assumption is that Lindeman's pasteurizes it like their fruit beers, which would be the only way of stopping the flora from consuming the sugar and blowing up the bottle. Not a true faro, but I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours a mostly clear chestnut brown with a thin head and minimal retention; loose lacing

S - Nose is sweet fruits followed by a big hit of tart sourness. Subtle hint of lemon and fermenting grapes.

T&M - Medium to fuller bodied with light carbonation. Lot's of sweet fruit, cherries, and sugary sweetness. Right behind it is a big hit of sour tart with a lemony edge, and a bit of carbonated grape juice. The sweet/sour combo is interesting. Finish interplays the two with a smack of sugary sweet, but it's the sour that resonates.

D - A tasty and interesting brew. Lot's of flavor at a low ABV; probably to lowest alcohol beer with the most flavor I've had.

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Photo of craytonic
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Mike Brawley of Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte, NC for the opportunity to try this. This must have just hit the US, I'm not entirely sure that it has been bottled before.

would recommend this to any any new sour drinker.

Appearance: clear ruby caramel with a small head

Smell: brown sugar and lemon juice (sourness) with a very faint funk mixed with tart cherries and raspberries. Simple but pleasurable

Taste: Candy-like, there is an initial sweetness followed by a sour twang with some faint balsamic vinegar mixed with honey. There is a sweet tart / strawberry lemonade element to it.

Mouthfeel: Not syrupy, but definitely sugar sticky, jammy.

Drinkability: Too sweet to drink a lot, but I can see using this to ease someone into a gueuze or lambic. Very much like fruit juice - put it in a squeeze box! It actually has a great deal of flavor for a 4.2% ABV beer. Makes you want this beer without the sugar training wheels.

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Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice crystal malt and candy sugar scent along with a mild lambic yeast sourness. The taste is good as well. It has a pleasant pale and crystal malt flavor and with a sweet candi sugar character. It goes down smooth with a mild sour finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easier "lambic" beer to swallow for those who don't care for the more sour, traditional versions. The candy sugar adds just enough sweetener to make it more accesible.

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Photo of goblet
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured this particular one out of a 250 ml bottle into a goblet .

A, a nice copper, amber color to it with little froth almost no carbonation i try to agitate it and got some foam on the walls of the glass . no lacing . it`s well filtered ,clear.

S, i let it warm and then took a good whiff , it`s sweet malt is obvious and sour fruits ,grapes,green apple and flowery hops .

T this is very sweet indeed ,tasty fruit favor yet sour grapes and fresh hops , malt .

M,a sweet pleasant feel almost a lite wine like smoothness ,sweet malty after taste .

D this is a easy beer to drink i`m not disapointed with it`s sweet,yet sour flavor .close to a rose wine although it`s beer.

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Photo of NStLincoln
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this orangy red beer out of a 12oz bottle. The head disappears right away and leaves a roiling lace at the top.

Smells sweet tart and sugary. Like if you were making a sour lollipop on the stove. A little pumpkin spice on there too.

Sweet sugary goodness that gives way to a sour end. It's a reverse sourpatch kid. No particular fruit jumps out here but if I had to call one I'd say very far away peaches.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Tons of bubbles add to the crispness here. I feel like I'm drinking a very sweet, but good champagne. Yum.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost clear, burnished copper, with ample carbonation. Pushes up a half-inch, beige, rocky head that lasts a couple of minutes, leaving minimal lacing in the Lindemans flute glass.

A pleasant, funky yeast fills the nose with sweet-tart cherries and other berries. Some apple vinegar is detectable later.

Sweet, hugely sweet! Fresh berries and southern sweet tea with honey, maybe some lemon. A brief, mild finish. Warmth subdues the sweetness and helps bring out earthy berry flavors.

No alcohol in this medium bodied beer with vigorous, fine, carbonation leaves a sticky residue on the lips.

Definitely a dessert beer. Perhaps suitable to a brunch the day after a summer celebration.

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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 Donnie2112
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lindemans flute

Looks like

Smells like: Leather, dark fruit such as cherries and currants, vinegar and some vague sweetness.

tastes like: Sweet and sour, the sweetness is rather generic and vague and the sourness combines with it to remind me of something like very sugary but balanced lemonade, just a hint of blunt bitterness

feels like: Medium carbonation, medium body a very dry finish

It's an easy drinker, lots of fun little nuances, nothing offensive about it. It's my first Faro and I'm interested to taste more of the style.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,026 ratings.
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