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:
1,054
Reviews:
506
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
15.57%
 
 
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Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to akorsak for helping me check this style off my list! A sweetened lambic....hmmm.

A-Bright, clear copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a ring and left decent lace.

S-Wet,musty wool, a touch of sulphur and strong honey sugary sweetness.

T-Very sweet with a honey like feel and a touch of vinegar sourness. This one though is all about the sweet! A sharp bite comes out in the background.

M-Medium-light bodied and syrupy smooth with a nice lingering residual sweetness and sour twang.

D-Not bad and certainly interesting but overall this one is too sweet for me. I would love to try a fresh, on tap and more? authentic offering of Faro. Guess I will have to go to Belgium to do so!

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Photo of davegray
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikeg67
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle. Pours orange-amber with a small, short lived, off-white head and Champaign like carbonation.
Aroma is of yeast, malt, brown sugar and barnyard. Full, tangy body. Taste is sweet malt, brown sugar and sour grapes. This brew could be a good substitute for Champaign.

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Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer uncorked with a loud 'POP'. It poured as a caramel-like translucent brown color with a slight white head. Nice lace...the apperance is really inviting. The smell is nothing special. There's some twang and sugar...a little caramel and faint molasses. Young apples. It's an interesting smell, but there's no funk, and it's not terribly exciting. The taste is mostly sweet, and (as expected) sugary...a brown-sugar flavor with some caramel. The beer also has a nice tartness that could be a little more pronounced. The flavors do balance off of one another. Good body for the low alcohol brew. Not bad, it's very drinkable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brownish cherry red color with a red tinted head. Upon serving there is a lighter tinted, almost cream, colored head floating atop the brew. The small head fades over about a 3 minute time frame leaving some light bits of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was most potent of some aromas of a Belgian candied sugar and some darker fruits of cherry and raisin. Some more funky aromas were there as well, consisting of a hay like and grassy smells along with a old leathery and somewhat grainy and barnyard like smell, which when mixed with the sugar and fruit smells produced a rather weird smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet flavor with tons of Belgian candied sugar flavors and a little bit of a darker fruit taste. A lighter grainy taste as well as some sourness is present upfront both of which grow slightly stronger throughout the taste. While some sourness comes to the tongue, it remains relatively light, being largely overshadowed by the sweeter flavors. A little bit of a hay like taste and a bit of a funky and lactic acid taste also come to the tongue more toward the middle and the end. The mix of flavors that finishes up the taste ends up leaving a rather sugary sweet, but lightly sour and funked flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. While the higher carbonation was fantastic for the sweet and sour flavors of the brew, a slightly thinner body may have been more appropriate for the sweeter and sour nature of the beers flavor. Even said though, the feel overall was still rather appropriate.

Overall – Sweet and sugary with a lighter level of funk and sour. If looking for a sweeter and more sourbrew then this is a good go to, but for me it was a little too sugary to likely want on much occasion.

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Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange-copper with two fingers of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Funky aromas dominate at first with dry barnyard notes. Some sour and tart citrus aromas bring up the finish.

T: Surprisingly sweet considering the aroma. A syrupy sweet caramel and candy sugar flavor hits at first followed by tart and sour fruity flavors reminiscent of cranberries and raspberries. The finish is fairly dry and tart with slight funky and acetic notes.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer could use a bit more carbonation to off-set the sticky sweet body.

O: A pretty decent and interesting beer that is both sweet and sour. It's a little on the sweet side for me, but still not bad.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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 ShanePB
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle served at cellar temperature. Shared with my girlfriend and poured into a snifter glass. We were both interested as this is a first for us in the Faro-style.

A: Semi-clear amber and bronze colored body with a small off white head that dissipated extremely rapidly. A tiny retention ring settles out but there's really no lace at all left behind. An interesting looking beer, darker than I expected but again this style is new to me.

S: Browned apples, sweet caramel, toasted coconut and sugar, black cherry. There's a very interesting component from the Belgian candi sugar that was added to this beer. It has a sweetness to it but the fruity element is odd.

T: Sweet up front with a little tartness, caramel malts, sweet brown sugar, more browned apples (not rotten but not fresh), dates and cherry pits. Quite the blend of flavors but it does work rather well. It's tasty but perhaps a little too sweet and not enough of the acidic tartness is coming through that I'd like.

M: Highly bubbly, well carbonated but not thin though. It's a very nice feeling that I've come to expect from anything in the Lambic-family. A bit dry on the finish.

I know Lindemans adds sweeteners to their beers, but correct me if I'm wrong that Faros are supposed to be sweetened a bit? I thought I read that somewhere. Anyway, this was an interesting beer but not one I'd drink a bottle of to myself.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cherrywood color with a bubbly, off-white head. The head gurgles down to fizzy ring of light foam around the glass.

Smell: Pungently acidic fruit aromas. Citrus fruit and some cherry, spruced up with a peppery spice. Decadent, cakey malts work their way in to produce a robust pastry-like presence in the nose.

Taste: Abundant fruit flavors with tastes of rock candy. Cherry, citrus fruits, melon, and a peppery zest. Evokes a mildly sour corn syrup character on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a vigorous fizz. Leaves a sticky sweet coating on the lips and the roof of the mouth. A slightly lip-puckering sourness characterizes the finish.

Drinkability: Tasty, albeit tremendously sweet. Develops a sort of saccharine, seltzer water quality toward the end of the glass. Would make a great brunch beer paired with the right cuisine. Quite an interesting beer, but not one I'd make a regular selection.

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Photo of mscudder
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours the color of a light scotch with a frothy two-finger-plus head that recedes quickly and leaves gobs of lace.

aroma of honey, pear, caramel. burnt sugar, tart apples, a good bit of yeasty bready funk. toffee and toasted raisins. tart plums.

taste is complexly tart and sweet. overly sweet. honey, clove, rotting apple, fermenting fruit. a good bit of funk, with a solid and pleasant green apple tartness that is just slightly over-balanced by the candi sugar sweetness that comes across as some funky wildflower honey. Not bad... but slightly over-sweetened.

mouth is moderate, slightly slick and slightly syrupy. ample carbonation is fine and pleasant. works well.

all in all, an interesting beer that is obviously leaps and bounds from some of the other Lindemans. at the price point, there are other sours I'd much prefer, as the candi sugar seems to muddy up the clean tartness that lies underneath. Might hit the spot if I was in the right mood.

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

Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shy pour produces a little less head than desired - definitely not over-carbonated. Pours thick, with a ruby-amber color that looks quite nice. Mostly clear, with a little haze suspended; aromas are slightly musty, like apples in a dry cellar starting to rot. Dry herbs and a sugary sweetness finish up the nose.

The flavor profile starts a little lactic and sour, not enough to pucker, but more like apple juice. Very sweet through the middle of the sip and into the finish. Honey and candi sugar really jump out here, with elements of sweetened iced tea and apple juice boxes rounding out the flavors. Very full body, with the spicy alcohol appearing only rarely.

Overly sweet for my enjoyment; I actually enjoyed it a little more when it was fresh out of the fridge, and the sugar notes hadn't taken hold yet. Interesting, but not something I'll go back for.

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Photo of Goliath
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a large two inch light tan head. There is decent head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is ok. The candi sugar appears first with a lightly sweet nose. It's also mildly fruity with a nice malty note as well.

The taste is interesting. It's got a sweet and sour thing going for it. Candi sugar and some nice grain bring a simple sweetness. It's lightly fruity as well with a touch of tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lightly efforvescent carbonation bubble.

Drinkability is moderately high. The flavor profile is interesting enough, however it would be difficult to have more than one.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 MacMalt
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a cylindrical beer glass. It pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy, bright white head and minimal lacing. It smells of vinegar and grassy hops. The taste is syrupy sweet citrus. It is both sour and slightly bitter at the finish. To me, it is too sweet - almost like a cough syrup. It has a full body, again almost syrupy, with light carbonation and a low ABV of 4.2% Overall, it's an interesting beer but too sweet to my taste. I could understand how some could enjoy this style but it just isn't for me.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared this between a couple friends.

A- Rusty, cream soda, golden brown. Small white head. Lots of bubbles floating to the top.

S- Musty, powerful. Reminded me of a musty bathroom/urine smell. Theres lots of funk, some cheese and barnyard.

T- Apples. All different types of apple tastes. Apple peels, apple sauce, the bruised parts of an old apple. There is also some cheesiness underneath the sweet aspects of the candi sugar.

M- Light, bubbly and very dry.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a flute, quite a deep amber hue, with a fleeting white head topping it all. Lacing is minimal to none, though it's not really expected.

S + T: Malts, some hints of funk, and sugary sweetness on the nose... as far as flavour, the balance between funk and sugary sweetness leans more towards the candi sugars. If the balance were a little more centered, I think I would find this to be a far more enjoyable beer... that said, it's not all too bad at all.

M + D: A little bit of weight in the body... it drinks rather smoothly, but there is a touch of stickiness on the finish making it seem a little heavier than it is. Slightly dry, though I would have enoyed a little more of the 'lambic dryness.' Nonetheless, a decent take on the style... as a beer, I would pick it up again, but for the price, I might paid ($6.99 for a 12 oz), I'd be hesitant.

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Photo of Chris912
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerwolf77
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Redish brown purple hue. About a finger of dirty white head. Fast fading. Some soapy lace. Thin cap.

S: Moderate lactic sour. Lots of sweet berries. Mild touch of funkiness. Dusty wood and damp basement.

T: Rather sweet up front. It then sort of fades into a light lactic sour and then nothing. No off flavors just not a whole lot going on.

M: Light and bubbly body. Dry as a bone finish.

D: Overall easy drinking for sure. Nothing that's gonna wow you flavor wise but tasty with a decent sour kick. I would love to try another beer in this style. Just to compare. For almost $6 a bottle this one won't be picked up again.

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown with an orange tint and a little bit hazy. Some fine, off-white foam appeared during the pour and lingered for quite some time, producing a lot of spotty lacing. Earthy nose, tart notes of apples and grapes, brown sugar, with a hint of nuttiness and sourness. Quite sweet in flavour -- this really tames the tartness that seems to be somewhat hidden by the sugar. Apples and brown sugar, sort of cidery and grapey, dry on the palate. Carbonation was light, but enough to lift the body and keep it from feeling dead. Overall, an interesting beer and one that I'd certainly have again, but a little sweet for my tastes. I'm thinking this would go better with food rather than on its own on a warm summer day.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

375ml bottle.

Pours clear copper with a one inch head of white and tight dots of lacing throughout the glass. A partial skim-coat on the surface as well.

Aromatics lead off with cut grass, wet hay, lemon pith, barnyard, and soured fruit. Earthy and lots of green apples.

Light bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Sharpish and slightly puckering.

Crushed Sweet Tarts start the palate with plump malt and apple juice quickly following. A sugary sweetness continues and is similar to Pixie Stix dust.

Finishes with lingering sugar-dusted green apples and crushed Flintsone vitamins.

Wow, very sweet but the Lambic character is still there. The only other Faro I've had was a 1988 Eylenbosch and it had traces of sweetness, but nothing on this level.

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Photo of LehighAce06
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,054 ratings.
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