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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Photo of vacax
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange color with a tight smallish head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, flowery, and a bit like cork. Tastes sugary sweet with some tartness, tealike flavors, and with a bit of bile. Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation to match it. This is fairly easy to drink, but something about it is not quite right, probably why this style is best left unbottled.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer poured into a Lindemans flute. Beer is brown and slightly cloudy. It forms a thin head of large bubbles and carbonation is steady and moderate, large bubbles. Not much in the way of head dynamics, diffuse, broken.

Aroma is grainy and sweet.

Beer is low in body and sweet. Kind of like apple juice. Tastes fine. Easy drinking, I'm enjoying it. Not much carbonation in the palate, not much of anything really. Second taste, beer had more complexity that time. I could drink this like water. More body than the first taste, much more fruit flavor. I'm enjoying it a lot.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured to a large, rocky head. It is amber in color. The smell is some funk at first. Then I get some sour apple. The taste is sweet up front, followed up by some tartness. It's kind of drinking sour apple juice. I like it. The sugar really sticks to my lips. This stuff goes down real easy, like a drunk chick on a Saturday night.


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Photo of armock
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves spotty lacing

S - Is very sweet and slightly tart

T - This is like drinking sweet and tart sugar water the Belgian candi sugar must barely be dissolved in this beer starts off sweet then finishes with some tartness

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

D - As with most of the Lindemans beer I've had the sweetness is overdone but compared to the other faro I've had that seems to be part of the style either way I like this beer its worth a try if you see it

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This one is a clear, dark amber color. Two-fingers of foamy, off-white colored head sits on top. The retention is quite good and the lacing is slightly spotty, but thick and sticky.

This has smells that I associate with a 'typical' lambic. Big notes of tangy sourness. Slight hint of vinegar. It smells mostly musty and dry. These smells are much more to the lighter/muted side than in a 'typical' lambic.

Now it gets different. This is like a lambic on sugar steroids. All of the elements of the nose are here, but they are somewhat overpowered by belgian candi sugar sweetness. Very nice apple presence, almost cider-like. The finish is still dry, though nowhere near as dry as most any other lambic.
While this is definitely a sweet beer, it is by no means cloying. It has a very nice level of balance.

This has a medium body with a light-to-medium level of carbonation. This helps it maintain a nice level of crisp freshness with just a slight hint of creaminess.

Flavor and body-wise, along with abv (4.0%), this is very drinkable. I have a bad feling though, that if you downed too many of these in a session, the sugar attack would be harsh the next day.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Code LJ 27HFA; Sampled March 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber hue with red-plum overtones to it. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, amber-copper color. The aroma smells of lightly oxidized apples, a touch of musty mushroom notes, perhaps a whiff of foot-stench, some tea like notes and a soft lactic tartness.

Wow, incredibly sweet it does manage to finish with a light tartness, but then it is the sweetness that really lingers on in the palate after a sip. Vaguely tastes like honey-sweetened Lipton's Iced Tea. My second sip has my palate adjusting to a little more balance between the sweet and the lactic tartness found here. There is definitely a cider like quality to this beer and again it reminds me of lightly oxidized apples. Despite being low in alcohol, the sweetness really makes this almost a sipping beer as the excess sugars really add some heft to the body. A hint of funky foot flavors are sometimes barely noticeable underneath the sweetness

This is an interesting beer, and definitely an interesting style as I definitely need to try more examples from the traditional Lambic brewers. Some more interesting funkiness and more aggressive sourness would make this much better and more balanced. I can't help but think of this as some sort of fruit juice; perhaps a mix of apple cider and sweet tea somehow. This certainly gets a boost just because it is Faro and I have had so few of these.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this. One of those obscure styles that I've been looking to try.

A: The pour is a clear amber color with an intense levely of carbonation but surprisingly little in terms of head.

S: The nose is very musty with some odd notes of cork and bread. There is quite a bit of sugary sweetness as well, but I expected that.

T: Wow, I was really surprised by the flavor of this. The intense sweetness was the first thing I noticed as this beer is very sugary. There's also a hint of fruit and for some reason, a bile note on the back end.

M: The body was medium with a very high level of carbonation and despite being sweetened, still has a certain level of dryness.

D: This beer is really all over the place. I was not at all surprised by the intense sugary character, but the vomit flavor really seemed out of place.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, and light tawny amber with some orange and red hues. Very thin light beige head with little retention and no lacing left over.

S - Funky, tart and sour make up most of the smell. Also has a bit of a sweet smell in the background. Reminds me a bit of an Oud Bruin only sweeter, the combination of the sour/tart and the funk.

T - Starts out with sour apple and lemon as well as tart cherry and raspberry taste. Then, quickly, the sweetness comes into play along with those taste. It goes from being a sour/tart beer to something more like a cider or a strong fruit juice. The sweetness also brings a bit more of a strawberry taste out. There is a slight funky background, but the yeast flavors are well covered.

M - Medium to light body with low carbonation. Slight puckering with a mouthwatering finish. Also a bit sticky/coating in the mouth.

D - Quite drinkable. Provides some tart and sour flavors, but they are very strong due to the sweetness. That sweetness and the coating mouthfeel might prevent drinkability, depending on your mood.

Notes: Pretty good beer. A little too sweet, especially with the coating/sticky feel, for me. However if I were in the mood for something sour and tart but didn't want it to be too sour and tart, this would really fit the bill. Nice mouthwatering and refreshing cycle goes with this. Not a bad beer, and definitely worth trying, and has a niche it fills. Also may be a good way to start people off on sours, since the sugar makes the sour taste less powerful.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A somewhat hazy copper-orange body capped by a finger of whitish head that fades rather quickly and leaves only patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of musty and tart notes over a sweet malt body--typical Lindemans fare.

Flavor: Up front is a sweet brown sugar body that can be a little cloying at times. The tartness becomes much more of a subservient component here, and keeps the sugar from running away from the show here. There seems to be none of the musty funk left. Decent tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little syrupy with medium carbonation. Dries just a hint in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable if you're not put off by the sweetness.

Verdict: This is another of the syrupy-sweet Lindemans Lambics and can be reminiscent of a soda at times, though the sweetness is more appropriate here in a Faro. While I'm a fan of this dynamic, ff you don't like their other Lambics you probably won't find anything to like here.

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Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark cherry colour with average carbonation that leaves no head and little lacing,the aroma is barnyard funk,mustiness almost mouldy and some berry sweetness hiding in amongst it,the mouthfeel is above average which slides down the palette with a very sweet taste of raspberries,dark grapes and it finishes with an almost champagne like finish but instead of finishing dry it finishes sweet/dry and if you are not a fan of your lambics i would not recommend but since i am ive got no problem finishing this brew just wouldnt drink another straight away.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 ounce bottle in flute
A: brown with a thin white head.

S: funky, skunky, musty, and yeasty

T: sweet, Champaign like with out the dryness, great funky sourness, I like this it is good just a bit too sweet.

M: sweet finish, it is refreshing in a weird sort of way.

D: I can not handle much more than a small glass of most lambics but this is one of the best i have had I like the raw qualities that are not masked by fruit. none the less a 12 ounce bottle is all i can handle.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of citrus, lemons, tart fruit and some sugar. The flavor is mainly lemony tartness with some sugar and light funk. This tastes about like liquid sweet tarts. Low carbonation and thin mouthfeel.

Only the second faro I have had and this is better than the Chapeau, but still not anything too memorable.

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Photo of illidurit
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours light amber with a small white head. Aroma is candied fruits and rock candy. Tastes like candi sugar, pretty much. Lesser notes of lemons and tropical fruits, maybe some sauvignon blanc sweet grapey notes. Finish is gently tart and drying with a minor acidity. Too sweet for me but better than the abomination that is Chapeau Faro. A little syrupy in body as well.

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Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a light copper with bright golden tones and an appetizing cream colored head.

smells of musty sour apple and hard candy, jolly ranchers come to mind. earthy funkiness is evident as well.

taste is super sweet and refreshing the way a juice would be. the sour and tartness ride through the duration of each sip. dry, sweet, and almost plum-like at times. looked hard to find some molasses and brown sugar flavors but couldn't discern any.

very light-bodied and easy to drink if you like sweet beers. definitely great as a light dessert on its own after a filling meal.

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Photo of kegger22
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Spineypanda
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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 MrHungryMonkey
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is vinegary sour, moderately acidic, with secondary floral/fruity tones. Smells quite good.

Pours dark apple juice color, clear, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Moderate sweetness pairs with the stiff vinegar to provide a nice balance. Moderately malty. Dry floral and dried fruit potpourri. General fruitiness like apple juice. Finishes slightly dry/tart. Tastes pretty good. Feels good.

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Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These comments may show me to not have a beerophiles insight into the finer qualities of beer. Oh well. I like this Faro version of Lindeman's Lambics much better than the Geuze, even the Rene. This poured with a nice off white fine foamy head and a little lace. Color is a hazy medium to dark amber. Aroma is yeasty, tart, caramel, toffee, wine. Flavor's very similar. Nice sweet/tart interplay. Great body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor. I really like this beer.

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Photo of champ103
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish color. A one finger white head forms and first poor, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: A fruity tartness up front with some funky yeast and barnyard aromas. Sweet malty aromas as well.
T: A tart fruitiness. Sweet candy sugar and malt. A little to sweet for me though. Still enjoyable enough.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, but smooth. Not hard to drink at all.

I enjoy this. A very mellow blended Lambic. The candy sugar that is added makes this a little to sweet though. Other than that this is fine. Worth a try.

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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 soulgrowl
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather dark, almost venturing into Flanders with its reddish-copper hue and disappointingly small head. Flush and fruity in the nose, ripe with white and red grapes, cranberries, and a sort of savory yogurt sourness. Tangy and sour and actually fairly sweet on the palate, with a lingering aftertaste of cider. Apple, lemon, rice vinegar, and rock candy feature prominently, with some background notes of strawberry and caramel. Dry in spite of its sweetness, with a crisp finish and bright carbonation. Not my favorite lambic by a long shot, but quite nice and drinkable... possibly a gateway to gueuze.

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Photo of juju7
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Travlr
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden yellow colo with very small head that disappears quickly; no lacing to speak of.
S: Aroma of apples, grapes and candy.
T: Flavor is dominated by the cloying sweetness that never lets up - nothing to balance it.
M: Medium body.
D: This one is too sweet, lacks the lambic characteristic sourness to balance it.

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Photo of huricrane47
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is kind of like an adult version of candy. It is very sweet but complex at the same time. The sweetness is very forward and it blends well together with sour tartness, woodiness, and maltiness. You definitely get that funky barrel smell and flavor just like all the other lindeman lambics. It is very worthy of trying and i recommend picking up a bottle ($7) if you can find it. Also, If you like this you might try the douchess de bourgogne.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown-tinged orangey colour, very healthy beige head, nice dense and bubbly, sinks slowly but great retention, leaving some pretty thick sheets of lace that cling to the glass. Looks very nice.

Nose is, wow, very different. Very sour with a huge champagne oaky aroma first of all, plus a big whiff of tobacco smoke and a large metallic aroma. But the overriding smell is a big whiff of stinky brie. It's champagne and rubber, very organic, and almost corporeal. It's a big WTF smell, really, but points for uniqueness.

Taste is very sweet and fruity, full of currant and basically just concentrated grape characters. A bit of a meaty character is produced because of that stinky brie mixing in with it. Some metallic hints towards the back, but really this tastes like stinky brie followed by grape juice. It's one of the most bizarre beers I've ever drunk, and overall pretty simple. I can't mark this down because of how fascinating I find it, but really it's bizarre more than delicious or outrageously palatable.

Quite fizzy on the feel, buzzing really, a little thin but an okay body for 4%.

I really can't fathom this, but I can drink it.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,042 ratings.
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