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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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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 375 poured into a flute.

A: Dark amber, almost cider like, with a thin white head.

S: Malt, fruit, apple, pear, and a bit of green in the finish.

T: Sweet fruit with a malt backbone and bit of zest from carbonation

M: Medium

O: A sweet beer that has a bit of a green finish, Faro is meant as a desert, and it should be. Enjoyable for its purpose, Faro is worth a buy.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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 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 Sachsenfreude
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not really too learned on this style but after reading up a bit here goes;

appearance; hazy copper with a white fizzy head. Dissipates to froathy rim around the inside of the glass with constant fizzy bubbles rising from the center.

smell; musty and sour, with hints of sweetness.

taste; personally didn't like it much but keeping the style in mind it was quite good. The raw yeasty sourness of a lambic was there with a tart bite in the finish. When it first hits the palate one can taste the carmalized sugars. The two flavors are well blended and represent what the style is about, I suppose, correct me if I'm wrong. A pleasant raw yeast hangs around in the aftertaste. Sour apples and a hint of bitterness would best describe.

mouthfeel; really too fizzy, like carbonated water but sticky and not by any means crisp.

drinkability; quite easy to drink but the sweetness can be a little too much.

In accordance to the style this is quality but I have a hard time even considering this beer, just taste kind of like a girly drink. The tart bitterness, although very slight, is all I really liked of this beer.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep particle ridden amber brew, nice white two fingers of head hustling into no existence.... "Smells like a sour beer"- Wifey. Nice and barnyardish in the front, pit fruits in the background, some jolly ranchers. Wow, thats a super fruity and sweet, coulda guessed that coming from Lindemans. Grape juice, red passion fruit, sour bugs, and tons of belgian candi. Mouthfeel is medium thick like a fruit juice, light carbonation.

Probably a good Faro, however a bit too sweet for my palate, I like em high and dry.

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Photo of infi
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 mL bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn.

Poured into a snifter.

A translucent syrupy brown color with tinges of dark red within the glass. A thin white head of loose bubbles sits atop the brew with little to no lacing. Smell is fruity-laced: apples, skin and all, with some lemon rind. A good bit of funk is also found towards the end, but not too overpowering on the whole.

The taste mirrors the aromas completely. Thoroughly sweet and sugary from the Belgian sugars that ends with the apple tartness and lemon sourness. Some of the funk makes its way through on the palate, but not at an amount to deter you away. Very enjoyable and appeasing, especially for a style I've personally never tried. I'm pleasantly surprised and humbled by this Belgian brew.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and borderline syrupy. Very subdued in carbonation overall. Drinkability is substantially easy in terms of consumption. Very tasty and impressing. My favorite Lindemans beer so far.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well what can I say it s a sweet and sour beer and as such quite interesting to drink. It smacks of apple and grapes with some faint caramel notes and almost tastes more like a cider than a beer.

The appearance is omewhat in line with that and the colour is somewhat reminicent of natural cloudy apple juice.

The smell is somewhat faint but fresh like an apple orchard and as such not bad. Drinkability is OK but the drink gets a bit acidic and sour after a while so...

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.41/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pretty dirty pink cranberry. Good head and a multitude of bubbles.

Nuts, yeast, hints of fruit - though I'm not sure which.. Musky wood.

Sweeter than I had anticipated. Tastes a lot like Sprite, or Mike's Hard Lemonade with a sour tinge.

Lots of soda-like carbonation. Clean and refreshing. Too sweet though.

A tad too straightforward and soda-like.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with fellow BA infi. Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a translucent, slightly hazy amber hue. Smallish white head that leaves a bit of loose lacing. Few thin lines of carbonation can be seen. Looks almost like a marzen, actually. Smell is... wow. Funky, funky funky. Sugary, tart and quite a bit of vinegar. Unlike anything I've smelled from a beer before. Not sure how I feel about it, but it's certainly interesting.

Starts off a bit on the sweetish side, but quickly transitions to a kind of tart, sour fruitiness with a fair bit of that advertised Belgian candi sugar. No malts, no hops, nothing that makes it like any other beer I've tried other than a bit of yeast and breadiness on the back end. Finishes with some subtle sourness that lingers very briefly into the almost non-extant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is almost like a soft drink, with effervescent bubbles spreading the sweetness around. Rounds off smooth, though, which is always a good thing.

Alcohol is pretty much a non-factor, so the drinkability is governed by how much you like the sour tartness and the soda-like mouthfeel. While it was certainly a different experience, I liked it. Might have to revisit it!

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Photo of Cwrw
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the Beer Temple in Brussels.
Unwrapping the silver-foiled top, I pried off the cap with an opener, and was then faced with a cork in the bottle. This is the first beer I have tried which is both capped and corked; to require both an opener and a corkscrew. The appearance of this faro was darker than I expected--it was not golden but more dirty-light-brown. It was hazy, and possessed a quick, fizzy head that lowered to a ring of foam. The aroma is obviously extreme sweetness, which I expected from a faro lambic. There is complexity, however, in the delightful oakwood aromas, the assertive sourness and tartness. At the very first smell there was some unknown note, akin to leather or an astringent chemical, but it was not at all in the least unpleasant. The aroma reminded me of champagne, sour and piquant. There is also a musty note, some faint citrus, and tomato juice. The aroma, whilst appetising, was not the most powerful; for me, it could use more strength. Up front the beer is all sweetness, with oak definitely making its presence felt. I absolutely loved the sweet, sugary taste. You can feel the sugary slickness of the cane. The aftertaste too is sugary, with some balancing light malt, and oak again. There is more bitterness than a kriek, but still very little in the beer. In the middle I taste acidic tones of tomato. Despite the sweetness I get some dry mouth feels. The breath-taste is somewhat metallic, with some cherry candy. Fairly viscious carbonation, like champagne, sparkling on the tongue. On the long aftertaste, I sense iron and saltiness. I enjoy the sweetness, but no more than two of these for me at one sitting, or the sugar is overmuch. This is probably one of the sweetest beers I have ever tried. Would I buy this again? Absolutely.

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Photo of warmstorage
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle, corked and capped, from one of hundreds of bottle shops in Brussels. Poured into wide-mouthed wine glass in the hotel room.

Deep copper to light brown, hazy, opaque, almost dirty looking, light head, no lacing.

Smell: sweet and tangy, a little sour.

Taste: sweet, tangy, just barely hints at the funk of lambic, the added sugar overpowers it. Some slight soury tang, cork, leather.

Mouth: thick and viscous and full, almost unpleasantly so.

Drinkability: eh. It's something I could sit and drink a couple of, but it's so underwhelming, why would I want to? Just a mediocre offering from a place that brewery mastered transatlantic marketing. Fortunately, this one isn't yet suckering people into paying $10 for it in the states. (It's about 1 euro in most Belgian supermarkets.)

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Photo of Travlr
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
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 UnderPressure
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a weird pinkish orange. Thin head.

Wine-like, funky, sharp pungent aroma.

Complex sour, tart flavor. Fruity and sweet. Great flavor!

Medium bodied. Lightly carbonated. Smooth. Nice mouthfeel.

I'm just getting in to sour beers. This is one of my favorites so far. My first time trying a Faro. I like it.

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Photo of Squelch
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light lacing. Rosy colored. White head.

Smell: Smells like a lambic. No other aromas.

Taste: Sweet. Sour. funkiness. Wonderful

Mouthfeel: Heavy beer. Syrupy. slightly puckering

Overall: Very nice lambic. never had a faro but I'd try it again.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy ruby red color, foamy off-white head, good lacing, signs of active carbonation. Aroma is musty, wheat, tart and just a hint of sour. Flavor is sweet, caramel and apples. Body is light, tart and slightly acidic mouthfeel. Good beer.

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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 elchingen
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into champagne glass.

A: Dark copper color. Numerous very small carbonation bubbles peculating from bottom of glass. White head dissipated quickly. Lovely light lacing coated the glass with every sip taken.

S: Candied sugar, fruit basket of raspberry/cherry/sour apple/plum. Yeast & barnyard funk element.

T: Obvious sugar sweetness up front. Nice tartness tickling the tongue w/ sour cherry like fruit mixed with barnyard hay. Burnt sugar aftertaste, cleans up nicely leaving some cloying, but not a lot.

M: Rounded, carbonation tickles a bit. Sticky and a bit cloying.

O: Pretty sweet, but that is to be expected of this style, after all. I felt there was enough sour pull to go along with the sugars to keep it pretty pleasant and sessionable. Good partner with certain fruity tart like desserts, I'm sure. I'd have again.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is one weird beer.
It has a slightly hazy red color and a semi-large but quickly disappearing head. There is also high carbonation present. The aroma is sweet and citrusy with some hops noticeable. Nothing bad yet. So, now the taste. I didn't know whether it's a cider, freshly made wine, or a homemade bear gone bad. It's sweet and really sour at the same time, plus there is too much carbonation here. Not the best combo really.

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Photo of hawks10
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle poured into a tulip, my first Faro, not really sure what to expect...

Pours a murky dark rose color, with some plum as well. Two fingers of fine off-white head forms and recedes pretty quickly...

Wow, the aroma is exciting. Tart and acidic like your typical lambic, but the tartness is much more subdued and even has a slight overripe fruit aroma. Where the aroma really shines is in its mustiness, funky and earthy, wet hay...

Hmmm, I detect no tart or sour flavors in this beer at all. Over the top sweetness with no balancing flavors. Very much like a very sweet cheap champagne or one of those macro ciders, not my style at all. When you lick your lips after each sip, all you taste in candi-sugar...

Medium bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Slick and syrupy, eh...

Yea, not trying this one again. WAY too sweet, I need a Cantillon to wash out my mouth now...

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Photo of HabiMendes
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This amber-looking beer brings a slight (yes, slight) acidity in the aroma, together with apples, pears, barnyard ideas, cinnamon, and sugar/honey. The light body has a medium-high carbonation, and the aftertaste is short, malty (wheaty) and sweet - perhaps too sweet. Didn't impress me: doesn't have the complexity of the Gueuzes, or the expressiveness of the Flanders Sour Ales.

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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 Daredevil
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

elegant Jugendstil label ....
pours a beautiful bronze colour, with a firm foamy head ...
smell is very fresh and soury ...
taste goes into caramelized apples, a bit of wild cherries, very sweet and very sour .... certainly a great thirst quencher ...

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a lambic fan but a friend offered me a bottle and I didn't deny the opportunity to try something new.

Poured a light amber tan with a thin half-finger of white head. Head departs rather quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smells of sugar and fruit, very sweet.

Taste is extremely sweet, to sweet for me, and the sweetness overpowers what subtle hints of fruit and maybe brown sugar there are.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and sharp due to the high amount of carbonation, almost seems like this beer is a carbonated candy liqour as opposed to a beer.

Drinkability is average at best. This is way to sweet for me to drink more than once and I'm not a fan of lambics to begin with.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Lindemans Faro drinks pretty much like an apple juice infused gueuze. Plenty of candied apple, some pear. The problem is an unwelcome bombardment of sweetness. Where I wish I would find increased tartness, its more layers of sugar. However, the finish is pretty good. The way the sweetness lingers and mixes up with some unexpected must is interesting.

The aroma is more enjoyable than the taste. It contains more funk, sour apple, and only a hint of the sweetness to follow on the tongue. This may (or may not) be a good example of the style, but I cant get into this beer. Still, not entirely undrinkable.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fancy bottle (silver foil top, cork under the cap!) into a schooner. No obvious best before on the bottle.

A - clear amber with an initially huge, fluffy head (2 fingers) that leaves behind some chunky lacing.

S - sour apple, yeasty and a hint of skunk in the background, slightly astringent

T - exceptionally refreshing: controlled tartness runs throughout the entire experience, sour apple, ripe fruit, with a hint of skunk in the background, some orange rind on the back of the tongue. Just a hint of initial sweetness is totally destroyed by the sour.

M - light with an explosive shot of carbonation on each fresh swig, sourness sticks in the back of the throat with a vengeance

D - quite drinkable if you can adapt to the sourness

Very interesting and refreshing. Not yet familiar with the Faro style of Lambic, but I'll definitely be researching this style. This beer is delightful if you're a sour fan. Not for the faint of heart!

[Very interesting reading the other reviews as I don't get the extreme sweetness - it's there initially, but for me is totally destroyed by the sour elements. It's not the bottle as my wife found it super sweet. Perhaps I'm a freak!]

[After a bit of research it seems to be the difference between a sip and a swig - if you're doing small sips, this seems really sweet; if you take a few big swigs the sourness just sticks in your throat and dominates. Interesting implication for tasting styles.]

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
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