Lindemans Faro Lambic (Brouwerij Lindmans)

Style: Faro

4.20% ABV

Brewer’s Note: “A version of Belgium’s “wild-fermented” wheat beer, which is the result of blending Lambic of “one summer” with old Lambic and chaptalized with candy sugar./ Faro is an intriguing balance of wineyness and sweetness. This was probably the beer being served in Breugel’s paintings of Flemish Village Life.”

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I actually love the black and white coloring of this label, and the silver wrap on the neck only adds to the classiness of this label.  This label is very similar to the Cuvee Rene label, only this label is not done in an ugly orange color, and looks sleek and noir.  It has me thinking of sultry jazz beats and dark city nights, and detectives… I like the color scheme, I like the fonts, and though it is a little crowded, it works with the label.  This bottle is a keeper for sure, and is definitely worth scrapbooking.

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The beer pours a ruddy and candied reddish brown with a nice white head on top that sits at a fingers width.  The beer’s body is clear but full of floating particles.  The beer leaves a lacing of fat medium sized bubbles that leave a curtain along my glass.  On the nose, the beer smells largely funky sweet, with cherry fruit leather mixing with barnyard funk and sweet sugars.  On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and of salty funk with a nice underlying acidity.  In flavor the beer begins as cherry leather, moving into almost cidery juice with prickling malic acidity.  The flavor then moves quickly into a drier hay-like bitter flavor that does not taste like hops and really doesn’t work with the sweet flavor that came before it.  These flavors mix in the finish, creating a weird mix of flavors that is sweet, but not too appealing.  The after taste is rather clean with just a slight acidic pucker ringing in the mouth.  In the mouth, the beer feels medium thick in body with a smooth velvety carbonation on the tongue that could stand a little more prickliness to wrangle in the sweet flavors.  The mouth is left slightly dry with sticky saliva on the sides.  Overall, I’m a little impartial to this beer.  It starts interesting and complex, but falls apart with the added bitter flavors and the weird combination of the two flavors.  The beer is a little too sweet for my taste, but that isn’t what undoes the beer for me.  This beer is weird, and I would probably advise trying one of Lindmans other offerings before I picked this one up.

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3.35/5

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