Lindeman’s Faro Lambic

Brouwerij Lindemans – Vlezenbeek, Belgium

Faro Lambic

“Spontaneously fermented, this Lambic has Belgian candi sugar added to produce the traditional, classic Flemish beer found at cafes and bars in Brussels.”

Effervescence pours from the un-corked bottle.  There is a lot of carbonation.  The red-brown beer has a nice, tart-sour aroma.  There are some barnyard aromas, like a horse blanket.  I’m sure that doesn’t sound appetizing, but it’s quite awesome.  I also sense some oak notes on the aroma, as well as some vinegar tones from the sourness.

The flavor is surprisingly subtle.  There is an interesting sweet and sour combination that I haven’t tasted before.  It’s unique.  The flavor reminds me of browned sugar that hasn’t reached the caramel stage on the stove.  The tart flavors also mingle with the sugar, like a dance back and forth.  There is also some earthiness and spiciness.

The mouth feel is nice and light, with moderate carbonation.  The drinkability is great.

I would want to serve this with shrimp tempura.  Though, an easier pairing would be some grilled goat cheese with slices of Bosc pears.  Wegman’s has the Faro in stock frequently.  Stop by their awesome cheese monger and grab a higher quality goat cheese, then pass by the produce section and grab the pear.  One stop shop.  Easy appetizer and aperitif.  Worth seeking out.

Overall – B+

Published in: on May 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lindeman’s Peche Lambic

Brouwerij Lindemans – Belgium – 12oz.

Peche Lambic

“Lindeman’s Peche is a Lambic made from local barley, unmalted wheat and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation, peaches are added creating a secondary fermentation and yielding a beer of exceptional flavor and complexity.”

First of all, we should establish the definition of a Lambic Beer:

A Lambic Beer is a wheat beer exclusive to the Pajottenland region of Belgium that uses wild airborne yeast instead of cultivated yeast. It also goes through two fermentation cycles. The wild yeast often results in a strong acidic character that tastes sour or tart. Other derived beers include Geuze (pronounced Gooz) and Kreik (rhymes with Creek).

I purchased it for the wife, but I figured I’d “put it through it’s paces”.

It is a honey colored Lambic with a ½ inch head and aggressive carbonation.

The aroma is a bit yeasty with a wonderful sour note. Very tart on the nose. There is a mild hint of peaches. It actually smells pretty good.

Unfortunately, the tartness is under-represented in the flavor. It’s very sweet – like 8 on a scale of 10. The peach flavor is right up front. It fades quickly to malty sweetness and finishes with a very mild alcoholic bite. It reminds me of a wine cooler – and the wife nods her head in agreement as she reads this over my shoulder.

It’s not bad, it’s just not great. It would be much better if they could cut the overpowering sweetness and bring out the tart and sour undertones. But I’m sure the sweetness is what they are going for.

It’s great for someone who doesn’t like any bitterness at all in their beer. Zero bitterness- totally sweet. No hop flavors at all.

According to the bottle, the ingredients are water, barley malt, hops, yeast and fresh peaches. At least the ingredient list equals beer. Well, what can you do…  At least it looks nice in the photo…

Final Score = C+

Published in: on August 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm  Comments (2)  
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