Lindemans Faro Lambic

I’ve been slacking lately on the reviews. I did one on Saturday night, but nothing on Sunday. This was because I was working outside all day. I was hauling dirt and stone and trees all over. By 9:30 last night, I was exhausted and passed out, without reviewing a beer. But, since Katie isn’t meeting me at the gym until after the child goes to sleep, at least I can get some reviews done. I still have a few beers left from my last beer run where I picked up styles that I haven’t reviewed yet. This one is a “faro,” which I have absolutely no experience with. One of the guys that I worked with said it was just okay…so let’s see how it goes.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Faro

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. Faro is a delicious accompaniment of a whole assortment of desserts. Serve cold at 2-3 degrees Celsius.”

Random: It does come in a pretty bottle. So, at least if it doesn’t taste good, it’s good-looking.

This brew poured with a thick one finger head that dissipated relatively quickly and left mild lacing on the glass. The body was a light mahogany color that was clear, yet had no visible carbonation on it. But, it did had visible sediment floating on the body. The nose had some sugar sweetness, but was mostly musty tartness with some green apple to it. The taste was definitely unique. It started with a candy sweetness, from the sugar no doubt, but then went into a slight tartness with some darker fruit. The tartness was not as intense as I would have guessed. The body was towards the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and sweet. This would make for a great dessert beer. I didn’t think that I was going to like this beer, but because it was so different, I ended up liking it. I couldn’t have more than one bottle though. Grab this beer, definitely nothing like you’ve ever tasted before.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Lindemans Pomme

For some reason, I’ve been avoiding this beer for awhile. According to the whole idea of first in-first out that I (obviously) very loosely follow, I should have had this beer about two weeks ago. But, every time that I open the beer fridge, I just keep avoiding it. I’ve had a few of the other Lindemans lambics and I just wasn’t thrilled with them. So far, I’ve had the Peche, Cassis, and Framboise with the Cassis being my favorite. Well, I guess I’ll just bite the bullet and pop this one open.

ABV: 3.5%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, the Alma, is still found today. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples, resulting in a range of desired characteristics. Cultivars vary in their yield and the ultimate size of the tree, even when grown on the same rootstock. At least 55 million tonnes of apples were grown worldwide in 2005, with a value of about $10 billion. China produced about 35% of this total. The United States is the second-leading producer, with more than 7.5% of world production. Iran is third, followed by Turkey, Russia, Italy and India.”

Random: It seems like the more channels on cable, the less shows that are on that I want to watch. Yankees game it is…

First of all, I have to give credit on presentation to Lindemans. Their label is very cool, almost like a throwback to a previous era. The bottle itself is capped and cork, so the whole opening of the beer is reminiscent of a wine. The cork itself makes a huge “pop” when it opens, almost like a champagne. The brew itself poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body has lots of active carbonation on a light orange cloudy body. It does look pretty, almost like a darker, cloudy champagne (I know, I’m still making the wine references, my middle name is from a French chateau, it happens occasionally). The nose reminded me a little bit of a sparkling apple cider, but with a significant amount of tartness to it. On the first sniff, I got Granny Smith apples, but the more I smelled it, the more sweetness I got to it. The taste was almost like a liquid green apple Jolly Rancher. It started out with a bit of tartness and then quickly followed up with an artificial candy-like sweetness. The carbonation was not quite as intense as I thought, although it’s definitely there. The finish lingered with the artificial sweetness and it wasn’t all that pleasant. This could be my least favorite of the Lindemans that I’ve had. It is definitely going to be a challenge to finish this bottle. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Lindemans Cassis

I’m seriously counting down the days until Saturday. Saturday, as I’ve probably mentioned is the opening night for the Phillies and I have tickets. I assume that Lee will be pitching and I’m going with all Yankees fans (not that I want to pour salt in the wound or anything). I had to pick up the beers for the tailgate today and I ended up going with Abita Purple Haze (for my sister, since I’ve gotten her hooked on this we haven’t had Coors Light in the house), Lagunitas IPA (one of my favorite IPAs) and Victory Prima Pils. I was aiming for lower alcohol beers that would go down easy. I also have a guy coming with me that isn’t into beer, so I figured Prima Pils would be a good choice. So, onto my beer of the night.

ABV: 4%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southern France. It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. The wines of Cassis are white and rosé, and not to be confused with crème de cassis, a specialty of Burgundy which takes its name from blackcurrants (cassis), not the commune.”

Random: The Lindemans labels are pretty cool. They’re kinda old school.

The beer poured a beautiful dark reddish-purple into my Ommegang glass topped with a pink one finger head that dissipated quickly. The nose of the brew is definitely fruit with a hint of tartness. There is also a mild hint of yeast to it. The taste is definitely fruit up front, mostly black currents and then the tartness comes out and makes my mouth pucker a little bit. It’s definitely very sweet, but less cloying than the peach variety I had. I think because this one is a little more tart. The brew is pretty well carbonated and the finish is a bit on the tart side. This is definitely a lighter brew and as my sister said, this is almost like the mixed drink of beers (probably because the fruitiness reminds her of a mixed drink). With that being said, this one is my favorite of the 3 Lindemans beers I’ve had. I would have this one again, although not anytime soon.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Lindemans Framboise

I opened a bomber of this last night primarily because I knew it would be right up my sister’s alley. I think I’ve had this brew before, but it’s been years (I’m thinking about 5, when I didn’t even like beer…but that’s a story for another day). I’ll be honest, this wasn’t a brew I was looking forward to. The more beers that I try, the more I steer away from fruit beers (although they were my go-to beers for awhile). I tend to go more towards hops…and lots of them. Luckily, my sister finished half the bottle for me.

ABV: 2.5%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Framboise (from the French for raspberry) or Frambozenbier (Dutch) is a Belgian lambic beer that is fermented using raspberries. It is one of many modern fruitbeer types that have been inspired by the more traditional kriek beer, made using sour cherries. Framboise is usually served in a small glass that resembles a champagne glass, only shorter (could also be a goblet). Most framboise beers are quite sweet, though the Cantillon brewery produces a tart version called Rosé de Gambrinus that is based on the traditional kriek style. The Liefmans brewery uses Oud bruin beer instead of lambic to make its high quality framboise beer, resulting in a very different taste. Recently, Framboise has become popular outside of Belgium, and can now be found in pubs and supermarkets all over the world.”

Random: I used to have certain affinity for raspberry flavored beers. One of my favorite beers (before really getting into craft beer) was Abita Purple Haze.

This beer poured a beautiful purple color with a minimal head and no lacing on the glass. The nose was all raspberries with a hint of something else. Maybe it was a slight hint of sour? But, the dominant scent was all fruit. The taste has a lot of carbonation with lots of raspberry flavor up front with some definite tartness on the end of the brew. The tartness actually got a bit intense and lingered to the finish. For me, there really wasn’t much else to this beer. It was sweet raspberry up front then all tart. This beer was very light and would pair well with a dessert. Although it didn’t have much complexity, I did enjoy it, but it reminded me more of a wine cooler or a very watery fruit wine. This is definitely not a brew that you can have every night. I couldn’t have more than one glass and enjoy it. It would probably mix well with a stout though.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Lindemans Peche

Today was another long day, starting with my commute. It took me almost an hour and a half to get to work and then the same to get home. At least I had some good music to amuse me. I came home tonight and started watching another movie off of my Netflix queue, “For Colored Girls.” This was the movie adaptation of one of my favorite plays with a pretty good cast. Since my sister was watching it with me, I opened a bottle of lambic to split with her.

ABV: 4%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Lambic is a very distinctive type of beer brewed only in the Pajottenland region of Belgium (southwest of Brussels) and in Brussels itself at the Cantillon Brewery and museum. Lambic is now mainly consumed after refermentation, resulting in derived beers such as Geuze or Kriek. Unlike conventional ales and lagers, which are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer’s yeasts, lambic beer is instead produced by spontaneous fermentation: it is exposed to the wild yeasts and bacteria that are said to be native to the Senne valley, in which Brussels lies. It is this unusual process which gives the beer its distinctive flavour: dry, vinous, and cidery, usually with a sour aftertaste.”

Random: One of my favorite quotations from the play is:

“one thing I don’t need
is any more apologies
i got sorry greetin me at my front door
you can keep yrs
i don’t know what to do wit em
they don’t open doors
or bring the sun back
they don’t make me happy
or get a mornin paper
didn’t nobody stop usin my tears to wash cars
cuz a sorry.”

This brew poured with a one finger pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear warm orange color with lots of carbonation. On the nose, the strong scent of peaches really overwhelmed me with some sweetness. The taste had a slight hint of sourness with a syrupy peach flavor and a hint of malt. Although it was sweet, it wasn’t syrupy or cloying. The high carbonation on the brew really helped with making it a nice, crisp brew. The finish lingers for awhile with the peach flavor. This is a really nice beer and the low ABV means that you can have a few without a problem. This would be a great dessert beer or a good beer on a summer night. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0