The Referend The Iceman Cometh

This was the beer that Val picked out at The Referend. Since it had a lot of apple juice, it was right up her alley.

ABV: 5%

Style: Faro

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Belgian lambic is the oldest surviving descendant of ancient, prehistoric brewing, which exposed wetted grains to the open air, allowing wild yeasts and bacteria to settle on the mixture and convert the grains’ dissolved sugars into alcohol. Traditional lambics originate in the Pajottenland (or Senne Valley), an area Southwest of Brussels, and may more closely resemble a dry wine, champagne, or cider than beer. The brewing process is fairly straightforward: unmalted wheat and “pilsner” malted barley are milled and mashed with water of increasing temperature; it reaches a boil at which point aged hops are added as a preservative, and the mixture boils for a few hours to get the desired extraction from the grains. This resulting not-yet-alcoholic grain and hop infused water is called wort. In conventional beer production, the wort would then be chilled rapidly through a heat exchanger and sent to a fermentation vessel where pre-cultured commercial yeast is added. In lambic however, nature takes hold of the wort immediately. The boiling wort is pumped into a coolship—a large, shallow pan in a room with open windows—and the airborne bacteria and yeasts settle on the wort in the coolship as it cools overnight. The next day, the primed wort is racked into wooden barrels, where it ferments and matures with time.”

Random: I haven’t had a decent ice wine in years.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It went away slowly and left a large crown on top as well. The body was yellow and really hazy. I couldn’t see much in the way of carbonation on this one. The nose was all ice wine and apple cider with some apple juice sweetness. The taste was very sweet, very much like an apple brandy. It had a lot of apple flavor along with apple juice. It really reminded me of a light ice wine. The body was on the thick side with no carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with apple juice. I thought this was a really nice beer and Val absolutely loved it. I would get this one again for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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