tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, shared graciously by NachlamSie. Pours a pink-hued copper with whitish head. The aroma is tanned leather, mild cheese, grapes, hay, a touch of raisin, and a bit of oak. Not too shabby so far. The flavor is, well, Lindemans. Unnecessarily sweet. I understand it is sweetened intentionally, but man. Strong juicy sweetness hits the palate hard right off the bat. A fruity acidity that somewhat reminds me of cranberries tries in futility to combat the sweetness, as does a gentle leathery tone. Thereís an interesting apple cider note toward the finish and even some distant sugar. These elements are decent, but the sweetness is just too much and overpowers the redeeming qualities.
NachlamSie (2937) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2010
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle from the Party Source. yay. Pours a copper color with visible carbonation and a ring of white head. This actually smells pretty good. Basic vinegar, wild acidity, barnyard. Smells nice and tart. Iím pretty excited since nearly all of the Lindemans lineup is pure soda. I mean, jeez, Linemanís doing a style that actually requires the addition of sugar is enough to blast cavities into every one of my teeth. So, optimistically I take a sip and boy am I horrified. This is seriously sweet. How could my nose not detect this onslaught of sugar. Can we as humans not smell sucrose? Is my nose just that bad? Man, three more sips and Iím cringing. This is pure soda. It has that thick, syrupy, coating effect which makes my palate very sad . This is awful. Think really sweet southern-style tea, mixed with grape Kool Aid, and high fructose corn syrup.
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted from bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours dark, sparkling amber with a large white head that quickly recedes to lace. The aroma is slightly sour with a sweet note, a hint of red wine vinegar, and a vegetal quality as well. The flavors are slightly sweet and sour with red wine vinegar and some fruitiness. Body is medium with sparkling carbonation and a medium malty and tart finish.
pepsican (1520) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
brown pour with a snappy white head. Aroma is funky sugar and caramel. Flavor is up front funk, but the sugar notes really sweeten this one up. A little bit of cherry, caramel, and nuts round this one out. Finishes sweet, obviously, but has a bit of a twang to it. Decent.
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a ruby brown into the glass with a white head. Bright red highlights. Aroma is sour with the barnyard funk one would expect. Flavor is initially sweet with a sour kick on the back end. A little too sweet for me, but I realize that the style is traditionally sweeter.
DuffMan (7782) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, enjoyed at Pub St. Alexandre in Quebec City. Light copper amber with a brief white head. Sweet powdery candy and musty basement aroma. Flavours of musty cork, icing sugar, and finishing with a mildly tart sourness. I like the greater complexity and astringent sourness of regular geuze better, but this was cool to try-- my "white whale" of a style, FINALLY!
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with a thin, creamy off white head. Sugary sweet candied fruits in both the aroma and flavor. Pretty tasty and unusual.
Ratman197 (11068) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Capped and corked green bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering light amber head. Aromas of apple, carmel, spice and earthiness. Palate was light bodied anmd crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, spice and light fruittiness with a crisp dry lingering carmel finish.
Nuffield (3801) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Funky, cheesy smelling but with that characteristic sweet front in the taste. Sour finish, of course. Complexity of finish is the most notable attribute, being both funky and sweet, but in the, like other faros, I donít care for it that much and would rather spend my lambic money on a gueuze. Bottle bought in Amsterdam.
Nickls (1955) - Kingstowne, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Pours with a half-finger of of bubbly white head that disappeared really quickly; semi-clear amber color. Stinky (but a milder version of stinky) cheese aromas; earthy; semi-funky and a little tart; not very sour smelling and no acidity; some fruit sweetness in the aroma as well. Whoa; wasnít expecting how sweet this was. I understand that this is part of the style, and I have to admit this was my first Faro, but really not digging on this. Really sweet grapes and cherry flavors; and the funkiness of it is really overshadowed. Almost medicinal. A little sticky; lightish to medium MF; very muted carbonation. Not good drinking for me; way too sweet and the mix with the slight funk just didnít work out well for my palate. Definitely was hoping for more funk. Overall, I hate to review this poorly as it was my first attempt at the style, but I still canít help but think that the overwhelming sweetness might not be the entire intention of the style. Will have to seek out others to compare.