The Kinder Face of Lambic: @FaroLindemans – Faro

20150423_200933The first time you have a Lambic, especially something like an Oude Gueze, you wonder what on earth possess people to drink something that acidic; but, you soldier through and after a while you start to appreciate the nuances of mustiness, acerbic lemonyness and huge mysterious complexity…

Fortunately, you can bypass that first alarming Lambic experience by trying out Faro.  Faro is a sweetened Lambic – so you get all the fun of a Lambic without feeling like you’re about to lose the enamel from your teeth.

I must confess being a fan of Faro.  I mean, I like a decent Gueze as much as the next man, but sometimes you want something complex, interesting, satisfying and above all else easy-drinking.

Lindemans Faro eventually arrives in a glass* a lovely deep amber with a vigorous fizzy head that fizzles itself away to virtually nothing – but hey, there’s not normally much in the way of head-forming proteins left in any Lambic by the time the wild yeasts and bacteria have finished working on it – so that’s to be expected.

(*I say “eventually arrives in a glass” as I took the cap off to no pop or fizz, and found a cork underneath to take out too.  Our kitchen is still in pieces, so it took ages to find a corkscrew)

20150423_200723The nose is sweet and overlaid with cut hay and earthy, soiley goodness, stored apples in newspaper, pear skins and a muted citrus note.  I told you Lambic was complex…

Taste-wise it’s mercifully sweet with a lovely mouth-filling, lively carbonation…the taste put me in mind of crisply tart apples – all malic-acid sharpness – that lingers before winking away to leave you sat alone in a dusty, musty, bone-dryness…but then that sweet appley-malic-acid note runs strong again and makes your mouth pour with saliva.

It’s that dryness that makes you to keep going back again and again…a bit like peanuts on the bar making you want to drink more.

Some may say that the Lambic theme is spoilt by it’s sweetening into a Faro, but I disagree.  I mean, alright, the sweetness is definitely separate and weirdly perpendicular to the taste – but I like it’s quirkiness…

Difficult to leave alone.  So many aromas, tastes and experience in one glass.