Beer Review: Timmermans Tradition Faro Lambic

Faro Lambics are one of those beers that Americans can’t really get their head around. When confronted with the idea of Faro, the thought process probably sounds like this – “You mean to tell me that when they make a Faro Lambic, they add sugar to the beer? Sugar? Really? Blech!!!”

But this is exactly what makes a Faro a Faro. Depending upon the brewery, the sugar can be anything from simple castor sugar all the way to molasses. The result is something more akin to a barley soda than a beer, but still with it’s alcoholic content.

From my own cultural perspective, it is still somewhat difficult for me to take these beers seriously. In my mind, these are a novelty, mostly because the idea and taste are so far from what I think of as “beer”.

But beer these are, and they deserve the same level of appreciation as Trappists, Bocks, and IPA’s. Faro’s are beers, and should be afforded the same courtesy as other, more popular styles.

And if this bottle of Timmermans’ is indicative of this style, they taste far better than a regular bottle of Budweiser.

Appearance: Translucent brassey-gold with a light head that leaves a loose Belgian Lace.

Aroma: The sourness is readily apparent, with a bit of green apples making itself known. Below that, just a hint of grain.

Taste: Sweet up front, with only a hint of sourness under it all. In between the malt is there, and it works quite well.

Mouthfeel: A bit weak. There’s a slight zip of carbonation at first, but it goes away rather quickly and with a limp. Surprisingly, the sweetness doesn’t leave a cloying aftertaste that one can find with sweet beers.

Drinkability: One of the few beers where the taste is exceptional, but the mouthfeel is a major detriment. A good beer, but not a great one.

Rating: B+