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961 Beer/Kissmeyer - Brewmaster’s Select 01 - Lebanese Pale Ale

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Brewed by 961 Beer - Gravity Brewing
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Mazraat Yachoua, Lebanon

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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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10’000 years in the making, the LPA marks the return home for beer. From the land where beer and human civilisation were born, comes a new brew that is a marriage between Western brewing tradition, Eastern complexities, and a sublime expression of the Lebanese Renaissance. It was inspired straight from the Lebanese spice markets. For decades there has been little choice in the diversity of Lebanese beers. This beer provides an alternative for the Lebanese population, with ingredients such as za’atar, sumac, mint, sage, anise, and chamomile. The use of such herbs and spices makes this distinctive craft brew truly Lebanese.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear golden copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, lime, tangerine, apricot, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hops, spice, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, lime, tangerine, apricot, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apricot, tangerine, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of hops, spices, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced pale ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of hops, spices, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MSBrindbergs (410) - Solna, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2014
Flaska på Printz. Libanesisk hantverksöl, hur mäktigt?! Klar bärnsten med lätt vitt skum. Doftar kryddigt och lätt av dyvatten. Ganska klen i smaken, men fruktig och kryddig. Tunn i munkänslan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olsvammel (3464) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Spicy and herbal smell, actuallty it is very spicy. Similar taste. Very spicy beer.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMerritt (1826) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottled. Clear amber in color with a medium egg-white head that is mostly diminishing. Rather spicy nose - to me it seems like oregano and basil predominantly (neither of which are listed as ingredients), though sage and chamomile are also noticeable (which are indeed used). Flavor is a touch sweet as the spices take a backseat. The underlying malts are a touch anemic and bring flavors of a light sourdough bread. Overall, though, rather interesting - reminds me a bit of the much hated Pizza Beer - which I actually like and make a homebrewed version of myself. The malt base leaves much to be desired, however, and metallic notes in the finish are a bit off-putting. But still rather interesting. Here’s to my favorite (fictional) Lebonese, Maxwell Q. Klinger! (And thanks to Narnad for this bottle).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15840) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
13th September 2014
Clear gold beer, small white head. Palate is light and crisp and semi dry. Wow! Picked this off the shelf without much thought and am pleasantly surprised! Sweet spices over mild malts. Floral tones and floral herbs. Mild mint. Running throughout is a mild to medium citrus. Smooth airy finish. Herby minty linger. Very interesting and flavoursome.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1106) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2014
well, i won’t lie - i bought this for the novelty of a Lebanese beer, a country whose brew I don’t believe I’ve had before. It has a sweet herbal aroma not exactly characteristic of "pale ale" but certainly not bad. spritzy and amber-colored with little to no head. difficult to distinguish individual spices, particularly those listed in the description but it’s an interesting combination and pleasant anyway. a little heavy in the finish but overall a decent brew from an emerging (?) beer market.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Butters_Hard (20) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2014
This is a very distinctive beer that will not be to everyone’s taste. The herbs and spices are very powerful and so this beer will be best tasted with equally distinctive food. The sage and mint come through first and then the anise and sumac. I didn’t get much camomile and the oregano (za’atar) is on the finish. Delicious, but ultimately too weird to enjoy on its own as a refreshing beer, but with the right Middle Eastern dish this will really come into its own.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankcolub (69) - Ashbury, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle:pours a clear golden-copper color. Not much head . amber colour. Smells of all the lebanese herbs that must have been added , thyme ,sumac with a tiny hint of citrus. Taste:herbs and spices are there with some mild hop bitterness and caramel malts. best lebanese Beer. Absolutely love it!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2288) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2014
uuuhhh... the good folks in Lebanon can make beer just like our grandfathers and great grandfathers enjoyed. corn brew with what kind of spices? corn ? good malt, albeit with a bit of an edge to it. it’s decent , ok! a little better than decent beer. so this being true we should expect better things in the future a n d i for one will be waiting in line for it my cousins.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
coyforce (616) - Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Very interesting taste in this beer. The flavor reminds me of a middle eastern spice. Must be the sage because it’s sort of overpowering. Amber color and a thin white head makes this distinguishable from the standard swill that smaller nations tend to produce.


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