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


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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1996) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Nice, different beer. Aromas of spice, wet leaves, and other herbs. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle [330ml] shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a small diminishing bubbly off-white head. Aroma of herbs and tomatoes (I’m sure it’s likely sage or some other herb though). Flavour of herbs and malt, it’s almost got a tomato sauce thing going, along with some hops. A tad watery. Average bodied. It’s O.K. but it’s not what I’m looking for in a Pale Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
330ml bottle c/o "B" - shared with blankboy and biegaman. Clear amberish gold, small head. Smells and tastes mostly like thyme and sage - pungent - simple, ultimately boring. Light body, mild carbonation, pungent aftertaste but ultimately not much of anything

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (3054) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2013
Clear gold with a modest white head. Aroma is spicy with zaatar and sage obvious, some light honeyed malt. Mild sweetness with honey and some berries, dry finish with a little bitterness. A mouthfull of spices and floral herbs. Pleasant, competent and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gam (3737) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2013
Block sized head amber pour medium carbonation aromas mint thyme fruity hops anise the flavours sage note spicy richness anise mint and thyme a honey taste citrus bitter like rind hardly a pale ale more a shv the finish strong spicy and hopfruit aftertastes lasting bitter okay

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (4479) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NY 11.2oz ($3): Pours copper with a white head. Aroma is light malts, with a flowery overtone with a whole bunch of spice added (I have no idea what za’atar is supposed to smell like, but I definitely got mint and sage notes in here, along with anise being the strongest). Taste is tealike with some anise. There is very little hoppiness. The spice works well with the malty backbone. A unique and drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (6119) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a clear copper color, with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was some peppery, spicy notes - perhaps some thyme. Flavor was light malts, pepper notes. Interesting brew. Not exactly a straight pale ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2013
Gyllene i färgen, vitt skum. Doftar örter, pizza, malt, sött, gräs och hö. Smakar söt malt, pizzaörter, lakrits, lagom söt och bitter örtig eftersmak. Konstig och lite obalanserad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (17722) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Draft. Hazy golden brown color, large tan head. Aroma of peppery caramel and thyme. Taste is mildly bitter black pepper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. Brewed 01/02/12, best before 31/01/13, consumed 05/02/13 - so not as fresh as it could be, but no glaring signs of age or degradation. It also has an LCBO label indicating that it’s 11.1% despite the fact that the brewery quotes it as 6.3%, so I don’t really know what’s going on there. Whatever the case - it pours a nice honey-copper colour with a small white head. Aroma is... odd. Someone in an earlier review says it reminds them of "Lebanese bread", and I can see where that comes from - with the malt base and the za’atar and other spices, there’s a definite similarity to the aroma that wafts out of the manakish (Lebanese pizza) restaurant near my office. In the flavour, there’s a bit more fruitiness, and the spices take on a more herbal tea quality, with a moderately astringent finish. Really interesting stuff - I’m not quite sure that I LIKED it, but I’m glad I tried it.

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