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


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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1555) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2012
Pours a crystal clear medium amber body with a funny looking head that consists of an off-white, creamy base with lots of big soap bubble looking hemispheres. After quite some time the head reduces to a layer consisting of these big bubbles, some foam is left on the glass.The aroma is quite strong, pleasant and extremely herbal, with mint in front followed by camomile and other herbs that I find hard to identify. There are also some sweet caramel notes and hints of pale malts. The taste is light to moderate sweet with a moderate to light bitter finish that is surprisingly pleasant: I often find the bitterness of herbal beers a bit stinging and plant sap like. The flavour profile is dominated by the herbs, but here I get thyme as the main factor (I must admit that I say thyme just because I’ve read it on the label, it could as well be oregano). This is almost like drinking carbonated herbal tea! The tea analogy is also valid when it comes to the mouthfeel: the texture is a bit too watery. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation. A very fun beer, brewing with herbs is a good thing (and now I’m really looking forward to taste my own lemon balm IPA that right now is being bottle conditioned in my cellar)!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berlinoise2go (680) - NORWAY - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle (33cl) from Vinmonopolet (Vika), Oslo. Small offwhite head that disappears almost completely. Clear, copper colour. Spicy aroma with malt, hops, thyme, mint/menthol, resin. Light body, average carbonation. Fairly dry, herbal taste. Refreshing, but too spicy for my taste (my first encounter with Lebanese pale ale, though).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tmrmwel (1525) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear golden, with a small airy head. Aroma is sweet malts and oak. Flavour is sweet caramel malts with a peppery touch, as well as kandi, molasses and some spicy herbs. Finish is pepper and burned sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2012
330ml bottle, amber color, with a small bubbly beige head, nice herbs de provence bouquet nose of strong thyme, sage, camomile, maybe oregano, with some bready, toasted, caramel malt accents, with a faint toffee, nutty note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a mild bready, toasted, caramel malt, spicy thyme, sage, camomile character, with some light peppery, flowery leafy, grassy, minty hop flavours, leading towards a spicy thyme, camomile, sage, faint toasty maltiness, peppery hop leafy bittering finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rodenbach99 (3780) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
Une bouteille de 33 cl. Embouteillée le 01/02/12 et meilleure avant le 31/01/13. Bière dorée avec une mousse blanche. Le nez sent fort la sauge, le thym, le houblon et le caramel. La bouche est sèche et goûte le thym. C’est très sec, ce qui est surprenant. Je ne sens pas le sumac et les autres herbes, le thym domine le tout. Surprenante. 5/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2012
From Chas E, Aarhus, DK. Bottled, 181012. Golden with white head. Aroma very spiced of sage and mint. Flavour with malt, citrus and spices.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SlovakSniper (4360) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
Une bouteille de 33 cl. Embouteillée le 01/02/12 et meilleure avant le 31/01/13. Une robe de pale ale et un col mousseux peu impressionnant. Un nez particulier. Des épices mélangées. Difficile pour moi d’identifier quelque chose en particulier. De l’origan? Des graines de chépastropquoi? Un goût qui va dans la même direction. Des aromates. Des feuilles. De la verdure sèche. Des herbes italiennes. Des flaveurs libanaises. Amir et ses assaisonnements? Une bouche plutôt normale. Un pétillement actif. Une texture plutôt mince. Une finale sur les épices et sur des notes de feuilles de thé sèches. Un liquide fantasque que j’ai terminé avec la moindre difficulté.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2012
330 ml bottle. Amber and crystal clear. Small off-white fine head. Nice balanced herbal aroma with notes of mint and thyme. Soft malty flavours mixed with delicate herbs. Very drinkable. Some bitterness in the finish. Light and interestingly complex at the same time. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tjoxen (173) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2012
Pours clear copper, small white head. Aroma of "herbs de provance". I control smelled the can of herbs used for cooking and its like the same! Taste of herbs. Dry and bitter. This beer is unique and i dont know if i like it or not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
daje (2834) - NORWAY - OCT 17, 2012
Bottle from Vika, enjoyed october 5th 2012. Clear golden body, small white head. Aroma is interesting, hoppy and herbal, dominated by thyme whichc works a lot better than it may sound. Taste is sweetened by caramel, and again the thyme shines through accompanied by camomila. A very different take on a pale ale, with a nice twist.

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