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


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RATINGS: 214   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palme (4181) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2012
0.33l bottle. Crystal clear dark golden in color, some floaters floating about and it has a medium sized light bubbly and lacing just off-white head. Om the nose it’s quite spicy alright. Hard to tear the spices apart, but I get Christmasy cinnamon and cloves mainly. Perhaps also some soft fennel seeds in here as well? Quite nice on the aroma. It has a soft oily to watery mouthfeel with a small bubbly average carbonation level. Light spicy in the taste also, melon zest and a nice soft bitterness. I feel the cumin and coriander dominates. More light cinnamon and cloves, perhaps also a tone of grassy chutney. That makes no sense but this is quite a strange brew. All in all, easy drinkin’ and absolutely an alright one. Almost like drinking my homemade kebab.. 21.09.2012

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bygers (1155) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle 0,33l. Pours an amber color, with a small off white head. Aroma and taste of oregano, thyme, camomile, mint and sage. An interesting and differet beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
Bière dorée et claire surmontée d’un léger voile blanc qui s’estompe rapidement. Au nez, on ne peut pas se tromper, la même odeur se retrouve dans ma cuisine lorsque nous préparons des mets libanais. Un mélange de sumac, de sauge, de menthe et de thym avec une légère présence d’alcool. En bouche, les épices prennent toute la place, surtout le sumac, la sauge et le thym, laissant une légère amertume en finale. On perçoit une certaine présence du malt et une légère touche de sucre, mais la finale est plutôt sèche et le corps est mince. C’est une expérience intéressante et une bière bien construite, mais ce n’est pas le type de bière que je boirais plus d’une fois.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (8011) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle with a twist off cap. Pours dark golden with a big foamy white head. Aroma of spicy hops, malty body underneath. Taste is rich malty with a decent spicy addition, very soft and smooth palate, moderate sweet caramel lingering all the way. Tasty and moreish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5468) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Clear light orange body, small white head. Nose is oregano, thyme, mustard seeds, herbs and hints of pale malts. Holy Malony; it’s pizza time in this mutha! :-D Taste is chamomile, thyme, honey, pale malts and hints of grains and herbs. Light body, soft carbonation. Clean and lean, with pizza herbs going all out! Weird, original and somehow delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1762) - 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 (688) - 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 (1836) - 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 (3256) - 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 (4254) - 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

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