ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Lebanese craft beer, how could I refuse this?
A: Pours a clear golden-copper color. Not much head is to be found, itís about one fingers high, shaded white, and not very impressive looking even before it fades quickly. Some lacing is left on the glass, at least.
S: Itís hard not to be intrigued by the aroma. Cinnamon, sage, coriander, green tea, chamomile, and mint all hit the nose in a big way. Not much of a malt backbone or hop presence here - this one seems designed to showcase the various spices, and itís a success in that regard.
T: Not as interesting as the nose, likely due to the fact that all the spices seemingly blend with one another. However, thereís still enough to like here, such as the thyme/sage notes on the opening and the minty finishing kick. I think this would be better if the maltiness or hop profile was beefed up slightly; flavor-wise, the spice character (though showcased quite well) needs a bit more malt/hops to really shine.
M: This is really light-feeling and crisp. Not the driest brew in the world - which is understandable - but Iím still amazed at how drinkable it is. It goes down superbly, without the aid of strong carbonation to do so.
O: One of the strangest brews Iíve had in a while. Iíd call it a partial success; it shows off the spices well, but the base beer isnít quite interesting enough to keep up. Still, Iíd much rather drink this over the legions of generic English pale ales on the market right now.
20107589 (289) - randers, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2013
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
clear aroma of mint, and maybe some basil,appear brown redish, without head. i think the taste is really bad, there is a lot bitterness, and thats it! the aroma give a lot of expectations, but the taste and palate is just plane bad!
jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a light amber with minimal white head. Aroma of italian spices and caramel. Taste is light sweet. Caramel with basil and other cooking spices. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Lively carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, not bad. Enjoyable but nothing super special.
Skinnyviking (6286) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Low fluffy white lasting head. Hazy yellow body. Mild fruity herbal aroma that is quite difficult to pinpoint. Mild malt hops flavor with herbal notes. Low carbonation, long sweet finish.
Greavsie (8) - - JUN 6, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding. Lucky enough to run into the brewer Mazen Hajjar at the Archive Beer boutique in Brisbane & sampled several of his beers. My companion's first words were "it smells like food" - and indeed it does - think thyme, sage, mint - or the aroma of an oregano-laden margarita pizza. This gives way to a deliciously balanced dry ale, amber in colour and complex in flavour with an agreeable dry finish.
crossovert (6107) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honestly this is a heck of abeer, dark, clear brownish gold pour. Smell of lemon, chamomile, and sage. Flavor is herbal and almost savory, sumac and sage dominate. Cant even tell there is mint or anise in here they blend in marvelously.
MadIndian (2278) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Some definite spice / clove aroma. A bit thin for my taste and the anise was ehhh, but it was ok and the mint finish was interesting.
AndySnow (2243) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Bishops Arms Bellmansgatan. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma of malt, spices. Flavour is dominated by spices, some herbs, a hint of citrus.
Foxbush (1196) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle This is my first Lebanese beer. The ale poured a clear amber color with almost no head only a white collar. The aroma was mint like. The taste was much more complex with citrus peel, mint, hops and grass. The ale was somewhat watery with soft carbonation. The finish was also complex with mint and spices letf as an aftertaste.
cfrancis (2096) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden yellow with a moderate white top. Aroma is sweet spice that is sharp and sweet bready malts. Taste is odd, almost a honey and other spices dominate the palate with a nice base malt to round it out. The spices though just throw me off too much.