bax (1311) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2013
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(bottle 30/07-2013) low white head, slightly unclear orange color, odd herb aroma, bitter spicy herb taste. Produced 17/08/2012, BB date 17/08/2013.
MOLA_DK (378) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2013
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at home from ōlKonsortiet. Pours slightly hazy yellow with a small white head. Pizza spice aroma, medium low aroma, lots of spices. Low bitterness. I do not like this!
lusikka (7681) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle.
Pours a cloudy copper colour with a white head. Aroma is something very strange; fresh mint leaves, coriander, some pepper, grass and some flour. Complex flavour ensues; bitter green tea, mild grassy hops, tomato sauce (what the fuck), oregano, naan bread and loads of residual earthy flavours. Does indeed have a light body. Bone-dry finish with some maltiness and lingering spiciness accompanied with tingling grassy bitterness. Hands down one of the strangest beers Iíve ever had. Canít find anything bad to say about this beer, itís just very different than anything else without being overwhelming. Have this if you can, itís an experience.
Idiosynkrasie (6318) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Clear amber colour with small, frothy, diminishing, minimally lacing, white head. Oriental, peppery spicy herbal aroma, hints of thyme, oregano, coriander, cumin, sage, chamomile overtones. Taste has initially similar notes in lower intensity, later more bitter and minimally soapy. Well rounded spicy combination that is nice to smell; and one Iíd rather prefer to eat than to drink.
GoufCustom (1574) - HONG KONG - JUL 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.
Clear amber colour; Three-quarter finger head and off-white foam which last for about 30 seconds; Small sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation;
Fragrant aroma of mint, black peppercorn, thyme, spices, light malt and dough; Near zero sweet taste of very light malt, with peppercorn, thyme, sumac, strong Middle Eastern food spices, and faint citrus; Mid to light body, thin and slightly slick palate; Taste profile is very light and thin pale ale loaded with pretty strong, fragrant and tasty Middle Eastern food spices common in Hammus, Baba Ganoush, Falafel, etc. Its smell and taste are strong enough to suppress the remaining citrus / grass hop taste, but not to point of annoying; Hoppiness is very faint citrus nose, trace of citrus taste and bitterness. Finish is a mix of sumac, thymes and notes of grass; Pretty dry after taste, very easy to mouth.
Comments: A very unique brew, featuring Middle Eastern spice nose and taste above everything else. No grapefruity citrus or strong hops can be found, but a strong yet quite pleasing Mid-East spice vibe for easy afternoon enjoyment. Very interesting to try, enjoyable, but not yet great.
MiP (15253) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, 6.3%. Spicy and herbal aroma. Cloudy grey amber colour. Small white head. Vegetable flavour. Good malt base, but a strange flavour. Black pepper and liquorice root finish. Interesting, but not that good.
jtclockwork (14731) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from New Beer. Pours cloudy amber with white head. Nose and taste of herbs, sage, mint, chamomile tea, Middle Eastern spices and malt. Lighter tea-like body.
Bamsen78 (5010) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours clear light orange/amber with small white head. Clear aroma of raw malt, bread and yeast with notes of hops. Sweetish, grainy flavour with notes of hops, spices and an eerie metallic finish. Never had a Lebanese Pale Ale before, so this one is interesting, but not particularly exciting.
CPH2200 (345) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Pours cloudy light brown with little head. herbal flowery aroma. taste likewise but very dry and bitter, almost like cold tea. not your average pale ale.
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.