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, it’s 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: It’s 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 it’s 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, there’s 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 I’m 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 I’ve had in a while. I’d call it a partial success; it shows off the spices well, but the base beer isn’t quite interesting enough to keep up. Still, I’d much rather drink this over the legions of generic English pale ales on the market right now.
Druid (84) - Wamuran, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A very different yet quite drinkable. Heavy bread aromas and yeasty flavours. Worth trying at least once.
annunz123 (844) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grass, spice, ginger, and mint in the aroma. Flavor is mild, sweet, and flowery. Spice and mint in the finish. Different and better than I expected.
Nisse666 (4023) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at en Öl och Whiskeymässa 2014, 2014-04-11 Göteborg AR:
AP: coppery, frothy white head
F: fizzy, watery, dry, bread
AdiBeer (867) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: floral hops, hay, herbs, black tea?. Appearance: clear dark golf/amber, medium frothy white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: intense floral hops, bitters continue, not getting too strong, some spices and herbs. Overall: interesting beer, but the aroma is not my thing. Bottle from Sam’s Beverage, Beirut.
nearbeer (3584) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl. bottle at Lebanese Taverna, Baltimore. Pours clear copper-amber with a ring of bubbles. Nose is honey, toasted grain, dry grass and metal; almost lagerish. Tastes of flowery honey and grape bubblegum. Finish has dry grass, bitter herbal mix and a bit of resin. Medium body has medium carbonation and a nice balance.
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of Antonio Rey - cloudy amber-orange beer with no head retention; decently herbal notes of sage and chamomile; moderate malt backbone, light sticky and pretty bitter; dry and with a long aftertaste of mint, tea and chamomile - interesting
Splitenz (329) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2014
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Didnt enjoy this. What little malt flavor there is here is so burried in heaps of spices and various other perfume lazed "things", you forget this is a beer. If they were going for a Kasbah of "anything Middle Eastern" then I suppose they manged it.
PapaVillum (381) - Valby, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml, flaske, 6,3 % ABV, nydt på Restaurant Day på Helgesvej på Frederiksberg, 17. maj 2014.
Mørkegul/mørk gylden Pale Ale med minimal hvid skumtop.
Duft af humle og ret tydelig noter af middeløstlige krydderier.
Smagen er ligeså meget krydret og med krydderier, jeg ikke har smagt i en øl før. Efter etiketten at dømme er der også timian, salvie, camomille, anis og mynte i. Smagen starter med maltbitterheden og dernæst kommer krydderierne snigende og giver en særlig krydret smag.
Medium indhold af kuldioxid.
Meget anderledes øl, som nok kræver en del tilvænning.
BLADT (451) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle pour. Clean gold with small head in glass. Strange nose. Sun dried tomatoes sun chips, mint. Lots of red vegetables. Taste is ... interesting. A middle east potpourri of herbs. A small malt backbone reminds that, yes, this is beer. More vegetables. Strange. People like this?
Ngejo (140) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 14, 2014
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. clear, golden, frothy,herbs, caramel, lightly bitter, light sweetness, light body, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.