ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
TBone (11230) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep golden, brown color, good off-white head. Strong herbal aroma, wood (pencil), berries in the nose. Light to medium bodied. Lots of herbs (oregano, tarragon etc) in the flavor. Some fruity hoppyness. Too much spices to be enjoyable.
richie747 (21) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Barracuda Beach Resort. I was initially very sceptical and started judging the book on its cover.
Pours like a standard pale ale, but with lots of spice aromas, sage, basil, even cardamon and some faint citrus.
Backed up with a light bitterness and only mild fizz, with a briefly lingering finish.
Not everybodys taste, but hats off to a unique brew.
Sevenlee (1054) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear orange colour with a white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toastiness and spices. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a spicy finish. Not bad.
BenH (1697) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 4, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Golden with white head. Aroma of spicesa and herbs. Taste of oregano, pizza. Little sweet. Pretty fucked up shit
cgarvieuk (12188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle at home ... amber ... thin white lacing ... soft sage ... soft fruit nose ... little over fizzy ... soft fruits ... tastes quite thyme... soft fruit .. light dry fruits ... tooo heavy in the herbs ... its a little pizza ... no tomatoo but too pizza
Beer4000 (4099) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle sampled @ Cardinal. Unclear golden body with a white head. Strange and complex aroma, mainly from not so frequented used spices in beer brewing, oregano is very easy recognized. Flavor is rather light malty with focus on the spices, again oregano is obvious. Maybe oregano not to be the strongest aroma, but for me the one easiest to detect. Medium body and aftertaste with the same spices as the rest. Totally drinkable and fun to taste, but more like an experiment maybe.
Iphonephan (2213) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 33 cl bottle served at Lebanese Taverna. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Pumpkin pie spice aroma. Flavors of spices. Smooth malty mouthfeel.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed amber ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, light caramel malt with light grassy herbs, faint sumac. In mouth, a good caramel malt followed immediately by zaatar bread, lemon sumac, a bit thin but enjoyable.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear oddly red-orangish amber color with a thin fizzy white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of herbal notes, heavy spice definitely reminiscent of Middle Eastern cuisine. Sage, basil. Some earthy notes. Interesting. The taste is similar... heavy spice, earthy notes, pale malts. Medium bodied, quite interesting. May not be everyoneís cup of tea, but I like it!
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle picked up at The Oak Barrel in Sydney
Clear golden with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma of malts, grassy, honey and herbal. Flavors is malty, honey and straw