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

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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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.


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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3064) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle 0,33ltr: Clear amber colored brew with an sweet bitter taste, herbal hints likes an Arabian herbmarket (anise, thyme, sage and mint). Interesting beer devolopment from this part of the world.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyF (151) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2014
Prov på Örebro öl & Whiskey. Lus med vitt skum. Tydlig doft av timjan. Smaken är väldigt lätt med inslag av timjan.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2827) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear golden copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, lime, tangerine, apricot, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hops, spice, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, lime, tangerine, apricot, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apricot, tangerine, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of hops, spices, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced pale ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of hops, spices, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MSBrindbergs (425) - Solna, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2014
Flaska på Printz. Libanesisk hantverksöl, hur mäktigt?! Klar bärnsten med lätt vitt skum. Doftar kryddigt och lätt av dyvatten. Ganska klen i smaken, men fruktig och kryddig. Tunn i munkänslan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olsvammel (3548) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2014
Sample at SBWF 2014. Spicy and herbal smell, actuallty it is very spicy. Similar taste. Very spicy beer.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMerritt (1838) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottled. Clear amber in color with a medium egg-white head that is mostly diminishing. Rather spicy nose - to me it seems like oregano and basil predominantly (neither of which are listed as ingredients), though sage and chamomile are also noticeable (which are indeed used). Flavor is a touch sweet as the spices take a backseat. The underlying malts are a touch anemic and bring flavors of a light sourdough bread. Overall, though, rather interesting - reminds me a bit of the much hated Pizza Beer - which I actually like and make a homebrewed version of myself. The malt base leaves much to be desired, however, and metallic notes in the finish are a bit off-putting. But still rather interesting. Here’s to my favorite (fictional) Lebonese, Maxwell Q. Klinger! (And thanks to Narnad for this bottle).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16098) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
13th September 2014
Clear gold beer, small white head. Palate is light and crisp and semi dry. Wow! Picked this off the shelf without much thought and am pleasantly surprised! Sweet spices over mild malts. Floral tones and floral herbs. Mild mint. Running throughout is a mild to medium citrus. Smooth airy finish. Herby minty linger. Very interesting and flavoursome.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1111) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2014
well, i won’t lie - i bought this for the novelty of a Lebanese beer, a country whose brew I don’t believe I’ve had before. It has a sweet herbal aroma not exactly characteristic of "pale ale" but certainly not bad. spritzy and amber-colored with little to no head. difficult to distinguish individual spices, particularly those listed in the description but it’s an interesting combination and pleasant anyway. a little heavy in the finish but overall a decent brew from an emerging (?) beer market.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Butters_Hard (21) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2014
This is a very distinctive beer that will not be to everyone’s taste. The herbs and spices are very powerful and so this beer will be best tasted with equally distinctive food. The sage and mint come through first and then the anise and sumac. I didn’t get much camomile and the oregano (za’atar) is on the finish. Delicious, but ultimately too weird to enjoy on its own as a refreshing beer, but with the right Middle Eastern dish this will really come into its own.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankcolub (69) - Ashbury, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle:pours a clear golden-copper color. Not much head . amber colour. Smells of all the lebanese herbs that must have been added , thyme ,sumac with a tiny hint of citrus. Taste:herbs and spices are there with some mild hop bitterness and caramel malts. best lebanese Beer. Absolutely love it!


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