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.
frankcolub (69) - Ashbury, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
BREWMUSKCLES (2228) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
uuuhhh... the good folks in Lebanon can make beer just like our grandfathers and great grandfathers enjoyed. corn brew with what kind of spices? corn ? good malt, albeit with a bit of an edge to it. it’s decent , ok! a little better than decent beer. so this being true we should expect better things in the future a n d i for one will be waiting in line for it my cousins.
coyforce (602) - Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very interesting taste in this beer. The flavor reminds me of a middle eastern spice. Must be the sage because it’s sort of overpowering. Amber color and a thin white head makes this distinguishable from the standard swill that smaller nations tend to produce.
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle. Golden with one finger head. Fairly light base with medium dull hops and some odd spicing that doesn’t really fit. I like the idea of using middle eastern spicing in a beer, but the execution here didn’t work for me.
Druid (86) - 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 (853) - 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 (4181) - 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 (1034) - 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 (3684) - 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 (9467) - 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