FrankieW (1) - Beirut, LEBANON - MAR 16, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my top favourite in the 961 Beer range. Not only is it co-brewed with Anders Kissmeyer, who received the award for Best Brew Master by the Scandinavian School of Brewing, but it is also made with the best selection of Lebanese herbs. These include zaatar (wild thyme), sumac, mint, anise, and chamomile. It is based on the English IPA but has distinct Lebanese flavours and aromas.
A: Great amber colour. When being poured an off-white creamy head about a centimetre thick forms, and lasts for around a minute. Not too many CO2 bubbles visible, thus not over carbonated.
S: Smells of all the herbs that must have been added during the boiling period. The strongest being that of the wild thyme with a tiny hint of citrus.
T: Very unusual and unique taste. There’s a little bit of caramel in there, but the zaatar comes out on top again, leaving a little bitter after taste. Is full bodied.
Absolutely love it!
Serving type: bottle
guylefleur (4) - - APR 18, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! This beer is different. These guys really pushed the boat out with this one. Pours out a deep amber color with a good head on it. The aroma is a spice cabinet with sage, wild mint, anise and more. It is difficult to tell where the spices start and the hops end. The spices are dominant on the palate without being bitter. Definitely worth a try.
Lyn_n (8) - Beirut, LEBANON - MAY 7, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 Finally, a truly Lebanese beer made from truly local ingredients! When I drank this I felt like my own grandma had made it. Aroma: It smells strongly of the spices it is brewed with (sage and thyme mostly). When it is warm, the thyme overpowers. Taste: It is an adventure. An exceptionally unique taste that I have never tried before. You don’t expect beer to taste like this but it does and it is phenomenal. Overall: Definitely a must-try for any beer enthusiast.
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honestly this is a heck of abeer, dark, clear brownish gold pour. Smell of lemon, chamomile, and sage. Flavor is herbal and almost savory, sumac and sage dominate. Cant even tell there is mint or anise in here they blend in marvelously.
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Nice, different beer. Aromas of spice, wet leaves, and other herbs. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.
obguthr (3438) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bready and spicy aroma of cumin, caraway, pencill shavings and oddly enough, stove top stuffing. Clear amber, medium head. Pencil shavings are more pronounced on the palate, but cumin is also easily detected, especially in the finish. Medium body. Not true to style, but neat. Very unique, rather enjoyable, and probably fun to pair with food.
Greavsie (8) - - JUN 6, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding. Lucky enough to run into the brewer Mazen Hajjar at the Archive Beer boutique in Brisbane & sampled several of his beers. My companion's first words were "it smells like food" - and indeed it does - think thyme, sage, mint - or the aroma of an oregano-laden margarita pizza. This gives way to a deliciously balanced dry ale, amber in colour and complex in flavour with an agreeable dry finish.
baraciisch (1526) - USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden color... Aroma of thyme and hops... Flavor is extremely complex, can taste the thyme very distinctly, notes of mint and herbs... Can taste the west coast hops, brought back a few for my friends, great beer
humlelala (881) - DENMARK - JUL 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(33 cl bottle from Toft Vin; BBD: January 31st 2013) Pours a clear dark amber with little, white head. Decent retention and some lace. Aroma is fascinatingly spicy but not in the traditional anis/coriander way rather the freshly picked mediterranean herbs way. I think this works rather well as a hop replacement and I like the dominance it has in the beer as compared to how many mediterranean beers have this semi-skunked cheap malt aroma. It reminds me of freshly baked breads with oregano and thyme. Texture is oily, soft carbonation, light body for the ABV and a slightly sweet finish that is far from cloying and balanced well by the spices. Taste is not bitter with a little sweetness that is held in check well by the spices. I’d say this is one of the best and most original herbal beers I’ve ever tasted and I think I could easily ’session’ this in the right, mediterranean setting. Girlfriend says: "It’s very nice. It’s a nice combination."
KnutAlbert (5764) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet.
Slightly hazy amber. Light IPA, well balanced. Then a seducive blend of spices teleporting you to a Middle Eastern bazaar. Truly exotic. Long cardamum finish.