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

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (2891) - Toronto, Ontario, - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. Brewed 01/02/12, best before 31/01/13, consumed 05/02/13 - so not as fresh as it could be, but no glaring signs of age or degradation. It also has an LCBO label indicating that it’s 11.1% despite the fact that the brewery quotes it as 6.3%, so I don’t really know what’s going on there. Whatever the case - it pours a nice honey-copper colour with a small white head. Aroma is... odd. Someone in an earlier review says it reminds them of "Lebanese bread", and I can see where that comes from - with the malt base and the za’atar and other spices, there’s a definite similarity to the aroma that wafts out of the manakish (Lebanese pizza) restaurant near my office. In the flavour, there’s a bit more fruitiness, and the spices take on a more herbal tea quality, with a moderately astringent finish. Really interesting stuff - I’m not quite sure that I LIKED it, but I’m glad I tried it.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , 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 (1098) - 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 (16) - 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!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2234) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2014
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.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
coyforce (608) - Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2014
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.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Druid (86) - Wamuran, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2014
A very different yet quite drinkable. Heavy bread aromas and yeasty flavours. Worth trying at least once.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (856) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nisse666 (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle at en Öl och Whiskeymässa 2014, 2014-04-11 Göteborg AR: bready, tingeling AP: coppery, frothy white head F: fizzy, watery, dry, bread


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