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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Sweet Leif is a Bière de Garde infused with Chinese Sencha Green Tea. The beer pours deep gold with aromas of earthy spice and fruit esters. Flavors of grass, toasted malt and slightly sweet caramel are immediately present, augmented by a smooth, medium body and a dry finish. You will love Sweet Leif though it can’t hear you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3649) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2014
(draft @ Local Option - Chicago, IL) Hazy orange with a fizzy white head. Dry and mildly spiced aroma with some light fruit. Dry spice at the start of the flavor with an earthy and lightly fruity finish. Not my favorite style, but a nice example of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2589) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 4, 2014
Local option Sweet Leif made with Chinese sencha has a big wheat earthy cloves & sencha aroma on a copper pour the body is med-light a bit rough but quite appetizing with great spice and sencha flavor. Intriguingly original.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (7225) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2014 Tap at Happy Gnome. Slightly hazy orange / gold pour with a white head. Grassy, tea, mild honey, a little resin - not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (5193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Keg @ Brewvival 2014. Slightly hazy amber pour with an off-white head. Malty, boiled grain and some toffee. Weird smoked tea accents that aren’t completely unwelcome. Taste of dark fruits, some banana and pear. Brown bread. Strong yeast accents. Somewhat oily, weighty. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10603) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
A hazed golden ale with a thin white head. In aroma, nice fruity malt with smooth citrus, floral hops, Curacao, very nice. In mouth, a sweet fruity malt with orange pulp, resinous hops, candy sugar, nice. On tap at Empire Brewfest 2014.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christpuncher (1558) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2014
A very fruity wheaty style beer. This one is orange in color and had at wild gooseb. Eas to drink and smells tasty ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3900) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Draught at Local Option, 4/18/14
Golden to light amber body shows a touch of haziness with a large white head that is well-retained.
No sign of the green tea in the nose, and other than a somewhat richness of malt, it’s not screaming BdG at me. Lots of honey and a decent touch of banana and apple esters are rounded out by light caramel notes. Some light astringency/acidity is noted on the end, almost mineral-like and provides a good foil to the maltiness. Medium strength of aroma overall with no flaws/alcohol noted.
No green tea notes in the flavor either, probably a good thing that theyre underdone. Lovely acidity shows itself right in balance with the honey-caramel maltiness and a fair amount of fruity esters help deepen the complexity. Very dry finish, almost abruptly so. Could be the green tea adding astringency? Not sure, but it’s interesting, if a touch too drying. Otherwise a solid offering and I like the restraint on the sweetness and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhwcinc (1564) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Enjoyed on tap at the Wild Goose in Chicago, IL while not getting in to the Half Acre tap room due to the crowdedness. I didn’t take tasting notes, but remember this being a decent and unique brew with notes of green tea, syrupy, light sweet, and hoppy. Just decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2814) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Nice and light for the warm weather. Pours clear amber with a grass and malt aroma. the taste has grass and caramel with a hint of lemon. Very dry and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Draft served into snifter. Pours a deep amber/gold with a grassy nose. The tea notes are very present and add to the bitterness of this beer. Mouthfeel is akin to a chilled green tea, with smooth drinkability.

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