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Brewed by Al-Chark Brewery
Style: Pale Lager
Aleppo, Syria

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 2.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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1.4
Lowenbrau (4662) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 2, 2014
Bottled. Many ocassions in different years, Poor mainstream lager. You choose this when in some "hadika" they only have (had) this beer....

1.6
Erzengel (9329) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2013
Rating from 2008. 62cl. 3-3.5% ABV - Nochmal vielen Dank an meinen Kommilitonen Micha für diese zweite syrische "Spezialität"!! Das erste was mir auffällt ist, dass die grüne Flasche genau die Selbe ist wie bei dem Barada-Beer. Allerdings ist sie nicht wirklich komplett gefüllt und das Etikett weist sogar noch 62cl = 620 ml aus, wobei in der ordnungsgemäß befüllten Barada-Flasche "nur" 500 ml drin sein sollten... Irgendetwas stimmt da nicht... Auch ist der Alkoholgehalt nur sehr vage angegeben: 3 - 3,5% - das ist doch mal eine präzise Angabe... Die Sorte ist erst gar nicht auf englisch definiert! Das Bier ist im Glas milchig-braun-trüb mit sehr süßem Geruch, der an Waldhonig erinnert. Der Antrunk ist wässrig-laff. Im Hauptteil entwickelt sich etwas Aroma, aber es bleibt alles sehr schal. Es ist aber doch würzig und vor allem hopfiger als das Barada-Beer, aber im Gegensatz dazu doch sehr plörrig. Der Nachgeschmack ist wie abgestanden, leicht herb und sehr wässrig. Auch eine hefige Säuerlichkeit, wie schlechte Zitrone, ist auszumachen. Insgesamt ist dieses Bier nicht sehr angenehm, das Barada ist einige Klassen besser! [Und umgeschlagen ist es auch nicht, da Micha meinte, dass diese Sorte auch in Syrien immer exakt genauso geschmeckt habe]. --> Wenn man die Wahl hat, dann dieses Bier nicht unbedingt trinken! Aber in Syrien muss man schon Glück haben, wenn es in einem Restaurant überhaupt Bier gibt. Und wenn ja, dann auch nur eine Sorte. 12,5,7,2,12,4 - 5,50

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blackdoomy (2) - Aleppo, SYRIA - JAN 18, 2012 does not count
This beer used to be the greatest beer ever!! but recently for some reasons it’s some times awful and sometimes good.. anyway I love it with lemon and salt!!

1.1
wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2010
Bottle, 62 cl, named "Al Shark". Golden-blond beer, bubbles, little head that is gone immediately. Aroma of skunky malts, grain, wheat and light sweet. Taste is a mixture of a bad grainy taste, wheat and malts, there is no finish - and if there is one it is a bad one.

1.5
Travlr (25745) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Tasted during a trip to Aleppo and Damascus. An average lager, not very special. Syria was a wonderful place, with incredible people. But not very incredible beer, sorry.

2.9
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2006
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle kindly bought back by my flatmate Rob from Syria. Very very odd stuff. A huge deposit of sediment in the bottle. Looks almost like the honey stuff you get at the bottom of a Bieken but far more of it. Chunky nose of hops with some butterscotch. Very cloudy looks with a bubbly and soapy head. Bags of butterscotch and toffee in the flavour accompanied by some dusty old tobacco notes too. Finish is nasty and spoils it considerably. SilkTork???

2.2
Bov (13221) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 2, 2006
alcohol 3 to 3,5% - clear golden colour, giant foamy head; aroma of dust, musty, yeasty notes; quite thin-bodied and with a very low carbonation, sweet with a decent malty finish; more dust, yeast and some residual sweetness in the aftertaste - Thanks to Laurent Mousson for sharing this bottle with me. I wonder if this is really supposed to be the same beer that SilkTork found so wonderful ?!?

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SilkTork (5798) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2002
This is a wonderful beer, an astonishing shock considering it's made in Muslim Syria. Unfortunately it's hard to get hold of - the disgusting beer from Damascus, the capital of Syria, is available almost everywhere, but I only found this in a cafe near Saladin's Castle not far from the coast. Frustratingly when we stayed in Aleppo we were in a Muslim hotel next to a mosque and so were served a non-alcoholic Almaza. The beer comes in generous 1.5 litre bottles and is very fruity, the dominant flavour being pineapple, but with some grapefruit present. For a lager I found this to be full of complex flavours, the hops fresh and sharp, and the malt body firm and distinctive. Five different bottles were tasted by seven people and all agreed that this was astonishingly excellent. Given more time to track down a supplier I would have brought back a case load. Worth going to Syria just to sample this jewel!


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