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L'Amalthée - Brasserie Lebbe

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L'AmalthéeL'Amalthée

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 6.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Lebbe visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-06-2007)
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Photo of safaricook
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

I found this per accident in a little shop high up in the Pyrenees in South France. It is a great rustic farmhouse ale with a Belgium nose and a Biere de Garde toasted malt backbone. Nuff said, let's enjoy this!

safaricook, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Gusher! Lost about 1/5 of the bottle on opening, but managed to start pouring before total loss. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a three finger white head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Big skunkiness, grain and biscuit on opening. Aroma in the glass is similar, biscuit and sweet bready malt, apple juice, mild citrus, honey and sadly, skunk. Flavor is biscuity, slightly toasted malt, apple and pear juice, orange citrus, coarse bread, nice woody and rustic graininess. Finishes with light noble hop bitterness and a bit more of the skunk, although it is not as noticeable as in the aroma and may fit in with the other rustic flavors. Medium bodied with quite active carbonation. After the gusher of opening, I was pleased to find no evidence of the flavor going off, on the contrary, this was a very nicely balanced, flavorful ale that was similar to eating a top notch notch freshly ground, whole grain bread.Really everything I could hope for in a Biere de garde without any of the tartness that these sometimes have. I liked this very much. Except for the loss from opening, the $10 price for this 750ml is quite a bargain for an imported, quality French ale. I enjoyed this more than my score indicates, because the aroma really was badly skunked, probably due to the green bottle. This had a drink by date of 2016 and I certainly would not store it in this bottle for any length of time. I hope they reconsider their packaging, because this is a worthy product.

LiquidAmber, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

ronricorossi, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Jtrigonis, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of fehrminator
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

fehrminator, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Axnjxn, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

whatthewhat, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

MattSweatshirt, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Best before Feb. 2015.

Agitated goldenrold body with an ever-growing crennelation of papaya whip foam. Rocky yet mousse-like lacing climbs out of the glass. Perpetual retention.

Sweet and spicy aroma with white pepper, coriander, and orange peel in the mix along with a hint of lavender and cardamom. Elegant yet rustic.

Grain-centered palate entry accompanied by a light hoppy kick which fades to spices, then winter fruit (pears?), then a grassy finish with another floral flourish. Dry and a touch toasty overall (guessing a decent quantity of Vienna malt was used?). Easy-going mustiness/funk peeks out once in a while.

Creamy, medium-light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

A tasty farmhouse ale - best paired with a simple platter of cheese/fruits/fish/olives/etc.

augustgarage, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -2.9%

strongaf, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me this is much more of a Bier De Garde than a Saison but hey who am I?Best by 11/29/2016.Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed honey tinged medium golden with a great looking blooming white head that leaves two big broken rings of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Not Belgian farmhouse at all in the nose,again more Biere de Garde.Honey malts along with overripe pineapple and a tinge of iron along with lightly toasted bready malt,alot of pilsner malt going on.Flavors of bread dough and some honey,some mineral underneath and some leafy hops in the finish.A great food friendly beer and very good in warm weather.

oberon, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of popery
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best when consumed before 27/07/14. Poured into a La Chouffe glass. I'm fairly confident that this is the first beer that I've tried from Southern France. I don't know if it's a proper saison or biere de garde, for that matter. Whatever that means. The brewery reportedly uses a German yeast strain - the whole backstory is actually quite interesting (organic farmer, who mostly makes goat cheese, decided to make an organic beer with his own barley).

The beer pours a warm shade of orange. It's quite cloudy, though you can just barely see through the glass at points. The head is a pale beige, rocky and huge. Excellent retention and lacing. There's obviously some nice protein content. Big clumps of bubbles stick to the glass even on the second pour, and the head lasts for ages.

Aroma is light and subtle. I'm picking up pears, pineapples, bright grain, grassy hops, minerals and a dusty farmhouse character. It's all quite gentle, and the sweet barley flavors come through the most. You can smell the grain quality. There's a very light apricot, raisin tone, but it's delicate and works very well with the beer.

The taste has a wonderfully pleasant barley flavor. It's soft and sweet and fruity. Apples, pears, peaches, grapes, apricots, all come to mind, but it's not the sort of thing that hits you over the head. Delightfully and authentically rustic. Fresh and refreshing. The finish adds in some grassy, floral hops and a touch of mineral dryness. Light bitterness coats the mouth after the beer is gone.

The mouthfeel is probably my favorite part. This is a gentle but creamy and full beer. I'd almost guess that it used some other grain, but it's not quite akin to the mouthfeel of anything in particular. This beer has its own unique feel.

Very interesting beer. And I'm pleased to have finally decided to pick up a bottle. This beer would pair wonderfully with food. It probably would shine most with cheeses, particular its farm mate, goat cheese, but it would just make for a great all-purpose table beer, really. Great light barley flavor. Nothing too strong or rough on the palate. It's a very pleasant beer with solid flavor.

popery, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Lob, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

GRG1313, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

BillHilly, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A: Hazy, golden color. Plenty of sediment floating around. Medium head.

S: Candy sugar, smokiness, pineapple.

T: It's a great farmhouse ale. Lightly smoky (husky?), with hints of various fruits and caramel.

M: Light-bodied and highly drinkable.

O: Good example of a biere de garde.

shleepy, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought @ Ledgers, Berkeley CA
bottle says, "Best if consumed before 01/10/10".

A: Copper color. Cloudy. Mouse-like head.
S: Apple-y fruitiness. Honey. Caramel sweetness. Some bubblegum, but not in a bad way. Restrained funk. Any hops that existed initially is long gone.
T: Tart and sweet fruit upfront. Apples and pears are the main fruit flavors. Slight caramel maltiness. Some earthy, astringent raw husk flavor. No hops detected. Maybe would have liked some bitterness to balance the sweetness.
M: Medium body. Medium carbonation.
O: If I was asked to, I would classify this as a Biere de Garde than a Saison because it is more malt driven flavors than yeast driven. But then again, it is a very aged bottle. Still a very pleasurable beer to drink.

jibbyvonjibb, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of impending
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a heavy hazed amber orange, orange tinged dense head recedes appearing as clouds from a plane, nice lacing.

Aroma is full of esters, fruits and flora atop a strong yeasty base. Pear, honey, citrus. Minor mustiness but no funk.

The flavor is much more rustic than the nose. Grassy, white grape skin, pear wrapped in a sweetness with a touch of brief white pepper. Zero dry. A quiet trailing bitterness fades pleasantly away. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

impending, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

drummermattie02, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

twelveinches, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

sbricker, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Random bottle in a random location, age and storage unknown.

Cap comes off with a pop, beer pours with a white, lacy head. Hazy amber color, head slowly settles into a film of bubbles. Smells of earth, hay, light citrus and pears.

Tastes glorious, a kind tickle of carbonation and a pleasant aftertaste of earthy barley.

Damn find brew, I will grab a few more if I see it again.

olympuszymurgus, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle i picked up solely as an impulse buy. ive seen this beer in several places but never looked anything up about it. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- upon popping the cork, this one began to gush very intensely. almost half the bottle was lost. the bottle came straight from the fridge, so it wasnt due to being overly warm. whats left in my glass appears a cloudy golden color with a slight orangish tint to it. the head is massive and takes forever to fall. large globs of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- the nose starts off with some mild bready notes and some grassy and floral hops. there is also a slight fruitiness to this. light pear and peach notes with a little stronger lemon. slightly peppery.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet bread and a touch of caramel malts. after that it moves into some of the light summer fruits that i could smell, like lemons, pears, and peaches. a little bit of pepper towards the end. delicate grassy and floral hops finish this one off.

M- the body is a little on the lower side of medium. the carbonation is rather strong and slightly off-putting.

O- the way that this one gushed, i was sure that there would be some sort of infection or off flavors, but there wernt. i dont think i would buy this one again because i ended up paying $10 for a 375ml bottle after half of it leaked out. too much to risk on this happening again. id try it on draft if i come across it.

jwinship83, May 17, 2011
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L'Amalthée from Brasserie Lebbe
90 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.