L'Amalthée - Brasserie Lebbe
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4.01/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
08-16-2013 20:02:04 | More by augustgarage
3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
06-22-2013 21:23:22 | More by oberon
4.24/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
04-28-2013 05:19:15 | More by popery
4/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
04-26-2012 02:55:16 | More by shleepy
4/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
04-26-2012 02:50:42 | More by jibbyvonjibb
3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
02-18-2012 06:05:00 | More by impending
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
09-18-2011 03:39:05 | More by olympuszymurgus
3.65/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
05-17-2011 02:34:57 | More by jwinship83
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
(Served in a tulip glass) bottled 5/12/10
A- This beer has a hazy deep orange body with a lumpy beige head that last for the full beer. There are strands of tiny carbonation that trail up the glass. This beer gets hazier with each pour.
S- The rich caramel aroma has a slight sweetness to it and a light sulfury note with some yeasty qualities. As the beer opens up the sulfury note turns into more of a spice note and there is a soft apple cider note in the finish.
T- The deep woody light caramel note finishes with a mellow bitter bite that blends and lingers with caramel flavors. As the beer warms the caramel takes on a bit more of a cider quality. M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is creamy from the thick head and a slight fizz texture in the finish.
D- This beer reminds me more of a scotch ale than a saison with all its malty caramel flavor, but it has a nice depth without becoming to cider and it is a great beer to quaft.
10-18-2010 20:19:55 | More by rhoadsrage
3.88/5 rDev -5.6%
Recommended to us at Map Room, after we ordered Juliet and Fantome' Saison and were told they were out of both.
A - Cloudy orangish yellow color, decent white head, decent retention.
S - Very grassy, just like a saison, slighty bready , little bit of citrus and lemon, but nothing that stood out a ton. Slighty, non-sweet grape and a hint of pear in there.
T - Solid take on the style. Grassy tasting, you get the pear and grape influence that starts but ends in a hint as it never gets quite sweet. Lemony citrus is also there, but doesn't have much bite and is just another note in the overriding grass of the taste.
M - Lightly bodied, decently carbonated, finishes a bit dry.
D - Considering the style, it's not super drinkable, but it's not like it's hard to do.
05-19-2010 04:44:56 | More by AgentZero
L'Amalthée from Brasserie Lebbe
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.