L'Amalthée - Brasserie Lebbe
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Reviews by augustgarage:
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
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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
4.13/5 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
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
Green 750mL bottle, dark green label with gold banners displaying script text, painting of a goat, wheat, and hop cones. Bottle states 6% abv, BB: 12/10/2008
Pours a hazy amber w/suspended particles. Two fingers of off-white crackling foam. Aroma of earthy aged hops and malt.
Notes of pear, dusty hay, earthy yeast, with a malty backbone. A rustic farmhouse character. Wheaty. Chalky, dry herbal finish with traces of effervescent mineral water. Not as spicy as Belgian saisons.
Body is medium, delicate, with good carbonation. No problems finishing the bottle. This would be great paired with some cheeses, or a meal outdoors in the sun.
Notes from importer: Ingredients include home-grown barley, pure Pyrenee Mountain spring water, organic yeast and hops from Germany, and a touch of sugar and yeast added at bottling time. The conditioned beer evolves and develops over the course of two years following its bottling.
Imported by Charles Neal Selections, Richmond, CA.
Purchased at House of Glunz, Chicago, IL.
05-06-2007 18:20:13 | More by emerge077
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
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.
Best before 20/07/09
A: This has an awesome hazy orange hue to it before it even leaves the bottle. After the pour, it retains the hazy orange coloring with an incredibly creamy (almost meringue-like) three finger head that leaves sheets of sticky lace in the glass. Very effervescent body, as well.
S: Wonderful aromas of pear, mild citrus, dusty attic, grain, crackers, with a touch of candi sugar and grape. I also thought I detected a bit of noble hops in the nose.
T: Whoo boy! Citrus (lemon/orange), pear, sweet apple, crackers and or bread crust, hay bale, earthy spice, wet field grass, dingy old barn, a pinch of hops, and toasted malt.
M: Starts big and juicy and then takes a turn towards the dry side as the finish progreses. A perfectly refreshing Saison!
D: So balanced and delicious. Supposedly this guy only bottles 600 bottles (50 cases!) of this stuff a month. I feel honored and privledged to have been able to enjoy this!
02-29-2008 00:49:03 | More by GbVDave
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
4.4/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured from a very simple 750ml bottle, no barcode, no date, no back label. Capped with a vacuum cap, it popped quite nicely.
Body is very hazy but not at all chunky dark amber. Reddish in the center with edges of pure orange. Head is beautifully full and clean white. Not much lace, though.
Smell is candied hops, red pepper, sparkling mineral water, fresh yeast, orange peel. Strong on the hops, lots of backing malts that smell light.
Taste is amazingly restrained given the firm smell. More hops, sweet pear, bready and darker malts, more of the simple, fresh yeast.
The mots remarkable thing here is how darn smooth the body is. Hoppy and distinct, but almost no alphas at all! This combined with the absolute top-notch carbonation makes this a joy to swill in the mouth and really chew on. Drinkable as any I've ever had.
For less than ten dollars, this is an absolute find! A true-to form farmhouse ale with a bit more kick than most in the style, and a pleasing surprise of yeast that's more modern than most. Highly recommended.
09-16-2007 04:36:38 | More by ojiikun
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
Got at Blackwell's in San Francisco. Best Before date: 06/04/2008.
Light amber color, clear until the last glass. An inch of cream colored head. Attractive blobs and tendrils of lace.
Smells strange and wonderful. Dry biscuit, light caramel, dry leaves, a bit of nail polish remover. Some hops, like grass/herbs/hay. Cloves, cedar, and cinnamon emerge as it warms, making for quite an exotic aroma.
Tastes dry, but not as totally dry as it smells. Nice balance of biscuity, caramelly (light, something like Lyle's Golden Syrup) malt with explicit but nicely controlled hop bitterness and flavor - grass, leaves, hay, and an herbal note like thyme. Solvent, clove, cedar and cinnamon. A touch of astringency. Extremely balanced and enjoyable, very much a farmhouse ale. This seems completely like a homebrew, and one made for everyday drinking, yet elegant and complex. Long dry finish, cedar and cloves. Outstanding.
Good mouthfeel. Can be too fizzy, but several swirls smooth it out. Drinkable in the extreme, and just gets better as it warms.
A great and original beer from a Belgian goat farmer in Southwestern France. I'm not worthy!
06-11-2007 09:21:10 | More by Beerzebub
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
A: About as nice a saison look as you can find. Nice cloudy ornage with thick white head that laces nicely.
S: I get some fruit, a nice candied sugar sweetness, malt, bready yeast.
T: Very well blanced. Starts with pear quickly fading to biscuit and a nice sweetness. Alcohol and hops linger in finish but everything perfectly balanced.
M: I thought this beer was perfectly carbonated with a smooth semi-heavy mouth feel.
Ovr: The story behind this beer was too good to miss. A Belgian goat farmer who makes cheese and produces a very liited amount of saison on the side. This is one of the best examples of the style I've had to date. Up there with Saison Dupont for me, and I actually think this beer was slightly better balanced. Remarkable.
02-01-2008 23:58:03 | More by ejquin
3.83/5 rDev -6.8%
750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.
Appearance: orangey with a little haze and a firm head
Smell: spicy, peppery, complex sweetness
Taste: cracked peppers from the mill, spicy hops, malty sweetness
This one was a firecracker. The complexity of the flavors melded together so well. I wish it was more readily available. I got my bottle at Central Market in Poulsbo, WA.
09-14-2008 17:08:05 | More by ClavisAurea
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
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2008.
Appearance : golden clear color, with white foam head, dense (medium persistency).
Smel : grainy mailts, cereals, grass
Taste & Mouthfeel : generous attack, ample, hoped and yeasty. Good bitterness finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style "Bière de garde".
08-30-2008 16:12:48 | More by thierrynantes
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
L'Amalthée from Brasserie Lebbe
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.