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L'Amalthée - Brasserie Lebbe

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L'AmalthéeL'Amalthée

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

36 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

GRG1313, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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 emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

emerge077, May 06, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Poured a cloudy orangeish cloudy yellow, with thin white head that moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of yeast and spicy notes. The flavors were very similar. The beer was very tasty and I'm having trouble defining the tastes.

The body was full and smooth. Drinkability was also very good, drinking a 22 was no problem. A beer I'd never heard of and enjoyed very much. Worth, a shot when you see it.

beertunes, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

drummermattie02, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

AgentZero, May 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Axnjxn, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of popery
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

twelveinches, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

strongaf, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

GbVDave, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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".

thierrynantes, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of augustgarage
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
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
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3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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
Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

watch out for this one... it very inconsistent. i have had 3 different bottle over the last year and have had mixed results. fantastic when good this is a very small batch beer. i was told it about 800 bottle a month producted. if you're a saison drinker it is a must. one of the doughest around when done right.

cloudly straw color with consistent bubbles. medium head with lace. hoppy smell, very yeasty. light blend of fruit and herbs. hops come forth very smooth and bready. mild sweetness, grassiness. herbal meatiness is great. at its best i think it rivals dupont on the non peppery side of the spectrum. not very dry. some pepper. at its worst it tastes like a less sweet verision of the jenlain six.

rtepiak, Sep 09, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

sbricker, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Lob, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of impending
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

MattSweatshirt, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

BillHilly, Jun 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

fehrminator, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of gory4d
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great find at Whole Foods in Evanston -- my wife and I shared it in our hotel room last night before coming back to NYC. It poured a slightly hazy golden, with a robust white head that didn't linger. The smell was grassy and sharp, with some apricot and citrus notes. The flavor was sharp and grassy upfront with some some surprising notes of honey sweetness, with lots of citrus in the swallow and a long, bitter, piney, hoppy linger down the throat. It has a nice robust fizz, really filling up the mouth -- great fun to quaff. One of the best saisons I've had.

gory4d, Sep 03, 2008
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L'Amalthée from Brasserie Lebbe
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.