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961 Lebanese Pale Ale - 961 Beer

961 Lebanese Pale Ale961 Lebanese Pale Ale

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 22.82%


Brewed by:
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Lebanon

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.32% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FrankieW on 03-02-2012)
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Reviews by Flounder57:
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz glass was poured into a glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the beer.

Smell: Man, you can smell those garden herbs and spices. This smells like it could go with some lamb or lasagna. It's like a meal in the beer.

Taste: This beer is like a meal!! Herbs and spices are there with some mild hop bitterness and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, herbal, tingly, a bit dry, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Interesting take on the style. I would expect these flavors out of a Saison, but this is a tasty EIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 22:03:21 | More by Flounder57
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chogm54

Australia

4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

04-07-2014 12:50:19 | More by chogm54
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HoboDrinkswell

New York

4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

02-19-2014 23:19:37 | More by HoboDrinkswell
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very distinctive and lightly spicy, so I had to investigate. 961 says "with ingredients such as za’atar, sumac, mint, sage, anise, and chamomile. The use of such herbs and spices makes this distinctive craft brew truly Lebanese."

The aroma is moderate in strength with a complex spice blend with herbal and floral notes. Puttng my nose in the snifter is like sniffing a jar of mixed herbs and spices.

Spicy, mildly bitter flavor. Again, complex and interesting. Mixed spices linger on and on afterwards.

Feel: medium body and near medium carbonation.

A very interesting and distinctive brew dominated by za’atar.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 18:34:02 | More by chinchill
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Wow...this is different. I think I smelled spearmint at the bottle opening. The beer poured a nice clear copper with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent definitely screams herded/spice beer...I smell a lysolly type pine. The tastes a lot like a US Xmas ale...almost like a Xmas tree. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall....its ok....I don't think I'd ever buy a six of it...luv the build your own six at Binny's.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 21:59:31 | More by WoodBrew
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magnusdave

New York

4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-24-2013 22:12:02 | More by magnusdave
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Tracker83

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-07-2013 00:22:18 | More by Tracker83
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amishbooze

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

11-07-2013 00:21:04 | More by amishbooze
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear light amber, or dirty yellow. The spicy nose is very interesting from a beer (hence the rating). The taste starts both bitter and malty, but contrary to that statement, not complex. I think the malty might actually be more from the nose. The beer also lacks some depth, and I would say the bitterness wins in the end, kind of ESB-like.

My girlfriend said the smell reminded her of a Lebanese restaurant, I found it smokey and I must admit, Middle Eastern in scents. I wished this tastes transferred to the taste better, as it woulda made it interesting. It's not a bad beer, just not a special one.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 20:06:55 | More by cjgiant
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enelson

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

10-09-2013 23:32:43 | More by enelson
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sammy806

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

10-05-2013 14:29:41 | More by sammy806
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Kaveman

Illinois

1.25/5  rDev -62.5%

08-26-2013 02:23:10 | More by Kaveman
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Poupae

Thailand

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

08-14-2013 12:35:40 | More by Poupae
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

07-15-2013 00:20:34 | More by spycow
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

07-01-2013 23:21:50 | More by FreshHawk
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Kempski

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -55%

06-23-2013 08:22:13 | More by Kempski
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smithj4

New York

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-20-2013 01:20:23 | More by smithj4
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with some moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some orange + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a medium sized thin patch of larger bubbles with a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of herbs + spices (camomile, sage, thyme, mint, and anise) over the top of some lighter notes of caramel + toasted malts. There are hints of spicy earthy hoppiness in the background as well.

T: Upfront there is a solid malt backbone with light amounts of caramel sweetness but the complexity of the flavors really comes from the herbs + spices that are present. I can definitely detect the camomile, thyme, sage, and just a hint of mint. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish from an earthy spicy hop presence which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: It takes a little bit of warming up of the beer for the herb + spice smells and tastes to really start to separate and become discernible. The herbs/spices do not dominate the beer and taste like they would be very complementary with Middle Eastern foods as they are the same herbs/spices used. Definitely enjoyable and worth grabbing if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 20:42:01 | More by dbrauneis
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Murrhey

Montana

3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 11.2oz bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger off-white head with quickly eroding bubbles. Some watery lacing and an orange-amber color with high clarity and active carbonation.

S- Holy cow, spices are abundant. Thyme, sage, some mint maybe? I'm gonna look at the bottle. Chamomile? Anise? Whatever Sumac is? They went all out on this bad boy. I bet it pairs amazingly with Lebanese food.

T- Like a pale ale with spices in it. Some hoppy crispness rounded out by sweeter malts and the anise makes itself known here.

M- Medium-bodied with a clean, wet finish.

O- While interesting at first, the aroma of the heavily spiced beer becomes cloying.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 02:41:00 | More by Murrhey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-08-2013 03:02:34 | More by ygtbsm94
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Lebanese craft beer, how could I refuse this?

A: Pours a clear golden-copper color. Not much head is to be found, it's about one fingers high, shaded white, and not very impressive looking even before it fades quickly. Some lacing is left on the glass, at least.

S: It's hard not to be intrigued by the aroma. Cinnamon, sage, coriander, green tea, chamomile, and mint all hit the nose in a big way. Not much of a malt backbone or hop presence here - this one seems designed to showcase the various spices, and it's a success in that regard.

T: Not as interesting as the nose, likely due to the fact that all the spices seemingly blend with one another. However, there's still enough to like here, such as the thyme/sage notes on the opening and the minty finishing kick. I think this would be better if the maltiness or hop profile was beefed up slightly; flavor-wise, the spice character (though showcased quite well) needs a bit more malt/hops to really shine.

M: This is really light-feeling and crisp. Not the driest brew in the world - which is understandable - but I'm still amazed at how drinkable it is. It goes down superbly, without the aid of strong carbonation to do so.

O: One of the strangest brews I've had in a while. I'd call it a partial success; it shows off the spices well, but the base beer isn't quite interesting enough to keep up. Still, I'd much rather drink this over the legions of generic English pale ales on the market right now.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:15:34 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Julian4077

Australia

2/5  rDev -39.9%

05-25-2013 10:31:59 | More by Julian4077
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earlholman

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-20-2013 14:39:52 | More by earlholman
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

05-19-2013 12:54:20 | More by InspectorBob
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

An off white two finger head is poured with some staying power, fairly consistent sized bubbles for the head formation. Body is super crystal clear, orange amber in color and with microscopic carbonation rising. Solid looking brew.

Bouquet is strange on this one. A dry spice hint of cinnamon, some kind of nutty floral sense, and a real odd green herbality I can not pick out. I don't get the impression this is from hops, it's really unique, doesn't seem to come off like an IPA but I do enjoy it. Reading the bottle it notes numerous herbs (sage, thyme, mint).

Palate hits with an incredible amount of green herb aromatics. Thyme and sage burst in the mouth with a nice sweet mix of caramel. Minor hop bitterness on the finish mixing with a minty character, and solid sweet malt backbone. Huge notes of herbal like tea meet throughout hinting at English character.

This is one of the most interesting beers I have had in quite some time. Never had a beer like this before, and I enjoy it, even though it's taste is completely unexpected.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:29:12 | More by smakawhat
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961 Lebanese Pale Ale from 961 Beer
77 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.