961 Lebanese Pale Ale - 961 Beer
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Reviews by ShamasUVA:
4.59/5 rDev +37%
Reviewing this as a Herbed/Spiced Beer (Base style: Pale Ale), this beer scores exceedingly well.
The underlying pale ale hits all the marks, it is a well crafted pale ale, one that is dry enough to drink several of, but with enough maltiness to balance out the hops.
The real treat in here though is a single note of zata'ar that comes mid-palate. right after the initial sweetness but before the hoppy finish. It is clear and firm, but does not linger.
I do not typically like Spiced beers but this is something special in my opinion, and from a really unexpected place.
02-12-2013 21:06:54 | More by ShamasUVA
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev +10.4%
On draft, served cold in a 10oz goblet.
A- a pale, clear copper with minimal head.
S- Exotic and complex, like a middle eastern spice blend, the sage and sumac are strong. A pleasant herbal/medicinal smell.
T- most reminiscent of a Moroccan mint tea, lightly sweetened. There is none of the bitterness that the scent might indicate. The hops and malt are muted, almost unlike a beer at all.
M- normal, leaning toward the thinner side.
O- This is one of the best smelling beers I've had. I was amazed from the first sniff. It is definitely something you want to try if you like spiced beers but be forewarned it does not resemble any "normal" English pale ale. The spices dominate this brew.
03-04-2013 02:54:49 | More by Ammertime
3.6/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
02-15-2014 18:34:02 | More by chinchill
2.55/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
11-28-2013 21:59:31 | More by WoodBrew
3.3/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours deep amber with a large head.
Smells like lebanese bread, with a massive thyme hit. There's a little sweet malt underneath but lebanese bread is the perfect descriptor here.
Flavours follow along the same line but the herbs also add some astringency and medicinal notes. A metallic character works its way in too.
Nice idea, and the aroma is great but it doesn't quite work. Perhaps if the base beer was maltier.
01-28-2013 12:10:48 | More by CrazyDavros
2/5 rDev -40.3%
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sumac and mint is incredibly powerful and maybe a tad too much for my own taste. Taste is also dominated by huge amounts of sumac and mint with a dry caramel malt base that is tame compared to the spice mix. Body is a bit light with medium carbonation. I could barely drink half of the bottle as the spice mix was way too rich for my own taste.
10-05-2012 14:01:01 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
05-18-2013 01:29:12 | More by smakawhat
3.84/5 rDev +14.6%
A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of herbs are present in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of herbs—thyme and sage seem to stand out in particular—and also has notes of bready and caramel malts along with hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I was really impressed with this beer from the Middle East and thought that the herbal flavors made it quite interesting and unique. The herbs weren't over the top because there was enough underlying malts. This would go great with a variety of foods but hummus and lamb are two that immediately come to mind.
05-17-2013 17:36:22 | More by metter98
4.58/5 rDev +36.7%
Served out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic glass, cool.
A-rocky head off white, clear amber body
S-sumac front, meat marinade, very middle eastern, as it warms you can smell more malt and hops
T-very pervasive herbal and spice flavors. Sumac is very apparent here
O- I really like this beer. I was surprised of its appearance based on how disappointed I usually am of imports and how well some of them hold up. I feel that this should be recatergorized as a fruit and vegeatble or spice beer. It is NOT an IPA and makes not pretenses of being one. I will give it high marks but based on it being a spice beer NOT an IPA.
01-29-2013 20:58:56 | More by jneiswender
3.63/5 rDev +8.4%
A clear sparkling copper brew, a small off-white head, little lacing but good curtains.
Smelling spicy (!), black peppers, herbal tea, pencil/ceder.
Sweet ginger bread cake, herbal bread, grape-fruit peel.
Medium carbonation, sticky and slightly coarse, a good body.
Spicy, hard-to-describe, but quite good.
08-12-2012 10:06:17 | More by rarbring
3.68/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
06-19-2013 20:42:01 | More by dbrauneis
3.18/5 rDev -5.1%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
A pale ale brewed with Lebanese spices and such? I'll try anything once... This stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of dirty off-cream foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit, black pepper, spicy herbs (I can't quite distinguish one from another in the haze), and a touch of anise in the background. The taste generally brings in more of the same, but things are decidedly blander, muddled to a sad degree. The only distinct flavor comes near the finish, and it resembles the spiciness at the end of pizza sauce. In a good way. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an okay beer, one that makes decent use of the various spices unusual for brewing, but one that comes across too muddled to be truly good.
02-16-2013 18:36:08 | More by TMoney2591
961 Lebanese Pale Ale from 961 Beer
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