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961 Lebanese Pale Ale - 961 Beer

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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 jneiswender:
Photo of jneiswender
4.58/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

M-medium

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.

jneiswender, Jan 29, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Guden
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%

Guden, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Ammertime
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Ammertime, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

chinchill, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
2.55/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

WoodBrew, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

earlholman, May 20, 2013
Photo of erialbill
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

erialbill, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Adlar2789
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%

Adlar2789, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

beersdmf17, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

CrazyDavros, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

smakawhat, May 18, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

enelson, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

tommy5, Sep 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Chugs13, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of sammy806
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

sammy806, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

metter98, May 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

FreshHawk, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -10.7%

MidwestBA, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Mounir
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%

Mounir, Sep 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

BellsFan, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Rhettroactive, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

rarbring, Aug 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

dbrauneis, Jun 19, 2013
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961 Lebanese Pale Ale from 961 Beer
78 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.