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961 Lebanese Pale Ale - 961 Beer

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961 Lebanese Pale Ale961 Lebanese Pale Ale

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 21.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Julian4077

Australia

2/5  rDev -39.8%

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

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +13%

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

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
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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metter98

New York

3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 17:36:22 | More by metter98
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shehateme

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.6%

05-09-2013 23:54:50 | More by shehateme
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

05-09-2013 22:05:34 | More by In_Control_Mike
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
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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MidwestBA

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.6%

04-20-2013 02:04:53 | More by MidwestBA
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fitz284

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-05-2013 02:57:47 | More by fitz284
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mungus

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-05-2013 02:28:40 | More by mungus
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev +20.5%

03-24-2013 03:20:03 | More by ThePorterSorter
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml brown bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Shared with Sam.

Pours a clear deep golden colour, with a slightly filmy, but reasonably solid head of off-white. Lacing is speckled and solid enough. Body is firm and holds fine carbonation when swirled. Overall, it looks solid.

Nose is excellent. Big herbal spicy sweetness reminds me of Pizza Shapes, spicy tomato, thyme, rosemary and sweet sumac. It's fragrant and lovely. There's not a lot of other basis for it, not much malt, not much hop or yeast character, but the spices are enough to carry it, and it's really quite lovely.

Taste is certainly a little weaker. Thin grain forms a reedy basis for the brew, with the spice providing the aromatics, but little of the sweetness suggested on the nose. There's still a little spice, some of the sharp herbs like rosemary, and a suggestion of sumac or something savoury/sour. But overall, it feels a little thin, like it's missing something.

Feel is very average. Weak, thin and unappetising, especially for a beer that's actually significantly above 5% ABV.

There is a good deal to like about this beer, but it's a shame there's so much that could obviously be improved. I love the spice mixture, but they could really brew a better beer with the same flavours. This is too thin, and ends up tasting a little like a pale lager that has been spiked with flavours. It should be better.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 08:55:35 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +13%

03-10-2013 19:52:23 | More by Chugs13
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Ammertime

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 02:54:49 | More by Ammertime
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -9.6%

02-21-2013 22:09:32 | More by nmann08
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 18:36:08 | More by TMoney2591
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ShamasUVA

Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 21:06:54 | More by ShamasUVA
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Shatter

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -9.6%

02-06-2013 11:13:53 | More by Shatter
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +38%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 20:58:56 | More by jneiswender
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 12:10:48 | More by CrazyDavros
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 14:01:01 | More by Phyl21ca
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rarbring

Sweden

3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 10:06:17 | More by rarbring
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bark

Sweden

3/5  rDev -9.6%

08-11-2012 20:09:44 | More by bark
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Mjoepp

Sweden

2/5  rDev -39.8%

04-19-2012 21:02:06 | More by Mjoepp
961 Lebanese Pale Ale from 961 Beer
77 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.