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Liopard Oir - Lavery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Morey on 06-25-2011

A beer for the ladies, crazies and connoisseurs. A floral, hoppy and fruity French-style saison. Saisons are completely undescribable so we won't even try. Our interpretation has five types of grain, Lavery Estate hops and three different strains of yeast! The yeast is the star of this show - fruity, spicy, fragrant, alluring and simply delicious. This beer ends dry and crisp and bottled conditioned with Brettanomyces Clausenii, a wild yeast that adds fruity, tart and mildly funky aromas and flavors to ale. This beer is great young but will change considerably with time.

Named Liopard oir, Irish for 'gold leopard', which appears on the Lavery Family crest.
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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 41
Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice vehicle for the Brett, but I didn't get a lot of the big fruity or hoppy notes that were advertised. All of the usual suspects were here... dry finish, mild funkiness, and quizzical nature. Morphed a bit over the time I enjoyed it. Lavery (which is about an hour north) may be seeing a bit of my beer fund this year.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Bottle opened on 8.28.14

Gusher. Tons of Brett. Spices, light floral, metallic finish.

Photo of MarcWP
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottle into tulip.

Pours straw yellow, hazy, with huge rocky white head that has aggressive retention.

Nose is very citrusy, grass, and a touch catty. Brett is very evident. Get lime peel, prairie grass, and lemon juice.

The flavor displays a malty backbone and belgian yeast strain that showcases saison and light belgian blonde characteristics. Has a soapy nuance that harms the overall flavor profile of the beer. A metallic tinge also comes through and brings this down even more.

Mouthfeel is light and almost watery. Carbonation level is appropriate though.

Overall, just a big fail on the taste. A lingering laundry detergent taste lingers in the palate and makes you want to drink more only to get rid of it for a second. Then it returns.

Photo of ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Light yellow, tons of carbonation and even with a slow pour this forms a 2.5 finger head
S: Green apple, wheat, citrus, spice/herbs. Subtle at first, they definitely came out more as the beer warmed up
T: More green apple, citrus (mostly lemon, a hint of lime), wheat, pepper
M: Light bodied, lots of carbonation
O: I can taste the brett on the finish but it's not as prominent as I expected. Overall this is a solid Saison, definitely worth trying. My only gripe is that the label suggests trying it with age but there's no date on the bottle to confirm how young/old it is

Photo of DIM
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Mostly clear, very pale straw color, pours with a very sticky, fluffy white head.

s: Grainy minerals, candy like berry and grape, pithy lemon, and some peppery spice.

t: Candied fruit flavor (fun dip?), lightly sweet earthy grains with a hint of citrus. The finish is minerally with a light lingering funky yeast.

m: Light and airy.

o: Nice table strength, bretty saison.

Photo of crc1935
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a 3oz glass, part of a six-beer flight at Lavery's brewery.

Appearance - hazy yellow with a half-inch head.

Smell - fruity, like grapes or apples with herbs.

Taste - light and fruity, with herbal notes.

Mouthfeel - lightly carbonated.

Overall - a decent, but weak saison. the beer had a slightly flavorful finish, but lacks identity.

Photo of Tucquan
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%

Had this on 2014-09-07 at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster.

Just a hint of saison flavor. More like a pils. Refreshing. Worth having.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Dr. Moll.

The beer is transparent and yellow with a thin white head. The aroma is straight apple juice. This beer is pretty much bland with some apple juice notes. Unexciting. Green apples, apple skins. A one-dimensional beer. Drive finish and lacking complexity on the palate. Meh...

Photo of cjgiant
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: straw-white cloudy with decent head with good retention and lacing
S: yeasty with some tartness
T: yeasty lemon-lime tartness to start with a somewhat lager-like crisp backbone, transforming to some light bitter grassiness
M: carbonation is present throughout, with a barely perceptible dryness in the end
O: this is a very drinkable beer, but it's two components don't stand out. It isn't overly tart or funky, and not too dry or bitter in the end.

Photo of fmccormi
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (Hill Farmstead stemware). No bottling date, but I picked this up in Erie about a month ago. If it’s really good, I might go out of my way to get another bottle or two to hang onto for a while, to let the brett develop.

Appearance (3.75): Two and a half fingers of milk-white foam comes off of the pour, crackling away visibly, but stalls after awhile to leave a solid finger of dense, whipped meringue-like foam that sticks around for a looong time. It leaves crazy lacing at first, with a nearly solid wall of light foam all the way around the glass, but eventually it leaves just a few scattered suds. The body is a pale golden color, moderately hazy but not cloudy.

Smell (4.0): Very nice, brett-forward mix of tart, vinous white grapes, dusty hay and straw, some earthy, grassy hops, tart apple flesh, dry biscuits and unsalted crackers, etc. Very pale, very rustic, very light and spritzy—smells nice, and very refreshing.

Taste (4.0): Fresh, young brett marks the body, with a lightly tart, minerally, vinous character like pinot grigio with fresh, unsweetened apple juice and some lemon mixed in. The malt is biscuity, and moderately starchy like common crackers. It has an earthy tone in the body that’s subtle and transitions into some pear juice in the finish. There’s a light spiciness that persists from start to finish, with very light clove and pepper. Overall, it’s mostly vinous, earthy, crackery, and a little fruity (along the lines of pear, lemon, and apple). It finishes with a slightly tart, minerally, wine-like note.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very full, lush, soft carbonation floats the body very nicely, off setting the very dry, vinous body. It’s definitely on the light side of medium-weight, and feels even lighter with the dry body and full, lush carbonation. Quenching and very easy to drink.

Overall (3.75): It’s not an overly complex beer, but it’s a really easy-going, brett-forward saison that’s light and spritzy. This is the kind of saison that’s approachable and easy to drink a few glasses of. Better than average, and the brett adds a nice, vinous character to it, but at least when the yeast is young and the brett character is still relatively underdeveloped, it’s not quite exceptional in any way. Regardless, I’ll probably be seeking out at least one more bottle of this to hang onto and see where it goes.

Photo of hakedr
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a good, cloudy look to it. It smelled grainy and not too funky. The spices balanced out the sourness very well. A spring beer, but awesome on a hot summer-ish day! This was a superb farmhouse ale! One of the better ones I've had from the East Coast.

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pae yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spices are present in the nose along with notes of yeast. Hints of sourness become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and has subtle hints of sourness. The spices linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This tastes much more like a farmhouse ale than a sour beer but the subtle bits of brett add a bit of complexity.

Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to Morey for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Poured from a bomber into an oversized mug just for shits. The brew appears a hazy light golden yellow color with a finger of white that fades leaving stringy lacing effect on the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top.

The aroma displays a fruited quality that is reminiscent of pez candy or sweet tarts. I can't quite put my finger on it but it is subtle and intriguing at the same time. More smells bring out a bit of a wheat or hay sort of grainy base mixed with a hint of lemon. When swirled, a robust amount of sulfur and mineral character emerges.

The flavor has an initial hint of upfront sweetness that is minorly fruity with suggestions of some sort of indescribable berry coupled with trace amounts of lemon. A bit of straw, hay or grass is evident through the middle that dries out and gets to be a bit bitter and herbal towards the finish.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is crisp, clean and refreshing which totally fits the bill for the style and is totally enjoyable. However, we gotta talk about the turd in the room here. The label reads like this is going to be complex as hell. While it is nuanced enough to be interesting, in quick passing this is a rather bland brew considering the array of ingredients. The focus on yeast yeast yeast and brett just doesnt come through with it's potential character like the label would lead you to believe it is going to. Would I drink it again? Absolutely. Would I seek this out? Probably not unless the price was right and it is right infront of me at the time of consideration.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have tried many beers and many saisons. American brewers have a very difficult time creating saisons like those from Belgium. The balance on this beer is nice. Citrus and mild funkyness. Kind of a dry tone to it there as well. I like it. For me, it is beers like this that are defining the craft beer movement of America.

Photo of Holmes698
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow with a hugh amount (2 full fingers) of cloud white head. The lacing on my glass is amazing the entire drinking session.

Ar: Peppery, funky, with some crisp hop notes.

T: Wow! This is an amazing farmhouse beer. Crisp, citrus hops, Funky brett notes with kind of a grassy flavor. Really complex for the style. Nice mix of grains and funk topped off by hops.

M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An great farmhouse/Saison beer. This is one that I usually compare other beers of the same style to. I can say that I will have a few of these in my celler and can't wait for this to gain even more funk over time.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.32/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in a cervoise. Pours a moderate grain color with a short white head. The nose has an add aroma of bread yeast alongside a touch of spice and fruit. Flavor is a bit fruity with a touch of spice, but also has a pronounced character of instant-rise bread yeast. Medium body; dry. Didn’t get too much out of this one, and certainly nothing from the Brett.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap

A golden yellow body with a fluffy two finger cap. Decent retention with some lines of lacing inside the glass.

The nose is inviting, nothing too overpowering. A touch of mustiness, lemons, damp hay, and some spicy clove. Some fruity esters come to the front as this warms a bit.

Grainy backbone. Hay and musty earthy with some fruity/lemon overtones. The finish is sharp and crisp. Almost biting, with a lingering brett barnyard flavor.

Light body. Amazingly crisp and dry. Excellent for a hot summer day when looking for something with a little extra punch.

This saison is welcome in my rotation any day. Clean flavors with a god amount of complexity. No real complaints here. A solid beer.

Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy golden/yellow color with a finger of fluffy white head that leaves a good size layer on top of the pour. There is a real small amount of lacing.

Smell: This beer is very light and quite earthy. I'm getting the brett, but there is no sourness showing up.

Taste: Just like the smell, this is a very light beer. Earthy with some herbal and funk notes, but again no sourness. Reminds me a bit of a pilsner. The finish is very crisp.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light side of medium with tons of fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this more than I would have guessed. The finish could have been drier, but that is my only complaint. I'd definitely have another.

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at The Perch Pub in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly musty aroma with subtle barnyard farmhouse funk along with earthy hops, pale malt and crisp light fruit. Hints of grass, straw, apple, pear, faint alcohol and peppery spice.

Tastes similar to what the aroma suggests with a nice balance of earthy hops, funky saison yeast, bread, zesty spice and light fruit.  Pepper and coriander spice up front with grassy, earthy hops followed by bread, farmhouse yeast and bretty funk.  Finishes sweet yet dry with some apple, pear and pale malt notes. Very well balanced, refreshing  and dangerously drinkable.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by yourefragile, thanks. I had good hopes on this. Thanks. Beer falls a little short but it is a decent beer.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head, small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is a little lactic acid and grainy.

Beer is light in body and a mix of sweet sour and grainy. Not great on the finish but overall it is a fine beer. I don't think I'd have it again.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thick frothy foamy white head floats on top of the glass on top of a super cloudy dull straw color.

Smell is loaded with peppery yeast esters, an odd touch of clove/banana, and a dry grassiness I normally associate with Brett. The Brett smell reminds me of Brux.

Complex taste for a saison. Initially sweet, which I think really helps the rest of the beer. Strong peppery yeast (almost has some heat to it). Slight bit of coriander, and oddly a touch of nutmeg. The Brett is so dry, its almost bitter. Odd coming from a Brett beer. I think thats the hops, but I get no dry hop notes whatsoever.

Finishes clean, with that light slippery sweetness coating your mouth late. Light bitterness gives way to one last flash from the peppery yeast.

Very well done, and I bet with some age the Brett will shine even more.

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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No bottle date
Thanks to ShanePB for this one

App- The yellow of a unmixed lemonade. Bottle calls it with the unfiltered. Dirty yellow with hazy wheat color. Small one finger white head. A good amount of lace and cling.

Smell- The brett on this is very quiet. A small barnyard hay and dampness. A bit of a grainy wheat with a lemon earthy tinge. Peppery saison notes are upfront.

Taste- The flavors on this are nice but a bit small. Seems a touch watery to me. Has a lemon zest note with a small backing brett dampness. A little grainy with a good pepper/wheat combo. 

Mouth- A full light body. Touch too thin. Needs a bit more body and bubbles on it. Medium carbonation but needed a little more.

Drink- I find this to be a saison to pair with food. I had it with a thai spiced chicken and made everything more cohesive.

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

The wife was served this instead of their unfiltered wheat beer. Only after the glass was half-empty did I note that the appearance was not nearly hazy enough to be an unfiltered beer. Oh well.

Served in a nonic, a slightly hazy gold-orange, with a small cap of white head. Bready yeast on the nose, spice, grass, wildflowers. More of the same on the tongue, bready, spicy yeast, toasted grains, pepper and light coriander (which is nice, because sometimes brewers tend to overdo it), citrus and floral notes, not overly hopped, but riding the edge to the point where it drinks almost like a Belgian IPA. Light-medium body and quite good overall.

Much like McKenzie's saison, this is brett-conditioned in the bottle, but not on draught.

Photo of haazer
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resurrection Ale House, on tap at PBW.

A - Big bubbles in a frothy white head break down on top of a golden hazy brew. Gold, bronze and orange highlights make up the color. Some spotty patches of lacing on the glass.

S - Wheat, citrus, clove, and a bit musty. Lots of saison aromas. A bit of lemon, hay-straw, and grass.

T - Lots of flavors in here. Citrus, white pepper, clove, and a very brief tart pinch and dry oak wood finish. Kind of a cross between a Belgian white and a saison. Some orange peel to, and spices. The spices kick this down just a notch for me.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Real dry and crisp, but also refreshing and very easy to drink.

O - A very interesting saison here. A lot going on but it's put together well. I'm not big on white pepper and spices, but you can't knock the craft of this beer, very well put together. Great on this warm spring day.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overly enjoyed this beer with bright apricot golden body thick with fluffy white head, forms a dimpled texture rising above the rim of the glass. Streaming flowing carbonation follows shortly. Aroma has tart lemon citrus, with spicy barnyard funky notes, complex funky spicy yeast from the brettanomyces bringing in earthy mint and citrus herbal hop bitterness into the party. Flavor has a dry finish with cereal grain notes of complex spicy finishes in other worldly fruit and spice combination, for the record I will kill directly any SOBs that want a good shot at me. The flavor has a dry finish complex spicy tart fruit combines well in this inspired golden ale...dry white oak aging has it's moments with tart lemon and spicy brett addition flavors. High carbonation levels tickles the throat with re-fermentation throughout the bottles, this is unbelievable , at one hand it adds Belgian like effervescence on the other hand carbonation is flat as can be. Overall a complex and crazy farmhouse ale from Erie, PA you tell me if it's worth my time.

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Liopard Oir from Lavery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.