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Liopard Oir - Lavery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%


Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Morey on 06-25-2011)
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 05:41:38 | More by ONUMello
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:56:42 | More by DIM
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crc1935

Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 16:38:10 | More by crc1935
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -21%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:03:57 | More by Huhzubendah
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 23:38:29 | More by cjgiant
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fmccormi

New York

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:03:45 | More by fmccormi
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hakedr

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 13:01:23 | More by hakedr
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 17:06:51 | More by metter98
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:20:58 | More by stakem
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 phenomenal. There are equal parts of funky and earthy, and it does not cross the line. This reminds me of Dupont and Fantome. It is beers like this that are defining the craft beer movement of America.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:57:01 | More by RblWthACoz
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Holmes698

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 16:11:12 | More by Holmes698
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 19:32:57 | More by Thorpe429
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 21:32:28 | More by ColForbinBC
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oline73

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 22:05:55 | More by oline73
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 02:29:28 | More by corby112
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 16:08:09 | More by drabmuh
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 23:56:18 | More by VncentLIFE
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1381st Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot
22oz

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 04:06:24 | More by FosterJM
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 03:12:11 | More by Rifugium
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haazer

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 19:24:00 | More by haazer
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 21:25:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liopard Oir
Lavery Brewing Company
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 4.80 %

LOOK: Hazed yellow with a pale white hint. Pours with a soapy head and fine lace work.

SMELL: Aroma is funky, yeasty, floral, citric, and has a bit of a barnyard element as well. Smells like a well made farmhouse ale, and is very inviting.

TASTE: Refreshing and light, with lemon peel, Belgian yeast, a funky tartness. There is also some peppery spice and earthyness. Small hop notes and mild bitterness. Very nice tart Brett notes, making the brew refreshing and quite tasty all the way through. Light bodied feel, well carbonated, and very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a very nice Saison with some earthy and Bretty characteristics. Definitely a new favorite of mine, a classy semi-sour brew with very delightful flavors. A new session staple and I highly recommend trying this. Just about world class.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2012 20:51:52 | More by Stinkypuss
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mactrail

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light and refreshing. A very accessible Saison or more of a Farmhouse in the lighter style. Frosty golden in the tall Petrus glass with just a slight haze. A whiff of wheat and oats in the nose.

Lovely mouth-filling mix of bubbles and yeasty flavors. The lemony tartness also adds to the refreshing quality. The Brett is certainly lighter than most beers claiming the stuff, and it really shows more in the woodsy aroma. Just a pleasant bitter twang from the hops, and not so much of the Belgian yeasty taste. All in all, it's a highly quaffable light beer but pricey at $9.50.

Nice to encounter a beer on the lighter side of the alcohol spectrum with plenty of taste. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Foodery in Philadelphia.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 01:14:39 | More by mactrail
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on tap at the Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford, PA

A-light gold with a thin white head

S-crisp corn. almost funky. hint of green apple. smells fairly close to an adjunct lager actually.

T-comes in with a very crisp taste of pale grains and green apple. it lasts a bit and ends with a semi-bitter matching after-taste. drinks very light.

M-slightly watery medium carbonation with a slightly watery finish

O-this is a very refreshing and a very drinkable saison, which isn't very common. for a micro brewed saison, i'm sorta impressed with this. simple yet satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 00:27:28 | More by AdamBear
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Score on this one picked this up for 3 dollars (bomber) at the Beermuda in New Ken. Even if it's a year old it would still be hella worth it!

A - Damn carbonation and head is massive, so did I just get a 3 dollar bomber of fresh stuff? Color is that of a light yellow very "lite" beer looking. Head quickly turns to a mild lace ring.

S - Well I smell fresh cut lemons, Brett of course, and a bit of yeasty funk. Should be good.

T - Well it is tart but thankfully not as much as I hoped. Body is light and fizzy with an almost champagne like consistency. I get fruity yeasts, squeezed lemons, and a wheat background. Not bad!

M - Light almost too light with every sip being fizzy and sharp.

Overall not a bad beer for 3 bucks. Might get a second if it's still around on Wednesday (if anything to see if age does it thang!). Can't believe they charge so much for these bombers and I got a hell of a deal at the Beermuda!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 01:45:51 | More by DrDemento456
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Liopard Oir from Lavery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.