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Liopard Oir - Lavery Brewing Company

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86
very good

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 15
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:
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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Reviews by ONUMello:
Photo of ONUMello
4.01/5  rDev +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

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get this one on tap at the Bulls Head in Lititz PA. Paul had set up a great Session Day board and I had to try this one; a first Lavery beer for me. This came across as pretty close to style and a very nice beer. Crisp, yet with decent malt, this was a light tasting beer that satisfied. Served up with a generous head, it almost had a green tint in the light gold. I'd like to get more of their beers.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no bottled on date, website lists this as 4.8%. purchased at U-pick 6 in erie, PA.

popped the cap and this baby was quite a gusher, should have guessed that wouldve happened, it being bottled with brett and all. lost maybe a 1/4 of the beer, had to grab another glass and decant it all this thing would just not stop.
pours out a slight lemonade like yellow, very cloudy, lots of sediment visible. huge fluffy, billowy head, pure white, amazing retention and some nice lace. looks great!

the aroma is very effervescent and bretty. lots of lemon zest and citrus, barnyard and musty, a slight wheaty, corny grain, the brett pretty much rules the aroma. smells slightly tart.

brett is definatly there, but not as much as the aroma suggests, nice range of complex flavors. earthy, musty, barnyardy, tart, lemon citrus, wheat, grains, finishes almost like macro with a corn taste.

way overcarbonated at first, but settles. a light, very airy feel on the palate, almost a bit watery at times.

a very interesting beer, love what they did with this, local ingredients, brett. a brett beer almost anyone would enjoy, yet enough funk to keep a geek satisfied. you can almost pick out each seperate ingredient they used. id buy this again, and ill definatly be looking out for more lavery brews.

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  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.

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Seaba
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of HoppyBastard1
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kbuzz
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying that this style is not in my wheelhouse, but I do enjoy straight up sour beers so every once in a while I drift into the Saison category...

A: Pours a dark straw / orange color with a mighty big fluffy white head from the bomber bottle - say 3 fingers or so. Plenty of carbonation bubbles shooting up through the beer.

S: Very indicative of the style...wild almost musty/skunky smell. Smells much like a farmhouse beer, but the tartness/sourness comes through the nose a bit, most likley from the Brett used to bottle it.

T: Tastes better than it smells. More tartness in the taste than I would have thought from the smell. Still a straw/dank/farmhouse taste but more sour up front than I thought it would be from the smell. Late light citrus notes. Very crisp overall.

M: This is a medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, very drinkable.

O: This is a good summer beer. I'm starting to come around on saisons. I guess that link between them and Belgian sours is enough to interest me. This is much better than most other saisons I've tried...that slight tartness or sourness is intriguing. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. In the top 3 for sure that I've had to date. Anyone know the ABV on this?

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Basoos1
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sneth019
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of griffeyb
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mike
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  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 mendvicdog
2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of fmccormi
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Liopard Oir from Lavery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.