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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
Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at a Pittsburgh tasting a bit ago.

22oz bottle split and poured into a Stone taster.

A - Pours a cloudy, hazy goldenrod with about a finger's worth of white head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

S - The nose is full of spicy and somewhat herbal notes. I'm getting a good amount of lemongrass, citrus, and maybe some coriander as well. Slightly funky with some earthy notes.

T - The taste at the start has a lot of floral, grassy hop flavors, before transitioning into lemon, orange, and a melange of different spices, like clove. It's hard to put a finger on this since I am getting lots of different notes here. The yeast doesn't help matters, but it definitely makes things interesting and fresh.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. This beer finishes bone dry and rather crisp, which is always nice to see from a saison. Long-lasting fruit and spice leaves a very nice finish.

D/O - Drinkability is high. Excellent mouthfeel and the hops add a nice layer to an already solid saison base. I have seen Lavery bottles a few times, but have never pulled the trigger, but I will definitely pick this beer up again and keep an eye out for their other offerings.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +7.1%
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 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.

Photo of kbuzz
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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 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 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 DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5%
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!

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 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 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 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 justintcoons
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful murky straw with about 2-3 fingers of white, bubbly head. Large amounts of yeast sediment settles at the bottom of the glass.

N: Pear, doughy bread, clove, drops of lemon juice and apple juice along with some subtle barnyard and hay. There's also some underlying Brett notes. Smells fantastic!

T: Notes of apple juice, lemon juice and pear are upfront along with some tart Brett characteristics. Mid-palate brings in doughy bread, wheat and clove with hints of hay and potpourri. Finishes with very subtle notes of cracked black pepper, barnyard and lightly sour Brett.

M: Light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

O: Very delicate. Very refreshing. Outrageously easy drinking. Excellent entry in the Table Saison category.

Photo of Morey
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states that this is brewed with barley, wheat, rye, oats, and corn...and that it is hopped with locally grown Cascade hops. It's also bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces (an old British yeast strain known for it's fruity and tart characteristics).

Poured out of the bomber and into my glass very gently. This beer produced an insane amount of fluffy white foam which quickly filled my entire glass. I patiently waited for it to settle, and now I'm onto the review...

Hazy yellow/orange color with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Head has finally settled to a thin lace. Impressive head retention.

Very pleasant aroma filled with the normal characteristics of the style, but perhaps a bit cleaner with just a hint of sourness.

The tartness from the Brett hits you up front. Not too much though, just the right amount...and then in come the familiar and refreshing wheat & fruity flavors of a good Saison.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I feared this one may be a little heavy on the carbonation, but not so.

A solid example of the style. Actually I'd have to say that it's among the better ones that I've had.

Morey's Bottom Line: This may be Lavery's best beer in my opinion. It's between this and the IRA. Nice job guys! I prefer this one in the bottle. I don't think that he used the Brett in the draft version (I could be wrong), but the tartness comes through much better out of the bottle.

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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 Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of jculler82
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow with a quickly dissipating head. Not much lacing.

The aromas were subdued, but there was a bit of lemon, some vanilla, fruit esters from the primary yeast, and some Brett C funk poking through. I assume the brewer brett's the keg and it wasn't just my mind telling me there was brett there because I knew there was supposed to be.

The beer was extremely drinkable and a perfect fit for a nice warm April day. Lemon up front, a quick shot of vanilla, some clove, and then a bitter finish. Full bodied, yet dry as a bone and the funk from the brett is the only remnant of beer left on the palet after the swallow.

What this one lacks in aroma, it makes up in drinkability and flavor. Here's to more American brewed session saisons!

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 mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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 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 beergod1
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was a cloudy medium gold with a medium off white head. Taste was very funky and refreshing. Carbonation was the first thing that I noticed. Tastes of yeast, Brett, fruit, light lemon, and grain. Really easy to drink. A little thin bodied, but It's worth it.

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a massive head (the bottle was a gusher) that leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Crusty bread, lemongrass and a hint of white pepper and coriander (I suspect the aroma will improve over time as the Brett does its stuff)

Taste: Bready, up front, with lots of yeasty complexity, lemongrass, white pepper, coriander and tart funk developing by mid-palate; spicy finish, with underlying complexity from the grain bill

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body (somewhat creamy) with moderate carbonation

Overall: I liked this beer quite a bit and also had it the other day on draft (no Brett in the draft version, I was told); I won't rate the draft separately but will note that it had a lower carbonation level and had a bit more toffee in the flavor profile (particularly noticeable in the finish); Lavery is a brewery to keep an eye on

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