Liopard Oir - Lavery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 140
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 17
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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.32/5  rDev -40.7%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
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... (303 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of crc1935
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap and served in a 12 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a very hazy yellow color with a slight tint of orange mixed in. The head upon serving was very light and white and faded relatively fast to give way to very little lacing.

Smell – Lot of aroma are present here my friends. Fruit aromas of citrus- lemon, orange, and grapefruit, are quite strong. There are other fruits as well however with light hints of tart apple and pear. These aromas mix with a bit of biscuit aroma as well as a good helping of funk from the yeast and some more floral aromas as well.

Taste – A slightly more sour lemon and grapefruit flavor are the first detected. Some of the biscuitiness works its way in toward the middle of the taste with the hay and some of the more yeasty funky flavors. Towards the end there is a tartness of grapefruit and some pepper that begins to come into play. Up until this point the flavor is quite enjoyable, but at the end the flavors don’t meld to well and leave a tart lemon-pepper flavor on the tongue that lingers just a bit too much.

Mouthfeel – A medium body with a slightly above average carbonation level. The added carbonation suits this lighter yet complex beer quite well.

Overall – Not the best saison out there in my opinion, but none the less not bad either. It is rather dry and crisp with some nice fruity and funky characteristics, but seems to lack a harmony in the taste with some of the flavors seeming to battle one another at times. (1,494 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,671 characters)

Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick white head that falls quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus and yeast. Mown hay.

T/F: Zesty citrus flavor. Fruity... some complex flavors from the yeast. Lemongrass and a bit of sweetness. Hops in the background only. Significant carbonation. A bit on the fizzy side.

O: A light and easy drinking Saison... great for a hot summer day, and one that the ladies can also enjoy. A happy representation of the style. Would love to try one of the 'barrel aged' variants. (560 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of haazer
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (378 characters)

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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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. (868 characters)

Photo of BeerIsland
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of beergod1
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (874 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (2,442 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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! (923 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (609 characters)

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Liopard Oir from Lavery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.