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Liopard Oir - Lavery Brewing Company

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86
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 14
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

djrn2, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.3/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

acurtis, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

metter98, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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

brentk56, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Texasfan549, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

JAHMUR, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

RblWthACoz, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

drabmuh, Aug 03, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

oline73, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Rifugium, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

mactrail, May 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -48.1%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.9%

InspectorBob, May 25, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

corby112, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
2/5  rDev -48.1%

yourefragile, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

stakem, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

I didn't realize that this was a beer for the ladies until after I picked it up, not sure I would have randomly picked this one had I know that before. Either way though this was a pretty good beer.

Beer pours with a generous head which took a little bit of time to go down. Once I was finally able to get to the beer with, it smelled of lemon and earthy tones. The bottle notes to pour this beer carefully leaving the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I noticed very little sediment.

This beer was very drinkable at which can be expected at 4.8%. This was my first time trying something from Lavery Brewing and would definitely experiment with other offerings from them.

duceswild, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
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...

Huhzubendah, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

sendbeer, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

rolltide8425, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Bottle opened on 8.28.14

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

HuskyinPDX, Aug 29, 2014
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Liopard Oir from Lavery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.