Imperial French-Style Ale - Lavery Brewing Company
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 9 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Cylinsier:
3.89/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very hazy orange with a yellow-white head about an inch thick. Slow dissipation to a film.
Smells of apples, citrus, fresh grassy malts, and floral piney hops. Some rosewater in there and maybe a hint of candi sugar.
Apple and lemon tartness over a mildly bready malt with coriander and a piney hop bitterness at the end. Some white wine grapes in there too.
Full body with light tingles of carbonation throughout.
A pretty decent strong ale in a Belgian style with notable American influence. Enjoyable with a decent balance and a solid aroma and body, but the flavor edges towards being cloying. All in all, very good and worth trying, but on the rich side and something you'll want to share or pace yourself with or you might get sick of it.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2014 19:17:46 | More by Cylinsier
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
thanks to duff27 for the share!
poured into crooked stave tulip.
Appearance: murky brownish orange bodied beer with 1 finger of white head that linger around for a long time.
Smell: sweet oranges. Belgian candied sugar. Big sweet malt profile. Honey notes. Hint of dank hop.
Taste: I take a sip of this beer and I immediately think of an american barleywine with belgian yeast brewed with oranges. Nice balance and solid complexity.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking beer with no alcohol noted.
Overall: This is really a collage of styles just as the brewery describes it. This is my first beer Lavery Brewing Company and I like what they did here. Honestly I have never heard of this brewery, but I am glad that I know who they are now!
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2013 06:30:30 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.14/5 rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I enjoyed this brew in a wine glass at Barcade in Philadelphia (great spot, check it out if you're ever in the area, both beer and old school arcade game enthusiasts).
A: It pours an almost bright burnt orange color that has no translucency whatsoever. The head is white but very thin and dissipates within seconds of pour.
S: The smell has essences of a sour beer with a dash of coriander. In addition, it maintains a bready aroma of belgian yeasts.
T: Definitely a unique treat! It starts off with a pronound but incredible short tart flavor. Immediately following are the spices, that come off as a saison and tripel lovechild, with an undertone of lucious citrus tasting hops. It finished with a bready belgian yeast flavor. NO ALCOHOL BURN AT ALL.
M: Much like the tart flavor, the carbonation is sharp but very short-lived on the tongue. It finishes very smooth.
O: I was hesitant to try this one since I was unfamilar with the brewery and an "imperial french ale", really? My suspicious was running rampant to say the least. But I'm very happy I gave it a go. It was wonderfully unique with a wide array of flavors. And with an 11.5% abv, it can be a great nightcap beer (2 of these after a long day will put you right to sleep).
***This also could be a great beer to help convert a wine drinker or for you filthy, horny mo fo's, to get a young lady drunk.
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2013 00:50:05 | More by JoePoc17
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I picked this up at Giant, enjoyed chilled in a mug, bottle shared w/ carlos.
The color is a deep golden hued with murky clarity and slightly thick cream cap w/ minute bead and some lace stickage. The smell is good with slight citrus and herbal hop odors and light yeast phenolic element. The feel is decent with some bitterness which is moderately high, but not sharp with slight yeast creaminess and slight spiced texture with moderately high carbonation and a gentle astringency with relatively low alcohol in the feel.
The taste is good with both herbal and citrus flavors from the hops with a mild tinge of grapefruit in the back end with mild yeast tanginess and light peppery elements toward the middle with a light element of astringent hop w/ subtle alcohol in the taste and low medicinal elements with a very hop forward flavor that is augmented by the saison yeast. I would get this again as it has a nice array of citrus and it is enjoyable with the high hop levels which taste fresh and don't go overboard but are agressive in the initial taste.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2012 18:45:09 | More by Slatetank
2.88/5 rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – Served a super hazy yellow color with a tiny white head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a good level of lacing on the glass. When swirled in the snifter the beer clung to the sides of the glass; streaking slowly down the sides.
Smell – The aroma are most of yeast and fruit. The fruit is a combination of banana and some orange citrus. Mixed with these aromas are some grassy and more herbal hop aromas as well as a presence of alcohol (although lighter then would be expected).
Taste – The taste begins with a good hit of yeast and biscuit flavors. As the taste advances a bitter citrus flavor mixed with a bitter grassy flavor comes to the tongue. While it bitters in taste, it also gets slightly tart in nature. Toward the end some spice flavors as well as a hit of a boozy flavor come to the tongue. The flavor transitions in the brew are rather abrupt, with none of them really transitioning very well. In the end, a light burning alcohol taste, mixed with a grassy hop flavor (almost like you would get if eating hops straight up), are left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The beer has a body that is rather chewy and thick with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation level lets all the flavors of the brew soak into the tongue. In this case a little bit of effervescence would have helped hide some of the alcohol and strangely bitter flavors.
Overall – Not really a style and taste profile that I am a fan of. The flavors are rather poor in their complementation and transition, and the feel and smell are not all that great either.
Serving type: on-tap
08-20-2012 23:42:41 | More by Darkmagus82
Imperial French-Style Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
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