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Imperial French-Style Ale - Lavery Brewing Company

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Imperial French-Style AleImperial French-Style Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Inpired by Napolean Bonaparte. The Irish and French were Allies during the period when Napolean was in power. French has a small brewing culture but their independence and culture is worthy of great respect. This ale is based around our house French saison blend. It features mostly pale and wheat malts and a hefty dose of sugar to dry this big boy out. Hopped and dry hopped with massive amounts of Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook hops to double IPA levels. So...is it a Tripel IPA? Hoppy saison, a new style? Who knows and more importantly, who cares. Beers like this don't deserve to be put into tiny boxes.

(Beer added by: Morey on 09-03-2011)
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Imperial French-Style Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
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