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Imperial French-Style Ale | Lavery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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.

Added by Morey on 09-03-2011

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a large tulip glass a hazed burnt orange with a large blooming white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it settles.Alot of dark fruit in the nose along with mild funk, light lactic notes,brown sugar,yeasty spice,and mild earthy/leafy hops.A fuller feel is spot for a beer this size and flavor profile.Not Belgian IPA to me at all on the palate,alot of dark fruit,spice,alcohol,and a smattering of leafy hops in the finish.I don't consider this a BIPA for of a beefed up biere de garde or Saison,either way I think this beer is very underrated.

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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of kbuzz
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a one liter swing top bottle into my snifter. I think this was brewed in September or so.

A: Pours a hazy copper, dark orange. Tons of bubbles. Produced a fluffy two finger head that sticks around. Some nice lacing on this as well.

S: Fruity/juicy hops hit up front. There's also a yeasty breadiness with some of that barnyard in there that you'd get from a Saison. I'm also getting lots of citrus - orange and lemon peel.

T: This is a very challenging beer to drink. I definitely get a lot of astringency. There is a solid hop bitterness present, but no real hop "flavor" and those citrus notes start showing up again after the first few sips. To me, it's lacking something. Ends up tasting like a bit of a boozy mess. There's no distinct hop or malt notes to describe. Just a highy carbonated citrusy boozefest.

M: Medium bodied beer. High carbonation. Very juicy on the palate.

O: This beer needs some work if they attempt it again. Forget trying to classify it, it's not really worth it. I did not enjoy the flavor profile on this at all. Not enough malt or hop flavor to make the booziness worth it. I've used this description once before for another beer, but it almost reminded me of a screwdriver made with cheap orange juice

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.03/5  rDev +8%
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!

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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy and notes of candy sugar. In the taste, earthy, tart notes and small candy sugar. A small spicy bite and light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry spice or orange and coriander. More of a saison, nice big spice and earth, and hides the ABV well.

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Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One liter bottle capped as normal, but it also has a resealable cap (similar to a growler) which is a good thing, because this is a big beer. Hopped with centennials, cascades, chinooks, and colombus hops. Fermented with French and Belgian Yeast.

Pours an extremely hazy copper-orange color topped by 4 fingers worth of fluffy white head. It took forever and a half to settle, but I'm ready to drink this bad boy. Lacing is everywhere! There is no part of my glass that doesn't have a significant amount of foam sticking to it.

Smell is slightly fruity with maybe just a touch of candied sugar. You can also detect some grassy hops and alcohol as well. Not as intense as one might expect though.

Taste- Hard to explain, but here goes...It's fruity, it's hoppy, it's sweet yet tart at the same time. I'm getting some spices in there as well, but I just can't quite put my finger on it. If there was a such thing as a Belgian Barleywine, this would be it.

Medium leaning towards full bodied with a soft carbonation.

A nice beer overall. Very unique. The side of the bottle says..."Is it a hoppy Tripel, an Imperial Saison? To me, it taste nothing like a Tripel, and it's hoppy enough to be a Belgian Ipa, so that's where I put it.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is a big beer in a bigger bottle. The alcohol is noticeable, but if you're in the mood for something a little more heavy, this is a fun beer to drink. I recommend sharing it with a friend or family member (a worthy one of course).

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4.56/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lavery Imperial French Style Ale

Pours a clear golden at first, yeasty sediment swirled in later. Good head retention, fizzy and crackling head with some staying power. Aroma of belgian yeast, some spice and floral hops. In the taste, leafy hops, mild bitterness, estery, peppery belgian yeast and a small sweetness. Alittle euro tasting, light, mildy fruity, but finishes bitter. Warming alcohol is noted. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, good carbonation. Overall, a decent imperial style ale with deceptive strength.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Imperial French-Style Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
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