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Leon - Omnipollo

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BA SCORE
86
very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Omnipollo visit their website
Sweden

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Leon is whole-cone hopped and fermented dry using a champagne yeast. The yeast and the hops (Amarillo & Simcoe) in combination with a variety of malts.

(Beer added by: bark on 04-11-2011)
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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

psoriasaurus, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of avalon07
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden color with a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

A: An incredibly strong, completely alluring aroma of citrus, yeast, hops, and malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (grapefruit, a lot of it), a bit of yeast, hops (more than I expected), and a hint of malt in the finish. A vibrant, powerful, totally lovable flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp, somewhat bitter finish. Light-bodied.

O: One of best BPAs I've tried in a while. Easy to drinkable, well made, and very enjoyable.

avalon07, Jul 15, 2012
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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

TheManintheIronMask, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

DelVecchio, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

AnitaBier, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Mphis, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of ckollias
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this brew out of a Belgian Tulip Glass

A: Light copper hue with a huge, white, frothy head that last forever, leaving a great trail, and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet Belgian yeast aroma with hints of fruits.

T: Similar to the smell a sweet Belgian yeast aroma is present with a fruity middle that is slightly tart and finishes a little dry.

M: Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: Impressive Belgian brew - worthy of a try.

ckollias, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of bark
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell is very dry with clean bitter flavours, some citric notes and a distinct yeasty-phenolic Belgian note. Hints of minerals, hay and sweet bread.

The colour is gold with a tint of orange; the liquid is clear. The three finger head is white and airy. It leaves lots of lacing when it slowly sinks down.

The taste is first very, very dry with some yeast, bread and bitter hops. American hops (citric, tea, bitter herbs) and some Belgian phenolic/yeasty notes. The aftertaste is very dry, almost astringent with some warming alcohol, green bananas/banana peels, bitter herbs, lemon juice and a mild bitterness. Dry, wheat-y, almost Champagne-like flavours in the finish.

The bubbles are few, but they are strong and almost sharp. The liquid is dry and light.

A unique and extremely refreshing dry beer.

bark, May 19, 2011
Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this on a whim, because the bottle is really cool. Poured into a pint glass, huge head. Smell of grapes and maybe a bit of citrus. Hoppier then most of this style. I really enjoyed it. I knew nothing about this brewery, and still don't but look forward to trying their other beers.

Farewell_Transmission, Aug 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Ciocanelu, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

kdown, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

discharmingly, May 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

patfoley17, Aug 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Rub_This_BBQ, Jul 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Apathetiq, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of weltywm
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer on a whim, since I had never had a Swedish beer before. Had a deep gold color with about a finger or two of thick white head. The nose was citrusy hops. The taste was an interesting mixture of the same citrusy hops along with some yeast, and a bit of cloves and dry fruit, almost a little bit of funk or farmhouse taste, reminiscent of what I would expect from a saison. A crisp mouthfeel with a nice, dry finish. Overall, a very nice beer that combined a lot of what I value from American and Belgian-style IPAs. Look forward to trying some more of their beer.

weltywm, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of impending
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-

33cl into a tulip. Pours a clear copper gold, yellowish cream colored dense froth clumps and clings.

Aroma is strong of hops which reach from the glass. Grapefruit and pineapple and other sweet yeasty fruits.

Strong grassy grapefruit hop envelopes the flavor from start to finish. Nice dry bite separates the finish which is low in bitter - grass sits in. Tad more than thin lively mouthfeel.

quite tasty, a belgian ipa
cheers
jd

impending, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of BrewerB
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at City Beer Store for $7.99.

Clear and golden with loads of visible carbonation and a thick crop of rocky off-white foam on top. Nice lacing on the glass as the foam recedes. Fruity esters feature prominently in the aroma with sliced pear/apple, a touch of spice. There's also a melon-like fruit blending into the background. Crisp and very dry on the palette with a undercurrent of spiciness/herbal that I'd peg as hop-derived. Low, mostly clean malt profile with a touch of toasted bread. Medium-light bodied with a high level of nearly champagne-like effervescence.

Crisp, refreshingly dry belgian pale ale with intriguing herbal/spicy hop character and an invitingly fruity aroma.

BrewerB, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and synthetically corked sturdy-ass bottle. The label seems to depict some random pop-art. And who's this Leon fella?

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a tower of frothy, thinly foamy, and mostly puffy off-white whipped cream head, which leaves some thorough patchy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of crisp biscuity pale malt, rather understated musty yeast, dry white wine, muddled, yet still sharp citrus rind, aerosolized black pepper, and herbal, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is again quite edgy in the grapefruit, orange, and dried pineapple fruitiness up front, followed closely by that earthy Belgian ale yeast, crackery pale malt, further white wine must, faint table pepper, and deliciously pungent herbal, leafy, soapy, and softly floral hops.

The carbonation is actually quite lilting and ineffectual by the time it gets to my tongue, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the hops and/or yeast not up for any tussle here. It finishes off-dry, the malt somewhat straining under the malingering citrus and herbal hops, not to mention the yeast and well fading spice notes.

Belgian Pale Ales are usually more miss than hit for me, but I gotta say, this is pretty tasty, and relatively easy to drink. The complexity of the Champagne yeast providing those subtle vinous characteristics, along with the Yankee IPA hops, goes a long way in distancing this example from the field. Not a particular steal at the retail level, but I'm always content enough in that respect when the goods, are, ya know - good.

biboergosum, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a really nice looking white foamy head on top that had a really strong lacing and head retention to it. The beer had a slightly hazed golden color to it with lots of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The smell of the beer was decent, some grains and hops nothing too special in addition to the Belgian yeast aromas in the mix also. The taste was pretty strong on the first few sips. The carbonation and the hops create a very sharp mouthfeel. Overall the more I drank the better it got. I wouldn't have to buy it again but it's not a bad brew.

Knapp85, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Its not like Sweden can sit around and let the rest of Scandinavia churn out new craft beer without them getting into the action. Enter Omnipollo with their artistic Belgian pale ale with juicy American hop character and a dry wine-like backdrop.

And like many of those Franconian pale ales, the pilsner malt shines with a faint haze that burrows into the bright straw-yellow coloration. A short-statured, stark white head tops the beer with a creamy texture that pops and fades quicker than expected. It's champagne-like appearance holds true even with its spritzy head character.

Earthy, grainy, and rustic aromas overshaddow those of the bright citrusy hops- leading the charge are notes of dried wood, stripped grass, white wine must, and an overall dusty aged scent that gives the beer a mature sense. But then there's the zesty hop notes of white grapefruit, pineapple, and piquant herbs that lifts the beer and gives it a fresh scent.

Grainy-sweet flavors of dry crackers and "Grapenuts" cereal gives a glimpse into the unadulturated taste of barley malt. Pile on the grassy, citrusy, and herbal hops and we have flavors of honeysuckle, perfume, and mild detergent taste that take on proportions of dried oranges, limes, and pineapple. Mild must elements allow the beer to read similarly to oak aged chardonnay, except with the underlying barley and hop balance. Finishing with the same dry malt taste that starts it off, the musty acidity sets the closure apart from its upstart.

Medium-dry in texture, the beer offers very little sweetness. Instead the fully attenuated mouthfeel lightens the body and permits the spirited carbonation to carry the beer off effortlessly. Its quick finish is lightly chalky, mildly astringent, and playfully warm while its must and fruit bitterness lingers shortly into aftertaste. It's a very clean taste for such complexity.

Leon is a pilsner-focused Belgian pale ale at its core. And it's the American hop character that gives the beer a little unexpected kick that carries much more punch than the usually delicate noble hops of Germany. Effortless and artistic throughout.

BEERchitect, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

xdefeatsy, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy dark gold color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stayed around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon peel), yeast and some grainy/bready malt. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the citrusy and bitter flavors are the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth but has high but also soft carbonation. It's easy enough to drink. It's a good overall brew, I thought it was definitely worth trying. $5.59 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Hopmodium, Apr 27, 2014
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Leon from Omnipollo
86 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.