L'Amalthée | Brasserie Lebbe

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54 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lebbe
France
charlesnealselections.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by emerge077 on 05-06-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.05%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

man i have waited and wanted to drink this beer for such a long time now. a dream finally realized. the thing is, we dont see a lot of the sexiest imports in colorado, and after a whole host of mediocre india pales, reds, and brett beers that seem to dominate our local market, all i want is a genuine classic, green bottle and all. this is raw and lively and poured from an affordable but literally ancient green bottle that has more dust than an old ladys skateboard, and even the label looks like its been wet, dry, wet, dry, wet, and dry again, almost a sad bottle, but a bomb beer, and i may never even know what a fresh one tastes like. still, even with the oxidation, the obvious but flattering green bottle stink, and the over conditioned nature of the thing, i somehow still get fresh malts, wheaty and earthy and complex and different, and i also get some aged hop quality, like a lambic without the sour or the wood, but that mowed lawn and baled hay thing, farmy without being yeasty, super distinct and likable that way. skunk and stale are strong here, but the beer remains brilliant, heritage vibe, stuff that seems to me ancient, timeless, and special, even if its quality however many years and miles later seems a tad bit compromised. i am still a fan, and when i taste this fresh someday, the saison world may end. i mean it. i feel part of something bigger than myself with this one, like a marine. a liquid marine...

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Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beernoobie
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnymaltby
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Plastic sealed rim bottle cap, neato, a nice pop and gas when released. Best consumed before June 6th 2017.

Deep golden amber, quite clear but fills with a bit of mild cloud and lots of great carbonation all around. Forms a wonderful but simple one finger controlled bleaching bright creamy white head, that always stays up and populated. Reams of side carbonation bubbles, and a great classic roaring middle column of fire in the center..

Real fascinating aroma. Deep minty herbs, with some dry earth and huge floral tones. Chewy body with a sage and mint like quality, possible wheat? Density. Inviting and thick with still a dry punch that airs through the nostrils. Excellent.

What a fascinating beer on the palate. Chewy body with brett like hotness at first, that comes back later. Minty front with a real nice herbal sweeetness comes with a chewy quality. Honey tones explode with soft chewy mint and beeswax candles on the aftertaste. A real excellent malt character matching with honey and effervescence sort of like a braggot brut of some creation. Mild nutty tannic teeth coating qualities, slightly wet but with still an excellent coating slick palate.

Real neat brew, excellent quality and very special. Would love to have this again someday, and hope to.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle, best by 11/1/17, into a tulip, pours a hazy golden pear/caramel with a tight foamy 3 finger off-white head that subsides over the course of several minutes and leaves good if not great lacing. Nose is toasted grain, fresh cut hay, some mild medicinal herbal hoppiness, a little pear.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow color, hazy. Very dense, lacy head of foam, especially given the effervescent nature of the beer. Biscuit and herbal aromas. Grassy, herbal, hop characteristics remind me of a pilsner. A very unique and delicious beer. I'll be looking for more of it.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crisp graham cracker, fresh spicy herbal hops in the aroma. Just slightly fruity. Hints of dill and grass. Somewhat earthy. Hay as well. Very rustic aroma. Malt dominates the aroma.

Pours golden hazy yellow/orange with an off-white head great retention and lacing. Heavily carbonated.

Sweet bready malts upfront with pear and apple. The light dill from the aroma is still present on the palate. Becomes more herbaceous and spicy with each sip. Graham cracker pilsner malt is present throughout, but complex spicy, herbal flavors mingle in.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. Mostly dry finish with lingering malt.

So unique, unlike any beer I've had. The BJCP description of Biere de Garde is fairly vague. While this is not like any other Biere de Garde I've had, it still fits within the description...

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Photo of tastybeer
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Glowing golden orange with tiny suspended bits around the bottom of the glass. Large foamy peach tinted off white head that recedes to a ring and lumpy patch at the center of the glass. Scattered lace remains... Aroma is dank with some kind of fruitiness that I can't specifically place... Pear, the tart part of under ripe peaches, something slightly minty, wine-like, wild flowers, green grapes, mystery berries, hibiscus, and super funky miscellaneous farm aromas. A very unusual beer.....I've never had anything quite like it. Taste is very soft around its crazy edges. Soapy floral, some kind of spicy zest, dried mangos, sage, herbal earthiness, apple, pitted fruits, all soft and fluffy... After each sip there's a lingering spicy, chalky smackiness. Mouthfeel is also fluffy... Almost creamy with very fine carbonation bubbles.

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Photo of wedge
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BEST WHEN CONSUMED BEFORE: 26/06/15

Cloudy yellow bodied liquid under an expansive head of lumpy foam that drops to a milkshake covering. Very interesting aromas of pear juice, lavender, and mint. Some faint oxidation with a deep sniff and a little biscuit comes out when it warms up. Flavor is slightly less odd due to increased pale malt sweetness which rounds things out. Still, that minty, medicinal quality remains and throws me for a bit of a loop. Pear sweetness, apples, clove, grapes, flowers, and some lingering herbalness. Medium-light, fluffy body that dries out in the finish. Totally wacky stuff. I have a feeling there's a lot of variation between batches.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Etan
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

750ml into a teku.

A: Pours a muddy caramel color with a thick off-white head.

S: Aroma is browned apples, caramel, plum.

T: Taste brings some grainy maltiness, dry yeast, brown bread, bit of clove, mild astringent spiciness on the end.

M: Medium-bodied with zingy carb.

O: Interesting, but a bit too malty and oxidized to be really great.

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Photo of andysk
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of safaricook
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

I found this per accident in a little shop high up in the Pyrenees in South France. It is a great rustic farmhouse ale with a Belgium nose and a Biere de Garde toasted malt backbone. Nuff said, let's enjoy this!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Gusher! Lost about 1/5 of the bottle on opening, but managed to start pouring before total loss. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a three finger white head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Big skunkiness, grain and biscuit on opening. Aroma in the glass is similar, biscuit and sweet bready malt, apple juice, mild citrus, honey and sadly, skunk. Flavor is biscuity, slightly toasted malt, apple and pear juice, orange citrus, coarse bread, nice woody and rustic graininess. Finishes with light noble hop bitterness and a bit more of the skunk, although it is not as noticeable as in the aroma and may fit in with the other rustic flavors. Medium bodied with quite active carbonation. After the gusher of opening, I was pleased to find no evidence of the flavor going off, on the contrary, this was a very nicely balanced, flavorful ale that was similar to eating a top notch notch freshly ground, whole grain bread.Really everything I could hope for in a Biere de garde without any of the tartness that these sometimes have. I liked this very much. Except for the loss from opening, the $10 price for this 750ml is quite a bargain for an imported, quality French ale. I enjoyed this more than my score indicates, because the aroma really was badly skunked, probably due to the green bottle. This had a drink by date of 2016 and I certainly would not store it in this bottle for any length of time. I hope they reconsider their packaging, because this is a worthy product.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Jtrigonis
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of fehrminator
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of whatthewhat
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of augustgarage
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Best before Feb. 2015.

Agitated goldenrold body with an ever-growing crennelation of papaya whip foam. Rocky yet mousse-like lacing climbs out of the glass. Perpetual retention.

Sweet and spicy aroma with white pepper, coriander, and orange peel in the mix along with a hint of lavender and cardamom. Elegant yet rustic.

Grain-centered palate entry accompanied by a light hoppy kick which fades to spices, then winter fruit (pears?), then a grassy finish with another floral flourish. Dry and a touch toasty overall (guessing a decent quantity of Vienna malt was used?). Easy-going mustiness/funk peeks out once in a while.

Creamy, medium-light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

A tasty farmhouse ale - best paired with a simple platter of cheese/fruits/fish/olives/etc.

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L'Amalthée from Brasserie Lebbe
4.1 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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