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L'Amalthée | Brasserie Lebbe

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Lebbe

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by emerge077 on 05-06-2007

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of johnnymaltby
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Lob
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

Best before 20/07/09

A: This has an awesome hazy orange hue to it before it even leaves the bottle. After the pour, it retains the hazy orange coloring with an incredibly creamy (almost meringue-like) three finger head that leaves sheets of sticky lace in the glass. Very effervescent body, as well.

S: Wonderful aromas of pear, mild citrus, dusty attic, grain, crackers, with a touch of candi sugar and grape. I also thought I detected a bit of noble hops in the nose.

T: Whoo boy! Citrus (lemon/orange), pear, sweet apple, crackers and or bread crust, hay bale, earthy spice, wet field grass, dingy old barn, a pinch of hops, and toasted malt.

M: Starts big and juicy and then takes a turn towards the dry side as the finish progreses. A perfectly refreshing Saison!

D: So balanced and delicious. Supposedly this guy only bottles 600 bottles (50 cases!) of this stuff a month. I feel honored and privledged to have been able to enjoy this!

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Photo of andysk
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Beernoobie
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imbibehour
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
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 ckornmannn
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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 Beerzebub
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got at Blackwell's in San Francisco. Best Before date: 06/04/2008.

Light amber color, clear until the last glass. An inch of cream colored head. Attractive blobs and tendrils of lace.

Smells strange and wonderful. Dry biscuit, light caramel, dry leaves, a bit of nail polish remover. Some hops, like grass/herbs/hay. Cloves, cedar, and cinnamon emerge as it warms, making for quite an exotic aroma.

Tastes dry, but not as totally dry as it smells. Nice balance of biscuity, caramelly (light, something like Lyle's Golden Syrup) malt with explicit but nicely controlled hop bitterness and flavor - grass, leaves, hay, and an herbal note like thyme. Solvent, clove, cedar and cinnamon. A touch of astringency. Extremely balanced and enjoyable, very much a farmhouse ale. This seems completely like a homebrew, and one made for everyday drinking, yet elegant and complex. Long dry finish, cedar and cloves. Outstanding.

Good mouthfeel. Can be too fizzy, but several swirls smooth it out. Drinkable in the extreme, and just gets better as it warms.

A great and original beer from a Belgian goat farmer in Southwestern France. I'm not worthy!

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Photo of ojiikun
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a very simple 750ml bottle, no barcode, no date, no back label. Capped with a vacuum cap, it popped quite nicely.

Body is very hazy but not at all chunky dark amber. Reddish in the center with edges of pure orange. Head is beautifully full and clean white. Not much lace, though.

Smell is candied hops, red pepper, sparkling mineral water, fresh yeast, orange peel. Strong on the hops, lots of backing malts that smell light.

Taste is amazingly restrained given the firm smell. More hops, sweet pear, bready and darker malts, more of the simple, fresh yeast.

The mots remarkable thing here is how darn smooth the body is. Hoppy and distinct, but almost no alphas at all! This combined with the absolute top-notch carbonation makes this a joy to swill in the mouth and really chew on. Drinkable as any I've ever had.

For less than ten dollars, this is an absolute find! A true-to form farmhouse ale with a bit more kick than most in the style, and a pleasing surprise of yeast that's more modern than most. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ejquin
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: About as nice a saison look as you can find. Nice cloudy ornage with thick white head that laces nicely.

S: I get some fruit, a nice candied sugar sweetness, malt, bready yeast.

T: Very well blanced. Starts with pear quickly fading to biscuit and a nice sweetness. Alcohol and hops linger in finish but everything perfectly balanced.

M: I thought this beer was perfectly carbonated with a smooth semi-heavy mouth feel.

Ovr: The story behind this beer was too good to miss. A Belgian goat farmer who makes cheese and produces a very liited amount of saison on the side. This is one of the best examples of the style I've had to date. Up there with Saison Dupont for me, and I actually think this beer was slightly better balanced. Remarkable.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Random bottle in a random location, age and storage unknown.

Cap comes off with a pop, beer pours with a white, lacy head. Hazy amber color, head slowly settles into a film of bubbles. Smells of earth, hay, light citrus and pears.

Tastes glorious, a kind tickle of carbonation and a pleasant aftertaste of earthy barley.

Damn find brew, I will grab a few more if I see it again.

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Photo of gory4d
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great find at Whole Foods in Evanston -- my wife and I shared it in our hotel room last night before coming back to NYC. It poured a slightly hazy golden, with a robust white head that didn't linger. The smell was grassy and sharp, with some apricot and citrus notes. The flavor was sharp and grassy upfront with some some surprising notes of honey sweetness, with lots of citrus in the swallow and a long, bitter, piney, hoppy linger down the throat. It has a nice robust fizz, really filling up the mouth -- great fun to quaff. One of the best saisons I've had.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of popery
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best when consumed before 27/07/14. Poured into a La Chouffe glass. I'm fairly confident that this is the first beer that I've tried from Southern France. I don't know if it's a proper saison or biere de garde, for that matter. Whatever that means. The brewery reportedly uses a German yeast strain - the whole backstory is actually quite interesting (organic farmer, who mostly makes goat cheese, decided to make an organic beer with his own barley).

The beer pours a warm shade of orange. It's quite cloudy, though you can just barely see through the glass at points. The head is a pale beige, rocky and huge. Excellent retention and lacing. There's obviously some nice protein content. Big clumps of bubbles stick to the glass even on the second pour, and the head lasts for ages.

Aroma is light and subtle. I'm picking up pears, pineapples, bright grain, grassy hops, minerals and a dusty farmhouse character. It's all quite gentle, and the sweet barley flavors come through the most. You can smell the grain quality. There's a very light apricot, raisin tone, but it's delicate and works very well with the beer.

The taste has a wonderfully pleasant barley flavor. It's soft and sweet and fruity. Apples, pears, peaches, grapes, apricots, all come to mind, but it's not the sort of thing that hits you over the head. Delightfully and authentically rustic. Fresh and refreshing. The finish adds in some grassy, floral hops and a touch of mineral dryness. Light bitterness coats the mouth after the beer is gone.

The mouthfeel is probably my favorite part. This is a gentle but creamy and full beer. I'd almost guess that it used some other grain, but it's not quite akin to the mouthfeel of anything in particular. This beer has its own unique feel.

Very interesting beer. And I'm pleased to have finally decided to pick up a bottle. This beer would pair wonderfully with food. It probably would shine most with cheeses, particular its farm mate, goat cheese, but it would just make for a great all-purpose table beer, really. Great light barley flavor. Nothing too strong or rough on the palate. It's a very pleasant beer with solid flavor.

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Photo of safaricook
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

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 rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass) bottled 5/12/10
A- This beer has a hazy deep orange body with a lumpy beige head that last for the full beer. There are strands of tiny carbonation that trail up the glass. This beer gets hazier with each pour.
S- The rich caramel aroma has a slight sweetness to it and a light sulfury note with some yeasty qualities. As the beer opens up the sulfury note turns into more of a spice note and there is a soft apple cider note in the finish.
T- The deep woody light caramel note finishes with a mellow bitter bite that blends and lingers with caramel flavors. As the beer warms the caramel takes on a bit more of a cider quality. M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is creamy from the thick head and a slight fizz texture in the finish.
D- This beer reminds me more of a scotch ale than a saison with all its malty caramel flavor, but it has a nice depth without becoming to cider and it is a great beer to quaft.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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 emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green 750mL bottle, dark green label with gold banners displaying script text, painting of a goat, wheat, and hop cones. Bottle states 6% abv, BB: 12/10/2008

Pours a hazy amber w/suspended particles. Two fingers of off-white crackling foam. Aroma of earthy aged hops and malt.

Notes of pear, dusty hay, earthy yeast, with a malty backbone. A rustic farmhouse character. Wheaty. Chalky, dry herbal finish with traces of effervescent mineral water. Not as spicy as Belgian saisons.

Body is medium, delicate, with good carbonation. No problems finishing the bottle. This would be great paired with some cheeses, or a meal outdoors in the sun.

Notes from importer: Ingredients include home-grown barley, pure Pyrenee Mountain spring water, organic yeast and hops from Germany, and a touch of sugar and yeast added at bottling time. The conditioned beer evolves and develops over the course of two years following its bottling.

Imported by Charles Neal Selections, Richmond, CA.
Purchased at House of Glunz, Chicago, IL.

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L'Amalthée from Brasserie Lebbe
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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