L'Amalthée | Brasserie Lebbe

L'AmalthéeL'Amalthée
BA SCORE
4.12/5
54 Ratings
L'AmalthéeL'Amalthée
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lebbe
France
charlesnealselections.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by emerge077 on 05-06-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,940
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
54
pDev:
8.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of whatthewhat
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Etan
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

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 jwinship83
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle i picked up solely as an impulse buy. ive seen this beer in several places but never looked anything up about it. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- upon popping the cork, this one began to gush very intensely. almost half the bottle was lost. the bottle came straight from the fridge, so it wasnt due to being overly warm. whats left in my glass appears a cloudy golden color with a slight orangish tint to it. the head is massive and takes forever to fall. large globs of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- the nose starts off with some mild bready notes and some grassy and floral hops. there is also a slight fruitiness to this. light pear and peach notes with a little stronger lemon. slightly peppery.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet bread and a touch of caramel malts. after that it moves into some of the light summer fruits that i could smell, like lemons, pears, and peaches. a little bit of pepper towards the end. delicate grassy and floral hops finish this one off.

M- the body is a little on the lower side of medium. the carbonation is rather strong and slightly off-putting.

O- the way that this one gushed, i was sure that there would be some sort of infection or off flavors, but there wernt. i dont think i would buy this one again because i ended up paying $10 for a 375ml bottle after half of it leaked out. too much to risk on this happening again. id try it on draft if i come across it.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of wedge
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
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 ClavisAurea
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: orangey with a little haze and a firm head

Smell: spicy, peppery, complex sweetness

Taste: cracked peppers from the mill, spicy hops, malty sweetness

This one was a firecracker. The complexity of the flavors melded together so well. I wish it was more readily available. I got my bottle at Central Market in Poulsbo, WA.

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Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Poured a cloudy orangeish cloudy yellow, with thin white head that moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice blend of yeast and spicy notes. The flavors were very similar. The beer was very tasty and I'm having trouble defining the tastes.

The body was full and smooth. Drinkability was also very good, drinking a 22 was no problem. A beer I'd never heard of and enjoyed very much. Worth, a shot when you see it.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recommended to us at Map Room, after we ordered Juliet and Fantome' Saison and were told they were out of both.

A - Cloudy orangish yellow color, decent white head, decent retention.

S - Very grassy, just like a saison, slighty bready , little bit of citrus and lemon, but nothing that stood out a ton. Slighty, non-sweet grape and a hint of pear in there.

T - Solid take on the style. Grassy tasting, you get the pear and grape influence that starts but ends in a hint as it never gets quite sweet. Lemony citrus is also there, but doesn't have much bite and is just another note in the overriding grass of the taste.

M - Lightly bodied, decently carbonated, finishes a bit dry.

D - Considering the style, it's not super drinkable, but it's not like it's hard to do.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
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 noremorse1
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green, capped and sealed 750 ml bottle.

This beer pours reddish orange with little lacing. Has a medium head that falls fairly quickly. Noting quite a bit of carbonation.

Has an earthy smell with hints of orange, caramel, candied hops and mineral water.

Taste is crisp, spicy with a dry and fruity after-taste. A well-balanced beer that may be a bit over-carbonated… or maybe it is just me. However, I did drink the entire bottle and was then thirsty for another. I am not an expert of farm-house ales, or any ales for that matter, but would drink this one again assuming I found it for a better price paying slightly over $10.00 for this bottle.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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 oberon
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me this is much more of a Bier De Garde than a Saison but hey who am I?Best by 11/29/2016.Poured into a tulip glass a slightly hazed honey tinged medium golden with a great looking blooming white head that leaves two big broken rings of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Not Belgian farmhouse at all in the nose,again more Biere de Garde.Honey malts along with overripe pineapple and a tinge of iron along with lightly toasted bready malt,alot of pilsner malt going on.Flavors of bread dough and some honey,some mineral underneath and some leafy hops in the finish.A great food friendly beer and very good in warm weather.

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Photo of impending
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a heavy hazed amber orange, orange tinged dense head recedes appearing as clouds from a plane, nice lacing.

Aroma is full of esters, fruits and flora atop a strong yeasty base. Pear, honey, citrus. Minor mustiness but no funk.

The flavor is much more rustic than the nose. Grassy, white grape skin, pear wrapped in a sweetness with a touch of brief white pepper. Zero dry. A quiet trailing bitterness fades pleasantly away. Medium bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought @ Ledgers, Berkeley CA
bottle says, "Best if consumed before 01/10/10".

A: Copper color. Cloudy. Mouse-like head.
S: Apple-y fruitiness. Honey. Caramel sweetness. Some bubblegum, but not in a bad way. Restrained funk. Any hops that existed initially is long gone.
T: Tart and sweet fruit upfront. Apples and pears are the main fruit flavors. Slight caramel maltiness. Some earthy, astringent raw husk flavor. No hops detected. Maybe would have liked some bitterness to balance the sweetness.
M: Medium body. Medium carbonation.
O: If I was asked to, I would classify this as a Biere de Garde than a Saison because it is more malt driven flavors than yeast driven. But then again, it is a very aged bottle. Still a very pleasurable beer to drink.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2008.
Appearance : golden clear color, with white foam head, dense (medium persistency).
Smel : grainy mailts, cereals, grass
Taste & Mouthfeel : generous attack, ample, hoped and yeasty. Good bitterness finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style "Bière de garde".

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Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of BillHilly
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A: Hazy, golden color. Plenty of sediment floating around. Medium head.

S: Candy sugar, smokiness, pineapple.

T: It's a great farmhouse ale. Lightly smoky (husky?), with hints of various fruits and caramel.

M: Light-bodied and highly drinkable.

O: Good example of a biere de garde.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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