961 Lebanese Pale Ale | 961 Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
961 Beer
Lebanon
961beer.com

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.32%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Lebanese Pale Ale Story
10,000 years in the making. Lebanese Pale Ale marks the return home for beer. From the land where beer and human civilization were born, comes a new brew that is a marriage of Western brewing tradition, Eastern complexity and a sublime expression of the Lebanese renaissance. A beer inspired straight from the spice markets of Lebanon with distinct Lebanese flavors and innovation.

Ingredients: water, malt, hops, yeast, thyme, sumac, camomile, sage, anise, mint.

Added by FrankieW on 03-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,437
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
102
pDev:
18.66%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Wanax
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VoxRationis
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a custom Sam Adams glass; best before 11/01/19.
A: Pours a hazy amber color with a slightly rose caste and a quarter inch, white head resolving down to a rim. Sudsy lacing, at most.
S: Strong bread, caramel, and spice (thyme more than sage) aromas.
T: The herbal, oregano taste is strong, pretty much overwhelming the other spices, as well as any toasty or caramel flavors. Bitterness almost metallic with a metallic aftertaste.
M: Light bodied with decent persistence of effervescence.
O: Thought is would be worth a try. Perhaps enjoyable if you like this spice set. I truly didn't care for it.

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Photo of prisdefer
2.4/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of LJWalker
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rab53
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours dark amber with a very thin head. The aroma is of thyme and perhaps sage. Not much in terms of hops or malts as the herbs are dominating the nose, although they're not too intense. The taste is moderately bitter, with more of the herbs coming through at the end. It is supposed (as per the label) to also contain chamomile, anise and mint but I do not detect them. Medium body and with little carbonation.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chuckanut pint glass. Pours a coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of pilsner malt, earthy summer herbs (sage is most distinct), a hint of grassy hops. The herbal smell is inviting. Flavor is light biscuit malt, sage, thyme and other Mediterranean herbs, chamomile bitterness. Finishes with bitter herbs, a hint of mint and light pale malt. Medium bodied with good carbonation. This is a nice herbal ale that is dominated by sage and thyme. These distinct flavors mask some of the other herb flavors, although there is light mint in the finish and the bittering tastes mostly like chamomile with little distinct hop bitterness. Although the malt is sufficient to support the herbs, it has little character of its own and it would have been interesting to taste some hop interaction with these nice herbal flavors. This definitely has the taste of the Mediterranean and Middle East. Exotic and pleasant. I would definitely get this with a spicy regional dish.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes taken 12/16/16:

Very attractive clear dull amber. Creamy, foamy lemon white head of moderate retention. Grassy, grainy, bready aroma, pretty generic, but with suggestions both metallic and herbal, like pencil shavings or almost oregano. This latter nose quality is very prevalent on the palate, throughout. Must be the Lebanese spices the label says were added. Apart from that, very grassy, caramel in the background, with lightly metallic, almost bloody aftertaste, distinct but not strong enough to be unpleasant. Medium-bodied, sudsy to almost effervescent and tingly, mildly dry finish. Refreshing enough, interesting flavor. All in all, slightly below average for a Pale Ale, but since it is supposed to be based on some ancient brew, one should definitely should let that fact slide.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
4.16/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This might not be everyone's cup of (herbal) tea, but I found the flavor combination quite interesting. The spices play on the palate, first one, then another, with floral notes and a little citrus tang peeking in. In combination, the spices present aroma and flavor profiles reminiscent of oregano. The finish is bitter, crisp, and dry. A very nice beer that I'd think would be a natural pairing with falafel or shawarma.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper and slightly cloudy, no carbonation and topped with 3 fingers of glassy head.

Smells of sweet malts, herbs and spices. Middle eastern spices, cardamom, and cinnamon.

Its very spice foreword, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, and a slight heat, followed by some malty sweetness, and dulled, bitter finish. There's an almost cola like quality at moments.

Medium light, slightly syrupy body, with little carbonation.

Got at Tiffany's in Kalamazoo a week ago. Drank in New Hamburg, ON, Oct 11th, 2016. Very unique beer in its expression.

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Photo of matuto
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A round of applause for 961. Finally a beer from a middle eastern country brewery that can be put in the same category as an American craft beer. This beer stood out to me as the best of the bunch. Granted I did not find the American Pale Ale. But I was happy to consume this.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of marcrech
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Julienberbery
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of snakeayes11
4.04/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Av10
4.31/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gillagorilla
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Horizon Society teku. Bottle #: L2456671.5 Contains: thyme, sumac, camomile, sage, anise & mint

L: Golden copper color with a small head that lingers just around the glass wall.
S: Interesting malt nose with hints of citrus and medicine. You really get the thyme and sage. Smells like an herb garden.
T: Standard APA overall, with notes of the herb garden. Quite herbal, but not overly so.
F: Soft, gentle carbonation that is fuzzy.
O: Interesting beer that I didn't realize had all of those ingredients until I read the label. Great nose on it. First Lebanese beer, I think.

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2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaybirdbrew
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fostachild
1.5/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Did not enjoy this at all. Smelled and tasted like pizza to me and couldn't finish it.

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961 Lebanese Pale Ale from 961 Beer
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 102 ratings