961 Lebanese Pale Ale | 961 Beer

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961 Lebanese Pale Ale961 Lebanese Pale Ale

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961 Beer

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.32%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by FrankieW on 03-02-2012

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by jneiswender:
Photo of jneiswender
4.6/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic glass, cool.

A-rocky head off white, clear amber body

S-sumac front, meat marinade, very middle eastern, as it warms you can smell more malt and hops

T-very pervasive herbal and spice flavors. Sumac is very apparent here


O- I really like this beer. I was surprised of its appearance based on how disappointed I usually am of imports and how well some of them hold up. I feel that this should be recatergorized as a fruit and vegeatble or spice beer. It is NOT an IPA and makes not pretenses of being one. I will give it high marks but based on it being a spice beer NOT an IPA.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Guden
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Ammertime
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft, served cold in a 10oz goblet.

A- a pale, clear copper with minimal head.

S- Exotic and complex, like a middle eastern spice blend, the sage and sumac are strong. A pleasant herbal/medicinal smell.

T- most reminiscent of a Moroccan mint tea, lightly sweetened. There is none of the bitterness that the scent might indicate. The hops and malt are muted, almost unlike a beer at all.

M- normal, leaning toward the thinner side.

O- This is one of the best smelling beers I've had. I was amazed from the first sniff. It is definitely something you want to try if you like spiced beers but be forewarned it does not resemble any "normal" English pale ale. The spices dominate this brew.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very distinctive and lightly spicy, so I had to investigate. 961 says "with ingredients such as za’atar, sumac, mint, sage, anise, and chamomile. The use of such herbs and spices makes this distinctive craft brew truly Lebanese."

The aroma is moderate in strength with a complex spice blend with herbal and floral notes. Puttng my nose in the snifter is like sniffing a jar of mixed herbs and spices.

Spicy, mildly bitter flavor. Again, complex and interesting. Mixed spices linger on and on afterwards.

Feel: medium body and near medium carbonation.

A very interesting and distinctive brew dominated by za’atar.

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Photo of Roguer
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick notes:

Very pretty, clear amber body, but very little head, and poor retention. Not an inviting appearance.

Aroma was sweet, malty, and spicy - full of herbs. Nothing stood out immediately.

Flavor followed perfectly. The herbs aren't easy to identify; I get cilantro and ginger, surrounded by a lightly hopped, sweet malty body hinting at honey. Unlike most spiced beers, the added flavor was noticeable without being overpowering.

Great mouthfeel: slick, relatively full-bodied (certainly so for the style), lively with no sting.

This is not a bad beer at all. I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again, but it's unlikely to be the worst offering on the menu.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.56/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Wow...this is different. I think I smelled spearmint at the bottle opening. The beer poured a nice clear copper with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent definitely screams herded/spice beer...I smell a lysolly type pine. The tastes a lot like a US Xmas ale...almost like a Xmas tree. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall....its ok....I don't think I'd ever buy a six of it...luv the build your own six at Binny's.

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Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of erialbill
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Adlar2789
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.44/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a large head.
Smells like lebanese bread, with a massive thyme hit. There's a little sweet malt underneath but lebanese bread is the perfect descriptor here.
Flavours follow along the same line but the herbs also add some astringency and medicinal notes. A metallic character works its way in too.
Nice idea, and the aroma is great but it doesn't quite work. Perhaps if the base beer was maltier.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with minimal retention and some light lacing. Aroma of sumac and mint is incredibly powerful and maybe a tad too much for my own taste. Taste is also dominated by huge amounts of sumac and mint with a dry caramel malt base that is tame compared to the spice mix. Body is a bit light with medium carbonation. I could barely drink half of the bottle as the spice mix was way too rich for my own taste.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

An off white two finger head is poured with some staying power, fairly consistent sized bubbles for the head formation. Body is super crystal clear, orange amber in color and with microscopic carbonation rising. Solid looking brew.

Bouquet is strange on this one. A dry spice hint of cinnamon, some kind of nutty floral sense, and a real odd green herbality I can not pick out. I don't get the impression this is from hops, it's really unique, doesn't seem to come off like an IPA but I do enjoy it. Reading the bottle it notes numerous herbs (sage, thyme, mint).

Palate hits with an incredible amount of green herb aromatics. Thyme and sage burst in the mouth with a nice sweet mix of caramel. Minor hop bitterness on the finish mixing with a minty character, and solid sweet malt backbone. Huge notes of herbal like tea meet throughout hinting at English character.

This is one of the most interesting beers I have had in quite some time. Never had a beer like this before, and I enjoy it, even though it's taste is completely unexpected.

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Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
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 CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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 tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dcotom
4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
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 Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of sammy806
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of herbs are present in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of herbs—thyme and sage seem to stand out in particular—and also has notes of bready and caramel malts along with hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I was really impressed with this beer from the Middle East and thought that the herbal flavors made it quite interesting and unique. The herbs weren't over the top because there was enough underlying malts. This would go great with a variety of foods but hummus and lamb are two that immediately come to mind.

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Photo of marcrech
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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