961 Lebanese Pale Ale | 961 Beer

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961 Lebanese Pale Ale961 Lebanese Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
961 Beer
Lebanon
961beer.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.32%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by FrankieW on 03-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
18.72%
 
 
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Photo of FrankieW
4.88/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer!! Has to be my top favourite in the 961 Beer range. Not only is it co-brewed with Anders Kissmeyer, who received the award for Best Brew Master by the Scandinavian School of Brewing, but it is also made with the best selection of Lebanese herbs. These include zaatar (wild thyme), sumac, mint, anise, and chamomile. It is based on the English IPA but has distinct Lebanese flavours and aromas.

A: Great amber colour. When being poured an off-white creamy head about a centimetre thick forms, and lasts for around a minute. Not too many CO2 bubbles visible, thus not over carbonated.

S: Smells of all the herbs that must have been added during the boiling period. The strongest being that of the wild thyme with a tiny hint of citrus.

T: Very unusual and unique taste. There's a little bit of caramel in there, but the zaatar comes out on top again, leaving a little bitter after taste. Is full bodied.

Absolutely love it!

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Photo of chogm54
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of jneiswender
4.6/5  rDev +28.5%
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

M-medium

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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Photo of ShamasUVA
4.56/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this as a Herbed/Spiced Beer (Base style: Pale Ale), this beer scores exceedingly well.

The underlying pale ale hits all the marks, it is a well crafted pale ale, one that is dry enough to drink several of, but with enough maltiness to balance out the hops.

The real treat in here though is a single note of zata'ar that comes mid-palate. right after the initial sweetness but before the hoppy finish. It is clear and firm, but does not linger.

I do not typically like Spiced beers but this is something special in my opinion, and from a really unexpected place.

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Photo of JimKzoo
4.51/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing unusual beer with a great story

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Photo of Av10
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoboDrinkswell
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of DeadlyFire85
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer, lots of spices

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Photo of marcrech
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
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 2Xmd
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The herbs used really work with this ipa. Nice aroma and the taste matches the smell.

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Photo of snakeayes11
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatterOfOpinion
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of magnusdave
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished gold colour. Head is whispy, thin, but some nice bubbling left behind. Lace grips. Very well, in fact.

Smell is unlikely anything I've ever smelled, beer-wise. Herbacious, with salt, rosemary, tomato paste notes and a huge thyme character. Quite amazing, and oddly enticing.

Taste has a similar note upfront - tomato and thyme certainly, with a slight savoury note. Flavour drops off a lot midway, similar notes on the palate but just a bit emptier, slight sour and slight savoury but just can't quite live up to that aroma.

Bit of carbonation sizzle, decent body though, carries it through.

I want to like this so much because it's so idiosyncratic, but it just doesn't have the oomph to sustain its unique character. Still, I love its quirkiness even if it doesn't entirely live up to the expectations it sets itself.

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Photo of Drknight
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lorenwhite7
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 patre_tim
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 metter98
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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 Guden
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear golden copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, lime, tangerine, apricot, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hops, spice, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, lime, tangerine, apricot, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, apricot, tangerine, chamomile, mint, tea, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of hops, spices, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good spiced pale ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of hops, spices, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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961 Lebanese Pale Ale from 961 Beer
3.58 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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