Liopard Oir | Lavery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
laverybrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beer for the ladies, crazies and connoisseurs. A floral, hoppy and fruity French-style saison. Saisons are completely undescribable so we won't even try. Our interpretation has five types of grain, Lavery Estate hops and three different strains of yeast! The yeast is the star of this show - fruity, spicy, fragrant, alluring and simply delicious. This beer ends dry and crisp and bottled conditioned with Brettanomyces Clausenii, a wild yeast that adds fruity, tart and mildly funky aromas and flavors to ale. This beer is great young but will change considerably with time.

Named Liopard oir, Irish for 'gold leopard', which appears on the Lavery Family crest.

Added by Morey on 06-25-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
148
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
24.55%
 
 
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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overly enjoyed this beer with bright apricot golden body thick with fluffy white head, forms a dimpled texture rising above the rim of the glass. Streaming flowing carbonation follows shortly. Aroma has tart lemon citrus, with spicy barnyard funky notes, complex funky spicy yeast from the brettanomyces bringing in earthy mint and citrus herbal hop bitterness into the party. Flavor has a dry finish with cereal grain notes of complex spicy finishes in other worldly fruit and spice combination, for the record I will kill directly any SOBs that want a good shot at me. The flavor has a dry finish complex spicy tart fruit combines well in this inspired golden ale...dry white oak aging has it's moments with tart lemon and spicy brett addition flavors. High carbonation levels tickles the throat with re-fermentation throughout the bottles, this is unbelievable , at one hand it adds Belgian like effervescence on the other hand carbonation is flat as can be. Overall a complex and crazy farmhouse ale from Erie, PA you tell me if it's worth my time.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liopard Oir
Lavery Brewing Company
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 4.80 %

LOOK: Hazed yellow with a pale white hint. Pours with a soapy head and fine lace work.

SMELL: Aroma is funky, yeasty, floral, citric, and has a bit of a barnyard element as well. Smells like a well made farmhouse ale, and is very inviting.

TASTE: Refreshing and light, with lemon peel, Belgian yeast, a funky tartness. There is also some peppery spice and earthyness. Small hop notes and mild bitterness. Very nice tart Brett notes, making the brew refreshing and quite tasty all the way through. Light bodied feel, well carbonated, and very easy to drink.

Overall, this is a very nice Saison with some earthy and Bretty characteristics. Definitely a new favorite of mine, a classy semi-sour brew with very delightful flavors. A new session staple and I highly recommend trying this. Just about world class.

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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light and refreshing. A very accessible Saison or more of a Farmhouse in the lighter style. Frosty golden in the tall Petrus glass with just a slight haze. A whiff of wheat and oats in the nose.

Lovely mouth-filling mix of bubbles and yeasty flavors. The lemony tartness also adds to the refreshing quality. The Brett is certainly lighter than most beers claiming the stuff, and it really shows more in the woodsy aroma. Just a pleasant bitter twang from the hops, and not so much of the Belgian yeasty taste. All in all, it's a highly quaffable light beer but pricey at $9.50.

Nice to encounter a beer on the lighter side of the alcohol spectrum with plenty of taste. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Foodery in Philadelphia.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on tap at the Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford, PA

A-light gold with a thin white head

S-crisp corn. almost funky. hint of green apple. smells fairly close to an adjunct lager actually.

T-comes in with a very crisp taste of pale grains and green apple. it lasts a bit and ends with a semi-bitter matching after-taste. drinks very light.

M-slightly watery medium carbonation with a slightly watery finish

O-this is a very refreshing and a very drinkable saison, which isn't very common. for a micro brewed saison, i'm sorta impressed with this. simple yet satisfying.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Score on this one picked this up for 3 dollars (bomber) at the Beermuda in New Ken. Even if it's a year old it would still be hella worth it!

A - Damn carbonation and head is massive, so did I just get a 3 dollar bomber of fresh stuff? Color is that of a light yellow very "lite" beer looking. Head quickly turns to a mild lace ring.

S - Well I smell fresh cut lemons, Brett of course, and a bit of yeasty funk. Should be good.

T - Well it is tart but thankfully not as much as I hoped. Body is light and fizzy with an almost champagne like consistency. I get fruity yeasts, squeezed lemons, and a wheat background. Not bad!

M - Light almost too light with every sip being fizzy and sharp.

Overall not a bad beer for 3 bucks. Might get a second if it's still around on Wednesday (if anything to see if age does it thang!). Can't believe they charge so much for these bombers and I got a hell of a deal at the Beermuda!

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Photo of beergod1
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was a cloudy medium gold with a medium off white head. Taste was very funky and refreshing. Carbonation was the first thing that I noticed. Tastes of yeast, Brett, fruit, light lemon, and grain. Really easy to drink. A little thin bodied, but It's worth it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap and served in a 12 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a very hazy yellow color with a slight tint of orange mixed in. The head upon serving was very light and white and faded relatively fast to give way to very little lacing.

Smell – Lot of aroma are present here my friends. Fruit aromas of citrus- lemon, orange, and grapefruit, are quite strong. There are other fruits as well however with light hints of tart apple and pear. These aromas mix with a bit of biscuit aroma as well as a good helping of funk from the yeast and some more floral aromas as well.

Taste – A slightly more sour lemon and grapefruit flavor are the first detected. Some of the biscuitiness works its way in toward the middle of the taste with the hay and some of the more yeasty funky flavors. Towards the end there is a tartness of grapefruit and some pepper that begins to come into play. Up until this point the flavor is quite enjoyable, but at the end the flavors don’t meld to well and leave a tart lemon-pepper flavor on the tongue that lingers just a bit too much.

Mouthfeel – A medium body with a slightly above average carbonation level. The added carbonation suits this lighter yet complex beer quite well.

Overall – Not the best saison out there in my opinion, but none the less not bad either. It is rather dry and crisp with some nice fruity and funky characteristics, but seems to lack a harmony in the taste with some of the flavors seeming to battle one another at times.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful murky straw with about 2-3 fingers of white, bubbly head. Large amounts of yeast sediment settles at the bottom of the glass.

N: Pear, doughy bread, clove, drops of lemon juice and apple juice along with some subtle barnyard and hay. There's also some underlying Brett notes. Smells fantastic!

T: Notes of apple juice, lemon juice and pear are upfront along with some tart Brett characteristics. Mid-palate brings in doughy bread, wheat and clove with hints of hay and potpourri. Finishes with very subtle notes of cracked black pepper, barnyard and lightly sour Brett.

M: Light bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

O: Very delicate. Very refreshing. Outrageously easy drinking. Excellent entry in the Table Saison category.

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Photo of jculler82
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow with a quickly dissipating head. Not much lacing.

The aromas were subdued, but there was a bit of lemon, some vanilla, fruit esters from the primary yeast, and some Brett C funk poking through. I assume the brewer brett's the keg and it wasn't just my mind telling me there was brett there because I knew there was supposed to be.

The beer was extremely drinkable and a perfect fit for a nice warm April day. Lemon up front, a quick shot of vanilla, some clove, and then a bitter finish. Full bodied, yet dry as a bone and the funk from the brett is the only remnant of beer left on the palet after the swallow.

What this one lacks in aroma, it makes up in drinkability and flavor. Here's to more American brewed session saisons!

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get this one on tap at the Bulls Head in Lititz PA. Paul had set up a great Session Day board and I had to try this one; a first Lavery beer for me. This came across as pretty close to style and a very nice beer. Crisp, yet with decent malt, this was a light tasting beer that satisfied. Served up with a generous head, it almost had a green tint in the light gold. I'd like to get more of their beers.

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Photo of duceswild
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

I didn't realize that this was a beer for the ladies until after I picked it up, not sure I would have randomly picked this one had I know that before. Either way though this was a pretty good beer.

Beer pours with a generous head which took a little bit of time to go down. Once I was finally able to get to the beer with, it smelled of lemon and earthy tones. The bottle notes to pour this beer carefully leaving the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I noticed very little sediment.

This beer was very drinkable at which can be expected at 4.8%. This was my first time trying something from Lavery Brewing and would definitely experiment with other offerings from them.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a massive head (the bottle was a gusher) that leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Crusty bread, lemongrass and a hint of white pepper and coriander (I suspect the aroma will improve over time as the Brett does its stuff)

Taste: Bready, up front, with lots of yeasty complexity, lemongrass, white pepper, coriander and tart funk developing by mid-palate; spicy finish, with underlying complexity from the grain bill

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body (somewhat creamy) with moderate carbonation

Overall: I liked this beer quite a bit and also had it the other day on draft (no Brett in the draft version, I was told); I won't rate the draft separately but will note that it had a lower carbonation level and had a bit more toffee in the flavor profile (particularly noticeable in the finish); Lavery is a brewery to keep an eye on

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Photo of nhindian
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at a Pittsburgh tasting a bit ago.

22oz bottle split and poured into a Stone taster.

A - Pours a cloudy, hazy goldenrod with about a finger's worth of white head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

S - The nose is full of spicy and somewhat herbal notes. I'm getting a good amount of lemongrass, citrus, and maybe some coriander as well. Slightly funky with some earthy notes.

T - The taste at the start has a lot of floral, grassy hop flavors, before transitioning into lemon, orange, and a melange of different spices, like clove. It's hard to put a finger on this since I am getting lots of different notes here. The yeast doesn't help matters, but it definitely makes things interesting and fresh.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high carbonation. This beer finishes bone dry and rather crisp, which is always nice to see from a saison. Long-lasting fruit and spice leaves a very nice finish.

D/O - Drinkability is high. Excellent mouthfeel and the hops add a nice layer to an already solid saison base. I have seen Lavery bottles a few times, but have never pulled the trigger, but I will definitely pick this beer up again and keep an eye out for their other offerings.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no bottled on date, website lists this as 4.8%. purchased at U-pick 6 in erie, PA.

popped the cap and this baby was quite a gusher, should have guessed that wouldve happened, it being bottled with brett and all. lost maybe a 1/4 of the beer, had to grab another glass and decant it all this thing would just not stop.
pours out a slight lemonade like yellow, very cloudy, lots of sediment visible. huge fluffy, billowy head, pure white, amazing retention and some nice lace. looks great!

the aroma is very effervescent and bretty. lots of lemon zest and citrus, barnyard and musty, a slight wheaty, corny grain, the brett pretty much rules the aroma. smells slightly tart.

brett is definatly there, but not as much as the aroma suggests, nice range of complex flavors. earthy, musty, barnyardy, tart, lemon citrus, wheat, grains, finishes almost like macro with a corn taste.

way overcarbonated at first, but settles. a light, very airy feel on the palate, almost a bit watery at times.

a very interesting beer, love what they did with this, local ingredients, brett. a brett beer almost anyone would enjoy, yet enough funk to keep a geek satisfied. you can almost pick out each seperate ingredient they used. id buy this again, and ill definatly be looking out for more lavery brews.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying that this style is not in my wheelhouse, but I do enjoy straight up sour beers so every once in a while I drift into the Saison category...

A: Pours a dark straw / orange color with a mighty big fluffy white head from the bomber bottle - say 3 fingers or so. Plenty of carbonation bubbles shooting up through the beer.

S: Very indicative of the style...wild almost musty/skunky smell. Smells much like a farmhouse beer, but the tartness/sourness comes through the nose a bit, most likley from the Brett used to bottle it.

T: Tastes better than it smells. More tartness in the taste than I would have thought from the smell. Still a straw/dank/farmhouse taste but more sour up front than I thought it would be from the smell. Late light citrus notes. Very crisp overall.

M: This is a medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, very drinkable.

O: This is a good summer beer. I'm starting to come around on saisons. I guess that link between them and Belgian sours is enough to interest me. This is much better than most other saisons I've tried...that slight tartness or sourness is intriguing. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. In the top 3 for sure that I've had to date. Anyone know the ABV on this?

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Photo of jester5120
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at molly brannigans in erie

A: cloudy straw color with creamy white head. the head quickly disapeared with very minimal lacing

S: Awesome smell. spicy aroma from the combination of yeast strains. ginger and citrus notes.

T: All the flavors from the aroma come through (spicey ginger, and citrus)

M: highly carbonated. medium bodied, flavor lingers for quite a while

O: good take on the style. awesome smell that carries through in the taste. one note i'd add is this beer was much better imo on tap than in bottle

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Photo of Morey
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states that this is brewed with barley, wheat, rye, oats, and corn...and that it is hopped with locally grown Cascade hops. It's also bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces (an old British yeast strain known for it's fruity and tart characteristics).

Poured out of the bomber and into my glass very gently. This beer produced an insane amount of fluffy white foam which quickly filled my entire glass. I patiently waited for it to settle, and now I'm onto the review...

Hazy yellow/orange color with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Head has finally settled to a thin lace. Impressive head retention.

Very pleasant aroma filled with the normal characteristics of the style, but perhaps a bit cleaner with just a hint of sourness.

The tartness from the Brett hits you up front. Not too much though, just the right amount...and then in come the familiar and refreshing wheat & fruity flavors of a good Saison.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I feared this one may be a little heavy on the carbonation, but not so.

A solid example of the style. Actually I'd have to say that it's among the better ones that I've had.

Morey's Bottom Line: This may be Lavery's best beer in my opinion. It's between this and the IRA. Nice job guys! I prefer this one in the bottle. I don't think that he used the Brett in the draft version (I could be wrong), but the tartness comes through much better out of the bottle.

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Liopard Oir from Lavery Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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