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Imperial French-Style Ale | Lavery Brewing Company

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Imperial French-Style AleImperial French-Style Ale

Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inpired by Napolean Bonaparte. The Irish and French were Allies during the period when Napolean was in power. French has a small brewing culture but their independence and culture is worthy of great respect. This ale is based around our house French saison blend. It features mostly pale and wheat malts and a hefty dose of sugar to dry this big boy out. Hopped and dry hopped with massive amounts of Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook hops to double IPA levels. So...is it a Tripel IPA? Hoppy saison, a new style? Who knows and more importantly, who cares. Beers like this don't deserve to be put into tiny boxes.

Added by Morey on 09-03-2011

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

This is hard to figure out, but it smells good. Definitely a good amount of citrusy hops, some floral perfumy hops, clove, vague saison yeast, grassiness, stone fruit, and pine.

This doesn't really feel like a Belgian IPA, as it is categorized on this site. The brewery doesn't categorize it as such, though. They don't really categorize it as anything. To me, it tastes kind of like a hoppy American bastardization of a Belgian tripel. Don't let that fool you- I think it tastes pretty great, though. It's definitely quite hoppy, with luscious and soft fruit flavors, some lots of floral bitterness. It feels a bit perfumey, and it's got a lot of dry traditional saison yeast flavors. There's just a slight hint of funk, but it's barely there.

This is medium bodied, pretty full and rich, with a good level of carbonation.

This is super interesting, and it's basically unlike anything I've ever had.

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Photo of puck1225
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very underrated beer,probably because it has an IPA designation. Anyway, I poured it from a bottle into a glass. Wonderful thick creamy head and great lacing. A pleasant floral-herbal smell. Earthy sweet taste with herbs a saison-like spiciness. Very nice beer!

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AJmon13
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rickklein9
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ccrida
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dull, hazy straw gold with a small white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is tropical fruits, leafty hops and yeasty bread dough. A little ethanol vapor.

Taste is really big on the fruity saison esters, accentuated by citrus of the hops, lime notesj.

Mouthfeel is off-dry and a bit chewy, but it's still attenuated enough to be aligned with the farmhouse style.

Drinkabiltiy is pretty good. It's a big, bold, beer, but it's not too hot of boozy. Loads of flavor and perhaps not the most digestabile, but overall a nice riff on a saison.

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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.15/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Ugly beer, with a spoiled fruit aroma and a disgusting licorice-medicine finish.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Domvan
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of McMatt7
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of NoleyLa
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a large tulip glass a hazed burnt orange with a large blooming white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it settles.Alot of dark fruit in the nose along with mild funk, light lactic notes,brown sugar,yeasty spice,and mild earthy/leafy hops.A fuller feel is spot for a beer this size and flavor profile.Not Belgian IPA to me at all on the palate,alot of dark fruit,spice,alcohol,and a smattering of leafy hops in the finish.I don't consider this a BIPA for of a beefed up biere de garde or Saison,either way I think this beer is very underrated.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ryhn0
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Drknight
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of cbuckl14
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Imperial French-Style Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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