Imperial French-Style Ale
Lavery Brewing Company

Imperial French-Style AleImperial French-Style Ale
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Belgian IPA
Ranked #134
Ranked #22,549
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Lavery Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Imperial French-Style AleImperial French-Style Ale
Notes: 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. 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.
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Reviews by GreesyFizeek:
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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 oberon
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ccrida
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant, enjoyed chilled in a mug, bottle shared w/ carlos.

The color is a deep golden hued with murky clarity and slightly thick cream cap w/ minute bead and some lace stickage. The smell is good with slight citrus and herbal hop odors and light yeast phenolic element. The feel is decent with some bitterness which is moderately high, but not sharp with slight yeast creaminess and slight spiced texture with moderately high carbonation and a gentle astringency with relatively low alcohol in the feel.

The taste is good with both herbal and citrus flavors from the hops with a mild tinge of grapefruit in the back end with mild yeast tanginess and light peppery elements toward the middle with a light element of astringent hop w/ subtle alcohol in the taste and low medicinal elements with a very hop forward flavor that is augmented by the saison yeast. I would get this again as it has a nice array of citrus and it is enjoyable with the high hop levels which taste fresh and don't go overboard but are agressive in the initial taste.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy and notes of candy sugar. In the taste, earthy, tart notes and small candy sugar. A small spicy bite and light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry spice or orange and coriander. More of a saison, nice big spice and earth, and hides the ABV well.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One liter bottle capped as normal, but it also has a resealable cap (similar to a growler) which is a good thing, because this is a big beer. Hopped with centennials, cascades, chinooks, and colombus hops. Fermented with French and Belgian Yeast.

Pours an extremely hazy copper-orange color topped by 4 fingers worth of fluffy white head. It took forever and a half to settle, but I'm ready to drink this bad boy. Lacing is everywhere! There is no part of my glass that doesn't have a significant amount of foam sticking to it.

Smell is slightly fruity with maybe just a touch of candied sugar. You can also detect some grassy hops and alcohol as well. Not as intense as one might expect though.

Taste- Hard to explain, but here goes...It's fruity, it's hoppy, it's sweet yet tart at the same time. I'm getting some spices in there as well, but I just can't quite put my finger on it. If there was a such thing as a Belgian Barleywine, this would be it.

Medium leaning towards full bodied with a soft carbonation.

A nice beer overall. Very unique. The side of the bottle says..."Is it a hoppy Tripel, an Imperial Saison? To me, it taste nothing like a Tripel, and it's hoppy enough to be a Belgian Ipa, so that's where I put it.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is a big beer in a bigger bottle. The alcohol is noticeable, but if you're in the mood for something a little more heavy, this is a fun beer to drink. I recommend sharing it with a friend or family member (a worthy one of course).

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lavery Imperial French Style Ale

Pours a clear golden at first, yeasty sediment swirled in later. Good head retention, fizzy and crackling head with some staying power. Aroma of belgian yeast, some spice and floral hops. In the taste, leafy hops, mild bitterness, estery, peppery belgian yeast and a small sweetness. Alittle euro tasting, light, mildy fruity, but finishes bitter. Warming alcohol is noted. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, good carbonation. Overall, a decent imperial style ale with deceptive strength.

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Photo of JoePoc17
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew in a wine glass at Barcade in Philadelphia (great spot, check it out if you're ever in the area, both beer and old school arcade game enthusiasts).

A: It pours an almost bright burnt orange color that has no translucency whatsoever. The head is white but very thin and dissipates within seconds of pour.

S: The smell has essences of a sour beer with a dash of coriander. In addition, it maintains a bready aroma of belgian yeasts.

T: Definitely a unique treat! It starts off with a pronound but incredible short tart flavor. Immediately following are the spices, that come off as a saison and tripel lovechild, with an undertone of lucious citrus tasting hops. It finished with a bready belgian yeast flavor. NO ALCOHOL BURN AT ALL.

M: Much like the tart flavor, the carbonation is sharp but very short-lived on the tongue. It finishes very smooth.

O: I was hesitant to try this one since I was unfamilar with the brewery and an "imperial french ale", really? My suspicious was running rampant to say the least. But I'm very happy I gave it a go. It was wonderfully unique with a wide array of flavors. And with an 11.5% abv, it can be a great nightcap beer (2 of these after a long day will put you right to sleep).
***This also could be a great beer to help convert a wine drinker or for you filthy, horny mo fo's, to get a young lady drunk.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a very hazy orange with a yellow-white head about an inch thick. Slow dissipation to a film.

Smells of apples, citrus, fresh grassy malts, and floral piney hops. Some rosewater in there and maybe a hint of candi sugar.

Apple and lemon tartness over a mildly bready malt with coriander and a piney hop bitterness at the end. Some white wine grapes in there too.

Full body with light tingles of carbonation throughout.

A pretty decent strong ale in a Belgian style with notable American influence. Enjoyable with a decent balance and a solid aroma and body, but the flavor edges towards being cloying. All in all, very good and worth trying, but on the rich side and something you'll want to share or pace yourself with or you might get sick of it.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for the share!

poured into crooked stave tulip.

Appearance: murky brownish orange bodied beer with 1 finger of white head that linger around for a long time.

Smell: sweet oranges. Belgian candied sugar. Big sweet malt profile. Honey notes. Hint of dank hop.

Taste: I take a sip of this beer and I immediately think of an american barleywine with belgian yeast brewed with oranges. Nice balance and solid complexity.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking beer with no alcohol noted.

Overall: This is really a collage of styles just as the brewery describes it. This is my first beer Lavery Brewing Company and I like what they did here. Honestly I have never heard of this brewery, but I am glad that I know who they are now!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Imperial French-Style Ale from Lavery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 55 ratings