The Mirage | General Lafayette Inn & Brewery

5 Ratings

Brewed by:
General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tgbljb on 08-31-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by tgbljb:
Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a bit suspicious of a beer with less than 3% alcohol and how much falvor it could have, but I was pleasantly suprised.

Served as a light amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head.

Smell is restrained with a touch of hops noted.

Taste is lacking in maltiness, but there are enough hops present to give it some nice flavor.

Thin in the finish with little taste retention.

A nice alternative to other low alcohol beers. They have done what they can to give it flavor, and still keep the alcohol content low.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I have to say that I enjoyed Lafayette's Escape more (and that has even lower alcohol!), The Mirage was quite tasty. Firstly, it's well brewed so there are no flaws to it. And secondly, it's well balanced despite the fact that it's lower in alcohol.

It's hazy dark amber/copper body supported a creamy bone-white head that held surprisingly well and left some nice lace behind. The aroma offered spicy/grassy hops over a moderate malt. It was medium bodied in the mouth with a lightly zesty, fine-bubbled carbonation. The flavor was richer than the nose suggested, and with more malt and yeast character. A solid bitterness balanced it, and it finished dry and a touch grassy and spicy.

The initial thought that popped into my head was that this is probably very much like the table beers of Belgium found during the days of old. Malt, yeast, hops, and bitterness, but not that much alcohol. Those beers would have been made from the third runnings of the mash, and this is not, but the gravity of the wort would probably have been about the same. And it served the same purpose for me. I found it worked well with my meal, and it probably added a little nourishment while not leaving me too 'relaxed' to get back to work.

An interesting and charming beer. I hope that Chris and Russ will continue to experiment with these lower alcohol brews, and that you'll support them by giving them a try.

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Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep honey amber colored ale... A brisk haziness permeates throughout... A slight white head fades to leave a modest lacing... Loads of moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - Yeast... Wheat... Spices, namely corriander and a touch of pepper... A mix of floral and grassy aromas...

T - Pale malts... Minor hint of yeast... Some nice spiciness... An ever so faint hop tickle...

M - Light to medium bodied... Well balanced... Subtle and unassuming, while delivering enjoyment sip after sip...

D - As sessionable a beer as I have ever been privileged to try... Wonderful flavor, especially considering the very modest sub 3% ABV... The General Lafayette is doing wonderful things with low ABV beers and this is a stellar example of that much appreciated trend...

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so, a session beer with such a low AbV??? Any good? Heck yeah!

A - a hazy reddish color with a slight off white head.
S - a touch of belgian yeasts, light malts
T - a hop bite, spicy almost rye note and a nice light malt and belgian yeast note.
M - light bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp light finish.
D - wow, session beer indeed. This is no mirage, this is the real deal!

definitely worth a pint or two while at the pub!

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Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a moderately hazy golden coppery color. It was served to me with a whispy white head that left a little lace in it's wake.

s: Yeasty notes along with some rye and a little floral hops.

t: Surprisingly full flavored. Some pale malts, rye, and a mildly bitter floral hop finish.

m: A little thin maybe, but more than I expected given the abv.

d: A very tasty session beer. I wouldn't have guessed that the abv is so low.

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The Mirage from General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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