Being back in the libations business means I’ve been sampling my fair share of beer, wine, and basically whatever finds its way into the glass in front of me. Ah the perks of the profession.
Without a doubt the most original and unique beer that I’ve come across recently is 961 Beer’s Lebanese Pale Ale. The unassuming to hard sell label obscures the enticing elements that this imported sud holds.
Brewed by the Middle East’s only micro brewery (according to their website), 961 Beer’s Lebanese Pale Ale’s foundation is that of an English IPA from which Lebanese herbs like thyme, sumac, chamomile, sage, anise, and mint are used in the brewing process to create a thoroughly exceptional and redefining beer. Bottom line…find it, buy it, and enjoy it.
Here’s my complete review:
961 Beer Lebanese Pale Ale (6.3% alc)
Pours honey gold in color with a small amount of suds. The nose is a cornucopia of sweet floral citrus notes along side the subtle spices of thyme, sage, mint, and possibly coriander. Light to medium bodied the refreshing palate expresses a sweet honey element that leans towards candied without being overly bearing. The subtle amounts of bread, bitter hops, and caramel malts all play back-up to complete the beer. Overall the 961 might possibly the most interesting beer tasted this year.
Retails around $10 a 6pk
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