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5 Seasons North The French Beauty
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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The French Beauty (aka, The Brigitte Bardot). It’s the Black Beauty aged in a brand spanking new French Oak barrel.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (1519) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle from GAManiac. Thanks! Dark brown, almost black pour. Nose is light fruity Belgian yeast esters along with chocolate malt and light soy. Flavor starts with dark fruit and Belgian candy before giving way to a dry chocolate roast and gentle oak. Lingering roasted malt and oak. Gritty and well-attenuated. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4374) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Appearance: Dispensed a black body with a fast growing, foamy, beige head with good staying power.

Smell: As with the range of aged Beauties, it has a deep, hefty maltiness; semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, and dark malts seem standard. Others, like the Zen, then launched into a dizzying fruitiness. Sure, there’s some fruitiness here, but not nearly as much, like a distant whiff of homemade plum jam. Nicely subtle, but noted spicy French oak wood quality.

Taste: Chocolate and molasses coating a smooth roastiness joins the aforementioned vanilla and dark brown sugar. Again, there is some fruitiness, still plum-based, but it’s not the main focus here. Invitingly sweet throughout. Like a finger held down on a keyboard, you get a sustained note of French oak that carries you through the whole taste. Well carbonated, sweetish finish with lingering Jack Daniel’s accents.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-plus carbonation. As I believe I’ve said on all of my [fill in the blank] Beauty beer reviews, the spirited carbonation is key, keeping the beverage from being a gloopey mess.

Overall: A tasty tipple that, on this occasion, was paired with the remnants of the blood sausages and cheese plate paired with the prior beauties (Zen, American). Perhaps my favorite of the Beauty series thus far, as I’ve still yet to try the Island Beauty.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle at the brewpub. Pours near black with a thin light brown head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has an interesting dark gain note with a good amount of oak and just a hint of earthy peppers. Flavor is very rich with dark grains and rye with that works well with the french oak note.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Aroma is malty and sweet with some spice and raisins. Flavor is sweet, smooth, very well balanced and so drinkable. Earthy spice notes and chocolate with some sweet oak and spice. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5015) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Deep brown/black pour with frothy tan head and lace. Full rich caramel, roasted malt, a hint of chocolate and a good malt bitter. Foamy and medium bodied. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2010
Bottle… RBWG ‘10This beer rocks!… Pours very, very dark with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head that never fully dissipates. Vanilla, oak and caramel are standouts in the aroma. Full-bodied with medium carbonation. The flavor is sweet, caramely, nutty and a bit boozy. Lingering, malty, caramely finish. World class beer provided by kp! Another Home Run from Crawford Moran, who is always swinging for the fences.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
RBWG’10 pours dark brown, tan head aroma, roasted malts, some chocolate, dark fruits, light barrel flavors, roasted malts, warming abv with some bitter hops, light fruit tartness and dark fruits remain more present. french oak top everything. nicely without overpowering the whole palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11533) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
75cl bottle, RBWG. Large tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, prune/raisin, milk chocolate, light wood. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some wood, cherry, light raisin. Smooth medium-full body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Roasted malts with oaky vanilla on the nose. Pours a very dark brown with little head. Rich malty flavors, molasses, hints of roasted malts, caramelized sugars with oak and vanilla flavors. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2009
鼮ml bottle, courtesy of kp) Pours a dark brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma of dark candi sugar, unripe banana, molasses, raisins, and dates. Flavor of dates, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, caramel, chocolate, and spruce with a dry oak finish.


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