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RATINGS: 544   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale is made with English Pale, Lager, Crystal and Cara Pils malted barley. We liberally hopped and dry hopped our Ale with American Cascade and Centennial hops and fermented it with California Ale yeast. The result is a brilliant gold ale with a rich body, mild bitterness and a snappy fresh citrus hop flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Thanks to R. Levy for bringing this bottle from New Orleans back to me in Pennsylvania. It had a nice flowery aroma but the taste had that crisp bitter yeasty flavor I associate with Abita beers. Its a few steps ahead of a macro but it seems light enough to fit the lager and not ale category. Its better than the other Abita beers I tried and hopefully greater things will come as New Orleans is restored. I would definately want this one on a hot summer day as its pretty refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Thanks argo0 for the bottle. Lightly hazed golden-amber with a quickly fading white head. Aroma is pretty subdued, orange peel hints of anise and fruit. The flavor is pretty bland, hints of honey and caramel, light bitterness. The mouthfeel is a mess, very watery and fizzy with an acidic finsih.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Eyedrinkale. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a quickly disappearing fizzy white head. Lightly buttery aroma, some light malt underneath with a grassy hop smell. More butter in the flavor as well. Beyond that, a little bitterness sneaks thru on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little sticky with lively fine bubbled carbonation. Overall, I just canít get past the buttery flavor in this. Just donate a dollar directly to the hurricane relief effort if you want to help out New Orleans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElGaucho (2229) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Lagerish, yeasty, doughy, euro aroma. Slightly hazy amber body with steady carbonation. Small, slightly off-white head and decent lace. Not bad at all. A light bitterness makes this brew better than the majority of Abitaís other brews. Somewhat dry, but pretty well balanced. I like it. Well done. Probably their best brew. Will be interesting to see if they keep it after the Katrina donation thing has run its course.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 10, 2006
The aroma wasnít particularly strong, but it had some nice hoppy-ness. The color was a light copper, with a white head that didnít last very long. The flavor was on the sweet side, with a much less bitter finish than I would have expected. The mouthfeel was light. A good, but not great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2006
Clean light foral nose with toaches of soap and leafy hops. Golden/amber body with a meduim/thin head that turns into a white fringe. Light mouthfeel with touches of hops, carmel and flowers. Finishes clean with a little carmel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2006
This was the first Golden/Blond ale that we have tried in our beer club, and it wasnít that different than other Pale Ales. IT had a nice dark golden color with some mild hops. Hey with a $1 going towards New Orleans, I will support them as often as I can find it here in Memphis.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Light golden color, Foamy head. I smelled swimming pool when I took a wiff of this. Flavor was alright, mild bitterness, some sweetness. But I was glad I didnít have to drink the whole bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11391) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Tasting this after jambalaya. Works well with Cajun. Clean aroma, but hard to pin down. The finish is bitter hop. A very clean drink. The principal aspect is a very good mouth feel. A bit tangy. The finish suggests another.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Pours a macro-like gold, head with big bubbles that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Aroma is very much like a macro, overly sweet bouquet with virtually no hops. Fortunately, flavor is redeeming. Malt profile is very reminiscent of a Kolsch, but without the Kolsch yeast, it is quite different. A mild, fruity, citric undertone, and a definitive bitter moment with a dry finish, and a malty aftertaste. A very good summer brew, Iíd bet, and at least a portion of profits go to a good cause. This is a good example of how a lighter style can be really good. A good beer for those just discovering craft beer.

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