GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a rich golden with a rocky white head. Strong aroma of larger hops with some molasses. Lively fruity taste on a decent body.
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light gold. Big-bubbled collar of white foam. Dirty yeast and biscuity malt aromas with mild peach scents. Crunchy and airy carbonation. Horribly conditioned. Opens briskly malty, yet with a softer touch of candied peach. Quenching, but quite depthless, with ample dryness coupled with delicate drops of acidity. Pervasive rigidness intensifies as more hard minerally dryness sits atop an even stauncher malt frame. Faint yeast notes manage to protrude in the flavor, but they’re nowhere nearly as dirty as the nose suggests. Finishes hollow and sparsely sweet with remnants of hop-derived acidity along with fading whispers of peach and crackery malts. Hardly serviceable.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light gold / amber pour... medium frothy white head. Pretty hoppy initial aroma, along with some mint and caramel. Taste is a bit awkward... some papery caramel, grapefruit. Okay beer, but the taste needs some work...
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to DenverLogan for this...Aaayyiiiieee!!!!
Appea a transparent light gold with a small white head. Very little spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is a bit watered down and only a light trace of hops and malt can be detected.
Taste is of the same weak hops and malt.
Mouthfeel is thin and weak...no other way to really put it.
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared courtesy of DenverLogan. Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized white head. I really didn’t get too much our of the aromas and tastes. Some cardboard, maybe some malts and citrus. Thin body.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2006
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Light golden yellow in color with a bubbly head. Malty hoppy aroma. Thin. Flavor is lacking. No hop bite. Thin tasting. I don’t like it. Plain.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2006
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Pours light gold with a big bubbled head. Aroma is a muted malt with just the faintest of hops. Taste is lackluster, which is the best thing I can say about the stuff. Just plain boring. I had hoped for a lot more from Abita, as I think their stuff is a lot better than it had be, but this is just plain beer. Not worth the loss of brain cells to even finish.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale brewed by the Abita Brewing Company of Abita Springs, LA. I was fortunate enough to pay the Abita Brewery a vist back in 2001, and have been a big fan of this brewery for a number of years. Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale is their latest beer, and $1 from every six pack of this beer sold will go to the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation to aid in the recovery efforts in the city of New Orleans. The Fluer-de-lis is the symbol of the city of New Orleans, and Abita plays tribute to the city with a fresh, delicious, golden ale.
Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, golden color with a tight, white head that fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. This nose on this beer is very pleasing with lots of good floral and citrus hop aromas. The palate is firm with good, crisp, pale and biscuity malt flavor paired with a nice back drop of light, estery fruit flavor. Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale finishes with more good pale malt flavors up front, then ends with a pleasing, mild hop bitterness that balances, and slightly lingers.
This is a well done, balanced golden ale with excellent hop and malt character. A very solid beer that would match with a number of dishes from spicy Cajun and Creole, to German, to a nice grilled NY strip steak. Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale makes for a nice aperitif beer, and a good drinking/session beer as well.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden clear color, nice thick head. I would’ve called this a light pale ale, it had a very hoppy citrus grapefruit taste to it, with a nice hop bite. I liked this in that it was hoppy but not very hoppy and it’s nice to switch to something like that after a dark beer.
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gold pour with 2-finger white head. Aroma was of heavy noble hops, citrus, some honey, malt, and fruit. Not a bad aroma. The flavor was a letdown after sniffing this one. I got some hopcit and slight fruit plus some phenols. Watery palate. Buying this one made me feel good, but drinking it did not.