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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Clear golden-yellow body with some yeast swirls and a dense, uniform, sudsy white head. Aroma of cereal grain, lightly toasted wheat, sweet cooked corn, and some cheesy hops. Nutty, cereal flavor with elements of nectarine, corn, and cheese. Medium sweet, although the impression is less because the body is thin. Medium bitter finish. Mouthfeel is like fizzy, sweet carbonated water. It’s a shame they couldn’t have stepped up their game more with this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass, to keep the fleur-de-lis iconography going... Clear amber hue, nice, snow-white head, drifts down to size with haste. Aroma is soft, yet hoppy...lots of fruity esters, mingled with sweet malt, and minor bitterness. Nice. Nice bitter hoppiness right up front, lightly fruity, then it travels to the back and exits. Mild mouthfeel, yet still a brew with character. Medium body, easy drinkability. Smooth, while still hoppy, with a bright citric flavor. Not bad, not bad at all. A charity beer that goes in the direction of approachability, as is the sensible plan. Who wants to put money toward a good cause for a beer they won’t want to drink? I can’t buy it locally, but salute the brewers for their efforts to pitch in, give aid, and help bring New Orleans back. Now, where’s my red beans and rice?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
I really was not impressed with this stuff. It was fairly light colored. Medium to light bodied. A good bit of carbonation. The most memorable thing about it was the hops. And even the hops weren’t that special. There was the slightest metallic edge to the bitter, but it didn’t stick around too long. Turbodog is still the only Abita beer I really liked a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Smallish canvas colored head atop a golden liquid. Sweet english muffin aromas, along with pale malt, mild floral sweetness. Full pale malt qualities in the flavors, with some mild raisin and light unripe fruit bitterness. Quite dry in the finish, and nearly watery. Seems light, a cross between a cream and golden.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Palidor19 (3111) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2006
a bit watery on the palate, the hops and bitterness do not seem to go well together. A tad spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5766) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Slightly cloudy, with a big sloppy foamy head. Bready, peppery aroma. Decently malty body, with a vaguely white bread toast aroma. Finishes with a mellow hop bite. Thanks to Beer Hawk for the trade!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) Best if consumed before 05-Mar-06. Pale golden in color with a moderate haze, several streams of somewhat large carbonation bubbles rise with mild urgency toward the beer’s small, off-white crown. Though not all that aromatic, the unappealing nose is grainy and lightly hoppy. Much stronger contribution in the flavor from the grainy malts as this is the dominant, up-front flavor. Hardly any sweetness at all to this beer. A moderately flavorful hoppiness with a grassy and vegetal quality, and a mild bitterness set in midway through for a fairly balanced finish. That said, I’m not really enjoying the taste of this beer much at all. Light bodied but not watery, with fairly lively carbonation on the palate. Retention is fair, the head fading to a ring while leaving almost no lacing on the glass. Surely the city of New Orleans deserves a better tasting "restoration ale" than this. Nevertheless, hats off to Abita for the good intentions and generosity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a light amber/gold with a thick off-white head that fades quickly. Surprisingly hoppy aroma and taste. Flavor is soft and malty with a hop overtone and pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Not a bad golden ale at all.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
12 oz. bottle 12/23/05 @ golden rail. Beer poured a bright yellow color with no head and smelled absolutley aweful. Kind of like really bad budweiser as if bud isnt bad enough already. Little bit of citrus. Just an all around bad news beer that I know I will never see the $4 from that ever again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Flaxen-amber body, thin off-white head. Fresh earthy, grassy hops aroma with a nice, lightly sweet biscuity malt backbone. The body is rather thin, but the grassy, earthy hops take precedence over the simple, toasty, bready malts. This does remind me of a California Common or a malty pilsener. Long, earthy, slightly bitter herbal finish. Kind of plain but refreshing.

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