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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 76   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Inpired by Napolean Bonaparte. The Irish and French were Allies during the period when Napolean was in power. French has a small brewing culture but their independence and culture is worthy of great respect. This ale is based around our house French saison blend. It features mostly pale and wheat malts and a hefty dose of sugar to dry this big boy out. Hopped and dry hopped with massive amounts of Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook hops to double IPA levels. So...is it a Tripel IPA? Hoppy saison, a new style? Who knows and more importantly, who cares. Beers like this don’t deserve to be put into tiny boxes. Bottles in 1 L ’Grolsch’ style, flip top bottles.

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Malts - Pale, Honey malt, Wheat and cane sugar
Hops - a blend of Columbus, Centennial, Cascade and Chinook
Lavery French-Belgian Blend
ABV - 11.5%
IBU - 76


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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thouse (50) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2013
love the fact that the 11.5% ABV if virtually undetectable. There is a little bit of a Belgian sweetness toward the middle. Hops show up at the finish along with a fizzy bite...


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gamin (90) - - JUL 18, 2014
Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. The bottle doesn’t have a date but it had some dust on it when I bought it so it’s probably been around a bit. Poured a hazy deep gold with minimal head. Strong aroma of fruit with a hint of butter, but not in a bad way. That same non-offensive hint of butter follows through to the flavor, along with some booziness and pleasant fruitiness. There is a minor bitter bite that balances the beer well. Even though it has some booziness present, it doesn’t really feel like an 11.5% beer. It’s definitely a sipper, but I dig it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (2972) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by Dan P. Color shows a cloudy yellow with lasting head retention. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Peaches, mangos and bread.

Flavor has a wheat and honey upfront with a chewy yeasty texture through the center. Hints of rye and sugar. I like the flavors here but it displays a hug slap of booze in the finish. I’m not kidding, alcohol burn down the gullet after the sip. If I had a bottle I would sit on it awhile and see if it can mellow. I liked the flavor if I could have gotten around the burn. Damn that’s hot!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5644) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
big bottle, a lot going on here, amber pour, fruit forward yeastiness, orange fruitiness, sweet, decent bitterness, strange but effective

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2152) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Really outstanding nose. Caramel, cider, brandy. Big barleywine mouthfeel and kick. Sicky sweet. Syrupy. Gingerbread. I like it, but it is a sipper. Got in Erie at Wegman’s.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2013
From a bottle poured an amber color with a small amount of head. Strong malty flavor with a lingering finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (7729) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle from Wegman’s. Pours unfiltered dark straw toward coppery with small off-white somewhat fizzy head head. Nose is floral hops, mild tartness, malt. The taste is mildly funky, floral, with some hops, pale malt, and citric finishing flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2055) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle from wegmans. Pours hazy orange with minimal head. The aroma is not pungent but has some sweet citrus and light floral notes. The taste has some bitterness, orange peel, dry bitter finish. Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Cloudy orange, tiny head. Nose is orange/mango juice, pith, yeast, some clay, berries, alcohol. Flavor is orange, honey, alcohol. Big and fruity. Cloying for sure but nice in small quantities.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3370) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans Williamsport. Pours yellow with a huge amount of white foam. Not a ton on the nose but alcohol. Lots of pineapple on the tongue with a fair amount of bitterness on the finish. Hides the alcohol well but it lacks balance.


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