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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
The country ales of France inspire our Fall seasonal beer, Bridal Ale. Bridal Ale was originally brewed in celebration of the wedding of two Pelican staff members, brewer Travis Zeilstra and server Jen Pelletier. This year’s edition of Bridal Ale features a deep copper color and a rich, toasted malt character. Subtle floral hints and fruity notes punctuate the aroma, while a slightly sweet malt flavor and warming effect characterize the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at Borefts 10am day after hotel tasting.
Slightly hazy orange amber with a reasonable light beige head. Very fruity, lots of caramel and raisin, faint citrus and a lot of bready malt. Lingering sweetness. Average at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2009
750ml, mail-ordered from the brewpub. Soft biscuity malts in the nose, along with hints of yeast, earthiness, and fruit. Light brown/dark orange pour, cloudy and topped by a huge foamy head. My initial thought was that the taste was a bit too bready and would have been better enjoyed fresh. But the further I got into the beer, the more I was digging it, since the beer actually manages to achieve a dryness (not to say papery quality) even so, and the result is a very balanced and complex brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ post Borefts BF 09 hotel tasting
[ Trade by Papsoe ]. Clear medium to dark amber color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel, vintage malt, moderate hoppy, orange. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is light medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20091031]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewclue (3) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2009 does not count
I had this beer at my college roommate’s July 4th event in Madison, WI. He’d saved this for several years until we next met. It’s was his "favorite", a vintage (2008) . I suspect it did not age well. Small head. Citrus seemed to dominate. Finish was maple and mildly peppered. I’ve enjoyed several other Bière de Gardes, but I’m ambivilent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23039) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle. 2005 Vintage. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty spicy dark fruit aroma with some yeasty hints. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor with some hints of dark fruit with a slightly thin mouthfeel. Has a spicy malty finish with some hints of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Sampled at KLCC Microbrew festival. Nice orange colored pour with a huge bubbly head that lasts forever. Big smooth caramel malt aroma with some earthy undertones. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with an overly sweet taste of vanilla, caramel and yeast. My first take on this style and it was interesting if not completely to my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
750 ml corked and caged bottle ordered over the web directly from the brewery. 2008 Vintage. Opens with a loud pop. Pour is hazed orange, copper and beige. Fine carbonation bubbles steadily rise up to a billowing 4 inch whitish-tan head. Head is quite lasting. Decent lacing. Aroma earthy peaty caramel maltiness. Some floral vanilla in there too, very soft and pleasant nose. Taste is the caramel maltiness of the nose initially, then some nice grassy hay floral graininess. Finish has some slight citrus bitterness and yeasty spiciness. Palate is medium, nice big body though still manages to be crisp and drinkable. This was a nice beer. Thanks for doing web sales, Pelican!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
750ml bottle. 2005 vintage. Very nice looking brew, Kind of a brite, deep copper. Somewhat floral and malty, some dark fruits maybe. Sweet, musty flavor, very smooth. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (911) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
2005 bottle, sampled at WeeHeavySD’s 2000th rating party, thanks Jon! Pours a hazy dark amber with a white ring. Sweet aroma, of malt, molasses, caramel, a hint of bitter sharpness, and dark fruits. Taste is very sweet, of malt, dark fruits, sugared citrus, caramel, and brown sugar. Lingering sharp sweetness. Nice carbonation. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2455) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
750 ml bottle shared at WeeHeavySD’s 2000th rate tasting. Sweet fruit on the aromas. Similar flavor with a bit more floralness to it. Not too bad

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