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RATINGS: 707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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This French-style country ale is deep amber in color. With a toasty, sweet caramel start, it finishes with just enough hops to clean off the palate. Bon Appetit!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARH (735) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a plastic cup. Aromas of toasted caramel and berry sweet are most noticeable with a late, light note of an old damp towel. It pours a clear brown orange color with a soapy white head. It retains nicely with a near solid pillowy surface coverage and an abundant, sticky lace. It tastes of a medium high sweet caramel syrup. This beer has a soft, subtle carbonation with a syrupy texture and a medium - full body. It finishes with primarily a toasty and roasted caramel note with some berries and a muffin character. There’s also some faint lactose and roasted nut. There’s a slight grain aftertaste with some caramel, but it’s a light and short aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2014
2014 bottle drunk 4/17/14
Somehow this one slipped through the cracks, though I’ve had it many times.
Soft amber-cherry body is topped by a small but neatly retained light beige head.
Nose is very toasty, bready, maybe a touch buttery (not diacetyl) and alludes lightly to biere de garde though the specialty malts seem to push most of the yeast nuances to the sidelines. Touches of earthy, lightly spicy hops further detract from what I’d like to smell in a true BdG; rich, layered malts and some light phenolic notes alongside light to moderate fruitiness. Of course, everyone is welcome to their own interpretation, though in a non-stylistic sense, I just think this thing is too dry, astringent/scratchy.
The flavor fairs a bit better, despite there being a fair amount of breadiness/doughiness, there is some light acidity that is pleasant, perhaps hop driven? Not as scratchy/astringent in terms of the toastiness, but it’s certainly still a minor issue in the flavor. More sweetness than expected helps allay some of these scratchier malt notes and the texture is pretty firm throughout.
Overall, I’m just not getting much complexity; toffee and brown bread with some very light earthiness from the hops. The breadiness/toastinesss grows fatiguing, somewhat, by the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (753) - Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear copper with quickly disappearing off white. Mild aroma. Maybe a little orange. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee and maple syrup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jojojam (65) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2014
A- deep honey/amber, one finger head that dissipates quickly. Small tiny bubbles. A- sweet, dab of honey. M- soft medium mouthfeel. T- malty, caramel, some subtle hops on the dry finish. O - a very decent rep of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
commonmac (537) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Pint pour from the tap at Muddy Waters. In a Woodchuck hard cider glass...sad. Light orange leaning towards amber. Lacing looks good. Aroma is faint with hints of slightly sweet grain. First word that comes to mind when it hits the lips is metallic. Ouch. A little bit sour. Almost tastes like a beer that’s gone off. Dupaging Dr. Wish This Tasted Better

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bagalagalaga (139) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Tastes of orange with a syrupy texture on top of all the wacky yeasty flavors of a farmhouse ale. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (7208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Draft at Keystone-Hyde Park, served in a pint glass. Pours a clear orange-leaning amber with a small off-white head that settles into a moderately thick lasting ring. Initially has a very damp, grassy character but becomes basically all malt as it opens up. Biscuit, toast, caramel. Just a hint of lighter peppery spice. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. So-so BdG, and I liked the maltiness after it opened up a bit better than the beer that it started as.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markducommun (298) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Beautiful dark, red-orange, almost mahogany, coloration, minimal white head and lacing. Smells of caramel, toffee, some roasted grain notes, slightly grassy. Predominantly sweet, fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Medium body, fair amount of acidity, some oiliness. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerathon (1449) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2014
Color- copper with a think off-white head and some lacing. Aroma- sweet malts, honey. Flavor- caramel, salt. Clean, lightly hopped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1459) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2014
Light, apple, some yeast, sweet malts. Toffee and caramel dominate the front end of the beer, with a fading finish that never gets the yeast out around to the front of the palate.

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