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RATINGS: 670   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!


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Dark amber in color; thinnish head. Decent mouthfeel ... smooth malts and moderate carbonation. Rather malty: biscuity, grainy, and toasted. Balanced bitterness (flowery, herbal). Mild and predictable on some fronts, but decent in others. Not a bad beer to drink.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
Bottle pours dark amber, very minor pancake batterish head, with light carbonation and decent lacing.   Aroma is extremely grainy and somewhat musty.   Up front I get a grainy/malty taste, quite heavy actually.   Slight sweet N sour characteristic too.   More graininess on the finish.   It has the mouthfeel of a lager, quite thin, but seems rather heavy on the grainy/grassy side.   Not catching any caramel or toffee flavors, its all malt/grain.   I suspect that better versions are much more flavorful and dimensional than this example.   Definitely drinkable, but not worth having a 2nd time.   Also, what hops are there to clean off the palate?   Not enough there for my enjoyment, although the finish is quite clean.   Thanks goes out to MarkR for the trade.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2004
Almost rose and amber crystal clear colour with a medium size shortish lasting beige head. Medium intensity spicey aromatic and floral hops form a good balance against the crystal malt aroma. Medium bodied, REminds me a lot of an IPA but with more earthier character and extra caramel and toffee malt flavours. Pleasant low sweetness and dry clean finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2004
Light red color with a small beige head. Malt aroma.(bread, grain) A little caramel and hop flavors. Pretty watery and mediocre, but it is drinkable.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Musty nose with hints of berries. Low carbonation and very little head on the beer. Nice ruby color. Tasted musty and spicy - I think this beer is more proof that the French suck.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2004
This is basically a supped up version of a Fat Tire. It has more flavor & character, but it is basically an easy drinking, simple beer. It has some spicy notes, which add to the complexity, but overall it is quite simplistic and easily quaffed. A light amber color, with almost no head when served from the tap. This beer is mostly malty with some bready notes and some Belgian Yeast type spicing. A good intro beer for those not yet in to Belgian/ French country beers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Dark amber/copper with a white head. Nose has fruit, earthiness, some spice. Flavor is floral and spice and slightly bitter. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Small white fizzy head. Clear gold body. Not much to the aroma, but some light cardboard hops, bread, cooked corn. Tastes a little bitter with some good malt, orange, bread. Body was a bit creamy with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Not really a beer de garde per se, but a lovely malty ale nonetheless. Its always a joy on tap, especially if you like malty beers-sort of like a Marzen ale type thing.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Deep amber color with a small head and some lacing. Earthy, yeasty, citrusy aroma. Light tingling in the mouth with a mildly bitter, some citrus and an almost roasted finish.


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