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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!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 This beer is a dark amber color with a medium light brown head. The aroma is lightly toasted malt and caramel. Light to medium bodied. The flavor is a little tart but overall a mild blend of malt, fruit, hops and caramel. The finish is a bit uneven, not my favorite beer by a longshot.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Pours with little head to a burnt-orange color. The smell was malty and pleasent. The palate is slightly creamy with a slight hop flavor. Clean finish. Pretty good, but not too increadible.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2004
This beer is a dark brownish-amber color with a medium cream-colored head. Decent lacing. The aroma is mildly toasted malt and caramel. Light-bodied and smooth with a kind of low amount of carbonation. The flavor is a little tart but overall a mild blend of malt, bread, hops and caramel. The finish is very smooth, making for a fairly good session beer overall. I would get this again but it’s a little simple in places.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3191) - Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2004
The body is a deep red amber. This is a gorgeous hue. The head is a weak white. The aroma is candied yams with the caramel malt and yeast fruitiness playing tricks. The flavor suggests sweetness but there isn’t much. Interesting little beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 4, 2004
mellow yet zesty nose, very light. pale dilluted orange juice, no head. lots of clove and corriander, slight sourness in the finish, carmel

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Copper color with a medium sized tan head. Nose is caramelly. Flavor is toffee sweet with some balancing bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 Rich amber, lightly sedimented. Dense, dissipating head. Deep, sweet maltiness with slight biscuity, toasty edge. As they say, just enough hops to scrub the palate and save this from being cloying. Savory and drinkable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3482) - 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 (6300) - 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.


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