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RATINGS: 685   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!


JamesCory's rating

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JamesCory (54) - Wheeling, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Ar: Very aromatic - strong initial caramel, followed by a roastiness
Ap: Orangish-brown hue, with soapy head that disappears quickly, leaving tracing on the glass. T: Heavy sweetness. Very slight bitterness at the end. I was hoping for a better hop bite. P: Almost syrupy, sticky sweet. Average-to-soft carbonation. O: Iíve had this beer recommended to me a number of times - it didnít meet the high expectations I had for it, but not a bad brew. I bit sweet for my taste - I truly feel this beer would be better balanced with addition of some extra hops.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bkurtz (743) - PERU - AUG 26, 2014
Pours amber with a smallish, long lasting head. Caramel aroma. Earthy taste mixes with minerals and some sweetness. Interesting, well made beer Iíll be drinking again.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubblehouse (358) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 16, 2014
First 2 brothers I have tried and it was very good. Aroma was a bit lacking but still very tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (570) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Not bad. Toasty woodsy caramel is about right. Not a ton going on but pleasant and mellow throughout. Barely enough hops to notice but i liked the malt and yeast character

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimsal27 (235) - New York, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Head was frothy whites that fully dissipated. The taste was uncarbonated, sweet malt with the smallest amount of funk. The nose was malty with a caramel and fruity aroma. The palate was smooth and medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GJF (1245) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Ruby pour with dense white head. Malty aroma. Flavor is generally sweet with lots of caramel malt, a little spicy yeast. Some grass hop and bitterness in the finish. I like it, but the body gets a bit cloying.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (332) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2014
The beer is slightly hazy, with a deep amber body and a reddish cast beneath a short but creamy head of white foam. The nose is offers a combination of delicately toasty and straw-like grain with caramel and slight fruitiness. The body is medium-light with a zesty, very-fine bubbled carbonation. The flavor starts with bold, toasty and caramel malts upfront, followed by a splash of fruit (sour cherry, tangerine, plum) that fades into a rather dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light. The beer reminds me of a toastier and drier Irish ale. I loved it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OsuStu (42) - - JUN 14, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber with a pencil thin white head. Roasty caramel aroma. Malty, cereal with a bit corn. Mild hops. Clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
forthebirds (26) - - JUN 14, 2014
Caramel/amber in color. Caramel, berries, and bread. A bit of hops shine through in the end and bring it around to being pretty well balanced out. A tasty beer, but not my favorite.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARH (376) - 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. Thereís also some faint lactose and roasted nut. Thereís a slight grain aftertaste with some caramel, but itís a light and short aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2014
2014 bottle drunk 4/17/14
Somehow this one slipped through the cracks, though Iíve 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 Iíd 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 itís 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, Iím 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.


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