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RATINGS: 690   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!


DrnkMcDermott's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2803) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 Bottled. Great stuff. Nice malty aroma behind a head that disappears a little too quickly. Taste of orange and some light spiciness comes through, finishes off with a note of red wine.
Re-rate, 4/10/05. Okay, this was one of my earlier ratings, and I finally had a second bottle from my original sixer (others have gone out in trade). My impressions still hold true, but it’s just not worth the 4.1 I first assigned. A slight note of brett mars the second sampling, but this is a two-year old bottle. I had taken the name of the style literally and was cellaring it outside my fridge, probably not a good idea for a 5.9% beer.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1731) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2014
On tap in Chicago pours medium golden amber, off white head. Some grass, cracker, blue cheese, no sour. Light body, booze burn.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (1827) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2014
bottle shared with hakes dr at club w//clear dark reddish pour with thin white head, carmel, fruit wine aroma and taste, weird, but I lik it

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdm1984 (665) - Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Nice head with minor, splotchy lacing. Smells toasty and toffee to start, with some acid. Taste follows suit. Boozy finish; caramel sugar. I didn’t know what style this was when I had it at first; no farmhouse funk or anything sour to make me think it was a Bičre de Garde. Good beer, at any rate; had no problem finishing it.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Itzjerm (1295) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Pretty average carmel type beer. malty sweet no aroma thin fading head. slight bitterness and tiny sourness but more in grain than an actual sour. Average beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flyingdodo10 (2) - - AUG 30, 2014 does not count
beautiful amber colored lightly hazed ale. not terribly heady with a nice aroma reminiscent of a catholic church after benediction and the use of incense. very smooth initially with a med to heavy bitterness down the tongue to the finish. med light mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bkurtz (807) - 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 I’ll be drinking again.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubblehouse (403) - 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 (3790) - 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 (248) - 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 (1250) - 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.


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