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Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kmpitz2 on 10-20-2005)
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Reviews by Bighuge:
Photo of Bighuge
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden. Little sign of carbonation. Thin wispy white head. Lace is moderate. Aroma is soft malts and light grainy sweetness. Decent notes of malt and hay on the palate. Slight floral hoppiness. Slightly dry finish. Medium to medium-full body. Appropriate carbonation. Decent enough quaffer.

Bighuge, May 14, 2006
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Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer more for the cause than anything else knowing it wasnt gonna be in your face or earth shattering by any means.Poured a clear light golden with a this wispy quick to vanish white head,aromas we faint mainly of toasted grain and a herbal note.Flavors as well were nothing more than toasted malt with a touch of lemon in the finish not much more going on for me.I think a good hot weather beer and likely food friendly but like I said I bought for the cause.

oberon, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very clear, light-golden color. About three fingers of chunky, bulbous head form and slowly dissapate over a few minutes leaving a respectable lacing. Sniff as I might, its hard to get a readable aroma from this beer.

Taste is smooth, with light honey tones all the way through and slight taste of pair toward the finish. Overall a fairly dry beer. The mothfeel is thin, flat, and slick.

JudgeRoughneck, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Abita Restoration Ale pours from the stubby bottle a nice golden orange color with a lingering cap of white foam. Aromas of sweet, slighty toasted grains. A tad bit creamy with a citrusy, herbal hop evident in the background. It fails to really draw me in personally.

First sip brings a clean, slighty toasted pale grain maltiness. I get a hint of creaminess along with a nice sweetness. As it rolls across the palate some herbal, citrusy hops show up. A nice standard blonde ale overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with plenty of fast moving carbonation. Goes down pretty easily and has a refreshing aspect to it. Worth a try, but I can't see myself coming back to it. Easily drinkable and would probably make a good summer sessioner. Kudos to Abita for donating money from this one back to the Katrina relief fund!

orbitalr0x, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of JasonA
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper with little head quickly disapaiting into islands of floating floam.

I dont get much of anything from the smell. Maybe alcohol and yeast.

Initial taste is interesting. Complex for th style. Pilsner if form, but deeper. Not double pils, but something like "top shelf". Maybe that would be the best way to explain it. Take a budwesiser as a
"rail drink". Take that same drink type, and make it from "top shelf" liquor. Does it taste the same? No. Does it taste similar, yes but you know its a better quality of the type.

Decent for the style. Not a bite like typical, but more full bodied if I can say that for a blonde. Smooth carbonation, not aggressive. Interesting finish, almost yeasty but not. Not hoppy at all, not sure how to explain.

Im not a fan of the style, but this is a respectable beer. Very nice for someone to try at least once if you are looking to change up styles.

JasonA, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance reveals a clear, golden body with a one finger white head. Good retention and some clingy patches of lace are left on the glass.
Aroma has some grainy malt and restrained floral and herbal hoppy notes.
Mouthfeel has a light to light medium body with moderately high carbonation.
Taste has a fresh crispness from spicy and floral hops, enlivened by the playful carbonation. The bitterness is soft and dry, with a powdery character at times. Malt bill seems invisisble. Pleasantly drinkable, overall, but not a standout. American blonde and golden ales are one of my least favorite styles, but this one is worth a try. One dollar of every sixpack sold goes to Hurricane Katrina relief. I suspect, and hope, that they sell a lot of these.

merlin48, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, freshness indication given on each bottle as wellas on the 6 pack holder...a nice touch...I'm happy to support this brewer with this brew. $1.00 of each 6 pack goes to Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. Good cause, middle of the road light brew. Light in color, clear, minimal flavor and interest. Decent brew to cook some brasts in but not much else

Billolick, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm golden yellow crystal clear body with a good carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a smooth thick creamy light yellowish head that last and last.

S- A faint note of slightly sweet pale make is balanced by a note of green noble hops. There is a very faint corn note to the sweetness.

T- This beer has a smooth pale malt flavor with a slight toasted note that finishes with a Noble hop bite. The soft carbonic note helps to boost the hop flavor and add some dryness to the slightly sweet finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light finish with a faint fizz in the texture.

D- This beer is easy-drinking and had more character and hops that an adjunct lager but it has a Kolsch quality to it. The hops and sweetness have enhanced the cooked corn flavor, which is not welcomed by my taste buds. However the hops are a nice surprise and give this beer more life.

rhoadsrage, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice mix of gold and amber with a small head that quickly shrank to a ring. There's a fair amount of lace.

The smell is fairly strong, with soft hops and a hint of light fruits. The taste is of pale malt all the way through, with tiny bits of fruitiness and hop bitterness. It's pretty solid in the mouth and very easy to drink, despite having more character than so many others of this style.

Surprisingly good.

watermelonman, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abita's Fleur-de-lis pours a hazy golden-orange body beneath a short white head that falls shortly. The nose offers a combination of lighly sweet malt and floral hop. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and smooth with a restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation. The flavor delivers a very nice, bready and grainy malt base that's accented by a mild, yeasty fruitiness and floral hops. The bitterness is quite firm, and balances nicely. It finishes dry, snd lingers shortly. Quite drinkable.

NeroFiddled, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased in New Orleans poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a white head that leaves sporadic lacing around the edges of the glass. The aroma is pretty balanced between the slightly toasted malt and hops. The taste much like the smell is nicely balanced with that starts out smooth and malty and finishes dry with a quick dose of hops. The drinkability of this brew is one of its strongest qualities as it would make a nice session brew. Overall, this is a pretty solid brew with proceeds going for the disaster relief in NOLA.

cjgator3, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of silver0rlead
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that leaves moderate lacing. The aroma is mostly bready, with some slight sugary sweetness, and a hint of citrus hops. The flavor starts out with some bread dough, as well as some processed sugar sweetness, hint of citrus hops and some slight fruity esters. If this ale is restoration, color me unimpressed. I keep waiting for the flavors to develop but they never do. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is spritzy, but drinkability is pretty good. Not an engaging beer from Abita, frankly i was hoping for more.

silver0rlead, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Retired, that's a shame, this was the best beer I've had from this brewery to date. Got it at Bruisin Ale in Asheville, consumed in late July

Poured a lightly haazed gold with 3 fingers of fluffy eggshell colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Bready with hints of lemon, plus biscuitty malt

T: Honey malt with lemony hops up front. I pick up dates & apricots as this warms, along with tangerine & white pepper. Finished crisp with peppery & bready notes

MF: Medium-bodied, low carbonation & good balance

Drank very easy. This would've been a great session choice, bring it back Abita!

russpowell, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of UncleFlip
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I know my nose is playing tricks on me. Just as I cracked it open, I smelled a smell very similar to a spiced pumpkin beer. I *know* that's not the smell of this beer. Must be my nose acting weird to get back at me for taking it to work on Christmas day. :)

Honey colour out of the bottle. One finger off-white head, which dispates at a steady rate, leaving some very wet lace behind. The head is gone before I'd like it to be.

OK, now the nose goes in the glass (as I promise it I'm not trying to drown it out of revenge for its little trick). I find hops and malt balanced nicely, with that ever-present hint of fresh oranges. Theres some slightly earthy vegetative spice here, as well- and it's very pleasant.

Flavour is not as present as the smell. I find it a little corny, with some BMC overtones. It's definitely a deeper flavour than BMC, though. There's some woody spice on the finish, but before that, I unfortunately find it just a bit lacking.

Mouthfeel is a bit active on the carbonation, which tends to hit at the front of the tongue. The liquid underneath is average body.

High marks fro drinkability. It would be a good session beer, as it goes down easy and is under 6%. I just hoped it would be more....y'know...interesting.

Kudos to Abita for donating some of the profits from this one to hurricane relief.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of rebel1771
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first Abita beer I've had in a couple of years simply because I couldn't find anything new from them. The appearence was a pale golden with a short lived head. Nice grain smell with a touch of floral hop. The flavor was great, not overpowering, smooth, and flavorful with a nice hop kick. Very easy to drink beer, could easily down six in one sitting.

rebel1771, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a caramel orange with many dancing bubbles and a thick, foamy head made up of bubbles of varying sizes. A muffin-like top sits at the tip of the head and there are streaky lacing patterns. Malt is very faint in the nose with a clean body overall. Citrus and grass comes out most from the hops, aromatically. Malt lends a toffee sweetness along with some sweetbread. A good deal of citrus comes out in the crisp finish. Finishes somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is light to medium in weight, but I really could use more bubbles in this to accent the flavors. Excellent drinkability. This is one of my favorite beers from Abita and I wish I could get it regularly.

goochpunch, May 24, 2007
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: decent but thin bubbled head and a beautiful golden body

Smell: Wierd - it smelled great earlier now it's ok. It has this sorta raw wheat smell to it. It's sorta floral and a bit like dried apricot.

Taste: Fruity,crisp,and bitter. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: It's a tad corrosive but this isn't a bad thing.

Drinkability: Yea, forget it. Abita did it again. Like turbodog, they've made another super drinkable beverage. It's so light but flavorful that I could see it being fantastic with food.

CaskofFlyingDog, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of PeatReek
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale gold with a touch of haze, bubbly white foam dissolves quickly. Smells strongly hoppy; piney and a touch floral. Crisp breadly malt scent in there somewhere. Taste and palate are great; crisp and thin with the hop bite making it seem crisp, but the bready wheat adding a bit of substantiality. Bitterness in the aftertaste makes it finish really clean. My colorful adjectives are failing me here, but this is delicious and highly drinkable.

PeatReek, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden, crystal clear amber, with lots of visible carbonation. Huge pillow like white head and a really good lace down the glass. The smell was huge, big time citrus hops. Orange, grapefruit and pineapple were the big players here. Really suprised me, I did not think this would be as big as it was. The flavor followed suit, very light, crisp refreshing with a huge hop taste. Citrus flavors, mixed with fresh cut grass, and a nice biting bitter dry after taste finished this nicely. Overall this was an awesome session beer. I was really shocked that this was soo good. Only thing was it did tend to be a bit thin, but really not that noticeable, I would definatly have this again.

mikesgroove, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. 1/4" white head that recedes quickly. Has a strong floral scent and a mild butter scent. Taste is of floral hops and baked potato, with a metallic bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin, lightbodied, par for the style. The drinkability is hampered by the finish. I appreciate the sentiment behind the beer, but I don't think I'll try it again.

wcudwight, May 07, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Restoration Ale pours a typical but fairly nice crisp golden colour with some amber tones to it. A frothy, sometimes chunky head sits atop the liquid and is actually surprisingly sticky.

The aromas are a nice mix of floral hops and a touch of candy/caramel sweetness. Whilst not bold and in your face, the aroma was definitely a pleasant surprise.

Flavour is pretty much more of the same, although the hop tones are a bit more subdued here and there are some chalky notes as well. The is a nice caramel/hop finish with maybe even a smack of honey thrown in as well. Simple but effective overall.

This one is clean and crisp and it is simple and tasty at the same time. I enjoyed it for what it is: a basic style that you shouldn't expect a wall of flavour from but still has a nice overall feel to it. Plus its a nice way to throw some much needed support to the area. That alone should put everyone's drinkability at at least a four. This one is no doubt worth a try, if not for the cause alone.

SixpointJMH, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Brent
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Much as I wanted to like this beer for the nobility of the brewer's pledge of part of the proceeds for the Hurricane Katrina repairs to N.O., this beer never makes it out of the starting blocks. In my experience, a blonde ale can go for the scaled-back pale ale angle, or play for the light, crisp end of the spectrum, but I got neither here. Pretty thin and neither flavorful nor refreshing - just boring. Sorry to have to say this.

Brent, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Gusler
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its disinterment from the stubby 12-ounce bottle sets in the glass a sparkling gold with a generous bright white creamy head, after its evaporation, the lace forms a tight skirt to surround the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, sweet malt noted, the start is somewhat sweet with a decent grain presence, top is light to middling in feel. Finish is determined in its acidity, the hops light but refreshing, a drinkable beer.

Gusler, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden color without much head. The smell is quite hoppy…very enticing. The taste is hoppy and bitter. There are hints of spices and citrus. The mouthfeel is full. I find this to be a very drinkable beer and keep it in the house for everyday drinking.

barefootbrewer, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11oz bottle in a classical conical pint glass.

I'm familar with the story behind this brew and that a $1 of all sales go directly to Katrina disaster relief, which is cool.

Poured crisp, with a nice crackle. Aromas of straw, wet earth, the coast after a rain, pale malt, lightly bittersweet, a wisp of honey. The head was entertaining and full of life while it lasted, a finger's worth of crisp, loose, static pearl white agitation that quickly danced and faded to a thin sheen that eventually disappeard entirely and obviously didn't lace. A warm gold, very slightly brassy, crystal clear, a few errant bubbles fly quickly up thru it.

A pleasing hop presence, mildly citrus with thin orange, thin malts, slight sweetness...a touch of honey, mild pepper. This is actually very nice. I'm not a big fan of the style, but this has some surprising, quiet "oomph" that a lot of beers like it just do not. It gets a little sweeter on the tongue, more malted, slightly syrupy, still a little hoppy & peppery. Man, I could see this going with some Cajun or Creole and, like the drum in a jazz band, just knowing its place and role. It finishes very clean with a mild orange & hop kick, then leaves a clean, bittersweet, very slightly chalky (but OK) aftertaste.

I enjoyed this. It went down amazingly easy & fast, and this could be sessioned for days! This would make a great summer refresher, and I'm impressed. There are a lot of beers out there that could learn a thing or two from this brew. It certainly is not a roller coaster of tastes levels, but it is what is and I liked it, and would definitely drink this again, especially in hot weather. Nothing fancy, but for what it is...it is. If only I had some boiled mudbugs....

BuckSpin, Mar 30, 2007
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Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.