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

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Fleur-de-lis Restoration AleFleur-de-lis Restoration Ale

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
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 Zorro:
Photo of Zorro


3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of DeaconBluez and the BCG BIF.

Pours a clear golden ale with a really strong white head that almost overflowed the glass.

Fairly heavy hopped beer you can smell it long before it gets to your nose. Sweet malt with crackers aroma. Hops are citrus in scent mostly pine and flowers with a bit of a spiciness.

Taste is a bit sweeter than neutral with a very bready malt flavor. There is slight acid edge to this the hops, not quite lemon though. Mild herbal bitterness combines with a little bit of pine and grapefruit in this, good flavor and mild.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Good drinkability in a very mild ale here. A pleasant general consumption type of ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 05:02:52 | More by Zorro
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

01-12-2013 17:53:52 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev +14%

07-07-2012 18:04:12 | More by fatbatcat
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

04-29-2012 21:39:52 | More by kew
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

11-15-2011 20:35:02 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of Knapp85


3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The body was clear looking with some bubbles rising as random times. The look of the beer doesn't have too much going for it. The smell is a little grainy with some sweet malts on the nose. The taste of the beer doesn't have a whole lot going on in my opinion. The flavors of this beer are rather basic but remain refreshing. The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Overall, I think the beer was a really nice idea to help out New Orleans after the hurricane. I feel that it was a beer that they wanted to keep at an affordable so people would be able to help out as much as possible. I don't feel that this beer was made to impress a lot of people. I feel that it was meant to be just a fund raiser and I think they did a nice job at that.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 15:46:34 | More by Knapp85
Photo of tmoneyba


2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle on 01/21/2006.

Poured a clear amber hue with a huge frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Good balanced malt and hop and grain aroma. Medium body with thin texture. Light sweet grainy flavor in a light finish of short to average duration.

To soft of a close.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 14:10:22 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of hopdog


2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared courtesy of DenverLogan. P

oured a medium golden color with an averaged sized white head. I really didn't get too much our of the aromas and tastes. Some cardboard, maybe some malts and citrus. I had to reach deep to really get anything. Not offensive, but just not much there for me. Thinner body.

Notes from 2/3/06

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 18:12:13 | More by hopdog
Photo of nick76


3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is a blend of hops, (floral, herbal, and grassy) along with lemon and malt. The appearance is golden with a nice size head. The flavor is buttery, bread-like, grassy, and hoppy without being very bitter. The aftertaste is slightly peppery. It's quite drinkable and you get to help a good cause too.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 05:26:56 | More by nick76
Photo of everetends


4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one out of the beer journal. I had this in bottle form acquired from a cajun restaurant named Jazz in Oxford, AL. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a nice golden color with a bit of a haze to it. A good sized head receded to batch of rings that remained for the entire beverage. Attempts to provide some lace, but nothing special.

S: Smells of sweet malt, hops, grains and citrus fruit peels.

T: Very clean and earthy. Tastes of breads, hops, grains, with a bit of malt and citrus. Really enjoyable.

M: A nice crisp brew. The carbonation makes for a very refreshing beverage.

D: Very drinkable. I really liked this beer and have been disappointed that I haven't found it again in this form or the new Restoration. These went down easy and were very pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 02:56:54 | More by everetends
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3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear orange color with some white head which dissipates quickly.

S - Nose is very flowery - which always makes me nervous.

T - The taste however, was quite nice. I wouldn't say it was full of hops, but the floral hops and malts combination made for a well balanced smooth drink.

M - Like I said, it was smooth and easy going. Enjoyable.

D - Despite my accolades, if I can't imagine or if I am not craving another one, I can't say a beer is too drinkable. And such is the case with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 11:59:09 | More by SchmoTerp
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2.03/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Very small and bubbly head poured off this beer. The bnottle had attempted to look fancy but the colors are too muted for my taste. Looking at the color of the liquid, it almost looks like someone swapped my beer for a sunkist.

S: A mild citrusy hop aroma is all I detect at first. There is some spicier/herbal aroma that I can't nail down.

T: Very watery and bitter from the hops. This beer sems to be very simple yet still not adequately balanced. This is in a brown bottle but it was purchased months before at Mardi Gras so it might have skunked a bit.

M: Very watery with a mildly unpleasant hoppy herbal presence.

D: This beer claims $1 from each sixer sold goes to help rebuild New Orleans. Given the bottle isn't flashing and the beer itself does not encourage repeat business, I am worried for the fate of this money raising campaign. Perhaps this is why they retired the beer?

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 21:44:32 | More by Big78CJ
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3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a finger and a half off white head that does leave some lace. Aroma is malt some light honey and floral hops. Taste is light caramel that linger for a while mild hop flavors grass/floral come up and finish along with the still lingering dash of caramel. Mouthfeel is good for a golden ale light medium. Nice smooth carbonation with a burst in the middle. Drinkability is good not my favorite style but drinkable enough and what better way to donate money then buying beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 03:58:36 | More by jayrod20
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not much of a fan of this one; there is very little to react to within this bottle.

Appearance was very pale and clear, and looked more Bud Light than it did pale ale. There was no aroma at all. Flavor was also very faint; what there was reminded me a "honey lager" like Tyranena Three Blonde's or Sleeman's Honey Blonde, and these are not favorable comparisons. Some faint sweetness but no malt or hop character. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I would not recommend this beer.

I had a bottle of this at the New Orleans d.b.a.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 13:40:45 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of SpencerT


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a clear copper color with a three finger off white head.
The scent of malt and brown sugar is prevalent in this ale.
Slightly sweet at first with nice bitterness of the hops at the finish. Well balanced with a hint of alcohol flavor. Finishes smooth without much of a bite.
I'm not sure if this is a good example of a Scottish Ale but it isn't a bad Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 01:46:26 | More by SpencerT
Photo of claytri


4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours gold with a tinge of amber, and has a small white head that quickly dissipates to lace. The aroma is of floral hops with a bit of malt. A very nice floral hops taste, with just a hint of malt. The feel is light and very dry. I happened to be in New Orleans this summer and wound up keeping this fine beer in my room. I actually brought some home and am finally getting around to reviewing it. I found this beer ot be a very drinkable hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 23:36:51 | More by claytri
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3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack of this on a recent trip to Louisiana; now called 'Restoration Pale Ale'. Back label tells of how this beer was created following the hurricanes that devastated Louisiana and how proceeds from this beer have raised over $500,000 for relief efforts. This 12 oz. twist-cap poured to a pint glass. Best By: 05/05/08.

A: Glowing golden (nearly clear) topped with about 1-finger of fluffy/creamy whiteness. Drops to a splotchy swirl with a thin clinging ring. Several streams of slow-rising carbonation. Random, jagged bits of lace.

S: Light, slightly sweet aroma of pale malts, cereal grains and a dry citrus rind.

T: Malty and dry: crackers, soft sourdough, a bit grassy. Hops are light and cleansing, providing some citrus acidity...balance is good.

M: Crisp, light and clean. Begins with a fair carbonation bite, but thins to the point of seeming watery. Hop bittering alights gently, hardly notable.

D: Restoration is a clean, likable ale - not hard to finish at all, but without any stunning features. I'm a little puzzled as to how to judge this - despite it's name containing 'Pale Ale', I think this may be more of a dry 'Golden' or an 'English Pale Ale'. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 00:21:29 | More by msubulldog25
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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Nice hazy look from this pale ale. Not to dark or golden but a nice haze almost yellow look.

S- A nice floral pale ale smell. By the smell you can tell that there is a good amount of hops.

T- Surprisingly with the smell and look of the beer this pale ale was not so harsh on the pallet compared to other pale ales that i have had. Its a pale ale but more on the lighter side.

M- Great beer on the mouth not to harsh on my pallet and it did not leave a lingering taste of the hops.

D- This beer is drinkable. Not sure how many i would enjoy but i think after beer 3 i would get tired of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 03:08:21 | More by oscplayr25
Photo of nrpellegrini


3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: one finger hear, solid, dark golden cloudy
S: hoppy
T: not bitter, small bite
M: smooth, great feeling
D: easy

There was a lot going on in this beer.
I don't usually like pale ales but I really enjoyed this one. It's a lot easier and smoother than other pale ales. Definitely taste the hops but not over powering, no hard bite.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 18:27:06 | More by nrpellegrini
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3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Short light head that dissipates in the blink of an eye, leaving an amber, hazy (but good-looking) beer underneath.

Smell: Noses like orange with a little hint of lemon, and there's a definite floral presence from the hops. Alcohol is noticeable, but not strong.

Taste: Again, the immediate taste is orange/lemon citrus, as well as a moderately bitter hops bouquet.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation isn't terribly strong, but it's definitely there. The ale is immediately sweet and appropriately bitter, and leaves a pretty nice citrusy aftertaste.

Drinkability/other notes: I was actually impressed; I've not had much from Abita that was to my liking (especially not the "Turbodog" brown ale...ugh), but I thought this was a pretty decent effort. It's certainly not the best, but if the Sierra Nevada, Anchor, and Flying Dog are out of stock here in the basic markets, I know where I can turn for a pretty decent pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 16:53:54 | More by AleDrinkToThat
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3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled 1-2007. Pours a very slightly hazed golden brown. Nose is orange, hoppy, and just generally citric in nature. Flavor is tart and bitter with an almost lemon-like edge. Seems a bit thinner than it could be. Feel is okay. Like I said, a little thin, but it has a nice bubble on it. Drinkable, sure. Just no homerun here.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:54:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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