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French Toast | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Picture custardy French toast, infused with cinnamon and vanilla, fresh from the griddle and drizzled with warm maple syrup. Now picture that in a glass. Boom. Mind blown.

Added by Alieniloquium on 01-11-2014

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 266
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives coffee colored (how appropriate) with a smallish head; some spots of lace.

Smell: Roasty, with brown bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin and maple syrup

Taste: Brown bread and some roast, with brown sugar, raisin, cinnamon and nutmeg building; maple syrup and egg custard are hinted at through the middle; some bitterness in the finish though the predominate flavor is the French Toast

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Funky Buddha is the master of this type of beer; fun to contemplate and fun to drink

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Photo of LMO1190
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On a semi vigorous pour, I got about a finger and a half of head. At 55 degree F. It smells exactly like the cereal "CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH". Taste is about the same, with Big maple and cinnamon flavor. I can't really taste the alcohol. It has a mild alcohol burn as it warms up with a small amount of bitterness at the end! It's very thick and sticky. This is an awesome dissent beer. I am going to try to loud up on this one. This has just become my 2nd favorite beer from Funky Buddha( Last Snow 1st) It's a must try( If able to obtain)!!!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mikkeller & Friends. Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma and taste are similar with dark sugar, caramel and a good malt backbone. Medium body and carbonation. A really tasty brown ale but I expected some more based on the hype.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Could smell it before it even hit the table in front of me. Honestly one of the thickest brown ales I've ever had (I can't even imagine how amazing this would work as a stout). I'd say it's neck-and-neck with Terrapin's FT Wake n Bake for French Toast nirvana.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark brown with a thin off-white head that settles into a razor thin halo around the perimeter. Bouquet of cinnamon and maple syrup on slices of bread, but none of the egginess found in actual french toast. The taste falls a bit short of the nose with most of the maple falling off (though some in the finish) and a slightly over-powering cinnamon presence, but overall it's very tasty and hits the french toast description well. It' light-medium bodied and drinkable with a good meld of breakfast flavors and adequate carbonation to lift those bold flavors off the palate (some bitterness and maple linger), and minimal booze. This is a solid beer, but definitely should not age.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up pancake syrup on the nose and on the palate. It's uncanny how closely they've nailed that taste. It's a delicious beer but I was so distracted by being so delighted at how well they captured that flavor that I didn't do as good a job paying attention to the rest of it. But there was a mild malty creaminess underneath it and the whole thing came off very smooth. What a fun beer.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like it or not, this is like liquid French toast. Nose is cinnamon, battered French toast with butter and maple syrup and the taste follows this same pattern. Body is medium and slick almost syrupy. Sweet on the finish and it is exactly what it says. Would I drink more than one, no but it hits the mark very well!

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was an interesting change of pace amongst all the IPAs I have been drinking.... I had a 64oz growler and drank one glass of it and that was enough for me... More
Of a novelty then something I have interest trading for again... FWIW it was the best French toast tasting beer out there that I have had...

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Photo of Rampage1
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Has a really nice light tan head, quarter inch to begin with that dissapates quite quickly. Dark brown in color but definitely not black.

Smell: Right from the beginning it has big maple sweetness on nose. You get a little bread and egg in the smell afterwards that smells like a piece of French toast bathed in yummy maple syrup.

Taste: Taste follows the smell with a real french toast flavor and quality to it. It's lacking in sweetness unlike its brother maple bacon porter. I was disappointed that there was not much residual sugar sweetness in the taste which was a let down. I figured it will have more sweetness but instead was a little on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin on the mouthfeel which was another kink in the armor. Would of liked it to be a little more viscous.

Overall: Damn good beer and really impressive on how close to French toast it comes. You could pick this one out of a line up in a heartbeat. Hope to try again and see if next time around its a little sweeter.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Dark auburn color with thin head. Smell is sweet malt with caramel and molasses. Tastes just like french toast! Not my thing, but I appreciate the accomplishment. Alcohol presence is minimal and finish is long and sweet. Satisfied my curiosity...

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Photo of indurTheB
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This blows the Terrapin WnB French Toast out of the water. Unbelievable smells on this, like most Funky Buddha special releases. The taste is almost dead on for French Toast with syrup.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.27/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

At Bainbridge Barrel House in Philly during Philly Beer Week, "Florida Brunch".

Looks deep and still, like an oil spill. No head or bubbles or carbonation.

Smells like cheap cinnamon buns from Penn Station, artificial flavors, some spice and third-rate state fair. Marshmallow and plenty of sugar.

Taste: follows nose, all cinnamon, dough, sprinkled sugar and roasted poblano pepper. Burnt bits from the oven. The spicy, dry finish is unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Super low carbonation, overpowering cinnamon/spice feel, driness all around... ouch

Overall: this was dislilke at first at sip. It was a chore to drink.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchville Inn.

Dark brown body, nearly opaque, topped with a small layer of brown bubbles. The aroma on this...it's a hard five, hands down. If I was blindfolded and presented this, and an actual plate of French toast, I probably wouldn't be able to distinguish between the two. The taste fell a bit short of the aroma, but all the basic elements were still there. Nutty and leafy, raw cinnamon, nutmeg, dry toasted malts, grain husks, some bitterness in the finish. Brown ales typical come across a little thin in the mouthfeel to me, and this was no exception. Appropriate for the style, but always leaves me wanting a little more. Very nice overall, and that aroma...

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Photo of jlindros
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge huge huge thanks to rudzud for one of my top 10 beers of all time easily.

Nice creamy darker colored 1/2 finger head, great fluffy lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose is just pure fresh roast, pure magic, cinnamon, nutmeg, little raisin even, little eggy, bread, bread crust, and tons of maple syrupy. Little butter, brown sugar, caramel malts, toasty brown malts, etc. I cannot stress how amazing this smells, def one of if not THE best beer I've ever smelled.

Taste brown sugar eggy raisin cinnamon nutmeg French toast, buttery, not Vermont maple syrupy like the aunt jemima stuff, so much cinnamon, bread, egg custard, little nutmeg, semi sweet candy malt, little brown sugar and caramel malts keep it in the beer realm. Finish adds a bit of bitterness and lots more French toast.

Mouth is med bod, Mild syrupy, nice carb, small hint of booze.

Overall... it's so much more than I expected, way beyond anything I could have thought in a beer, like a cinnamon raisin bread toasted and soaked overnight in egg wash with cinnamon and nutmeg, then drenched in buttery maple syrup. So so so friggen good. I wish I could just get an unlimited supply of this amazing beast!

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Photo of rudzud
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with JLindros and Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown with a light mocha head that left thin lacing.

S - Yah, this should be an 11. Aromas of maple syrup, eggy bread, melted butter, Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. Listen, this is french toast, end of story.

T - Taste is absurd. Glorious maple syrup, wonderful egg custard, vanilla, cinnamon raison toast, wonderful wonderful bread notes. The best french toast is nothing compared to this beer. This tastes just like that.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly boozy and syrupy. Very full.

O - Overall this beer was absurdly good, shocking how much flavor they get in this.

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Photo of JulioH
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic Funky Buddha! This beer pours a dark liquid, with little to none foam. Smells of vanilla, maple syrup, nutmeg, all very strong scents. Tastes like a liquid French toast. A little bit of alcohol is felt behind the syrupy liquid. Taste like maple syrup, vanilla, nutmeg, malt. Thick and syrupy mouth feel, sticky.

Great beer, but filling.

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Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a light brown color.

The aroma has tons of aggressive sweet maple syrup sweetness. An extremely vibrant and real smell.

The flavor follows with that syrup in the front, a sweet caramel breadiness in the middle. The beer in general is a bit thin on mouthfeel and flavor.

The beer hits the aroma quite spot on, but flavor is not exactly there. Still different and exciting though.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

6oz serving in a plastic cup at MBCP Day. This was the secret beer, to get it you had to ask a guy named Don "What's for Breakfast"

A- Pours a dark brown with some slight translucency, just a thin off-white head forms that fades at a moderate pace leaving some light lacing.

S- Burnt sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, toasted malts, nice aroma strength. They absolutely nailed the French toast aroma in the beer, couldn't be more perfect with the maple syrup coming out nicely with the burnt sugars.

T- Cinnamon, thin maple syrup, burnt sugars, a bit of a brown ale aspect, light flavor of toast- tastes sort of like French Toast Crunch Cereal. Tasty but the flavors don't come out as nicely as in the nose, still flavorful and unique though.

M- Fairly thin, fairly low carbonation, very drinkable. This beer wasn't nearly as creamy as MBCP which I had right after. In my opinion this is the shortcoming of the beer and one of the reasons why this beer isn't quite as good as MBCP.

O- This beer was very unique and was a great surprise addition to the MBCP day draft lineup fitting right in with the breakfast theme. Like all Funky Buddha beers they absolutely nailed the unique gimmicky aspect of the beer capturing the French toast part of it perfectly. While I didn't enjoy this beer quite as much as MBCP it definitely is worth trying at least for the unique factor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Served in a plastic cup.

Appearance - Brown body. Small khaki head. Mostly just a hefty collar.

Smell - Tons of maple syrup. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. Smells like French toast.

Taste - Very strong spice character. Cinnamon overwhelms everything. Maple flavor lends a sweetness. Toasty malt behind it. A little nutmeg.

Mouthfeel - Grainy rather than creamy and sweet. Medium body.

Overall - A little strong on the spice, but tasty. Not as spot on their other treatments.

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French Toast from Funky Buddha Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.