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Cher Ami - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 41
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 22.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: metter98 on 03-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed in the style of a Belgian-style Single this light, fruity, and slightly spicy golden ale is best enjoyed in the company of good friends.
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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 41
Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

This Belgian-styled single is a somewhat pale orange color, topped with a creamy inch of head. That head retains well, and it leaves good lacing around as well. That aroma takes on a dry and spicy character, bringing mint, spices, and candi sugar to the nose. The taste takes a different turn from the aroma. It starts with a taste of boiled corn and corn sweetness (corn in a Belgian style, heresy!). That fades away and allows toasted sugar and spice to be tasted. It's a light, creamy ale that refreshes, that ultimately makes a fine afternoon drink.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -15.5%

01/16/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Follows a Unibroue Eau Benite abbey triple which is like witnessing a AAA player at the plate in the majors for the first time.

There is something worthy of attention here, but I'm temporarily distracted. Shows my shortcomings as an objective person.

In the desert island scenario this would not be the one, but if a case washed ashore I'd fashion a bottle opener.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is a very clear dark golden with thick head of off white with fine bead. The smell is faintly fruity with a pear like scent and slight spice almost peppery in the yeast ester. The feel is good moderate carbonation and gentle sweetness to augment the slight dry finish with mild yeast and alcohol influence.

The flavor is very good, smooth cracker-like malt presence with slight tinge of dried pear and perhaps a floral aspect with mild alcohol which is almost not noticeable. The yeast adds a sublte spice elemtent but it is pretty gentle and overall this is easy to drink. I would get this again since I feel it is a good representation of a Belgian Singel

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught at Haven Brewpub in Pasadena into a 14oz stem-tulip. Cost was $6.00. Reviewed from notes. 4.7% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as an Enkel (that’s what it is).

A: Pours a two finger wide head of white colour, nice cream, and nice thickness. Good (4-5 minute) retention. Even lacing.

Body colour is a clear vibrant gold. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Quite appealing for the style.

Sm: Quite grainy. Very light restrained floral hop character. Light caramalt. Biscuit malt. Deep and evocative. Biscuity rich yeasty notes. Redolent of Belgian examples of the style. Cream. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Lovely stuff. Biscuit malt, biscuit yeast. Grainy. Minimal floral hop character. Flowery notes. Lilac. Balanced and pleasant. Good subtlety – but not as much as Belgian examples of the style. Quite tasty. A bit too clean and clinical for the style; better enkels/patersbiers are yeastier and more rustic. Good complexity and build for what it is.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good body. Refreshing. Suits the flavor profile well. Good thickness. I quite like the execution.

Dr: A well executed American attempt at one of the scarcest styles there is. I’d get it again, but it does fall well short of superior Belgian examples. Hides its modest ABV well. Good try, Bear Republic, but it lacks the rustic intricacy required of a great Enkel. Chimay Doree this is not.


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Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours goldenrod with a nice cap of white foam, lots of sticky frothy lace. Very good head retention.

S: Notes of bread, earthy and herbal hops, light barnyard.

T: Nice solid estery yeast flavours. Sugar cane, pear and banana along with a lot of sourdough bread. Never really full-flavoured, but certainly tasty.

M: Light-bodied, soft carbonation, creamy, refereshing.

O: A good solid light Belgian-style beer. Good for a hot spring day like today.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and banana aromas. Taste is much the same with a fake banana flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is a weird fruit-like presence in this one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful tawny amber color in the tall tulip with a firm head. Biscuits and wine in the nose. Fuller bodied than you'd expect. Modest funky notes with a pleasantly scratchy taste of Belgian yeast. But overall, a milder Saison sort of brew.

The touch of bitterness stretches out to the finish. Modest malty sweetness and finishes on the dry side. Pleasant spritzy mouthful. Not much aroma. More subtle than a lot of Belgian-flavored beers.

Quite agreeable and makes a tangy quaff. On tap at Local Habit in San Diego. The 12 oz glass is $6.50.

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Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Public House, poured into a nonic glass. Bartender called this a Single but that is pretty much a Belgian pale ale when brewed by any non trappiste brewer. Poured a golden yellow color, mostly clear, with a half a finger of white foamy head. Head retention was moderate, as it slowly receded to a bubbly collar after a few minutes, leaving some light lacing that slowly slipped back into the surface. Very well carbonated based on the many small bubbles floating up through the beer.

Nose is a very earthy and herbal hops and light biscuit malt. Fairly one dimensional.

Taste followed the nose, light earthy and herbal hop bitterness upfront then a light biscuit malt sweetness to finish clean.

Light bodied and nicely carbonated. Very light on the tongue and at such a low abv, easily sessionable. While flavors are pretty bland, good enough to be refreshing and should go nicely as counter to rich food.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that slowly faded away.
S: There are light aromas of fruits and hints of spices in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite fruity and has some notes of clove and orange peel.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: With its low alcohol content, this beer is easy to drink and sessionable.

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Cher Ami from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.