L'Amour Du Jour | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brewandbbq on 04-29-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on June 2, 2006. On Tap at the brewpub. Clean clear pour of oranged gold, with a sweeping soapy head of clean white. Rich aromatic glow of tarragon vinegar with heavy soaps of coriander and clove and rosemary sprigs. Genuine. A slight mingling of floral italian pizza seasonings. Flavor is a sweet gentle floral breeze of tart lemons in stew, and a heart of pizza dough. Wafts of sweet grains in rose petals. Very ethereal, restricted with light smacks of tangerine and heavy rosemary. Quite efferevescent and bright. More dough. Some light lemon rinds. A little too thin bodied, but expectable.

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Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drank a glass of this last night with a good friend at the CBC (4/9/06). i don't review a whole lot, but this was so good i had to write about it a bit.

ST - narrow, white-wine type glass, about 12 oz.

A - very pretty, nice little head at first, mildly-pale golden color, *slightly* hazy, but somewhat transparent (i'm comparing it to saisons)

S - smell reminded me of the jasmine tea they serve at vietnamese pho restaurants. a bit of citrus and hops in there too. i was intrigued. not as spicy or pungent as a typical saison. inviting.

T - excellent. like many other CBC brews, perfect balance of malt/grain, hop, and interesting adjuncts (i almost hate to call them that). it would've been easy to overdo the herbal flavors, and just as easy to underdo them. but that's not at all what we have here. the herbs (jasmine & lavendar) just dance on your tongue, never overpowering the brew. both my friend and described the flavor as "purple" (but *light* purple). would pair nicely with some light cheese (young cheddar?), or a salad with a light berry or herbal vinaigrette.

M - light, a bit spritzy, effervescent

D - i could've had a couple more of these if i didn't have to drive home. the relatively low ABV (~4.8%) helps.

an excellent, well-crafted, and creative brew!

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Photo of scottg
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask at the Real Ale Regalia at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.
Served in a tulip glass.

*This 2008 version is brewed without hops.
Has a clear straw yellow color with no head. Very herbal and floral aromas, jasmine and grass. Lemon and jasmine up front flavors with maybe a little nutmeg and a tart green apple finish. No carbonation, medium body, this beer leaves a nice creamy mouthfeel. Interesting flavor profile, the use of the flowers and herbs to replace the hops is well done in this beer. With the increase in the price of hops, this style can lead to a lot of creativity for the brewer. Not a style where you can drink many of them, but one is worth the try.

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Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Yellow to gold in color. Thin creamy head. Great lacing. Not completely transparent, just bit of haze.
S) Jasmine is recognizable. Orange and floral notes like a nice tea. Some sour notes.
T) Earthy. Floral. A combination of sweet and sour flavors, but overall bright.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Slightly dry in the finish.
D) The flavors are almost overwhelming, but unique. All in all a good brew.

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Photo of jvdineen
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This belgian pale is more relative to a Saison Dupont rather than a Duvel. One of the suprise ingredients is lavender among other spices. This has a true "perfume" to it, fruity and inviting. Quite smooth and well balanced with hops. I defintely hope next spring/summer's version is as good as this one unless it becomes a staple. A truely enjoyable beer from CBC.

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Photo of ccrida
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub, listed as containing Sweet Gale, Yarrow, Labrador Tea, Lavender, Sweet Orange and Jasmine Blossoms rather then hops. Served in a stem glass, L'Amour Du Jour is a clear gold with a small white collar and no effervescence.

Smell is herbal, floral, honey, and what I found to be very distinct ginger, although it's not listed as an ingredient (but may be one of the herbs I'm not familiar with)

Taste is also very herbal, with lots of ginger and a touch of diacetyl. Some fruity saison esters peak through, it's pretty well balanced and tasty for a gruit, although questionably herbal.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice spritz but body that seems bigger then it should be for such a small beer, only 4.5%.

Drinkability is is pretty good, it went down fast, was tasty and refreshing. Then again, I love small saisons, and brew them myself a good bit, although never with all the adjuncts.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a slight haze,fine cask bubbles leave quickly.
Pungent,unique nose.
At first, it was all vicks vapor rub. After a slight "calibration" of my sense of smell, more aromatics came through.
Reminiscent of Asian spice,but with a hint of floralness.
Lemongrass-like and dryed petals, with a meek belgian character struggling through. Leaning towards a Saison,but more aggresive in the nose.
Thin on the pallet,almost watery, with soft carbonation and a rather hollow flavor profile. Perhaps not an all malt beer,a dry straw-like presense is noted.
Minimal bitterness,maybe some spiceyness from a sparing hop addition.
Finishes curiously.
A bit heavy on the aromatic spice,maybe "dry spiced" in the cask.
Although not one of my faves from Cambridge, I love thier bold,creative approach to the art that is beer.
NERAX 2005

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Photo of EPICAC
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cabridge Brewing Company on April 8th, 2006. The chalkboard behind the bar described this as "Biere Artisanal", and listed the alcohol content as 4.85%. It was served in a glass most similar to a wine glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden with a very thin head.

Smell: Very earthy, herbal and spicy. I caught a peppery spiciness, a honey sweetness, and an herbal aroma that I couldn't place (a friend suggested this was rosemary).

Taste: Predominantly herbal and peppery up front. The finish is grainy with a tartness that might have been citrus.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation comes in fairly late. Light-bodied with a slight oiliness.

Drinkability: The herbal flavors and peppery spice might be too much for some, but I found this beer to be tasty and refreshing.

Overall: A pretty good beer. The herbal flavors threw me a bit. I'd like to know what, if anything, the beer was spiced with.

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Photo of Truh
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

J’aime les femmes avec this one on 5/14/2005. Served in a flute glass at the source, maybe 12-ozs.?

Tall, properly regimented tight foam, close to ½-inch that sticks most excellently. Light amber to an almost golden orange hue with only a hint a of gentle haze and some light carbonation. Ginger, rose hip, wacky taffy, liquid sugar and orange peel all jump around on nose. Flowery essences tingle the back left quadrant of the skull, with a sarsaparilla hit, some panko breadiness, and rock candy dissipating to sticking sunflower seed saltiness.

Tried this previously at the Sunset, but was glad to get a second shot at it. A homerun, not unsurprisingly.

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Photo of dherling
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out pale gold, slightly murky, with a small off white ehad that dissapeared quickly. Smell was herbal and spicy, developed into citrus at the end. The taste was pretty good, but the herbal quality may have been a bit much, Iwas lookinf for a little more spice here. There is spice, jsut not a ton of it. Has a light mouthfeel,and finishes a bit slick and lingering.

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L'Amour Du Jour from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 10 ratings