Jean Ribault | Cigar City Brewing

very good
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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by macrosmatic on 05-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 4
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours clear golden with a nice, foamy white head. A bit of lacing and a thin cap. The nose has some nice peppery phenolics along with some light earthy hops. A bit of pilsner base comes underneath. Flavor hits the same notes with the yeast being most prominent. Good spicy, earthy character. Light-medium body with smooth bitterness. Pretty good.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Green Room Brewing today, 10 oz. pour into a stemmed cylindrical glass (I really hate the shape and appearance of these glasses, but it's what they serve "special/strong" beers in.)

This beer was brewed for Bastille Day and labeled as a "French Pale Ale". For those of you that don't know, I've been living in Paris off and on for the last 2 years...this beer was of great interest to me as I wanted to see what CCB's interpretation of this "style" was.

Poured a rustic orange/golden hue with a small white head.

Nose; yeast, hay, lemon, herbal, grains.

Taste: somewhat funky up front with the hay and lemon, then a grainy malt note comes into play (standard of the Biere de Garde style) then a zesty herbal hop bitterness and some alcoholic burn (surprising for the abv) and slight oakiness round out the finish.

Mouthfeel, crisp yet somewhat slick.

Overall: an interesting beer that had some distinct character to it, but I would be very curious to know if the brewers from CCB have ever had a French Pale/Blonde ale because this is not it...regardless, glad I tried it, enjoyed it but found it to be a bit of a miss.

Sante to CCB for even recognizing Bastille day...let along brewing a beer for it, even if it was a bit off.

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On tap at Coffee District - as the original reviewer explained, this beer defies categorization

A: Cloudy orange with a frothy head. Good retention and sticky foam

S: Wow, super fruity nose (apple juice, grapefruit, guava)...This tastes ALOT like Guava Grove batch one. Never had a beer hopped with these hops, but it lends a juicy ripe fruit aroma. Complex and balanced

T: Guava, apples, white grapes, and almost a Chardonnay characteristic. Very similar to Guava Grove somehow.

MF/O: Smooth carbonation, tangy tart guava finish. Delicious beer, glad to try another winner from CCB

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NOTE: According to CCB, this is a "French Pale Ale". BeerAdvocate doesn't appear to have that style as an option. I took the apparent closest option, but it certainly did not have Belgian Pale Ale characteristics. I will email the brothers & see if this can be rectified.

Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Served in a pint glass.

A: Hazy copper color with about a 1/2 finger of off-white foam.

S: Mildly hoppy aroma with some roasted malts in the background. There is a yeasty sense to the aroma that I'm not sure how to better describe.

T: Hops here too, but certainly not Jai Alai level. There is an oak, wood, earthy, leather background taste over the malt. Dry overall. Some alcohol presence.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. A bit of a dry finish that makes me think it *might* be wood-aged.

O: This is a good beer, and one I had no idea existed before this trip to the tasting room. I don't think it reaches the level of truly outstanding, but if you have the opportunity to try it, I would certainly suggest one.

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Jean Ribault from Cigar City Brewing
3.9 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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