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Abita Select The French Connection | Abita Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Immortale25 on 09-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 40
Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the Abita Brewery, then again at a party.

A: Hazy golden/orange with a frothy off-white one finger head that lingered. Lacing for days.

S: Nice citrus notes of orange, peach and apricots. Belgian yeast and peppers protrude.

T: Very smooth and frothy. The floral and citrus notes hit you immediately with peach and apricot. Belgian malts and yeast linger long after the finish. Sweet throughout.

M: Thick and chewy with medium to high carbonation. This one is a joy on the tongue.

O: A great party drink. Very sessionable. The light fruitiness and Belgian yeastiness of French Connection make it a hit with both guys and ladies. Abita has a very strong line of Select beers. This is another winner.

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Photo of mjryan
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A saisonesque beer brewed with French Malts, French hops and French yeast. I love the concept! Very good beer. Pale gold, enticing aroma. Smells abit like Starburst candy, in a good hoppy/yeasty sort of way. Love how it tastes. Starts funky and slightly sour. Hops ride in and deliver a bit of lemon zest and melon. The finish is a bit sweet and slightly sour. My only complaint really, wish this one was just a bit drier, but all in all that's small matter considering how fantastic this beer is.

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Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice cloudy amber/orange with a thin white head. It looked nice, though not amazing. Scents of apricot, peach, fruity esters, slight barnyard funk, sweet spices and a bit of bubblegum as it warms. Quite appealing and true to saison style. Taste starts with a slightly sour flavor, not overwhelming, very much a saison level, moves into some bitter citrus pith and a bit of apricot and peach in the background. Funky flavors come out as the beer warms, as do some peppery and spiced flavors, both becoming more prominent on the aftertaste. Some slight wheat cracker throughout, especially on the finish. It finished semi-dry with a slight bitter aftertaste with notes of pepper and spices. Complex and refreshing, hitting all the right flavors for a saison. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying finish, true to the style. Overall this is a very nice saison. It's nothing out of the ordinary for the style, but it is a well crafted example of the classic farmhouse ale of France and Belgium.

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Photo of rtock
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A compliment to the brewer. First sip was definitely a saison. Medium amber hue with 1/4 inch head that quickly dissapated to just a film on top with a small amount of lacing. Good malt, good spice saison flavor with just a hint of lemon wafting up through my olfactory senses.

I did not have any food with this pint which is a shame because Capt'n Mikes in Kenosha, WI makes great food. This saison is dead on stylistically, and will pair well with pungent bar food.

I enjoyed this beer. I will recommend it the next person that orders food to experience a real good pairing style.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

French Connection pours a a golden color with a large lacing head. There is a yeasty and ester like aroma. The taste again, has a yeasty and ester like flavor, that is fruity and refreshing. . Good full body, lots of flavors. Overall its a full body, and enjoyable Saison.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the source, had during the tour at the brewery, served in a plastic cup.

Appearance: Dark, deep amber with two fingers of whitish head with decent retention, some lacing but it was in a plastic cup.

Smell: Sweet malts and some earthy notes from the hops. Expected more funk and Belgian yeast given the description.

Taste: Hoppier than expected with some wheaty character, a bit of caramel, and some bitterness. Overall, definitely more of a pale than a saison but decent tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a bit of bitterness. Pretty easy drinking but not a pounder.

Overall: Eh, above average for the select series of recent date. Not great but definitely worth drinking, just not what I expected given it was described as a saison.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains very well before slowly diminishing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Lovely cobwebs of resilient lacing.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt with some mild vegetal hops. The saison yeast doesn't become apparent until after multiple short sharp sniffs.

T- Very direct saison yeast flavor hits with notes of banana and bubblegum. The malts bring a unique sweetness you don't get often with traditional saisons. There's some wheat and mild hop bitterness that's quite pleasant and lends a nice balance to the overall drink.

M- Somewhat creamy and a bit sharp from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This is bar none the best Abita beer I've ever had and I've had just about all of them. If you're lucky enough to find this somewhere, immediately purchase it. It's an APA-meets-saison and it's delicious.

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Abita Select The French Connection from Abita Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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