French Toast | Funky Buddha Brewery

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French ToastFrench Toast

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States

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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a J. Wakefield OG teku glass.

A: Dark brown, just mildly translucent, with a thin light tan head that fades quickly to a ring of foam. A good blush of visible carbonation initially dissipates fast.

S: Really nice here – incredibly “French toasty”. Maple syrup and cinnamon, creamy vanilla and bready malts that are lightly toasted. A lactose creamy sweetness. You can imagine an almost eggy feel, it smells so much like French toast. Wow – really good.

T: Maple syrup and cinnamon, sweet vanilla and a bready malt body. A light nutmeg goes hand-in-hand with the toasty character. Sweet malts with light toffee notes. The cinnamon and maple persist throughout the drink and into the hang with sweet breadiness.

M: The body is a bit lighter than expected, but probably average for an American Brown (not "Double"). A low alcohol presence and average carbonation sensation.

O: The good part of this beer is that it tastes amazingly like French toast. Bad part is it’s pretty sweet (though partially balanced by spices) and not something that I think I could drink more than one 12 oz. pour...or maybe even less. I find it difficult to rate to style (whatever a "Double Brown Ale" really is). But if drinking French toast sounds good to you, I don’t think you could do better. But nothing I’d drink a ton of for sure.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

spot on for French toast in a beer, sweet maple notes with cinnamon and vanilla, not sure how I forgot to check this one in but another very memorable funky buddha brew,

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Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 22 fl.oz bottle acquired in a trade with Steban
Served in a snifter

The medium viscosity, dark brown body was topped by an inch-tall cap of light tan froth that fell rather quickly to a bubbly collar. A bit of spotty lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was amazing. This literally smelled like supper eggy french toast. There was a dark, malty, crusty breadiness. Loads of vanilla custard. Intense spice notes. Nutmeg dominated. Some cardamom came through as well. Big maple syrup presence. Good amount of brown sugar too. Fairly sweet but not overly so.

The flavor profile was nearly as impressive. Dark malts and some brown sugar-like sweetness led things off. Bit of toasty bread. Vanilla and spice notes appeared in the center. Loads of nutmeg. Some cardamom and allspice too. Hint of dark malts and roastiness on the finish. A subtle bitterness perfectly balanced out the sweetness up front.

Super fluffy, frothy mouthfeel. The liquid contained a lively, zippy effervescence that lent the beer an amazing lightness on the palate.

I have said it before and I will say it again - Funky Buddha are masters of adjunct infused brown ales, porters and stouts. While many breweries try their hand at doing something similar, none even come close to these guys.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's just not a whole lot there. The impression I get is that they added a bunch of artificial flavors to a de-hopped but decent basic brown ale. As a novelty, it's fun. But it's the sugary cereal equivalent of beer. If you think cinnamon toast crunch is an amazing creation, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks rowmark, tick city...dude walks in, puts 4 funky buddha bottles in the table opens them all. as advertised, this is french toast. sticky icky maple. love it.

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Photo of Tommo
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall this beer just didn't do it for me. Very sweet artificial flavoring comes off one the nose and the palate. The body is incredibly thin, i mean zero substance. Overall its too sweet and lacks depth. The french toast flavor is to much, and doesn't meld well with the beer. I felt like my tasting experience was Sweet French Toast Crunch Cereal, followed by thin brown ale, as two distinct non harmonious flavors

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Photo of zac16125
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
No bottling dates

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black. 1 fingers width of khaki colored head dissipates at a moderate rate and leaves a decent amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is sweet; significant maple syrup. Decent amount of cinnamon and some booze. Theres an almost tart, off character in the aroma, but its subtle and doesn’t detract too much. It somewhat smells like french toast, decent aroma. 3.75

T: Taste is lots of cinnamon, roasted malts, coffee like bitterness. I get along no maple syrup which is surprising. Its ok, but I expected way more. 3.5

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the higher end, ABV is noticable in the aroma but not the taste, drinkability is pretty good. 3.75

O: Its a decent beer, but considering that Funky Buddha normally knocks all these “Little Buddha” series beers out of the park (and considering they make some of my all time favorite beers), it was a pretty big disappointment. Not something I would recommending putting the effort into seeking out. 3.5

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Photo of Myotus
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 44°F from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Consumed on 11Jul16.
SMELL: Gargantuan waves of syrup and buttered French toast entangle with strong aromas of cinnamon along with mild aromas of vanilla and sweet chocolate.
5 out of 5
TASTE: Intense flavors of strong syrup coat the palate and leave a desire for malt balance. That desire is immediately fulfilled as strong, buttered French toast flavors merge with the sugary goodness. The French toast flavors grow slightly more noticeable as mild flavors of cinnamon and vanilla quickly follow to duly support the now balanced brew. Mild flavors of sweet chocolate and alcohol join lastly as all prior flavors press on.
4.5 out of 5
NOTE: Funky Buddha does it again and again. This beer is one of the many reasons as to why they are, and remain, my favorite Florida brewery. The nose on this was a perfect boast of extreme sweetness balanced by maltiness. I thought the alcohol perception, which was not even detected in the smell, was too hot on the palate. It felt like I was drinking a beer clocking in at over 10% alcohol. Besides that, this was a perfect beer. I cannot wait to try my second bottle.

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Photo of KevCan
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My dad opened a 22 oz. bottle of this when I visited in Florida.

Look: Dark brown, healthy light brown head.

Smell: Exactly like french toast. EXACTLY.

Taste: Impressive! Very well balanced, considering they absolutely nailed the smell and flavor. Sweet, but not too much so.

Feel: A bit thick and syrupy, and a bit low on carbonation.

Overall: Amazing job. They really nailed it.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown. You can see this is brown and not black when holding it to the light and seeing the red, amber glow. The aroma is an amazing maple. It reminded me of Good Morning on the first sniff, but subsequent sniffs produced some spice character. It has very nice maple and cinnamon character. I haven't had "custardy french toast" but this reminded me of the cereal brand "Waffle Crisp." The cinnamon threw me as it was providing more vegetal spicy character than I was expecting. I wonder what type of cinnamon they used. Regardless, this is a very good concept to execution beer, an expectation from Funky Buddha.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace. Smell is cinnamon, bread, sugar (vanilla and/or maple syrup) aspects dominate both the aroma and the taste in this medium to heavy bodied beer. Basically, it's as close as one can get, I think, to liquid French toast with more of a cinnamon/sugary sweetness. Beer is basically a dessert beer but it's worth trying relaxing with.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle into my tulip.

A – Coca cola brown pour with just a touch of light brown head that quickly dissipated.
S – Syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. Strong.
T – This follows the nose exactly. All sort of maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla flavors. Brown sugar sweetens this one up as well.
F – Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Slightly slick on palate. Touch of alcohol bite at the back end.
O – Seriously delicious beer but it is sweet. I wouldnt have more than 1 or 2 due to that however this is excellent. Wow. Nice job by the boys at Buddha.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

French Toast is a decent beer. Lots of sweet artificial maple syrup and roasted coconut on the nose. The taste is a Splenda sweetness with some malt roast. The feel is thin.

I had the opportunity to buy eight bottles and am glad I decided to stick with just one bottle.

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Photo of Slack
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown and clear with a bit of head that settles to not much of anything.

Maple syrup, sugar, and cinnamon.

Taste is maple syrup, malt, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Mouthful is light and smooth. Carbonation is medium. Finish is dry and mildly warming.

Spot on French Toast. Smell and taste are awesome. Mouthful is light. Balance is there. Very very nice.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown with about an inch of off-white head. Tons of maple in the nose......coupled with hints of cinnamon, custard, and roast. Taste is also maple dominant, but some of the vanilla starts to shine through as the beer warms. The cinnamon plays as a perfect accent to the maple. Feel is thick for a brown with medium carbonation. Another great offering from FB....

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! If there was a breakfast beer, this is it! Maple syrup flavor is phenomenal. Super smooth. Smells like syrup as well. Most natural tasting syrup flavor I've ever had in a beer. Really unique flavor.

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Photo of VTR
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

French toast? Yeah, thats an accurate description. This beer smelled like they put French toast into the bottle. I could detect all of the ingredients I would expect. This tasted amazing. They walked on the sweet side without being overly sweet. I'm glad they went kinda sweet with this as that is what I expected. This couldn't have tasted any closer to the real thing, bread, maple, cinnamon, butter, was all there blessed perfectly. If I come across another bottle I will buy it without hesitation.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

smells exactly like french toast. almost get a buttered bread with obvious maple syrup and some cinnamon. people are bitches when it comes to cinnamon. why say anything negative about that when it's supposed to taste like it? it's a slightly thin base which accentuates the (obvious?) extract flavors. regardless, it's as advertised. try it!

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Photo of jhartley
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep dark brown body with a 1/2 fingers worth of head that dissipates to a thin cap of khaki bubbles.

Aromas?! Just insane how much this smells like it's namesake: French Toast! Maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla...phew, cannot wait to taste this one!

Taste is RIDICULOUS! Everything in the nose you taste! It's liquid French Toast in a glass! Funky Buddha just owns this style of beer.

A nice full mouth feel with a nice carbonation; lovely lingering maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla taste.

Overall, a beautiful sipper dessert beer that comes through on it's promises of what it is and what you expect. Not an every day drinker, of course but you don't want that with this one. Just sit back and savor it and as it warms you get more of that vanilla and cinnamon and maple syrup. Delicious!

Two thumbs up from Pops and me!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Smells exactly like fresh French toast. Maple forward taste with plenty cinnamon and chocolate, nailed the French toast taste. Breakfast and dessert. Delish!

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Photo of Klourie
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with a friend who brought this back from Panama City Beach and I'm so glad he brought me another bottle for myself as well. Quite possibly the best brown ale I've ever had.

L: dark brown, beautiful pour
S: Maple, vanilla, brown sugar, just amazing
T: maple bomb, just a beautiful beer, vanilla comes through as it warms.
F: very nice mouthfeel for a brown ale. Medium feel, very nice
O: so glad I got to try this as it was much better than I expected as I normally not a very big brown ale fan but Funky Buddha continues to impress with porters and brown ales. This is a delicious treat. I don't know if they offer a BA version or if they will but I'd really love to see what a barrel treatment could do to this already exceptional beer.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a very dark brown, with a half finger off white head that settles to a ring fairly quick. Nose is on point, smells exactly like French toast. Getting a nice amount of cinnamon, with equal heavy amounts of maple syrup, sweet bread and nutmeg. I'm even getting some egginess. Surprisingly nothing about the aroma is artificial either. Taste is a cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet dough bomb. A very subtle bitter finish in the back end. Mouthfeel is moderately low carbonation with a slick, velvety mouthfeel. Not as sugary or palate coating as wide awake or last snow, but being a brown ale you can't expect it to be. Overall very solid beer, FB masters novelty beers.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a small light brown head on top that fades away quickly. Can smell lots of cinnamon and maple syrup. Tastes just like French Toast, lots of cinnamon and can taste vanilla. Great morning beer!!

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Photo of mschrei
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer. Had on draft with a flight of FL beers. Smells like breakfast-huge maple and cinnamon notes. Bold French toast taste, spices on the back end, strong boozy feel. I could work that into my regular morning routine.

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Photo of dercky
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep, dark, syrupy
S: cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and (you guessed it) maple syrup.
T: Vanilla and cinnamon come through the most, there's a bite in the finish I didn't expect.
F: for a brown ale, not bad. Would like it a little creamier, tho.
O: a little gimmicky, but it's enjoyable. Split a bottle with friends, for sure. Too much sugar for any normal person.

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