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French Toast | Funky Buddha Brewery

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French ToastFrench Toast

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Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States | website

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 lemmy187
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +0.9%
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 +3.5%
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 -6.7%
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 +7.4%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.9%
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 +4.4%
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 -4.9%
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 +8.6%
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 -2.6%
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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Photo of Allenjoseph5
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber split between two tulip glasses

L- dark dark brown with a small khaki head. Not much retention. A little bit of lacing.

S- simply incredible. It smells exactly like French toast. I mean exactly. Maple first, followed by brown sugar and cinnamon.

T- follows the nose. Slight bitterness. Alcohol.

F- medium to full bodied. Warmth from the alcohol. Low carbonation

O- delicious. I've had this before and it's always been good. But I had forgotten just how good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives coffee colored (how appropriate) with a smallish head; some spots of lace.

Smell: Roasty, with brown bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin and maple syrup

Taste: Brown bread and some roast, with brown sugar, raisin, cinnamon and nutmeg building; maple syrup and egg custard are hinted at through the middle; some bitterness in the finish though the predominate flavor is the French Toast

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Funky Buddha is the master of this type of beer; fun to contemplate and fun to drink

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Photo of LMO1190
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On a semi vigorous pour, I got about a finger and a half of head. At 55 degree F. It smells exactly like the cereal "CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH". Taste is about the same, with Big maple and cinnamon flavor. I can't really taste the alcohol. It has a mild alcohol burn as it warms up with a small amount of bitterness at the end! It's very thick and sticky. This is an awesome dissent beer. I am going to try to loud up on this one. This has just become my 2nd favorite beer from Funky Buddha( Last Snow 1st) It's a must try( If able to obtain)!!!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mikkeller & Friends. Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma and taste are similar with dark sugar, caramel and a good malt backbone. Medium body and carbonation. A really tasty brown ale but I expected some more based on the hype.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Could smell it before it even hit the table in front of me. Honestly one of the thickest brown ales I've ever had (I can't even imagine how amazing this would work as a stout). I'd say it's neck-and-neck with Terrapin's FT Wake n Bake for French Toast nirvana.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark brown with a thin off-white head that settles into a razor thin halo around the perimeter. Bouquet of cinnamon and maple syrup on slices of bread, but none of the egginess found in actual french toast. The taste falls a bit short of the nose with most of the maple falling off (though some in the finish) and a slightly over-powering cinnamon presence, but overall it's very tasty and hits the french toast description well. It' light-medium bodied and drinkable with a good meld of breakfast flavors and adequate carbonation to lift those bold flavors off the palate (some bitterness and maple linger), and minimal booze. This is a solid beer, but definitely should not age.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up pancake syrup on the nose and on the palate. It's uncanny how closely they've nailed that taste. It's a delicious beer but I was so distracted by being so delighted at how well they captured that flavor that I didn't do as good a job paying attention to the rest of it. But there was a mild malty creaminess underneath it and the whole thing came off very smooth. What a fun beer.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like it or not, this is like liquid French toast. Nose is cinnamon, battered French toast with butter and maple syrup and the taste follows this same pattern. Body is medium and slick almost syrupy. Sweet on the finish and it is exactly what it says. Would I drink more than one, no but it hits the mark very well!

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was an interesting change of pace amongst all the IPAs I have been drinking.... I had a 64oz growler and drank one glass of it and that was enough for me... More
Of a novelty then something I have interest trading for again... FWIW it was the best French toast tasting beer out there that I have had...

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Photo of Rampage1
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Has a really nice light tan head, quarter inch to begin with that dissapates quite quickly. Dark brown in color but definitely not black.

Smell: Right from the beginning it has big maple sweetness on nose. You get a little bread and egg in the smell afterwards that smells like a piece of French toast bathed in yummy maple syrup.

Taste: Taste follows the smell with a real french toast flavor and quality to it. It's lacking in sweetness unlike its brother maple bacon porter. I was disappointed that there was not much residual sugar sweetness in the taste which was a let down. I figured it will have more sweetness but instead was a little on the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin on the mouthfeel which was another kink in the armor. Would of liked it to be a little more viscous.

Overall: Damn good beer and really impressive on how close to French toast it comes. You could pick this one out of a line up in a heartbeat. Hope to try again and see if next time around its a little sweeter.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Dark auburn color with thin head. Smell is sweet malt with caramel and molasses. Tastes just like french toast! Not my thing, but I appreciate the accomplishment. Alcohol presence is minimal and finish is long and sweet. Satisfied my curiosity...

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Photo of indurTheB
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This blows the Terrapin WnB French Toast out of the water. Unbelievable smells on this, like most Funky Buddha special releases. The taste is almost dead on for French Toast with syrup.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.27/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

At Bainbridge Barrel House in Philly during Philly Beer Week, "Florida Brunch".

Looks deep and still, like an oil spill. No head or bubbles or carbonation.

Smells like cheap cinnamon buns from Penn Station, artificial flavors, some spice and third-rate state fair. Marshmallow and plenty of sugar.

Taste: follows nose, all cinnamon, dough, sprinkled sugar and roasted poblano pepper. Burnt bits from the oven. The spicy, dry finish is unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Super low carbonation, overpowering cinnamon/spice feel, driness all around... ouch

Overall: this was dislilke at first at sip. It was a chore to drink.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchville Inn.

Dark brown body, nearly opaque, topped with a small layer of brown bubbles. The aroma on this...it's a hard five, hands down. If I was blindfolded and presented this, and an actual plate of French toast, I probably wouldn't be able to distinguish between the two. The taste fell a bit short of the aroma, but all the basic elements were still there. Nutty and leafy, raw cinnamon, nutmeg, dry toasted malts, grain husks, some bitterness in the finish. Brown ales typical come across a little thin in the mouthfeel to me, and this was no exception. Appropriate for the style, but always leaves me wanting a little more. Very nice overall, and that aroma...

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