French Toast
Funky Buddha Brewery

French ToastFrench Toast
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #2
ABV:
8.8%
Score:
96
Ranked #773
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 7.62%
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
521
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French ToastFrench Toast
Notes: 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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hopley from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one didn't meet my expectations - it was more based on other FB beers I'd had...the smell and taste were as billed, nice French toast likeness, but it was just too thin for me. I felt it was way too light for what it should have been. The bottle did have a couple years on it, but that hasn't seemed to effect other FB beers I've had, or the other attributes of this beer - feel should be less effected by age anyway.

May 06, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge

S- maple aromas jump from the glass, along with complimenting notes of bread crust, vanilla, cinnamon, vanilla custard, toffee, bready brown malts, this smells just like french toast

T- sweet maple syrup flavor up front, followed by notes of vanilla custard, cinnamon toast, hazelnut and brown sugar. Bready malt undertones, the finish gives cinnamon and maple with a bready linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- as advertised, smells and tastes just like french toast, another winner fro FB

Mar 16, 2020
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker.

Appearance
Deep mahogany with ruby highlights. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation. 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Maple syrup, cinnamon, doughy bread, hazelnut, brown sugar, and caramel.

Taste
Fresh maple syrup, hazelnut, and cinnamon. Caramel and brown sugar. Doughy bread. Light earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky, creamy, oily, and sweet.

Overall
Huge maple syrup presence. Tastes just like french toast.

Oct 25, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours very dark brown, nearly opaque in the snifter, with a decent tan head.
Smells like french toast with syrup with some alcohol soaked hops in the background.
Flavor: bittersweet; less sweet than expected by the finish and aftertaste. French toast with syrup and cinnamon is the dominant impression.
Feel: medium+ body and medium carbonation.

May 03, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So dark brown that it's more black and very little light gets through. There's a fingernail of brown on top. The aroma is of buttery maple syrup with a hint of cinnamon. It does taste like French Toast. The maple syrup dominates here, but I like it. More than 12 ounces would be overwhelming because it is so sweet. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy, which seems fitting.

Mar 03, 2019
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Riff from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a little bit of lacing at the top. Smell is strongly of maple syrup, like sniffing a bottle of maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla. The smell certainly matches the name. Taste is malt, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg. Medium body, lingering taste. It is as advertised, a brown ale that tastes like drinking french toast. Certainly tasty, not overly sweet but I'd prefer this as an evening beer...or maybe first thing in the morning, heh.

Jan 10, 2019
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Tom_Taylor from Virginia

4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Maybe I am more of a French toast fan than I think I am, but this beer is my crurent favorite beer, period. I love FB’s Morning Wood and FB’s other amazing Stouts and Porters, but this is the most drinkable of them all. Huge maple syrup and cinnamon, but... it’s Freaking amazing!!! Best beer I can get on a regular basis.

Jan 03, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very dark color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has intense maple syrup hints, but also some vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very generous maple syrup flavor mixed in with a nice balanced flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A very well done and nicely balanced Brown Ale that feels like drinking liquid French toast

Dec 16, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky brown, not much lace or head, settles nicely, good color.

Aromas strong with maple, chocolate, and coffee, very similar to their Maple Bacon Coffee Porter or for you cereal lovers, that Eggo cereal that used to be on the shelves.

Cinnamon, vanilla, and maple flavors. As it warms, more of that toasty malt emerges, but overall the flavors are there and it drinks really smooth.

A tad thin, pretty heavy carb, but very smooth. Lightly sticky finish.

Dec 11, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored fairly long-lasting head. Solid lacing.

S: A super-enticing aroma of maple syrup, malt, vanilla, cinnamon, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish), a good shot of vanilla, a bit of cinnamon, lots of maple syrup (the dominant element), and light chocolate notes. Yep, it really does taste like French toast. I don't know what alchemy Funky Buddha used, but it worked. It's sweet, a little heavy, and supremely focused. Very much delicious.

F: A below average amount of carbonation with a warm, syrupy finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: An excellent and unusual take on the brown ale. Definitely drinkable.

Dec 11, 2018
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srw from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a very dark brown with anout 2 fingers of cream colored head that fades quickly.
S: Maple syrup up front with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, as well as some chocolate from the malts
T: Huges amounts of maple syrup, some chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. They really nail what they were going for with this one and the 8.8% is hardly noticable.
F: Medium bodied and low carbonation. Very enjoyable but it is a little thin compared to other beers in the same abv range.
O: Fantastic brown ale from funky Buddha if you like French toast and maple flavors.

Dec 09, 2018
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sirspins from Florida

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown, strong maple and cinnamon notes on the nose. Tastes as it should, with lingering maple tones. An easy drinker that masks the higher abv quite well.

Dec 09, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a big kakhi head that I think is the best part of the beer. Loads of maple syrup aroma. Flavor is mostly maple syrup, faint cinnamon. My wife walked into the bedroom and asked me why the room smelled like maple syrup. Maple syrup flavor mixed with cinnamon creates a weird artificial flavor. Leaves a strange slick feeling in my mouth. Definitely worth trying a 4-pack, but I won’t buy again.

12/21/18
12 oz bottle dated 10/18/18
4 rating

Nov 21, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have just started getting into Brown Ales so let's see how this beer goes down. The maple syrup is coming out really big & it's a good thing well at least it is for me. The alcohol is well hidden for a beer this big. I am detecting a little bit of cinnamon & vanilla sweetness but it's being overpowered by the maple syrup. The mouthfeel could also be a little thicker as well. It's a well made brown ale. I'm new to beers that have the maple syrup adjunct but I can tell you that I am a fan. Hopefully, I can find another bottle of this beer. This was not hard for me to drink, I finished the whole bomber in 1 hour. Funky Buddha has done it again! Cheers! A-

Apr 30, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

these flavored beers from funky buddha are approaching absurdity. this is about as french toasty as it gets, believe it or not, and while it is certainly diabetically sweet, its pretty darn good too, but a small doses thing without a doubt, i had one glass from the bomber and felt bad leaving my buddy to drink the rest. sort of a brown ale base which is cool, not as dark as a lot of the ones they do and as such not reliant on the heavy dark malts and then enough flavoring to push through all that, this has the potential to be somewhat more delicate, even though it doesnt really end up being that way at all. i get a ton of cinnamon in the nose, sweet though not spicy, with a cocoa note from the malt, an obvious vanilla presence, and a sort of artificial maple element as well. the flavor is good to very good, with cinnamon still leading the way and a definitely baked or at least cooked sort of character to it from the malt, which gives it an authentic french toast vibe. this is like the kind of french toast you get at ihop, like, overdone and desserty, not some like craft bakery or hipster brunch joint, not artisanal, you know? way too sweet, but i like the vanilla and cinnamon together. more natural maple syrup would improve this, but so would a more complete fermentation. interesting and even perplexing beer, i hope to try the barrel aged version one day! huge thanks to my homie for sharing this oddity with me!

Apr 20, 2018
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Rristow from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with tan head that quickly fades. Really does smell like French Toast. Some vanilla and maple syrup aroma. Tastes moderately to heavily sweet. Flavors of maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, faint cinnamon. Very well done and good tasting brown variation.

Dec 12, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter to a deep brown with some slight reddish hues topped be a finger and a half of dense light tan head which retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of maple and cinnamon with some bready notes. It smells just like french toast
T: Taste is maple sweetness and cinnamon with a hint of roasted malts. Swallow is more cinnamon with some more maple and a hint of toasted bread.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly prickly level of carbonation. the beer has a slightly dry finish as well.
O: Overall this one is interesting. It's a little adjunct heavy and there doesn't seem to be much to the base beer which is a little disappointing. I would have liked to see a little more maple out of it. Overall not bad and worth a try, but only worth trying once.

Nov 08, 2017
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
L - Pours a dark brown with a tan head.
S - Smells of maple syrup.
T - Tastes of maple and nutty
F - Medium body and lightly carbonated.
O - Very tasty brown ale.

Oct 11, 2017
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edthehead from New York

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Total French Toast! Dark with fluffy sticky maple head, strong maple on the nose and palate, and a thick smooth maple syrupy mouth feel that feels like you loaded up with a mouthful of syrup cover pancakes. This rivals double stack!

Aug 14, 2017
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scottyshades from Florida

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a big frothy khaki head with good retention. As soon as you pop the cap, you can smell the maple. Taste is true to the name. That is one thing you can expect from FB - they really can brew in those desired flavors creatively. Maple, brown sugar, cream, cinnamon and a little sweetness. Dry cocoa & maple finish

Overall, awesome beer and REALLY drinkable

Jul 29, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark but semi-clear brown with garnet edges and a minimal, fizzy tan blanket that dies to a thin ring.

The smell is obvious maple syrup, nearing--if not assuredly--artificial, with soggy but fried bread, a touch of dusty cinnamon, vanilla, and something like sassasfras that's really reminiscent of Barq's.

Taste is shockingly sharp of really hardcore maple candy that's a little smokey, with a touch of cinnamon, a hint of buttered toast, some cola and brown nutty malt. This is a really close interpretation of the inspiration, but in classic Florida fashion, it's a bit overboard.

The body is slick with some crisp but round carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

This is probably the closest a beer has come to the actual flavor of French toast, but what was the sacrifice? How is this achieved? What was the cost to your soul?!

Jul 27, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very deep brown color with a quicky disappating tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

The smell is, well, french toast. Blindfolded I may have mistaken this for bourbon- vanilla pancake syrup. It's uncanny.

The taste follows although it's much less sweet than I expected. The cinnamon comes through more on the tongue than the nose.

The body is medium and appropriate given this is a brown ale.

Overall a really nice beer that I was afraid would be too sweet, but it's really not.

Jul 26, 2017
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: French Toast pours a dark mahogany brown with two fingers of tan head at the top that are frothy at room temp/ 75 here at the moment.

S: Aromas of sweet maple syrup, strong cinnamon, some egg hints, some booze and brown sugar with butter

T: Flavors hit me first obviously with the Maple Syrup which is of course the name, some light potato bread like flavors, biscuit maltiness overshadowed with booze and buttered pecan nuttiness along with a pronounced cinnamon bite. She finishes with a tannic like oaked dry maple barrel with hints of licorice root.

M: I really thought the mouthfeel was a little light for the abv here. The yeast was efficient and did not leave a ton of residual sweetness. If anything, the hazey NEIPAS I have been having lately and have put my expectations higher for an American Brown Ale than it has been in the past, but the booziness in here from maple syrup likely took away from the body.

O: Overall very good. My first FB to date and I enjoyed it pretty well. In fact tomorrow could be time for "Wide Awake" to follow up here where French Toast left off.

Jul 13, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good head production and OK retention. Ale is dark brown.

Maple leaps from the glass! Along with cinnamon and vanilla, it really does smell quite like French toast. It also smells dangerously sweet.

Flavor isn't quite as syrupy sweet as the nose implies (less syrupy than Wide Awake, for example), but it is still very sweet. Maple syrup and brown sugar swirl above caramel malt, spiced through with vanilla and cinnamon.

Fairly thin body, surprising for the ABV and the level of sweetness. Full bodied in taste, however. Beer is mildly warming on the back end, but there is otherwise no hint of alcohol.

This is a very good beer. Like many of FB's wild creations, it nails the impression it's going for quite well. Definitely too sweet to have too much on any given occasion, but a nice dessert beer.

Jul 09, 2017
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BeccaH from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at a Funky Buddha event at World of Beer on 6/29/17.

So much cinnamon. This worked well in the aroma but the flavor was a bit overpowering.

Jun 29, 2017
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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 521 ratings