Le Marquis De Lafayette | General Lafayette Inn & Brewery

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General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by pezoids on 03-01-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 9
Reviews by pezoids:
Photo of pezoids
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Touted as a unique Belgian amber ale. This was a dark orange beer with reddish highlights. A small lacey head tops the beer off. Beautifully sweet spiciness in the aroma, with cherry bubblegum and a dark and sour yeastiness. The taste is perfectly sweet with cherries, fruity malts and a bitter fruit tang in the finish. Estery and complex.

This beer reminds me of a lighter version of a Belgian Trippel - with a lower alcohol content and some added caramel sweetness. This is an enticingly drinkable beer. Fantastic!

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Photo of julian1117
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this as part of a $6 sampler with my father in July of 2009. Of the beers we ordered with our sampler, this was one of the better ones, but that could be because I'm a bit partial at this particular time to Belgian ales, especially dark ales. The color was a darker brown. The smell was sweet. The flavour was yeasty. The mouthfeel creamy and delicious. The drinkability just right. I would order this again were I to go.

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Photo of philbe311
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A very beautiful beer... A rusted orange amber color... Two fingers worth of batter like slightly off white head... Moderate retention... Lacing is full and inviting... Translucent, but murky... The slightest tiny slow paced carbonation bubbles rise around the edges of the glass... Some foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Yeast... Banana... Orange... Wheat... Grapes... A faint malt layer consisting of toffee and caramel... A hint of cherry...

T - An assertive spiciness featuring clove and nutmeg... Banana... Yeast... Bubble gum... Orange zest... Red grapes... Faint hints of brown sugar... A vague smokiness... Muted hops... Seltzer... A mix of unique flavors blend to create a wonderful complexity...

M - Some moderate carbonation on the tongue... Sturdy medium bodied... An ever so slight dry finish...

D - A very authentic attempt at the style... Loaded with complexities... Quite impressive... Quite drinkable... Another wonderful brew from the General Lafayette...

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a mild amber with a small off-white head that slowly fades out into a collar. leaves gentle lacing streaks along the sides of the glass.
Smell is of the same yeast strain they used with La Tete Fontaine(Chimay?). In fact, I had them side by side and I was back and forth on which one I liked more. Seems I enjoy them almost the same. Hints of doughy yeast with plums, cherries, light bananas, and perhaps a touch of oak.
Taste is of the same Belgian goodness. Very similar to the La Tete Dubbel made at the same brewery minus the chocolate notes and the darker color.
Mouthfeel isn't as full as the La Tete but is medium bodied with a more subtle finish. Definitely Belgian and definitely good!

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark amber in color with a 1/2" head that slowly fell to a spotty surface foam. A spot or two of lace developed.

Smell: very fruity, with easily detectable cherries and plums, and some hints of yeast.

Taste: the tastebuds follow the nose as cherries, red grapes, plums, and other ripe fruits are balanced with a mild maltiness, soft spicy yeast tones, and lean bitterness. Some very soft banana and clove tones are detected after swallowing and the ripe fruit tones subside.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, the finish leans more towards smooth. The cherry and yeast tones linger briefly on the tongue.

Drinkability: superbly drinkable. This beer is flavorful and well done. If this is on tap, its a must have.

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Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly malty scent with that fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a light, grainy malt flavor that is watery on the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer is decent, but nothing special. It lacks a little on the flavor and the mouthfeel.

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Photo of raven3131
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is medium brown/amber with a light head.
Very drinkable - went great with the steak tip sandwhich! Smooth, silky and mildly hoppy. Malt character is is a nice balance with the aromatic finish. Alcohol content allows for more than just one per sitting...

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the keg as a dark brew with a bit of a khaki head cap that quickly settles.

Aromatic banana scents that don't wander too far.

Some clove and banana that meets a hopped up Belgian style slightly hot brew with a Belgian yeast. An intriguing brew that is worth a shot if you are in the area.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a growler, courtesy of pezoids and GiF 3...

Earthy brown hue, though showing crimson highlights in the light, 'round the edges, with a tight, narrow cap of beige foam hovering atop.
Aroma: cocoa at first, then edged from the fore by dark, delicious fruit, cassis, cherries, dates, and more, nutty, woody.
Taste: complex, to start with, a mild hop appearance, a sturdy malt component, and a thorough showing from the fruit flavor department, dark, but yet stil bright and tasty. Medium in mouthfeel, with a lingering, fruity/ grapey finish. Every sip we enjoy, these tastes re-occur, this jubilant, yet thoroughly well-integrated fruit character stands triumphant and proves the primary factor in this brew's appeal. Also, we must point to the exceptional ease of drinkablility. Great taste, and goes down so smooth, you keep draining the glass again and again..why, if I didn't have to wake up in the A.M., this growler wouldn't last the night! There's a yeastiness to the taste, too, that only adds to the appeal If I were a local at this pub, I'd sidle up to this sweet thing every time...mild, but flavorful, and quaffable, while terrifically tasty! Damn, that's a good combination!

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Le Marquis De Lafayette from General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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