French Toast

American Brown Ale Funky Buddha Brewery


French Toast, an American Brown Ale by Funky Buddha Brewery

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French Toast is an American Brown Ale that’s brewed by Funky Buddha Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a Teku glass from a bottle.


Pours darker than expected—mahogany, in fact—with an inch-thick cap of densely packed foam that’s tan in color and reduces slowly. No lace is left on the glass.


Aroma is nothing short of fantastic. Even when considering the name of the beer, that sweet smell of maple syrup exceeds expectations. Backed by vanilla and cinnamon, it’s unfortunate that the aroma begins to fade not long after the pour.


The palate isn’t as sweet as indicated by the nose and stays within the realm of browns. Starts with toasty bread, vanilla, a touch of chocolate and nut. Finishes with a lingering taste of sweet maple syrup, spiced with cinnamon. Bitterness is subdued but adds just enough balance to work within this particular concept.

High ABV is masked generally well. Just a hint of booze is revealed in the aroma and again on the back end of the palate.


Mouthfeel has a medium body and moderate carbonation. For such a high ABV, you’d almost expect more heft to its feel, but this brew is quite easy to tilt back.


French Toast is a nice concept and wonderfully executed by Funky Buddha. Tastes like tomorrow’s breakfast while still maintaining many of the characteristics you’d expect in a brown ale. This craft beer is definitely worth your time and money.

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About the American Brown Ale

The American Brown Ale is similar to the English Brown Ale but has greater alcohol strength and more hops. But it’s still a malty brew with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and nut. The darker malt is more robust than an Amber but doesn’t reach the level of a Porter.