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RATINGS: 830   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
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It’s an unassuming road leading to the priory. Here, off the corner of two intersecting roads, dedicated monks have been making beer for over 150 years. It’s always been a simple life – the kind that requires they brew only enough to sustain the activities of their monastery In the silence of passing seasons, they pray, they brew and retire in a solitary existence behind the sheltering walls. They live a most interesting life. Most likely one we wouldn’t sustain. Nearby, each summer, the trellised fields spring to life as rows of resinous green cones are trained toward the heavens. Rumor is some monks love these hops and being surrounded by budding yellow aromas and the leafy pungent fields inspires them. Since we weren’t sensible enough to locate our brewery near hop fields, we can only offer this blond ale in celebration of our Abbey brethren and their steadfast Devotion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3538) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a large white head that left nice lacing. Light but pleasant aroma of grass and citrus. The flavor begins slightly malty. As the hops kick in, there is some pine up front and citrus in the background. Bitter and a bit dry at the finish, but not excessive. I would not have guessed this was a belgian, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Very nice, pale orange brew with a generous head. I’m surprised this isn’t categorized as a straight-up saison, as it reminds me of Dupont in particular. Very dense grassy taste, almost bitter herbs or pine at the end, but with just a hint of citrus, even a faint echo of melon. Very brisk and hoppy, a fine and drinkable beer. Maybe not up to the level of LA’s very finest, but another winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2007
(tasting at Brickskeller) slightly hazy gold with off white head, nice lace. Faintly sweet aroma, flavor is slightly hoppy with some malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Unassuming cloudy yellowish-orange appearance. Lovely sweet aroma followed by a harsh and strong hoppy flavor. I actually found this to be unpleasant. Not at all what you expect from a Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
750mL bottle, Pizza Port / Port Brewing event at Brickskeller. Pours a cloudy, yellowish brown color; off-white head with good retention and excellent fine-bubbled lacing. Biscuity, yeasty aroma; some light citrus. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation, with a pleasant bready and citrus bite upfront, followed by some light esters and mid-palate creaminess. Medium, biscuity and slightly vanilla finish; a bit dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared with swoopjones, HogTownHarry & rudolf -- courtesy of swoopjones. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a spare diminishing white head. Aroma of grain, fruit, spices and light hops. Slightly mellow flavour, hoppier then expected, along with yeast and fruit. Medium bodied. Nothing mind-blowing but it’s a pretty good version of the style. Refreshing and easy to drink, I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 20, 2007
750ml Bottle. Poured a hazed deeply hued gold, with a beautiful sheet of white lace cascading down the glass and floating like sea foam. Aroma was surprisingly subdued, even served at 55 degrees. Kept to some minimal peach and pale Asian fruit minglings. Flavor started as a lovely, soft bready malt flavor, backed with warm yeast notes and cacophony of quieted spices. Gentle and gliding. Crescendo into a furious clamor of syrupy hop flavor, that from the bottle has been heavily subdued. The taste from the tap was more of fresh, sticky hop cones, dripping with resin and a combination that propelled apparent European noble hops into court with the finest that America’s West Coast could show. However, here in bottle condition form the bombastic quality is more subdued into a calming amalgam of hop tea, sliding over the wheaty malt feel. Then, bad things happen. A distinct, harsh Styrofoam note cuts the hop loving short, with a thunderous clap. Infection? Yeast amok? Whatever, it’s incongruous and creates a biting acerbic quality that is alarming. Somehow, the beer recovers. The smacks sups long and pleasant as almond skins, warm toast and graham cracker caress the palate long after the fact. Further down the bottle, Lost Abbey’s mineral yeast signature brighten up and give the beer a little break, with a long breath. Wonderful carbonation and delightful quaffable heft. Were it not for the disconcerting and marked Styrofoam, this would be a more heralded specimen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2007
(750ml bottle) Hazy amber body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, yeasty, cookie, some orange. Taste is medium sweet, yeasty/musty, some orange peel, apple. Fairly dry finish. Dusky light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Aggressive hop aroma. Flavour is hoppy, but unsupported by anything else. Very Light. Tastes a bit like a bathroom cleaner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Pours a cloudy medium light amber with a slightly off white head that fades pretty quick. Taste is full of crisp hops, bitter. Pretty light for a Belgian IMO.

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