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RATINGS: 857   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2007
C-Bus 8 - Bottle shared by OhioDad: - thanks to Scott’s Santa: Pours a clear copper color with a white head. Aroma, some spices, citrus and pale malts. Flavor, pale malts, spice, a hint of belgian yeast, some citrus hops on the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11376) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2007
750 ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas ofstraw, yeast and citrus. Palate was light bodied, crisp and DRY. Flavors of straw, bread, light yeast and hints of grapefruit rind with a crisp dry moderatly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2007
An orange sweet smelling beer. However, i found it slightly off balanced and waay to hoppie for a belgian style. Did not fit well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2007
A golden pour, slight head. Some fruitiness, citrus, Bready, Slight yeast,somewhat subdued, But very drinkable, would have liked it to be abit heavier in alc%, but it works, and is a great drinker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3423) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Bottle procured by golubj. Poured a dark gold/light amber; fairly large frothy/creamy head. Aroma of citrus, orange, yeast and caramel malt. Great aroma, was somewhat let down by the taste. Not bad by any means, just nothing special. Overall wasn’t too hoppy, but for the style it was. Some light flavor of yeast and citrus; some spice to it, not sure what it was exactly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2011 In short: Highly drinkable Belgian Ale with a fruity juicy body followed by a dry spicy/herbal finish.
How: Bottle 750ml, about 4 months old
The look: Partly cloudy golden body topped by a small but long-lasting white head
In long: Fruity nose of orange, citrus and spices. Taste is rather dry with dry honeyed malts, orange peels, pineapples, dry grass and some dried bananas. Generous hopping that is both fruity and dry with some strong white pepper notes. Not very yeasty at all for the style. Overall as refreshing and drinkable as a Pale Ale. Great stuff from this kick-ass brewery again. Who said that in this individualistic and materialistic era one couldn’t find great Devotions anymore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2007
[BCTC 07] Poured a hazy, dark golden color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, toffee, orange peel, doughy malts, light spices, and floral hops. Taste of light vanilla, citrus fruits, coriander, pineapple, and crisp, yeasty, finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2007
hazed apricot appearance...small snowy white head...nice looking Lovely, yeasty aromatics...a bit tart and funky, then full flowering of fruit. This same bliss greets the lips and arrives again in the taste, a great blend of yeasty flavor, powerful citrus zest, peach pits, light spices...just yummy. Light to medium bodied, fully flavored finish, long on the tongue, a joy to drink down. Divinely drinkable. This is nearly the epitome of a good, delicious, easy-drinking Belgian pale. Have one with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stock the fridge with it. That good. Yum. Me likey. (Only wish I could get anything this good around here...lucky San Marcosians!)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle thanks to John C and shared with Tom: Clean golden hue with a small ring of foam and left very good lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of grainy and bready malts, grassy noble hops, hint of wood and some buttery essence. Moderate sweet Belgian ale base with a light hoppy character, some yeasty and biscuity notes before a dash of spice kicks in. The mouth feel is a complete let down, watery and soft doing nothing. Whatever his is, it is neither a classic Belgian Ale nor a hoppy American version. Oh well, even the great ones miss some times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2007
Moderately hazy straw colour with frothy, off-white head. Aroma of sweet cooked grains, fresh herbal and floral hops and very light caramel. Clean yeast but some pineapple and apricot show through. Starts a little spicy, grows sweet as it leaves the front of the tongue, finishes with pineapple and pepper. Bright, clean acidity. Lively carbonation, watery (almost oily) texture and a medium-light body. Very refreshing and light.

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