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RATINGS: 820   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2007
750 ml bottle shared by BBB63. Pours golden with some orange hues, and a dirty white head. Light American hop aroma. It presents itself mostly as grassy, but the citrus comes through as well. Very light toasted malt flavor, with some grassy/floral hops. Aggressive bitterness. Light body with aggressive carbonation. Fairly refreshing. A nice drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2007
750 ml bottle bought and drank at the Liars’ Club - Pours a clear golden color with a one finger thick white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is hops and light yeast. Flavor is light citrus and spice with a light sweet malt background. Nice balance. I think I like this beer because it’s so mellow compared to most Belgium ales. Light and easy to drink. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2007
750 mL caged and corked bottle. Poured a slightly hazy orange color. Head was was and left some decent lace behind. Smelled of malty caramel and light citrusy hops. Tasted of malty caramel, toffee, and citrsuy hops. There was some mild hop bitterness at the end. Tasted like an unfiltered APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2606) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2007
A cloudy yellow appearance with a moderate head. The aroma is spices and lemons. The flavor is rather herbal with some lemons and bread flavors. The finish is slightly bitter. An ok attempt at a belgian but nothing to rave about

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2007
Bottle (750ml - corked & wired). Shared with swoopjones, blankboy and rudolf, swoopjones’ bottle. Poured cloudy yellow-orange with an average white head. Like a sweet, fruity pils, somewhat resiny with mild alcohol, simple complexity. Tastes has nice fresh up-front Euro hops, light sweet malt, wood resin in the finish. Somewhat ight but fresh body, mild astringency, soft but adequate carbonation - very nice, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Gorgeous hazy amber/orange pour that settles nicely, becomes glowing/shiny. Thick, creamy white head, spectacular retention. Initially, funked out vegetation blends with earthy, spicy hops in the nose. Pine and grass follows, then a blast of Belgian yeast. Very endearing and quite simplistic, with a unique feel about it. The flavor brings very light tartness to the table. Bitterness is moderate, a mellow but solid wall of hops with noble parentage. Finishes dry and hoppy. The mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and lightly spicy. Carbonation is perfect for the style. A good, though not great Biere de Garde/Petit Orvallian hybrid with a distinctly American-brewed twist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1575) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Golden, blonde color, slightly hazy. Bright citrus aroma, clementine and even some grapefruit with a creeping basement mustiness. Quietly hoppy. Very balanced in flavor between a grassy, pilsner-like bite and a cloud of smoky farmhouse haze. Crisp, comforting, and refreshing. Further hidden notes of tropical fruits. Floral and distantly bitter. Lively and somewhat spicy palate. An authentic old world quality to this, vitalizing and intriguing. Thanks Larry!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 13, 2007
a little lighter and more subtle in flavor than i hoped, though still tasty. kinda dry and crisp, with the usual breadiness and yeasty flavors in belgian ales, however with an added herbal spiciness and grassiness from the dry hopping. personally, i wouldve liked to see how this would have been if was more like the belgian IPAs that ive tasted lately...more potent hops in the flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Sampled May 2007
Almost brilliantly clear, with a full copper color that has lots of tightly beaded bubbles streaming up from all portions of my tulip glass. The head is almost three-fingers thick, with a lacy broken surface that forms a varied, cavernous surface from the pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is quite hoppy with an equal mix of orange, grassiness and herbal notes. The citrus character becomes quite a bit more pronounced as you dig around in the aroma; the orange leans more towards bergamot and candied lemon peel. There is a nice dusting of malt in the aroma too, actually it is quite a bit more malty than that with notes of biscuit malt, soda crackers and lightly caramelized bread crust.

The taste is quite dry, yet still has a touch of caramelized maltiness that adds a touch of sweetness. The hint of sweetness accentuates a lemon like citrus. Quit a grassy hop character in the end though (the lemon zest character actually melds quite well with this grassiness, lending a lemon grass note). This beer is quite hop focused (surprise, surprise, or not), some yeast character still manages to come through though with touches of ginger, some lightly astringent-cottoned mouthed yeast bite, a hint of clove (but this really mixes with the citrus & malt sweetness so becomes a bit confusing to pick out).

The yeast has really dried this beer out to nice effect (the hops contribute to this as well). Really the dryness, yet still quite malty, followed by a hit of fermentation character, and the solid hop character define a balanced whole that really works quite well. I am not entirely sure why but the mix of flavors in this beer just works much better than the sum of its parts (the parts certainly aren’t half bad either). To me there is just something about a beer like this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2007
750 shared by Dickinsonbeer. Hazy golden in color. Aroma- earthy, and lightly floral hops as well as musty and spicy yeast. Taste is moderately hoppy- more herbal and earthy than citrus, yeasty, and spicy, with notes of bread and must, Finishes pretty bitter. good but not great.

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