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RATINGS: 826   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 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 (6127) - 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 (3177) - 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 (11562) - 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.

   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 (2622) - 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

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