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RATINGS: 876   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
Itís 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. Itís always been a simple life Ė 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 wouldnít 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 werenít 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sblair (37) - SD, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
on draft Hamiltonís. Golden color and earth spice/biscuit nose. Flavor is just that as well. Crisp finish with a moderatley biting hop. Light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Floral, light citrus, malt aroma. Floral, citrus, light spice flavor with backing malt. Lingering light hoppy bitterness with some floral tones. Medium body. Very drinkable. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. Aroma is honey, orange, and a hint of hops. Flavor is bitter citrus, malty, honey, and a bitter hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Pours a deep gold with a white head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy! Dough, pepper, and spruce (or some sort of herb) also in the nose. Tastes of bread, wood, dirt and pine while it finishes fairly bitter and very dry. Light bodied mouthfeel, but creamy enough to be pleasing. Moderate carbonation. Good stuff, a summer beer that keeps me interested.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle. Frenchís mustard yellow coloring. Subtle. Musty. Grassy. Buttery bread in taste and aroma. Clean, even exhale. OK - but Iíve had a few too many superior Belgianís today to rate this more favorably. Sampled @ BCTC 2007

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Big huge thanks to DirtyMartini for sending this gem!! Bottle. Pour hazy straw/amber color with a rather sizeable white head, and a ton of lacing. Aroma is grassy, floral hops, grapefruit, vineous notes. Flavor is refreshing grapefruit, grains, yeast, grass, pepper, citrus. Palate is medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, finishes bitter, almost IPA like. Wonderful brew, maybe it was the 95į weather that made this so refreshing, but whatever it was really enjoyable!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Bottled shared by ohiodad. Aroma of light belgian yeast and aroma of a light hoppiness. Flavor was a little bland but a pretty nice low alc belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3009) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Pours out a nice gold color with a sizable white fluffy head. Aroma is grassy with some citrus and slight yeast notes. Sweet spice ans some earthy pepper notes are also hiding in the background of the nose. Taste is very smooth and well balanced. Citrus hops, spice, fruit and peppery notes. Finish is dry with some yeast. Good amount of hops, I like it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Thanks to CaptainCougar for the bottle. Clear amber color with a large head. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is yeasty biscuit, pear and pale malts. A bit of spice. Dusty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Purchased at Holiday wine cellar. After my local liquor store sold out of this stuff almost over night, I had no choice but to drive all the way out to Escondido to get my hands on a bottle. The nose will create a big aroma of quality hops upon opening of the bottle, and will become even more apparent once some of it is poured into the glass. The appearance is a firm gold tint with a lot of sediment and dust clouds throughout the entire liquid. Creates some thick foam topping at first, but will retreat to a small layer of film across the glass. Now to the most important part of how I will judge this beer, the flavor. It has a strong chewy profile of very distinct hops that I donít believe my taste buds have come across before. The hops are of a fresh green pine and light citrus nature, and are displayed as the main leading role of this ale. I might believe this was India pale ale instead of any Belgian ale because of what a punch it gives.

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