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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This abbey ale is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks, at the Abbey of New Clairvaux. Belgian inspired golden ales are noted for their devilish personalities, but there is nothing mischievous about this complex ale. It is brilliant golden and layered with notes of summery apple and pear and pepperv spice from the use of a traditional Belgian yeast strain. A portion of proceeds from this ale goes toward the restoration of the historic Santa Maria de Ovila chapter house on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. This medieval building stood for nearly eight centuries in Spain. William Randolph Hearst purchased the monastery 1931 and planned use the stones for a castle even grander than his famous San Simeon. Although Hearst’s, plans crumbled. these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11784) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a hazy gold with a lasting off white head. Aromas of straw, yeast, pear, pineapple asnd light white pepper. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, yeast, pear, light pineapple and light white pepper with a crisp dry lingering peppery fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
This is a nice Golden ale that is relatively easy-drinking. It has a huge white ale. Good blend of flavors, lemon, coriander, slight banana, and bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1509) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Corked and caged 750 ml bottle with a warning that contents are under pressure. Heed the warning! The cork started popping out on its own as soon as I took the cage off. Pours a crystal clear gold with a gigantic fluffy white head, great retention, outstanding lace, and tons of rising bubbles. Light fruity aromas featuring lemon, pear, apple, black pepper, light malts and Belgian yeast. Pepper flavors accentuate a mostly light malt sweetness, with the aforementioned fruits adding a modest tartness. Light body, exciting effervescence, sticky mouthfeel, and a crisp finish. And extra points for the cause.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draught. Golden pour with white head. Nose is fruity, peppery, clove and esters. Flavor is esters, banana, fruit. Very clean beer. Lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Poured from bottle into glass light amber color with large white head. Aroma of yeast and lemon citurs. taste is on the light side for a Belgian style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ADfan (691) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Hazy golden color in the glass with a large head. Aroma has grains, yeast and a touch of citrus. Taste has lemons, mild hops and a dryness. Lots of carbonation on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1886) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Solid pop of the cork. Deep hazy amber with rocky white head. Moderate to heavy carbonation. Soft nose of lemon citrus, biscuit, light vanilla, clove, spice, and yeast. Flavor is lightly sweet biscuit and wheat malt with gentle spice. Finishes slightly tart and acidic with lemon citrus and a light carbonic kick. Carbonation clears the delicate sweetness and leaves behing a clean dry finish. Another success in the series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
750mL bottle purchased at Nugget in Woodland. Holy fuck. About 1-2 seconds after removing the cage, the cork just blew off this thing and hit my ceiling, followed by the beer gushing over. Scared the shit outta me. The aroma on this is relatively faint, with some light barnyardy esters, and not much else. Perhaps a little white pepper. The pour is amazingly carbonated, but after the head settles, there is a mostly transparent golden body and a huge, bubbly white head present. Starts a little spicy with hints of white pepper. Becomes a little olive-like in the middle. Light rubbery flavors come through in the finish. Dusty, lightly barnyardy yeast notes come through towards the end. Finishes dry, and lightly bitter. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KornDogg (557) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Aroma of pear and alcohol. Golden body with medium lasting head. Flavor begins sweet with subtle hints of pear, apple and clove. Light finish with noticeable alcohol. Overall crisp and dry with a nice warming power.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
A very soft pour into my Bruery tulip still manages to net four fingers of foam and multiple sessions over the sink in getting rid of the overflow. The beer is a pale amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pear cider, dried, straw like, grain husks, a hint of pale wheat crackers.

The beer is quite dry and light bodied, but there is lots of fruit character that leans towards pears and floral fruit notes. The finish has a touch of sharp alcohol, a bit of solvent, definite clove, and a hint of hop bitterness. The fruit character is the most prominent note here, but it is well balanced by the mixture of bites (previously mentioned) in the finish. There is just a touch of grain character here, perhaps some dried grassiness, but really the malt is almost completely dried out here.

This is actually a great example of a Belgian Golden, clean, crisp, light, with lots of yeast character, but somehow it doesn’t quite do it for me. This is actually quite a good cut at Duvel, perhaps I am just not in the mood.

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