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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Catholic monasteries were historically major centers of brewing and learning, and their educational model eveolved into the modern university. Two Roads brewers and some beer-loving professors in Sacred Heart University’s biology department collaborated to brew this beer in celebration of that history. It is fermented with a yeast strain from a centuries-old monastic brewery currently operating in Belgium. This Abbey Single is brewed to be distinctive in flavor, yet approachable and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2474) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Draft Amsterdam ale house pours a blonde golden color with a sweet yeasty taste. Easy drinking but nothing memorable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (4819) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Bottle purchased at One Stop Market, Haverhill. Slowly poured into a chalice, hazy yellow color with thin lasting head. Aroma is light fruit, weak bready notes and maybe clove.

Main base of the beer is pale malts that show bread. Yeast shows fruit and a light pepper hint. Overall the body is on the light side with yeast and malt giving no bitterness but does show a low about of spice to give some balance. The texture becomes dry after the sip. Actually this is a bit better than I had anticipated. Worth a try if you like the style

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2190) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle from Brewfest. Gold with chill haze and flat head and lace. Tropical fruit sourdough and floral and spice aroma. Medium tropical fruit grass and rindy spicy fruity mildly tart finish. Light and lively. Extremely refreshing and lively. Perhaps less sweet and bready and more spicy fruity than usual for the style but very delicious. Almost saison-like. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5458) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bomber - hazy straw color - soapy lace - nose has esters of pear and apple, some grape must, dusty yeast, moderate phenols of white pepper, a touch of clove - soft carbonation - subtle, well-integrated flavors of rustic grain, mildly spicy phenolics, pear, white wine - finish is moderately bitter, with slight mineral, cobweb - nicely done abbey single (though not as good as the southampton abbey single, which is kind of what I was hoping for here) - solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle... Pours cloudy and deeply golden with a small, wispy, white head. The aroma is a mishmash of stone fruits, golden raisins, clove, dark bread and bread dough. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with vibrant carbonation. The flavor is tangy, snappy, bright and fruity with a notation of clove. The finish is lackluster and falls kind of flat. I’m not a fan of the style, but I can’t say Phil doesn’t know what he’s doing. He wrote the book on the history of Belgian and French farmhouse ales. Literally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 23, 2014
A medium golden body that was mostly clear. A nice white head. Mild yeasty aroma and some cereal grains. A hint of barnyard notes. Flavor had mild ester notes and light malts. Carbonation was adequate. Nothing special. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (3925) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Courtesy of Strykzone Cloudy gold. White head.. Nose of malts and floral hop. Medium body Flavor is spicy and sweet. Expect fruit in belgian but not to be. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10930) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle from Dick’s World of Wines. Aroma is Pils and honey malt, medium apple and pear esters, black pepper and ginger with light spicy hops and earthy yeast notes. Pours mostly clear gold with a medium, creamy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Flavor is sweet malt forward, black pepper and ginger, coriander, light spicy hops and bitterness with pear esters and a dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17028) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle bright yellow, thick white head, champagne bubbles. Aroma of black pepper and straw. Taste has coriander and mixed spice. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (5818) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bomber. This is hazed and golden with a white head that leaves nice lacing. I smell pale malts and a little yeast. An odd hop bitter flavor to begin. Then a little yeast follows and that first flavor subsides some. After that black pepper is noted. I keep tasting just a bit of buttered corn. More sugar than anything Belgium. This is uninspired even for a Blonde.

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