RATINGS: 900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.5
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Belgian? Tastes more like a fresh American ale to me. Loud piney aromas of hops, with a dose of fruits in there somewhere. Lots of hop flavor without that much bitterness, which is not common these days. Toasty dry finish with lingering hop oils, Noble hops? Ah, what do I know. I liked it for what I would consider a "hoppy" beer.

3.6
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Bottle. Not what I was expecting at all. Though I didn’t read any ratings, I was thinking this would be a bready, clean belgian. Not the case! Quite hoppy, bitter, belgian yeast is noticeable but doesn’t really play a central roll in the beer. I think I’d more quickly call this an APA than a BA. So it goes. I’m not really that crazy about the whole hoppy belgian thing... some of them are great, but belgian styles are so clearly defined and so delicious, when a brewer just decides to amp it up in a typically American way with more hops it often bores me.

3.8
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle from dirty_martini. Thanks Larry. Pours an extremely cloudy golden orange with a thick white head that lasts making for some nice lacing. Nose is bready, yeasty, and slightly hoppy--right on target for a nice belgian ale. Very smooth flavor that mimics the aroma with a nice spicey hop finish. Easy drinking, alcohol hardly noticed. A nice, and highly sessionable, belgian ale.

3.9
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Beer pours attractive golden color with a big, egg white head that is totally retained. Aroma is fairly muted, with some rich baked bread and a light hop aroma and pepper. Flavor is likewise subtly with a nice light hop bitterness and lots of spiciness in the finish. A bit of dough and earth as well. Beer is wonderfully constructed in the sense that the carbonation is perfect and the texture of the beer is wonderful.

3.7
Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Cloudy orange, big white head. Very sweet, fruity aroma, like a bit of jam on toast, plus some caramel notes. Surprisingly quaffable. Mildly dryish at first then some fruity flavors, and toast, plus some peppery notes at the finish. Really tasty.

3.7
mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2007
750ml, with thanks to dirty_martini for this great bonus! Pours a slightly golden straw color with a nice bright white fluffy cap, good lacing. Aroma is very subtle, but glimpses of dough, grass, citrus and a hint of yeastiness. Flavor is also gentle, with some of the aromas coming along, and a slight lingering orange zest on the finish. Light and refreshing!

3.8
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Great blonde. Pours out pale ale style. Very drink able goes down fast. Hoppy alittle fruity. Great beer.

3.2
aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Very herbal and earthy nose with a bit of grass and corn silk. Soft, lite and dry palate with a very grassy mid-palate. Dry and somewhat astringent finish.

3.7
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Big hoppy belgian brew. Pours slightly hazy gold with a tall white head. Sort of doughy and honey malt flavor with a grassy hop finish. Crisp and light on the palate letting some of the earthy esters stand out. Like a belgian pils, nice beer.

3.8
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Pours a cloudy light copper color with a persistent 1 cm thick white head. Aroma has a fresh grassiness of which hops is one component, others being a Belgian yeastiness and a slight spicy malt profile. The taste is dry, with some yeast coming out towards the finish, which has a definite hop presence, even though it isn’t really strong. Some the characteristics here reminded me of a saison. An interesting brew.


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