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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Its 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. Its 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 wouldnt 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 werent 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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Bright gold pour with a big white head. Floral, spicy aroma with some yeast and bread/dough. Lighter tasting than expected. Oranges, crisp hops, honey,and a wheat-like tartness. Very dry. It was still very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 7, 2007
This Belgian Ale pours a deep orange gold color from a 750ml cork-finished bottle. Medium sized white foamy head with good head retention and nice lacing. Aroma is spicy and fruity, with some hints of orange, yeast and pepper. Lighter to medium bodied Belgian Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, with some cookie in the background. The hops are floral and earthy. Its much drier and spicier than one would expect from a golden ale. The peppery finish balances the malts, instead of the hops. Crisp and clean, light and refreshing. This is a nice beer for a warm summer evening. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is spicy and peppery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a golden color and a medium head. Spicy aromas, some esters, some nutmeg and a distinct hoppy nose. Flavor is bitter, spices and just a hint of the typical Belgian yest flavors. Finishes with some hoppy bitterness. Quite a refreshing brew, good for warm summer afternoons.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Shared by DYCSoccer17. Light honey-like, appley aroma, lightly fruity overall. Nice warm, biscuity malts, fairly clean sharp, dry body, substantial yet pleasingly crafted bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Pours a hazy gold colour with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is Fruity, Spicy, Baking soda, pizza dough and silly putty . Initial taste hints of light fruits (orange, pear), sweet malts & yeast. Finishing with bitter hops and mix of spices. Palate duration is good, with good head retention.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/28/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Rare Beer Club

hazy dark gold, fine white head, drippy lace, big malt aroma with a peppery spicy character, dry and peppery malt flavor, just a touch of sweetness adds balance, very light and drinkable and the peppery spice adds great character

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Poured a hazed golden orange color with a thick white head. The aroma and flavor were malty with a nice mix of yeasty esters and phenols. When one thing finished the other started. Peppr, citrus, dough, floral. My biggest complaint though was that this was a good bit dryer than I like. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3668) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 21, 2007
750 mL bottle purchased from Monument Wine and Liquors. Orangey, citric, peachy, bubble gummy, floral aroma. Big time bubble gum. Very sweet and different. Moderately hazy copper orange body with a frothy, rocky vanilla colored head that leaves attractive lacing. Citrus, spiced, hoppy start. Rather orange0like and dry. Wheat-like maltiness is present in the middle with a hoppy, piney, dry finish. A nice beer that I would call a Belgian IPA.

3.5
   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 Hamiltons. Golden color and earth spice/biscuit nose. Flavor is just that as well. Crisp finish with a moderatley biting hop. Light body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8915) - 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.


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