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Via Cordis Abbey Blonde - Two Roads Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: RDHerm on 10-21-2013)
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Reviews by dcguitar:
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

dcguitar, Nov 07, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

This is a lovely snappy Belgian-style ale, nearly perfectly balanced and big on drinkability. Bold enough to be thrown at some semi-stinky cheeses as well.

LOOK: Lively carbonation, thick sudsy lacing, clear pale yellowish golden hue

SMELL: Fresh bread, phenolic, faint pineapple, yeast, faintly spicy

TASTE: Somewhat light bodied, fluffy, crisp, dry graininess, herbal, slightly medicinal, walnut pith, dried apricots, spicy, hint of alcoholic esters

Jason, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation,

Smell: lemon and grass--very saison like

Taste: lemon, grass, light sugar, with Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet with light bitterness, light bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: A nice and sessionable Belgian beer. Very saison-like. Not my favorite Two Roads beer, but a very high quality brew.

tigg924, Dec 02, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice brew. The appearance is a hazy light yellow with a fizzy head. The smell was consistent with other Belgians having scents of wheat and bananas. The taste was quite nice with crisp Belgian wheat, sweet fruits like banana and an earthy nuttiness with a minty finish. The mouthfeel was light and complimented the season it was released in well.

WhiteHillsStore, Jul 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

woodchipper, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

JakerLou, Sep 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a smallish dense white head that settles into a solid ring. Not much lacing.

The aroma has a slight grain note from the malt. Big clove presence from the yeast. Light banana and pepper as well. Pretty standard stuff for the style.

Neutral malt flavor, perhaps slightly bready. Big clovey phenols from the yeast. Slightly medicinal and perfumey. Some tart apple flavors. I enjoy the flavor but its not very complex.

The feel is on the lighter side of moderate. Fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but not overly so. Drinks well.

Its a nice BPA but a tad one dimensional. I enjoy the lowish ABV.

Gmann, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

GmAn613, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

MichaelLamb, Sep 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

threephase, Apr 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

hoppymcgee, Jul 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Robby_Hooper, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

salthemonster, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

TedTopfer, Jul 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

pknyc, Oct 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

raythealeman, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Stum-pub, Oct 23, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, citrus, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness quickly follows from flavors of caramel, citrus and spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for a mild Belgian-style beer.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

coobstar, Sep 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

JTomczak, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottled 6/26/14

Pours a nice fluffy airy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace with nice lacing, semi hazy golden pilsner color. 4

Nose brings lots of blond malts, some candy sweetness, candi sugar like notes, some floral spices like a coriander note and mild phenols, little grassy malt, faint straw and toasty note, and some grassy spicy hops, faint esters. 3.75

Taste starts with more blond malts, a little toasty pilsner like, creamy as well, with a little straw and some sweet candy like notes but not a caramel sweetness like a blond candi sugar thing. little orange cream and notes. Then some phenols, mild apple candy and spices, coriander as well, faint fruity esters. Mild grassy spicy hops, fair bitterness. Finish is a mild sweetness and a bit sticky, faint phenols and coriander like spices, little toasty malt thing. 3.75

Mouth is med bod, mild fluffy carb that doesn't bring a lot of carb, a bit under carbed. 3.75

Overall OK but not great, decent Belgian notes, but the sweetness is meh it has that feel like an 8% beer but only 5% with the esters phenols and candy notes, and hops are pretty light and nothing great. 3.5

jlindros, Aug 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Tertullian007, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Ken_P, Sep 07, 2014
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Via Cordis Abbey Blonde from Two Roads Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.