Via Cordis Abbey Blonde - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Via Cordis Abbey BlondeVia Cordis Abbey Blonde

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60 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RDHerm on 10-21-2013

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: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 11
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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Photo of agreenman19
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this on tap at Tullycross in Manchester, CT.

A - 3.75: Very good looking. Hazy, golden, opaque color. Decent lacing with a nice creamy head.

S - 3.75: Doesn't smell like your typical blonde ale and had heavy notes of malt and some hefe wheat sprinkled in.

T - 4.25: They say blonde ales are usually a little on the lighter side, similar to a Kolsch, but this had a deep flavor full of malt, wheat (I actually had to double check to make sure this wasn't some sort of experimental hefe), and fruit. Detected some "wild" Saison-esque flavors that nicely balanced out the brew. Extremely tasty.

M - 4.00: Rich, and full-bodied, not at all what I was expecting from a blonde ale. Nice creamy consistency.

O - 4.00: I'll admit, I ordered this by accident. It was part of a beer flight I did and the "Two Roads" caught my attention. I'm glad it did. I'm usually not a fan of blondes, but this was nothing like the usual run-of-the-mill of that style. Expect a mixture a malt, hefe, light hops, and saison all rolled together into one delightfully balanced brew. I'll probably be getting a pint of this next time.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%

Via Cordis, Road to the Heart has a cool label. It does remind me of creepy priests, though. The beer itself pours a hazy, yet bright orange color. It also sports a prim, white head. Head leaves clouds of lace. It smells of Belgian yeast! that isn't too heavy on the spice and phenol. Some fruit esters. Sourdough bread. A bit of band-aid. Flavor is more juicy and fruity. Also, the Belgian phenols pop up more here. Green apples and cloves. Straw and slight spice. A bit of honey and bread. Medium bodied with a somewhat slick element to the mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Flavors don't linger for too long, save for the clove. It's a pretty approachable Belgian Pale Ale. The flavor and aroma elements are well balanced but it is a bit forgettable as a whole.

From a bottle.

Photo of k_vancleef
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have a serious case of brewery loyalty towards Two Roads. It's an awesome brewery and they have yet to disappoint me. I always find myself adding one of these to my cart not only because its delicious but also a great value at around $5.50 for the 22 oz bottle.

Bottle date is 09/12/13

Poured into a Two Roads shaped pint. Hazy golden in color it pours with a clean white head. The aroma is pleasant but not flooring. Taste is clean, I get a big dark berry taste and finish throughout. Overall this beer is just so easy. Everything you'd want from an Abbey Blonde. Great easy drinking mid week bomber.

Photo of Stunmai
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 3.25: Golden and opaque color, with a bit of head.

S - 3.25 Smells like a blonde ale. Honestly, I'm not that picky about this.

T - 3.5: This is a strong malt flavor, but mainly tastes of fruity flavors. I am still trying to place the flavor of what fruit it is - perhaps grapefruit? Good blonde ale.

M - 3.50: Nice, and light.

O - 3.50: My buddy brought this back from Sacred Heart, and I'll admit, it was over a month out of date by the time I drank it. It was still pretty good, even though I am far more of a stout and porter guy. It was certainly fruitier and better than I expected, and has me interested in what the brewery can do with darker beers.

Serving type: A bomber my friend bought me

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
2.12/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When stopping at 2 roads I was severely underwhelmed by every beer I tasted. Their facility was very nice, their beers were sub par imo.

Via Cordis Abbey Blonde from Two Roads Brewing Company
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