Via Cordis Abbey Blonde | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Via Cordis Abbey BlondeVia Cordis Abbey Blonde

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by RDHerm on 10-21-2013

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Two Roads "Via Cordis Abbey Blonde Ale"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$4.47 @ Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT

Appearance: Hazy yellow gold body beneath a thick head of creamy white froth. Excellent head retention, and very good lacing.

Aroma: Chalky yeast, apple, phenols (subtle spice, plastic), Pilsner malt, bread crumb, grass, lemon, some other citrus or tropical fruit.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests with an additional note of candy sugar, yet it remains dry with spiciness, mineral, and yeast. The less than clear fruity note from the aroma seems a bit like a pineapple and apricot blend. It's not particularly bitter (@ 25 IBUs) but the spiciness makes up for it and it finishes dry with some lingering herbs, mineral, and tea-like or leafy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body and crisp with a lively, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: The back label probably says it best: "This Abbey Single is brewed to be distinctive in flavor, yet approachable and refreshing." There are no flaws and it's almost perfectly balanced - a touch more sweet malt or candy sugar sweetness would be nice; and perhaps some more alcohol - yet there's somehow something lacking, that certain "je ne sais quoi".

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Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gmann
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dd43
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know what it is about Two Roads that drives their insistence on creating the most readily mass acceptable version of every beer style they attempt, but Via Cordis is no exception. As a pale ale, like with other styles they attempt, they hit the signatures but none of them sing a memorable note. There are some Belgian yeast esters but they're muted. Candied sugar is present in the flavor, and there's a slight Belgian candied sugar note on the nose but it's restrained. I don't see any reason to seek out a bomber of this beer but I wouldn't turn down a pint if a friend offered it to me.

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4.24/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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