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Belgian- or French-Style Ale

With a name like Lost Abbey, it makes sense this brewery would be making Belgian-style ales. Not only that -- they do an amazing job of it. So much so that this San Marcos, Cali., brewery is lusted over in states where they don't distribute -- including my home state of New York. Their Saints' Devotion Belgian Pale Ale is no exception.

So what makes an ale a Belgian-style ale? Traditionally, Belgian ales are less bitter and use aged hops to deliver a mild hop finish. They also typically pour with a fluffy white head. The Devotion represents this category well, with clove and citrus fruit in the aromas that are found in the flavor along with a honey sweetness.

This is a good cheese-pairing beer. Go with a goat milk cheese and you should be pretty happy.

Devotion Belgian Pale Ale image courtesy of rockdoggydog via Flickr/cc

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  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    Thank you for this article Clare! I enjoy a fine pint, but never know what to order so this should def help! I am so creating a Snooth's Top List of this brews :-)

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    I clicked on the pics for the Church Brew, impressive, must visit!

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

  • Snooth User: bmw1175
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    I can attest that Troegs Brewing Co. in Hershey, PA has exceptional tasting beer. I tried there "Mad Elf", potent but exceptional.

    Nov 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    The Church Brew Co. looks amazing. Its like a figment of someones imagination. I have got to visit.

    Nov 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM

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