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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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