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Saint Hubbins Abbey - High & Mighty Beer Co.

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fitzy84 on 04-19-2008)
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Reviews by selecter70:
Photo of selecter70
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am an immediate fan of the High & Mighty beers, on draught or in bottle and this one was no exception, albeit not perfect. It claims to be a Belgian pale ale, which it really doesn't live up to. Rather, it tastes more like a nice cask farmhouse ale. The pour is an orange-brown that darkens in the glass with a nice full tan head & good lace that hung on throughout. The aroma had a nice dusty herb, apricot-orange and peppery lemoncake smell. The flavor was a bit less complex, more sweet malt, but still light on the palate & quite drinkable. Nice and soft like a good cask-conditioned ale, hints of pepper & yeast stuck in the nose while a bit of sour tart rounded out the malt. I'd definitely love to try this on draught & see if the sweetness is subdued. Still, a lovely one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. Pours into my glass an amber/orange hue where the only thing missing is the fossilized insect. A half inch of bubbly eggshell head cracks above the beer. Aromas start out with mellow caramel and grain husk accented malts. A touch of oxidation leads way to spiciness and some mellow fruit scents.

First sip brings crisp, slightly toasty caramelized malt upfront that has almost a rough texture on the palate. Damp cardboard meets some spiciness alongside of some light fruit flavors as well. Finishes astringent and kinda leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Not impressed here unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, although a little on the thin side for my taste with ample carbonation to help it down. Overall, this one just didn't meet the mark for me and seems a bit rushed. Flavor just isn't there for me. Thanks to afterexile for the opportunity to try it.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650ml bottle, with Bottled on Jun 4 2008 stamped on the label. Served in a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy red/orange color with a medium-sized white head and a nice bit of lacing. It had a sour candy/sour fruit aroma, and a bit of a floral bouquet. A sweet taste upfront, then some pretty big piney hops that lingered on. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle. Bottled on "Jun 4 2008 stamped" on the label. Served in a tulip glass. Voluminous head, slow to recede, leaves behind great gobs of lacing, scattered all over the glass. Not sure why this one is called a "Dubbel", its medium cloudy amber in the glass. Nose infused with ginger and light soap and on the palate I get more light soap, and plenty of gritty hops...not quite what most would expect in a Belgian style dubbel...sort of a pale ale, with some strange spicing.I agree with an earlier reviewer that this seems "more like a hoppy Belgian amber if there were such a thing" Cant say I loved this one...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

High & Mighty- St. Hubbins Abbey

A- Good deep brownish orange with a thick frothy white head. Good ringed lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet sugary rock candy, orange peel, and light bready malt.
T- Sweet, very sweet, sugary orange and grape fruitiness with a bready/ biscuity malt body. Very sweet fruity finish. Orange, lemon, and grape with a slight touch of tartness.
M- Again, very sweet and sugary with a thick dry bready malt body and a sweeter fruity tart end.

Overall- Tasty, and it drank fine but just too sweet.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium rustic orange with a soapy ½ finger almond colored head that dissipated rather quickly to a spotty covering while leaving a thin, broken spongey ring lacing. The clarity was turbid with a thick pea-soup haze with an indistinguishable carbonation.

S: The aroma was funky cold tangerines with a herbal (basil) hopping. There was slight underlying notes of candy sugar coming through along with a soft dry wheat scent coming off rather reserved.

T: The initial flavor begins with tart and citric tangerines, dry wheat and a sweet and tart mixture of orange grinds along with candy sugar. The overall feel was musky and damp with warm lemons and hints of herbal hops coming through before finishing out with a sour fruitiness of pineapple and starfruit. Overall this was nicely hopped per style, very smooth in delivery with a tart and sweet side funk to it that was just enough to keep things interesting and respectable.

M: bright and crisp from the start with a very smooth and easy feel. Medium bodied this beer washes down leaving a dry sour fade of warm bitter citrus and dry wheat.

D: better then average yielding little compliant. While the complexity was a bit lacking, this beer comes off as a moderately easy drinking American interpretation with just enough funk to give you a general appreciation. Would consider buying this again, would make for a good intro beer for those unfamiliar to the style.

Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how "new" this is but it was on tap at the Moan and Dove for the last 2 weeks at least. Decided to have it and wrote notes about it. The appearance of the drink was a dark red look with a good size, long lasting head. Pretty alcohol smelling, with definite malt aromas. The taste was wicked rich in earthy, or grainy tastes wrapped around with the malt essence. Very smooth overall with its low-medium body. Overall, a pretty decent drink that I hope High and Mighty brews more of.

Photo of Amalak
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, some sediment, good white foamy head and lacing. Has a fruity, hoppy scent to it. Applish.

Has an extremely sweet taste to it. Very fruity. Kind of flat and dry. Has some apple taste to it. Has a hoppy aftertaste. To be honest, it has a flat taste and is a little bit too sweet for me. I'm not a huge fan, but it's quality.

Photo of errantnight
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks tendermorsel! Finally got around to drinking this from our trade this summer...

First of all, it's misleading to call this a dubbel... it's "golden-amber ale" on their website, and it's more golden than it is amber. There's a touch of tangerine hue to this beer, it's got a nice finger or so of head. Drinking will provide minimal lacing but a solid ring of head that's there 'til the end.

Aroma is a delightful surprise... a lighter, sweeter caramel note backed by a lightly spicy yeast that's more bubblegum than banana. There's a light floral note that I'm picking up as hop based.

The taste is more of the same, lots of mild, complex subtleties. There's more bubblegum and maybe some coconut against a lightly toasted caramel sweetness, this is bracingly bitter, almost a little bit metallic in character which brings things down just a notch.

Body is only just medium, carbonation is brisk but not as full and smooth as on the best Belgians.

Really enjoyed this, totally hits home with the Belgians in that it's clearly influenced by Belgian beers but completely refused to conform to any particular style. I think a few water adjustments or maybe just dialing back the bittering hops just a TOUCH would move this from merely very good to excellent, but as it is I'd happily pick up another bomber of this if I saw it again.

Lastly... this beer is 6.5% abv (listed on the bottle).

Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown, nearing black with a crimson, reddish hue when held to the light. The small, tan head slowly fades out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasty grains, chocolate malt, raisins, prunes, and vanilla cream.
Taste is that of the aromas...lots of raisiny, pruney, cocoa notes going on in the flavors. Perhaps there is just a touch too much roast going on in this beer for a Dubbel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, estery, fruity, roasty, with a chewy, nuttiness in the finish.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650/22 into Ommegang snifter...

Pours a honey/apple cider body with some haze and thin yeasty head up top. Not bad but a little flaccid.

Aroma has a fair amount of activity...apples, pears, ginger, some coriander - maybe a tinge of lemon zest or orange zest - feels full with good yeast electricity.

Huh...very austere - expected sweetness and spice profile aren't showing up - more of a very dry backbone - slight bitter tinge of pine. Yeast electricity is still there but this one's a little light.

Mouthfeel s light and clean - rolls down palate easily. Clean, spicy finish that gets fuller with warmth.

After time this rounds out quite nicely. Not the heftiest offering in its style but definitly drinkable.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lovely appearance. A thick, pillowy head floating delicately over a chilled, hazy amber-orange body. Carbonation bubbles, in a heavy stream, migrated toward the barely diminished head. There was significant lacing around the glass. Yet, appearances can be deceiving. Or at least moderately so. The bouquet was somewhat indistinct with slight floral flavors and a bit of peppery sharpness. The taste was smooth, a sharp hop note abounded and very little sweetness. I'd say this tastes more like light grand-cru rather than a dubbel. It wasn't bad, but didn't knock my socks off.

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle - Poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazed orange with a thin white head that descends to a very thin cover. Little dots of lacing stick.

The smell is of pepper, banana, grass, with a "Belgian-esque" spicy fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet sugar, followed by a musty and metallic character. It has an aspirinish bitterness with an orange tart character.

The body leans towards watery, with noticeable carbonation. Not really quite effervescent or creamy.

It is thin in character with a somewhat puckering bitter touch and a sweetened fruitiness. The malt is a bit lacking in character, throwing off the balance, leaving it a bit aspriny in the finish. It does have something "Belgian-esque" about it.

Photo of zdk9
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Out of the bottle and into a Chimay glass goes the cloudy orange brew. And head erupts fortuitously in a white foamy top oer the liquid. Lacing lines form like WWI troops waiting for the Germans...

S- A deliciously aromatic beer. There's sweet fruits- strawberry banana, sweet orange. There's spice- sweet anise, coriander. A little more warmth brings out some caramel, unexpected but interesting.

T- I'd have to say that this is one of the very few beers I've had that has a better smell than the taste. Not that the taste of this one is bad, just not nearly as complex and delicious as the smell. There's more malt and hops, and less yeast and spices to the tongue compared to the nose. Graham crackers and bitter dirt hops with tinges of tobacco and green leaves. Although there is some of that fruit it is much subdued.

M- Lingering bitterness bordering on the "stone effect" but not nearly as powerful. And it causes some syrupyness of my saliva.

D- Overall a quality beer. Definitely better than my expectations (although I was expecting a single abbey instead of its pale ale cousin before I started my review). Great smell and a decent taste to go with. Wish I could get my hands on some more of this.

Photo of ppoitras
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" beige head over the lightly cloudy amber brew. Head dwindles quickly to an uneven layer of froth, with sticky lace and lasting legs. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste starts yeasty, with a tartness in the middle and a slightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is lacking, hardly any body, with drinkability being easy but somewhat boring. Expected more malt to come through, even for a Belgian-style Pale Ale.

Photo of marcpal
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While in Boston, had a pint of this on tap poured aggressively into an American pint glass.

A: Light orange with a thick white head that maintained its spiderweb like lacing. Very nice looking beer.

N: Very fruity and sweet with flavors of peach and pear. Malts and Belgian yeast- signatures and sign off of a solid dubbel in flavor. A bit on the soapy end when poured cold.

T: Cold soapiness was putting off at the start and died down later when taken over by the malts. The hops bring some life to the party. Smells like a tight dubbel but more hops in the flavor- enjoyed it though.

M: Nice body. More thickness would have been welcome but give the abv, good stuff.

D: Real nice offering from this brewer, glad I got to try- good American version of a dubbel and went down very easy. Must be a lower abv'd dubbel. Worth a try.

Photo of Soozy
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a creamy, finger thick head. Not too much in the smell, just a bit of spice. Taste is pretty good. The initial taste is orange, a bit of a biscuit follows, and finishes nicely with the hops. This is actually a lot bitter than I expected it, but it's really good. A creamy mouthfeel for being so carbonated.

A very enjoyable, easy drinking beer.

Photo of CavePainter
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a hazy orange with a finger of creamy off-white head. Ample carbonation and a nice bit of lacing.

S: Citric and spicy.

T: Some interesting citric tones. Am I picking grapefruit? A nice malty sweetness - a slight metallic tartness - with a nice bit of bitter at the end to balance it all out.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of crispness. The metallic tones prick up the tongue a bit.

D: A solid brew. I could definitely go for a few of these, but only in the right circumstances. A great departure from the mundane.

What an interesting beer! This brew leaves me guessing with each sip. It is kind of like a centaur - the seamless blending of Belgian white and Pale ale styles. It is listed here as a Belgian Pale Ale - but it really could fit the Dubbel description.

Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a dark amber color with a one finger head that falls aparts fairly quickly.

Smell: some malt sweetness is very light along with some yeast.

Taste: a decent malt profile with some brown sugar, prunes, a hint of chocolate, soft pepper, yeast, and some mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short as the flavors linger in the mouth for a minute.

Drinkability: a decent but not overly exciting dubbel. Easy to quaff as alcohol is not even noticeable here.

Photo of magnj
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange body, off white head which leaves nice lacing.

S - Delicate floral hops, not as much Belgian yeast as I usually expect but still subtly spicy as it warms.

T - Somewhat sweet and fruity up front, followed by a mild vegetal flavor, floral noble hops and Belgian yeast. Very mild brew, I wouldn't necessarily guess BPA but it's there.

M/D - Appropriate body, easy to drink considering the ABV.

Overall interesting enough to try their other styles but I won't get this again. Bottled October 2008, might explain some of the flavor issues.

Photo of currysage1
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy hazelnut brown with sepia edges. Full 2 finger head that doesn't quit, very creamy and rocky, nice eggshell white.

Smell is very fruit forward, with alcohol tinges to it. Sweet juicy pear, and starfruit. Light malt and good piney hop presense in the nose.

Taste is very malt forward, this is a darker malt than in the nose. Toasted oats, more of a savory fruit set of flavors, and a definate pine hop presense (Simcoe?)that is very pleasing. Finishes with a bitter bite at the very end.

Has a nice body but is too thin for the style, carbonation is great though. Drinkability is high due to its flavors and what I can only expect a medium ABV for a Dubbel.

Photo of OriolesFan1008
1.5/5  rDev -56.8%

Photo of Deuane
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Golden copper with a thin white head that retained fairly well and left decent lace.

S-Light spice and a touch of sweetness. Nothing very complex or overwhelming here but it was pleasant.

T-Nothing wowing initially but then it builds into a nice spicy zip a touch of caramel malt sweetness and a bit of earthy notes.

M-Medium-light bodied with decent lingering flavours and a dry, biting finish.

D-Very easy to drink and quite smooth. Nothing crazy here but it all comes together nicely in a fairly simple but drinkable brew.

Photo of patelc75
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a little bit smoke on top of a faint, but quintessential Belgian candied sweetness. but dry all and all. this beer is not nutty or rich like many brown ales and the sweetness doesn't trail into an after taste. not very complex and goes down smooth because of thin it is. my drinking companion gets a sour flavor in addition to the smoke

Photo of chickenflea
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber under a small fizzy white head. There was minimal lacing in the glass.

Aroma is floral with spices. Hops are understated, balance with the dry spiciness of the brew. A little sauciness and paper napkin among the spices. Some apple cider notes.

Light body and texture. Lively carbonation.

Drinkable and interesting.

This beer was 4 months old and could have set a little longer. It has promise, but came across as just a little rough.

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Saint Hubbins Abbey from High & Mighty Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.