ABT 12 Abbey Style Quad - Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
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3.93/5 rDev -6.4%
750ml bottle secured at the brewery and poured into a matching Dock street slender sort of cervoise/slender tulip hybrid glass. The brew looks a color of mahogany with ruby to orange clarity around the edges when held to the light. A silky tan cap rests atop about a finger strong and slowly fades leaving some stringy fingers of lacing effect on the glass. Overall a picturesque looking Quad with tiny bubbles that rise through solution very slowly and support a thin film atop.
The aroma has a bit of burnt sugary quality. The malt comes across like toffee to caramel. Some herbal suggestions are present that smell a bit medicinal almost like tea mixed with trace amounts of minerals. There is a dark fruity alcohol aspect also present towards the back that increases in character as the brew warms up, it smells for the most part like raisins, plums or prunes. The hints of mineral components are my only gripe about this brew aromatics, other than that everything is pretty enjoyable. That unique herbal tea aspect was a change of pace but it worked with the rest of the character.
The flavor of this brew is interesting. Instead of being fruity and sugary like you might expect based off the nose, it is rather tame. A bit of that previously mentioned herbal tea component from the nose is present in the flavor profile. It tastes minorly like raisins or prunes with some herbal tea astringency and hop flavoring without much bitterness. My biggest gripe about the flavor is that just like the nose, it has a mineral aspect that is a bit distracting but does a decent job of breaking up the maltiness of the brew. As the brew warms up, the aftertaste suggests molasses and maple syrup.
This is a medium bodied brew which is maybe a little lighter than expected for a big, rich style of beer. It has a modest amount of carbonation and a good rounded character that is enjoyable. I think this brew has some rough spots that if scrubbed out come make this one really awesome brew. I am glad I got the chance to try this and would drink it again if the opportunity presented itself.
02-23-2013 00:57:01 | More by stakem
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
Bought this one during Dock Street's big bottle release back in the spring of 2012 at the brewpub (think it was late May). Poured into a chalice style glass for review.
A: Pours a clear amber with nice carbonation and decent off-white head that slows down to a thin lacing. Decent lacing on the glass.
S: Fruity esters of dark fruit such as raisins, plum, dark cherries, fig, etc. Has a toffee like malt presence with nice caramel & other seemingly sticky dark malts. Low alcohol notes.
T: Starts sweet with chewy malt taste and characteristic Belgian yeast notes of spicy, peppery notes. Dark fruit comes out with the fig, raisins and plum. Ample brown sugar notes finish this out. Ends a tad sweet but not cloying. Seems well attenuated.
M: Feels full with the seemingly heavy bodied malt character and chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well in-check, but it definitely makes itself known at 9% ABV. At 25 IBUs (as per the label), this one is balanced enough to not be cloyingly sweet - there is a nice bitter charge upfront that balances out nicely.
O: A very nice Quad. Very glad to have picked this one up. Really enjoyed it and if it's still around or will be brewed again, I'd definitely pick up another.
08-26-2012 01:17:03 | More by jwhancher
ABT 12 Abbey Style Quad from Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.