Belgian-Style Abbey Ale - Cathedral Square Brewery
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
3.99/5 rDev +12.7%
Copper/brown in color with a completely clear body, this beer has a nose that offers such aromas as plum, caramel, and figs. The beer leaves some good lacing on your glass as you drink and its appearance is certainly indicative of a quality product.
This beer has an interesting flavor profile, with tastes of bready malt, a touch of sourness, plums/prunes, yeast, caramel/toffee, herbal notes, and even a little bit of smokiness. It is certainly a complex beer with many different flavors fighting for recognition.
Cathedral Square certainly has an interesting product here. There is a candy- like component to the taste and the complexity doesn’t quit. It isn’t a session beer for these and other reasons, but that should take nothing away from the tasting experience. I liked it more and more with each passing sip and I recommend seeking it out.
05-25-2013 04:52:39 | More by BryanCarey
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev -3.1%
I've never heard of these guys before but we got in a couple of sample bombers today.
Pours clear, reddish-brown with a tan head.
Kind of an unusal aroma, evergreen, Belgiany spice, and some fruity esters as it warms.
The taste as a bit more of the tree needles and fruity Belgian yeast. If it just had some more hops it would be more like a brown ale. I'll take New Belgium for half the price.
03-10-2010 23:53:53 | More by brownbeer
4.22/5 rDev +19.2%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):
Brewed with an authentic Trappist yeast. The lacing is simply amazing; light haze in the reddish brown color. Brown bread, mango, plum pudding, banana taffy and some lemongrass all make for a complex nose. Toasty and sweet maltiness plays off the palate very well; well-rounded smoothness and a creamy medium body adds to the drinkabil- ity. Kiss of alcohol is clean with a small hit of dried fruit. Hints of spice and herb in the semidry finish. Someone did their research here—we closed our eyes and thought we were in a café in Belgium.
12-15-2011 02:26:08 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.45/5 rDev -30.8%
Poured this one into a Chimay chalice. Hopefully I didn't desecrate my glass!
Pours decently with a finger thick tan head, and has a cloudy dark caramel colored body.
The aroma is earthy, fig, and a hint of metallic hops character.
This brew has some of the traits of sour Belgian yeast, a dark cracker approach, and a hint of a fruitiness I can't pin down.
Powdery and dry to the middle and leaves the palate moist.
Overall a step in the right direction, but needs more malt backbone. Improve upon this, and it may eventually become worthy in my opinion.
03-26-2011 23:13:53 | More by TheSarge
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a bronze-tinted mahogany, clear, topped by a tan head.
Malty notes of caramel and molasses on the nose, followed by a light green apple fruitiness. Fruitier on the palate, but still malt-forward, again showing caramel and molasses, yet with a walnut note mid-palate. Finishes moderately dry with a yeasty twang.
04-11-2010 18:07:22 | More by wnh
3.43/5 rDev -3.1%
Brown color, very thin head, decent lacing. An average looking beer. Smells pleasant, smells sweet with a touch of a fruit like cherry. Taste: Very light on hops, heavy on maltiness, a touch of honey and cherries. I think the mouthfeel is a little too watery for this sort of beer, there's not enough heft to the beer. But it's pretty enjoyable and easy to drink. It reminded me more of a brown ale than a Belgian ale.
12-26-2010 22:43:50 | More by jar2574
3.73/5 rDev +5.4%
A: Pours a deep reddish-brown with a decent head and nice lacing.
A: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits with a bit of coffee and spice.
T: Taste is a blend of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and some spice. Mild bitterness in the background and a clean finish.
F: Medium body, smooth and quite creamy. Nicely balanced.
O: Good drinker. Solid offering from a local brewer.
07-06-2012 13:33:00 | More by soju6
3.6/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a clear, dark amber color. One and one quarter inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, dark citrus, alcohol, earthy malt, slight citrus, and slight hop. Broadly the style of a Belgian Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, hint of butter, slight roasted malt, slight hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good complexity, good aroma, but the earthy notes dominate near the end.
05-20-2010 20:54:18 | More by Tone
3.5/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle, into a pint glass. It poured a clear reddish amber color. It produced a decent white head, and head retention was very good. Above average amount of lacing. The aroma was earthy, burt malt and toffee. The beer was medium in body. Well carbonated. The taste was malty and dominated by an earthy toffee taste and it finishes slightly sweet and has a bit of a bitter hop flavor. Interesting beer. By far my favorite beer from Cathedral Square.
03-26-2011 02:37:04 | More by GossageBrewery
3.86/5 rDev +9%
Appearance: Pours with one finger of fleeting foam, which melts into the beer momentarily leaving a tight ring around the glass. Belgian lacing could be better, but it is present. Color is beautiful golden brown.
Smell: Lightly estery and sweet. I'd like a little stronger smell, but what's there is pleasant.
Taste: Doughy, slightly fruity, and delicious. Great, refreshing taste that doesn't longer long.
Mouth-Feel: Medium body, with perfect just-shy-of-fizzy carbonation. No noticeable astringency or fusel components.
Overall: This is a solid beer; if you're a fan of the style, you'll enjoy this one. It won't blow you away, but I'd definately buy it again. Good job!
04-14-2014 23:37:42 | More by Henrich
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
This is a very interesting brew. I jotted down my notes then looked at the other 4 reviews and realized that none of us got the same experience.
A - The name had me thinking dubbel, but when I poured it into my snifter I realized it was too dark to be a dubbel. It has a very dark cola-brown color with a tan, two-finger head of fluffy foam.
S - The aroma was malty, earthy and a little smoky. That really had me confused. I don't know of too many smoked Belgians.
T - Tasted smoky and of burnt toast maltiness. There was a earthy/herbal hop bite. Definitely some Belgian yeastiness, though.
M -It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium to full bodied beer.
D - Intriguing, to say the least. Listed as a Belgian dark ale works I guess, because it's not a dubbel or a Belgian strong ale. The smoky character is truly unique in a Belgian styled brew.
04-30-2010 02:36:18 | More by zeff80
3.95/5 rDev +11.6%
Really enjoyed this beer. I have a bias for Belgian beers and especially anything with a trappist yeast.
The malt and hop notes were meshed very well with the trappist yeast. The price on this beer and alcohol level are perfect and really a great way to enjoy a beer with the quality of Chimay or Orval but without the price.
06-30-2013 23:53:49 | More by Entropy501
Belgian-Style Abbey Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.