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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale - Cathedral Square Brewery

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 62
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 20.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cathedral Square Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 03-10-2010

This traditional Belgian-style ale is brewed using five malts, two hop varieties and authentic Trappist Belgian yeast.
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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 62
Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WoodJRx
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Jerm2401
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Two full fingers of biscuity tan head is easily achieved with a medium pour. Head has nice retention and slowly turns to a creamy skim. Body is a beautiful brownish amber tone. Nose is very attractive with tons of sweet malts and rich dark fruits. It really smells nice. Taste doesn't replicate the nose much at all. At first I get dry bitter, almost burnt malts that are far from sweet. The malt flavor is actually a bit off. Almost comes off a bit cardboard like. There is some nuttiness there and a hint of rustic hops. This beer had such promise between the look and smell. Overall it just a ok beer.

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Photo of tenaciousp65
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Faroveryonder
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Greg_Gerlach
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at bar. Tasted a little flat.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSarge
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of crazyfoMostout
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wnh
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of davek72
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jar2574
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of IPA1978
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is so close to a belgian abbey (from belgium) but just a bit muted in most aspects. Tastes of very light malty/raisin sweetness with light bready, floral, leather, faint bitterness and estery yeast. Body is a bit thin for the style. I love a good belgian and trappist beer and this is damn close, worth a try and I will buy again.

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Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, red/copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, dark citrus, strong yeast, slight spice, alcohol, hint of banana, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, strong yeast, slight spice, alcohol, hint of banana, hint of earthy malt, and slight hop. Overall, good complexity, good aroma, but citrus dominates the body.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
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