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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale - Cathedral Square Brewery

Belgian-Style Abbey AleBelgian-Style Abbey Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%


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:
This traditional Belgian-style ale is brewed using five malts, two hop varieties and authentic Trappist Belgian yeast.

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 03-10-2010)
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Reviews by Schlafly33:
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Schlafly33

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

05-06-2013 13:02:56 | More by Schlafly33
More User Reviews:
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Henrich

Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:37:42 | More by Henrich
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Sivad

Missouri

4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-27-2014 17:37:13 | More by Sivad
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traviswhillier

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-13-2014 03:57:25 | More by traviswhillier
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Kroller86

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-24-2013 22:35:54 | More by Kroller86
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Cbalber82


4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-24-2013 15:48:10 | More by Cbalber82
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-12-2013 03:35:59 | More by jaydoc
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Kahlstrom

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-27-2013 03:25:57 | More by Kahlstrom
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle.

Pours a hazed dark copper with a bubbly, dense light tan head. Thick clumps of lace and long lasting retention. Buttery nose, bready, plums, caramel, bubblegum and dough. Thick, full body with light carbonation and a cloying finish. Flavor is dominated by malt, doughy and bready, bubblegum sweet and minimal yeast. Not bad, but not much contribution from the Trappist yeast and too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 19:06:39 | More by yourefragile
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leroybrown10

Missouri

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-16-2013 21:50:17 | More by leroybrown10
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Entropy501

Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 23:53:49 | More by Entropy501
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 04:52:39 | More by BryanCarey
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-30-2013 03:00:31 | More by AdamP
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psdonnelly

Alabama

3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-04-2013 04:05:49 | More by psdonnelly
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slapperloon

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-27-2012 17:38:08 | More by slapperloon
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rudy0908

Missouri

3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-13-2012 01:29:47 | More by rudy0908
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davek72

Iowa

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-14-2012 05:55:53 | More by davek72
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-30-2012 19:40:30 | More by jklecko2
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tenaciousp65

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-22-2012 03:07:34 | More by tenaciousp65
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-08-2012 12:37:24 | More by EvanWilliams
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soju6

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 13:33:00 | More by soju6
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.7%

07-06-2012 06:18:40 | More by jaminjohnson
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JimSwinson


5/5  rDev +40.4%

02-28-2012 03:37:46 | More by JimSwinson
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greg6494

Missouri

4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-20-2012 15:39:28 | More by greg6494
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:26:08 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.