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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale - Cathedral Square Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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:
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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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
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JimSwinson


5/5  rDev +40.4%

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-30-2014 02:18:48 | More by WoodJRx
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tenaciousp65

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-22-2012 03:07:34 | More by tenaciousp65
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davek72

Iowa

4/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-27-2014 17:37:13 | More by Sivad
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leroybrown10

Missouri

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-16-2013 21:50:17 | More by leroybrown10
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greg6494

Missouri

4/5  rDev +12.4%

01-20-2012 15:39:28 | More by greg6494
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Cbalber82


4/5  rDev +12.4%

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

New York

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jdskinns for another Midwest gem.

Pours a surprisingly clear reddish brown, with a thick shimmery look, topped thinly by bare whisps of beige foam, finally a thinnest ring and clear top.

The smell is full of tart and estery yeast, light spice, hints of overripe plum, toasted bread, with a light hint of candy sugar.

It has a medium taste, starring the yeast in its tangy and fruity way. The malt bill gives it a fullness in the mouth which helps the light flavors work in the blend, with caramel, toast, and fig joining the party. There's a light bitter herbal hop flavor at finish, but it doesn't overpower the finish, and some of the malty flavors stay. Nice flavors, nice taste.

Very low carb. Stepping it up a touch would help this beer. Not as viscous as some in this vague style/category, but it works with the flavor profile, and gives it a refreshing dimension. Nice juicy finish.

Drinkability is good, a tasty, interesting, refreshing brew

Impression: Not bad, I guess I have easy access to crazy amounts of finest belgian styles beers and judge this one harshly. Wouldn't seek it out, but don't pass it by.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 10:14:45 | More by cavedave
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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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EvanWilliams

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

07-08-2012 12:37:24 | More by EvanWilliams
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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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Kroller86

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-13-2014 03:57:25 | More by traviswhillier
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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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1fastz28

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at one of my favorite local bars and it's pretty rare I see a beer I'm not familiar with, so I had to give it a try. Pours a deep red copper color with a decent head that laces a bit, smell is like a rich biscuity maltiness, it is similar to fat tire in a lot of ways. Taste is similar too, doesn't really taste like a true Belgian ale, but more like a red ale, doesn't make it a bad beer just IMHO not a true Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 02:56:48 | More by 1fastz28
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Zundo

Kansas

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber in color medium/heavy body with one-finger tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: very sweet and Figy. Bready toffee malts.

Taste: Toasted toffee malt it is a bit odd really

Mouthfeel: smooth and frothy

Drinkability: Easy drinking beer. The taste leaves a little to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 02:08:00 | More by Zundo
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birchstick

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a brownish red with a creamy .5 finger head

S - figs, spice, toasted and chocolate malts

T - taste follows the nose, but not as strongly. There is a nice blend of darker fruits and chocolate and toasted malts. Not a ton going on, but enough to make it enjoyable.

M - medium bodied and creamy. Pretty good mouthfeel

D - I took down the bomber in relatively easy fashion - nice session beer. This was a solid introduction to Cathedral Square. This was a good Abbey Ale, one that I will visit again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 22:14:34 | More by birchstick
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Tone

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 20:54:18 | More by Tone
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zeff80

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 02:36:18 | More by zeff80
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wnh

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 18:07:22 | More by wnh
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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
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