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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale - Cathedral Square Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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: 49 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +41.2%

JimSwinson, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of WoodJRx
4/5  rDev +13%

WoodJRx, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

tenaciousp65, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Faroveryonder
4/5  rDev +13%

Faroveryonder, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13%

davek72, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Sivad
4/5  rDev +13%

Sivad, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of leroybrown10
4/5  rDev +13%

leroybrown10, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

greg6494, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Cbalber82
4/5  rDev +13%

Cbalber82, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

BryanCarey, May 25, 2013
Photo of Entropy501
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Entropy501, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of cavedave
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

cavedave, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Henrich
3.86/5  rDev +9%
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!

Henrich, Apr 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

EvanWilliams, Jul 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

jklecko2, Oct 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Kroller86, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

slapperloon, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

traviswhillier, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

soju6, Jul 06, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

1fastz28, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Zundo
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Zundo, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

birchstick, May 07, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Tone, May 20, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

zeff80, Apr 30, 2010
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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.