Belgian-Style Abbey Ale - Cathedral Square Brewery
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
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
2.68/5 rDev -24.3%
Appearance: Even with an aggressive pour I get a small white head which dissipates quickly. Dark amber body.
Smell: Earthy and slightly sweet. Plum and fig are the strongest on the nose with some caramel and molasses.
Taste: Its a bit odd. Starts sweet and finishes sourish and bitter with an almost piney hop flavor. More malt than anything and the fruits from the nose are barely detectable.
Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium to light bodied with rather high carbonation.
02-13-2011 02:58:32 | More by meatmallet
3.03/5 rDev -14.4%
Dark copper color. Ivory head, good retention and excellent lace film.
Yeast aromas, mostly musty and stale. No caramel or biscuit character.
Some buttery biscuit notes in the taste. Sweet caramel is there yet weak. Not much hop flavor. A hint of cider spice. Odd musty yeast aftertaste.
Full in body, descent carbonation, semi-coarse texture.
Ok but a little rough around the edges. So far, this brewery has not impressed me much. Maybe it will just take time for them to refine their recipes.
08-31-2011 16:06:13 | More by bnes09
3.05/5 rDev -13.8%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.
A - Pours a very light brown with some nice reddish and amber hints. A thin .25 inch off-white head forms that is dense but recedes quickly. It recedes down to a thin film.
S - Nice toasty, bready and sweet malt aromas are present in the nose. Some mild toffee and caramel in the nose as well as slight spices such as cinnamon.
T - Starts of with nice bread hints and then becomes sweet malt. The sweet toffee and caramel malt flavor is very present as well as some prunes. There is very little in the way of hops and the malt although sweet lacks something. There are very little phenols.
M & D - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some fluffy CO2 but not as complex as expected. Drinkability is low on this one not a winner in my book.
08-20-2010 01:24:12 | More by JoEBoBpr
District of Columbia
3.06/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
09-08-2013 19:06:39 | More by yourefragile
3.28/5 rDev -7.3%
Slightly cloudy brown with hints of orange under a creamy off white head. There is a metallic smell, with some roasted malts and a little yeasty musty smell. The taste has a nice heavy malty nuttiness, a little woody bitterness, and a hint of dark fruit like a plum. It has a heavy mouthfeel with tight carbonation, fairly drinkable.
02-17-2011 04:44:13 | More by orsulacp
3.3/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours a brilliant garnet with a 1.5 finger head. Reduces to a .5 finger layer of retention- rich soapy lace.
Nose is rather simple for a Belgian Abbey, but the aromas of caramel, prunes and spices are very pleasant.
On the palate, the malt is rather moderate and weak in flavor allowing a lot more of the spiciness to shine- flavors of black pepper, clove, caramel and a touch of chocolate.
Overall, I wasn't too terribly impressed, but I certainly wasn't upset in any way at all either. There definitely needs to be more malt, but the beer was very drinkable. This seems to be a pretty fresh brewery, and the fact that their bombers retailed 2 for $7 makes me think that they are fully aware that they have lots of room to grow. I wish them all the best.
06-13-2011 19:26:33 | More by TheWhiskerReview
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
Appearance: Pours out a clear, darkened amber body with a fine layering of beige foam on top.
Smell: Lightly sweet-scented, toasted malts team up with juicy, plum-like esters and spicy, clove-scented phenols.
Taste: Toasty, bread maltiness given a thin crust of sweet candi sugar. Carryover of the ripe dark fruitiness from the nose. Minor bitterness. Things soon dry out as the phenols and alcohol take charge. Slight kick of peppery alcohol. Meager amount of enduring maltiness on the dry, clove-packed finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.
Drinkability: Certainly a noble effort from a relatively new brewery, but it falls a bit shy of the mark. I'd say it could benefit from a little boost in the body and carbonation. Still, it's by no means a bad beer.
05-16-2010 16:30:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
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
3.5/5 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
3.53/5 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
3.58/5 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
3.6/5 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
3.63/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
05-07-2010 22:14:34 | More by birchstick
Belgian-Style Abbey Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
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