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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale - Cathedral Square Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish-brown hue, mostly clear liquid with just a slight haze. Blanket-like foam head. Decent lace. The smell is estery and malty...spice and dark fruit. Nice complexity. Semi-dry, with good malt and yeast flavor. Solidly good.

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of birchstick
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of jzlyo
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of AdamP
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of TheSarge
2.5/5  rDev -29%
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.

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of bnes09
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of leroybrown10
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of cavedave
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of jaminjohnson
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.