Super Bock Abadia - UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
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United Kingdom (England)
2.18/5 rDev -31%
July 2012: Had this in a bar while on holiday in the Algarve and wasn't impressed but bought a bottle to give it another go on my apartment balcony later on during our sunny stay. 33cl Bottle: best before march 2013.
It wasn't any better! Looks interesting and fine, a pleasant clean, clear amber body with a good white head. Sadly the good bits end with the view: this malt based lager is just too sweet, they have squeezed buckets of caramel into the brew and it reeks and tastes of it.
I like sweet malty brews normally but this was too much, even for me.
08-22-2012 09:03:35 | More by BlackHaddock
2.78/5 rDev -12%
330 ml bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). ABV is 6.4%. Clear amber colour, large and lasting off-white head. Fruity and flowery hops in the aroma, some sugary notes too. The flavour is malty sweet and sugary, notes of caramel. Low bitterness. I drank the beer at cellar temperature +, it will probably taste better when cold.
09-27-2007 19:41:01 | More by Sigmund
3.53/5 rDev +11.7%
I think this was the best beer I had in Portugal. Bought a 4 pack at Gale beach for about 4 Euros.
From a brown longneck poured into a glass, the beer is red with gold highlights. It has an off-white head with good lacing. It's a looker.
The nose is of caramel & fresh milled grains.
The taste is sweet with honey & tootsie roll notes. There is some slight hopping in the aftertaste. The beer is almost bock like in its finish.
The mouth is pleasantly thickish. It was an easy drinker, but two in row was enough for me due to the sweetness.
04-07-2009 18:38:27 | More by Redrover
2.34/5 rDev -25.9%
330 ml. bottle. Amber colour, tin head that does not last much. Smell of caramel and malts, nothing really interesting. Medium body and medium carbonation. Taste of caramel with yeast notes. Some dryness in the end. I can't find anything to justify the name Abadía and nothing that is gonna make me buy another one. Just another beer more.
06-23-2013 13:41:51 | More by janubio
2.68/5 rDev -15.2%
Bottle from grocery store in Albufeira. From notes.
A - Poured with a film of eggshell head. Copper body with medium carbonation. Bright. No lacing with a ring of head retention.
S - Candy maltiness, sweet malt, and a mild hop note.
T - Yeast was harsh and tried to balance with malt sweetness but couldn't catch up. Rough yeasty esters.
M - Very dry finish with medium carbonation and a medium body.
O/D - Not a great one. Wouldn't seek it out even if I was in Portugal again. Flavours didn't really jive well. Definate room for improvement.
06-21-2011 00:00:51 | More by tbeckett
3.26/5 rDev +3.2%
Nice copper color with a one finger head with medium retention.
Predominant sweet aroma of molasses, grains and brown sugar.
Condimented and sweet flavor. Notes of caramel malt, Belgian yeast, English hops and brown sugar. Hints of sulfur.
Medium body with good carbonation.
This one was actually more fun than the last one I tried. A bit overly sweet, but still appropriate for the style. Though the name Abadia, does not describe it well. Not extraordinary but worth it a try.
07-27-2013 18:28:34 | More by FLima
3/5 rDev -5.1%
330ml bottle poured in an ordinary glass at the Coimbra's shopping mall.
A: Pours a amber clear color with a medium sized white head. Few lacings left
S: Sweet malts are a must, sweet caramel, a bit fruity followed by a mild smell of Belgium yeasts (reminds a Dubbel)
T: Sweet. Sweet malts and caramel. Some fruit esters. Actually, it tastes like a Red Lager. The Abadia can only be justified by the biscuity and "Belgium like" yeasts.
M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Dry finish.
O: Well, not that bad for a Portuguese beer I would say. No offense, just a reality
07-03-2011 20:03:48 | More by eduardolinhalis
3.63/5 rDev +14.9%
Appearance: Pours a orange bronze beer with a sizeable ivory head. Decent lacing and weak head retention. Medium Effervescence.
Aroma: Balanced and strong aroma of caramel upfront with perle like honey/resign notes and saaz like flower notes on the back. Appealing.
Taste: Caramel up front with flowery, sulphuric and biscuity notes on the back. Theres a slight grassiness aswell.
Palate: Medium carbonation. Medium low bitterness. Medium body. Sweetness on the mid palate and then dies out.
Drinkability: Obviously not an abbey style ale, as the name implies. Not even an ale. Nonetheless, This beer as come a long way. Last time i had it, i was far from impressed. There's some flaws but it's still decent nonetheless. Cheap and being an Amber lager. Should pair well with a profusion of dishes.
06-27-2010 14:14:31 | More by endovelico
3.85/5 rDev +21.8%
First of all, just for clarification, despite its name, this beer has nothing to do with the Bock style.
Abadia pours with a medium reddish amber color. The head has light tan color and is of a medium size (not very persistent though). Very clear.
It has a nice sweet nose of toffee and caramel. The taste confirms the aromas with the sweet malts dominating the flavors.
It is a mouthcoating beer with fair carbonation, moderate alcoholic strength and a consistent full body.
The finish is unctuous with a fair length.
Overall: a balanced and elegant amber lager. Some people will find it too sweet but I liked it very much and probably will have another one in the nearby future.
07-04-2007 18:38:01 | More by AlexLMS
3.08/5 rDev -2.5%
Was over in Saint Germain-en-Laye earlier today and happened to find a Portuguese bistro while roaming around. I had never really tried (or even bothered to try) any Portuguese beer, but I was thirsty and curious to see if there were any worthwhile selections. I cannot remember the other one I had, as it was not stellar, but this one did stand out. This was poured into a pilsner glass.
Pours a brownish, amber-tinged color that is reminiscent of several decent amber lagers I've had in the past. There's some decent carbonation rising around the glass (though a pretty unimpressive head) but otherwise pretty clear looking. Still, on a hot day like today, it's quite inviting in appearance. Not much to really smell here, however: some malty aromas that smell rich, but not much hoppiness or sweetness that could have really accentuated the aroma in the long run. It isn't a bad smell, it's just not very rich.
The flavor proves itself to be pretty decent, though. The full-bodied maltiness of the beer immediately hits your taste buds, but there's a decent creamy and yeasty feel to the beer that makes it pretty tasty. There's a slight dry hoppiness to the flavor, but otherwise there's not much adding a decent flavor to this beer's backbone other than the malts. I actually think 6.4% ABV helps out as well. However, it does prove itself to be successful in the long run: this was an easy beer to drink and kept a pleasant balance in character the whole time. I do think it would be even better as an ale, however.
I learned today that beer is quite popular in Portugal, although I do know that they are a country more renowned for their wines. Nevertheless, if they have any beer that's worth checking out, this would be one. On a hot or a cold day and with a light character but above-average drinking experience, this would be a decent choice.
10-14-2011 22:39:28 | More by magictacosinus
3.9/5 rDev +23.4%
Poured from a 330 ml bottle straight from the fridge into a tulip glass.
Beautiful red copperish color with a medium off-white head that did not last very long.
Smells fruity and sweet. maybe some honey notes.
Pleasantly full-bodied on the palate. Very low bitterness. The dominant notes are fruity, which is probably the only thing that justifies the name "abadia" for this beer (it has nothing to do with an abbey-style beer). Sweet malty taste and a finish that doesn't last much.
Although it is not at all an abbey-style beer, I liked it a lot and, for the low price I payed, would surely recommend it. Not very sessionable, but a great beer to harmonize with many different meals. thumbs up. best portuguese beer I ever tried.
02-27-2011 18:17:44 | More by Mellonius
Super Bock Abadia from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
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