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Summit Belgian Style Abbey Ale - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Belgian Style Abbey AleSummit Belgian Style Abbey Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bsp77 on 07-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 27
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Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Deep dark amber hue, slightly hazy. Sufficient lacing.

SMELL: Peppery, herbal phenols, rock candy, dried tropical fruit, taffy

TASTE: Crisp, moderate sized body, spicy, warming alcohol, biscuity, exotic fruit, phenols, caramel, grainy semi-dry finish

A bit more expressive and flamboyant than the usual Dubbel but the freshness could be a factor here compared to an import that has some age on it. A really great go at the style, nailed all aspects and was a treat to drink.

Photo of bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Hazy orangish red with thin tan head and light lacing tendrils.

Smell: Plum, raisins, cherry, banana and light clove. Overripe fruit overload.

Taste: Identical notes as the smell (see above) but slightly more muted.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a lightly drying finish. Seems almost a touch too thin, but I feel that way about most Dubbels. It is actually less of an issue with this one so I will let it slide.

Overall: Even though this is not my favorite Belgian style, this is actually one of the best ones I have had, and yes I have had the Trappists. Very surprising coming from Summit, who are not known for Belgian style beers. High quality six pack of Dubbels for $9? Yes, please.

Photo of deebo
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a sample of this at a local beer store and really liked it. Here is a review of my first bottle made by Summit of one of my go to styles.

A-Poured into a globe a finger of large bubbled light tan head that breaks down quite quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Color is definitely dubbelesque-dirty ruddy brown with some red tints, more red than most dubbels.

S-I love dubbels! Sweet toasted barley malt with notes of raisin and an end note of rummy alcohol. Not super complex but has the key components of a dubbel.

T-Toasted malt, definite notes of caramel and raisin/prunes. Some spicy phenols here but pretty subdued. Hints of alcohol at the end.

M-Fairly thin bodied for a dubbel which seems to accentuate the alcohol burn which although not extreme is a bit more than the world class dubbels from Belgium. Moderate level of carbonation.

O-This is a solid dubbel from an American brewer, not quite as good as Ommegang but a solid beer for the price. Probably my favorite beer from Summit, I'll be picking up more of this.

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear brownish amber with some ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a big five finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma of Belgian yeast with lots of sweet roasted malts. Big hints of caramel, toffee, and bready biscuit. Also some big hints of dark fruits including raisins, fig, prunes, dates, and dark cherry. Some hints of banana, bubblegum, and candied sugars. Subtle clove spices. Has a nice overall earthy smell aided by some light floral hops.

Taste: A really tasty mix of yeast, dark fruits, and bready malts. Belgian yeast upfront along with a big taste of bready biscuity malts. Notes of caramel, toffee, banana, and bubblegum. Some candied and brown sugars. Nice mix of dark fruit tastes with notes of raisin, prunes, figs, dark cherry, and dates. Some spicy cloves. Also a nice presence of earthy hops that add some balancing bitterness to the mix. Really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and slightly slick. Alcohol heat is kind of noticeable but this still goes down fairly smooth.

Overall: A really solid interpretation of a Belgian Dubbel here. A nice balance of bready and fruity sweetness with spicy and bitter notes.

Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, reddish amber with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of caramel, raisins, brown sugar, and some earthiness. Alcohol is not detected.

Good flavor of caramel, Belgian sugar, and bready malt. A little alcohol warmth and flavor in the finish gives some rum qualities.

Has nice carbonation but the body falls off a little thin too quickly. Otherwise solid texture.

I really enjoyed this Belgian style from Summit. Nothing extrordinatry but really solid.

Photo of yamar68
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to Twins pint glass at fridge temp:

Pours a nice ruby/pear with a half finger of slightly off white head, great lacing and steady beading.

The nose, to me, leans more towards quad than dubbel - raisins, caramelized dark fruit, musky yeast, no alcohol presence to speak of.

A bit more reserved on the tongue... dense caramel malts, obvious candy sugar, a bit of fresh leather - a nice beer.

Highly drinkable.

Great stuff.

Photo of qcbeerguy
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a white head that disapated moderately. Lasted longer than I thought it would on a 8%home beer.

Smell: At first very subtle, as it warms notes of spicy phenols and dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet cherries first note. Zfter warming becomes more complex noticeable earthiness and some phenols come through.

Mouthfeel: Not the biggest bodied abbey ale I have had. Does have a nice Beligan palate. Moderate carbonation to cut the sweetness of the beer.

Overall: An enjoyable Abbey style ale. Not in the class of the great Belgian abbeys but easy to drink and worth the effort to find

Photo of JamesMN
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Really nice honey brown with off-white head. Ruby red hues when held up to the light.

Aroma: Sweet. Some spices. Pear and banana.

Taste: Very close to other Trappist/Abbey ales. Lots of malt balanced with spices and fruity notes. A little bready. Sweetens as it warms leaving you with a caramel essence from the fruit.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good level of carbonation. Very smooth especially as it warms up.

Final Thoughts: Yet another interesting beer from the Unchained Series. I'm not a huge fan of this style but Summit's version is great. If you like Abbey Ales and live in MN, this is one to check out!

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottles keep getting in the way of the all-important CANs, but I really want to divest myself of these gerfrugging glass-contained beers while I have the chance. Merry Christmas!

Right from the outset, I could tell that "Nate Siats[,]Brewer (oversigned "Nathaniel Siats") had hit the mark. I got a brief finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly fell, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly-hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a boozy sweetness to it, with the alcohol heat tickling my nasal passages. I let it warm up a bit, but it still came across as sharply as before. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial wash of heat on the tongue, followed by a toffee-like caramel sweetness. Finish was semi-dry with the yeast having converted a fair share of the fermentable sugars, but leaving just enough behind not to completely dry it out. Phew! I may need to dry out at some point. This was nice, but still not to my hophead taste.

Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish sienna, almost orange hue. Some white froth that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A deep raisin and prune aromas. Bits of yeasty biscuit with really subtle banana esters.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Some deep prune, almost fig-like fruits. Mildly yeasty like the smell with tiny bits of banana.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance to it. Surprisingly kind of bitter somehow. The yeast really starts to dry this out and probably creates that bitter component as it warms.

(O)- Overall, its not too bad. A fairly basic run of the mill beer for the style, but it is by no means bad either. The larger bitterness kind of bothers me that is kind of off-putting unfortunately.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Unchain my heart (and my mason jar)! This stuff pours a mostly clear amber-russet topped by a finger of lightly glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises banana, toasted biscuit, light clove, light toffee, and a slight kiss of fig. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger sense of spice (now including mace as well), more fig, an addition of mild dark fruits, and a kiss of ruby red grapefruit peel. There isn't as much caramel in there as normally found in dubbels, but it all works out in the end. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, this may not be the best dubbel out there, but for the price, especially, it's pretty good. It's tasty and drinkable, something that can't be said for many Belgian counterparts.

Photo of Greggy
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a ruby brown body with light creamy tan head 1 finger in height. The head shows good retention. Some sparse lacing is present.

S- What a nice nose on this, displaying cocoa, caramel, some nice nutmeg, some clove, a bit of raisin. Very round and balanced.

T- Starts off with some herbal hops with some nice sugars to tie it in. A nice breadiness is apparent which rolls quite nicely into the finish which retains some nice maltiness.

M- Medium carbonation is pleasant. The big body is pleasing on the palette.

O- Overall, a very nice beer. Not exactly perfect in late July but I like forward to really getting my money's worth in Early September with this beer.

Photo of ChimRichels
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - nice deep chestnut colored murky body with a good finger of pillowy off-white head that fizzles away slowly.

S - Some raisins and dark fruits come through right away, pretty tame overall. Almost smells a little corn like, which is a bit scary. The Saaz hops come through with there distinctive spicy aroma.

T - Carmel, roasted nuts, and toasted english muffin all come to mind right away. Spicy and tangy hops are mild but noticeable. Very interesting balance between malt and hops here.

M - Pretty heavy on the carbonation, I think it would taste a lot better with a smoother body.

O - Pretty solid and tasty beer from Summit, but definitely not the best Dubbel I've ever had. I will definitely enjoy this 6er, however.

Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery with light tan head, some lace clings to the side of the glass as the beer is drained. Smell is mostly a faint sweet malt character. Nothing unpleasant, but not exciting, either. Taste has distinct selective Belgian character- it's candied, bubble gum, faint banana but not peppery and no cloves that I can detect. Pleasant softly carbonated body, medium density, smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Clean finish. Thirst quenching and even refreshing. Very interesting take on the Belgian style. Pretty good as well. Keep 'em coming.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky ruby color. The head is one inch of off white foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of star anise, prunes, rock candy, dates, and faint hints of bubblegum. There is a lot going on in this aroma. The taste is much less complex than the aroma. There is still some nice anise and date flavors, but a lot of the nuances that are present in the aroma aren't there in the taste. There is also a slight alcohol burn in the finish that I could do without. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I will drink while it is around, but I won't be crying over the loss of it when the next unchained beer comes out.

Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the batch series. It's good to have options.
The spiciness of the yeast is most apparent. There is a firm malt character, but it's largely background.
Good looking beer. Nice golden red amber with tan head that does settle down with a little time. Not a ton of lacing, but not deficient either.
Flavor matches aroma in terms of balance of spiciness and malt character. Some banana, vanilla too. Some complexity to the malt flavors. Hints of alcohol. Dries out adequately.
Moderate feel with carbonation to style.
A good drinking belgian. I wonder if aging will tone down the yeast and help bring out what I'm sure are reasonably complex malt flavors. I think I'll pack away a few to find out.

Photo of zeledonia
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have a hard time passing up the beers in this series, though I find them to be hit-and-miss. Tasted 8 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep coppery amber, clear but dark enough that it's tough to see through. One finger of yellowish head, fades quickly, and leaves little lacing.

Smell is spot-on for a dubbel - sweet, sugary, and fruity, with a background of lightly spicy yeast. Candi sugar, peaches... yum. The yeasty esters bubble up from behind, filling the nose. One of the better-smelling American dubbels I've encountered.

Taste is quite good, though it peaks a little lower and fades a little earlier than I'd like it to. More spicy than sweet (but the sweetness is there), and with the bitterness rising up more in the latter half than I want it to. So close, but not quite.

Mouthfeel is what it should be, and more. Medium-bodied but heavy, with medium-low carbonation and a sugary stickiness, especially in the finish.

A darn good beer, and one of the better American dubbels I've encountered. If the great Belgian ones weren't so widely available, I'd find it a lot more enticing.

Photo of jimmah120
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Summit Oatmeal Stout glass

Look is a dark amber with a sticky off-white head. Smell is candied malts, yeast, caramel, grain, bubblegum. Taste is warm caramel rolls, yeast, grain, raisins, clove, with a touch of bitter hops and a hint of bubblegum. Medium feel with alcohol heat throughout.

Definitely a solid beer, but I won't miss it once it's gone.

Photo of bnes09
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber, orange, ruby color that continually changes with the lighting. Foamy off white head holds itself well and even adds a few lace patches.

Aroma is a complex balance of sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, yeast, spices, hops and alcohol. Love the complexity. Each component is competing for my attention.

Flavor follows the nose beginning with a caramel malt backbone and fig sweetness. Spicy herbal, leafy hops complimented by mild nutmeg and ground pepper. Clove-like yeast, fairly fresh. Mild alcohol burn adds a dry chardonnay like quality. Exceptional balance.

Medium bodied. Yeasty texture. Good carbonation. Slightly dry, tart finish.

Exceptional dubbel. Just as good as examples that come from Belgium and considerably more fresh.

Photo of klaybie
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Summit brewed Belgian style Dubbel really surprised me.

A: Standard red/amber appearance. Minimal head (purposefully on the part of the bartender so no points deducted there). No lacing.

N: Caramel, slight alcohol, yeast. Fitting for a Dubbel.

T: Caramel, yeast, biscuity malts. I am searching for a flaw and cannot find one. I am wholly surprised.

M: Moderate to light carbonation, medium bodied, wonderful.

O: The best beer I have had from Summit. I would say it blew me away, honestly.

Photo of budgood1
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a slightly clouded deep amber colour accompanied by a thin off white head redcucing to some sparse lace. faint caramel candy aroma paired by some subtle peppery spice aroma. the taste profile has the belgian peppery spiciness first off, then dissolves into a bit of phenolic maltiness. there are hints of rum cake and yeast but it's incredibly hard to pin point any concrete discernible flavours that stand out. in fact it has an empty spot on the tongue, like a hole in the flavour profile that just slides right on to the boozy belly warming burn. sort of strange. anyway...it's medium to light bodied for the style with a semi slick and smooth mouthfeel that is in need of more carbonation to liven up the overall experience. drinkability is ok....but so far i'm not really digging it.

overall i'm a bit let down....belgian style abbey ales should shake things up on the tongue...this offering from summit only lightly tap dances in my mouth and then quickly gets tired. a nice try...but falls short for me. try it for yourself!

Photo of Mdog
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber, fast fading head.

Smell: Earthy, dark cherry, toffee.

Taste: Mild dark fruit with a bit of a tangy edge, earthy finish.

Not one of my favorite styles but I'll try about anything from Summit. Hits the usual dubbel flavors, with dark fruit and an earthy finish. If you like the style you will probably enjoy this.

Photo of jjanega08
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10 of the Unchained Series
Enjoy By 12/03/12

A= Pours a nice deep hazy amber color with a thick finger of off white tan colored head. Holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= A nice Belgian sort of candied sugar sort of malty sweet thing going on here. The yeast is a little bubblegummy but very tame and toned back. Not being a huge fan of Belgian yeast it smells nice.

T= The taste is again a nice bit of Belgian sugar or malt right up front with a quick swing of bubblegummy Belgian sugar before that is taken over by a bit of hop bitterness that I enjoy quite a bit. The finish is a nice biscuity flavor.

M= Well carbonated. A little light for a Belgian I think to style but I like it.

O= This is another quality brew from Summit. A Belgian for a guy who doesn't really care for over the top Belgians. The yeast is somewhat tame and it isn't overly sweet with the weird sweetness I get from Belgians. Worth checking out.

Photo of gregy55902
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter. Reviewed live.

A - Pours a very darkish orange color into my XL snifter. 1 inch of tan head quickly recedes leaving a ring of bubbles and lacing around the glass.

S - Bready Belgian yeast, fruity hops, faint burned sugar notes. A slight bit of clove is noticed as well. Also a bit of 'earthiness' as well.

T - Follows the nose. The tastes really work well together though. The taste is predominantly bready yeast combined with the slightest bit of floral hops. A pleasant yet slightly spicy aftertaste keeps you coming back for more.

M - Fair carbonation, and at 8% abv the alcohol is very well-hidden. Very smooth and enjoyable on the palate.

O - I am not well-versed in the Dubbel style, but this brew seems to have accomplished what they were going for. The elements that are there are executed very well, and sometimes that's all you need. Another good beer experiment from Summit's Unchained Series. Recommended if you like Belgian beers.

Photo of jera1350
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a goblet a deep brownish hued gold with a creamy looking cap of foam that consists of an infinite amount of tiny bubbles. Great lace and retention.

Cocoa, clove and very ripe banana. Some brown sugar with caramelized sugar also.

Chocolatey, clove, chocolate covered banana, belgian yeast, bread crust. Warm alcohol, some light earthiness and spice.

Very smooth and extremely soft carbonation that is a bit on the lower side. Dry finish on the tongue.

I am very impressed with this beer. Another winner from the Unchained Series. Wonderfully made all around. Will enjoy more of this one.

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Summit Belgian Style Abbey Ale from Summit Brewing Company
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