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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

73 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bsp77 on 07-25-2012)
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Reviews by motorhed:
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

motorhed, Aug 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Jason, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of ryancl
4/5  rDev +2.8%

ryancl, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

bsp77, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of deebo
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

deebo, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

MattyG85, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of optimator705
4/5  rDev +2.8%

optimator705, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Cooper
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Cooper, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of djschnabel
4/5  rDev +2.8%

djschnabel, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

morimech, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Bighorn
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Bighorn, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

yamar68, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Hawkharvs
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Hawkharvs, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

CWhite, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of MNAle
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

MNAle, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of qcbeerguy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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

qcbeerguy, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Cramerican, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of minneapolitanjim
4/5  rDev +2.8%

minneapolitanjim, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of JamesMN
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

JamesMN, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

woodychandler, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

sweemzander, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Greggy
4.08/5  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.

Greggy, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of ChimRichels
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

ChimRichels, Aug 15, 2012
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Summit Belgian Style Abbey Ale from Summit Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.