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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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sweemzander

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 20:28:47 | More by sweemzander
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -22.9%

12-13-2013 03:35:25 | More by XmnwildX12
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 23:27:48 | More by budgood1
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -10%

11-30-2012 04:42:15 | More by Cramerican
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -10%

11-23-2012 00:04:44 | More by Hellpop65
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Fargrow

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-11-2013 02:34:25 | More by Fargrow
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Bubukar

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10%

10-08-2012 17:51:41 | More by Bubukar
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Ejayz

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10%

10-13-2012 03:16:22 | More by Ejayz
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Herky21

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-29-2013 16:38:47 | More by Herky21
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inbierveritas

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10%

09-15-2012 03:41:54 | More by inbierveritas
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10%

09-22-2012 14:19:11 | More by kjyost
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deebo

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 02:15:03 | More by deebo
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 15:45:24 | More by Mdog
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:38:10 | More by Jason
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 23:06:51 | More by woodychandler
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unchained #10. Pours amber/light brown with a thin, beige head, minimal lacing is left one the glass. Aromas are sweet & malty with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, raisin, rum, faintly fruity phenols. Tastes are sweet and fairly rich with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, ripened fruit, plum, raisin, vanilla, buttery, white peppery hop for balance. Thin-to-medium bodied, could use a bit more carbonation. Overall, not a bad example of the style. Nice complexity, but a bit different than most Belgian brewed dubbels.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 22:59:26 | More by barnzy78
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Hawkharvs

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-07-2013 17:03:36 | More by Hawkharvs
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-31-2012 12:56:38 | More by MN_Beerticker
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elec

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-27-2012 22:48:22 | More by elec
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herman77

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-29-2012 20:19:13 | More by herman77
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-30-2012 19:32:51 | More by jklecko2
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-26-2013 07:52:14 | More by sacrelicio
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smogfood

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-25-2013 22:39:23 | More by smogfood
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-18-2012 00:02:50 | More by eawolff99
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-01-2013 04:30:26 | More by Ristaccia
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Summit Belgian Style Abbey Ale from Summit Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.