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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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.

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.

Photo of BierVogel
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bnes09
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Photo of Ejayz
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time for #10 in the Unchained Series from Summit, this time tackling my favorite style (if I had to choose), Belgian Abbey Dubbel, which apparently brewer Nate Siats is not intimately familiar with. Well, I've got a preview bottle, and it's cracked and poured and I'm ready to go!

Clear and dark crimson, not quite the dusky brown I'd be looking for, under a long-lasting, cream-toned head, leaving some lace.

Aroma: soft, and gently sweet, with a good huff of the Belgian yeast funk. Yeah, this is promising. Some dark fruit, raisin, plum, but just a touch, with a little banana, ..pear?...slightly nutty. I like it, but it's not what I expected. On to drink.

Taste: Very clean. Malty. Nutty. Low hops, minor bitterness, if any. Some sweetness, here comes the fruit and here comes the funk. And now, the candi sugar, as the 8% ABV roars in, overcoming the less-than-full body. I like dubbels to be heartier than this one, but I do like the flavor. I like this well enough to want more than one in a row, and I definitely want a keg to tap, soon. I like the complexity, the richness, the smooth malt and the bewitching yeast. This will not unseat any of my all-time favorite dubbels, not by a long shot, but it's going to take up some fridge space this summer, that I can guarantee you. Not bad, as well as pretty good. Good stab at the style, although I want to see improvements, Summit. I want to wonder where my socks went.

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.

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

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jimmah120
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Summit Belgian Style Abbey Ale from Summit Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.