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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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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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3.85/5  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.

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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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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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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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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.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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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.

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