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Max Abbey | Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-08-2002

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by tigerpaws:
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4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew had a cloudy copper color to it with a nice thick head. The aroma was very sweet smelling almost like a desert. The taste reminded me of Belgium and was VERY sweet. The bartender told me that she watched the brewer put a 5 gallon bucket of rock candy in as he was brewing it. This is a beer that I wouldn't drink with a meal as it's very sweet, but would gladly drink copious amounts of it alone. Oh and it kicks butt....several of thse and you will feel it...CHEERS

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful amber color served unfiltered without any head. The "nuttiness" (both taste and smell) really comes through due to the amount of malt used, yet it ends on a wonderfully sweet note. A spicy (the description of the beer notes that yeasts were "borrowed" from one of the Trappist Abbeys...), full-bodied beer that really went down smoothly. Not bitter at all.

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Photo of theopholis
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a dark, clear amber with a good head. No head retention or lacing to speak of.

Smell- Nice malt sweetness with hints of dark fruit (plum, raisin, those things that old people eat). The aroma gets much stronger and more complex as the beer warms.

Taste- Nice malt sweetness up front. Subtle, but complex mix of all dark fruits mentioned in aroma, plus molasses.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for the style. The CO2 level worked tho.

Drinkability: I liked it

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Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of AmandaRae
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I think "Abby" I think Belgian and maybe in this case I am wrong. Perhaps this is an "English Style" Abby Ale? It's served in a pint glass (another hint that it's English style? The beer is a ruddy brown color with a light tannish head that faded to a fairy ring. It has a light malty nose with a bit of spice. The taste is similar to a very smooth English nut brown ale with an after note of some nutty flavor and am I tasting a berry flavor in there as well? It is a very interesting beer and I would have another. I would not classify this as a Belgian Abby Ale, if this is a Belgian-style, it's too watery and flavorless. If they were going for a more English style beer, yea it's like a spicy nut brown ale. Interesting.

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Photo of aracauna
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rerate 11/2/03: Much better this time. Apparently when I got what was basically the last glass in the keg last time, it had in fact gone bad and wasn't just a bad beer. The color is the same, a heavily cloudy dull medium-dark brown. The head is a nice, wet capuccino foam that fades completely, but slowly. The aroma is nice. A little tiny bit of spice (just enough to let you know they really did use trappist yeast) a bit of melon, a fairly complex set of ester aromas and a good bit of malt. You notice the candi sugar, but it's not overpowering like it is in some beers of the style. The flavor is nicely malty and the alcohol is nicely covered. You notice the strength when you're done, but you don't notice it when you're tasting it. My only qualm is that it's too mellow. Perhaps it could have been fermented at a little higher temp to increase the yeasty flavors. Still, brewing such a large beer and getting it so balanced and covering the alcohol so well says a lot for the quality of this beer. The mouthfeel was rich and silky. Too bad they serve it in an American pint glass and way too cold. This beer deserves better.

1/20/03: The body is cloudy tanned leather. The aroma is sweet malt and light yeast spiciness. The flavor is tea and a slight belgian yeast spiciness. Seemed really flat which probably affected the flavor, but I'm not sure if this is a problem with the brewing or if the beer had just gone flat from being tapped too long. I'll rate it again because the brewpub is pretty good.

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Photo of warmstorage
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Belgian style Dubbel, 14.5 plato, 40 IBU, is quite pleasant for its context (i.e., the South.)

Appearance is hazy brown, served (too) cold, limited nose.

Initial taste is slightly sweet, ale-on-lees style brown abbey ale, and pleasant, without being amazing. My tasting notes indicate "fine style, a little boring: Ommegang Lite..."

Mouthfeel is appropriately thick for the style, with a deinfite feel of candying sugar. It finishes slightly thick and sweet, almost tangy, but not strong.

Summary: This isn't a bad beer, and it isn't a great intepretation of a style that I normally like. I'd order it again, if nothing else more inteersting was on, but I certainly wouldn't stop in just for it.

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Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, amber-golden body with a thin, short-lived, white head. Already, the widespread carbonation problem, which has plagued the other pints I've tried, seems to be present here, too. What gives?!

Smell: Spicy and sweet on the nose with a notable bready character and fruity notes of golden raisins and semi-ripened apricots.

Taste: Bready, lightly toasty maltiness lightly brushed with sweet caramel. Moderate amount of sweetness throughout. Background hint of finely-ground spices. Light fruitiness splashed with honey liqueur. Max Abbey has a warming finish that's a tad on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lightly carbonated. Touch of stickiness to the mouthfeel, no doubt facilitated by the sheer lack of effervescence.

Drinkability: A decent abbey ale, but, like Max Lager's other beers, seems to be hampered by a surprising lack of carbonation. Which, don't get me wrong, I'm not a proponent of highly carbonated beers with all their ghastly tongue-prickling fizziness, but that doesn't mean flat is the way to go.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a beautiful dark honey-golden, cloudy and opaque, with a decent white head. Aroma is strong, malty, with fruity undertones. Flavor is rich, mainly malty with a touch of apple, and just a whisper of hoppy bitterness. Velvety smooth and mouth-filling, this is a beer to sip and appreciate.

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Max Abbey from Max Lager's Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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