Abigale | Sixpoint Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed in 2005, this Abbey-inspired brew uses an authentic Abbey yeast, belgian candi sugar made from beets, and American hops for a unique Sixpoint formulation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-0gIUc-nX8

Added by Sixpoint on 06-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
320
pDev:
8.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
84
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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AD17
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shanty76
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

9/16...from the can.Pours orange copper, darker on top, 1/4 inch white foam that settles out. Slight sugar nose. Heavy malt flavor, dark fruit, candi sugars. Complex flavor. Slightly sweet, but balanced by a slightly hop.

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Photo of cvengeance
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mecmd
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brianakagemini
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a home run...with loads of American hops and malts to balance. Traditional Belgian yeast, give a great mouth feel. Abbey style with a sixpiont twist! something new and bold! and in your face! I love this beer!

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sweet marmalade, candied orange, a touch a floral, a touch of honey, slight bitterness of the back end. Overall...a very sweet beer. I'm a big fan of Sixpoint however this beer doesn't quite do it for me. Didn't hate it by any means, just wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of timedwards3113
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- 4 oz. pour off tap at The Crafty Monk (Fairfield, CT) into flight glass on 11-Aug-15

Overall a very decent example of the style, but I happen to try NEBCO's Neighbor of the Beast earlier that day that takes the win over this one. Wouldn't mind tasting this one again.

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Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My daughter's namesake...

A - Two fingers worth of crisp yet lush and fluffy light khaki colored frothy goodness... Excellent retention... Once receded there is a full but uneven lacing and moderate to thick collar... The color is a mix of deep amber and light caramel... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... Rather exquisite appearance all the way around...

S - The Belgian yeast is slightly out in front of the rest of the aroma, but it doesn't over power... There is a subtle spicy component... There is also a light hop presence... Light tropical fruit... Pear and apple... Also some sweet honey notes... Then a big malt base surfaces... Mainly a mix of caramel and cake batter...

T - All the components from the aroma are pleasant... Belgian yeast... Tropical fruit hoppiness... Honey... Light spice notes... Cake batter... Rock solid malt base... Loads of layers and loads of complexity... All the flavors ebb and flow with each sip yield subtle new nuances...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Full of lively, but not overpowering carbonation... Lush... Light and refreshing.... Smooth... Very pleasant...

D - A very interesting and very satisfying take on the Belgian Pale Ale... Well above average in all facets... I don't have any constructive criticism to provide and this one is stellar exactly as is... This one ends up being a bit more than the sum of its stellar parts... I would have this in my regular rotation if available around me (unfortunately it is not)... Highly recommended...

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Photo of tobelerone
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

The people at The Fridge get so excited when they get in a new CANned beer or two for me to add to The CANQuest (tm)! I was happy to take this Slimline (tm) CAN off of their hands and distribute them accordingly.

From the CAN: " ... The story of ABIGALE begins in an 800-sq.-foot garage in BKLYN when we first brewed Abbey back in our own 'Dark Ages': 2005. Wake up, brew beerm sell beer, deliver beer, drink beer, sleep beer, rinse, repeat. Carry the monastic torch through the darkness and the star keeps on shining. It's Mad Science."; "Please keep refrigerated. This ale was dry-hopped with fresh hops."

I am in love with these new Slimline CANs! It feels like I am opening an energy drink with each Crack! This one was nice and loud and although an inverted Glug might have been fun, dry-hopping suggested lees. I still got a finger of foamy, fizzy, tawny head with moderate retention from my pour. Nose was really sweet, sugary sweet. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality, although the CAN puts it at 14 SRM. Scoff now! Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin. The taste could not seem to decide whether to be sweet or bitter. There seemed to be a wrestling match taking place on my tongue. There was no clear-cut winner as the fusel alcohol decided to take a flamethrower to my poor, bruised tongue. Wah! This was, indeed, a big ale. Finish was dry, but hot. It seems to me that this is a beer to be aged, despite the CAN scoffers. If I CAN score another, I may give this idea a whirl.

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Photo of krl2112
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours vibrant amber with a large head.
Nose shows spicy Belgian phenols, pear and apples, some soft floral hop notes and sweet clean malt.
Flavours are clean too but with some booze and Belgian yeast notes showing.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one wasn't has highly rated as other Six Point offerings, so I went into this one with not as high expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. It is an overall well balanced beer that hides that alcohol content well.

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Photo of Fellysmarts
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbl_delta
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Naw. They didn't really do that, did they? Abigale = A/Big/Ale? Yeah, knowing Sixpoint, they probably did....

From a can dated 26 Sept 2015 (about 2 months from now) into a pint glass. Pours a medium amber, with a very thin head that dissipated so quickly I hardly saw it. Medium carbonation.

First impression is hops - citrus, pine resin, floral. But a malty sweetness is there too, and becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. A little alcohol burn reminds you that this is an 8 percenter; be respectful. Medium mouthfeel - not sticky, but not real crisp, either. Dry finish. Pine resin lingers.

Kind of a hopped-up Belgian Blonde Ale. I'm a big fan of Sixpoint, but not of Belgian beers. Abigale is probably my least favorite of Sixpoints offerings thus far, but if somebody was buying rounds I wouldn't refuse.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evianIPA
4.91/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

355ml can BB 25.9.15

If you're expecting this to conform to normal BSGA rules you're in the wrong place. Abigale is all about the interplay between yeast and hops, and what a beautiful interplay it is!

A - A foam monster this is not. A light tan head recedes to a thin cap, but underneath is a brilliantly clear sea of deep gold just waiting for you to dip right in.

S - Where do the hops end and the yeast begin? At first it's all hops, but on the next breath I get a face full of phenols. Tropical fruits, or is that bubblegum, maybe some cinnamon spice. My nostrils are delighted.

T - Ooh yeah. That candi sugar and yeast is kicking in here, and maybe a hint of caramel malt to round it out.

M - Bang on. Just a hint of chew, a whiff of booze, and a light bitterness to keep it in check.

O - I don't know why this beer hasn't rated higher than the 89 it currently is. If it came at a session ABV I'd gladly sit down with a six pack and while away the day.

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Abigale from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 320 ratings