Abbey | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 04-14-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by sponberg:
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4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Garnet red with a white head that starts out with big bubbles, turns creamy, then truns to lace. Neat party trick. Killer complex aroma - fruity (cherries, plums) with a peppery/alcoholic/hoppy spiciness (faint whiffs of tequila?) and some really hard to describe Belgian yeast esteriness.

Wow. Soooo many flavors going on here, and yet none scream out - impressive. Starts with an estery hit on the tongue along with some faint aromatic spiciness, then the fruit come in - cherries, plums, figs - along with a balancing bitterness. Definitely some background sweetness but not at all over the top. As the sip fades some really cool flavors come in along with mild alcohol fumage - dry cocoa, a slight citrusy note way in the back, and the same sort of clean yet minerally flavor that I sometimes find in certain porters and cannot describe in words. It's there, and it's good. The finish has you reaching for the glass to figure it out some more. Medium body with a slightly tingly mouthfeel.

Damn. Maybe those Minnesota folk are right about the beers here! ;) Many thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the growler!!

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Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, classified as a Dubbel in the written sheet description.

Dark reddish mahogany color, clear appearance. Head is spritzy and big to start, hits 1/2 an inch in height. Sliding sheets of laces. Slightly wild cherry in aroma, some black pepper also. Body is lightish overall, seems a tad thin. Flavors hint at bare fruity apricot with a dry cocoa dusting. Slightly more than usual hop snap at the finish, and this becomes more noticeable later in the glass. A pretty pleasant beer, doesn't bring a lot to the table for a type of brew that normally has more "smeared" and bigger malty tones, this seems slightly skeletal -- reminds me of Grimbergen Dubbel in some aspects.

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer that shut down the bar and inspired a late-night hike to Pizza Luce Seward

2010 version, brewed to 7.2 percent abv

a: clear, deep brown in color with some rich purplish hues pulling through, light head

s: full malt profile with lots of dark fruits - plum and raisin, big toffee and darkened sugars, some light hints of chocolate, belgian yeast adding a nice spice profile

m: medium-full, smooth body, carbonation moderate

t: lots of rich fruity malts, plum, raisin and fig, deliciously thick with flavor, smooth chocolate way in the back, nice belgian yeast profile, light grassy hops in the finish, yum

d: went down easy, especially for a full pint of a pretty heavy style

enjoyed on the brewpub patio

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Photo of gatornation
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a mostly clear garnet color with with a fresh wispy small head that stays with a tan collar..smell is a little thin with yeast and fruit and malts with some spices ..taste is better im getting apples and pears mixed with some darker fruits like plums.fig then some chocolate and toffee with some nice yeast..mouth feel is medium smooth and full of changing flavors as it warms,,a pleasure to taste savor and drink

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of dfried
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite clear, redish toffee color, small off white head that formed mainly a ring that left some lacing. Sweet, almost grainy aroma, caramel, maybe some burnt sugar, with some fruity esters. The flavor was really good and fruity, grapes, raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, but it was consistantly pretty sweet as well, kind of rich caramel/molasses like. I think what I had was aged a bit, it had a really smooth mouthfeel, and the flavor profile had some good layers.

I keep up pretty well with what Town Hall has out, but I didn't know this one was on until I got there. That is one of the things I love about TH, you can always be pleasantly suprised by a gem like this beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub: Clear rustic red with a densely fluffed cap of light tan foam sitting about half inch thick. Lacing drizzles all sorts of spots across the glass.

Aroma is a bit light but clean of dullish fruity malt inticing some fine pear, cherry, and apple bubble gum candy.

Taste is soothingly sweet with a firm steady flow of dullish candied fruit inspired malts. Caramel infused pears, apples, and a light cherry kool-aid stay present within a very simple creamy medium body. Its overall carbonation is seemingly low so it stays pretty firm with a bit of sticky/chewyness to it. Tidbits of raisin sweetness and molasses tang emerge later as it warms adding some nice little nuances.
When I read the description on the beer menu I wasn't sure what it would taste like or if I'd even like it. But once I sipped and smiled there was no other place to go but raise an eyebrow and say to myself, " Hmm, this is pretty good." Which it was.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours 1/2 finger of off white head that fades down after a bit. Color is a copper brown.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Caramel and chocolate. Brown sugar, raisins, figs.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma but I also get some dried apple flavors with a touch of molasses.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Kind of crisp. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, a decent dubbel. Fairly drinkable. Very sweet. Lots of flavors here.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as a dim amber pint glass with a scant head cap collar.

Light cherry malt aroma.

First swigs: Husky grain and pancake. Somewhat bready with a loose banana and maple syrup spice. Chalky with a dry finish. A somewhat detectable ABV in the flavor and warming on the way down.

Feel is medium with some vanilla ice cream and butterscotch.

Last swigs: Some wood suggestion and thick maple syrup.

Beer is good. Happy dubbel brewpub beering.

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

1/2 gallon growler.

Perfectly clear burgandy tone. Nice looking light beige head with a short lived lifespan. The remaining collar, however, leaves an adequate amount of patchwork lace. Nice yeast tones on the nose with slight doughiness and fruitiness present. Pears and apples come to mind. Nice esters. And some rummy alcohol on the nose as well way in the background. The body of this beer is close to medium. And the carbonation is held in check, but there. On the palate, I get some raisin, rum, light molasses, apple and pear. Pretty good blend. This a good Belgian style ale.

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Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eighteen months after this brew's initial release, I sample anew.

Tawny cherry toned, nice, creamy head, lays low, but remains.

Vastly odiforous. Spreads out dark fruit, raisin, fig, ripe cherries, ...lovely. Tickles the nose, delights the senses.

Smooth, rich, bountiful flavor. Dark fruits biggest among the flavors, with a hint of oak, light chocolate. Very mellow. Medium-bodied, light finish, delicious malty taste hovers over the palate.

Slightly stronger this time, 7.7%, I believe, and tasting a little more like a dubbel this time than last. Not as close to the best of them as I'd prefer, especially if I cared about sticking to style, but still an outstanding beer.

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Abbey from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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