Abbey Roade
Appalachian Brewing Company

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3.61 | pDev: 11.08%
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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DmanGTR from New York

2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes on 6/4/10.

Poured mahogany/cherry brown, somewhat murky, failed attempt at a rich head. Raisins, hint of caramel, and mild earth from the hops. Pretty one dimensional. Taste was nearly identical with the aroma, nondescript. Somewhat undercarbonated. I'm not too happy with this beer. Poured it and went on to the next. Maybe I'm too picky with my Belgian beers? It's hard to fit the shoes of quintessential examples like Westmalle, Rochefort, and Chimay...

Jun 15, 2010
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in an oversized mug a bit too cold at the brewpub. Pours an amber brown color with barely a lace of minorly tanned head. Retension is poor. Aroma has a bit of clove and spice. Taste is the usual suspects when it comes to the dubbel style. Slight bit of yeast, some phenols, spice, clove, minorly leaning towards banana and a nice slap of alcohol warmth. It has a thin body and nearly flat in carbination. This is sadly starting to become a growing epidemic with the beer served at the cameron street location... Slight hop character with a bit of bitterness left lingering in the mouth with the other spices. Overall not bad but nothing to go out of your way for either.

Feb 18, 2010
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ToasterChef from Maine

3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Pours an opaque brown with a thin white head of small bubbles. It has a grassy yeast aroma. There is a mild sweetness to the flavor as well as some spices. It is not unlike some Belgian beers, but not as high quality as something from Delerium, for example. There is a medium-to-full body and moderate carbonation. I find this to be a good session beer--if it were sold in 750ml bottles (is it?) I would enjoy sitting down with one.

Aug 20, 2009
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plaid75 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured an estery yeast, earthy malts and a light candy sugar.

The taste consisted of upfront esters, caramel and a subtke candy sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the ligher side of the style.

Overall a tasty and user friendly dubbel.

Aug 06, 2009
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JamesS from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark copper-brown with some nice head and good lacing. Nice scent, very malty with a slight sweet scent from the candy sugars. Great taste, rich and thick with a nice dark malty flavor, excellent sweet tones, and a nicely balanced finish. Goes down very smooth. A very good Belgian.

Jun 08, 2009
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jayw73 from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A reddish hue. A bit cloudy.

S - Sweet. Very appealing. Malty and sweet.

T - Candied Sugar. A taste of roasted candy sugar followed by a spicy finish. Good.

M - A definite sweet taste on the tongue and as is lingers a bit of hops and spicy in the finish.

D - This is a good beer. I have had many better belgians but all in all a good choice and well done by ABC.

Apr 11, 2009
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at ABC Camp hill on 3/6/09.

A - Poured a hazy reddish-orange color with moderate carbonation and a slim off-white head that settled into a patchy film and deposited a thick latticework of lacing around the glass.

S - Initial aroma reminds me of a wheat beer with a heavy clove presence and some Belgian yeast. However, as I dig deeper, I stumble upon some dark fruit and a mild peppery spiciness with a touch of earthy funk in the back.

T - Clove and pepper spiciness kick things off with a bit of dark fruit tartness to complement. Some mild funk emerges in the backend. Finishes with some spicy yeast and a bit of earthy bitterness.

M - Pretty full-bodied with a thick, syrupy texture and lively carbonation, resulting in a bristly mouthfeel overall. Bitter and slightly sour in the finish with just a dash of funk.

D - Oh Darling! I was actually pleasantly surprised by the flavor and complexity of this Belgian-style ale, because there was definitely something that just made it all come together in the end. Her Majesty would be proud of ABC for brewing this beer!

Mar 06, 2009
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A murky raisin type of color. A nice head but it quickly dissipates. Somewhat opaque but it reminds me of dirty brown water.

S- floral hops and spice. some caramel malt as well.

T- candied sugar and plums and ginger. After getting halfway through the beer the ginger starts to dominate more than the plum flavor. Floral and peppery finish.

M- sweet and chewy. A filling beer. good carbonation as well.

D- too sweet to be able to consider a session beer. If i had 3 i would feel a huge sugar rush. Not bad though.

Feb 08, 2009
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BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the Harrisburg Location.

A: Cloudy, dark copper color, very little head

S: Dominant spicy smell, with a slight caramally smell

T: A bit thin, but flavorful, the spices also dominate the taste

M: Thin and smooth, adequately carbonated

D: Easy drinker; doesn't really stand out among dubbels or ABC's brews.

Feb 20, 2008
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served as part of a sample tray in 3oz glasses.

A--cloudy brown, rapidly dying head

S--sweet, spicy, and clove

T--caramel, clove and bubblegum


D--not bad but just not something that stands out. Okay representative of the style. Of all of their beers I would have to say this is one of their better brews offered.

Feb 20, 2008
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A tumbler served at the Harrisburg location.

A: The ale is a burgundy-brown color, slightly hazy, and has little head beyond a small whitish ring.

S: The aroma is malty sweet with just a hint of candi sugars.

T: The dubble accentuates a caramel malt profile, showing off a grainy profile that has a mere hint of candi sugars. Those candi sugars do pop up near the end of the sip, adding a hint of candy sweetness to the otherwise dull ale.

M: The mouthfeel starts off lukewarm and never really takes off the ground. The drink is sweet and malty but never wows.

D: The ale is such that you could easily drink a few at a sitting but don't expect a complicated dubble profile.

Mar 07, 2007
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Gavage from Nevada

3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear amber in color with a short 1/4" head that dissapated immediately. After the head fell, there wasn't even any surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: aroma was of caramels and a hint of spiciness.

Taste: caramel, ripe fruits, yeast, a bit of spiciness, and a touch of a toasted quality. Very mild bitterness. This falls in the nice try category, nothing spectacular and could use some work in tying the flavors together better.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied. Short sweet and spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability: One glass was enough for me, and I could not see getting another. There are better ABC beers to try ahead of this one.

Apr 22, 2006
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This arrived with a thin, white head and a light, spicy nose borne of yeastiness. The color was a clear, deep amber. The mouthfeel was warm, but not hot, per se. I noted an interesting mix of sweet and sour on the tongue. The finish was dry and somewhat grassy, if you can believe that. I was unimpressed by this iteration.

Dec 27, 2005
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a red-brownish amber with a 2 finger fluffy tan head. Lots of lacing that lasts throughout the duration of this. Smell is of faint cocoa and some light caramel malts. Perhaps there are some light fruit esters. Taste is okay. Not as rich, or toasted as anticipated. A bit outside the realm of a Belgian style if you ask me. Mouthfeel is ok. Slight, smooth bitterness with barely the amount of sweetness as anticipated but a nice maltiness is there. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation which smacks the middle of the tongue and finishes bitter instead of sweetly. All in all, not bad. I think I got this one a bit past it's prime but I'd be willing to give it another shot.

It's ok, dog.

May 15, 2005
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WesWes from New York

4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is perfect. It has a very malty and complex scent that is sweet smelling. The taste is good. It is a bit thin, but full of flavor and sweet malts. It goes down easy and finishes smooth and malty. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine Dubbel. It has awesome aroma and flavor. It is just a little too thin for me; a good drinker.

Sep 07, 2004
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Edwin from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Kclinger's Publik House.

Appearance - Poured out an orangish, almost hazy copper color. Small head on top that left in a hurry, and did leaves some souveniers on the glass.

Smell - Ah, that typical Appalachian maltiness just plows through your nose. I don't find this particularly offensive, but it is their trademark. All their beers smell alot a like. Oh well, some fruity notes come through as well as a little spiciness.

Taste - More of those malts come out with guns blazing. It takes over and then settles back to reveal some fruits and sugary tasting notes in the background..

Mouthfeel - An easy to drink brew. Nothing really smacks you around here, a little bit of extra carbonation, but not sure if that is the style?

Drinkability - Yeah, you could dial in and drink a few of these, but I feel there are probably better Dubbels out there. Another Appalachian beer that is afraid to go too far, but is by no means a bad beer. I just get the feeling they could do so much better if they'd experiment a little more.

Apr 06, 2004
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a clear orangeish-copper beneath a fair-sized head of creamy off-white foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma offers notes of dark fruit, floral hops, and sweet caramel-tinged malt. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation that gives it a lightly tingly, creamy mouthfeel. The flavor delivers the same yeasty fruitiness and malt found in the nose with the addition of some candyish sugariness and a light touch of spice. It's very well balanced and the alcohol is nicely cloaked. It finishes with a gently lingering sweet maltiness and a touch of grassy hops.

Mar 20, 2004
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simmons from New Jersey

2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer like all Appalachian’s beers are full of aroma. Appalachian sure do love their hops. This beer has a great head on it when it’s poured into the glass with a nice solid brown color to it. This beer is also full of malt flavor which is another characteristics of Appalachians beers. I’m a big fan of Belgian abbey ales but this one really didn’t work out for me too well. This beer has a close resemblance to their Volk Weizenbock which I didn’t like to much, not my taste but that’s most likely why the Abby Roade didn’t work out for me.This beer is specialty and served in the month of Feburary.

Feb 24, 2004
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Jarod from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was sitting with the guy who actually brewed this beer and suggested that I try it. It came to the table a crystal clear amber color where the carbonation bubbles were highly visible. It had a creamy beige colored head that had good retention. I nosed some slight sweet malt, and 2 types of hops – citrus and floral (the floral being a bit stronger), sugar and a very slight fruit that only became visible when it warmed. The taste was different then I would have thought, and I expressed this to him (Alan is his name) I tasted up front a sweet malt flavor that was followed by a floral hop bite, sugar and a astringent flavor that I couldn’t quite place and had trouble pointing it out to him. He explained that the astringent taste to it this was due to the extra long boil to bring the gravity up. Candy sugar is added to the boil to give it an extra sweetness if the finish. This flavor is caused by boiling the hops too long. Even though he pointed this out, I still was very pleased with the beer and its flavors that I got, and the good thing is that this beer sucked all the moisture off of my tongue at the end with a very dry hop finish. Which made this beer even more enjoyable. It quenched my thirst and that is a good thing. I suggest everyone try to get to ABC and try this before it is gone.

Mar 13, 2003
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