Saint Hubbins Abbey | High & Mighty Beer Co.

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Saint Hubbins AbbeySaint Hubbins Abbey

Brewed by:
High & Mighty Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by fitzy84 on 04-19-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of treyrab
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this to start off the night last night at my favorite Penn State pub. I have never had anything from the brewery before so I figured I would give it a try.

A: Pours a dark ruby brown and very transparent. Yields a nice, creamy one finger head that lasts quite a while. Not much lacing, but it looks great.

S: Smell of some nice lemon acidity coupled with sweet, ripe bananas, clove, coriander and some nice Belgian yeast characteristics.

T: Very surprised at how this one turned out. Very full-flavored with a great tart (almost sour) lemon acidity. Some sweet flavors balance it. Some bread, clove, and banana tops it off.

Overall, this was a very good beer. I am glad I tried it and will be seeking it out again.

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Photo of zdk9
4.16/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Out of the bottle and into a Chimay glass goes the cloudy orange brew. And head erupts fortuitously in a white foamy top oer the liquid. Lacing lines form like WWI troops waiting for the Germans...

S- A deliciously aromatic beer. There's sweet fruits- strawberry banana, sweet orange. There's spice- sweet anise, coriander. A little more warmth brings out some caramel, unexpected but interesting.

T- I'd have to say that this is one of the very few beers I've had that has a better smell than the taste. Not that the taste of this one is bad, just not nearly as complex and delicious as the smell. There's more malt and hops, and less yeast and spices to the tongue compared to the nose. Graham crackers and bitter dirt hops with tinges of tobacco and green leaves. Although there is some of that fruit it is much subdued.

M- Lingering bitterness bordering on the "stone effect" but not nearly as powerful. And it causes some syrupyness of my saliva.

D- Overall a quality beer. Definitely better than my expectations (although I was expecting a single abbey instead of its pale ale cousin before I started my review). Great smell and a decent taste to go with. Wish I could get my hands on some more of this.

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Photo of Brad007
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber-gold color with a thin head that seems par the course. Carbonation is mild.

Aroma is sweet and a bit spicy with raisin and caramel on the nose. Spice reminds me of nutmeg but I highly doubt it is.

Taste is a mixture of sourness followed by sweetness in the middle with a decent helping of spiciness. I pick out raisin, apple and caramel as flavors.

Mouthfeel is a very nice toastiness left after the flavors fade. Only a little chewiness. Carbonation pretty much disappears as well towards the back of the tongue.

Drinkability is decent here. I feel that the color lacks a bit and there could be a bit more chewiness. Otherwise, you cannot go wrong with this. Pick it up if you like the style as well.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650ml bottle, with Bottled on Jun 4 2008 stamped on the label. Served in a tulip glass, the beer was a hazy red/orange color with a medium-sized white head and a nice bit of lacing. It had a sour candy/sour fruit aroma, and a bit of a floral bouquet. A sweet taste upfront, then some pretty big piney hops that lingered on. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, A good beer, dark pour, fruity smell and taste, but not overly done. Slight after taste is the only issue I had, otherwise very well done.

Definitely a beer I would feel good about serving to friends, maybe not for everyone, but for something different I am glad I tried it.

Very drinkable, but I think after the pint and a half I'd be all set and try something else, not something I'd drink all night.

Nice pour and appearance with the suds staying on top and sticking nicely around the glass.

Great taste for an unfiltered offering. I'd like to try their other offerings.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thin white head and little lacing.

Smells malty with a bit of hops and a substantial Belgian yeastiness.

Taste has a nice peppery bite with a bit of hop bitterness. Does not taste in any way like a dubbel, more like a hoppy Belgian amber if there were such a thing.

Mouthfeel has a moderate bitterness and carbonation. Nicley drinkable.


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Photo of marcpal
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While in Boston, had a pint of this on tap poured aggressively into an American pint glass.

A: Light orange with a thick white head that maintained its spiderweb like lacing. Very nice looking beer.

N: Very fruity and sweet with flavors of peach and pear. Malts and Belgian yeast- signatures and sign off of a solid dubbel in flavor. A bit on the soapy end when poured cold.

T: Cold soapiness was putting off at the start and died down later when taken over by the malts. The hops bring some life to the party. Smells like a tight dubbel but more hops in the flavor- enjoyed it though.

M: Nice body. More thickness would have been welcome but give the abv, good stuff.

D: Real nice offering from this brewer, glad I got to try- good American version of a dubbel and went down very easy. Must be a lower abv'd dubbel. Worth a try.

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Photo of gfreed
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really? Only one other person has reviewed this beer?

I like this brewery and I like the brewer. He once told me that he brews some of his beer line with a lower ABV and hop content because once he reached 40, his body couldn't process alcohol and beer like it did when he was younger. Now *there's* a thinking brewer. Thanks, Will.

As with other dubbels, the color is nothing spectacular-- a rather dull brown with a thin head and medium bubbles. If the color had a sound, it would be "thud." Nice nose, however, with the requisite bready yeastiness and some cherries on top. Gingerbread, too, which wins my vote for Most Favorite Smell in this beer. Nice and smooth taste; some padded density with light carbonation; a mellow dose of yeast and whole-wheat bread with a little banana, raisins and, at the very end, peaches and definitely more cherries. The finish is a tad bitter for my taste, but the dryness is also quite nice.

This is good beer from a small shop; definitely worth seeking out if you live in New England.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how "new" this is but it was on tap at the Moan and Dove for the last 2 weeks at least. Decided to have it and wrote notes about it. The appearance of the drink was a dark red look with a good size, long lasting head. Pretty alcohol smelling, with definite malt aromas. The taste was wicked rich in earthy, or grainy tastes wrapped around with the malt essence. Very smooth overall with its low-medium body. Overall, a pretty decent drink that I hope High and Mighty brews more of.

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Photo of errantnight
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks tendermorsel! Finally got around to drinking this from our trade this summer...

First of all, it's misleading to call this a dubbel... it's "golden-amber ale" on their website, and it's more golden than it is amber. There's a touch of tangerine hue to this beer, it's got a nice finger or so of head. Drinking will provide minimal lacing but a solid ring of head that's there 'til the end.

Aroma is a delightful surprise... a lighter, sweeter caramel note backed by a lightly spicy yeast that's more bubblegum than banana. There's a light floral note that I'm picking up as hop based.

The taste is more of the same, lots of mild, complex subtleties. There's more bubblegum and maybe some coconut against a lightly toasted caramel sweetness, this is bracingly bitter, almost a little bit metallic in character which brings things down just a notch.

Body is only just medium, carbonation is brisk but not as full and smooth as on the best Belgians.

Really enjoyed this, totally hits home with the Belgians in that it's clearly influenced by Belgian beers but completely refused to conform to any particular style. I think a few water adjustments or maybe just dialing back the bittering hops just a TOUCH would move this from merely very good to excellent, but as it is I'd happily pick up another bomber of this if I saw it again.

Lastly... this beer is 6.5% abv (listed on the bottle).

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Photo of Soozy
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a creamy, finger thick head. Not too much in the smell, just a bit of spice. Taste is pretty good. The initial taste is orange, a bit of a biscuit follows, and finishes nicely with the hops. This is actually a lot bitter than I expected it, but it's really good. A creamy mouthfeel for being so carbonated.

A very enjoyable, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of currysage1
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy hazelnut brown with sepia edges. Full 2 finger head that doesn't quit, very creamy and rocky, nice eggshell white.

Smell is very fruit forward, with alcohol tinges to it. Sweet juicy pear, and starfruit. Light malt and good piney hop presense in the nose.

Taste is very malt forward, this is a darker malt than in the nose. Toasted oats, more of a savory fruit set of flavors, and a definate pine hop presense (Simcoe?)that is very pleasing. Finishes with a bitter bite at the very end.

Has a nice body but is too thin for the style, carbonation is great though. Drinkability is high due to its flavors and what I can only expect a medium ABV for a Dubbel.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650/22 into Ommegang snifter...

Pours a honey/apple cider body with some haze and thin yeasty head up top. Not bad but a little flaccid.

Aroma has a fair amount of activity...apples, pears, ginger, some coriander - maybe a tinge of lemon zest or orange zest - feels full with good yeast electricity.

Huh...very austere - expected sweetness and spice profile aren't showing up - more of a very dry backbone - slight bitter tinge of pine. Yeast electricity is still there but this one's a little light.

Mouthfeel s light and clean - rolls down palate easily. Clean, spicy finish that gets fuller with warmth.

After time this rounds out quite nicely. Not the heftiest offering in its style but definitly drinkable.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli, Campbelltown, PA on 2/20/09.

A - Hazy golden amber/orange body with mild carbonation and one-finger creamy off-white head that retained well and left some patchy lace around the glass.

S - Aroma is sweet, fruity and citrusy with a spicy yeast character and a touch of sourness. Very orangey and pithy.

T - Fruity and yeasty flavor with a prevalent citrus/orange peel character and subtle pepper spiciness. Assertive bitter hop bite in the finish.

M - Medium to full bodied with syrupy texture and smooth mouthfeel overall. Carbonation is moderately prickly on the tongue. Finish is bitter and citric.

D - Interesting take on a Dubbel. This drinks more like a Belgian pale or even a Belgian IPA with a dominant citrus character.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

High & Mighty- St. Hubbins Abbey

A- Good deep brownish orange with a thick frothy white head. Good ringed lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet sugary rock candy, orange peel, and light bready malt.
T- Sweet, very sweet, sugary orange and grape fruitiness with a bready/ biscuity malt body. Very sweet fruity finish. Orange, lemon, and grape with a slight touch of tartness.
M- Again, very sweet and sugary with a thick dry bready malt body and a sweeter fruity tart end.

Overall- Tasty, and it drank fine but just too sweet.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium rustic orange with a soapy ½ finger almond colored head that dissipated rather quickly to a spotty covering while leaving a thin, broken spongey ring lacing. The clarity was turbid with a thick pea-soup haze with an indistinguishable carbonation.

S: The aroma was funky cold tangerines with a herbal (basil) hopping. There was slight underlying notes of candy sugar coming through along with a soft dry wheat scent coming off rather reserved.

T: The initial flavor begins with tart and citric tangerines, dry wheat and a sweet and tart mixture of orange grinds along with candy sugar. The overall feel was musky and damp with warm lemons and hints of herbal hops coming through before finishing out with a sour fruitiness of pineapple and starfruit. Overall this was nicely hopped per style, very smooth in delivery with a tart and sweet side funk to it that was just enough to keep things interesting and respectable.

M: bright and crisp from the start with a very smooth and easy feel. Medium bodied this beer washes down leaving a dry sour fade of warm bitter citrus and dry wheat.

D: better then average yielding little compliant. While the complexity was a bit lacking, this beer comes off as a moderately easy drinking American interpretation with just enough funk to give you a general appreciation. Would consider buying this again, would make for a good intro beer for those unfamiliar to the style.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber under a small fizzy white head. There was minimal lacing in the glass.

Aroma is floral with spices. Hops are understated, balance with the dry spiciness of the brew. A little sauciness and paper napkin among the spices. Some apple cider notes.

Light body and texture. Lively carbonation.

Drinkable and interesting.

This beer was 4 months old and could have set a little longer. It has promise, but came across as just a little rough.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, light brown. It's clearer when first poured, but the sediment comes out readily and clouds the beer. A half-inch, beige head fades to a film, and is fed by tiny bubbles. The aroma is nice: subtle, but not overly done. The malts are toasty with the Belgian yeast kicking in notes of fruit and perhaps a bit of citrus. Alcohol is noticeable, especially on swirling.

There's a lot going on on the palate. Toasty malts upfront that fade nicely into the hoppy finish. There's a light bready sweetness in the center along with a bit of citrus. The Belgian yeast flavors aren't present like they are in the aroma. The finish is peppery with strong alcoholic spice, and a nice, hop bitterness in the finish. The alcoholic spice is a bit strong overall, and could be subdued. Medium-bodied and highly-carbonated. The prickliness of the carbonation really accentuates the spiciness in the finish, perhaps a bit too much.

Overall the alcohol and spiciness are a bit too much, but otherwise a very tasty beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown, nearing black with a crimson, reddish hue when held to the light. The small, tan head slowly fades out. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasty grains, chocolate malt, raisins, prunes, and vanilla cream.
Taste is that of the aromas...lots of raisiny, pruney, cocoa notes going on in the flavors. Perhaps there is just a touch too much roast going on in this beer for a Dubbel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, estery, fruity, roasty, with a chewy, nuttiness in the finish.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"It's such a fine line between stupid and clever."

--David St. Hubbins

Fuzzy apricot with lemony edges. It didn't appear as though much foam was forming early in the pour, but I'm now admiring a big mass of sticky bubbles that is starting to lay down some mighty fine lace.

If coriander and orange peel are used, why isn't this considered a wit? In truth, it smells more like a Belgian pale ale (or amber) than a witbier because the peppery yeast is much more prominent than the added fruit and spice. The nose isn't bad, but it won't make the best versions quake in their boots.

The same can be said for the flavor profile. The Belgian yeast is nice and estery, though more malt support would have made St. Hubbins Abbey a better beer. The tanginess of the orange is more evident than the orange flavor itself. Coriander is still at a low ebb.

With respect to malt, it's more pale/pils than amber, which is what I prefer. Just a hint of toastedness gets quickly buried by the rest of the flavors. The hops are balancing with respect to bittereness and don't contribute much otherwise. Not bad at all.

The mouthfeel is appropriate (to slightly light) for the ABV. It doesn't have the creaminess that all good Belgian ales possess and the carbonation is too sharp-edged; at least initially. The bottom of the bottle is proving to be much softer and slightly more smooth.

St. Hubbins Abbey is a tweener (Belgian pale and witbier) that has no serious faults. Since I didn't expect High & Mighty Beer Co. to compete with the world's best, I'm not the least bit disappointed in the final product. Bottom line: closer to clever than stupid.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lovely appearance. A thick, pillowy head floating delicately over a chilled, hazy amber-orange body. Carbonation bubbles, in a heavy stream, migrated toward the barely diminished head. There was significant lacing around the glass. Yet, appearances can be deceiving. Or at least moderately so. The bouquet was somewhat indistinct with slight floral flavors and a bit of peppery sharpness. The taste was smooth, a sharp hop note abounded and very little sweetness. I'd say this tastes more like light grand-cru rather than a dubbel. It wasn't bad, but didn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of Deuane
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Golden copper with a thin white head that retained fairly well and left decent lace.

S-Light spice and a touch of sweetness. Nothing very complex or overwhelming here but it was pleasant.

T-Nothing wowing initially but then it builds into a nice spicy zip a touch of caramel malt sweetness and a bit of earthy notes.

M-Medium-light bodied with decent lingering flavours and a dry, biting finish.

D-Very easy to drink and quite smooth. Nothing crazy here but it all comes together nicely in a fairly simple but drinkable brew.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle. Bottled on "Jun 4 2008 stamped" on the label. Served in a tulip glass. Voluminous head, slow to recede, leaves behind great gobs of lacing, scattered all over the glass. Not sure why this one is called a "Dubbel", its medium cloudy amber in the glass. Nose infused with ginger and light soap and on the palate I get more light soap, and plenty of gritty hops...not quite what most would expect in a Belgian style dubbel...sort of a pale ale, with some strange spicing.I agree with an earlier reviewer that this seems "more like a hoppy Belgian amber if there were such a thing" Cant say I loved this one...

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Photo of selecter70
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am an immediate fan of the High & Mighty beers, on draught or in bottle and this one was no exception, albeit not perfect. It claims to be a Belgian pale ale, which it really doesn't live up to. Rather, it tastes more like a nice cask farmhouse ale. The pour is an orange-brown that darkens in the glass with a nice full tan head & good lace that hung on throughout. The aroma had a nice dusty herb, apricot-orange and peppery lemoncake smell. The flavor was a bit less complex, more sweet malt, but still light on the palate & quite drinkable. Nice and soft like a good cask-conditioned ale, hints of pepper & yeast stuck in the nose while a bit of sour tart rounded out the malt. I'd definitely love to try this on draught & see if the sweetness is subdued. Still, a lovely one.

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