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
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1.5/5  rDev -57%

Photo of Cakanator
2.32/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft @ Sierra. Pours nice golden color, but just seemed too ordinary against some of lets say Maudites character. Somewhat thin and light decent crisp flavors. Nothing I would have again, but neither is anything I'v ehad from high and mighty to this point. I'll stick with pretty things and berkshire as the two best wmass locals.

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Photo of curasowa
2.56/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber with a cloudy, copper color and 3 fingers of creamy head. Head faded slowly with some chunky lacing. The smell is interesting; some spicy, floral hop notes with a bit of toasted malt mixed in. Its also a bit medicinal and sweet smelling. The taste isn't doing a whole lot for me. You can definitely tell it's supposed to be a Belgian, but it's not a very good one. Mouthfeel is very thick and sweet. The front end is pretty non-descript which then fades into a sort of unremarkable bitterness on the finish. Finish lingers quite a bit, too.

I bought this because I had never seen it before and it was on sale for $4.25. I don't think I would bother getting it again.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a big miss for me - it had none of the robust malty and fruity character I expect from a Belgian Pale Ale. I found it rather thin and a bit sour, more like farmhouse ale or a saison, and not a particularly good one of either.

Pours hazy deep orange with a big bubbly white head that falls to very sticky lacing. The aroma is fruity and perfumy, with jasmine, rose, and tropical fruit. The flavor is sharp, sour, fruity, with pear dominating, but with persimmonan apricot. There is a strong tea character with a thinness in the middle and a high, tight bitterness developing around the edge of the sourness. The mouthfeel is thin and a little dry, which leaves the sour fruit hanging on the palate.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. Pours into my glass an amber/orange hue where the only thing missing is the fossilized insect. A half inch of bubbly eggshell head cracks above the beer. Aromas start out with mellow caramel and grain husk accented malts. A touch of oxidation leads way to spiciness and some mellow fruit scents.

First sip brings crisp, slightly toasty caramelized malt upfront that has almost a rough texture on the palate. Damp cardboard meets some spiciness alongside of some light fruit flavors as well. Finishes astringent and kinda leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Not impressed here unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, although a little on the thin side for my taste with ample carbonation to help it down. Overall, this one just didn't meet the mark for me and seems a bit rushed. Flavor just isn't there for me. Thanks to afterexile for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very cloudy chesnut color, not much head sticks around.

Intense and aromatic on the nose. Phenols are blasting into my nostrils.

Taste is rich caramel, and plenty of funk spreads out in the mouth. A good amount of hop bitterness keeps things from getting too ridiculous with the huge Belgian flavors.

A very rich dubbel that could use some more restraint.

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Photo of patelc75
3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a little bit smoke on top of a faint, but quintessential Belgian candied sweetness. but dry all and all. this beer is not nutty or rich like many brown ales and the sweetness doesn't trail into an after taste. not very complex and goes down smooth because of thin it is. my drinking companion gets a sour flavor in addition to the smoke

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Photo of damienblack
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours golden brown into my Duvel tulip, where it settles to a dark honey color. Average head, OK retention, a bit of nice lacing. Nothing groundbreaking. Smell is kind of pleasant, a belgian yeastiness with a lemon splash, some sweetness and the overtures of pine. Taste is more on the bitter side, however. Not much at all of the belgian sweetness - pretty dry. A bit lemony on the mid palate, then it gets very soapy, moving way to bitterness. It's not a hop bitterness like an IPA or pale, but it's not a tart bitterness like you'd see from some other Belgians (too bad, would work well from the lemon in the smell). Somewhere in between, a soapy, sour bitter that I don't find very appealing. Probably going to drainpour the last half glass or so. Mouthfeel seems OK, but I was too focused on what else was going on to really pay that close attention. Drinkability suffers the same fate as the flavors. I think this is closer to that bitter-hoppy Belgian abbey single belgian style that you don't see around a lot any more. Considering it a Belgian pale like I've come to think of, it would fare far lower. Taken on its own, I probably won't go to drink this again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle - Poured into glass chalice:

Pours hazed orange with a thin white head that descends to a very thin cover. Little dots of lacing stick.

The smell is of pepper, banana, grass, with a "Belgian-esque" spicy fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet sugar, followed by a musty and metallic character. It has an aspirinish bitterness with an orange tart character.

The body leans towards watery, with noticeable carbonation. Not really quite effervescent or creamy.

It is thin in character with a somewhat puckering bitter touch and a sweetened fruitiness. The malt is a bit lacking in character, throwing off the balance, leaving it a bit aspriny in the finish. It does have something "Belgian-esque" about it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a warm alcohol filled scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts as well as fruity yeast esters. There is some off aromas with the yeast. The taste is average. It has a thin and bitter flavor that's quite astringent and hard to swallow. It has a pale and crystal malt flavor with some yeast fruitiness in the finish. It's pretty dry in the finish ad way too hoppy for the style. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a beer that can't decide what it is. What it's not is good. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Marty's located in Newton, MA.

A: Amber hue. Lousy head for a dubbel.

S: Lots of apple aroma with some pear rolled in to boot. Rich malty sweetness. Some light clove and some light booze character. Yeasty.

T: Hoppy bitterness gets in the way of the other flavors that would make this actually taste like a dubbel. Some yeastiness. Malt flavor is not strong or sweet. No fruit or floral character. This is an unimpressive taste.

MF: Highly carbonated.

D, notes: Though I like the nod to Spinal Tap in the name - this is just not a very good beer. I don't know why they decided to take the hops to 11. This resulted in creating bitterness without appropriate malt and phenol/ester balancing.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" beige head over the lightly cloudy amber brew. Head dwindles quickly to an uneven layer of froth, with sticky lace and lasting legs. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste starts yeasty, with a tartness in the middle and a slightly bitter close. Mouthfeel is lacking, hardly any body, with drinkability being easy but somewhat boring. Expected more malt to come through, even for a Belgian-style Pale Ale.

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Photo of msnow34
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a dark dark brown out of a bomber purchased at table and vine,taste is mellow with hints of charcoal and oak. Its very dry. Drinkability is tough for me due to the dryness. A beer I am glad i tried, but the entire bomber was a little too much for me.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a light orange with a finger or two foamy white head some slight lacing.

The smell is sweet with some nice fruity flavors. Some banana, strawberry and orange in the nose.

The taste is a bit hoppy with some bitterness at first. There is some fruity flavor that does come across with some yeast and maltyness.

The fell of this beer does have some lingering aftertaste that does leave a syrup flavor in your mouth. It goes down well and it interesting in some parts a decent beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the beginning of the summer at Novare Res in Portland, Maine. Poured a quite dark brown with an okay head that faded to a ring. Smelled sweet and nutty with some strange yeasty smells that smelled more akin to lager yeast and ringwood. The taste has more nuttiness with a long creaminess and a bubblegum finish. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. This beer is quite one-dimensional and the yeast doesn't have that particular Belgian something. Not terrible, but not all that amazing either.

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Photo of magnj
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange body, off white head which leaves nice lacing.

S - Delicate floral hops, not as much Belgian yeast as I usually expect but still subtly spicy as it warms.

T - Somewhat sweet and fruity up front, followed by a mild vegetal flavor, floral noble hops and Belgian yeast. Very mild brew, I wouldn't necessarily guess BPA but it's there.

M/D - Appropriate body, easy to drink considering the ABV.

Overall interesting enough to try their other styles but I won't get this again. Bottled October 2008, might explain some of the flavor issues.

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Photo of Amalak
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, some sediment, good white foamy head and lacing. Has a fruity, hoppy scent to it. Applish.

Has an extremely sweet taste to it. Very fruity. Kind of flat and dry. Has some apple taste to it. Has a hoppy aftertaste. To be honest, it has a flat taste and is a little bit too sweet for me. I'm not a huge fan, but it's quality.

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight haze, deep brown with coppery edges. Dense tan/beige cap, sort of thin, coated both the beer and the sides of the glass - great stickage and good head retention. Yeast aroma, bready, fruity, some fresh and some dried, gingerbread. I had high hopes after giving a few good sniffs, but was let down by the flavour profile - most of the same character was there from the aroma (plus more plum and a bit of cocoa), but tasted a little out of balance. It was really dominated by the fruity, raisin, and plum character and didn't leave a lot of room for malts. Raisins and plums lingered in the finish. Dry, medium bodied, moderate carbonation with a little creaminess, slight warmth. Easy drinking, but lacking some of the flavour complexity to really make it a great dubbel.

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Photo of Gavage
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a dark amber color with a one finger head that falls aparts fairly quickly.

Smell: some malt sweetness is very light along with some yeast.

Taste: a decent malt profile with some brown sugar, prunes, a hint of chocolate, soft pepper, yeast, and some mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short as the flavors linger in the mouth for a minute.

Drinkability: a decent but not overly exciting dubbel. Easy to quaff as alcohol is not even noticeable here.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of gtn80
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a chalice.

Really not impressed with this one. Big licorice flavor, overpowering. Not much malt flavor, no hops. The aroma is a bit spicy, lots of yeast characterin aroma.

The mouthfeel is alright, bit thin for the style. It's a decent beer, but the spices are overwhelming, need to back off that licorice flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of CavePainter
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a hazy orange with a finger of creamy off-white head. Ample carbonation and a nice bit of lacing.

S: Citric and spicy.

T: Some interesting citric tones. Am I picking grapefruit? A nice malty sweetness - a slight metallic tartness - with a nice bit of bitter at the end to balance it all out.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of crispness. The metallic tones prick up the tongue a bit.

D: A solid brew. I could definitely go for a few of these, but only in the right circumstances. A great departure from the mundane.

What an interesting beer! This brew leaves me guessing with each sip. It is kind of like a centaur - the seamless blending of Belgian white and Pale ale styles. It is listed here as a Belgian Pale Ale - but it really could fit the Dubbel description.

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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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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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