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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Gavage
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
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 WesWes
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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 weeare138
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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 beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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 ppoitras
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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 DrJay
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Brad007
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
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 +17.2%
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 ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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 Deuane
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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 NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Amalak
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
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 sholland119
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 orbitalr0x
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
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 Duhast500
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Seanibus
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
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 fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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 IBUnit63
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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 errantnight
3.82/5  rDev +11%
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 EPICAC
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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 damienblack
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
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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