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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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