Belgian Abbey Ale
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Pale Ale - Belgian
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3.63 | pDev: 9.92%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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TheFightfan1 from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I brought this home in my growler. Poured into a tulip. A tad bit darker than golden with a decent white heading thats leaves some ring's.

Smell is of apples at first. Followed by a nice fruitiness and an ending of hop.

Taste is of very sweet malts and a heavy fruity taste. A warming alcohol on the breathe is introduced. Some pepperiness and corriander. Some of that Belgian tradition of sweet candy sugar. A very sweet beer.

Mouth is medium bodied slightly flat probably do to the growler. A slippery slick butteriness in the mouth.

I've been on kind of a Belgian trip lately. Although this doesn't match up to what I'be been having it isn't all that bad of a Grand Cru.

Dec 13, 2009
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangy copper color with a decent frothy off white head. Scent is an appetizing blend of of yeasty bread, banana, clove, rasisn, carmel and white papper. Taste brings a complex blend of all the scents mentioned above. Faint kick of alcohol warmth on the back end as well as a somewhat bitter hop bite. Medium bodied, creamy. Good Abbey style ale... almost equates to a touch lighter version of Chimay Red.

Dec 07, 2009
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Floydster from California

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

10 ounce glass from the source for about five dollars a few days back, special brew of the month, reviewed from notes

A-Medium brown color with some golden orange highlights, thin 1/2 inch bubbly off white head that does not last long, little retention, not much lacing
S-Sweetness, dark apples, heavy malt, lack of hops, some booze, wine character, grapes, candy, orange rind, caramel, and brown sugar
T-Strats off with sweet fruits, some caramel malt in the middle, finish is mostly boozy but also still very sweet, gets even sweeter with time and warmth, lots of grapes and apples in the flavor, needs some dry and bitter accents to slow things down and provide some balance for the malt and fruit, taste is not very appealing
M-Sweet and boozy mouthfeel, little carbonation made this brew a bit syrupy but that was almost the best thing about it all, full bodied, taste lingers
D-Could not drink more than the glass I had, heavy on the stomach, too sweet, alcohol was not hidden, not balanced and certain flavors were too powerful

First and only beer I have had from any Rock Bottoms and it was not great, had this after my first two choices were out, did not go well with my food either, would not drink again, might be worth drinking but not for me

Oct 30, 2008
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DrJay from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This arrived in a snifter with a thin head. Hazy, burnt orange, almost red colour. The foam that was present settled to a ring, leaving just a bit of lace on the glass. Bready, yeasty aroma with plenty of malt, spice, and fruity esters. Mildly bitter and malty sweet, some caramel, toffee and fruit with a bit of peppery spice. The finish has a semi-sweet cherry quality that is reminiscent of cream soda as it warmed. Medium/full bodied with creamy carbonation that was refined and well integrated. A little slick with significant alcohol warmth (and just a little alcohol flavour). Pretty tasty stuff. I'm glad I stopped in while it was on tap.

Jan 27, 2007
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my bro-in-law for grabbing a growler of this brew...
Appears a dense, hazy, golden orange with a small white head that slowly fades out into a cap and collar. Slick spotty lacing is left around the glass and slips back into the collar.
Smell is of cardamom, citrusy orange, doughy yeast, and perhaps a dash of coriander and pepper.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a doughy, candi-sugar, spiced citrus that isn't half bad.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy smooth, and dry.
Not bad for a Rock Bottom brew.

Dec 28, 2006
Belgian Abbey Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 6 ratings