Abbey 11
McKenzie Brew House

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
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4.33 | pDev: 0.69%
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Shared at the excellent 5-star Beer Tasting held on Friday night over at fellow So. Cal. BA, xlperro’s house. It had arrived courtesy of BA, NeroFiddled. Nicely chilled, the 750ml bottle was eagerly shared out amongst the gathered mass.

Appearance: I got the third, or fourth, glass from the pour. It had a dark red-brown look. Some turbidity in the body, but not anything of concern. The head was a very light tan-brown, and even at the latter stages of the pour it generated a thick, creamy, tightly packed head. Light lacing and good conditioning.

Nose: Strong vinous fruity aromas mixed in with powerful malts and alcohol odors. Lots of dark skinned fruits, this one clears the passages.

Taste: I remember the alcohol in this, but it was never over the top, ever present, like a red warning triangle, but it contributed a solid backbone to the malts and dark mushed fruits. The middle has a warming Fig-Syrup and smooth Single Malt Whisky feel. I also remember cinnamon and apple hints but maybe it was getting late into the Beer Tasting by this point ;-)

Mouthfeel: Just huge, massive alcohol and dark fruits coat the mouth. The alcohol has a warming effect in the mouth, but not so much in the throat. Thick and heavy, this is certainly the B52 of Belgium Strong Ales.

Drinkability: We only had one bottle, but considering the strength, and its eminent Drinkability, thank goodness. Given the high ABV, this one slips down far too easily to be the first of the night – I would make it last, because if you don’t – it will.

Overall: My third and last offering from McKenzie, supplied courtesy of Davo & NeroFiddled, but I only got chance to sample these because of the massive generosity of our exceptional host for the Beer Tasting, Xlperro.

An excellent Belgium Strong Ale – but beware, this one creeps up on you!! Talking of which, I think this was the beer that contributed to the ensuing Sumerian Beer Trances of a couple of BA’s (who shall remain nameless) at the Beer Tasting –
or, as the saying goes “I fink it wuz dis wot dunnit Guv’ner”.

I never heard of ‘em last week – they are on my “Want List” now.

Oct 06, 2003
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Available only at the brewpub. Limited edition 750ml bottle simply capped - no cork or cage. Bottle 58 of 500. Aged for 6 months before release. Original gravity 22 Plato / 1.088 specific. Brewed with yeast from Chimay. Carefully poured it's only slightly hazy. Secondary pours, however, will bring up the yeast leaving it lightly veiled with some tiny particulate in suspension. A reddish-copper body with orange and crimson highlights is topped by a densely creamy light-tan head that at first wants to climb out of the glass. It settles to a thin 1/8" head and holds throughout the glass, leaving some light Brussels lace along the way. The nose offers only soft dark fruit (grape, plum, some cherry), malt, and a touch of alcohol; but the flavor is dripping with sweet malt and fruit - astonishingly rich, round, full, juicy, and sweet with a light touch of caramel. Very nice! The alcohol remains under the surface and adds to the character rather than distracting as it normally does (it's almost winey in a way). It finishes semi-dry with some soft lingering malt but the alcohol never builds upon the palate. Very nicely done and well worth seeking out!

Feb 04, 2003
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egajdzis from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#398/500... This beer poured a hazy copper color with no head or lacing on the glass. Aroma of butterscotch, dark cherries, roast and alcohol. Taste of more cherries, and caramel, light roast, some vinous qualities, and finishing with spicy alcohol. This was a very nice beer.

Jan 30, 2005
Abbey 11 from McKenzie Brew House
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 3 ratings