Belgian-Style Abbey Ale | Cathedral Square Brewery

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Belgian-Style Abbey AleBelgian-Style Abbey Ale

Brewed by:
Cathedral Square Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This traditional Belgian-style ale is brewed using five malts, two hop varieties and authentic Trappist Belgian yeast.

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Photo of JimSwinson
5/5  rDev +41.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stlfatguy
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown with reddish color. Nice big airy head. Smell is a Bit of clove, dried fruit, and slight banana on the back as expected from a Belgian. Taste is spicy and smooth at the same time. Some pepper, light clove, lots of malty goodness. Very little banana or Bubble gum which I'm Fine with.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Brewed with an authentic Trappist yeast. The lacing is simply amazing; light haze in the reddish brown color. Brown bread, mango, plum pudding, banana taffy and some lemongrass all make for a complex nose. Toasty and sweet maltiness plays off the palate very well; well-rounded smoothness and a creamy medium body adds to the drinkabil- ity. Kiss of alcohol is clean with a small hit of dried fruit. Hints of spice and herb in the semidry finish. Someone did their research here—we closed our eyes and thought we were in a café in Belgium.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark copper, reddish hue. Creamy three finger head. Poured aggressive. One finger head remained.

S - Floral scent, nothing in particular I can pick out. Smells metallic. Fresh baked bread.

T - Initially sweet. Middle was very floral. Had some bread in there too. A bit of the metallic taste was noted. Faded with a hint of bitterness. It was like it was telling a story, every stage was a bit different through out from beginning to end. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

F - Carbonation was good. I thought the viscosity was proper.

Overall, I liked the complexity. It was not too busy to not give me certain notes but it wasn't plain Jane by any means. Mostly the beer never got boring and every drink was telling me different things about it. I like that in a beer. Drinkability for me would be fairly high on this one given its a 6.5% brew.

Would purchase again, would love to share it with my friends.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of BryanCarey
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper/brown in color with a completely clear body, this beer has a nose that offers such aromas as plum, caramel, and figs. The beer leaves some good lacing on your glass as you drink and its appearance is certainly indicative of a quality product.

This beer has an interesting flavor profile, with tastes of bready malt, a touch of sourness, plums/prunes, yeast, caramel/toffee, herbal notes, and even a little bit of smokiness. It is certainly a complex beer with many different flavors fighting for recognition.

Cathedral Square certainly has an interesting product here. There is a candy- like component to the taste and the complexity doesn’t quit. It isn’t a session beer for these and other reasons, but that should take nothing away from the tasting experience. I liked it more and more with each passing sip and I recommend seeking it out.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light brown with a 1/4 inch tan head that leaves quickly. Some spotted lace when swirling but doesn't stick. Smells of dark fruits and tastes of Belgian yeast. Light bodied, mildly carbonated and very drinkable.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Entropy501
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this beer. I have a bias for Belgian beers and especially anything with a trappist yeast.

The malt and hop notes were meshed very well with the trappist yeast. The price on this beer and alcohol level are perfect and really a great way to enjoy a beer with the quality of Chimay or Orval but without the price.

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Photo of cavedave
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jdskinns for another Midwest gem.

Pours a surprisingly clear reddish brown, with a thick shimmery look, topped thinly by bare whisps of beige foam, finally a thinnest ring and clear top.

The smell is full of tart and estery yeast, light spice, hints of overripe plum, toasted bread, with a light hint of candy sugar.

It has a medium taste, starring the yeast in its tangy and fruity way. The malt bill gives it a fullness in the mouth which helps the light flavors work in the blend, with caramel, toast, and fig joining the party. There's a light bitter herbal hop flavor at finish, but it doesn't overpower the finish, and some of the malty flavors stay. Nice flavors, nice taste.

Very low carb. Stepping it up a touch would help this beer. Not as viscous as some in this vague style/category, but it works with the flavor profile, and gives it a refreshing dimension. Nice juicy finish.

Drinkability is good, a tasty, interesting, refreshing brew

Impression: Not bad, I guess I have easy access to crazy amounts of finest belgian styles beers and judge this one harshly. Wouldn't seek it out, but don't pass it by.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cathedral Square's Belgian Style Abbey pours a cinnamon color with a creamy 1 finger head forming a tight ring at the top. 30% opacity.

Even with some agitation, the aroma is hard to detect, but I get a touch of caramel-cocoa malts and dusty bubble gum. A little fruit rind as well.

The flavor exhibits most everything I look for in an Abbey : a rich, roasty malt character, a kiss of lactose, some backing of bubble gum, and a yeasty, wheaty finish. On top of that there's a bit of alcohol rub, making for a hot, toasty finish.

Feel is medium bodied, hard water carbonation, semi dry finish and breaths of alcohol.

Overall, Cathedral Square created a by-the-book Abbey with no bells and whistles, but that's okay. I'd buy this again, and enjoy it on the regular - if New Belgium's Abbey wasn't so available and less expensive ;-)

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Photo of Henrich
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with one finger of fleeting foam, which melts into the beer momentarily leaving a tight ring around the glass. Belgian lacing could be better, but it is present. Color is beautiful golden brown.
Smell: Lightly estery and sweet. I'd like a little stronger smell, but what's there is pleasant.
Taste: Doughy, slightly fruity, and delicious. Great, refreshing taste that doesn't longer long.
Mouth-Feel: Medium body, with perfect just-shy-of-fizzy carbonation. No noticeable astringency or fusel components.
Overall: This is a solid beer; if you're a fan of the style, you'll enjoy this one. It won't blow you away, but I'd definately buy it again. Good job!

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish-brown hue, mostly clear liquid with just a slight haze. Blanket-like foam head. Decent lace. The smell is estery and malty...spice and dark fruit. Nice complexity. Semi-dry, with good malt and yeast flavor. Solidly good.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
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