Belgian-Style Abbey Ale | Cathedral Square Brewery

Belgian-Style Abbey AleBelgian-Style Abbey Ale
BA SCORE
3.57/5
69 Ratings
Belgian-Style Abbey AleBelgian-Style Abbey Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cathedral Square Brewery
Missouri, United States
cathedralsquarebrewery.com

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.

Added by brownbeer on 03-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,162
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
69
pDev:
13.17%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Eposse
2.24/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of TheSarge
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this one into a Chimay chalice. Hopefully I didn't desecrate my glass!

Pours decently with a finger thick tan head, and has a cloudy dark caramel colored body.

The aroma is earthy, fig, and a hint of metallic hops character.

This brew has some of the traits of sour Belgian yeast, a dark cracker approach, and a hint of a fruitiness I can't pin down.

Powdery and dry to the middle and leaves the palate moist.

Overall a step in the right direction, but needs more malt backbone. Improve upon this, and it may eventually become worthy in my opinion.

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Photo of MLoxxer
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this beer in a 12 ounce bottle. When I poured it into my chalice I noted the nice dark chestnut color and a pleasant musty aroma one comes to expect from Belgian style beers. The head produced was short lived and left faint lacing. The one thing that detracted from this ale’s look is the lack of haziness. The flavor is a little watery compared to the Belgian imports I am accustomed to. I was also a bit disappointed in the flavor’s hop character that I do not feel is becoming of an abbey style. The mouth feel is quite understated. Although I may not go out of my way for this one again I cannot say it is a bad beer. I am glad that more and more of our domestic brewers are trying to emulate these Belgian ales.

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Photo of meatmallet
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Even with an aggressive pour I get a small white head which dissipates quickly. Dark amber body.

Smell: Earthy and slightly sweet. Plum and fig are the strongest on the nose with some caramel and molasses.

Taste: Its a bit odd. Starts sweet and finishes sourish and bitter with an almost piney hop flavor. More malt than anything and the fruits from the nose are barely detectable.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium to light bodied with rather high carbonation.

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Photo of jzlyo
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of jaminjohnson
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of psdonnelly
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of rudy0908
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of AdamP
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Greg_Gerlach
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at bar. Tasted a little flat.

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Photo of bnes09
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper color. Ivory head, good retention and excellent lace film.

Yeast aromas, mostly musty and stale. No caramel or biscuit character.

Some buttery biscuit notes in the taste. Sweet caramel is there yet weak. Not much hop flavor. A hint of cider spice. Odd musty yeast aftertaste.

Full in body, descent carbonation, semi-coarse texture.

Ok but a little rough around the edges. So far, this brewery has not impressed me much. Maybe it will just take time for them to refine their recipes.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle.

Pours a hazed dark copper with a bubbly, dense light tan head. Thick clumps of lace and long lasting retention. Buttery nose, bready, plums, caramel, bubblegum and dough. Thick, full body with light carbonation and a cloying finish. Flavor is dominated by malt, doughy and bready, bubblegum sweet and minimal yeast. Not bad, but not much contribution from the Trappist yeast and too sweet.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A - Pours a very light brown with some nice reddish and amber hints. A thin .25 inch off-white head forms that is dense but recedes quickly. It recedes down to a thin film.

S - Nice toasty, bready and sweet malt aromas are present in the nose. Some mild toffee and caramel in the nose as well as slight spices such as cinnamon.

T - Starts of with nice bread hints and then becomes sweet malt. The sweet toffee and caramel malt flavor is very present as well as some prunes. There is very little in the way of hops and the malt although sweet lacks something. There are very little phenols.

M & D - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some fluffy CO2 but not as complex as expected. Drinkability is low on this one not a winner in my book.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy brown with hints of orange under a creamy off white head. There is a metallic smell, with some roasted malts and a little yeasty musty smell. The taste has a nice heavy malty nuttiness, a little woody bitterness, and a hint of dark fruit like a plum. It has a heavy mouthfeel with tight carbonation, fairly drinkable.

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Photo of IPA1978
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer is so close to a belgian abbey (from belgium) but just a bit muted in most aspects. Tastes of very light malty/raisin sweetness with light bready, floral, leather, faint bitterness and estery yeast. Body is a bit thin for the style. I love a good belgian and trappist beer and this is damn close, worth a try and I will buy again.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant garnet with a 1.5 finger head. Reduces to a .5 finger layer of retention- rich soapy lace.

Nose is rather simple for a Belgian Abbey, but the aromas of caramel, prunes and spices are very pleasant.

On the palate, the malt is rather moderate and weak in flavor allowing a lot more of the spiciness to shine- flavors of black pepper, clove, caramel and a touch of chocolate.

Overall, I wasn't too terribly impressed, but I certainly wasn't upset in any way at all either. There definitely needs to be more malt, but the beer was very drinkable. This seems to be a pretty fresh brewery, and the fact that their bombers retailed 2 for $7 makes me think that they are fully aware that they have lots of room to grow. I wish them all the best.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clear, darkened amber body with a fine layering of beige foam on top.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented, toasted malts team up with juicy, plum-like esters and spicy, clove-scented phenols.

Taste: Toasty, bread maltiness given a thin crust of sweet candi sugar. Carryover of the ripe dark fruitiness from the nose. Minor bitterness. Things soon dry out as the phenols and alcohol take charge. Slight kick of peppery alcohol. Meager amount of enduring maltiness on the dry, clove-packed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly a noble effort from a relatively new brewery, but it falls a bit shy of the mark. I'd say it could benefit from a little boost in the body and carbonation. Still, it's by no means a bad beer.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never heard of these guys before but we got in a couple of sample bombers today.

Pours clear, reddish-brown with a tan head.

Kind of an unusal aroma, evergreen, Belgiany spice, and some fruity esters as it warms.

The taste as a bit more of the tree needles and fruity Belgian yeast. If it just had some more hops it would be more like a brown ale. I'll take New Belgium for half the price.

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Photo of jar2574
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown color, very thin head, decent lacing. An average looking beer. Smells pleasant, smells sweet with a touch of a fruit like cherry. Taste: Very light on hops, heavy on maltiness, a touch of honey and cherries. I think the mouthfeel is a little too watery for this sort of beer, there's not enough heft to the beer. But it's pretty enjoyable and easy to drink. It reminded me more of a brown ale than a Belgian ale.

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Photo of eujath1
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dobroblues
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Two full fingers of biscuity tan head is easily achieved with a medium pour. Head has nice retention and slowly turns to a creamy skim. Body is a beautiful brownish amber tone. Nose is very attractive with tons of sweet malts and rich dark fruits. It really smells nice. Taste doesn't replicate the nose much at all. At first I get dry bitter, almost burnt malts that are far from sweet. The malt flavor is actually a bit off. Almost comes off a bit cardboard like. There is some nuttiness there and a hint of rustic hops. This beer had such promise between the look and smell. Overall it just a ok beer.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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