Belgian-Style Abbey Ale | Cathedral Square Brewery

BA SCORE
81
good
67 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
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
13.39%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of 2Tinypt1
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dobroblues
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not bad, not amazing, my first beer from these guys is a unique one, but definitely not my favorite. its a nice mahogany color with a head that looks very belgian, almost two inches tall and lacy and airy. it sells like dried red fruits, a little soy, clove, weighty crystal malts, and spice cake. the yeast is great, hints of red wine and white pepper from it, thats easily my favorite element here. i wonder if they used an extra non-grain sugar source, sort of has that brown sugar or honey quality to it, with some residual sugar for sure, but lots of cherry and raisin flavors too. medium bodied and well enough carbonated, they got that part down pretty well. this is a hard one to put my finger on, its like a little dubbel, without quite the malt depth, but there is some strange off flavor i dont care for here subtly, like it was fermented just a bit too warm or something, i cant get past it, and it turns me off from liking this as much as i would otherwise. i would like to try some of their other beers, seems like they have some cool recipes working, but this one seemed a little amateurish to me, as drinkable as it was.

 1,136 characters

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +10%
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 ;-)

 838 characters

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MLoxxer
2.61/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

 733 characters

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

 615 characters

Photo of eujath1
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPA1978
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

 344 characters

Photo of crazyfoMostout
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Clockwork420
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

 916 characters

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greg_Gerlach
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at bar. Tasted a little flat.

36 characters

Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +8%
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.

 234 characters

Photo of jzlyo
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Jerm2401
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Eposse
2.24/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of Faroveryonder
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of WoodJRx
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Belgian-Style Abbey Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
3.51 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe