Belgian-Style Abbey Ale | Cathedral Square Brewery

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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
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Henrich
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Sivad
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of traviswhillier
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Kroller86
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Cbalber82
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kahlstrom
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of yourefragile
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
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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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Entropy501
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
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 BryanCarey
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
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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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of slapperloon
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rudy0908
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of davek72
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of tenaciousp65
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown with a decent head and nice lacing.

A: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits with a bit of coffee and spice.

T: Taste is a blend of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and some spice. Mild bitterness in the background and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and quite creamy. Nicely balanced.

O: Good drinker. Solid offering from a local brewer.

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Photo of jaminjohnson
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of JimSwinson
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Photo of greg6494
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
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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Belgian-Style Abbey Ale from Cathedral Square Brewery
3.51 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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