1787 Abbey Single | New Jersey Beer Company

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New Jersey Beer Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 43
Photo of KTCamm
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6/14....pours bright gold with light layer of white foam. Gritty pilsy nose, some citrus. Funky earthy taste lemon background. Apples too? Kind of glommed together and not quite there.

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Photo of Steved9mm
3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Appearance, hazy yellow with a nice off white head
Smell, somewhat hoppy buy you can smell the yeast as well.
Taste, delicious maltyness that finishes with a nice belgian yeast flavor hops are present but not the main event.
Mouthfeel, nice and light a truely great summer beer.
Overall good stuff.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad take on a Belgian style from a newish American brewery. Pours a pretty golden color with a bright white head. Some phenols in the scent giving me some legitimate Belgian vibes. Taste is mild, inoffensive on the whole with some of those Belgian phenols again. This might be a decent choice to use as a gateway beer for someone. There are some familiar fizzy yellow beer notes along some more interesting twists and turns along the way. I wouldn't compare this to Orval but if you look you can see some of the same connective tissue. This beer makes me interested to see if the New Jersey beer company ever puts out a Belgian strong ale. This beer makes me think they could pull off a decent one, if not a very good one.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bit of a middling Belgian pale, to be sure. Hazy gold body, small white head. Average retention, a little bit of spotty lace on the glass. Aroma has very mild fruity esters, a little sweet maltiness. Nothing too prominent. Flavor is very much the same; just a hint of the typical fruitiness you’d expect from a Belgian Pale; light sweetness, generic malt character, faint floral hop notes. Hints of green apple, lemon, spice. Pretty bland overall. Carbonation is on the aggressive side, giving the medium light body a prickly feel that’s not very smooth. A little too burp inducing, I’d say. Not so impressive.

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Photo of claspada
2.39/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Aromas of musky, grass, herbal, hay, and a slight malt presence.

The taste was very thin and disappointing, lacking the sweet, hoppy Belgian flavors needed in a Abbey style beer. Certainly tasted grassy, with only a modest hint of maltiness and herbs, and really no evidence of spice or sugar.

The mouthful is crisp with a snappy carbonation. A decent feel and fullness, reminds me of apple juice with a tart orange and apple layover on the tongue. This is a very weak version of a Belgian ale. Easy to quaff but there is a lack of a flavor profile that keeps you from coming back for more.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

1787 Abbey Single covers a spectrum from lemon peel to tangerine in it's color, depending on specifics. The pure white head rises to about three fingers tall. Retention is decent, but lacing is way disappointing. The nose has an extremely clean, crisp malt presence, a little bit of apple but mostly crackers/bread. There's also a little bit of a spicy/herbal noble hop aroma kicking around, but not much. No real yeast note to speak of, and I hope the beer doesn't turn out to be as malt forward as the nose suggests it will be. I find a much better balance in the flavor. The malt is turned down a bit, and it lets the hops shine through a bit more. I can actually taste just a hint of clove from the yeast as well, but it's not as present as it should be. The body is dancing on the line between light and downright watery, but always manages to stay just on the right side. The carbonation feels very pinpoint on my tongue, pretty nice mouthfeel overall. 1787 Abbey Ale certainly isn't the most flavorful/exciting Belgian style beer I've ever had, but that's not what I think it's setting out to be either. It's very easy drinking and is something I could see my non craft drinking friends enjoy, so NJ Beer Co did a good job in that regard.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A dull bronze-tangerine color shows some signs of unfiltration with a snappy, medium strong effervesce. The head is initially 2+ fingers, soapy, with a dull cream color and quick to fall from grace minus a lacing. Was expecting something perhaps a bit darker in color.

S: Some musky fruit, apples, mandarin oranges and red grapes with some musky citrus of modest strength.

T: The flavor was fruity with some musky tones as well of apples, melons and some pear juice. Fairly crisp with some underlying tones of lemony grapefruit. A honey bready sweetness comes about near finish with a close of musky citrus on the swallow.

T: The mouthful is crisp with a snappy carbonation. A decent feel and fullness, reminds me of apple juice with a tart orange and apple layover on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was ok, not what I think of as a table abbey, a bit fruity and musky tart. Ones okay but would hold off on more.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy straw color with a thin white head that disappears very fast. No lacing.

Aroma is mostly malt and bread with only the faint presence of belgian yeast. Flavor seems more light lager than belgian. Definitely lighter flavors than expected. Flavor is creamy and smooth with some mild bitterness in the finish.

Carbonation is high and mouthfeel is light. This is a pleasant session beer, but didn't live up to my expectations.

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Photo of Maerzen
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at dba Brooklyn. This Belgian Pale Ale had a very clear appearance with a small amount of foam and lacing. Interestingly, there was little to no aroma at all. I kept waiting for something to appear. There was a slight taste of bananas and clove but I may have just been hoping that there was something there. Really not too much to this beer. It wasn't bad and was completely drinkable it was just a bit bland.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa a few weeks back since I'd never seen beer from the New Jersey Beer Company before. Didn't have high expectations for this and although it wasn't a bad beer, it did disappoint a bit after I tried it a few times.

It may say Belgian Pale Ale on here but the amount of flavors is lacking. Yes, this pours a nice golden straw color but the head and lacing were almost nowhere to be found. The taste was very malty with a hint of sourness and the mouthfeel was quite thin. It reminded me a bit of lemon zest that was past its prime and this beer made me want to pucker up, but not in the good way.

Thankfully, this was light on the alcohol as well. I could probably have more than one in a sitting if I didn't have anything else in my fridge but I could see how most people wouldn't feel that way. It felt nice to support a New Jersey brewer that's new to the scene but from what I've seen on here, this and their other offerings have quite a bit to go...

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden/amber with a very thin white head, no retention, and spotty lacing. Modest visible carbonation. Smelled of grass, modest herbs, hay, and a slight malt presence. Certainly tasted grassy, with only a modest hint of maltiness and herbs, and really no evidence of spice or sugar. Was a little surprised by the latter. Very thin-bodied, and modestly carbonated. For an 'abbey single', this beer certainly needs to be beefed up a bit.

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Photo of Gavage
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a hint of orange tint. A wispy head breaks apart immediately making this look very flat.

Smell: little aroma as there is some grassy tones with a hint of mild bitterness.

Taste: mild malt profile with some green grapes, pears, and a soft bitterness. Reminded me of a rye beer in part of the flavor profile. No belgian yeast flavors or any spiciness at all here.

Mouthfeel: thin bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some soft dryness late. Aftertaste is almost clean.

Drinkability: this is a very weak version of a belgian ale. Easy to quaff but there is a lack of a flavor profile that keeps you from coming back for more. Disappointing overall.

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Photo of rkcrozier
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Copper Mine Pub

A - minimal head, no lacing, a bit cloudy in the glass

S - the usual Belgian smells but not very prominent in the nose; could have used a bit more punch

T - the taste was very thin and disappointing, lacking the sweet, hoppy Belgian flavors

M - very minimal flavor

D - the least favorite of the 3 beers I tried; I was really surprised they brewed a Abbey beer as one of their first endeavors. I wouldn't be disappointed if they stopped brewing this.

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Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and had a large beige head that died down quickly.
S: There is an aroma of piney and citrusy hops, which is more reminiscent of that which you would typically expect from an IPA.
T: Hop flavors really stand out in the taste, although they are not too strong. Any possible flavors of spices are masked by the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: The beer tastes OK, but I could not have more than one of these in a single sitting.

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1787 Abbey Single from New Jersey Beer Company
3.1 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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