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Abe's Ale | Rolling Meadows Brewery

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Brewed by:
Rolling Meadows Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A brown ale with maple syrup, molasses and brown sugar. This smooth trifecta is accompanied by a high ABV. Its dark amber color comes from deep malted barley and molasses.

Added by emerge077 on 08-05-2011

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 9
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of zeledonia
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to match1112 for another interesting BIF beer. A maple syrup brown ale? I'm intrigued. Tasted 4 January 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pour is pretty top-notch for a brown ale. Deep coffee brown; light behind it reveals it to be clear.

Smell is fantastic. Woody, with the maple syrup and sugar providing an amazing complement. The syrupy sweetness comes in high in the nose, while the woody nutty aromas come in below. Exactly what I think a brown ale should be - full of malts, sweet but not overly so, and with layers of malty sugary complexity. Dang.

Taste is quite good, though not on the level of the smell. Comes through sweet and fruity-nutty, before a shade of bitterness reminds me that I'm not drinking dessert. Oh, tasty sugary nuts. Yummy. Finish is a blend of the bitter and the sweet; and without either, the other wouldn't be quite as good.

Medium-bodied, with a frothy carbonation that fluffs it up throughout my mouth. Kinda like drinking cotton candy in reverse.

This is, quite simply, one of the best brown ales I've ever had. Excellent balance of sweetness (which is high, for sure), woody/nutty flavors, and a gentle bitterness. Yum.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First visit to the brewery for growlers was a success. Cheers to Chris and Seth for hosting and showing us around.

Into a large mug it pours a reddish murky brownish shade, with a thin layer of wispy foam on the surface. Some spotty lace all around as its sipped.

Light earthy roast and minor oatmeal raisin sweetness, woody maple, some fruity yeast esters emerge after a swirl.

Full bodied and very flavorful, lots of roast and lingering maple flavors, molasses, chicory. Bittersweet chocolate and oatmeal raisin cookie, with an earthy hoppiness lending complimentary bitterness in the finish. Creamy lactose, smooth and moreish. Hard to believe this is 9.5%, the abv is expertly hidden. Drinkability is high considering the abv/can't put it down ratio...

This is my favorite beer from RMB so far, and really shows their potential. Can't wait to see what they turn out in their experimental series in the future.

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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: an aggressive pour into a pint glass results in a light brown body with copper/amber highlights. atop the body sits a finger and half of tan head that quickly recedes to a foam cap with little lacing.

s: the nose is greeted with maple syrup, malts, some alochol from the 9.5% and some light nutty fragrance.

t: maple at first with a nice malt presence, but dominated by the high abv.

m: kinda thin for a maple syrup beer. i was expecting some stickieness with a fuller body. also has a warming finish.

o: pretty good beer from a start up brewery. wish it had a fuller body and maybe a little vanilla to compliment the flavors, but that's just me. will definatly purchase again. drink local!

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4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby red color with a small tan head. A bit noisy on the pour, sounds like I am pouring a soda. The head doesn't stay around very long, leaving some lcing across the top.

Bit sweet on the smell, in a good way. Caramel and toffee seem to be the main notes, hint of brown sugar as well.

Has a nice nutty sweetness to it. Caramel and toffee along with some maple syrup. There is some bitterness at the finish, along with a lingering nutty flavor.

Has a bit of a bite due to the high carbonation, otherwise nothing to complain about

Definitely a nice beer here. It's a bit high in the abv department, but very drinkable. Lot of flavor to it, sweet without being cloying, has a nice balance to it. This is my first beer from this brewery, and it makes me anxious to try more.

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4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served into a Snifter. Thanks to match1112 for this one!
Appearance is very dark brown with a vanilla colored two finger head.
The nose is inviting. Scents of caramel, malts, brown sugar, maple syrup, alcohol, and maybe some vanilla. It starts with a caramel malt taste followed by sweet sugar, maple, and a nice nutty flavor. Mouthfeel has a light to medium body and average carbonation. This is a quality brown ale from a brewery I had never heard of. I like the addition of maple syrup. Nice and sweet but not overdone.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of jgarvis
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MustyDusty
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from Rolling Meadows thanks to match 1112. Thanks, Matt!

It pours a dark brown with another fine 2 finger head of foam. RM sure makes their beers not lacking in the foam department.

There's oodles of brown sugar and maple syrup in the smell. Sweet but not overly sweet. I also get a wee bit of the powerful abv this weighs in at.

The taste brings no great surprises from what I got in the smell. Brown sugar, maple syrup, maybe some dark chocolate that cuts any possible overly sweet tones; in fact, I find it quite bitterish in the finish. A great job in hiding the abv, I must say. Hardly noticeable in the taste and not THAT warming after the swallow. That's puzzling in a good way.

Pretty light bodied for a big beer, I find the carbonation spot on for what this is and it's more drinkable than it has a right to being. An unusual take on the style that I firmly give a thumbs up to. Oh and..the foam just never quits.

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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is nutty malts, caramel/toffee and mild maple syrup sweetness. The flavor is nutty/biscuit malts, fruit/berries and a mix of tart and dryish/medium sweetness.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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