Abbey Normal | BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.

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BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
United States

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
BJ's Abbey Normal is what the Belgian's call a Dubbel (or Double Ale), which is the most popular style of Abbey Ale. This historic beer style is traditionally brewed by Trappist Monks in Belgium. A full-bodied, light brown ale with a fruity flavor profile, the unique bouquet of fruit and spice comes from fermentation with an authentic Trappist yeast.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by dbarny76:
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nrbw23
2.76/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice egg shell colored head. Head has pretty good lacing and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smell is pretty tame. Dark fruits, bready and yeast. A bit of spice here too.

T- Pretty much exactly like the nose. Taste is very mellow. Bready, spice, dark fruits and a very light hop.

M- Medium in body and carbonation was on the lighter side.

O- Pretty weak overall. I'll pass on this one again.

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Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of JamesS
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Greenwood, Indiana location... poured a very nice brown/burnished copper with excellent head and some decent lacing throughout. Nice deep malty scents with hints of sugar and a very deep spicy hoppiness. Nice flavors, with a great deep maltiness, slight roastiness, hints of sugars and cherries, and a peppery spicy ending. Goes down quite well, nice and thick, and just slightly warm.

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

"Abbey who?" "Abbey....Normal." Every time I see that used, my mind jumps to Young Frankenstein. Served on-tap at the Laguna Beach locale, on to the beer:

Brownish red in color, topped off by a reasonably fair sized head and several strings of lace. The nose has reasonable balance, giving off some banana, clove, and spice aromas. It is a little spicy, but not TOO spicy.

A little more complex is the taste. Sometimes a beer may taste good at first then become too much after that, but in Abbey Normal, the overall flavor doesn't commit that sin. Flavors of banana, touch of clove, apple, and cinnamon hit. The alcohol isn't over the top, and there is just enough balance to where this isn't a mess of booze or too much yeast character (see BJ's Grand Cru). It's medium full in body, and a adequately drinkable.

Often enough, an American brewed strong Belgian style can be a mess. I anticipated a mess (remembering the BJ's Grand Cru as another strong Belgian style), so rating the Abbey Normal as a 3.5 is a bit of a victory for the BJ's crew. Still, I probably wouldn't order it much, given what's already pouring at BJ's.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sacramento.

A - Pours a dark brown, with 2 fingers of mocha head. Dissipates moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

S - Roasted raisins and figs with some roasty breadiness. Hops are faint, but are earthlike. Yeast esters are familiar, cloying abbey yeast from Orval.

T - There is a moderate amount of astringency from the roasty breadiness. Raisins and figs are more subtle from the achieved astringency in the taste and mouthfeel. Beer is fairly slick, may not have fully fermented. Hops still faint, seem slightly earthy with some spice.

M - Malt dominated, medium-full bodied, with moderate notes of astringency. Equally, there is some alcohol warmth, with notes of fusel as well. Very yeasty and cloying. Combination of yeast profile and low attenuation make a bad combination.

D - Probably a good list of ingredients until they dropped in the Orval yeast and had issues with the attenuation. May have been kegged too quickly and fermented at low temperatures. The beer seemed to be rushed.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of FosterJM
2.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1254th Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750ml C/C

Thanks to my buddy Ryan for this bottle.

App- A very wonderful looking beer. A ton of colors melding. Purples, browns, reds. A nice 2 finger light khaki head with some great cling.

Smell- Pretty standard offering of a dubbel. malty, dark fruits, yeasty, sugar. Just wasnt alot here, even after it warmed.

Taste- WTF!!! Something had to have gone wrong. Its like a dubbel, a kvass and a pile of pond water had a baby and put in this bottle. Not layers, just bad.

Mouth- Standard medium carbonation. A bit fizzy with a standard medium body. Soft residual dark fruits.

Drink- Not sure what happened with this one, but very glad I didnt buy one.

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Photo of dertyd
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Cinderbike
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Rust colored with an off-white head.

S - Faint hints of plums, figs, apricots, cherries, and caramel.

T - Sweet. Malty, caramel flavors dominate. Not much else, some faint stone fruit flavors.

M - Medium, but decent carbonation.

O - Too sweet for the style but not a bad beer. Certainly better than some of the year-round offerings.

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.96/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very tasty! Good smell and feel.

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Abbey Normal from BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery Inc.
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 23 ratings