The Rose
The Black Abbey Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #126
Ranked #30,158
3.77 | pDev: 12.2%
The Black Abbey Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
Notes: Our best seller! A rich, golden color with the spicy aroma of clove and candy banana. The Belgian yeast shines bright on the palate, light and silky, with a clean, slightly drying bitter finish. Pairs well with afternoons on the lake; spring fare, white fish and fruit.

14 IBUs
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can. Pale amber color with no head. Light caramel malt smell. Medium feel, a little low on carbonation. Bready taste with a little caramel sweetness and cloves. Sort of Belgian, but doesn't really come together.

Jan 19, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a tall glass. Best by September 2019, created date unintelligible.

Looks pretty nice, almost clear golden yellow body, small white head which quickly dissipates to a thin ring leaving no lacing.

Aroma suitably "Belgiany", a little yeast, mildly spicy.

Taste is fairly neutral, a little sweet, some yeast, no fruit notes. But nothing bad either.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish a tad dry with the light yeast note.

Overall, perfectly serviceable Belgian pale, great for pounding in the hot weather

Jul 03, 2019
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Crimson-RV from Tennessee

3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 ounce can a smell of banana and possibly grape or fig not much head. sweet with a slight bittering hops moderate carbonation and leaves a sticky feel with a slightly bready aftertaste .

Jun 04, 2018
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Eidson30 from Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Not my "cup of tea" at all.

I picked up some fruity (banana maybe?) aromas that didn't really convert to taste. Not much to say in terms of a body. The head only lasted fo 20-30 seconds after pouring.

Mar 26, 2018
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-gold body with a smallish, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Lightly musty, lightly sourish bread given a quick, curt dunk in light-colored syrup for a bit of perceived sweetness alongside noticeable clove and 'nana notes.

Taste: Sweet, bready with a relatively firm graininess. Spicy phenolics, a touch of honey and some metallic bananas. Takes a slight sourish turn once you round the midway and holds there. More of the banana, clove on a rather tangy, twangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Some of its aspects are a bit too assertive for me, we're left missing the subtlety and gracefulness of its inspired-by brethren.

Feb 03, 2018
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Bryan12345 from Texas

5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh. Em. Gee. I’m not sure what I expected when I read “Belgian-style blonde”, but this is fantastic! Perfect Belgian sourness with blonde ale maltiness!

Dec 28, 2017
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brunsojw from Tennessee

3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Admittedly, I have a tough time getting behind the belgian pale ale. Just doesn't do it for me.

That being said, this is a decent example of the style. Crisp, banana flavored.

Mar 22, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it on draft on a Christmas road trip,through Nashville. Golden yellow color, thin head and ok lacing. Sweet floral smell. Nice fresh taste that is lemony with bananas, a bit of orange. A pleasant beer!

Dec 25, 2016
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thedifferencemaker from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I snagged this can from the Crafted Brewed bottle store in Nashville. It poured with a small head, and it looks delicious. I get mostly Belgian yeast in the nose, and the taste follows from that. It's pretty crisp and refreshing!

Apr 05, 2016
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richj1970 from Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft at a local restaurant.

A: Straw yellow with slight one finger white head. Short retention and little to no lacing.

S: Belgian yeast mixed with fruit esters, banana, and clove.

T: Candied banana, soft floral hops, and cracker malts.

M: Medium to light body with a crisp, dry finish.

O: Very nice twist on an American Blond Ale giving it some Belgian flare.

Feb 11, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black Abbey Brewing Co. "The Rose"
on tap at the brewery
Belgian-style blonde ale, 5.7% ABV, 15 IBUs

Appearance: Fairly clear deep gold/bronze body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. Both the head retention and lacing could be better... perhaps a dirty glass?

Aroma: Floral, fruity, yeasty. Chalky background.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests. Malty but not sweet. Floral/grassy hops. Low-medium bitterness. Dry, chalky/fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body; smooth with a median, fine-bubbled carbonation. I can't help but feel this is actually supposed to be slightly more carbonated.

Overall: I could easily see opening and pouring a bottle of Belgian beer and finding this. Nicely done.

Oct 02, 2015
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange Amber in tone. Head is only a skim of off white hue. The nose is very nice with tones of citrus, vanilla and rose wine. There is a crisp cream soda like feel as well. The initial that I notice about this beer that I wasn't expecting, is a nice crisp but sutle tartness. Dry white wine like tannins pair with a soft peach skin fruit feel. This brew has excellent balance. I wish I had a cellar full of this one as it was a very pleasant surprise.

Sep 19, 2015
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Homegrownbeerbro from Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Homegrown Taproom in Nashville. This has quickly become one of my favorite beers and the fact that it is made in Nashville is even better. Everything Black Abbey does is great. Pours a light golden color, light floral but malty smells. Nice puffy head with some thin lacing. Nice malty almost sweet taste with the fruity/banana finish. Very well balanced beer and very easy to drink. Finishes smooth and has just enough carbonation to be very refreshing still. I love this beer and have yet to try something from Black Abbey that I haven't. The brewery and people are awesome!

Aug 30, 2015
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Shadowfax1796 from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite beers. It's very unique in its taste and make which is what I think the people who made it wanted. A unique beer like Nashville. Its a great beer that my whole family will very willingly drink which is not always common. A nice golden color with a hint of red. Citrusy but not overpowering. Recommend to anyone who likes a good Belgian or is willing to try something cool.

Aug 22, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer is so good, way better than its ratings, and one of my favorite beers from tennessee. it was billed to me as a belgian blonde rose, which, aside from being a contradiction, also means its not really a witbier as listed here, or at least not like any i have ever had, although i can definitely see there being a healthy dose of wheat in this. i love the color, pinkish red light, still golden in color, but with beautiful accent colors and a tall and lasting belgian type head on it. the nose is sort of like a witbier i suppose, although i certainly dont get any coriander and if there is citrus in here its slight. i like what the grain does with the yeast here, relying on each other for flavor and nuance. the yeast is belgian in nature, but not loaded with fruity esters or heavy spice overtones, instead taking on a rather mild complexion, but distinct nevertheless. the grain is layered and ranges from rich and earthy to crackery at times. i could drink ten of these easily, and wish i had enough time to do so in one sitting while i was down there. just a lovely beer, and who says blonde ales cant be exciting? this one absolutely is. i was impressed with these guys, dying to check out the brewery next time.

May 21, 2015
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FickleBeast from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at flip burger in Nashville. Nice banana aroma. Pleasantly sweet with fruity yeast flavors dominating.

Solid, sessionable Witbier, no complaints here.

Mar 04, 2015
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BigBry from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

This was Black Abbey's rotation when we visited the Beer Sellar in Nashville. Draft pint.

Arrived slightly hazy, blonde color, short white head.
Some floral hops smell.
Refreshing taste. Had a hard time nailing anything specific down. On Black Abbey's website this is
described as a Belgian style blonde, but there wasn't the tradition Belgian yeast or spice.
I see it listed as a Witbier here. Obviously one of the hybrids that doesn't fit a specific style.
Wheat malt taste was evident.
Thin body, good carbonation, fresh and light.

Oct 13, 2014
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