Moncks Corner Abbey Ale | River Rat Brewery

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Moncks Corner Abbey AleMoncks Corner Abbey Ale

Brewed by:
River Rat Brewery
South Carolina, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SC_Beer_Drinker on 03-22-2014

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 27
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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured dark red-brown, clear with a short-lived bone head. Minimal lacing.

The Trappist yeast shines in both the nose and the flavor. The aroma, in fact, is about on par with a good Belgian dubbel. The flavor, however, falls a bit short of this mark due to a lower level of complexity and depth. Mildly sweet with some Belgian candi showing. Dark and ripe soft fruits in the aroma.

Medium body; light carbonation; smooth.

O: true to style and well done.

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Photo of barronkr
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Cbmccarthy
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of vancean2
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Hilljack51
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Aubassbone
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.88/5  rDev +6%

Photo of SC_Beer_Drinker
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Craigory
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear deep reddish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some crimson red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of fruits (apple, pear, and raisin) over the top of lighter aromas of Belgian yeast and sweet malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark malts with a moderate amount of candi sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of fruits (apple, raisin, and pear) as well as the distinctive Belgian yeast characteristics. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fades almost instantly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: A decent example from an American brewery of a Dubbel but nothing exceptional. Enjoyable and worth trying but nothing out of this world. My first try from this brewery.

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Photo of Wiseaxe
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bendukes86
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaswilson2
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of avalon07
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brownish color and a clear texture. There was a two inch, foamy, very long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of fruit, yeast, and some malt. Fairly standard for the style.

T: Tasted of yeast, fruit (apples especially), and a higher amount of malt than I expected. One of the main problems here is that it's a bit thin, especially in the finish. The flavor seems not to have been pushed far enough, giving it a lack of complexity.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation with a slightly harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another beer that doesn't quite make it. It's worth a try, but there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

The historic taste of the Belgian abbey evokes inspiration in South Carolina. But the classic fruit, spice and steely sweetness isn't enough. The River Rat brewery slather on the taste of the South with an unmistakable bourbon overlay.

Beyond its tawny crimson hues, the ale layers gently into the glass and exudes decadence with caramel, toffee and the sweetness of port. Its lavishly silk textures lay on the tastebuds like a mild barleywine rather than with the common effervescence of abbey ale.

But that low-lying bubbliness allow the flavors to fully saturate the middle palate where the fruit of berry, cherry, peach, apple and plum mingle with the spiciness of peppercorn, light clove, a pep of cinnamon and soft oaken tannins. With the simmering rise of vanilla and coconut, the flavors of bourbon awaken in taste but not in burn.

Its savory finish prefers a sweeter and more rounded character than the dubbel ale of Belgium, but is warm and spicy finish is woven tightly inside the malt and barrel. In its overall profile, a mild English barleywine taste is front and center, but with the yeasty complexities of dubbel.

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Photo of huntermop
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of SolCollins
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of tlema1
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear lovely deep dark ruby. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding classic Belgian nose. Rich dark fruit notes (plum, raisin) over a cast of lighter notes (pear, apple, Belgian yeast, caramel) and a hint of spice that seems to be cinnamon.

Medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy notes. Superb carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and prickly rush in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, very complex and very well balanced. It begins with the fruit flavors of the nose with the lighter variants flowing into the heavier, darker flavors. By the middle, prune is quite evident and is balanced by a slight bitterness and caramel sweetness. The finish is slightly phenolic and leaves you with a subtle lingering tannic bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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Moncks Corner Abbey Ale from River Rat Brewery
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