Super Bock Abadia | UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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Super Bock AbadiaSuper Bock Abadia

Brewed by:
UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AlexLMS on 07-04-2007

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Photo of JohnEricaLawson
4/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Mellonius
3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle straight from the fridge into a tulip glass.

Beautiful red copperish color with a medium off-white head that did not last very long.

Smells fruity and sweet. maybe some honey notes.

Pleasantly full-bodied on the palate. Very low bitterness. The dominant notes are fruity, which is probably the only thing that justifies the name "abadia" for this beer (it has nothing to do with an abbey-style beer). Sweet malty taste and a finish that doesn't last much.

Although it is not at all an abbey-style beer, I liked it a lot and, for the low price I payed, would surely recommend it. Not very sessionable, but a great beer to harmonize with many different meals. thumbs up. best portuguese beer I ever tried.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.84/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, just for clarification, despite its name, this beer has nothing to do with the Bock style.

Abadia pours with a medium reddish amber color. The head has light tan color and is of a medium size (not very persistent though). Very clear.
It has a nice sweet nose of toffee and caramel. The taste confirms the aromas with the sweet malts dominating the flavors.
It is a mouthcoating beer with fair carbonation, moderate alcoholic strength and a consistent full body.
The finish is unctuous with a fair length.

Overall: a balanced and elegant amber lager. Some people will find it too sweet but I liked it very much and probably will have another one in the nearby future.

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Photo of XmAjOX
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of pirilauamarelo
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of endovelico
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a orange bronze beer with a sizeable ivory head. Decent lacing and weak head retention. Medium Effervescence.

Aroma: Balanced and strong aroma of caramel upfront with perle like honey/resign notes and saaz like flower notes on the back. Appealing.

Taste: Caramel up front with flowery, sulphuric and biscuity notes on the back. Theres a slight grassiness aswell.

Palate: Medium carbonation. Medium low bitterness. Medium body. Sweetness on the mid palate and then dies out.

Drinkability: Obviously not an abbey style ale, as the name implies. Not even an ale. Nonetheless, This beer as come a long way. Last time i had it, i was far from impressed. There's some flaws but it's still decent nonetheless. Cheap and being an Amber lager. Should pair well with a profusion of dishes.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this was the best beer I had in Portugal. Bought a 4 pack at Gale beach for about 4 Euros.

From a brown longneck poured into a glass, the beer is red with gold highlights. It has an off-white head with good lacing. It's a looker.

The nose is of caramel & fresh milled grains.

The taste is sweet with honey & tootsie roll notes. There is some slight hopping in the aftertaste. The beer is almost bock like in its finish.

The mouth is pleasantly thickish. It was an easy drinker, but two in row was enough for me due to the sweetness.

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Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super Bock uses a lot of young, attractive and virtually naked people in their advertisements (which you can watch on their website). And the beer itself is kind of like that too: Abadia has a fresh, healthy and attractive complexion, its pristine clarity, fluttering bubbles and soft but brimming light amber colour are all certainly worth showing off.

Unlike standard Super Bock, Abadia actually smells like a proper Bock. There's a simple but fairly substantial maltiness with hints of toasted bread crusts and a fleeting tinge of fruit esters and nutty sweetness. You can even make out a dash of earthy hops. It doesn't have all the power of Germany's best but it makes a very respectable homage.

According to the brewery, Abadia is their first beer to follow the traditional recipe book (which I read as "doesn't use cheap adjuncts"). I believe it. There isn't a trace of corn syrup or rice; the maltiness holds its own and offers a fairly compelling amount of toasty, bready, nutty flavour to accompany the authentically grainy overtone.

Perhaps most significant, it tastes like nothing was rushed. Aside from some very minor, basically negligible (and practically unavoidable) fruit esters, this is clean as clean can be. The malt is perfectly attenuated. There's not a trace of alcohol to be found, despite the sizeable 6.4% that's actually in there. All the evidence points to a properly, patiently lagered beer.

What a surprise! Having only tried Super Bock's bogus, lousy pale lager and knowing the massive Carslberg-owned brewery's reputation for making generic mass-market products, I never would have expected them to brew a proper and reasonably decent Helles Bock which, of all styles, requires immense skill, quality ingredients and close attention to detail.

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Photo of educorgan
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of FLima
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice copper color with a one finger head with medium retention.
Predominant sweet aroma of molasses, grains and brown sugar.
Condimented and sweet flavor. Notes of caramel malt, Belgian yeast, English hops and brown sugar. Hints of sulfur.
Medium body with good carbonation.
This one was actually more fun than the last one I tried. A bit overly sweet, but still appropriate for the style. Though the name Abadia, does not describe it well. Not extraordinary but worth it a try.

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Photo of vinicole
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Rasmon
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Lipa
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of patre_tim
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper, filtered with 6 fingers of beige head, and no carbonation.

Smells of dark toasted malts, clean linen, and fermenting oranges.

Tastes of dark toasted notes, molasses, rust, and a light sweetness.

Medium to light body, with little carbonation.

Got at CentFest in Chiang Mai today, drinking it here April 24th, 2017. Got it because I'm watching a travel show on Lisbon. No other need really for more details on this brew.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Was over in Saint Germain-en-Laye earlier today and happened to find a Portuguese bistro while roaming around. I had never really tried (or even bothered to try) any Portuguese beer, but I was thirsty and curious to see if there were any worthwhile selections. I cannot remember the other one I had, as it was not stellar, but this one did stand out. This was poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a brownish, amber-tinged color that is reminiscent of several decent amber lagers I've had in the past. There's some decent carbonation rising around the glass (though a pretty unimpressive head) but otherwise pretty clear looking. Still, on a hot day like today, it's quite inviting in appearance. Not much to really smell here, however: some malty aromas that smell rich, but not much hoppiness or sweetness that could have really accentuated the aroma in the long run. It isn't a bad smell, it's just not very rich.

The flavor proves itself to be pretty decent, though. The full-bodied maltiness of the beer immediately hits your taste buds, but there's a decent creamy and yeasty feel to the beer that makes it pretty tasty. There's a slight dry hoppiness to the flavor, but otherwise there's not much adding a decent flavor to this beer's backbone other than the malts. I actually think 6.4% ABV helps out as well. However, it does prove itself to be successful in the long run: this was an easy beer to drink and kept a pleasant balance in character the whole time. I do think it would be even better as an ale, however.

I learned today that beer is quite popular in Portugal, although I do know that they are a country more renowned for their wines. Nevertheless, if they have any beer that's worth checking out, this would be one. On a hot or a cold day and with a light character but above-average drinking experience, this would be a decent choice.

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Photo of Momon
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nine_Tails
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sephyrott
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Pedro16v
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured in an ordinary glass at the Coimbra's shopping mall.

A: Pours a amber clear color with a medium sized white head. Few lacings left

S: Sweet malts are a must, sweet caramel, a bit fruity followed by a mild smell of Belgium yeasts (reminds a Dubbel)

T: Sweet. Sweet malts and caramel. Some fruit esters. Actually, it tastes like a Red Lager. The Abadia can only be justified by the biscuity and "Belgium like" yeasts.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Well, not that bad for a Portuguese beer I would say. No offense, just a reality

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Photo of josanguapo
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. Reading CPPHTP10 Ch12. This is not an abbey beer as its name suggest. More of a Marzen. It isnt too bad. Caramel taste and a bit alcoholic. To drink with care as its goes up to the head quickly.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from a Lisbon supermarket.


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Photo of Sigmund
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet). ABV is 6.4%. Clear amber colour, large and lasting off-white head. Fruity and flowery hops in the aroma, some sugary notes too. The flavour is malty sweet and sugary, notes of caramel. Low bitterness. I drank the beer at cellar temperature +, it will probably taste better when cold.

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Super Bock Abadia from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
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