Summit Belgian Style Abbey Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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86
very good
71 Ratings
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Summit Belgian Style Abbey AleSummit Belgian Style Abbey Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
summitbrewing.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bsp77 on 07-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
8.48%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 27
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of bnes09
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber, orange, ruby color that continually changes with the lighting. Foamy off white head holds itself well and even adds a few lace patches.

Aroma is a complex balance of sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, yeast, spices, hops and alcohol. Love the complexity. Each component is competing for my attention.

Flavor follows the nose beginning with a caramel malt backbone and fig sweetness. Spicy herbal, leafy hops complimented by mild nutmeg and ground pepper. Clove-like yeast, fairly fresh. Mild alcohol burn adds a dry chardonnay like quality. Exceptional balance.

Medium bodied. Yeasty texture. Good carbonation. Slightly dry, tart finish.

Exceptional dubbel. Just as good as examples that come from Belgium and considerably more fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of klaybie
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Summit brewed Belgian style Dubbel really surprised me.

A: Standard red/amber appearance. Minimal head (purposefully on the part of the bartender so no points deducted there). No lacing.

N: Caramel, slight alcohol, yeast. Fitting for a Dubbel.

T: Caramel, yeast, biscuity malts. I am searching for a flaw and cannot find one. I am wholly surprised.

M: Moderate to light carbonation, medium bodied, wonderful.

O: The best beer I have had from Summit. I would say it blew me away, honestly.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear brownish amber with some ruby red. Lots of rising bubbles and a big five finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma of Belgian yeast with lots of sweet roasted malts. Big hints of caramel, toffee, and bready biscuit. Also some big hints of dark fruits including raisins, fig, prunes, dates, and dark cherry. Some hints of banana, bubblegum, and candied sugars. Subtle clove spices. Has a nice overall earthy smell aided by some light floral hops.

Taste: A really tasty mix of yeast, dark fruits, and bready malts. Belgian yeast upfront along with a big taste of bready biscuity malts. Notes of caramel, toffee, banana, and bubblegum. Some candied and brown sugars. Nice mix of dark fruit tastes with notes of raisin, prunes, figs, dark cherry, and dates. Some spicy cloves. Also a nice presence of earthy hops that add some balancing bitterness to the mix. Really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and slightly slick. Alcohol heat is kind of noticeable but this still goes down fairly smooth.

Overall: A really solid interpretation of a Belgian Dubbel here. A nice balance of bready and fruity sweetness with spicy and bitter notes.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of zeledonia
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have a hard time passing up the beers in this series, though I find them to be hit-and-miss. Tasted 8 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep coppery amber, clear but dark enough that it's tough to see through. One finger of yellowish head, fades quickly, and leaves little lacing.

Smell is spot-on for a dubbel - sweet, sugary, and fruity, with a background of lightly spicy yeast. Candi sugar, peaches... yum. The yeasty esters bubble up from behind, filling the nose. One of the better-smelling American dubbels I've encountered.

Taste is quite good, though it peaks a little lower and fades a little earlier than I'd like it to. More spicy than sweet (but the sweetness is there), and with the bitterness rising up more in the latter half than I want it to. So close, but not quite.

Mouthfeel is what it should be, and more. Medium-bodied but heavy, with medium-low carbonation and a sugary stickiness, especially in the finish.

A darn good beer, and one of the better American dubbels I've encountered. If the great Belgian ones weren't so widely available, I'd find it a lot more enticing.

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Photo of jera1350
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a goblet a deep brownish hued gold with a creamy looking cap of foam that consists of an infinite amount of tiny bubbles. Great lace and retention.

Cocoa, clove and very ripe banana. Some brown sugar with caramelized sugar also.

Chocolatey, clove, chocolate covered banana, belgian yeast, bread crust. Warm alcohol, some light earthiness and spice.

Very smooth and extremely soft carbonation that is a bit on the lower side. Dry finish on the tongue.

I am very impressed with this beer. Another winner from the Unchained Series. Wonderfully made all around. Will enjoy more of this one.

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Photo of bsp77
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Hazy orangish red with thin tan head and light lacing tendrils.

Smell: Plum, raisins, cherry, banana and light clove. Overripe fruit overload.

Taste: Identical notes as the smell (see above) but slightly more muted.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a lightly drying finish. Seems almost a touch too thin, but I feel that way about most Dubbels. It is actually less of an issue with this one so I will let it slide.

Overall: Even though this is not my favorite Belgian style, this is actually one of the best ones I have had, and yes I have had the Trappists. Very surprising coming from Summit, who are not known for Belgian style beers. High quality six pack of Dubbels for $9? Yes, please.

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Photo of Greggy
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a ruby brown body with light creamy tan head 1 finger in height. The head shows good retention. Some sparse lacing is present.

S- What a nice nose on this, displaying cocoa, caramel, some nice nutmeg, some clove, a bit of raisin. Very round and balanced.

T- Starts off with some herbal hops with some nice sugars to tie it in. A nice breadiness is apparent which rolls quite nicely into the finish which retains some nice maltiness.

M- Medium carbonation is pleasant. The big body is pleasing on the palette.

O- Overall, a very nice beer. Not exactly perfect in late July but I like forward to really getting my money's worth in Early September with this beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery with light tan head, some lace clings to the side of the glass as the beer is drained. Smell is mostly a faint sweet malt character. Nothing unpleasant, but not exciting, either. Taste has distinct selective Belgian character- it's candied, bubble gum, faint banana but not peppery and no cloves that I can detect. Pleasant softly carbonated body, medium density, smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Clean finish. Thirst quenching and even refreshing. Very interesting take on the Belgian style. Pretty good as well. Keep 'em coming.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Summit Belgian Style Abbey Ale from Summit Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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