Summit Belgian Style Abbey Ale | Summit Brewing Company

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86
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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
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Deep dark amber hue, slightly hazy. Sufficient lacing.

SMELL: Peppery, herbal phenols, rock candy, dried tropical fruit, taffy

TASTE: Crisp, moderate sized body, spicy, warming alcohol, biscuity, exotic fruit, phenols, caramel, grainy semi-dry finish

A bit more expressive and flamboyant than the usual Dubbel but the freshness could be a factor here compared to an import that has some age on it. A really great go at the style, nailed all aspects and was a treat to drink.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottles keep getting in the way of the all-important CANs, but I really want to divest myself of these gerfrugging glass-contained beers while I have the chance. Merry Christmas!

Right from the outset, I could tell that "Nate Siats[,]Brewer (oversigned "Nathaniel Siats") had hit the mark. I got a brief finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly fell, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly-hazy orangish-amber. Nose had a boozy sweetness to it, with the alcohol heat tickling my nasal passages. I let it warm up a bit, but it still came across as sharply as before. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial wash of heat on the tongue, followed by a toffee-like caramel sweetness. Finish was semi-dry with the yeast having converted a fair share of the fermentable sugars, but leaving just enough behind not to completely dry it out. Phew! I may need to dry out at some point. This was nice, but still not to my hophead taste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Unchain my heart (and my mason jar)! This stuff pours a mostly clear amber-russet topped by a finger of lightly glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises banana, toasted biscuit, light clove, light toffee, and a slight kiss of fig. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger sense of spice (now including mace as well), more fig, an addition of mild dark fruits, and a kiss of ruby red grapefruit peel. There isn't as much caramel in there as normally found in dubbels, but it all works out in the end. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, this may not be the best dubbel out there, but for the price, especially, it's pretty good. It's tasty and drinkable, something that can't be said for many Belgian counterparts.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Time for #10 in the Unchained Series from Summit, this time tackling my favorite style (if I had to choose), Belgian Abbey Dubbel, which apparently brewer Nate Siats is not intimately familiar with. Well, I've got a preview bottle, and it's cracked and poured and I'm ready to go!

Clear and dark crimson, not quite the dusky brown I'd be looking for, under a long-lasting, cream-toned head, leaving some lace.

Aroma: soft, and gently sweet, with a good huff of the Belgian yeast funk. Yeah, this is promising. Some dark fruit, raisin, plum, but just a touch, with a little banana, ..pear?...slightly nutty. I like it, but it's not what I expected. On to drink.

Taste: Very clean. Malty. Nutty. Low hops, minor bitterness, if any. Some sweetness, here comes the fruit and here comes the funk. And now, the candi sugar, as the 8% ABV roars in, overcoming the less-than-full body. I like dubbels to be heartier than this one, but I do like the flavor. I like this well enough to want more than one in a row, and I definitely want a keg to tap, soon. I like the complexity, the richness, the smooth malt and the bewitching yeast. This will not unseat any of my all-time favorite dubbels, not by a long shot, but it's going to take up some fridge space this summer, that I can guarantee you. Not bad, as well as pretty good. Good stab at the style, although I want to see improvements, Summit. I want to wonder where my socks went.

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Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish sienna, almost orange hue. Some white froth that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A deep raisin and prune aromas. Bits of yeasty biscuit with really subtle banana esters.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Some deep prune, almost fig-like fruits. Mildly yeasty like the smell with tiny bits of banana.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance to it. Surprisingly kind of bitter somehow. The yeast really starts to dry this out and probably creates that bitter component as it warms.

(O)- Overall, its not too bad. A fairly basic run of the mill beer for the style, but it is by no means bad either. The larger bitterness kind of bothers me that is kind of off-putting unfortunately.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unchained #10. Pours amber/light brown with a thin, beige head, minimal lacing is left one the glass. Aromas are sweet & malty with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, raisin, rum, faintly fruity phenols. Tastes are sweet and fairly rich with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, ripened fruit, plum, raisin, vanilla, buttery, white peppery hop for balance. Thin-to-medium bodied, could use a bit more carbonation. Overall, not a bad example of the style. Nice complexity, but a bit different than most Belgian brewed dubbels.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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 KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky ruby color. The head is one inch of off white foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of star anise, prunes, rock candy, dates, and faint hints of bubblegum. There is a lot going on in this aroma. The taste is much less complex than the aroma. There is still some nice anise and date flavors, but a lot of the nuances that are present in the aroma aren't there in the taste. There is also a slight alcohol burn in the finish that I could do without. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I will drink while it is around, but I won't be crying over the loss of it when the next unchained beer comes out.

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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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Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, reddish amber with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of caramel, raisins, brown sugar, and some earthiness. Alcohol is not detected.

Good flavor of caramel, Belgian sugar, and bready malt. A little alcohol warmth and flavor in the finish gives some rum qualities.

Has nice carbonation but the body falls off a little thin too quickly. Otherwise solid texture.

I really enjoyed this Belgian style from Summit. Nothing extrordinatry but really solid.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the batch series. It's good to have options.
The spiciness of the yeast is most apparent. There is a firm malt character, but it's largely background.
Good looking beer. Nice golden red amber with tan head that does settle down with a little time. Not a ton of lacing, but not deficient either.
Flavor matches aroma in terms of balance of spiciness and malt character. Some banana, vanilla too. Some complexity to the malt flavors. Hints of alcohol. Dries out adequately.
Moderate feel with carbonation to style.
A good drinking belgian. I wonder if aging will tone down the yeast and help bring out what I'm sure are reasonably complex malt flavors. I think I'll pack away a few to find out.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Fargrow
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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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Photo of leroybrown10
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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 herman77
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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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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