St. Eadman Abbey Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
53 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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St. Eadman Abbey AleSt. Eadman Abbey Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Hopfenpeter on 11-21-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.86%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I keep adding Flying Dog bottles to my inventory! Man, those guys are the dictionary definition of "prolific"! This will be the third or fourth horizontal that I have conducted of their offerings since I embarked on the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "Self-Portrait"; "Don't draw, Ralph! It's a filthy habit. - HST Luckily, Ralph didn't listen to him ... that time."

I remember the first time that I read HST, illustrated by St. Eadman. I was in Deck Department on the USS Fulton (AS-11) in our illustrious homeport of New London, CT & only Norfolk could have been worse for a single sailor who was not even old enough to legally drink. I spent a LOT of time across the Thames River in Groton, going to the movies & haunting a local used book store. One of my shipmates suggested "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas" and when I saw a copy, I snapped it up, quickly becoming a fan. I loved the crazy, bizarre Ralph Steadman art & when Flying Dog began incorporating his works onto their labels, I was sold.

I was sold this bottle during my most recent foray to Dominion Pizza on Columbia Avenue. It has been nicely chilled overnight in my reefer while I toiled in dispatch for a local taxi company & the time had come to Pop! the cap & begin a gentle pour into an awaiting glass. Following this procedure was an in-glass swirl which raised a brief finger of foamy, rocky, light-tan head with modest retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was bready with a sweetness of dried dark fruits, all adding up to holiday/Christmas fruit cake! Mmmm. Fruit cake has a bad rep, but I like it and this beer made me want to dive right in. Mouthfeel was big & full, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. I allowed it to just lay there while I soaked in its warming alcohol, its fruitiness, its bready/cakelike tastes. Man, this was really tasty! The bottle has a freshness date of 08.24.17, but I wonder how well it might age. There was a perceptible fusel alcohol heat involved in this one and that might just smooth out over time. Still, it was fine fresh, also. In fact, it was a little too good as it was going down fairly quickly, but I am sure that the late, great Doctor & St. Eadman would have it no other way. Finish was dry, mainly due to the heat, but it might smooth out over time. I remain curious about it all.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of whatname
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Dark reddish brown hue, good clarity and a decent looking head on top. Smells of banana taffy, toffee, faint clove, floral alcohol, and Portuguese sweet bread. Very warming, lots of esters and perhaps some fusel action here ... big breath of alcohol. Very sweet, sugary with suggestions of prunes and figs with a steely caramel back. Clove and some medicinal phenols show a bit of a Belgian yeast flare. A bit too much, especially for a beer that is only 8.3% ... I was thinking 12% here.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2.9/5: Unpleasantly stanky on the nose, but it tastes decent by style standards; alcohol is well hidden

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Photo of bubseymour
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So the bottle I have might be a re-release as the label is slightly different than the one shown below and it says St.EADman Abbey Ale on the label without the Brewhouse Rarities at the top and now listed at 8.7% instead of 10%. Maybe its re-released as a seasonal. Really nice dark purple appearance with small 1 finger head. Really nice aroma of dark fruits, cracker, grain etc. Blends very nicely. Taste is quite excellent with a really tasty balance of dark fruit sweetness with slight tartness of berries noticed and its not boosy or syrupy at all. T

Flying Dog did really well with this one. Alot of subpart big Belgian beers made out there, but this one is a credible one and crafted quite well.

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Photo of DrBier
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma of dry fruits with some caramelized malt notes and loads of residual sugars. Taste is also dominated by dark fruit with some plums notes with light unrefined caramelized malt with load of residual sugar. Body is not as full as I would have expected with medium-to-low carbonation and some warming alcohol noticeable. Too unbalanced for my taste with too much residuals sugars and almost no attenuation.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of polopaul20
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Docrock
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of jmslade7
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another rare beer from Flying Dog!!

Pours out a deep, hazy brown with a lot of ruby red highlights and a khaki head.

The aroma has a lot of raspberry/ cherry with some figs, raisins and plums along with toffee, caramel some molasses and a hint of white pepper.

The taste has a lot of tart cherry and raspberry notes up front followed by dark fruits like figs, plums and raisins that flows into some very sweet caramel and toffee notes. There is some white pepper spice and a bit of bready malt too.

The body is full and the mouthfeel is rich and creamy. The ABV is decently hidden with only a bit of warming as it goes down.

This is a nice American attempt at a Belgian Dark Ale, but it doesn't quite live up to the traditional style. Nice red and dark fruit notes, but the Belgian yeast is missing. Very nice beer and definitely worth trying.

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St. Eadman Abbey Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.81 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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