100 Barrel Series #03 - Abbey Style Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #03 - Abbey Style Ale100 Barrel Series #03 - Abbey Style Ale

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by taez555 on 10-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by beernut7:
Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised and delighted to find this ale on tap at many of the local bars before I could find it in a bottle. I have so far been quite pleased with Harpoon’s 100 Barrel series and this has been the best of the bunch. Beautiful copper haziness with a nice head. The aroma is unmistakably Belgian with a fruity sweetness. The first taste sends forth a very mellow yeast profile with mild esters and only the hint of balanced bitterness. Very drinkable and smooth.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber with a batch date on the label, third beer in the series.

Appearance: Two fingers of foam hold strong and even the lace leaves a sporadic trail.

Smell: Earthy with a mix of bubble gum and medicinal phenols, faint tropical fruit with a powdery yeast and mildly toasted grain in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The brew exercises its crispness right from the beginning with a solid medium body. Yeast and malt show some softness after being whipped by the spicy and slightly alcoholic character. Medicinal phenols, light clove, mild black pepper and citric peel all come forward. Finishes smooth and a bit creamy with toasted malt and residual spicy phenol.

Notes: A decent abbey style ale, it does not fit the dubbel or tripel style though few Belgians and many of the Trappist don’t either. A tough beer to tackle but Harpoon did a fine job at it; I’d love to see a tripel from them one day.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is take two on this brew from Harpoon. I first tried this about a month ago but wanted to give it a second shot before I reviewed it.

Poured a cloudy amber/orange that barely let light pass through. The smell was of banana, nuts and a strong wiff of alcohol.

Taste was smooth, pleasant and reminded me of eating a breakfast muffin. This was a sweet tasting beer with friendly mouthfeel. I find it extremely easy to drink, as it's light and sweet with only 6.5% abv, and is reasonably priced at approximately $4.50 for a 1 pint, 6 oz bottle.

Overall a good representative of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series and reason enough to look forward to their next attempt at limited edition beers.

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Photo of far333
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Am I expecting too much? A pale yellow color with columns of bubbles rising up to meet a low frothy off-white head that disappears quickly. Powerful aroma of yeast, yeast, and yeast, tinged with a faint bit of sweet fruit and spice. Flavor also is very sweet, and overpowered by yeast. There's a tinny flavor riding beneath that detracts even more. Body is light and thin, a bit fizzy.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fills the trusty Duvel tulip with a healthy white head that slowly and lovingly collapses upon delicately hazy golden/brassy liquid goodness. Sweet-spicy Witbier aromas fill the nose. The taste too is somewhat similar to a white ale, also very fruity with a dash of candi sugar thrown in for a nice sweet rush of flavor. Some mild hoppiness mixed with light tanginess blends well with the aforementioned tastes. The finish was a nice long journey over the palate and down the throat with a sweet-fruity ending. Great beer, I could drink this all night, although a sort of mish-mash of Abbey styles it was very tasty, thanks again to sulldaddy for this brew!

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice cloudy, copper color. Decent initial head that blended into decent lacing. Nice citrus nose, a slight yeasty note along with alcohol undertones. Taste llikewise was citrus, aclohol, dry and cabonated well. Astringency in the finish was once again citrusy and alcohol in nature. Slight yeasty/wheat-like presence, decently balanced. Should be no problem finishing off the bomber, so drinkability is good. A nice overall brew that merits a try.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with golden highlights. Small white head leaves sheets of lace on the chalice.
Aroma is spice, sweet malt, orangeand some toasty grains.
Flavor starts with a sweet malt moves to a spicy, maybe coriander middle and finishes with a dry and somewhat spicy alcoholic kick.
Flavor progression is good but seems to be lacking that one outstanding feature to make it a great beer. Not sure if this a Dubbel or a Trippel, seems like its in the middle.
Mouthfeel is true to style, maybe just a bit less lively than style.
Drinkability is solid.

Thanks to Mikeys01 for the trade for this one.

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Photo of krberg
2.46/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks great! Light copper with a white head. No yeasties yet, so its still crystal clear.

Smells like an abbey ale. The profile is all yeasty spice.

Not bad. Most of the flavor is that spicy taste we all know. Then slightly bitter, followed by biscuits. Sweet though. Too sweet. Reminds me of soda water and honey.

A big CO2 bite. Right on track.

I don't know, I think this is another beer for me today that is too sweet to drink a lot of.

Kind of like a somewhat decent homebrew. If I made this, I'd have dumped the batch down the drain. If a friend made it, I'd tell him it was a decent beer and decline a second one. There are great Belgian-style brewers in the States, however Harpoon isn't one of them. Wait, let me rephrase: There are great brewers in the States, however Harpoon isn't one of them. Too bad they bought out Catamount.

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Photo of maestrotmbg
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very enjoyable beer. It clearly had the sweet, handmade taste of a small batch beer but with the polish of a professional brewer. The reddish-copper color was very appetizing and the nose was minimal. The taste was smooth with a hint of apricot that dissolved into a somewhat hoppy finish. I very much enjoyed this beer and hope to see it repeated.

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Photo of Brent
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having recently been disappointed a couple of days ago in Anderson Valley's attempt at producing an triple, this beer was a welcome follow up. While this beer does fall within that broad spectrum of "Belgian pale ale" it was somewhat triple-ish. High crown of tight foam. Peachy golden color. Some light orchard fruit flavors and reserved clove - not terribly phenolic or yeasty. Golden malt flavor, just a touch of caramel. Well balanced and exceptionally drinkable - one of the highest marks for drinkability I've given - which is surpising for me in a Belgian ale, as I usually find one is enough in a sitting. A well-built beer. Thanks to far333 for the sample.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after it extravasates the 22 ounce brown bottle set in the glass an opalescent and slightly hazy orange, the head is moderate in size, creamy in texture and a toothsome light tan. The nose is sweetly malt, fresh crisp and clean with a slight hint of yeast, a nice sniffable beer, start is sweet and pleasingly malted, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. The finish is sternly acidic, the hop pleasing and relatively mild, quite dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice, amber, slightly cloudy beer with a nice head. It held much promise.

I detected apples, pine, and hop notes in the aroma. Again, a lot of potential.

This had a rich smooth malt flavor, slightly sweet and nutty, without the hop bitterness I expected from the aroma. It still tasted very nice, it was just a surprise.

If you can find one, get it before it's gone.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22ozer bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold-foiled cap.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a large-bubbled inch-plus tall off-white colored head on top of aslightly cloudy orangey-amber colored brew. Aroma is slightly grainy, with a notable scent of yeast as well. Taste has similarity to a white beer, with the expected citrus and smoothness of same, but has just a touch of noticeable alcohol warming of the tougue in the after effects. Dangerously drinkable, maybe it'll make a reappearance in their regular lineup someday...

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appropriately cloudy with a slight dark golden color. I like the creamy white head although it dissapates quickly and leaves scant lace.

Citrusy wheat aromas, this smells similar to a hefeweizen.

Strong carbonation at the front of the taste. The first impression is a neutral malty flavor that quickly gives way to a complex array of citrus, malt sugars and a bitter floral hop touch. The beer seems to be heading to the wheat flavors, but stops short. Instead, the flavors become creamy and sour. This lingers through the aftertaste. The only real distraction is the high level of carbonation.

In many ways, this abbey ale has less of the undesireable characteristics of its mentors--less barnyard aromas and flavors.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber served at cellarish temps in a Rapscallion goblet.

Appearance: Hazy peach topped by a white and frothy head which recedes quite abruptly to a ring and a layer of foam. No real lacing was left on the glass.

Smell: A lovely ambrosia of peaches, strawberries, bananas and oranges. Mild pepper and coriander. Bready malts underneath all this.

Taste: Bready malt slathered in a mild marmalade with some coriander sprinkled on top. Quite light on the candi sugar. Lemony overtones. Mildly fruity and nice Belgian-style hops.

Mouthfeel: Sprtizy, nicely crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Reminiscent of Don de Dieu and La Fin du Monde. Quite tasty, whatever style this is. It's not much of a dubble, IMHO, but definitely a nice BSPA or Abbey Triple.

Thanks to hopdevil2112 for the bottle. Chu rawk, man

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Photo of necoadam
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abbey Dubbel? When I poured it, it looked more like a tripel than a dubbel, but whatever. This was session 03, batch date 9/8/03. Poured out a hazy orange/golden color with a decent amount of carbonation in it. Smell consisted of fruit notes with some malts. Taste was right to the point. Fruit mixed with some spiciness hits the palate all the way through. A little bit of clove? Aftertaste reminds me of a hefe aftertaste a little bit. The body and character is nice and full and creamy, quite decent. I like this beer. It might not be a abbey style, but good nevertheless.

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Photo of taez555
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a large white head that died almost immediately, but still never disappeared completely. The body was a clear orange/tan with lots of bubbles rising up through.

The nose was beautiful. Sweet, malty, fruits, pears, apples, pear peel, some slight phenols, banana, and bubble gum. It actually smelled a lot like a Belgian triple like duvel.

The taste was medium bodied. Light and malty. Fruity, apples, pears, bubble gum. A nice earthy hoppiness with just a touch of citrus. A little overboard at times, and the citrus hoppiness is a little more present than you might expect from a Belgian style beer, but it sits nicely.

Simply put, it’s really a superb beer. My favorite of the 100 barrel series so far. Almost a dead on copy of a Belgian triple. This beer basically tastes like Duvel mixed with a splash of Harpoon IPA. Great beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice coppery,slightly hazy color. Good carbonation but not a lot of head.Great aroma-bananas,spices,maybe almost a kiwi-like aroma. Flavor is malty-clove like. Nice full bodied mouthfeel-somewhat astringint in the finish. Great beer-I like the fact its somewhat lower in alcohol-makes it so you can easily have more then one-try some.

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Photo of mschofield
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber-golden with persistent carbonation, rising througout, white film coating the top.
Banana aroma, with a touch of clove.
The Banana appears foremost in the flavor, clove comes in a little, and the malt comes in later. Just a touch of pepper (alcohol).
An oily coating of the mouth but that goes away, medium bodied, smooth, dry finish.
A nice stab at the style by a local brewer, it would be a nice one to keep as at least a seasonal.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice.Hazy pale pale gold, nice puffy white head that sticks. Smells very banana-y, almost hefeweizenish if it weren't for that sweet aroma at the end.Taste is nice and phenolic (is that the Westmalle yeast?) spicy hops, biscuity malt.Feel is great, with that slight slickness that usually indicates candi sugar to me. Possibly a little under-carbonated, but very good creaminess.Overall very nice. I had tried it on draft, but had not picked up on the pleasant nuances of the beer. I think it is better out of the bottles.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Version 3, Bottled 9/8/03

This beer poured a wonderful deep golden amber, with a fair but dissipating head. The mild aromas were of yeast and spice.

The flavor was quite enjoyable, but not really true to either the Dubble or Tripple style. There's a distinct "Harpoonness", which I attribute to the yeast. It doesn't offer the limitless complexity of some Abbey styled ales, but does afford some interesting robust flavors.

This brew has an excellent mouth feel, with a rich full body and a smoothness that could make it a sophisticated session brew.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a lightly hazy golden amber, hinting slightly at orange. A thick crop of almond head quickly appears, settling into a thick misty coating that keeps throughout. Plenty of lace sticks to the glass, forming broken belgian lace. Tons of carbonation bubbles float up rapidly.
The aroma is very sweet, with a dominating toasty caramel maltiness and plenty of candi sugar. Rather fruity, with hints of apple, banana, white grape, and pear. A bit of green raisin. Some green apple, along with a suggestion of raspberry tartness. Spicy belgian yeast, with lightly phenolic clove and a bit of peppery hops. Despite the variety of aromas, it's a bit simplified, although retaining a good sweet and sour balance. A bit of astringent alcohol adds a bit of a kick.
The flavor starts with a sweet, candi-enhanced toasty maltiness. The malt dominates throughout, moving into a supressed estery fruitiness. A bit of doughy yeast. Hints of pear, green raisin and banana,although all are a bit muddy and obscured. Some clove and spicy yeast takes up the finish, blending pleasantly with the fruitiness. Vague peppery hopping, with a whisp of maraschino cherry right in the end. The alcohol is present, adding a tinny bite in the swallow. The malty sweetness lingers in the aftertaste, with a bit of a yeasty cookie dough flavor. A bit syrupy feeling. Exuberant carbonation easily carries the full-ish medium body. The yeast adds some smoothness and continuity to the overall feel, and governs the carbonation, slowing it down enough that it doesn't feel jumpy.
I don't know what they were shooting for with this beer. It seems to have some tripel qualities, along with belgian pale/blonde ale and abbey dubbel. Pretty tasty, but nothing that's going to give the belgians a run for their money. The flavors are somewhat muddy and indistinct, masked a bit by the carbonation, but it's an enjoyable enough brew. A little disappointing after the Oatmeal Stout and Wit, which were great.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twenty two ounce brown bottle. Brewing & bottling dates printed on label.

Orangey-golden colour, clear. Raises a firm white head, which recedes quickly into a halo, leaving very little lace on the glass.

Soft orangey fruit aromas mix with a hint of spice.

Big & round orange flavour, a touch of spice that leaves a little tingle on the tongue. Just a hint of bitternes leads to an off dry finish. A bit of orange lingers. Medium full bodied. Relaxed carbonation.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazey light orange/amber ale with an off white head that dissapears quickly. Has a light fruity, almost peachy, sweet aroma with a hint of spice. The flavor has a light fruity sweetness the is quickly overtaken by the lightly peppery hop finish. All of which hides the 6.5% alcohol component.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.
It pours a shiny copper color. The smallish head is mostly made up of medium to large-sized bubble.
A big sweet malty smell gives way to an alcohol-soaked citrus fruit bowl aroma.
The substantial malt body has flavors of toffee, over-ripe banana and buttered biscuits.
A sharp-edged grapefruit and orange zest bitterness is tinged with a light metallic bite.
A mild warming alcohol is present throughout.
This fine brew could use two separate ratings; one for initial impression, and the second for final overall rating. I changed my mind several times during the first 10 minutes, then once again when I was finished. This is a damn nice representation of the Abbey Style, and I was pleasantly surprised based on the 3.9 score. Again, to each their own.

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100 Barrel Series #03 - Abbey Style Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 35 ratings