Faultline Belgian Abbey
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This style of beer was first brewed and made famous by Catholic Monks in Belgium. The order of monks, Cistercians, was founded as a response to the Benedictine order becoming to liberal. In addition to beer, they also produce bread and cheese which they consume. The order is based on self-reliance and discipline. Brothers are encouraged to take an extensive vow of silence. The monks brew three major different types of beer; Simple; Dubble; Tripel. "Simple" is the beer the monks consume the most and is not sold commercially. Their beer is known as "Trappist" beer, and due to respect to the order, they are the only ones who use the name. There are five remaining monasteries in Belgium, and one in Holland, that brew their own beer. The beer has the distinctly Belgian spicy aroma and flavor. The beer is unfiltered and reddish brown in color. The flavors in this beer are rich, but not overpowering. Faultline Brewing Company brews the Belgian Abby in the Fall and Winter months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jakpumpkin (1) - USA - APR 23, 2009 does not count
While not an overpowering beer, the Belgian Abbey is quite complex tasting. We were able to surmise approximately 5 or 6 different flavors, including citrus, clover honey, cinnamon?, coriander?, and some others we couldn’t quite pinpoint. This Abbey has a higher ABV and definitely shows with a "kick" within just a few minutes of consuming. It has a slow start in taste, but then swirls around with a variety of different flavors, and finally finishes with a definite lasting sweet flavor. Not a heavy beer, it does maintain some presence on the palate after swallowing. Definitely a good "comfort" beer for anyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (2117) - Missouri, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Tap - average size foamy head, very dark amber/brown color, malty/raisiny aroma and flavor, some Belgian yeast spice - this is really a Dubbel Ale, not a Belgian Strong Ale as above

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6943) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Tap. Pours deep amber-brown with a small tan head that laces well. Spicy aroma with yeast, malt, caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of vanilla. Complex flavor with medium sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, and some unidentified spice. Rich in the mouth. A very nice beer overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
On tap at Faultline. I thought it was a pretty good abbey ale. Color is dark amber/brown, with an small off-white head. Aroma is typical Belgian spiciness. For a relatively high ABV beer, the alcohol presence is completely hidden. A pretty good beer, over all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2011
Draft. An amber beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of yeast, malt, and caramel as well as a lighter note of phenols. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, yeast, and phenols.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Draft at brew pub restaurant. Dark brown with light head. Light sweetness, rich but moderate. Reliable and solid for style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
On tap. Hazy dark amber golden with an off-white head. Sweet aroma of dried, nuts and Belgian yeast. Medium body, sweet dried fruit and a somewhat astringent finish. 250709

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Sample at the brewpub on 8/10/10. Clear copper pour with a medium off-white head. Aroma of banana, caramel and candi sugar. Banana flavor with some pepper and a caramel malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Sampled at the ale house. A nice brew however it did not have the quality I was looking for. Still it is worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2009
From tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is mild spiced and phenolic. Sweet caramelish, light spiced and phenolic flavoured. Phenolic and dry caramelish finish.

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