Granite City Dear Abbey Ale
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   ABV: -
Styled after one of the classic Trappist ales, this beer is dry hopped and undergoes a secondary fermentation using Brettanomyces yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Cloudy dark yellow with a fizzy white head. Banana bread and bubble gum aroma and taste. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
joet (2520) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
GABF:2003 earthy, alcoholic, bitter for the style, carmels, not enough texture and body, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2003
GABF 2003: Cloudy orange without much head. Sweet spicy aroma, average mouthfeel and ends sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 This was my "South Dakota" rating, taken at the GABF in 2003. The address of the brewery was then changed to that of the corporate office in Minnesota. Dark amber. Coriander, cloves, orange and lemon in the nose, but dominated by banana. A bit lacking of carbonation, but the big banana flavor and bread flavor is nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Color is a liquidy off purpley brown with a thin cream colored head thats foamy and fades to leave tiny spots of lace. Smell is a bit faint of sweetish type malts with some raisin and fig, yeast brings out a bit of candy-like notes of toffee and honey glaze. Taste is uneventful unevenness with bland character, weak malts, light raisin and dried fruits of grape and fig, far too sweet, uneven and unpleasant sour notes dart all over. Very light body for a abbey dupple, nearly watery feel and was just plain and boring. This needs alot of help.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2003
MABR-Brown color,Malty aroma ,caramel and light fruit presence.Alcohol upfront in the taste that turns to a malty flavor with a bitter sweet after taste where the alcohol seemed to reappear.very nice brew I wish i could get more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JK (5633) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 Copper color.All of the qualities of this beer are subdued. Not much in the aroma, not much in the flavor. What little aroma present in the beer was of roasted wood. heavy on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2003
Another taste at St. Paul Winterfest 2/8/03. She was very stanky and I think everyone there knew it...including her. Orange in color..sweet but not too sweet. if you know what I mean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Served at Winterfest in St. Paul, MN on Feb. 8. Sweet, somewhat hoppy aroma. Flavor is way off. Has similar flavor profile to the Schultheiss Original Berliner Weiss. I believe it is better than the Schultheiss (which may excite those who like it), but it still isn't good.

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