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Highland Seven Sisters Abbey Style Ale



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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
This Abbey Style Dubbel Ale earns its appellation by being brewed with double the normal grain bill and the addition of Belgian dark candi sugar. Fermenting with Trappist yeast creates dark fruit esters. Pilsen, Pale, Extra Special and Chocolate malts evoke classic Belgian Ale sweet aromas with a hint of nuttiness. Use of Hallertau Hersbrucker and German Select hops enhance authenticity and provide a restrained bittering of 20 IBUs and a slight spicy aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2010
Bottle. Smells hint at sourdough bread and barnyard aromas with some spice in the background. Crystal clear bronze color with a small head that leaves a few big soap bubbles on top. Hits the tongue with sweet malts, then brown sugar, and a touch of funk. A smooth, softer mouthfeel than is typical of the style. I’m not sure if there was a mistake in the carbonation or they were trying for this odd texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2010
Picked up bottle last weekend at Brawley’s and split it with Chris. Really, really good stuff. Just very well crafted, had the signature belgian flavor, but very smooth too and just went down way too easy. Another hit from Highland, I will definitely get this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Porus a clean and clear toasted gold with a one finger creamy offwhite. Nose is a bit spicy with some candied fruit, a little citrus zest, pepper, not super pungent but some delicacies. Flavor is a bit spicy and zesty, some lemon rind, mild Belgian yeasty funk, earthy, mildly sweet. Palate has a nice carbonation, could take a bit more. Nice spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
william146 (80) - Winterville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Purchased at Winslow’s Tavern, Greenville, NC Nice, amber color. Fruity aroma. Solid overall; true to style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Coppery brown, dense, compact off-white head. Nice aroma - rather sweet, with notes of cinnamon and spices and dark bread. Very sweet and decadent flavor, Some caramel, some yeasty notes. . Pretty enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2010
I probably overrate Highland beers a little. This beer is not a dubbel. Its a Belgian ale IMHO. This beer is VERY VERY similar to De Koninck. poor a bottle into a Bolleke,,,,close your eyes ....and it will bring you back to drinking beer at the finer bars in Antwerp fresh and cheap...the perfect USA version of de konnick

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2010
12oz bottle from Whole Foods, Chapel Hill. Pretty good new seasonal from the fine folks at Highland. I’ve not been in a huge dubbel mood of late, but there’s some more dry and fruity about the Highland version that certainly appeals as the weather warms. Pale amber pour, not the dark brown you’d expect, with a lively carbonation. Aroma is a bit generic, sweet bready malts, fruits, etc. But the taste features a nice combination of spice, dry hops, and candi malts that give the beer a crispness that was appealing. Nice.

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