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Highland Seven Sisters Abbey Style Ale



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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
A small off-white head settles above the totally clear pale amber body, certainly very light-coloured for a dubbel. Nevertheless, it has chocolate powder notes in the nose together with crude, unripe fruit esters (green banana, green strawberries, pear skin) combined with a white sugar and doughy bread. Altogether, an aroma that could be more mature and developed. In mouth, the same flavour profil goes on with the hops taking a bit more room with their herbal and floral undertones finishing with a surprisingly strong bitterness matching the malt’s graininess roughly. Feeling a bit raw and unpolished, lacking in malt depth and structure. Has little to do with a Scotch ale reminiscent Belgian Dubbel that’s for sure, but even as a straightforward Belgian pale ale, this is overrun by most of the competition.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5830) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverages - 12 oz bottle. Dark orange, slightly murky pour with a sticky white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Sweet aroma with some caramel accents, a hint of citrus and a bit of booziness. Flavor has some molasses notes, a bit of toffee, some maple syrupy sweetness. Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5317) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5303) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Copper pour with creamy white head and lace. Bread and Belgian yeast. Light toasted bread, sweet malt, and a light bitter.Medium bodied with watery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4448) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Appearance: Arrived at my end of the bar a clear, amber-hued body with a ¾ inch head comprised of off-white foam that left delicate sheets of fine lace on the descent. It’s certainly a far cry from the typical turbid brown bodies most of these dubbels exhibit. Smell: The aroma of these seven (7) sisters serves up an initial uprush of fruit-based and spice scents to escort the less punchy notes of sweetish bready malts and additional thin traces of alcohol. Taste: Moderately sweet bready and pale malts with candied influences of light caramel and quality sugars. Variety of fruity flavors - a little banana, a little pear, even a little apple. Spiciness akin to ground coriander seeds. Faint noble hop character underneath the malts and yeast-derived flavors provides some additional hints of spice as well as a bit of bitterness. Noted alcohol warmth on the semi-dry, estery finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: A solid Belgian-style offering. I was wondering when we’d eventually see one from Highland. Exhibits decent drinkability, as, from it’s appearance to mouthfeel, it just seems a bit lighter than many others with "Dubbel" slapped across the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4303) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2010
Tap @ TacoMac, Windward. Deep amber color. Thin off-white head. Bready flavor. tastes like raw bread dough, toasted malt. Aroma of Belgian Abbey yeast. Dough and malt. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4291) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2010
The aroma is mild with yeast, malt, incense, fruit, and spice. The appearance is light amber with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma and even better than expected. The palate is right for this beer. Overall a real winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4207) - 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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (3898) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Sampled at the Guess Who’s Back tasting. Pretty much what to expect for an americanmade belgian style. Kind of watered down. Sweet and brown and dubbel. american. eh.

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