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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 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 (3990) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2011
From bottle. Mild alcohol, raisin, caramel and bitter hop aroma; neutral fruity character. Dark amber to light brown clear with some haze, topped with thin off-white head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts medium sweet with caramel and raisin, sugary tang, and light acidity. A bit of oxidation flavor. Mild nutty hop bitter finish, rounded sweetness and neutral fruity after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
On tap at the River City Beer Festival at the Diamond on 05/22/2010. Clear copper body with a large persistent creamy off-white had. Sweet candi sugar and light malt aroma. Sugary flavor with belgian spice and light fruit. Dry finish. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3673) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle sent my way by Durhambeer. Pours golden with a small head. The aroma is some copper and some banana with a good bit of fruit and orange zest. There is some mild yeast spiciness in there as well. the flavor is nicely malty with some fruitiness coming from all sides (fruity malt, fruity hops, fruity yeastiness). There are some mild dusty flavors and a bit of baguette breadiness. Nice little beer, but an odd labeling as a dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from a local store in Hatteras.
Aroma: There is a light bit of skunk, vanilla, caramel, green vegetal note, and spice bread.
Appearance: It pours a crystal clear amber color with a small frothy, off-white head. I was disappointed to see this brew wasn’t bottle conditioned.
Taste: There is some caramel malt and spice. Actually lots of spice, clove especially. There is a hint of dark fruit, vanilla, and rum lurking in the back. Even with all of that, it lacks the depth of a true dubbel and comes across as flat.
Palate: Medium bodied with slighter more than average of slightly softer than average carbonation leading to a lingering spiced finish.
Overall: It reminds me why the an abbey does a dubbel best. A decent attempt that comes up short.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3317) - Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2010
This one is a really nice color, crystal clear somewhere between amber and copper. The aroma is spicy, reminding me of cinnamon. The flavor is surprisingly crisp. This doesn’t have the body of a normal dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3288) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Clear coppery gold body under a small white head. Poor lacing. Fruity spicy aroma with some sweet malts. The flavor follows the aroma. This doesn’t have the body I expect from a Dubbel; it’s more of a Belgian Blonde to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - APR 20, 2010
Not my style but the wife likes these. Dark orange color, slight off white head. Scent of fruits and spices. Taste is light spice and fruit, not overly sweet. Not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3060) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2010
12 oz from Bruisin’. Pours a bold copper and its clarity makes it obviously filtered. The aroma gives me hope. It seems to steer clear from being overly sweet or too ester-heavy. Pleasant notes of honey, cardamom, figs, licorice and more are noted. I take a sip to be mildly let down. It is a bit too sweet with noticeable stickiness, but its relatively light body keep things from getting out of control. I suppose there just isn’t enough hop or malt flavor to truly compete with the yeast, but this is still pretty decent, especially considering this is Highland’s first real Belgian styled ale. Overall, this is a pretty decent change of pace from the brewery. It is a flavorful, medium bodied ale true to most of their offerings, but the flavor profile with hints at banana, clove, cardamom and honey is unlike the rest of their lineup.

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