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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (2737) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark, clear golden with smallish head. Nose of sweet fruits, caramel, some slight banana esters. Similar taste. Not too metallic, as some dubbels tend to be. Tasty and refreshing, especially for the style. I like the idea of a refreshing, lower-alcohol summer abbey beer... and this is it. Nice one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2487) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Brownish reddish pour. Aroma is pretty spot on with a sweet caramel candi sugar and toasty grain profile. A little too much on the sweet side in the flavor. Nuttiness and malt abound otherwise. Again some grassy and earthiness to this beer from a hop profile that is not quite familiar for the style but kind of works anyways.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2010
sampled at 2010 Brewer’s Jam. Nice brown color with quick beige head. The aroma is clove, a little bit of yeasty fruit, and some dusty caramel. The flavor is semi-sweet cocoa, hints of banana and clove, and a little bit of bready yeast. Kind of a safe approach without much creativity, but decent nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2010
Sweet caramel malts, candi sugar with a hint of mustiness in the nose. Pours an amber golden color with little to no head. Spicy caramel malts, hints of roasted malts, grassy earthy bitterness, with clove and cinnamon. Looks very light, but packs loads of flavor! Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2011
(12oz bottle courtesy of ewright. Thanks Eric!!). Pours a crystal clear deep copper with 2 finger off-white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles as I would have suspected from the pour. The beer looks nice, but as a dubbel, I would have expected ample yeast to be present in the pour. Aroma has dried apricot, some caramel, and papaya. Taste is sweet, but its malty moreso than the nose would indicate. The fruit does begin to reappear a bit on the finish. Thin to medium bodied with a slick texture. I seem to be able to detect some alcohol with a slight burn on the tongue. This is a decent enough beer, but not very good as a dubbel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle. Brown / amber color with a tan head. Smell is yeasty and pretty malty. Not really many hops noted on the initial smell. Taste is sweet and like drinking caramel. Almost too sweet; very fizzy as well. Not really my cup of (beer?). Multiple samples of this, and none of them were really impressive..

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (1786) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pours a burnt orange into the glass, with a diminished head that leaves sparse lace. The nose has some Candi Sugars, yeasty notes, esters and spices. A spicy yeast mingles with toasted caramel malts, bready notes and Belgian Candi Sugars on the tongue, finishing with spice notes and maybe the slightest hint of alcohol. The palate is medium-light and smooth, with a decent texture and gentle carbonation. A decent Abbey Dubbel, but nothing that I’m going to specially search out again.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rustyham (1718) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Sampled at Guess Who’s Back..." tasting. Appearance of apple juice, flat, aroma is grains. Flavor very bitter and very oily, like medicinal snake oil salesman kind of oily. No malt discernible. ew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Bottle at Magic City Brewfest. Pours amber with a medium off white head and some lacing. Aroma and flavor is typical: candy sugar, banana, mildly yeasty, clove, a little citrus. Good but not remarkable.


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