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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5120) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2010
Aroma is strong, yeasty and rubbery with smoky and fruity undertones. It pours a pretty clear golden amber with a decent white head that does not stick around too long. Mouth-filling flavor is yeasty, somewhat like a wheat beer, with a strong fruity-brandy undertone and hints of caramel. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy, leaving a pleasant yeasty and slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle was a gift from Duane. I have been pleasantly surprised by Highland in the past and looked forward to this brew. It poured a cloudy golden caramel. Small with head dissipated quickly. Aroma was graham crackers with mild fruit and honey and yeast. A hint of spice and grain. Medium carbonation with a very smooth texture. Creamy. Soft banana and a hit of spice. The flavor was bready with a touch of honey sweetness and a mild spicy finish. Very tasty. No off notes at all. One the my favorite dubbels so far. Good job Highland. I was sorry my brother gave me only one. I will look for this one soon.

   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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2010
12 oz bottle - pours an amber color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel, malt, sugar and bread. Taste has some spiciness to it - along with some roasted malts, earthy/grassy/floral notes - finishing with some clove. Pretty light in appearance for a dubbel but it isn’t light on flavor - very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay Goblet. Pours from the bottle a nice copper orange color, light to no white head formation. Aromas of fruit and slight hops. Flavors of sweet malt and caramel, with the malty flavor intensifying upon swallowing. No lacing at all throughout. Overall this was a nice beer that was not only easy to drink, but also had a pleasant flavor. It kind of reminded me of a Hefe in a weird way...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4611) - 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.

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