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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Max Abbey is a Belgian style Dubble. It uses almost twice the malt of our standard beers, producing a nut-like malt flavor, Additions of dark Candi sugar increases the gravity and color of the beer and gives a sweet finish. What really gives the beer its unique flavor is the special yeast used. I "borrowed" some yeast that is used at one of the Trappist Abbeys. It gives Max Abbey its "spicy" character. Kent Golding hops were used sparingly to bitter and finish the beer. Body is FULL! Color a deep amber. Served unfiltered. Max Abbey is truly a very special beer. Its rich malt character and complex spiciness (remember-no spices were harmed in the making of this beer- itís all the yeast) along with its warming alcohol notes make it the perfect beer to go with dinner (red meats and game particularly) or just to be enjoyed on itís own. IBU 15 ABV 8% O.G. 19ļ Plato


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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3719) - - NOV 23, 2012
growler. clear copper with no head. malty, brown sugar, caramel, coins aroma. caramel, fruity esters, banana, belgian yeast flavors. mild to moderate sweetness, sort-of dry finish, medium body. lightly warming.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Handsome pour, gleaming deep brown with moderate carbonation and nice sticky lacing. Itís a pretty game effort at a dubbel. Soft and inviting nose. Not exactly obvious that thereís Trappist yeast involved, but the aroma is still a nice blend of nutty malts, caramel, and esters. Body is a bit on the thin side, slightly slick in the finish. But it tastes nice, on point even if not "wow."

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goodgrief (1762) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Beautiful brownish, amber pour, thin head. Moderate dark fruit aroma. Flavors were similar, dark fruits, candied sugar, some cloves and the obvious yeastiness. The big knock was that it was undercarbonated, to put it kindly (it was flat). Still, not bad and avoids the pitfalls of many american attempts (candied sugar bombs). Worth trying.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4117) - Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2010
Tap. Amber color, white head. Aroma of buttered popcorn. .. Not a Good sign. Flavor is very sweet. Finishes with a lot of cinnamon, for a beer. It has an old (A.B.C.) Big Red not to it. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Lightly hazy amber, decent head. Aroma was caramel and clove accented Belgian yeast. Flavor essentially matched. A bit off from a true dubbel, but not a bad belgianish beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Red-orange, off white head. Aroma is sweet, sugar, little else. Taste is sweet candy sugar, fruity esters, light clove, alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Appearance: Clear, amber-golden body with a thin, short-lived, white head. Already, the widespread carbonation problem, which has plagued the other pints Iíve tried, seems to be present here, too. What gives?! Smell: Spicy and sweet on the nose with a notable bready character and fruity notes of golden raisins and semi-ripened apricots. Taste: Bready, lightly toasty maltiness lightly brushed with sweet caramel. Moderate amount of sweetness throughout. Background hint of finely-ground spices. Light fruitiness splashed with honey liqueur. Max Abbey has a warming finish thatís a tad on the sweet side. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Lightly carbonated. Touch of stickiness to the mouthfeel, no doubt facilitated by the sheer lack of effervescence. Drinkability: A decent abbey ale, but, like Max Lagerís other beers, seems to be hampered by a surprising lack of carbonation. Which, donít get me wrong, Iím not a proponent of highly carbonated beers with all their ghastly tongue-prickling fizziness, but that doesnít mean flat is the way to go.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3196) - Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Color is a beautiful dark honey-golden, cloudy and opaque, with a decent white head. Aroma is strong, malty, with fruity undertones. Flavor is rich, mainly malty with a touch of apple, and just a whisper of hoppy bitterness. Velvety smooth and mouth-filling, this is a beer to sip and appreciate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Name: Belgian Ale
Date: November 19, 1999
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Sandy Springs
Appearance: dark amber, whispy head
Aroma: slightly sweet malt aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, balanced
Overall: but a belgian?

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: ** /4

Date: November 02, 2003
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: muddy brown, thin frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet chocolate banana nose aroma
Flavor: rich cholate flavor with lots of banana sweetness leading into a spicy finish

Date: January 20, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Score: 3.1 to 3.6
Appearance: clear dark red, dense creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: huge yeasty fresh baked sourdough bread aroma with a hint of fruit and chocolate that appears as it warms
Body: body is a bit thin
Flavor: lots of fruity flavor on a rich chocolate malt base, maybe a hint of banana esters but may be a suggestion from the earlier rating, light bitterness adds complexity and balance
Overall: not as many esters as a typical Belgian but a very tasty and drinkable beer

Date: January 02, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Score: 3.6 to 3.4
this yearís version has dried out quite a bit living it spicy and bitter, as it warms some of the fruity esters emerge but are still a bit too reserved,

Date: November 08, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Score: 3.4 to 3.6
sweet fruity esters are back, nice dark fruits, light balancing bitterness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Hazy, chestnut brown with virtually no head. A rather subdued aroma with a bit of ripe fruit, sweet apples, caramel, biscuit, toffee, nuts, whole grains, raisins, plums and a mild spicy character. The body is rather thin and uneventful. Flavors are present, but quite diminished. The sweetness is in control throughout, though bits of earith hops give a mild bitterness in the finish. Nothing too exciting, but it was nice to see a Belgian-style offering.


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