closey22 (1093) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange amber no head; very sweet aroma hinting of caramel ; flavor is rich malt blended with Belgian sugars, yeastiness, hoppy dryness ; feels medium with nice foamy fizz; finishes dry yet sweet.
hawthorne00 (2702) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can, 8% ABV. Clear amber with an inch of nearly white head that never quite disappears. Aroma of citrussy hops, caramel, biscuity dough, some dried fruit, pepper. Fairly sweet, mildly doughy. Some stewed fruit in the taste as well. Bitterness struggles against the sweetness a tad and it doesn’t dry out much. Spices come through a bit more towards the end. Pleasant enough hoppy amber with minor Belgian accents. Crazily high in alcohol for what it offers.
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
what a stupid beer. there is nothing "abbey" about this, save for MAYBE a slight yeasty belgian character on the end. why even make this?
PorterPounder (5968) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - skinny Red-Bull-like 12 oz can. Murky medium orange pour, nice soft, snow-white head, plenty of web-like lacing. Aroma is pleasant and fruity, some date-like fruitiness, some doughy, yeasty notes. Flavor is pretty solid, with some nutty notes to start off, a touch of nectarine fruitiness, some date-like sweetness, some brown sugar sweetness. Nice sticky, thickish mouthfeel. Enjoyable, as most from Sixpoint is.
Chad9976 (1340) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sixpoint is a brewery I’ve enjoyed for many years now. I like that they don’t always make beers to traditional styles and they sometimes just make stuff up. Their latest offering – Abigale – is supposedly a Belgian Abbey-style ale of some sort (hence the name). I went into it hoping it would have everything I like about the type of beers made by monks, but discovered it was more or less a traditional American IPA with minor Belgian qualities (and in that respect it still works pretty well).
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It had a best before date of 9/28/15 and cost $3.15 ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful copper color; almost completely transparent with constant carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, ivory, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Piney/resiny hops in the traditional East Coast IPA style. No Belgian yeast esters.
Taste: Like any good East Coast IPA, this begins with a strong dose of earth/piney hop flavor and bitterness. Slightly resiny, but not nearly as sticky and cloying as some of Sixpoint’s double and triple IPAs. A mild underlying flavor of amber malt (Vienna, probably) and even milder spicy sensation from Belgian yeast. Perhaps a touch of bubblegum flavor, too, but not the banana bomb I was hoping for (in fact, I get no banana here at all). The Belgian Candi Sugar does add some additional, unfettered sweetness and accounts for the strong, big body. Since I doubt this is attempting to come across as authentic Belgian its overt lack of traditional character can be forgiven. I do enjoy it as a novel American IPA, though.
Drinkability: There’s a mouthfeel you tend to associate with Belgian Abbey-style ales: highly effervescent, peppery, and full-bodied. Sixpoint Abigale doesn’t have that kind of delivery. Medium/full bodied, but more crisp than spastic effervescence. It goes down smooth and finishes remarkably clean. At 8% ABV I was actually a little surprised to feel (and taste) alcohol warmth here – it is, admittedly, a little distracting. I’d be curious to see how this would develop over time.
ben4321 (4464) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 12 oz skinny can from Hoboken Cheese + Wine, 4/23/15, Now listed at 8% according to the can. I don’t know if this should have a separate entry from the 6.6% version or not...
Aroma: The nose is Belgian yeast, spice, caramel, and a good amount of bread malts
Appearance: The pour is clear reddish-orange with a nice beige head and some strong lacing
Flavor: From a taste perspective, it is clean and mid-sweet, with a lightly bitter close
Palate: The body is medium, with a decent mouthfeel,fairly clean, and a slightly dry finish
I found this to be a pretty nice Belgian Ale, with a good balance between the flavors. The hops play a nice role as well. Pretty good overall.
obguthr (4386) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lemongrass nose. Clear copper, thick firm billowy yellow head, great lacing. Whole orange, lemongrass accents, brief and subtle strawberry note at midpalate. Orange peel finish. Medium body, easy carbonation, alcohol not noticeable. Fruity but mainly from the hops, esters are not as prevalent as I expected for this style. Rather indistinguishable from just a very well made IPA.
vodka4blood (106) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Banana/bubblegum/clove from Belgian yeast, very nice color (amber), easy to drink for sure.... I thought the ABV on the can said "8.0%", so maybe this batch was a little bit lighter (at 6.0%) than the original?? Anyway, its a good canned american Belgian, and next time Ill get the whole 4- or 6- pack instead of just the single can.
PartyFowle (314) - - APR 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Almost-clear tawny copper hue with a dense, pillowy head of light tan. Aroma is banana, popcorn, pear, paper and pepper. Nice floral hop character as well. Flavor is straightforward Belgian IPA -- sweet fruits like cantaloupe, pear and apple met with biscuity malts and American-style orange peel hop notes. Honey finish. Moderate, prickly CO2; medium body. Nothing special here.
zizzybalubba (1569) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. can from Total Wine, Newport News, VA (listed as 8% ABV). Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops and slightly sweet malts. Taste of tangerine, mango, and pineapple with an assertive caramel malt backbone. I don’t know what makes this ale "Belgian" or "session" but overall it is good.
Tmoney99 (11610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured a clear dark golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex hop and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectation where met.