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Summit Unchained 10 Belgian Style Abbey Ale

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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Malts: Weyermann Pilsner, Weyermann Abbey, & Weyermann Melanoidin Hops: German Tettnang & Czech Saaz Special Additions: Belgian Amber Candi Sugar Target Alcohol: 8.00% vol Target IBU’s: 33 packaged Color: 25 Lovibond, deep amber – rich mahogany OG: 18 degrees plato Yeast: Belgian Trappist Ale strain Notable flavors: Sweet malt characteristics, raisins, prunes, pears, slight spicy notes; overall slightly sweet and fruity estery characteristics


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vikingguy (795) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Pours a cloudy amber-orange color, small white head. Belgian yeast on the nose. Taste has notes of dark fruit, banana & belgian yeast. Rich, sweet and flavorful.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gordon4152 (2) - Lenexa, USA - OCT 8, 2012 does not count
Reminds me of the Belgian ales drank whilst in Europe. Love the slightly sweet aftertaste. Full bodied and yet thirst quenching. I think that brewer Eric captured this style exactly.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Dark orange color with a small head. Light spice and bready aroma. Flavors of banana and bread. Light butteriness. Grainy. Slightly bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ericular (555) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Really good beer. Starts off smooth and light, then the flavor builds quickly, an effervescent plum flavor hits and fades into a great yeasty/bready aftertaste. 8% ABV with not much alcohol taste and some warmth. Really easy drinking and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demitriustown (1054) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2012
12 oz bottle: Aroma is nicely fruity, yeast, plum, light bubblegum, and some nice spices. Appearance is a clear reddish/brown with a thick off white head that lingers for quite a while. Taste is really nice smooth, effervescent, the plum notes are more prevalent with yeast coming through. Starts off light but melds into something a lot more hardier. Palate is medium mouthfeel, with a lingering fruity, plum-like aftertaste. Also a slight alcohol bite. Overall, Good stuff. Cheers!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2288) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2012
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. and served to a snifter with a clear, deep coppery hue, a modest amount of off white head foam that reduced fairly quickly to a ring & film, and good, ribbony cling to the lacing. The aroma was light yeast & spice, soft malt, candy sweetness, and fruit that was mainly cherry & plum. The flavor contributed moderate, lingering, earthy hop bitterness, mild malt, noticeable but subdued alcohol warmth, a touch of tartness to the esters, a medium+ body, soft carbonation, and a lightly syrupy texture. Strength and complexity were okay but didn’t impress.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2012
This is not Summit’s best effort. Amber color, and very low carbonation. It has a recognizable Belgian yeast, but little else that makes me think of an abbey ale, lacking in the rich malt flavors of a dark abbey ale. I love saaz hops in a pilsner, but I am not sure they work here. They might have tried for a traditional dubbel or abt ale, something they have not made before as far as I know. This experiment did not work out very well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemooner (598) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Pours a clear ruby-amber with a foamy tan head and some lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, and some mild fruit. Flavor is quite a bit of sweet, toasty malt, yeast, sugar, caramel, figs, plums, raisins, and bananas with some spices. Meaium body with medium carbonation and alcohol hidden well. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Tap at el Bait Shop. A rich copper body with an off white head. The nose has some funky leather and pears. Notes of cinnamon and cloves. Taste is sweet gum and pears. Finishes with cinnamon spice. Decent with a thick body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured a hazy amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, candi sugar, toast, bananas, and some spices. Tastes of yeast, grains, candi sugar, fruity/bananas and the same lighter spices. Alcohol content hidden for 8%.


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