bhensonb (13980) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at OBF. Pours dark amber with a big beige head. Aroma of darkish fruit like raisin/date. Med + body. Flavor is malty, dark sugar. Not too much spice; some noble hop. Surprisingly dry finish.
Ratman197 (13080) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, raisin, plum, clove and a hint of earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, fruittiness, light spice and a hint of yeast with a smooth lingering toffee finish.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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%.
BVery (9483) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber pour with a small cream head. Plums, figs, candied sugar, and a bit of malt. Decent.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks to the Summit rep at France 44! Dark reddish pour with thin to no head, slight white head in there. Aroma has notes of dark candi sugar, dark fruits with caramel, toffee, hints of slight cocoa powder, touch of fruity yeast. Taste is a mix of sweet fruits, belgian yeast, touch of slight caramel, toffee, hints of spice, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry.
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 12oz bottle. Had it on tap and wasn’t that impressed. Unfiltered, amber-copper. Soapy, thin head. Just doesn’t capture the essence of a good Belgian beer, so why even go there? Dull, undercarbonated body. Sweet malt tones, some decent depth there. Not much to speak of in the hop realm, pretty not there. Drinkable, not overbearing. Sweet caramel tones, with a fruity yeast balance. OK.
Firkin w/ Chinook dry hops
Firkin at Sugar Maple. Burgundy red body. Steady, creamy beige head. Odd to have an Abbey Ale on firkin, really light and doughy. Smooth and creamy is what this one is all about, the hops don’t really shine. OK, kind of one-dimensional, an interesting mix of UK body and Belgian yeast. OK.
JK (5652) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Skyview (5538) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a semi-clear amber brown colored ale with a slowly dissolving off-white head that has some nice lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, hint of toffee, some floral hops and a touch of date. Taste is medium bodied, more light Belgian yeast in flavor than aroma, some caramel malt, light fruit and a hint of dates. Finish is semi-sweet, some toasted caramel malt and a hint of date. The candi sugar and Belgian yeast is a tad light but still a decent ale.
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jkwood04 (5260) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours ruby/brown with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of spicy yeast, some alcohol, caramel malts, sugar, and light floral hops. Flavor about the same. Average to smooth texture. Not bad for an American version of a Belgian strong ale.