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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Ourclassic Uberhoppy recipe fermented with Belgian Abbey Ale yeast. Everything else is the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
On tap @ VB. From notes. Amazing combo of fresh DIPA and a classic BSA. Lots of tropical fruit, piney punch, and bubblegum. Hops twist & tangle the tastebuds. The malts seem a little lost in this, than the Uberhop and I donít really notice the belgian yeast character. Perhaps the hops just blow it outta the water? As always, Steve has another imaginitive creation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Valley Brewery Uber Abbey on tap @Valley Brew Pours orange /gold with a thick lasting head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Mellow aroma of aromatic cedar with floral undertones. Tastes sweet and perfumy. Wood and flowers on the palate. Spicy lingering aftertaste. Not too much of the Belgian yeast flavor. Good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Pours amber orange with a thick off white head. The aroma is powerful hops with orange, pine, caramel. Slighty yeasty. The flavor again is just like a double ipa. The only difference from uberhoppy to me is that itís slightly maltier and sweeter. Lots of fruit and caramel. Iím not picking up much from the belgian yeast. This is still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit and light yeast aroma. Grapefruit and light pine flavor with light malt and light yeast. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Grapefruit and light pine lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (2010) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
On tap at City Beer Store. A Belgian version of Uberhoppy. So, itís easily the most American hops that Iíve ever tasted in a Belgian-style ale. Do the West Coast DIPA flavors mesh with the strong Belgian flavors? Not exactly. Is it still delicious? Yes. The hops are strong, bitter and very likely drown out a good portion of the Belgian yeast flavors. The Belgian flavors in there are nice - earth, fruity malt, burnt sugar. The beer is still fairly dry, perhaps not quite as dry as Uber Hoppy but still better than a lot of DIPAs. I love Valley; they refuse to be boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
On draught @ TAPS! Clear amber orange with a one finger orange-white head, fading to a thin creamy film before long. Lemon and orange pulp and lots of berry hops up front. Some pineapple and cotton candy caramel malts are behind. I only get a hint of the Belgian yeast character. The flavor is a big olí mess of hops again with a good amount of the lemon and orange again. This seems like it has less of a dry-hopped character (than the last time I had regular Uberhoppy), though I donít know if itís true. I did have a little trouble picking out the Belgian yeast in the flavor as well. Bitterness peaked @ a 6-7 in the semi-dry finish. Light to moderate prickly carbonation with a full body. Glad I got to try it--thank you TAPS!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - OCT 29, 2009
Great hop aroma and flavor. The sweetness is low and balanced. Dried fruit tastes come through with the abv which is a good pair. Their yeast strain creates a huge range of new flavors that oddly mix well with their hop choice. If you are not paying attention (towards the end of the glass), this one can surprise you, it starts as a pure Belgian then this amazing hop comes out of no where. Have tried this bastard combo from Stone, Russian River, and a few others and this is one of the better ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Draft @ TAPS Petaluma. Pours a hazy, pulpy brownish-orange color; foamy off-white head with good retention. Generous aroma of bubble gum, cotton candy, coupled to oily, juicy hop character; pine and non-acidic citrus; hints of peach; a nicely balanced, hoppy Belgian nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of chewy esters (again, bubble gum, cotton candy, Belgian sugar) melded to a minimally-astringent, juicy and generous hop character; oranges, pine, hidden alcohol; juicy and oily, well-balanced, generous on both the Uber and the Abbey fronts; reasonably dry at the core; ultimately, though, this doesnít dry out quite as nicely as the regular Uber, which is simply stunning in its original incarnation. Lengthy finish of zesty pine and citrus, oily and lasting bitterness, some toastiness and Belgian sugar at the far end of things; the tongue stays numb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
tap. this is not as good as Uberhoppy. It is still quite hoppy but the subtle Belgian yeast detracts from the fruitiness without adding much in return. Still an interesting beer.

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