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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Belgian-style abbey ale crafted like those that Trappist monks brew for their own session beer. It is light bodied, light in color and relatively lower in alcohol with spicy phenolics and complex fruity esters of cherries, nectarines, peaches and bubblegum with a characteristic slightly tart and dry finish from the Belgian yeast.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7336) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Sampled on draft this beer poured a bright golden-amber color with a medium sized creamy orange-white head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet with golden fruits and a bit of yeast. The flavor was sweet, tangy and yeasty with sugar and golden fruits. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Quite pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1763) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2017
DOC:12/8/2016

2015 BJCP Category:26C Trappist Single

AROMA: Medium-high Trappist yeast character. Citrusy esters with a clean, flowery or perfume fragrance. Some spicy notes. Some sweet grainy malt background notes. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Dark gold to light orange/copper hue. Cloudy body. Moderate off-white foam laces well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Lightly malty-sweet with honeyed biscuit/cracker flavors. There is a citrusy flavor (mostly orange) throughout. A spicy hoppy presence lingers in the background but becomes quite strong on the finish. Phenols create for a peppery, almost tobacco-like character (possibly tannins) which is strong enough to be a bit distracting. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Quite crisp with a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Impressive that an American brewery would be able to produce this niche style on a large scale. Pretty much to spec and enjoyable. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drpimento (3321) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2017
Not much of a Belgian single. Aroma is mainly yeast with a little bit of mold and Spice. Flavor is fairly tart, lots of yeast in a little bit of malt and grain.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (5013) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Gold color with a towering head. Very heavily spiced nose and strong yeast character. Light flavor, a bit like water crackers. Hints of honey and floral hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6235) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2017
On tap at Pretentious Beer. Clear orange, nice white head. Hearty, bready aroma. Taste is like a sweet bread. You like Hawaiian bread or something like that. Nicely full bodied. Plenty of yeasty flavors as it warms. Pretty tasty.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drake (13176) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2016
12 ounce can from The Malt Shoppe, 9/11/16. Uh oh, some bad signs here. Hazy orange, large foamy head, about 5 fingers before I got half the can emptied. Good retention. Aroma has some chlorine and bandaid. Also some bready malt and citrus. The taste is stone fruit, bready malt. Assertively high carbonation is stripping out most of the flavor. Thin bodied. Something is awry here.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scarletfire65 (1382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Draft at Sociale, Chicago. Light notes of Belgian yeast and savory malt. Dusty cellar flavors. Not mush to it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HuskerTan (1948) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Can. A- Floral, garden veggies, fruity esters. A- Gold color, clear liquid, white head. T- Bubblegum, subtle banana, fruit esters, flowers, slightly vegetal. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, yeasty finish. O- Pretty standard and nothing about it really excited me. It’s drinkable but the flavor profile is just a bit bland.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfinney23 (3050) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Golden pour with a big white head. Yeast and grain aroma with an odd metallic undertone. Taste is better but the fizzy finish kind of ruins it.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
muzzlehatch (4914) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2016
12 ounce can from Everett’s in South Beloit, IL, (partially) consumed at cellar temp from a Chouffe tulip. Big fluffy head dies slowly above a piss-yellow-gold body...aroma dry and lightly yeasty, pretty faint at first but eventually an unpleasant bathroom odor emerges and does not leave...body also fairly dry, a bit cidery, lightly yeasty, and rapidly turning sour and bitter in a very unpleasant way...watery body, very heavy carbonation. I see this brewer everywhere and "Abbey Single" or "Belgian Single" or "Trappist Singel" or whatever is still a fairly underrepresented style, at least in my neck of the woods, so I got a whole sixer of this on a chance; boy was that a bad move. One of the last blind six-pack buys I made before coming back to RB - "thankfully" I saved one can of this (bought back in May or early June I think) so I could rate it if I was going to come back here again. Well, I did, and now it goes down the drain. Guess I’ll be careful and try to get just one when next I try this brewery.


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