Highland Seven Sisters Abbey Style Ale

RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
This Abbey Style Dubbel Ale earns its appellation by being brewed with double the normal grain bill and the addition of Belgian dark candi sugar. Fermenting with Trappist yeast creates dark fruit esters. Pilsen, Pale, Extra Special and Chocolate malts evoke classic Belgian Ale sweet aromas with a hint of nuttiness. Use of Hallertau Hersbrucker and German Select hops enhance authenticity and provide a restrained bittering of 20 IBUs and a slight spicy aroma.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
A small off-white head settles above the totally clear pale amber body, certainly very light-coloured for a dubbel. Nevertheless, it has chocolate powder notes in the nose together with crude, unripe fruit esters (green banana, green strawberries, pear skin) combined with a white sugar and doughy bread. Altogether, an aroma that could be more mature and developed. In mouth, the same flavour profil goes on with the hops taking a bit more room with their herbal and floral undertones finishing with a surprisingly strong bitterness matching the malts graininess roughly. Feeling a bit raw and unpolished, lacking in malt depth and structure. Has little to do with a Scotch ale reminiscent Belgian Dubbel thats for sure, but even as a straightforward Belgian pale ale, this is overrun by most of the competition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle was a gift from Duane. I have been pleasantly surprised by Highland in the past and looked forward to this brew. It poured a cloudy golden caramel. Small with head dissipated quickly. Aroma was graham crackers with mild fruit and honey and yeast. A hint of spice and grain. Medium carbonation with a very smooth texture. Creamy. Soft banana and a hit of spice. The flavor was bready with a touch of honey sweetness and a mild spicy finish. Very tasty. No off notes at all. One the my favorite dubbels so far. Good job Highland. I was sorry my brother gave me only one. I will look for this one soon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep red color with a thin off-white head. The aroman is sweet with some fruit and floral notes. Sweet malty flavor with a touch of spice that seems common in Belgian beers that I have tried. Pretty decent overall but the style is not my favorite. A good change of pace beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (6120) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Copper pour with creamy white head and lace. Bread and Belgian yeast. Light toasted bread, sweet malt, and a light bitter.Medium bodied with watery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2010
12oz bottle-thanks decaturstevo-pours an offwhite head with amber color. Aroma is sweet light/medium malt, yeast, some herbal. Taste is sweet light/medium malt, yeast, 2nd herbal hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Velkyal (321) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Perhaps a touch on the pale side for a dubbel, but a nice combination of malty sweetness and that classic Belgian yeast thing. Easy to drink and tasty to boot. A tasty drop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (14360) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle poured a hazy orange amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of carmel, pear, apple and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a watery finish. Flavors of carmel, pear, spice and light apple with a crisp watery lingering spiced finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14881) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bomber from Bruisin Ales. Pours copper with a one finger foamy off-white head. Aromas of roast malt and kandi. Med maybe body with mild carbonation. Flavor is roast malt, and kandi, and a touch of yeast/spice. Certainly Belgian, and not of light flavor, but somehow it seems a combo of dubbel and tripel. On the other hand it drinks quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2010
sampled at 2010 Brewers Jam. Nice brown color with quick beige head. The aroma is clove, a little bit of yeasty fruit, and some dusty caramel. The flavor is semi-sweet cocoa, hints of banana and clove, and a little bit of bready yeast. Kind of a safe approach without much creativity, but decent nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from a local store in Hatteras.
Aroma: There is a light bit of skunk, vanilla, caramel, green vegetal note, and spice bread.
Appearance: It pours a crystal clear amber color with a small frothy, off-white head. I was disappointed to see this brew wasnt bottle conditioned.
Taste: There is some caramel malt and spice. Actually lots of spice, clove especially. There is a hint of dark fruit, vanilla, and rum lurking in the back. Even with all of that, it lacks the depth of a true dubbel and comes across as flat.
Palate: Medium bodied with slighter more than average of slightly softer than average carbonation leading to a lingering spiced finish.
Overall: It reminds me why the an abbey does a dubbel best. A decent attempt that comes up short.

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