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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Pours an amber golden color with little to no head which quickly dissipated. Caramel malts with some hints of cinnamon and a nice mouthfeel. Very sweet on finish, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2010
Tap @ TacoMac, Windward. Deep amber color. Thin off-white head. Bready flavor. tastes like raw bread dough, toasted malt. Aroma of Belgian Abbey yeast. Dough and malt. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5562) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2010
Aroma is strong, yeasty and rubbery with smoky and fruity undertones. It pours a pretty clear golden amber with a decent white head that does not stick around too long. Mouth-filling flavor is yeasty, somewhat like a wheat beer, with a strong fruity-brandy undertone and hints of caramel. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy, leaving a pleasant yeasty and slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (2207) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pours a burnt orange into the glass, with a diminished head that leaves sparse lace. The nose has some Candi Sugars, yeasty notes, esters and spices. A spicy yeast mingles with toasted caramel malts, bready notes and Belgian Candi Sugars on the tongue, finishing with spice notes and maybe the slightest hint of alcohol. The palate is medium-light and smooth, with a decent texture and gentle carbonation. A decent Abbey Dubbel, but nothing that Im going to specially search out again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2010
Sweet caramel malts, candi sugar with a hint of mustiness in the nose. Pours an amber golden color with little to no head. Spicy caramel malts, hints of roasted malts, grassy earthy bitterness, with clove and cinnamon. Looks very light, but packs loads of flavor! Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2010
Not my style but the wife likes these. Dark orange color, slight off white head. Scent of fruits and spices. Taste is light spice and fruit, not overly sweet. Not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3422) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2010
12 oz from Bruisin. Pours a bold copper and its clarity makes it obviously filtered. The aroma gives me hope. It seems to steer clear from being overly sweet or too ester-heavy. Pleasant notes of honey, cardamom, figs, licorice and more are noted. I take a sip to be mildly let down. It is a bit too sweet with noticeable stickiness, but its relatively light body keep things from getting out of control. I suppose there just isnt enough hop or malt flavor to truly compete with the yeast, but this is still pretty decent, especially considering this is Highlands first real Belgian styled ale. Overall, this is a pretty decent change of pace from the brewery. It is a flavorful, medium bodied ale true to most of their offerings, but the flavor profile with hints at banana, clove, cardamom and honey is unlike the rest of their lineup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9926) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle as an extra in a trade with JCB- thanks again, Jason! Pours a clear copper color with some visible carbonation and a small eggshell white head. Aroma of bready malts, yeast, banana, caramel, and mild spices. Flavor of bready and caramel malts, yeast, spices, banana, hops, and leaves. Medium-bodied, with soft carbonation and a sweet, bready mouthfeel. Sweet finish. A different take on the style but not anything special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark, clear golden with smallish head. Nose of sweet fruits, caramel, some slight banana esters. Similar taste. Not too metallic, as some dubbels tend to be. Tasty and refreshing, especially for the style. I like the idea of a refreshing, lower-alcohol summer abbey beer... and this is it. Nice one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 15, 2010
12oz bottle. dark gold under a small white head. subtle aroma with some sweet malt and hints of fruit and cola. flavor is moderately sweet with toffee, fruits, and a bit of spicy cinnamon or something. high carbonation. warming.

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