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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (4183) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle sent my way by Durhambeer. Pours golden with a small head. The aroma is some copper and some banana with a good bit of fruit and orange zest. There is some mild yeast spiciness in there as well. the flavor is nicely malty with some fruitiness coming from all sides (fruity malt, fruity hops, fruity yeastiness). There are some mild dusty flavors and a bit of baguette breadiness. Nice little beer, but an odd labeling as a dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Sampled at the Guess Whos Back tasting. Pretty much what to expect for an americanmade belgian style. Kind of watered down. Sweet and brown and dubbel. american. eh.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2010
12oz bottle from Whole Foods, Chapel Hill. Pretty good new seasonal from the fine folks at Highland. Ive not been in a huge dubbel mood of late, but theres some more dry and fruity about the Highland version that certainly appeals as the weather warms. Pale amber pour, not the dark brown youd expect, with a lively carbonation. Aroma is a bit generic, sweet bready malts, fruits, etc. But the taste features a nice combination of spice, dry hops, and candi malts that give the beer a crispness that was appealing. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
On tap at the River City Beer Festival at the Diamond on 05/22/2010. Clear copper body with a large persistent creamy off-white had. Sweet candi sugar and light malt aroma. Sugary flavor with belgian spice and light fruit. Dry finish. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3646) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Brownish reddish pour. Aroma is pretty spot on with a sweet caramel candi sugar and toasty grain profile. A little too much on the sweet side in the flavor. Nuttiness and malt abound otherwise. Again some grassy and earthiness to this beer from a hop profile that is not quite familiar for the style but kind of works anyways.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3604) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Clear coppery gold body under a small white head. Poor lacing. Fruity spicy aroma with some sweet malts. The flavor follows the aroma. This doesnt have the body I expect from a Dubbel; its more of a Belgian Blonde to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3573) - Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2010
This one is a really nice color, crystal clear somewhere between amber and copper. The aroma is spicy, reminding me of cinnamon. The flavor is surprisingly crisp. This doesnt have the body of a normal dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3440) - 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 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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