Summit Unchained 10 Belgian Style Abbey Ale

 
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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Malts: Weyermann Pilsner, Weyermann Abbey, & Weyermann Melanoidin Hops: German Tettnang & Czech Saaz Special Additions: Belgian Amber Candi Sugar Target Alcohol: 8.00% vol Target IBU’s: 33 packaged Color: 25 Lovibond, deep amber – rich mahogany OG: 18 degrees plato Yeast: Belgian Trappist Ale strain Notable flavors: Sweet malt characteristics, raisins, prunes, pears, slight spicy notes; overall slightly sweet and fruity estery characteristics

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3.4
hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured a hazy amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, candi sugar, toast, bananas, and some spices. Tastes of yeast, grains, candi sugar, fruity/bananas and the same lighter spices. Alcohol content hidden for 8%.

4.2
BeerKurve (520) - - AUG 26, 2012
Dark Hazy Crimson/Brown. Aroma consists of figs, spices, caramel, rum raisins, malts and yeasts. Flavor is fairly sweet with caramel, spices, figs, rum raisin, plums, malts & yeasts. Body is fairly light along with the carbonation and it feels moderately crisp. It’s not quite the best Abbey Style I’ve tried (although it’s up there!), it is however the most accessible and reasonably priced one I’ve tried yet.

3.3
cbfobes (2885) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
On tap at Dexters, pours a clear dark reddish brown with a thin head and spotty lacing, aroma is yeasty with some spices mixed in, flavor is of light candy sugar with some spices, dry finish, not awful ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle. Hazy reddish brown color, lingering thin head. Flavor is dark malts followed by hints of banana and ripe fruit and notes of candi sugar. Finishes with just a hint of herbal hops, slightly metallic or medicinal. Medium bodied with just a bit of heat from the alcohol lingering at the back of the throat. Certainly drinkable, but a little bit messy. Doesn’t quite stand up to the real Abbey beers.

2.6
Nuffield (4189) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Pours clear amber with a vigorous off-white head. That burns off fairly quickly and leaves a beer that is lacking carbonation. With no life to speak of, you sense the very oily body as it hangs on your tongue, a bit heavy. The aroma is better than the flavor--there’s clearly some alcohol coming your way, and there’s a combination of yeasty, bready substance and a note of spicy, piney hops, with a little raisin. The flavor kicks in with a metallic edge and an English Strong Ale-style malt complexion. I can’t say I’m thrilled with the Saaz and Tettnang hops--I like recipes that balance that a bit with greater diversity or sometimes some Goldings. The result is a beer that isn’t really what I expect from a "Belgian Abbey" (could be closer to my expectations of an English Strong or an Alt, actually), nor is satisfying on its own terms, ignoring labels and style names.

2.9
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2012
brownish red pour with a thin off white head. aroma is very sweet. brown sugar/molasses, raisin/dried cherry, light apple/pear fruitiness. FLavour is cherry, plum fruit, fleeting brown bread maltiness, starts to fall apart through the middle though with a minerally tang and slightly boozy finish. Hoping that they stay away from the Belgian styles in upcoming releases.

1.5
branallo09 (3) - - AUG 11, 2012 does not count
Toasty malty beer with a deep red color and thick white head. Sweet with a hint of roasted pepper.

2.9
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2012
(bottle) Pours a regrettably clear dark red color with a thin light tan head. Aroma isn’t very potent nor expressive, with some scents of ripe pear, must, booze, and perhaps some dried fruit. Taste has some sweet caramel, light pear, perhaps dried cherry and prunes, an odd glimmer of white wine, and a shade of fruit roll-up. This is all well and good, but the finish is very unpleasant with a heavy dose of a metallic twang that is highly offensive. There’s no rounded breadiness from the yeast that I was expecting, and instead there’s an insipid and booze-laden dryness that clings to the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is appropriate. Overall this beer lacks in the expressive scents and rounded finish I look for in dubbels, but the flavor in the fore is ok.

3.3
BVery (11221) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber pour with a small cream head. Plums, figs, candied sugar, and a bit of malt. Decent.

3.6
volkjosh (1) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2012 does not count
Amazing aroma that leads to a very inviting flavor. Very drinkable for an 8% beer. Recommend.


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