Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by Halcyondays:
3.53/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Went to the Abbey at about 3:30 on July 5, at happy hour. It was smaller than I expected, with a bar upfront and to the right, and tables to the left. Their taplist is all right with Stone IPA, Maredsous 8, Lindemans Framboise, Hoegaarden, Maudite, Bitburger and other Belgian-type brews. They also have Arrogant Bastard and La Fin du Monde in bottles, in total about 20 selections. I had the Maredsous 8, it was a little cold, but still very good. They seem to use appropriate glassware here. All and all, a good stop for beer on Main St. in Seal Beach, but with Beachwood BBQ ~ 500 ft. away, this is always a second choice.
07-06-2007 00:26:04 | More by Halcyondays
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4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This my new favorite local place for craft beer. With an owner/bartender who understands the craft beer revolution and pretty decent food to boot.
The service is quick and friendly and they always remember my wife and I. Kind of like a Cheers but with craft beer.
I am on a low carb diet and the cooks will always help me comply with that. I find it a joy to sit at the bar watching the cooks work their culinary magic. Burgers with avocado are my favorite item on the menu. For my wife it is the wedge salad.
As in any beach town parking can be a pain so bring your patience or a lot of quarters.
12-28-2011 06:42:09 | More by ozbuc
3.88/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Having Pliny the Younger on-tap at Beachwood BBQ (and the clusterfuck it brings) created a good opportunity to check out The Abbey for a bite (and a beer) afterward. The interior is well lit with a long, winding bar and half a dozen tables to sit at. Nearly all the patrons inside were drinking beer or wine, which made me feel less like an alcoholic after two helping of 10% ABV beer. Primarily it was a middle-aged crowd.
About 15 beer on-tap and around 20-odd bottles in the lineup. It's no Beachwood, but that shouldn't be the standard. The respectable tap lineup included Bitburger, Maudite, Devotion, Chimay Tripel, Franziskaner, Karl Strauss, and New Belgium, plus a bottle collection of Arrogant Bastard, Duvel, and more. Most of drafts went for $6-9. To sweeten the experience was the glassware offered. I received my Bitburger in a Bitburger branded mug, and I saw Franziskaner and New Belgium glassware being utelized. If only they weren't chilled...
The bartender did a good job serving me, even helped me "break a tie" of whether I should drink Franziskaner or Bitburger. Despite the previous paragrpah, Franziskaner was the beer she "picked" for me, but she admitted it was pouring odd.
Food menu is limited, a mojarioty of it being pizza and burgers. I opted for a burger, and I found it tasty.
The Abbey is a respectable place with an encouraging selection of beers. My beer geekiness will naturally gravitate me towards Beachwood, though The Abbey isn't a bad backup choice on Main St.
02-24-2011 06:00:38 | More by DoubleJ
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went in on a Thur night during the Laker-Celtic finals. Loud. Really loud. Slightly above average vibe due to the brick ovens in the back. Other than that, nothing special. Small, but quality selection. Narrowly focused, lots of Belgians and variations there of. I got a Maudite, which came in what I thought was a healthy sized glass (16 oz?). Maybe I've been to Stone too often and are accustom to their 8 oz pours on anything above 6% ABV. Service was good, waitperson seemed to know what they liked, but not sure they could have gone into much depth if asked. Beer was fresh, but too cold. Ordered the filet mignon sandwich which was sliced beef of some cut that didn't appear to be filet mignon. Good flavor, but not what I was expecting. Not sure I'd go back a second time, as there appear to be a few better options nearby. Overall, good but not great.
06-11-2010 21:16:10 | More by LittleDon
3.66/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Just down the street from Beechwood BBQ which from a BA standpoint is a much better place to hit. Parking at night was ok but I would think that in the day it might be difficult. The Abbey is very small with only about 10 taps, nothing spectacular but they did have a number of Belgian macrobrews on tap. Didn't try the food but there were mostly diners not drinkers in the place. The staff was friendly but did not appear to be too beer saavy. A good place for a nightcap but is not a destination place.
12-30-2008 00:02:04 | More by bigbelcher
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in during Labor day afternoon.
A- it was pretty empty. Only a few other people in there. It seemed like mostly a pizza joint, with a handful of beers on tap. Not your regular pub feel.
Q- The beer seemed fresh and the Franziskaner Hefe's we ordered were served in the Freanziskaner glass- 20 oz. Good pour.
S- I'm assuming it was the manager/owner who was helping us and he was very attentive. We were only there for 1 beer, but service was prompt and friendly.
S- They had about 10 taps I think, Franziskaner, Flying Dog Pale Ale, Unibroue Maudite, Stone IPA, Mendacino Red Tail, St. Louis Framboise, and Maredsous 8 are the ones I can remember. There was a bottle list too which was pretty good.
V- we were there during happy hour so the Hefe pours came out to barely over $5, normally I think they were $6.50 give or take a quarter.
09-07-2008 16:20:03 | More by MiScusi
3.2/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Went to this place after Beachwood BBQ, which is on the same street and only a couple blocks away
Always wanted to check this place out after seeing Mark McGwire wearing this hat on TV all the time, even though I cannot stand that guy anymore
The bar is on the right side when you walk in, they also only have about ten taps, three of them being Coors and Bud type stuff, others were Maudite, Stone IPA, Karl Strauss Red Trolley, and a couple easy to find Belgians
Pretty small place as well with big glass windows and pretty cool people for the most part, food looked a little expensive, plus I just ate right before going here
Nice area, but a beer geek like myself would go to Beachwood BBQ a thousand times before I went back here when in this stretch of Seal Beach
11-19-2007 17:44:56 | More by Floydster
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stop two of a meet-up with several BAs for a "Long Beach" pub crawl (they did a lot more stops, my wife and I met them for the Seal Beach portion). Located on the main drag of dwontown Seal Beach, 5-6 blocks from the beach. A long, narrow room dominated by bar on the right hand side and tables on the left. A little too dark and trendy for my taste, although I could see why some might like it. I got the sense that it was probably a pick up spot.
I didn't get a chance to count the beers, but I know they had at least 8 taps, and they were all good ones- Maradsous, 2 Unibrous, Stone, a small but very nice selection.
Just had one beer and then left- it didn't leave me dazzled, but if I'm in the area, well worth a beer or more. I hear the food is good, but didn't try any.
02-19-2007 17:57:49 | More by Dukeofearl
The Abbey in Seal Beach, CA
89 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.