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Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale (Special Reserve) - Ølfabrikken

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Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale (Special Reserve)Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale (Special Reserve)

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

32 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: garbercury on 12-14-2007)
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Reviews by rallison:
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rallison

California

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost 3 years old.

Nice ruby amber pour with a creamy white head that never fully disappears and comes back on command with a little swirl. Very nice.

The aging has treated this beer well. Extremely mellow with a nice creaminess in the mouthfeel (once some of the high carbonation has worn off). Very pleasant integration of raisins, caramel, brown sugar and spices going on. Virtually no alcohol presence. Very, very drinkable.

Wish I had picked up a few more of these. Highly recommended - a very nice, aged dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 05:27:48 | More by rallison
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

12-14-2011 21:28:03 | More by jophish17
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-25-2011 23:13:33 | More by Rochefort10nh
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

2006 vintage that my wife surprised me with for my birthday! Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color that has dark amber edges and golden orange hues when held to a light source. Massive frothy off-white head that has incredible lacing, hardly fading at all throughout the entire glass. Large patches of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy and spicy aroma with lots of peppery cinnamon, peppermint and clove along with some dark and citrus fruit character. Hints of plum, raisin, fig and date. Slightly medicinal smelling with slight cough syrup notes.

Full bodied with slight carbonation up front with plenty of sweet chocolate maltiness as well as hints of dark fruit, citrus, nut and spice. Hints of dark cherry, raisin, plum, fig and orange peel. Peppery with some clove and peppermint as well as some candy sugar and alcohol sweetness. Complex and well balanced with a well masked high ABV making this beer extremely quaffable. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 07:06:09 | More by corby112
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened bottle with a big "pop". Poured with a voluminous foamy frothy light tan head with flecks of sediment on fop and within the liquid. Color is lightly cloudy medium amber. Aroma is hugely caramel malt with some spice fruit and yeast. Flavor is very like aroma and not as sweet as I was supposing. Very nice. Well balanced too. Very good body and carbonation. Finsih is at first a little sweet and then tapers to slightly bitter. Easy drinking. As close to a Belgian abbey as I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 19:31:25 | More by drpimento
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin sustained head- light tan in color; little bits of lacing throughout. The body was an excessively carbonated clear (filtered) medium amber color, with little flakes of presumed yeast riding the bubble trains. Some people might find this sediment to be a turn-off... I did not.

S- Crakerlike pale and candy malts combine with aromas of candi sugar, abbey yeast esters, and some perceived spiciness in the nose. Can't quite put a finger on the spice...

T- A wonderful replicate of the nose, with candi sugar exploding midway on the palate with some stale hop bitterness and candy malt echoing through the finish. Some perceived spicy nuances are there throughout the drink- cinnamon and/or cardamom perhaps? Finishes somewhat dry. Very tasty.

M- A nice oily and somewhat creamy body. Overall a medium+ body with tremendous amounts of soft, non-bloating carbonation.

D- Goes down quite well... almost quaffable... glad to drink this bottle on my own, or split it with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 14:58:21 | More by jgasparine
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prototypic

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abbey Ale pours a dark rust color. It's mostly clear and light reveals burgundy highlights. There are some yeasty particles swimming about. Active carbonation produces a tan head that stands over three fingers tall. It's a little lighter (and clearer) than I'm used to seeing for the style. But, it's a nice looking beer all the same.

The nose is pretty impressive. Belgian yeast is very prominent. That's a big plus. Many non-Belgian breweries somehow whiff on that critical component. Dark fruit is noted. Raisin and plum add quality depth to the nose. Coriander and clove spices blend well. This is a rather deep, complex Dubbel. Herbal and earthy notes are secondary and subtle. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. All in all, this is a very good smelling beer. I'm impressed.

The flavor profile is nearly as good. Raisin and plum flavors kick it off and resonate throughout. It is very spicy. In fact, I believe it's a tad too spicy. Pepper, clove, and coriander flavors are strong and are just a little overbearing. Belgian yeast is very much in the mix and adds much to the flavor profile. I believe that's why I like it as much as I do. That flavor pulls it together a great deal. It has an interesting leafy-like, herbal flavor that emerges late. It's alright, but doesn't add much. Alcohol is noted, but isn't warming or hot. It finishes spicy with a tangy, dark fruit flavor.

Abbey Ale has a really nice, smooth medium body. Carbonation is active, but it somehow feels relatively light. This would be a dream with a little more body. Drinkability is good. I really like the flavor. But, the intense spiciness grows a little tiring as the bottle descends. At 8.5% abv, it's not too imposing, especially for a Dubbel. Nonetheless, a 750's just about the perfect size.

I'm always a little skeptical with non-Belgian attempts at Belgian styles. This Danish take on a Dubbel is an impressive one. In fact, it's damn near spot-on. There's a lot to love about Abbey Ale. Personally, I think it's just a tad too spicy for the style, but that's its only real shortcoming. Nonetheless, it still has a really nice flavor. I'm happy to report that Ølfabrikken nailed the Belgian yeast aspect. I don't know if this beer is still around. I've had this bottle for quite some time and there don't appear to be many reviews. If you happen to spot a bottle, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 04:03:11 | More by prototypic
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusted apricot with a big splash of cherry juice and light showers of fine yeast. What are presumably larger clumps of yeast slowly sink to the bottom of the glass. The pastel gold crown is expansive, fluffy and creamilicious. Impressive persistence more than makes up for a less than extensive lace display.

If the aroma is an accurate guide, Olfabrikken has done their homework when it comes to the Belgian dubbel style. Each deep sniff delivers an abundance of medium-dark fruit and an intriguing musky spiciness that isn't entirely due to Belgian yeast esters (see below).

Olfabrikken was thoughtful enough to list the beer's ingredients on the label, something that I wish more breweries would do. If you don't speak Danish, here is the translation: vand (water), bygmalt (barley malt), hvedemalt (wheat malt), majs (maize), sukker (sugar), gaer (yeast), korriander (coriander) and humle (hops).

Abby Ale is tremendously tasty and is as good as all but the best Belgian versions. It does taste a bit different, probably due to the coriander, an ingredient not often found in beer of this style. Belgian brewers definitely aren't purists, and it looks like Danish ones aren't either. 'Whatever tastes good' works for them and it sure as hell works for me.

The flavor profile includes brown bread, English toffee, fig preserves, a mixture of golden and dark raisins, tobacco leaves, clove and coriander. The sweet-bitter-spicy balance is perfect and the beer is as complex as they come. I haven't had too many dubbels better than this one.

The brewers came close, but they haven't quite figured out how to match the Belgians when it comes to mouthfeel. No worries, no one else has either. It's at least medium-full, but doesn't have the creamy expansiveness that would have garnered the next highest score.

Olfabrikken Porter is one of the best beers on the planet. Abbey Ale, while not that good, is an outstanding elixir that I'd love to drink again and again. Here's hoping that rumors of retirement are completely unfounded. The world needs a kick-ass Danish dubbel like this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 21:06:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Olfabrikken Abbey Ale, courtesy of and split w/ dkachur. Thanks! Been looking to try this one for a while, but I've never had a chance to pick it up. My portion poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/brown-bodied brew, wearing a fizzy yet fluffy one-finger, fast-fading head that leaves a definite presence throughout, never fading beyond a quarter-finger. Absolutely replete with floaties at the finish of the pour.

Aroma: Slight alcohol note is what strikes me first, which takes the score down a little, but it's followed by series of pleasant notes, very dubbel-like: cherries, bread crusts, raisins, and a handful of spicy clove and coriander overtones.

Taste: Rather spicy, full of cloves and medicinal phenols, over a base of brown sugar and wholesome bready notes, complimented by cherries, raisins, figs, and banana notes. On the whole, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thick - perhaps a little too thick for the style - complete with slightly prickly carbonation. On the whole, I'd classify this one as "subdued."

Drinkability: A solid, drinkable dubbel, and one I'm glad to have tried. Abv% is not too out of the league of this beer, and though it's perceptible in the nose, it's less so in the mouth. Though there are a few areas where this beer falls a little short, it's - on the whole - enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 17:04:04 | More by CrellMoset
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I cellared a bit, and took out expecting a more drinkable beer. Looks: on the lighter side, with suspended bits and a tinted colour, white head. Aroma was spicey and yeasty. Taste was sweet and spicey and yeasty but not that well integrated. ABove average mouthfeel. Not too drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 02:48:59 | More by Sammy
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aerozeppl

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice looking brown copperish color. 3 fingers of white head when I poured it.

S: A really nice and strong mustiness. Almost smells like soil. That is what I look for in a Belgian style ale. Some dark fruit with a ton of the yeast shinning through. A slight hint of toffee in the end. I don't think that really describes what I am smelling though.

T: I love the taste their yeast imparts on their beers. Note to self buy a bottle and harvest some. Just a nice smooth mix of dark fruit with a nice malt sweetness at the end. A little bit of caramel as well. This reminds me more of an American take on the style than anything else.

m: Medium body with tons of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Goes down very easily. I find all of their beers possess a common smoothness. Just really nice. Complex beers that don't seem overwhelming when you are drinking them.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 01:48:45 | More by aerozeppl
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with major ruby hughes when held to the light. A nice off white head lingers for some time, and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is full of dark fruit and some spices. Belgian yeast notes are strong, and some slight caramelly aniseishness. whoa.

Taste is actually quite good! Many a dark fruit in here. At first all you get is carbonation, as this one is a bit overcarbonated. Then an array of dark plummy raisiny and date like dark fruits slides across the palate. Some Caramel and Toffee come about just before the finish. More dark fruits. Dark candy sugars abound here as well. A nice Anise like licorice lick just before the finish. This is borderline BSDA. The finish is nice and crisp, a bit dry, and leaves good caramelized fruit and sugar residue on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, but significant overcarbonation is present. Thickness is right where it should be.

Drinkability is pretty solid here. The abv is fairly unnoticeable, aside from the richness of the taste. For a dubbel, this one is docked a bit on drinkability, but if it were me, i might call this a BSDA.

Overall a very pleasant and enjoyable brew from Olfabrikken. Their porter will forever be their shining star, but they do make other brews that should get more notice. This is a quality belgian style dark ale. Nice rich flavors, but this one is defenitely a sipper. A good brew from those Danish crazies at Olfabrikken.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 07:01:31 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Kraken

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Gentle pour evokes a scrumptious three finger head with incredible staying power. As the head slowly recedes it leaves a thick layer of lace behind. Color is a dark brown cider.

Nose- Poured a little cold. Raisins, some golden apples. Subtle notes of coco, light coffee, and sweet caramel.

Palate- Notes of dark fruit, dates, light raisins, coco, coffee, caramel. Pleasant underlying sweetness. Very supple and smooth with a creaminess about it. High alcohol is only apparent in the bone dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy yet very dry.

Drinkablilty- Very smooth a true sipper.

This is by far the best dubbel that I have ever had. Seek out!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:08:08 | More by Kraken
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/5/08. Bottle, bottled 11/30/2006. Pours a cloudy brown with a huge thick light tan head. Aroma of light fruits (apple, pear), and too many spices to name. Flavor is quite spicy (coriander, clove) along with light and dark fruits (prune, raisin). Some alcohol. A little soda-like quality to it. This beer reminds me a lot of Corsendonk Christmas Ale. It seems a little past its prime and I'm also not sure what makes this a dubbel as opposed to a Belgian strong ale. It was alright but nothing special.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 15:18:25 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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bkilpatr

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. 12/06/08. Bottle is corked & caged. Looks like a production date of 30/11-2006 on the bottle.

Pours a deep ruby-mahogany color with about two fingers of light tan head. The head dropped slowly to a thin layer, nice retention. Lots of little floaties in the beer. Aroma is malty and spicy, with some caramel, raisin, fig, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is very nice. Lots of sweet malt, caramel, and molasses. Plenty of dark fruit, raising, fig, date, plum. Candied sugar, brown sugar, and Belgian yeast flavors are also present. Very slight alcohol presence. Nice and sweet and fruity.

Feel is very smooth and creamy due to the high amount of carbonation. Slight warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is very good. It goes down really smoothly and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall, a very good dubbel. Very tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 23:34:17 | More by bkilpatr
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with orange-ish hues in the color, with a big tan head. In the aroama, sugary, small spice, hints of black licorice and corriander. In the taste, mellow, and just like aroma, licorice, corriander, and a bit sugary. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry licorice aftertaste. Hides the alcohol, spices and licorice is nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 02:27:50 | More by OWSLEY069
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ccrida

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml poured into my Rochefort goblet, Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale is dark brownish red with a very tight, creamy eggshell head that leaves some light, foamy lace. In the wide mouth of the glass it's not very large, but it has incredible last. There are protein flecks that never really settle out, but you can't feel them. This bottle was a recent purchase but it had an older look to it that made me suspect it was recent dug out of the back at the store.

Smell is tasty, fruity grape, sweet, lighter, with some oaky vinegar, chardonnay

Taste is nice, sugary, plums, light rumminess and mildly astringent, plasticy phenols, sweeter, light maple, brown sugar, warming alcohol on a clean finish. Wow, a great dubbel, I love it.

Mouthfeel is very nice, super fine bubbles, lots of spritz, long lasting. Highly digestible.

Drinkability is high, a fantastic beer, superbly crafted. Truly awesome, for both the style and regardless.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 04:01:40 | More by ccrida
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle purchased at State Line.

A: The abbey ale is an attractive mahogany-colored brew, a port wine with a touch more maroon. A head that neared a finger resulted on pour but disappated without lacing.

S: The abbey has a strong nose, yeasty with lots of sugars. Beets and dark candies control the nose.

T: The ale is complex, deep with an enjoyable flavor. Powdered cocoa and dark candi sugars drive a sweet, slightly boozy flavor. Lots of fruit flavors emerge, prompted further by the dry yeast strain. Hops add a citrusy flavor without much bitterness.

M: The ale is generally smooth, even with the multitude of flavors. The ale didn't evolve as it warmed but I still enjoyed it.

D: The ale's strength is deceiving, well hidden behind the Phil Spector-esque wall of flavor. This one is a good choice with a frost warning signalling fall's arrival.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 23:39:52 | More by akorsak
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 750ml bottle at Corvallis Brewing Supply. Poured in my NBB Abbey glass. Pours a cloudy brown color with lots of yeast floaties, foamy white head that settled very quickly. Smells very bready, malty sweet, dried fruits as well. Taste has some raisiny sweet notes, maybe dates. Mouthfeel starts of a bit fizzy, then seems to finish nice and smooth. Not my favorite style, but a quality brew. Something worth trying, but i have to wonder if it would be better at the source.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 01:05:53 | More by BigJTrucker
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tpd975

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice browish color with a nice foamy head. The glass was literally teeming with floaties. Looks kind of like my daughters sea monkeys

S: Nice dark fruit aromas married to sweet malts.

T: Same as nose with the fruits playing a big role. A touch of spice can be detected along with just a bit of citrus.

M: Medium body pretty smooth.

D: Pretty drinkable, considering it's not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 16:04:35 | More by tpd975
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy brown/orange with some floaties but a very nice head. The aromas are sweet with honey, orange blossoms, and candied grapefruit. Brighter than many dubbels and very aromatic. The taste echoes those same notes found in the aroma, with the addition of a nice creamy finish, and lots of orange and honey. Sweeter than most doubles, but very nice clean flavors and quite delicious. The mouthfeel is smooth and perhaps a bit soft. Nicely creamy. A delightful if slightly different take on a dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 03:35:36 | More by Georgiabeer
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Mild traces of spotty lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, raisins, and doughy yeast with a touch of spice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a standout plum flavor and raisin bread.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, doughy, yeasty, sweet, with mild heat found on the palate from the alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 18:11:49 | More by weeare138
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Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale (Special Reserve) from Ølfabrikken
90 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.