Armsby Abbey

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Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey

119 Reviews
Reviews: 119
Visits: 209
Avg: 4.61
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 85
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

144 Main St
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01608-1105
United States
phone: (508) 795-1012

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Place added by: dougnboston on 08-02-2008

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Reviews: 119 | Visits: 209
Reviews by tendermorsel:
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4.7/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I have been hearing great things about this place and finally found myself out in Worcester and got a chance to go. It totally exceeded my expectations.

The atomosphere was great. Tables out side on the sidewalk. There was a quick puppet show when we first go there. Quite comfortable inside. There was a lot of nice wood furnature in the beer. Tons of glassware and bottles on display. Gorgous looking place. A little crowded when we first got there but I would expect that on a Friday night @ 10:30.

About 20-25 great taps. I had a Sculpin IPA and a great new flemish red Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge. I had I very tough time choosing my beer as about 10-12 of the taps were stuff I was dying to try. The bottle list was great too. Ton's of Belgian bottles available including some real rarities. (2007 Oerbier Reserva anyone?)

The owner Alex is cool as hell. After a 10-15 conversation with him I could tell he has a real passion for Belgian beers and knows his trade. Our waitress was great too. Quick to answer questions and reccomend beers.

The beer was real real good but the food was AMAZING. I had a Mac and Cheese that was about as good as it gets. Chimay cheese in the Mac and cheese? WTF! I was with a friends and we all loved what we ordered so much that we were sharing with each other at the table. The Sausage Pizza, Pulled Pork, and Hummus plate were all supurb. Appearently the menu is constantly changing as the focus is on local and fresh ingredents. Man it shows. Everything was real tasty and fresh. Especially considering we put our order through 15 minutes before the kitchen closed.

It is a bit pricey for sure. I ended up spending $32 for 2 beers and food. That being said you get what you pay for. Well worth the slightly higher prices.

Highly reccomended place. Yes there is a world class Belgian beer bar in Worcester! Believe it! I would be here all the time if I lived closer. I will be back for sure. This place would hold it's own with any of the other well established beer bars in New England. Utterly satisfied both the beer geek in me and the foody in me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CayseyW
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is near-perfect. The food and beer are at the absolute highest quality. The service is also impeccable. My only minor complaint is some of the seating is a bit too tight.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of HopBomb515
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This place had a great atmosphere and friendly staff. I ended up at the bar one of my nights here sipping a KBS and striking up one of the best conversations I ever had with a stranger. The food I had was great, but a bit overpriced. I'd like a little wider food option. I always got served but had to wait for a beer a few times, I chalk it up to a laid back atmosphere. This is a must visit and a place I will be going back to for sure.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of HopsnMalts_NJ
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Stopped in here on our way back from a MA/ME Beercation for one last pour before it was back to reality. The Hill Farmstead beers were fantastic (I had Society & Solitude and Double Citra) and the food was wonderful. Knowledgable staff and ridiculous draught list.

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Photo of joeroma5
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of bostonbeans
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of rogacks
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of AirBob
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Excellent and fairly priced farm to table menu. Tried the pickle slate, heirloom tomatoes, poutine, chorizo flatbread, and blueberry crumble. The crumble was raw/underdone but everything else was great - easy to tell that everything is crafted using quality, fresh ingredients.

Beer menu is also excellent. Tons of HF and some other locals like JA and Oxbow along with some belgian and getman beer. A little heavy ipas and pilsners but the world class quality of the offerings makes up for the lack of variety. As mentioned below, I wish the style s were mentioned in the menu.

Our server was pleasant and helpful. The host and hostess were neither.

Overall one of the better tap lists in MA and outstanding food.

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Photo of bcm75
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jayhunter357
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome atmosphere and only place in MA where you get Hill Farmstead on tap!

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Photo of Peter1977
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of MattOC1313
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Mikexw
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of matthewp
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

For a hop head this is a great destination. From an IPA perspective this is a 5 for selection, their rotating beer selection for local (New England) beers is phenomenal. If you were going to hit one bar for great IPA's in the state I'd recommend this place. I haven't had a lot of their food (yet) but what I had was great and they have great attention to detail in ingredients and selection.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Found myself in downtown Worcester, MA and after reading about the acclaimed AA, I had to visit. Long wooden bar with built beer glass shelves. All of the right styles:pint, chalice, weissbier, snifter, etc. with a nice assortment of brand names. Looking at the beer selection and it was micro beer nirvana. Five Hill Farmstead beers on tap ( only 4 servings in a tasting flight ) plus other fine selections. The HF beers alone would save at least 8 hours in my life transmitting to & from the Northeast Kingdom. Needed food to go with the tasting flight and selected the breakfast sandwich. Heartily recommended with a collection of locavore farm ingredients: egg, brisket, etc. Excellent! I now know where it is located and will make it point to head there again and again. i strongly recommend you do the same.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

All-around terrific experience! Great beers on tap, great food on the plate, and exceptional service.

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Photo of mjstern70
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the spot for Belgians. Such a wonderful space as well.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Persdawg
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of tatooedsn
4.03/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Beer variety is kind of limited. 98% of the selections are IPAs, which is great if you are a hop head.. not so much if you're not.

A bit annoyed the beer menu doesn't list the style unless it's in the name. Even worse when I need to struggle to read someone's hand writing to Google it. Maybe I'm just too cranky to work for my beer today.

Food is kinda pricey, but it comes with the hipster territory. Nice selections of local cheeses and healthy menu items. For the adventureous there are some quirky items like pork jowl, smoked bone marrow, and a plate with beef's tongue and pig's feet.

Presentation of the food is quite impressive. A young lady was even kind enough to explain what came on my cheese plate. I kind of left feeling a little spoiled.

Overall I think it's a pretty cool establishment with a real friendly environment. I wouldn't come back for the beer, but I would for the great service and tasty food.

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
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