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Armsby Abbey

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Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey
BA SCORE
100
world-class

136 Ratings
Ratings: 136
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 6.64%
Taps: 22
Bottles: 85
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @armsbyabbey

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: dougnboston on 08-02-2008)
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Tomas77

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -11.6%

Downtown Worcestor.
Great place not far off the highway. Has a full line of your favorite belgian beers as well as plenty of american styles. Long line of draft lines also of belgian beers. At least 20. Food is great and prices are not bad. Fair enough considering the great beer they serve. Once you find the place you realize its location is pretty convenient for most people. Nice stop to make if your traveling from Boston back to Western Mass. At least it is for me. If you have the chance, please check it out.

08-23-2009 01:07:49 | More by Tomas77
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markipa1

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

This place is a must-visit if you are in the area. 22 draughts, 6 dedicated to Belgian, a huge selection of Belgian bottles, and usually a great selection of American craft beers. You can see what's on tap on their website (they only update it weekly, so call if you need to make sure something is there - it is not always accurate). I LOVE that you can get a tasting sampler with 4oz of 4 different beers that you choose for about $8. The food is also outstanding. I have eaten there 3 times and liked everything I have had (great pulled pork sandwich). They source natural and local ingredients, and the chef does a great job. The bar tenders are passionate about beer, and really know their stuff. The only downsides are sometimes service can be slow when it is crowded, and can be a bit pricey, but worth it. All in all a great place and a much appreciated addition to the Worcester area.

08-05-2009 04:07:16 | More by markipa1
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev -0.4%

Finally had the opportunity to visit Armsby Abbey last night. I had high hopes based on all the comments that I've heard about both the beer and food. It's just wonderful when something surpasses the high expectations you have for it.. Armsby Abbey did just that.

Great Place.

I really think this spot hit on all four key aspects of a good beer establishment. Great Service.. Very knowledgeable & friendly. In addition to the wait staff Alec came by to chat beer which was a great pleasure. You can clearly see that he has a vision for his business and is passionate about every details of the location. Great Food. Had one of the sandwiches and it was fantastic. Very high quality.. While I didn't have it, the person I was with said their grilled cheese sandwich is by far the best he's ever had and well worth the $9 menu price. I think that I'll be trying this on my next visit. Great Atmosphere. Friendly, welcoming, comfortable and accessible. A nice place to hang out..

Finally, great beer selection and quality... The tap list was diverse and of very high quality. Enjoyed a Bruery Trade Winds Tripel and St. Feuillien Saison. Both were served in the appropriate glassware and at the proper temperature. In addition to the 20 something beers on tap there is a great bottle selection. If you have a passion for Belgians, then this is your place.

I put this into the "must visit" and "worth going out of your way" category. If you haven't been, you need to go.

At this point I am wishing it was a bit closer to Sudbury, but I will definitely be returning as often as possible to the Abbey...

07-16-2009 10:46:36 | More by Reagan1984
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

06-28-2009 19:38:39 | More by tendermorsel
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +1.1%

Swung by on a weekday afternoon after lunch at Gardner Ale House, easy to find as you drive by, look for the Chimay sign. Parking on-street took a bit more effort, but no harm, no foul.

Upscale interior/furnishings, long bar and a few tables. On this day, one table was occupied, and the bar was empty except for tender and a few of her friends/coworkers. Grabbed a seat at the bar, received a bottle and food menu promptly, and clued in to the tap brews are listed opposite the bar high on the wall chalkboard.

Excellent selection, good coverage of many styles, many hard-to-find/rare offerings/breweries. Tough decisions to be made. Beers were presented in correctly logoed and/or style-conscious glassware. Hard to find any faults in the beers area, for sure.

I did not have food, but menu seemed to be a bit more upscale than I usually look for. Not a problem, just everything seemed a bit busy for my tastes. I will note however the attention to local provisions and artisinal products. While I was there, obviously someone ordered some sort of offering with a cheese on it, and the aroma was superb.

All in all, nice place, and now that I know where it is, looking forward to revisiting.

06-18-2009 21:36:48 | More by ppoitras
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krantul

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.1%

Hardwood floors... an amazing, locally constructed, custom-built bar... towering shelves of Belgian glassware... adjacent to the bar, a drink rail built from a slab of recovered wood, stretching between a pair of exposed support column... it's a cool place, classy without being stuffy. A great variety in clientele, from beer nerds in t-shirts to attorneys in suits... but all having a common interest in good beer, good spirits, and handmade food.

Everything here is high quality. 22 taps with 6 dedicated Belgian lines: all craft beer, no crap, no faux-craft. Over 150 bottles, with at least 80 Belgians, in case nothing on draft strikes your fancy. A small, but carefully selected wine list, and a dizzying array of artisanal spirits--nothing mass market there, either. $5 is the norm for a standard pint, with imports and higher-gravity beers sometimes a bit higher. Naturally, the Belgians can run a bit higher, but all of the pricing is fair.

The food is freaking amazing. The menu is very focused: cheese boards, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas are the norm. Some entrée-type food shows up as a special from time to time, and the stuff they prepare for the occasional beer dinners ranks with most ambitious gastropubs. Special accolades for the in-house baker/pastry chef--the breads and desserts are the best that money can buy.

This is a world-class beer bar and easily one of the best in New England. A must-visit beer destination for anyone in the northeast

06-02-2009 17:19:47 | More by krantul
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev -0.4%

Visited here during my wife's 10 year CLARK reunion. Had dinner with some friends and a few tasty beers. Parking is actually pretty easy with a lot basically next door or some off street access too. The outside is a red brick building and going in the front door opens into a prototypical beerbar/brewpub scene. Long rectangular bar to the right about 20 stools, table and chair setups along the walls, chalkboard with draft list (approx 20 lines no crap on tap), and some stool and high table seats in the middle. Extensive beer list on bottle as well heavy on belgians and the prices may have been a little high for bottles but drafts were spot on.
Food menu is cool, focus on organic and locally grown products including seasonal varieability. Had tastes of my wife's salad complete with fiddleheads and enjoyed it. Also orderd the cheeseburger pizza with free range ground beef and local bacon to boot. The pizza was very yummy. Only disappointment was the cheese selection for the grilled cheese, a fairly bland dry cheese that didnt help with the slightly overcooked bread/toast. Otherwise all was good.
Beer list on draft was a mix of heavy hitters (DFH Palo Santo), locals (BBC coffee porter), and high end imports. I also had an Allagash Curieux on draft for only $6.
Overall an incredible addition to the beer scene in a city that was lacking a real presence. Only drawback is apparently no reservations and the place seems to be usually crowded.
A must hit if in Central Mass.

05-22-2009 03:29:53 | More by sulldaddy
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DrinknFish

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev -0.9%

I went here before the Dead on Saturday. The place was a bit nutty but even with the crowd we were able to get a table outside and reasonable service. Actually the service was better than I had expected given the conditions. At one point the waitress overheard my friend telling me she is now a vegan and then informed my friend that the dressing that came with her salad had bacon in it, very cool. The beer selection was great and was even able to find some good beers for my Bud drinking friend. This is definitely the place to go if you love Belgians though. We got a pulled pork pizza, a salad and the Olive Tapenade for dinner and they were all very tasty. I work near Worcester and this is now on top of my list to take one of our beer drinking clients.

04-23-2009 17:55:51 | More by DrinknFish
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pomeroy41144

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +3.9%

I have been to the Abby four times. I am always impressed with the vast selection which includes several session beers as well as many extreme beers. Since I live in Natick I usually haveto take it a bit easy on the extremes.

The food is very good not great. However, I agree with the prior post that the BBQ chicken pizza was outstanding. I also love the cheeses.

It does remind me more of Deep Elum which is my favorite in Boston.

Highly reccomended. Bartenders very knowledgable and service extremely good.

03-16-2009 21:08:48 | More by pomeroy41144
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natasharai

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev -4.7%

This place is great! The server knew something about each beer, which was great! The atmosphere is awesome, a bunch of high tops to sit at with a few friends and chat and a nice bar. From the outside this place looks like nothing special, but once you walk in you know you are in the right place! All taps are listed on a chalk board and they have the belgian taps on one side. They had about 15-20 well chosen taps on and a good selection of bottles. They have the correct glassware for each style of beer, and are sure to serve everything in the correct glass. I got a spinach artichoke pizza which was yummy. The other food looked good, but was kind of a side note to the good beer.

03-10-2009 16:38:12 | More by natasharai
Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.