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Abbot Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Abbot AleAbbot Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

589 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 24
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2001

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Ratings: 589 | Reviews: 354
Photo of ZachT
4.54/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Copper colour. thin, fluffy white head. Caramel malt aroma with a subtle ester fruitiness. Malt forward, with caramel/toffee notes and a slight apricot fruity flavour. Dry finish, good carbonation. Leans on the malty side but still well balanced. A good classic english ale.

Photo of Cannybrew
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold in colour. 1 finger head. Sweet honey, malty, smooth finish. A little flat and empty mouthfeel. Still highly drinkable.

Photo of BIg_Dee_PEIBC
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely mild beer with fruity tones, faint cherry, banana like. Smooth finish. Clean finish. Very pleasant beer.

Photo of founddrama
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice smooth pub ale, in the same vein (to my palate) as Boddington's. I'm getting some fruity esters and biscuity malts.

There is a mild hop bite on the finish, as well. (Funny side note: big IPAs may have ruined bitterness in anything below like… 80 IBUs.)

Photo of Glickj
4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On nitro tap-- it's amazing!

Photo of Sharpee1937
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A strong beer and extremely drinkable. Very pleasant.

Photo of Fastwalker19
2.27/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Like most British ales, the traditional cask version is bland and tasteless. But it's alright for a football match.

Photo of Olegophren
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect ale for everyday use. Very fine with cheese nuggets

Photo of gnikola
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dazzling look, very clear dark orange or light amber with small white head, high carbonation. Weak smell of caramel and lager-like yeast. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Absolutely no hop aroma. No complex maltiness. A weak specimen of bland English ale, only good as a summer refreshment.

Photo of Metalbrew
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored beer with a fruity, flavorful bitterness and a smooth hop finish. I found this a pleasant beer to drink

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Unappetizing sweet malt taste - thin mouthfeel - disappointing.

Photo of Giuseppina
3.75/5  rDev +3%

500ml bottle from Tesco. Excellent for the price (1.25 £), overall a good beer.

Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours a deep clear amber with a a short lasting creamy white head. The aroma is rich and malty, with caramel and dark fruits. The taste adds an earthy hop flavor on the finish. The body is still and smooth. A great bitter.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a bottle. Head is about 1.5 fingers, off-white with moderate retention; clear, copper body. Aroma includes soft, resiny hops; a nutty malt aroma with a touch of caramel; browning fruit. Flavor largely characterized by coppery bitterness and nutty, biscuity malt; hop flavor is lightly earthy and resiny. Medium body, low carbonation.

Pleasantly drinkable, though not especially complex.

Photo of AddyCanuck
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm pretty happy I picked this up today. I was looking around the LCBO for something that wasn't from Ontario and won't break the bank and picked this up out of luck. Best decision in a while.

Served from a can into a pint glass.

A: Transparent with a deep copper color. 1.5 inch head that quickly disappears. Solid lacing throughout. A few bubbles rising to the top.

S: Abbot Ale doesn't give off much of an aroma but there is something there. Has a sweet floral smell to it.

T: For me, this is where the beer shines through. At first, you get a nice sweet taste that kind of reminds me of strawberry-apple juice. Towards the middle you get something that tastes like Lyle's Golden Syrup. Finishes off with a bitter note that lingers.

M: I found it to be a bit on the light side. This wasn't a bad thing as it worked with the sweeter flavours it had. Has a nice smooth texture to it.

O: Abbot ale offers a mild experience with a great deal of character. The smooth and fruity feel of the beer makes it great for a session or replacement for fruit juice.

Photo of Derek69
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I still can't honestly believe that this beer is so cheap here in Ontario, Canada. It was $2.10 for a tall boy when i first saw it months ago, it's increased since however.

Pours a dark copper colour with a decent amount of head. Doesn't seem to give off a lot of aroma, but the taste is truly great. Feels like a cask ale, not overly carbonated. Lots of flavour, hints of caramel, maybe some raisins, hard to describe. You will not be disappointed though!

To me, it's a fruity, dark-ish beer with lots of character, at a great price. Seems like a winning combination.

Photo of MarkoNm
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppery color with a hefty and quite solid just off-white head,
The aroma is quite weak and pretty neutral, only small hopy are detectable.
The taste starts sweetish and fruity and following this after same time there is a pleasant bitter taste.
The finish is nicely bitter with that feeling staying with you for some time.
Very nice and very drinkable. Thumbs up.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can purchased from LCBo for $2.10 CDN. Served well-chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear copper color. 1.5 fingers of frothy white head with good retention time. Some bubbles are rising to the top. Nothing spectacular beer, but a decent looking brew.

Smell - Dark fruit and molasses predominantly not a lot else and the aromas weren't terribly strong wither. What is there is pleasant but a lot of straining needed to pick up the aromas.

Taste - Lots of sweet ripe fruit that has been candied in molasses. Dark fruit. Exactly like how you would expect it to taste given the nose but with a lot more intensity and deliciousness.

Mouthfeel - Velvety smooth and a bit syrupy (but that works with the molasses flavors). Low carbonation but still rather dense feeling beer.

Overall - Nice brew that pleasantly surprised. I could see myself buying a few of thee again.

Photo of Dapuma
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Having recently been on an Ale kick I wanted to try the Green King brewery ale's and went about getting Wexford Irish Cream Ale along with the Abbot Ale

The Abbot ale is not a bad beer, but a bit too bitter for my liking, the head on the beer was very thin and wore away quickly

Side by side with Wexford it is a superior beer, but I would rather have a Tetley's in this style

I think it is probably a decent beer for the style, just not my favorite ale - if this was maybe 10 ibu's less bitter I would enjoy it much more

Photo of Kevichella
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into my Hobgoblin pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance. Amber with a slight red warmth shining through. Bit too similar to lager for my tastes. The head quickly reduced to nothing after a few minutes.

Smell: There is a warmth and maybe some slight chocolatey or spicyness.

Taste: The taste mirrors a fainter smell, though there is more of a lager taste to it (i'm not sure what else to call it).

Mouthfeel: Fairly fizzy when held in the mouth.

Overall: I thought i would enjoy this more than i did, it was a bit too similar to the generic lagers in the pub to my untrained palette.

Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can.

A: Pours a clear dark copper color with a nice white head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some malt sweetness light citrus and bit of fruit in the background.

T: Mild taste of roasted malt, bit of caramel sweetness and fruit. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth with nicely balanced.

O: Nice beer for the style.

Photo of Libationguy
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish-amber color. Fine dark cream colored thin head that remains after the beer has settled.

Nutmeg, light brown sugar, light roast coffee. Cream and a moderate malt feel in the nose.

Mild sweetness in the palate. Brown sugar, light caramel, soft smooth feel to the palate. No real bitterness in the beer.

Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Just enough bitterness to hold with the sweetness, but the beer still finishes just a little on the sweet side.

Soft, but with some character. The Nitro gives the beer a very smooth and slick feel.

Photo of beerluvr
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thin khaki hued head on the pour, clear medium reddish in the glass, gently carbonated. Biscuity/bready nose with some yeasty fruitiness, biscuity and nutty flavors then some nice hop bitterness and fruitiness. Easy drinking due to the levels of carbonation...I'd really like it if it had a little more 'oomph' in the body department. Finishes on the dry side. Good session ale.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Greene King Abbot Ale has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, a clear, amber appearance, with a few tiny, rather slowly ascending bubble streams, and thick lacing (like with coffee) left behind. The aroma is of toffee, tea dregs, white bread crust, slight caramel, and a musty cellar. Taste is of cellar mold, fungus of some sort, caramel, tea, toast, sweetness, cake dough, and a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and Greene King Abbot Ale finishes wet, weird, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is another unusual, moldy, English ale, but I do like it.

RJT

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

brilliant brew here, how have I missed this before? luxurious creamy off white head from the nitro tap, a dense clear maple color underneath. it smells and taste about the same, a balanced, clean, incredibly satiating blend of English pale malts and appropriate hops in greater proportion than I expected for an English brew. its got a nice crisp bitterness after the grains roll through, and even notes of pine forest and earthy must, which give this beer impressive depth. I love it on nitro, gives the body some life, and drinks like an old world classic. my first beer from green king here, and I look forward to trying more of the lineup, this is a really nice pub ale that deserves some attention. a fine all day drinker.

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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