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Abbot Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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349 Reviews

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Reviews: 349
Hads: 618
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 20%
Wants: 24
Gots: 62 | 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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Reviews: 349 | Hads: 618
Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have had on draft and usually expereinced poor head and dank dishwater appearance. Cans produce a better looking beer in my experience of this one

A weird musty smell. Not much aroma though.

Taste is always musty yeast, low level of bitterness and watery yeasty underwhelming "british pub bitter" flavour.

Overall I have had this many times and it is always underwhelming and bland with a sickly dishwater theme. A beer that steered me away from English ales and sent me towards Czech and German lagers in my twenties. It took the discovery of American style craft beers and Belgian ales to reawaken an interest in ales after this kind of dull fare put me off.


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Photo of Dennis-King
4.82/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this with hindsight. In the 1970's this was the beer that changed my life. It made me realised the difference between the crap keg beers that the big brewers sold and quality real ales. In those days Green King was a small regional brewer and Abbot was the finest beer around. 40 odd years later I have still to try a better beer. Unfortunately the beer sold now is a pale shadow of that beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear and amber in colour, white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, biscuits, earthy hops. In taste malty low bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this from the hand pump … at a place where they didn’t know the first thing aboiut cask conditioning. Served too cold and too carbonated. (But they swore up and down it wasn’t from the tap.) It has a nice warm caramel color with a creamy cap of foam. Light aroma, with a pleasing biscuity caramel malt taste. Ended up coming across more like an amber than a pale ale/ESB.

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Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can into nonic pint glass

a: dark orange/copper, transparent, topped with just under a finger of off-white head

s: biscuit, caramel, apple, and floral touches. lesser notes of stone fruit

t: biscuit, apple, and apricot are dominant throughout and are very pleasant. mid-palate has those floral hop notes from the nose, and the back-end is mildly bitter

m: very smooth. mild carbonation and a light body make for a fitting mouthfeel

o: a delicious english ale. fruity and malty

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Photo of ZachT
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of founddrama
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.)

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Photo of gnikola
2.3/5  rDev -37%
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.

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Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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Photo of AddyCanuck
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Derek69
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Dapuma
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of Kevichella
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.


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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Effervescent; amber; medium head with good lacing

Aroma: Malty; grassy; sweet; hints of tea aroma

Taste: Juicy malt with hints of fruit on start; dry, slightly bitter finish with a nutty aftertaste; good balance overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always a sucker for the British beers. I did a semester abroad in college and these brews always remind me of a certain redhead from Surbiton, UK. Ah, the 90's... .

Appearance 4.0: Poured a beautiful and deep golden color. Nice CO2 foamy head that never reached above 1/8".

Smell 4.0: That's nice. Caramel along with chlorophyl-heavy English hops are the predominant bouquets.

Taste 4.25: Front is somewhat dry and short and the middle certainly follows suit, but the middle is where more of those amazing English hops stand up and hit you with that grassy yumminess. Finish is where a delicious, yet subdued, caramel barley taste takes over. Aftertaste is long, delicious and features a strangely compelling light treacle sweetness. Makes you wanna quaff the entire pint in one gulp.

Mouthfeel: 4.0: Excellent low level of carbonation that showcases this lovely English ale.

Overall 4.25: Great example of a British pub beer. Four of five Imperials of this bad boy and the world will take on a different meaning. You'll start writing poetry and wearing shirts with lace on them. You'll start referring to football as "sport." Well, maybe not those last two things, but nonetheless, this is a great beer and you should seek it out and try it. To answer an English person's question: "Is it nice?" Yes, it is. Very much so.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a willibecher at Firkin.

My last beer of the day shall be a nice English cask ale. Indeed. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-sweet biscuit, mild greens, and light honey. The taste brings in more of the same, though everything is slightly milder, and there's a touch of grass in there for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice EPA, one that seems right at home in this cask engine.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear copper with stronger orange leanings. A very light tan/beige head is creamy with decent retention. Drops to an almost non-existent cap in short order. Specks of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Slight sweet maltiness. Touches of caramel malt with a decidedly English water and yeast profile. Rocks with a good amount of grass, hay, and husky graininess. Some hints of apple and generic fruit skin. Light dusting of mildly earthy and herbal hops. It's very subtle and very simple, which isn't a bad thing here.

Taste: Just what the nose promises. Light, slightly sweet malt backbone. Caramel malts. Vaguely toasted. A solid building grassy/husky flavor. Lots of minerality from the yeast and water, but it's not aggressive. Bready. Hopping is subtle and light, pushing just a touch of herbal earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a medium body that almost feels light given how smooth it is. Moderate carbonation. Nice and clean.

Overall: Maybe a novice?

Nothing stellar, but a decent drinking beer. The can gives it a few bonus points and it's incredibly drinkable, but doesn't really hold up over the course of the 16oz can.

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.