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Abbot Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

565 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 18
Gots: 30 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2001)
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Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the appropriate nonic at the Daniel Stead in Darlington while working my way across the taps. pours a slighty ruby hued amber with a lovely 1/2 head hanging on top.

Aromas are slightly sweet and bitter all at once and allows a bit of citrus/fruit to ride in here and there.

Taste follows the nose a bit as it carries a rich malty bready presence right into a warming spicy hoppy mouth. Hints of sweet fresh baked break and orange zest creep in somewhere in there and a nice light and dry finish rides this out.

This is one nice brew - not the best but pretty solid across the board. Nothing to complain about but nothing that is going to win first place either.

gpcollen1, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly clear dark copper color; good head sticks around awhile.

Sweet & sour malt with some slight butteriness.

Sweet peaty malt with some roasted/smokey notes and a minerally bitterness on the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel but also feels a bit heavy.

Definately not my style of beer, but I could drink a pint of one (1) of these.

BeerZack, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a can (that I thought to be nitro, but no widget?) a medium to a deep amber color with a white head. In the nose, hints of sweet malt, a bit citrusy, and a small lingering of tea. In the taste, I got a carmel-ish malt sweetness. It stays on the palate for a while. It is hardy tasting, but yet a lot sessionish. Lots of sticky lacing left in the glass.

OWSLEY069, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle...not nitro.
A soft golden tea color in the glass with a nice white half finger that leaves sticky lacing in it's wake.
The nose picks up definite English amber malt sweetness with some soft (Kent?,,golding???) English hops for balance.
The tongue doesn't disappoint. Very English in nature. Sweet amber malts with a touch of toastiness and then the soft and subtle hops drying and balancing everything for a very satisfying brew.
I could session this and not get bored with it as the night went on.

IntriqKen, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of chunkylover53
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Lovingly transferred from the can into a standard pint glass, this beer pours a reddish brown colour with a quickly-dissipating head.

The smell is nothing special, just a slight hop character, and the mouthfeel is thin, but it tastes pretty good. Hoppy and floral. A bit earthy, not too bitter.

This would make a good session beer.

chunkylover53, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of alephilmac
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cask ale in London, nice head that remained for half of the imperial, light copper

S: decent, toffee, little bit of sharpness

T: pleasant, brown sugar, caramel, little bit of bite

M: nice, I'm a fan of cask ales, so this had the usual, light-carb. smooth drinking feel

D: Solid cask ale, not overly complex, but certainly pleasant and nice english flavor

alephilmac, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. nitro-can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear but rather dark copper color. Thin white head is a bit less dense than most nitro beer heads, but still exhibits most of those traits.

Smell: Malty with some grains, oranges, and light hops. Overall a bit weak in strength.

Taste: Very light, malty caramel with some floral oranges and cinnamon. Towards the finish, a bolder malt taste balanced against some spicy hops. Light bitter aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth, but very little carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink; perfect ABV.

I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. Not great in all respects, but overall quite solid. It would certainly work well as a session beer. Will get this again, and recommend it to others.

mithrascruor, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a golden amber with just a film of creamy off white that left a touch of lace behind.

Smells creamy and pasty with a honey, maple syrup and buttery dinner roll malt base. There’s just a touch of dry, sour lime hiding in the distance to balance this one out.

Tastes mostly of hazelnuts with an emphasis on the dry end of that flavor that also carries with it a touch of under-ripe strawberries. The flavor fades to a dry woody hop and finishes with my mouth feeling dry and bit perky. (perky?)

Feels nice and easy that’s slightly thick with slight pin pricks of carbonation but with an over all silky tone. Paired with the flavor, I don’t think I could ask for anything more. However, when it warmed, it got exceedingly dry.

This has been a favorite of mine. Arguably one of the best more readily available session beers out there. Had only their price not recently gone up…

DarkerTheBetter, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of thehyperduck
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL can. Pours a copper colour with an unimpressive thin head that dissipates to lacing within a few minutes. Pleasant floral or fruity smell, with a note of toffee or caramel - if only it were less faint!

Now for the best part. I thought this was a delicious beer. It has a powerful roasted nut/toffee flavouring, and not much else, but I didn't really think it needed much else anyway. Fairly low carbonation, and leaves a slight malty aftertaste in the mouth. Rather light-feeling, and definitely goes down smoothly.

[Updated Dec. 31 2013]

It's hard to believe that I first reviewed this nearly 7 years ago - one of my first submissions to this site. I still consider this one of the better English pale ales available in this market, as it is unbelievably smooth-feeling on the palate, with a very simple, straightforward flavour profile of bready malts, toasted nuts and orchard fruit sweetness that finishes with some leafy hops and a bittersweet aftertaste.

As much as I like this beer, I think my youthful enthusiasm may have led to it being slightly overrated upon my first review. While Abbot Ale still falls amongst my favourite English-made pale ales, in the long run it's nothing mind-blowing and there are others I would select before it (e.g. Fuller's London Pride or Sam Smith's). A solid session ale, not a world-beater.

Final Grade: 4.1, an A-.

thehyperduck, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Thin off white head on a crystal clear deep copper body.
S- Light roasted malts and big sweet caramel aroma. Hints of grass and earthy hops also.
T- Really sweet caramel malts, light roasted hint to them, and a light bitterness lingering on tongue from grass and earthy hops.
M- Smooth, almost creamy feel to it, medium body with low carbonation.
D- I don't like this much at all. It just isn't my style of beer? Does look good though.

BlindPig, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of wjimson
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a bit too cold as the beer was slightly frozen. Drank it as it warmed up. Even at warmer temperatures the beer had little smell, and the head dissapeared too quickly, leaving no lace. In other words, it looked like ice tea after the beer sat for a while.

The taste was a different story. Subtle by wholesome malt taste, leaving no sourness in aftertaste whatsoever. A nice hoppy and bitter finish. No noticeable unwanted and metallic tastes. Maltiness becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

A very drinkable treat. Just like ice tea or pale ales.

wjimson, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
4.6/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I haven't had this since I used to go to the Richmond Arms pub in Houston, so I decided I'd give it a whirl again. All I can say is I could kick myself for not buying it sooner. This is a damn good beer. I love the flavor. I bought this and Boddington's Pub Ale. Needless to say, I wish I'd just bought the Abbot Ale.

A - 4.5, Poured very well and a nice amber color.
S - 4.5, Loved the smell.
T - 4.5, This is a great tasting ale
M - 4.5, Not too sticky and not too thick, perfect actually
D - 5.0 I could drink this all day and night.

bigpatvoodoodad, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of Daredevil
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in Switzerland I get this one in cans only and as such it is my medium price favorite ale .... finally (visiting England once again) I got to drink this one out of a bottle ... must say the difference is quite astonishing ... the flavors are fuller and more lucent ... an already great brew now truly reveals it's marvels ....

Daredevil, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of mjc410
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I fully expected this beer to be nitro, and I'm very happy to inform you that there's actually no widget bouncing around inside the big can!

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a 1.5 finger head, the color of aged paper. The body has a nice amber-copper color, and there's nice lacing to boot. The nose has a mild bread, caramel, maple, and vanilla aroma. They're very comforting. This is a beer for deep draughts. It has a wonderful toasted caramel flavor, with just the right amount of sweetness. That seems to be it, but it's done so well. The mouth is exceptionally smooth, with both light body and carbonation. A very fine ale, and I wish I could sit in front of a hand pump and drink this all day.

mjc410, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of grub
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber colour with about a quarter inch of fine white head. drops quickly to a ring around the glass and leaves minimal lace.

aroma is nice. bready malt and floral hops. toffee. hint of dms.

taste is good. moderate bitterness and nice bready malt. bit of toffee. fairly simple and straightforward, but nice.

mouthfeel is good. fairly light bodied. lightly carbonated, closer to a cask ale. light astringency.

drinkability is good. the bitterness is moderate, but lingers. well balanced and enjoyable.

grub, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from the can (standard CO2 can, no widget or nitro) a deep amber, tea like color with a creamy head that settled nicely on top. Smell was hoppy, some malt and a bit of a metallic twang typical of most English Ale from a can. Taste is pretty good, a decent hop profile and some malts in there leaving a pretty decent flavor throughout. Additionally I found this to be rather smooth and easy to drink.

Not too bad. I'd have it again.

funkengruven, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with an almost golden tone. Offwhite head with lacing.
S: Malt, mashed turnip, red berries, buttery tone.
T: Malt, Hop bitternes, rye bread, metallic hint. Fruity aftertaste (apricots).
M: Moderate carboration, below medium body.
D: Good. No disturbing qualities in this one, but then not so much out of the ordinary either.

I remember drinking this one ten years ago, and I swear I could taste snuff (tobacco) back then. Nothing remotely close to that this time. Nice beer though. A good beer to finnish a night out. Delicate and light, but with taste and edge.

Hammarby, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of pootz
2.13/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I knew there was a reason commercial Brit ales turn me off...this is a glowing example.

Crystal clear amber color no cap to speak of... weak lacing...soft carbonation

Little aroma at all outside the lightest whiff of wet hay from the hops.

Weak body watery mouth feel, limp lacking character

hard to taste malt in this... all I get is a sort of weak "tea" decernment that seems to have been brewed with hops instead of tea leaves.

Weak and undefined taste from front to finish...disappointing..like experiencing a cold glass of weak watery tea. I wouldn’t even cook with this.

pootz, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very thin head, nice amber coloring (nearly the color of a red); almost no lacing

S - Malty smell, sweet, roasted scent, with a nice hint of fruitiness, almost like spicy cider; overall very appealing

T - Very sweet malt flavor, with a subtle hop bitterness; a dryish cider aftertaste that is fairly short-lived; might be too sweet for some people but okay by me

M - Smooth, medium carbonation that doesn't detract from the flavor at all, medium to thin bodied

D - Solid; the sweetness might mean I wouldn't drink too many, but overall a good beer with a lot of flavor, for me better than a lot of other English ales

soupyman10, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of TerryW
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours up a nice coppery red with a moderate head that settles to a heavy film but still manages to give up some lace.

Malt and grains in the nose, quite subtle, a touch of alcohol as well. Mouthfeel is somewhat sharp. Malt and grains again to taste with some lingering bitterness to finish. Noticeable hops, some earthiness.

Compentent, but not distinguished or memorable.

TerryW, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of slitherySOB
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely toffee and red colour, with a thick two finger head that lasts. Some lacing to the glass, as well as a settled ring after every sip. Slight smell of malts, fruits, flowers and tea. Smooth flavour, with plenty of rich malts and a bit of alcohol. Their is a raw hop presence at the finish. Enough to balance the grains. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a slight dry finish. An excellent beer.

slitherySOB, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber-caramel colour with an off-white head; some retention, slight lacing.

S: Fresh grassy, spicy, floral, citrusy hops with a little bready malt. Really well-round hop aroma, but some quality malt to back it up. The overall aroma is fairly subtle though (not as strong as I'd like).

T: Nice hop flavour. (Spicy; citrus-zest, somewhat grassy with a little earth & metallic flavour). I could detect a bit of fuggles and something almost styrian golding-like... so I had to check their site to see what the dominant hop was. Ahhh.. that's what Challeger hops taste like! Quality malt provides a pleasant biscuity flavour, hints of nut & caramel. Mild fruityness (figs). Solid, but not overpowering bitterness. It's really good from the can... I bet it's great on cask.

M: Moderate body is smooth, with a slight citric-acidity in the finish. Carbonation on the low-side of moderate.

D: Very good. At 5%, you could certainly session this!

An all-round good beer.

Derek, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper, some orange, thick off white head, creamy looking, settles to a thin layer, lacing. Smell is toffee, sugar sweetness, citrus/floral, nice aroma. Taste is sweet, earthy, some toffee, thick citrus/floral flavour through the middle, almost sherrylike, medicinal finish, some bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, low carbonation, pretty smooth. Average Brit ale the LCBO loves to get, nothing special.

Viggo, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a diminutive eggshell head which coats the glass with lace. The aroma is of caramel, dark fruits, cryral malt and buttery diacytel. The taste is malty with a good measure of Goldings and Fuggles earth and spice. grainy malt mixes with butterscotch and dry english yeast esters in the middle. The finish is mildly bitter and caramelly. The mouthfeel is robust with creamy carbonation.

This is very good for a canned English ale. Its good hop presence and some decent malt complexity. Maybe there should be a little less diactel, but its still very tastey.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep color of rust, with a small head of orange-ish white foam. Lower carbonation.

S: Lots of buttery, sweet malts. Hints of ripe bananas. Hard to distinguish anything else.

T: Mild, mild, mild. Subtle yet consistant malty flavor is present, with the hints of sweet grain and light hops. A touch of tea flavors permeate the palate. Some mild peppery notes.

M: Smooth and creamy, could be even moreso if it were served from a nitro tap or nitro can.

D: Fair. I'd have it again, but I'd like to try it from a nitro source first.

Frozensoul327, Dec 23, 2006
Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.