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Abbot Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Abbot AleAbbot Ale

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537 Ratings

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | 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 Gusler


3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

The beer pours an unblurred amber color with a light tan and very creamy modest sized head, with the lace a quite thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Fresh malt nose that is sweet a clean to the senses, start is rich in malt, sweet and the top chumpy in feel to the palate. Finish is devoid of carbonation, as one would expect from a nitro can, with the hops inobtrusive in their bite and presence, not a bad beer, drinkable and a good first beer of the day, after the “Big Beer Night” of yesterday.

12-21-2003 18:15:01 | More by Gusler
Photo of far333


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Honey colored with a thick off-white head that hung around for the duration of the pint. It literally had a head from start to finish, and left fat rings around the glass. Aroma is sweet and doughey. Flavor is sweet, yeasty, with hints of apricot. Also a bit of a tangy finish. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

10-25-2003 22:00:52 | More by far333
Photo of SetarconeX


3.53/5  rDev -3%

This would seem to be the beer that's finally proven to me there might be something to those nitro widgets. Wonderful appearance, with the froth spreading itself through the brew, and gradually dissapearing from the bottom up. Wow.

Smell is, however, sweet and very faint. The taste, which perhaps being a step or two above Wexford Cream Ale, is still nothing too spectacular. This is a beer to be enjoyed visually more than anything else. That, and the unique creaminess that can only come from one of those nitro widgets makes this one go down nice and smooth. Definately one to try.

10-24-2003 23:49:00 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of diablo14


4/5  rDev +9.9%

along with marstons pedigree, i rate this the best beer you can drink out of a can. especially ofter miles and miles of travel and probably months of storage in some warehouse somewhere.

its the golden brown color of your traditional english ale, with a light, but creamy head which hangs around no matter how thin it is when you first pour it. at its peak it has a sweet nose with a strong blast of butterscotch, and has a brilliant caramel, biscuity flavour, with hints of dried fruit, backed up by wonderful hop bitterness. alas the older the can, the less the impact of the hops.

what i really like about this one is its session potential. i find it quite easy to drink great volumes of this beer, but the flavor still strikes a chord with each can. it is infinately better out of the bottle, as the can has metallic overtones you find in all canned beers. but thats another thing that really impresses me. between all styles of casing for a beer, the difference in quality with abbot ale, while still noticable, has been kept to a bare minimum. you gotta love that. nothing worse than a beer that fluctuates wildy depending on what vessel its being drunk from.

10-16-2003 17:33:38 | More by diablo14
Photo of RenoZymurgist


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Presented in a green can with an abbot on the front. Poured a nitrogen cascade to create a thick white head atop an amber beer. Aroma is a bit sweet as well as floral. Taste is clean and crisp with a gentle hop balance with light malt flavor and a definte english water character. Light mouthfeel allows this beer to be easily drinkable.

10-06-2003 02:39:56 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of stcules


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

Red colour, not particularly vivid, with a foam that presents some big bubble. The foam is thin, buth thick...
Smell sweet, vanilla and toffee, fruity (sweet cherry, papaya?), rose's petal. Green tea, berry fruit (blueberry?) in the background. It's a "sensual" smell.
The taste is more typical for an ale: malt, vanilla. Taste round and warm.
Hoppy aftertaste, with some light rhubarb. Vanilla again.
Medium-light body.

09-21-2003 09:34:33 | More by stcules
Photo of goz


3.03/5  rDev -16.8%

Pours a darkish-amber, thick creamy white head and oodles of lacing from the nitro tap. Aroma is fairly dead, but mildly malty. Flavor is bready, biscuity, somewhat sweet, minimal hop presence. Body is creamy, but somewhat thin. Might not be too bad if it wasn't for the nitro tap sapping it's aroma and some of the flavors away.

09-04-2003 00:47:26 | More by goz
Photo of Elemental


4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

Nice, creamy and smooth.
I had this on nitro tap which gave it a thick creamy and light head that didn't die. The color was slightly amber with a nice copper hue to it. The smell was light and slightly hopped with an almost sweet fruity smell to it. The body was light but slightly hazy. The taste was excellent, as stated above it was nice, creamy and smooth. It had a typical body and taste for a British ale with a large variety of flavors to taste and explore.
Bottom Line: Excellent!

08-19-2003 18:19:50 | More by Elemental
Photo of freed


4.45/5  rDev +22.3%

The Abbot himself watched me from the tap handle badge while I was finishing my bitter. He wasn't angered I hadn't chosen him first, he knew his time would come...

Like all nitros, the thick creamy head easily marked which beer was mine. It was a abundant, and it lasted the entire beer. Underneath the full foam cap was a rosey amber body with a mildly fruity and malty fragrance, even with a hint of an aromatic hop like a Golding. The first and subsequent sips reveal a similarly fruity and aged malt body. Subtle but still interesting variety of flavors. A lighter body, standard to a British ale, it drank nicely, and really ought to have had another.

08-09-2003 16:56:35 | More by freed
Photo of fattyre


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

This beer pours a clear medium dark red/brown color with a moderate dissipating off white head. The smell is of rich tea-like malt. The taste is earthy tea-like malt with a mild alcohol and caramel middle and mild piney hoppy finish with a firm mouthfeel. a drinkable fairly well balanced english ale.

08-02-2003 13:30:08 | More by fattyre
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Tried this outta the bottle over a year ago and really liked so I tried it on the nitro-tap,poured a great creamy copper with a very sticky head,aroma is malty and more malty.Had that very disctintive Englisg hop taste with a malt backbone and a very dry finish.I was glad to try this on tap I really enjoy this beer.

07-31-2003 02:30:48 | More by oberon
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


3.3/5  rDev -9.3%

I finally decided to try this after seeing it many times in the local grocery store. Started out badly, with an unimpressive smell, and an even less impressive pour (virtually no head - maybe I should have tried the nitro). Taste isn't bad, hard to define. Almost reminds me of a German Alt or bock? Carbonation a little high, body a little thin. More malt than hops. I had a Fuller's ESB in between two of these, and it blew the Abbot away. (ESB is one of my absolute favorites). There was nothing that stood out with this beer. I have 4 left, so hopefully I'll enjoy it more next time.

07-26-2003 16:00:33 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of UnionMade


4.47/5  rDev +22.8%

Deep rich amber brown, with a thick creamy almond head. My mouth is watering like crazy. Rating is for the second one, because I drank 3/4 of the first pint in one pull. I absolutely love beer like this. Rich full aroma, with a distinctive east kent goldings scent backed with lots of maltiness carrying a pear esteriness. Flavor is fantastic. Medium bodied, nitro carbonation. Lots of maltiness, with all the hops coming through in the finish, balancing some estery fruit flavors. Fairly dry, your tongue begs for more. I'm happy to oblige.

07-22-2003 10:37:28 | More by UnionMade
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

On tap at the Man of Kent tavern.

Medium dark amber, with a thin persistent head that was still hanging around at the end of the pint. A very buttery malt, earthy hop nose - very much keeping in style.

A very round, soft malt character defines this beer, along with a very firm, earthy, spicy (Goldings? Fuggles?) hop character and bitterness. After every sip I found myself thinking "What a fine session beer this is." And then it was gone, confirming the fact.

07-13-2003 21:51:55 | More by sponberg
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Green King IPA was one of the first beers that I had when I went to England for the first time in 1994. That was when I fell head over heels in love with cask ale.

This isn't cask or the IPA, but it is as close as I can get from a can. Light brown in color with a thick off white head that lasts. Not much of a smell, just a bit of malt and a touch of sweetness. The taste is more malt in the beginning with the flavor falling off at the end. What happened here? Everthing was going great until the aftertaste. I guess that is the big difference between the can and cask.

NERAX is less than a week away so I will once again have all the English Cask Ales that I can drink.

04-24-2003 16:06:13 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of IrishRedRock


2.93/5  rDev -19.5%

This started as an intriguing beer, then kinda went downhill from there. The nitro pour was of course very nice, an amber brew with a thin white head that lasted throughout. At first this beer had no aroma at all, but as it warmed the ripe, toasted malt aroma was quite strong.

This beer was tolerable at first, but as I drank more I disliked it more and more. The malt flavor is pretty unique, and the buttery maltiness of this was a bit hard to take after a little bit. Mouthfeel is very creamy as expected from the nitro can, but I couldnt get past the taste that just did not agree with me.

04-16-2003 18:21:24 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of goindownsouth


3.35/5  rDev -8%

A very intriguing brew in the great English Ale style. It poured so smotth with a legit and creamy head. It was a thing to behold. Better out of the tap than the bottle, the flavor from this ale was all that you would expect. It was slightly sharp, but very little in the way of hoppy-like snap. This is one I would like to try again, preferrably out of the tap. Bottoms Up!

04-05-2003 05:56:47 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Rocko


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

I bought this brew in a 500ml bottle. It pours crystal clear light copper color, not very bubbly at all. The creamy head grows quickly and leaves a nice lace.

Not much of a smell but there are buttery, creamy and fruity hints. The taste is also very modest, not so bitter and heavy on the palate. The taste is however pleasant and smooth...

I've got real troubles of pinpointing the diffrent tastes it gives because it really doesnt taste much, but that's maybe not bad if you want an easy drinkable bitter with less complex taste. Overall it's decent, drinkable yes, but not a tastebomb.

04-04-2003 08:12:21 | More by Rocko
Photo of Reidrover


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Bought in the green pint can with the Abbot on the front and the 'widget " inside.
Nice , nice pour, after the marvelous creamy cascade is finished the beer looks a gorgeous light amber almost orangy colour..witha nice sized creamy thick white head.
Wonderful aroma of English malts and nice hops too..fresh lemony hints, very good.
mmwonderful creamy sweet malt taste followed by a nice dull hop bitterness at the end..stays around
Wonderful feel in the mouth very silky smooth..but with enough bite at the end to keep the taste buds intrested!
All in all a wonderful English Bitter..the best I have tasted so far in the nitro-can..very drinkable!

04-02-2003 19:49:19 | More by Reidrover
Photo of bmills1608


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

Poured from the nitro can almost white, just a touch of tan to take it to that off-white catagory. Stays white as it cascades, to take on its true color of bright orange-copper.

1 1/2 inch of thick rich head, no noticable bubbles so dense and tight is the head. A really handsome bitter sitting in an imperial pint glass. Nose is sweet and rich, with hints of cocoa, vanilla and banana, very ripe and inviting.

Taste is plump with toasted malts, quite nutty, with flavors of butter toffee and a touch of vanilla. A metallic flash leads the way to a super clean bitterness the tingles the sides of your tongue. There was really no hop aroma or flavor to speak of, but the restrained pure bitterness was rather nice and balanced the beer rather well. Mouthfeel starts off nice and creamy but suprising becomes a bit thin as you swallow. Carbonation is so low it is almost non-existent. Finish is clean and a bit bitter.

I am a huge fan of English pales and bitters. This one was really nice, but, somewhat typical in comparison to other nitros of the same basic style(Tetly's, Ruddles County).

03-25-2003 16:11:17 | More by bmills1608
Photo of Mitchster


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

One of the better English Ales in Nitro-can. Pours out to a light-amber with a creamy luxurious white head and excellent retention. Chill haze is evident. Carbonation is very mild. Lacing is excellent, leaving one solid sheet. Aroma is very nice, with decent, but not overpowering, caramel...some toasty pale malts, vanilla, and butterscotch. Mouthfeel is, of course, very soft and smooth, with a watery medium-light body. Taste begins with some warm graininess, malt huskiness, a subtle dry-cider note, a firm malt body, and just enough hops to balance them. The hops are very smooth and linger in the finish, nicely complementing the slight astringency of the grain husks and alcohol. Just a hint of alcohol makes itself noticeable in the finish. Thankfully, I'm not picking up on much metallic taste, as I have found most English Ales to be unpleasant in this regard. A very well done mild.

03-14-2003 21:38:12 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Admiraldinty


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

Ah the Nitro. Pours a huge cascading tan-off-white head. Beer itself has a deep orange. Nose is very yeasty (breadlike) and somewhat metallic (due to the can). Soft hops, herbs, and some fruityness. There is also a bit of maltiness as well. This stuff is super smooth, and fun to drink. I'd say it's slightly better than other nitro can English pub ales. All in all not bad, but I'd really love to try it on tap. England here I come!

02-17-2003 14:25:14 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

Once the cascading head has settled the body is clear. It's deep copper with an orange-red tint; and the ivory colored head is dense and creamy. The aroma is intriguing: malty, bready, lightly fruity, gently caramel - almost butterscotch. The body is medium-light with a low level of carbonation and very fine bubbles from the nitrogen breakout. Very creamy in the mouth. The flavor is gently fruity upfront, revealing caramel and some buttery notes as it crosses the palate, and finishing nutty with some light residual bitterness. A very nice, highly drinkable, and enjoyable beer. A great session beer except that I think I'd find myself seeking more bitterness after the first or second pint. A hard beer to score because the nitrogen pour gives it such a nice head and creamy mouthfeel.

01-10-2003 20:41:48 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of aaronh


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

A nice, clear copper color with amber highlights. Pours with a two-finger dense, creamy head due to the widget. The aroma is light and fruity. Very light on the palate, a strong malt flavor with some hops bitterness. I have a hard time defining what the flavor is, but it's interesting none the less. It has a smooth mouthfeel, and is an easy drinker. A good beer, but not my favorite style.

11-09-2002 09:10:40 | More by aaronh
Photo of inebrius


4.28/5  rDev +17.6%

12 oz. bottle no nitro.

Creamy smooth and well balanced ale leaves a quality lace behind a fast disappearing light amber liquid. Malty fruit nose, hints of floral. A draught is mellow sweet, a touch of caramel malt, a nice solid bitterness that stays and beckons. Good stuff. Me likey!

09-10-2002 05:56:49 | More by inebrius
Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
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