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Abbot Ale - Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Abbot AleAbbot Ale

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574 Ratings

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of hungryghost
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange/copper color. Slight lingering carbonation, creamy head.
Smells a little sweet and a little malt. not much of an aroma.
Tastes sweet, me thinks i detect some honey in there. Some malt and a bitter finish.
First few sips are creamy in yer mouth, then just average.
An ok beer, not outstanding.

Photo of allengarvin
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New red cans. They ditched the nitro widgets (thankfully), so it's just carbonated with CO2.

Appearance: Lovely reddish-amber color, clear, with a thin white head.

Smell: Sweet, grainy scent, with just a touch of flora hops.

Taste: Fairly malty flavor. Hop presence restrained, just a slight bitterness, and hop flavor is slightly resinous though faint. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Soft, creamy mouthfeel, though a bit powder after the finish. Low carbonation.

Not too bad, this makes a fair session beer. A little more hops would be appreciated. Also, since they got rid of the nitro, this is now one of the few good canned beers around, something to take to the pool or beach where glass isn't allowed.

Photo of RoyalT
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a thin but very dark orange in color. It’s almost a light brown, really. The head came up moderately but did not show much retention.

Smell – The bitter English-style aroma is here along with the very lightest sense of sweetness. The leafy bitterness smells dirty, like fresh soil in a damp cave. There’s a hefty dose of malts here, too.

Taste – The leafy character comes out at the taste and picks up more sweetness at the tongue. The sweets are like RC Cola. There’s a strange spicing here that I can’t quite make out and had me scratching my head. What is it, and why is it here?

Mouthfeel – This one is in between light and medium-bodied with some stiff bitterness throughout. It’ is lightly carbonated and exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability – The smooth, session-like quality of this ale helped it along nicely, although the flavors were very different and at times even a bit funky.

Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A regarded brewery, but this one needs Costello. Hop bubbles, too simplic, bitter and thin mouthfeel and nothing in taste. Maybe this works fresh and cask-conditioned, but was difficult to finish. Had it again two years later and it certainly was no better.

Photo of RBorsato
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Light/tawny brown with a low beige head, good carbonation, and some decent lace. Spicy malt and hop aroma with a light buttery diacetyl aroma. Spicy and fruity (raisins) malt dominates but balanced nicely. Fairly strong diacetyl/butter compared side by side to their own St. Edmund English Ale and Bass. Light-medium bodied with a dry bitter finish.

Would have rated higher before tasting next to St. Edmund and Bass (which is not one of my favorites but was easier drinking).

Per club notes: Pale Crystal and Amber malts. Challenger hops (bittering) and Fuggles hops (finishing).

Per GK website: Abbot Ale is brewed with pale crystal and amber malts to give an attractive colour and rich malty taste. Challenger hops give it bitterness with a spicy overtone and to really boost the taste and aroma to the maximum it is late-hopped with Fuggles to provide the floral tones and fruity esters. 5% ABV.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate bronze with a 1/2" head.

English hoppy aroma with a nice caramel sweetness.

Medium-body, fairly smooth. Light floral hops blend with bready flavors, a bit of caramel and soft tea flavors. I would say the flavors are a little too blended, with one flavor overlapping the others. No bad flavors though. I would also say this beer could use a bit more carbonation, a little too creamy for a pale.

Not a bad beer, a few complaints but I'd drink it again no problem.

Photo of kbub6f
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The nitro head is cream-colored and dense. Nice. The beer is clear, rosy amber. Sticky, thick sheets and mountains of lacing. Nice buttery, nutty nose with a little ink. A buttery caramel front leads to a thick, creamy, malty, rich middle. The slightly metallic finish has telltale nitro inkiness, but still manages some nice butter. There's actually quite a bit of flavor. I like it.

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red (new graphics) Nitro can with widget, that produces the frothy super thick head and creamy mouthfeel of this brew. Tons of lacing, and tons of sheets of lace all over this quaffer. Notes of maple, caramel, vanilla up front, smooth and satisfying. The mouthfeel is what this brew is all about. Finish is long, creamy and, suprise, smooth. Decent, if somewhat bland, sessioner.

Photo of nortmand
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours thickly creamy and yellow. Creaminess quickly cascades into clear amber beauty with a creamy off-white head.
Smells like European hops, almost lager like with a thickly sweet background nose.
Taste is sickly sweet and metallic, with a bit of bitterness in the throat, nothing to write home about.
Creamy, nitro mouthfeel, some redeemability here.
Pretty drinkable, but a little too sweet. And metallic. Maybe could use more hoppiness and/or freshness.

Photo of BeerAngel
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice clear copper color with a soft creamy tight-bubbled off-white head that sticks around for a bit. The smell of grassy malt and toast subtley float out of the froth. This beer repeats the aroma in the flavor and is quite undercarbonated as none is detected in the flavor. It tastes really, really flat! It has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel due mostly to the nitro widget inside yet suffers greatly due to the lack of carbonation which I think affects the mouthfeel too. Drinkability suffers due to the afforementioned attributes. Very lackluster!

Notes: I've drank these before, but it's been a while. I thought I had remembered that these were better than this experience. Maybe my tastes have evolved or maybe something has changed since a few years ago. Cheers!

Photo of dgallina
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours translucent copper with a small tan head which evaporates quickly, leaving a film and light lace. Nose is sweet caramel malt; attractive if quite simplistic. Straight-forward caramel malt flavors with slightly sparse hop finish. Taste is two-dimensional at best, but not unpleasant. Creamy but somewhat thin body. Easy to drink, but not particularly outstanding. Not something I'd rush to buy in preference to more interesting brews.

Photo of OronoChris
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good cask brew. Poured with a solid sustaining head and subsequent nice lace.

If you are in need of thirst quencher this is a good beer.

Very smooth.

Nothing out of this world, however could be used for a good session.

Nice maltiness, very creamy, worth a shot, especially out of a cask.

Photo of foamer
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber, one finger of head with excellent retention

Aroma: malty

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy

Taste: different than anything I've had, malty with a mild hop character, many fruity esters, I get a lot of hints of grapefruit from this

Drinkability: a good solid cask ale, and a nice session beer

Photo of walleye
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from the nitro can. poured copper with a smooth med size head that lasted a very long time.flavor sweet citrus, honey, caramel, malts, peaches. flavor,very weak caramel, floral, dryness. was disappointed I was hoping that aroma would be present in the flavor.

Photo of maccroz
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Upon first pour this looks like a frothy white cloud as the nitrogen settles. It's rather fun to watch acutally. As it settles, it reveals a golden-brown, almost like a Bass or a Newcastle with a white Guinness like head.

It tastes very creamy and sweet. It's a really good English Style ale as it does not have the "funk" that is present in some others. It's similar to Boddingtons in taste.

Photo of oelergud
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red clear copper body with a creamy white head that looks like a piece of cheese cake floating on top of the beer. Bubbles so small you can barely pinpoint a single one. Good retention but little lace. No carbonation apparent.
Pleasant dairy almost cheese cake like smell with a hoppy character to it.
Very simple taste, slightly spiced hoppiness but dominantly mild and mellow. Nice mild hoppy after taste
Incredible smooth and creamy mouthfeel, moderate coating.
Pretty good drinkability.


Photo of Bierman9
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried a pint of this during a lunch of Bangers and Mash with my Daughter at The Tipperary Pub in London...
The Abbot is a clear, dark copper bier with a frothy white head which fades fast but leaves excellent lacing! Aroma was laying low, and hard to pick-up, though I did find some light, toasty malt and caramel. It was less than medium for body, yet still nice on the tongue. Caramel malt lends a pleasant semi-sweetness which is easy on the palate. Light floral hops near the finish lend a decent balance, and the flavors stick well in the throat. A solid session bier.

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Photo of Zorro
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Nitro can gives this beer a truly cool pour, bubbles sinking like Guinness except that you can REALLY see it in action with this beer.

Pours a clear amber with a dense thick off white head.

Smell is mild and fruity with a whiff of apple and a little sweet.

Taste is light and fruity with a little floral taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

A pleasant easy to drink brew that is really mellow, a good choice for most foods.

Photo of cypressbob
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with an amber body. Head forms but soon dissapates, some lacing on the glass

Smell, malty, quite powerly leafy aroma, slight dry sweetness also

Taste, musky and leafy, few off flavours, slight hop profile also

A pretty average ale, does very little to impress me and has a few off flavours


It wasnt great before, and now they've started bottled in clear bottles...silly chaps

Photo of CRJMellor
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown with a dark white head and sheets of lace on the glass.
Aroma of caramel and spring water with a refreshingly floral and resiny hop note.
Flavor is mild malt overpowered by a heavy water sensation and a perfumy hops. Little bit of biscuit malt in the background also.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet to start and mildy roasted and grainy in the middle. A rather bland finish with a tiny hint of bitering loses some points in my book.
Drinkability - Expected a bit better. Just didn't have good complexity and transitions.

Photo of PatandDavid
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing to get excited about. Golden amber when served, it came with a thick cream of a head, which after reflection might have been the best part. Mostly all malt, it had an interesting green apple aftertaste. Not awful, but nothing I need to get again in a hurry.

Photo of hobbes2112
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had one of the new design nitro cans, don't really know why they left the green can.

Pours as nitros do, lots of mixed head/beer content that rise to form the perfect inch thick layer coming right up the lip of a pint glass. I love nitro pours!

The smell is fairly tame, a little sweet malt and little else.

Taste is smooth and sweet malt with a small amount of bitter near the end. No significant aftertaste.

What I really love about this beer is the feel, I love the creamy full body and love lasting head that makes sure you get a creamy topping each time.

I first had this beer in England right near where it is brewed. It is much better fresh from the tap, but it still does well out of the can. When I am looking for an english nitro ale this is usually first on my list.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very good. Poured a nutty light brown with a very very thick and creamy head. Smell was quite malty. The taste, too, was very malty and had a very creamy consistency. Very similar to Wexford Irish Cream Ale if you have ever had that before. Overall, I was quite impressed with this one. Very smooth and very easy to drink, providing you like this style. Will likely buy again.

Photo of daledeee
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by the local beer crew at John's. I should remember I am not that fond of most English ales. Nice pour with a good head and lace thereafter. The nose is malty with an english flair.

Taste is very traditional English. This is not a bad beer; I am just not that fond of this taste. Fairly dry and a little hoppy finish.

Recommended if you like English beer.

Photo of rdrummer
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the classic definition of an average beer to me. It came highly recommended, but it just did nothing for me. It is drinkable and there is certainly nothing wrong with it but it is just bland.

It poured a hazy brownish color with a large head (it is nitro) and lots of lacing. The aroma is one of malt and alcohol but little else. The taste to me is just bland. It tastes somewhat like a Boddington's but I think Boddington's has more flavor. It is medium bodied and can be drunk for a long time, but I didn't want to.

Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.