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Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

Abbey AleAbbey Ale

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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Abbey Ale honors the ancient tradition of monks who perfected the art of brewing beer to support the monastery and their "liquid bread". We offer up our support and thank them with a 25¢ donation to St. Joseph's Abbey with every bottle sold of this heavenly brew. Dark amber in color, the aroma of caramel, fruits and cloves invites you to contemplate the creamy head of this "Dubbel" or double ale. Abita Abbey Ale is a malty brew, top-fermented and bottle aged to rapturous perfection.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: theboozecruise on 10-26-2008)
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Photo of Goosehunter75


4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper red. Its head is deep tan in color and about 2 fingers high. Great retention and lacing.

S - very fruity smelling. Apples, pears, rasisn with a powerful malty background

T - Similar to the aroma. Pears and apples upfront. I also detect some apricots in the taste. Quite malty just like the aroma too.

M - This is a solid fill body beer. Extremely creamy. Slight burn but not bad for an 8% beer. Smooth for the most part

O - Wonderful beer. Very different. Great flavor. Nicely done

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 16:51:21 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of DarrellK


2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Once again Abita does a nice marketing job but the bottle contents don't match expectation.

The mahogany color with some cloudiness match the style. The head is quite full at first but dissipates quickly.

The taste is a little too winey for me and the style.

The mouth is medium bodied and it finishes with a hint of tartness and some alcoholic tones given the 8% abv.

Have to give it a bit of credit given the price compared to other brews that claim to be abbey type ales. I guess a nice try but I wouldn't introduce a newcomer to the style with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 22:13:06 | More by DarrellK
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 18, 2014.

It has a decent looking mahogany or chestnut brown pour with a quick off-white head the fizzles down and leaves little lacing behind.

The nose has tart red grape ester to it more than anything else. Muted behind that upfront fruitiness I find barley malts, earthy hops, and mild spice.

Medium body.

The taste brings out a little more of the toasted malts but it is the almost juice-like red grape that overpowers everything else in the character. Some tart bitterness on the tail end. Not on my "buy again" list.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 19:22:43 | More by puboflyons


1.65/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

i was always taught if you don't have anything nice to say do not say anything at all...

with that said i am always skeptical of abbita. I got my bottle for free for vol at a homebrew comp.

i did have high hopes for this beer but they were crushed like a Monday at work.

This is an extremely Americanized version of a Belgium dubble.

only good thing i can say is that the proceeds of this brew are donated to a hospital...and that's the only good thing i can say

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 19:07:59 | More by RADRACING
Photo of FrattyNattyKA


3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah okay so lets sit down to some Abbey Ale by the Abita brewing company... I had high hopes for this brew as I'm a huge fan anything that says "ale" and I mean from all ends of the spectrum from Indian pale ales to smoked darker ales.. I love ale! So without further-a-do lets crack this baby open. On pouring the brew it had a deep reddish orange appearance and a thick foamy creamy brown head lasting even into my first sip. I drank this brew at room temperature to give everyone my full experience info and honestly Im glad I kept it that way. The taste had apples, yeast, ginger, cinnamon and I want to say vanilla? It's a very interesting brew and it's actually growing on me the more sips I take. I feel that this brew was very pleasant and at the price a good deal. It's not among the world class beers by all means but I would say more of a nice autumn time brew. It has a nice fizz in the mouth that lingers after letting it down the hatch. Overall if you're considering this brew my fellow new advocates, go ahead and grab a bottle, you'll be glad you did! Thanks for reading my review and as always beer on my friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 04:26:17 | More by FrattyNattyKA
Photo of KegelsKegs


3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Red-brown with a head that lingers for at least the first few sips

S- Figs, caramel, bread and that typical Belgian yeast smell that usually smells to me like pineapple

T- Backed sweet rolls, brown sugar, and figs. On the sweeter side, but not overly sweet

M- Medium carbonation. Front: meaty malt body Finish: not syrupy, almost at odds with the front

O- Pretty solid beer. A bit on the sweet side, but this will not stop me from drinking it again

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:01:12 | More by KegelsKegs
Photo of ReaperJohnnyC


2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nose was instantly sweet, lots of floral and earthy notes, a little more than I thought it should.

Color was deep amber/brown...looked amazing

Taste was as a thought, sweeter than I was hoping for it tasted...well cheap honestly not like a true abbey ale...there was one flavor also that didn;t seem to belong, not sure what, some kind of flowery or herbal taste.

Not a true abbey ale in my opinion but still an alright beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 07:11:54 | More by ReaperJohnnyC
Photo of Mikecap


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep reddish brown with a nice two finger white head that fades relatively slowly, decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Dark fruit, sweet malts with raisins and plums coming to mind. A bready character as well and a typical Belgian character.

Taste: Quite sweet with dark fruit, bread and some belgian yeast hitting the tongue. Some spice in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with well-hidden alcohol. A solid sipper and not too heavy.

Overall: I don't have a ton of experience with Dubbels but I liked this one. One of the better beers I've had from Abita.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 00:34:11 | More by Mikecap
Photo of BillyPirate


4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

A - Nice fluffy head with impressive lacing. Dark golden hue.

S - Distinct presence of banana, plum esters.

T - Ripened banana tempered by caramel. Does an excellent job of masking its 8% ABV. Slight but pleasant peppery aftertaste.

M - Great balance between slick and mildly chewy.

O - Not a big fan of Abita but this is an excellent and very accessible representation of a Belgian dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 14:36:19 | More by BillyPirate
Photo of ElCommodoro


3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was INTENSE. I was very surprised by the smell and then further surprised by the shock of yeasty flavour when I took my first sip. This is an interesting foray into Belgian-style beer and one of the harshest on the yeast front I've ever had, especially for a dubbel. That was enjoyable to an extent, but definitely a bit much. It was a tad sour from all the yeast, but the malts tasted delicious and the alcohol kick was very discernible on the finish, which I enjoyed. So, all in all, it was interesting and enjoyable, but not really a top-notch dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 01:56:28 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of Maltmaiden


3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark caramel. Thin head that leaves a film throughout.

S: Sweet malts upfront. I smell strawberry...? Light caramel. Slight alcohol.

T: Pretty much like the smell except the alcohol is not even detected. Where are the dark fruits I expected from this style? Slight tang. Tastes like immitation. Not horrible, but definitely a letdown.

M: Pretty thin. Decent carbonation.Slight tang on the tongue.

O: Not disgusting but I am disappointed and won't seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 07:10:42 | More by Maltmaiden
Photo of M_C_Hampton


4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, amber brown colored with a big fluffy light tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, almost clear

S: caramel malt, yeast, fresh bread, dates, prunes, slight bananas

T: big malt profile up front, no hop bitterness, almost not hop flavor thoughout, yeast, sweet grains, raisins, figs, brown sugar, honey, very sweet flavor

M: alcohol is well hidden, syruppy quality, carbonation makes this more tolerable though and serves to break up the viscosity some

O: interesting take on a Dubbel from our Cajun friends, has a very noursing quality almost like the "liquid bread" mentioned on the bottle, good complexity of flavors present, worth trying if you are an Abita fan or are interested in domestic Dubbels

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 21:16:41 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of Lemke10


4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear, medium brown color with a mild, malty scent. The taste is sweet, malty, and toasty mixed with hints of fruits. It finishes clean and refreshing. Quite a well made Abbey Ale from the Deep South. This is a must try if you can find it in your area!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 05:20:49 | More by Lemke10
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/30/13.

Pours a honey brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, and a slight fruit aroma. Taste is much the same with a toasted malt flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing all that exciting for an American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 08:49:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second beer of Christmas 2012, Poured from a bomber into a Westmalle Chalice (wishful Dubbel thinking?)

A: Pours a nice dark chestnut mahogany, pretty clear with a bit of turbidity. Nice one to two finger vanilla head which receded relatively quickly to a cap. Some spotty lacing.

S: I got the nose from a meter away during the pour, Sweet yeasty bread smells with some dark stone fruit and vanilla smells. Actually smells delicious, with no phenol and very little alcohol on the nose.

T: Very nice tasting beer, pretty consistent with the nose. I would classify this as pretty sweet for a Dubbel, with a lot of sweet , yeasty raisin bread or even cinnamon roll flavors. A bit of vanilla. obviously plenty of caramelly malt and some dark fruit overtones. Less cherry tartness and not as boozy as some reference Dubbels. Flavors are not that dissimilar from some winter warmers. Overall, I found it quite enjoyable. Not obvious that it's an 8% ABV.

MF: Carbonation was a little less than a fresh Westmalle, or other true Dubbel. The beer coated the tongue and mouth nicely, but I found the finish to be a little lacking. The mouthfeel just kind of fades away. Not distractingly so, just not really the strong point of this ale.

Overall, I found this to be quite a nice beer, and I am usually hit or miss on Abita brews. For $4.99 , this is a pretty good bargain and a very enjoyable beer. Very drinkable in a holiday / Christmas environment.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 22:32:39 | More by JeffreyJDavis
Photo of Jparker37


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A - Amber in color with good clarity. Pours with a medium, vanilla colored head which recedes to a small cap of foam. Left little specs of lace.

S - Getting more of a tart cherry than a sweet red fruit quality. Some clove notes. Moderately rich nutty caramel tone with a layer of chocolate.

T - Very rich in its sweet caramel maltiness. Distinct nuttiness to it. Little bit of fruitiness. Finishes very dry with a pleasant warmth of alcohol.

M - Dry, medium to medium-full body, moderate to high carbonation.

O - Good looking beer, smell seemed a little disappointing. I expected a little more dark fruit, maybe some esters. Huge flavor but lacking a solid red fruit quality. Excellent feel, from sweet to dry and with an enjoyable amount of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 00:28:04 | More by Jparker37
Photo of ubenumber2


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For 5 bucks for a 22oz bottle I have no complaints about this beer. Have i had better abbey beers? Why of course , this one is special in its own way though. I love new belgium abbey , and this one doesnt compare in the same reasons I like it , it has its own special space in my life though. Do not purchase it and think that you are getting a high end superior beer , but if you want to bring your friends along who think bud light and miller lite are the only beer made this might be the one to introduce them to in my opinion , I could drink this while grilling burgers and brats and just enjoy the crap out of life

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 15:17:32 | More by ubenumber2
Photo of charlesbyrd


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally back to reviewing after a bit of a break (OK, like a year). I decided to start back now that higher quality beers are now available in MS. Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Yazoo pint glass.

A: Pours a clean mahogany, completely clear. The head is off-white and pretty fluffy. Very mild lacing. No real sign of bubble streams (which is odd considering the mouthfeel).

S: The aroma of dark, sweet bread is the overwhelming note here. I don't really get any fruit notes that I would expect from a Belgian style, nor do I sense any hop aroma at all. It pretty much has a standard "beer" smell, just amped up with some darker malt.

T: Ah, there's the fruit. The backbone of this beer is all about raisin bread. Lots of dark fruit, a little bit of caramel, and maybe even cinnamon. It's pretty sweet and a little buttery on the sides of the tongue. As with the aroma, the hops don't really show up to the party.

M: A little light on the palate for an 8% beer. This beer seems to be a little too heavily carbonated for my liking (I don't think it's bottle conditioned). Also, there's almost no finish. The taste and feel of the beer just "end" at the middle of the tongue.

O: Abita Abbey Ale is enjoyable if not challenging. I think Abita did justice to the dubbel style, and it's cool that they donate profits to a local abbey. In sum, I think some extra work with the recipe could tweak this into an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:42:19 | More by charlesbyrd
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass.

Pours reddish amber, good foam. Full 1/2 inch at initial pour. Dark fruit aroma, and clove too. Candi sugar. Caramel malt, with fruitiness. Yeasty. Plums. Quite bready. Ever so slight bitter at the close.

Very nice blend, and sounds like a worthy cause to boot.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 12:15:29 | More by KTCamm
Photo of brewskifan55


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A: Clear amber with a tan one finger head that lingers. Big bubbles hang around the abbey. I give it a four for the excellent abbey etching on the bottle.

S: Belgian yeast, caramel, malt and cloves.

T: A strong start. Dark fruit emerges with cherries and dates. Malts slide in to pray. Sweet caramel begs forgiveness. Cloves round out this holy nectar with a subtle, dry finish. Alcohol closes the door to the monastery with a silent, monk-like buzz.

M: medium, creamy. Good body. Really coats the tongue.

O: I'm really quite impressed. Abita got it right! This is one of my new favorites from the brewery. Will definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 20:26:11 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of mrfrancis


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, dark amber with a creamy off-white head that recedes fairly quickly.

S: Aromas of caramel, cream, and baking spices fill the nose. Pleasant, but lacking depth and complexity, the nose of this ale is superficially reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel or dark ale, but is rather one-dimensional.

T: Notes of caramel, dark bread, raisin, prune, allspice, clove, rosewater, and bitter chocolate fill the mouth and linger on the palate. The finish is malty and spicy with bread, clove, raisin, and prune notes that are very reminiscent of prune cake.

M: Medium in body, firm, and very dry. Carbonation is crisp. Alcohol presence is subtle. To me, this feels a bit thin and watery compared to most Belgian dubbels.

O: This is a step in the right direction for Abita, but some tweaking is required to bring this ale up to snuff. The nose is very one-dimensional and the body feels a bit thinner than it should. While this ale may taste like a dubbel, it doesn't particularly smell or feel like one. A worthy effort that has produced mediocre results...

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 14:48:25 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass

Appearance – Pours a rusty red-brown color. Upon pouring there is a huge thick foamy tan head that forms. It persists for some time giving way to some very nice lacing.

Smell- Sweet fruit aromas abound. Apple and tropical fruits of banana and mango are the most potent. There is a bit of caramel and breadiness mixed in with the fruits as well. All in all, the aroma is quite potent and quite pleasant.

Taste – It starts out with the fruit depicted in the nose. The apple and banana are the thickest and heartiest, but darker fruit and even a little bit of caramel are present and become more prevalent toward the middle of the taste. The taste experience finishes with a bit of a roasty and bready maltiness with a lingering bit of fruit and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. The body is a little bit thin for the abv and style and the carbonation a bit too high.

Overall – Other than the mouthfeel, the beer really has very nice characteristics. It has a nice sweeter fruit profile mixed with a nice malty backbone. A fairly good sweeter dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 23:24:38 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of DerekP


4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 3/3/12

22 oz bottle cost me $4.95, poured into the widest wine glass I own (took about 3 pours to finish the bottle).

Dark-maraschino cherry red body with a a sticky beige head. Good retention. Lively carbonation with bubbles still visibly rising to the top.

Rich in the nose with warm phenolic yeast, fruity & spicy esters. Hard candy, sticky sweetness. Overripe banana. Fragrant, burnt brown sugar & toasted vanilla. At 8%, this brew hides the booze exceptionally well.

Crisp and prickly up front with toasted notes, yeasty sweetness, spicy hops, clove, leaf texture. Very smooth hops bitterness washes away nicely with a friendly yeast flavor that lingers. Hangs around like a tasty wine, only better. Grows creamy as it warms. Depth & character shines through this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:34:57 | More by DerekP
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into yet another plastic cup at the cheap Econo Lodge next to the Culture Room. No freshness date.

A- From a heavy pour comes a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the cup, frosty lacing and plentiful surface foam.

S- Mildly sweet cereal grain followed by even milder Belgian yeast aroma.

T- Wow. "liquid bread" indeed. Heavy bounce of malt along with deep tones of Belgian yeast. Some blunt alcohol burn that lasts too long for an 8% ABV. Caramel, fruit and cloves as promised but aren't used very effectively

M- The beer's main flaw. Dry, sharp and searing from the booze. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Pretty off-balance in general, but it's drinkable and there should be something to be said for that...right?

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 08:04:11 | More by Immortale25
Photo of acevenom


4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours deep copper with an off-white two finger head. The smell is of sugar, fig, and malt. I pick up malty sweetness in the taste as well as cinnamon and fig. It has a dry finish and this is not much bitterness, but the hops are definitely present. The bread flavor also comes out in this beer. The taste is complex and well-balanced. The alcohol doesn't come forward in the flavor at all. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass. The body is on the higher end of medium and the carbonation is moderate, making this a very drinkable dubbel. I have to tip my hat to Abita for creating a solid and very drinkable dubbel. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 21:18:18 | More by acevenom
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Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.