Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Courtesy of beerbuddha...thanks man! Haven't tried many of the Abita special releases at all...let's see what we have here...into an Ommegang chalice...
Doesn't pour too badly...dark bourbon color...more copper hue than expected...head isn't much to speak of but a few ginger wisps...about 1/3 finger.
This burns off with warmth but my first impression is very strange...hate to say it but it's like sugar water covering the litterbox of our cat Beavis. Can't explain it. It graduates intermittently to a little sweetness with wontons and a little soy or maybe dipping sauce. Eventually the leathery dates and candi sugar do take their rightful place. But what the hell was that?
Nice burnt ripened dates and maybe a fair kick of prunes. Slight mild gingerbread rounds this out to a typical example of the style...it may not be perfect but it's straightforward and decent. There is some smoldering leather in there, which is a little weird, but not bad at all.
This has some subtle bizzare stuff going on. There's the traditional dubbel elements of dark fruits and mild sweetness with a little roasted spice but that hint of sweet and salty dipping sauce is throwing me. Even so, it's enjoyable to drink.
I like this a lot more than ratings may indicate. It needs a lot of warmth to fully get to normalcy but this like the drunk absent-minded professor on speed and coke trying to grade a bunch of finals. Probably not a style-perfect example but this is entertaining and enjoyable stuff. Good to see Abita do something a little over the edge.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2009 02:05:25 | More by IBUnit63
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4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- deep clear amber with a thin, rocky tan head. Great head retention and well defined rings of lacing. Small, slow rising carbonation.
S- beautiful yeast character. Earthy, spicy, funky. Bready malt, caramel, and a touch of molasses. Not much fruit, but there is a hint of raisin if you look for it.
T- molasses, caramel, raisin, Cinnamon, clove, toasted bread, funky yeast. Surprisingly complex for an American dubbel.
M- medium bodied, creamy, fine carbonation.
O- very surprised, in a good way.
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2014 07:32:35 | More by silverking
Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.