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Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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487 Ratings
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by pilotgod:
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from 650ml bottle into a Belgian goblet.

A: Spot on. Pours a very dark amber burgundy. Around a 39 on SRM color guide. This bottle gave a good two finger head that diminished after about 5 minutes to very fine layer that remained for the rest of the glass. Lacing is moderate, but clings firmly in place, not slowly gliding down the glass.

S: The first thing I notice is the sweet maltiness, followed by notes of fruits like plums and raisins. As I come away from the glass, lingering spice notes are detectable.

T: The malts and grains are definitely noticeable, but if you let it linger on the palate for bit you will get other tones of raisins, plums, and fruits as well as a well balanced alcohol note.

M: While it is moderately carbonated, it is not overly carbonated to the point it detracts from the beer. The alcohol is present, but stays subdued throughout. The finish is dryer than some others in the style, but that works with everything else that is going on.

D: Drinkability is good for a Dubbel. I'm not going to go so far as to say this trumps a St. Bernardus, Chimay, or Ommegang, but it can hold its own and sufficiently puts the Belgians on notice. The folks at Abita have done an excellent job taking the Dubbel style and infusing it with just enough American craft styles to stand out, but remain an homage to the originals.

01-07-2011 04:21:23 | More by pilotgod
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-17-2014 19:51:34 | More by davemarc87
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-11-2013 01:53:24 | More by tbryan5
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-25-2011 17:50:29 | More by Parke
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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

22-oz. bottle into a Maredsous glass (which I'm gonna call a chalice, for lack of more precise terminology)

a - almost disconcertingly clear. amber with a very thin film of head that slowly dissipates

s - nice fruity, bready esters come right up at you out of the glass

t - some classic Belgian-style flavors come through. sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. a hint of tartness from the yeast and the darker malt flavors balance it out, and there's a mild touch of spice in there.

m - sufficiently viscous with some warming, drying sensations at the end from the alcohol. carbonation stops well short of fizziness.

d - tasty, balanced, and enjoyable. not exactly transcendence in a glass, but well worth the price of admission. definitely a food beer, not a stand-alone sipper. called Abbey Ale, but described as a Dubbel on the bottle. at 8% ABV, I'm inclined to go with the latter. I'll make it a point to share a bottle with a fellow beer dork who only thinks of Abita in terms of Purple Haze or Turbo Dog (as I most certainly did prior to drinking this).

07-22-2009 02:27:27 | More by TuckerCarlson
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-05-2014 01:02:41 | More by BeerDreadz
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%

Large bottle, with nice artwork etched onto the bottle, a decent deal at $4.99 purchased from Big Z bev on good ole Long Island, NY. Pours muddy chocolate/brownish amber, khaki short lived head, but leaving plenty of sheeting and fine lacing. Sweet dubbel, with light chocolate, toffee and malty notes. Ripe fruit adds some complexity. Nothing special, just an easy drinking beginner friendly Belgian style brew, with a well hidden 8% jolt

06-19-2009 00:06:19 | More by Billolick
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Appearance: copper in color, cloudy, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, banana, and bread

Taste: bread, banana, hops, alcohol, and caramel

Mouthfeel: smooth, high carbonation, sweet start and end with a bitter spike in the middle, medium-light bodied

Drinkability: I really love the way Abita tackles bigger beers. this is nice and malty. I like the flavor combos. It is a very clean, bready beer that I will have again.

11-11-2009 16:46:24 | More by tigg924
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

First time with this brewer. Poured a clear copper with a big, creamy white head. Decent lacing. Sweet yeast and herbal aroma, with a malty gingerbread scent. Thick, but not syrupy, mouthfeel. Stronger than expected in the spiciness; again, like gingerbread. A noticeable clove and banana flavor as well. Turns sweet and fruity towards the finish. No heavy malt or sugar flavors I expected with a dubbel. Leans more towards a trippel in spice and yeast. I liked it.

03-27-2009 18:34:02 | More by magictrokini
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

08-12-2013 22:39:43 | More by Hugh37
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

22oz bomber poured into an Abita pint glass.

Pours a nice deep mahogany/brown with a big two finger really nice and fluffy head. Nose is a bit fruity with some sweet citrus and a hint of booze.

Taste is vert trappist-like. Has some nice sweetness, light raisin hints and sweet maltiness. Nice light mouthfeel and carbonation, it's present but not over the top.

02-06-2010 00:21:57 | More by kingcrowing
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-15-2014 01:21:46 | More by BulletJBT
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3.93/5  rDev +8%

220z bomber. Pours an amber color topped with a frothy 3 finger head with good retention. The aroma is extreme malt accented by a variety of sweet fruits. It sits solidly on the tongue, well balanced, not too sticky on the finish, the alcohol is present but not overbearing. A sold effort by Abita.

04-28-2010 21:37:14 | More by Osiris9588
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-29-2013 01:58:51 | More by juicebox
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2.85/5  rDev -21.7%

First of all, let me say that I am very happy to see these new "special" bombers from Abita. I really want to like Abita brews, but none of the regular 12oz beers have stood out in my mind. Sadly, they just don't make me want to buy them again. Well, with the new, 22oz brews, hopefully that'll change.

The Abbey Ale pours with a decent head and looks nice. The aroma is a bit off-putting, though. I appreciate the phenolic character of some Belgian yeasts, and there's some of that "goodness" in this brew, but there's also some bad phenols as well. (For reference, I would say Chimay red or blue has a very good phenolic character.) The taste is better than the aroma, but the "bad" phenols are still there. This is an interesting attempt at an Abbey ale and one that almost works, but ultimately it needs more finesse. Much like the Andygator, the flavors in this brew don't quite gel and makes me think the recipe needs more time to work out the kinks. Well, to be honest, I had Andygator a number of years ago when it was still draft-only. I thought it was "odd...if not off" back then, and I still think it tastes the same in the new bottled form. Odd... Whatever the case, this Abbey Ale is a better Abita beer than most other Abita brews out there. Hey Abita, I'm still pulling for you. Seriously, keep trying with the special release bomber series. I still have faith that you guys can make some killer brews!

05-17-2009 23:38:41 | More by ohmybock
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3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Really neat artwork on the painted bomber bottle. Hazy honey ochre colored with a two inch high thick orangey-beige head of foam that settles out slowly leaving broad sheets of lace as the glass tilts.

Rich aroma of dried fruit, sweet bread, raisins and marmalade, some yeast and clove notes.

The lovely aroma is betrayed by the shallow flavor, heavy on cloves and yeast, some peppery spiciness, maybe some molasses, but also an acrid flavor and a heavy metallic note. Seems a dubbel would have more malty depth.

Mouthfeel is thin, lacking body. Great to see something so unexpected from Abita, but could use more complexity and depth of flavor IMO.

03-25-2010 23:43:29 | More by far333
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-11-2013 02:44:43 | More by amstokesdb9
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

08-16-2012 03:56:52 | More by Sobertso
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

07-03-2014 04:40:04 | More by Jeffwildcat
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West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

First off where did they get these bottles they are so sturdy the glass is heavy as hell. Pours slightly clouded blood burgundy amber hue with a large off white beige head forms fine even lacing, carbonation is not overdone. Silk screened labels with nice artwork including an Abbey with hop vines scattered, I like even though the color spectrum is a bit dull.

Aromatics give off tart grape/raisins with a nice cherry finish, mild banana and spicy yeast traits kickin' as well. A touch of dark caramelized malts as well with the alcohol not really coming through thus far.

Flavor more tart slightly nutty, Belgian yeast strain phenols giving off a funky blend of flavors with an herbal spicy finish. Upfront sweet/tart sensations from raisins/banana/and tart apples. Again alcohol is well hidden this beer is a must try and it's very affordable for a bigger beer I've seen it range from 3.99 to 7.99 with each price in that range being extremely worth it.

Mouthfeel, works not as effervescent as some Belgian dubbels and not as cloying with residual candi sugars as some American brewed doubles. Sturdy carbonation not overdone at all carries the medium to full body well, some residual sugars to hit but not to the screaming bloody diabetes levels.

Drinkability overall is quite enjoyable and for anybody with an interest in Abita it's nice to see the transformation from where I started drinking their brews almost ten years ago to the post Katrina professional machine that Abita has become with effective distribution and adventurous new big beer lineup coming out. This is the second in that classification, I'm sad to say that I missed the helles doppelbock Andygator.

01-29-2010 20:57:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

12-29-2011 03:59:05 | More by MyTBeerDrinker
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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

My first review on BA, forgive me if it's not as accurate. I'm still learning how to pick up the "fruity" tastes in beer, so if those are omitted, it does not mean that such flavors are lacking.

Poured the bottle into a glass - had two completely different experiences based on how fast I drank it.

First glass was consumed quickly - before the head had a chance to recede. Lacing was amazing, but the bitterness of the beer really overwhelms the pallate if you don't take the time to savor it. Second and third glasses were slower. Lacing still quite good, although the head fades faster than I would have liked. The booze isn't too evident, which is something I like. Caramel definitely present and maybe a hint of a non-citrus fruit...

On to form:

A: Beautiful amber color. I normally prefer the look of darker beers, but this isn't bad. Head's great and leaves good lacing.

S: The smell is the strongest indicator that this is a beer with a heavy emphasis on malt. Yeasty, but not terrible. Slight caramel aroma as well.

T: The taste isn't evident at first, but here the sweet and bold flavor comes through as it warms. If ever there was a chocolate taste, it is here. Very dark and robust.

M: The ale's strongest point, in my opinion, is its mouthfeel. It's heavy but not cumbersome, definitely feels like an ale.

D: The first drink I accidentally swallowed without tasting - something about this drives you to swallow without savoring, but it also leaves some sort of odd aftertaste. Although it disappears quickly and leaves with a final pleasant aroma, something is a bit off here. It's not enough to ruin the overall experience, and is still a worthy beer to try out.

03-04-2010 23:38:03 | More by Forensicator
Photo of glid02


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with hints of bananas and raisins. As the beer warms some spices come out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Very sweet up front with hints of pears and raisins. Very mild spices come out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got solid carbonation and a nice thickness.

Drinkability is good. This is a bit too far on the sweet side for me, but I still finished my glass without a problem.

Overall this is a solid dubbel and one of the better Abita brews I've had, worth a shot.

04-06-2009 15:13:57 | More by glid02
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-20-2011 21:22:24 | More by dsauter
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2.94/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

02-05-2014 22:13:06 | More by DarrellK
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Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.