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Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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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5/5  rDev +37.4%

eaddy-p, Dec 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

swoopdog, Apr 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

DeliriumDuck, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of rxharr6
4.9/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep amber color, clouds nicely with a bottle swirl before pour if you like the lees otherwise pours crystal amber worthy of the gems darker varieties.
The nose is fresh baked bread and pears.
The alchohol makes it a sharp first taste but with a smooth finish.
Full malty flavor with slight bitter after taste similar to that found in a lambic
Nice carbonation, tiny bubbles, piour to a creamy white head.
Excellent winter bear.

rxharr6, Nov 12, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

GTB, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Krishob
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wife and I happened to be out & she noticed this lil beverage store tucked away in the corner. I happened to see this in the cooler & snatched it up. Time to see if it was worth the wait.

650ML Bottle, 8% ALC by vol.
Served into a hybrid pint/tulip glass

Appearance - Wow!! this poured a rich amber. 2 - 3 fingers of head that reduced slowly. It has a very rich head not a bright white foam but more like a froth that lingered & was a very light amber in color. towards the bottom it is clear & clean, but as you get closer to the head that is still nice & creeping down the sides as it reduces becomes darker.

Smell - roasted bicuity malts, hops are piny & spice/clove smelling but in a good way. Makes you want to taste it to see if this is as warm feeling as it smells.

Taste - There is a good sharp bitter from the hops but it blends well with the doughy sweetness that malts give. It has a spice that is noticeable but it is not offensive. the sweetness from the malts is really nice and soft. You can taste the different ingredients but they are well blended and seem to compliment each other very well.

Mouthfeel - This is not heavy but defiantly not light. It falls somewhere in between. It coats your palate & as you swallow you can still feel it on the inside of your mouth. It is very soothing in that the slight carbonation that it has along with the spice allow you to feel little points of contact this coating effect. It very smooth & warming, something good to share with some buddies during winter. A nice cigar would hurt as well.

Drinkability - This is defiantly an easy drinker. Goes down smooth, its comforting. It is also a very filling beer. As long as there is room in the tank I would drink as much as I could. Glad for the size since that means was more for me to have after reviewing.

Salude!!!!

Krishob, Sep 22, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Zachb4au, Mar 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

aleslover, Apr 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

kerry4porters, Oct 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

balinor, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

harpus, Aug 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

wrightst, May 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

barbellsNbeers, Nov 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Nickelsalad, May 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

cheefdaddy1, Jun 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

drinkAK, Jun 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Mike099, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent Abbey Ale. The color was a deep-golden with hues of orange. The smell of soft malts and hops had a magnificent aroma. The taste had a sweet maltiness and mild hops flavor. Overall, Fruity aroma, soft, sweet maltiness and just a pleasant tasting Ale. One of Abita's better beers!

BeerManDan, Jul 05, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

Lemke10, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%

Nose: dark sugars - caramel to toffee, fruit, hint of anise, pepper.
Pours rich auburn with a slight have under a moussey 1" persistent lightly tan tinted foam cap.
Palate: equally malt and yeast driven. The malt flavors are a complex of caramel to rich toffee supported by yeast driven dark fruit flavors that are spiced with light pepper and a hint of anise. The toffee lingers long into the aftertaste. Very light hop accent.
The creaminess of the body gives it a medium full feel. The fine carbonation works very well with the rich malts which are balanced by the yeast and alcohol flavors.

pat61, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another classic from Abita Brewing. This ale has a creamy, beige head, a beautiful, somewhat cloudy, amber hue, and a caramel-type aroma. The taste is mildly bitter and sweet with roasted nut notes. There is almost no trace of an alcohol taste, however, even with the high (8% abv.) alcohol content. Mouth feel is even. Overall, a top-notch product.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of boutleg32
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red/mahogony. Good lacing. Nice 2 inch head.

S - Sweet smell of cherries and cinnamon but not overpowering.

T - Lighter than the look but hints of raisen with a good aftertaste. Alcohol is very present but not over the top

M - In my opinion, it is the best part of the beer. Medium carbonation which is exactly where an Abbey Ale should be.

D - It meets all expectation. Not on the level with Chimay or other Monk beers but extremely satisfying.

Overall- As a student of St. Joseph's Seminary, this beer is a source of income for all us all. 25 cents of every bottle goes to monks here at the Abbey in St. Benedict, LA. It's a very drinkable beer that Benedictine Monks of the Catholic Church have learned to perfect worldwide. It is meets all expectations of the art of brewing beer at monasteries. Again, it may not be as great as some of the Trappist Monastery Ales of Europe but it comes close at a better price. Vivat Christus Rex!

boutleg32, Nov 30, 2011
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Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.