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Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
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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Photo of uwmgdman


4/5  rDev +9.9%

This ale is a slightly hazy deep amber colors with a stick off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty -- sweet, raisins, prunes with a noticeable spicy, clove character from the yeast. The flavor closely follows the nose, moderate bittersweet malts with peppery, spicy yeast character. The body is medium-full, silky mouthfeel, and nice lingering malty/yeasty flavors. Overall a tasty, well-made brew. Worth picking up a bomber.

02-27-2011 04:10:24 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of WJVII


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

2/23/11 review session hosted by Cdkrenz reviewed from notes- WJVII sample:

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a ruby red color with a medium 1 finger white head. The aroma is extremely sweet with hints of apricot and plum. The taste has a nice malty caramel flavor along with some sugary sweetness. The finish brings some of the dried fruit taste. This was a medium body brew and had a nice malt presence. One of the better Abita I had when in NOLA. Glad I brought back to share.

02-26-2011 20:31:55 | More by WJVII
Photo of drizzam


3.75/5  rDev +3%

Thanks to my good BA friend WJVII for sharing this brew during our tasting.

A - Poured a clear amber, leaning toward red, in color topped by a substantial off-white head.

S - A light and sweet caramel malt dominates the nose, with accents of fruit lingering about.

T & M - The aroma didn't let me down. That same caramel malt backbone was present with dark fruit notes accenting it nicely. Medium bodied, neither coarse nor creamy...the texture lays right in the middle. The 8% ABV is actually very well hidden in this brew.

D - Another tasty offering from a brewery that hasn't let me down so far. It's not the top example of the style but certainly worth a try.

02-24-2011 21:56:50 | More by drizzam
Photo of cdkrenz


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Thanks to WJVII for bringing this one back from Louisiana and sharing it with a couple of his BA Buddies.

A - Pure red body at 15 SRM. The brew is translucent and nearing bright or even shiny. The head has a firm solid structure and is light tan in color.

S - Bread and cereal are prevalent. This is a great smelling beer.

T - Bread and nut are the most notable in the flavor. There is a some evidence too of caramel.

M - A watery texture yet it has a certain silkiness to it.

~ This is an easily consumed brew. It's a nice drinker and I would recommend it to others.

02-24-2011 19:51:09 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of aepb1


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

A- Amber brown body with a small creamy tan head

S- Sweet sugary dark fruits. A little nutty.

T- Again with the sweet sugary dark fruit malts, smooth and I don't detect the nuttiness here

M- Medium-bodied, decent carbonation, significant warming for 8% abv

D- Solid dubble, nothing outstanding but a good brew none-the-less

02-19-2011 01:34:15 | More by aepb1
Photo of Haybeerman


3.93/5  rDev +8%

A: Clear ruby color; brown hue in lower light. Poured a 2 finger tan head with good retention to 1 finger cap. Lightly decanted. Lased in thin rings.

S: Sweet dark fruits; black cherry, raisins and dates. Clove and pepper spiciness. Nothing muted.

T: Consistent with, but not as bold as in the nose. Very gently and smooth on the palate. A little alcohol warmth in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Lighter in the palate than the feel or flavor would imply.

D: Very drinkable. All in all, very good balance in all aspects. Disguises the ABV well too.

02-09-2011 21:10:51 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of depechemode1983


4.33/5  rDev +19%

A - Deep mahogany, with reddish hues. Awesome tan head that has incredible retention. It stays around for quite awhile. Lacing is moderate on this one but still pretty good.

S - Very sweet nose. Picking up lots of dark fruits. Raisins an cherries mainly. There's also some cinnamon and clove spice to it. Its very aromatic. All the smells are robust.

T - Taste is a little lighter than expected. Its a little winy. With some brown sugar and raisin notes. I'm also picking up some of the alcohol. Finish is a bit sweet and sour.

M - Mouth feel is perfect for these sorts of flavors. Medium bodied with bubbly medium carbonation. Excellent.

D - This is a damn good beer. Very drinkable. I wonder how something like this would age. Well worth the price. I would buy this again for sure.

02-09-2011 00:40:30 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of diamondc


4.35/5  rDev +19.5%

A: Excellent head, great Belgian lacing. Typical murky muddy water-like Dubbel appearance.

S: Cocoa powder, cloves, spicy pepper-like with some tropical fruit overtones.

T: Ripe tropical fruits, cloves, cookie dough, burnt caramel, some Raisinettes candy action going on on the aftertaste. Little to no hop action.

M/D: Hits all the Dubbel notes well. The sweetness lingers for a long time, but never gets too syrupy or cloying. Best Abita beer I've had so far.

02-06-2011 07:08:07 | More by diamondc
Photo of Adamthome1


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Dark amber in appearance. Pours a 4 finger frothy head that dissipates mostly and leaves good lacing on the glass.

smells cinnamony, and aged.

Taste is of old sour apples, very sweet malty, figs, small hint of pear

Aftertaste is super sweet, 10 minutes after the last sip I still sense the sweetness on the mouth. Similar to a pineapple aftertaste.

Bottle was large; 1 pint 6 ounces, I recommend drinking with a friend or two, it's kind of much alone if this is not your favorite style...Worthy beer.

02-06-2011 02:19:58 | More by Adamthome1
Photo of swierczt


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured into goblet.

A - Dark auburn in color. Small eggshell colored head that subsides quickly. Thin lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Candy, sugar initially. Plum, figs, dark cherries, faint clove.

T- Nice roasted malts, not overly sweet. Dark fruits (figs, plum, currant, cherry) with a slight banana twist (as bizarre as this sounds). Expected a bit more caramel/malt sweetness in the taste based on the smell.

M - Just right. Medium bodied. Not too much carbonation to take away from all of the complex flavors.

D - Would recommend giving a try. Better than most of the other Abita offerings. I appreciate and like that Abita is trying a new and interesting style. Not as "boozy" as some other Belgian beers in the same arena. Besides, the price is right at $4.99 IMHO.

02-01-2011 01:59:30 | More by swierczt
Photo of MrDriscoll


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Nice orange/red pour with and off white head and firm 2 finger foam that was gone pretty quick but did linger as a thin layer through out. Good lacing all the way down the glass.

A - Sweet banana characters pop out from behind the sublte hints of fruit and spice that are pretty typical of a Belgian.

T - Floral notes catch you rigt off the bat with a sublte peppery note. Lots of typical Belgian yeasty with hints of all the fruit notes you catch in the aroma.

M/F - Appropriate amount of carbination with a nice roll across the tounge. A little dry on the finsh with snaps of a balanced bitterness and sweetness from front to back.

D - Above average in my book but scores a exta 1/2 point on the Drinkability Scale due to the $.25 donation Abita makes with every bottle sold.

01-26-2011 05:07:48 | More by MrDriscoll
Photo of letsgopens


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Mostly clear, orange amber with some rusty highlights. Off white to very light tan head. Shows soapy and holds its shape ok. Recedes to thin, sparse wisps.

Yeasty clove and dark fruit come to mind in the nose. Apricot, honey and peppery booze/yeast notes. Sour cherries, dates, figs, brown bread and buttery phenols blend with that heavily fermented Belgian characters.

Bright, crisp and floral up front. Quickly fades to dark and tart fruits. Black currant, fig, prune, apricot and sour cherry. Tons of estery, spicy yeast notes. Booze is present and mingles well with the yeastiness. Lingering fruit, bitter/sweet and tasty with mild floral hops.

Crisp but lush with a fine bubble structure. Almost fluffy on the palate with some dry warmth. Lingering booze and a slight acidic twang. Very enjoyable with a moderate level of complexity. Certainly an above average Dubbel.

01-20-2011 20:09:02 | More by letsgopens
Photo of nukem5


3.53/5  rDev -3%

A: Pours a beautiful carmel color with a solid two fingers of rocky foam.

S: Malty sweet caramel some spices like clove and light fruits.

T: Sweet malts and grains, slightly fruity, with a touch of clove to round out the flavor.

M: Medium body with hardly any lacing.

D. Very drinkable and a nice go at a Dubbel! Very affordable but the 8% is a bit of a holdback !

01-08-2011 02:19:21 | More by nukem5
Photo of pilotgod


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
Photo of robhunta


3.38/5  rDev -7.1%

A - dark rich brown color, fluffy head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S - sweet carmel aroma, rich and malty. Overall, not much o an aroma.

T - Malty sweet carmel, some fruity flavors. Also has some warm alcohol flavors.

M - Smooth feel, seems to be a bit over carbonated, sort of has a fluffy foam carbonated feel. Feelings of alcohol on my tongue. As a near the end of the beer it gets a little sticky.

D - A nice dubbel, but alcohol flavors make it a bit les drinkable.

Overall a good beer, I would drink at again, but probably wouldn't become one of my regulars.

12-03-2010 00:19:55 | More by robhunta
Photo of ccbrewer138


3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

A-poured into an eight ounce snifter glass. Deep amber in color, offwhite head, great lacing.

S-malty, bready, some alcohol, green apple, ends with a spicy scent that is more than likely the yeast and hops.

T-bread flavors dominate, then a sweet alcohol flavor, ends with sour yeast.

M-light in body for such a strong beer, might be from a sugar additive. All in all true to the style.

D-would have again, but not my first choice for an abbey style. Was ready to try something else after I finished the tall bottle.

11-24-2010 01:45:05 | More by ccbrewer138
Photo of rxharr6


4.9/5  rDev +34.6%

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.

11-12-2010 23:41:04 | More by rxharr6
Photo of SpdKilz


3.53/5  rDev -3%

Thanks to optimator13 for this beer! Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a dark apricot color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of tan head is achieved that dissipates at an average pace, leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Dark fruits such as prune, spices such as clove and coriander, and yeast.

Taste - Heavy clove up front which fades to other spices and dark fruit (i.e. prunes and raisins). After another sip I taste nutmeg, bready and caramel malts as the backbone, and yeast. The more it warms up, the sweeter it becomes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability - One and I'm done. Not bad, but not "good" if you know what I mean. As always glad I was able to try it.

11-02-2010 03:08:39 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of msubulldog25


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

I've tried this beer several times over the last 18 months on trips back home to Louisiana; found this 22 oz./650ml bottle tucked in the cellar, the final one from the stash I returned with last spring. Dated 'Best By 01/22/11'; poured to a goblet (Affligem).

Nice bottle, a well-done silkscreen depicting the St. Joseph Abbey (in nearby Covington, LA). 25¢ per bottle is donated to the abbey to support and thank the brothers, paying homage both with some cash and some 'liquid bread'.

A: Deep amber with a rich, ruby-bloodiness. Clarity is barely tainted by a micro-haze - one of the more filtered dubbels I've seen. Moderate carbonation, a swirling coil emanating from the core of the glass. Ivory head drops away quickly from its fizzing, finger-high crest, becoming nothing more than a burbling center-point where the carbonation collects. Pretty, color-wise, but a lack of both head and lace downgrade this dubbel's appearance score a bit.

S: Fresh or cellared (as this has been), I can't get past a musty fruit (cherry, date, raisin) aroma and spiced apples and nuts. A smoky edge too, sort of meaty/gamey, makes for a interesting scent - though not an entirely appealing one and not one I've smelled in a real Belgian. A '3' may not be fair (because I don't think this is 'average'), but there's just something in here I don't like all that much; after 5+ tries I still can't put words to it.

T: Lots of toasted grain and ground spice (clove and a dash of drying pepper) embrace caramel apple fruitiness. Bitterness of darkened crusts tends to grow...just then a rolling wave of clove and pit fruit crests, a zesty spicing lolling at length on the tongue. A little of that savory/meaty quality, but here it doesn't detract; it adds some complexity where needed. All around good...

M: Lowered visible carbonation, but still activity aplenty in the mouth. Once the prickle fades, smoothness and a subtle warming move in. Medium body.

D: Despite a smell I don't really 'get', Abita presents an Abbey/Dubbel that's plenty drinkable. Heck, I wouldn't be a repeat buyer if there wasn't something here I enjoy. Not an equal substitute for the European masterpieces, but a darn good buy at around $4/bottle ~ remember two bits goes to the brothers! Amen!

10-30-2010 22:05:42 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3%

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of caramel and roasted malts. The yeast also gives off quite a bit of fruity esters. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry caramel/roasted malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a good deal of yeast fruitiness. It's not as complex as I would like and the mouthfeel is lacking. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent beer, but not the best dubbel around. Still, it's good to see these guys branching out into different styles.

10-27-2010 21:45:21 | More by WesWes
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a dark brown/black color with ruby hues, a large head that dissipates, with good quality lacing.
Smells of dark fruits, some alcohol, and sweet malts.
Very good depth of flavor. Plums, figs, chocolate malt, with minimal hop character. Enough to be present but not to overpower.
Mouthfeel was thick with only very vague carbonation.
Could drink several bombers. A great find.

10-10-2010 12:35:25 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of SmokinSmyth


3.05/5  rDev -16.2%

Enjoyed this after dinner, watching the first night of March Madness. Although the same strength as the Andygator, the Abbey Ale has more of a bite to it.

It is darker and maltier, but not heavy. I can see why the website recommends it with dessert foods, it certainly was nice after dinner.

10-02-2010 18:20:48 | More by SmokinSmyth
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured a nice dark copper with a thick light tan head left decent lacing.
aroma was of dark fruits and rye bread
taste followed the nose with a nice spicy yeast character
mouthfeel is a bit thin on the medium side but doable
drinkability is good for $4 ill drink 22oz.

09-23-2010 22:59:43 | More by sliverX
Photo of Krishob


4.55/5  rDev +25%

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.


09-22-2010 03:58:46 | More by Krishob
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Tasting notes from 9/9/10.

Enjoyed in a NOLA hotel room. Poured in to a regular glass.

Poured a dark amber colour, almost light brown with 2 fingers of thick cream coloured head.

Cloves and other spices in the nose with some faint hints of dark fruit

Taste is almost entirely cloves with hints of other spices and dark fruit. Precicely followed the nose.

Light body. Lightly carbonated

09-16-2010 01:36:04 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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