Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 11
Gots: 35 | 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 BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After cleaning up the beer and foam that shot (then oozed) out the bottle neck following crown cracking... bright brick red with glazed apricot accents and much less carbonation than expected. The golden beige cap looks good too and glass coverage is better than decent. Against all odds, this is attractive beer.

The aroma is a little too sour fruity and phenolic to be a solid representation of the style. The usual elements of the style are present, though they're nothing to write home about.

Sorry, but Abbey Ale is not a very good effort at an abbey ale from the boys down in the bayou. My relatively high hopes for a credible Belgian-style ale from a brewery that puts out slightly above average beer on their best day was obviously misplaced.

Flavors include steely caramel, roasted peanuts, unripe fruit, bitter tea leaves and clove phenols. This is almost more of an Oktoberfest-Scottish ale hybrid than a dubbel. The yeast strain is incredibly messy and drags down the rest of the beer...

... along with a mouthfeel that suffers from the classic problem of unruly carbonation out of the gate, following by next to nothing in the way of bubbles after the initial storm subsides. Besides, the beer is too thin for the style and ABV.

Given the foam explosion, and the unfortunate aftermath, it's obvious that this bomber of Abita Abbey Ale isn't as the brewers intended. However, I don't believe the bottle is infected. Maybe you'll have better luck, but it's probably best to stick with the Belgian brasseries for your well-brewed dubbel needs.

Photo of jfro
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- dark amber/tan, decent head

S- very strong malt up front, sweetness, perhaps a bit of caramel malt

T- Malty sweetness, dark fruits (fig, plum, currant)

M- Ah here is where they nailed it, not too thin, not too chewey. Perfecto!

D- I could drink this dubbel for a long time if it was not 8 abv. fantastic. A rather impressive offering from the brewery I first became acquainted with while doing recover work post Katrina!

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita did a very nice job of pegging the dubbel style, with a very authentic yeasty funk going on, overlying some moderately sweet caramel and prune notes. A bit of prickly carbonation, and the 8% abv was well blended into the flavor profile, lending a touch of pepper.

Photo of mntlover
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown color with a tan head, two fingers falls to clumps of bubbles with some decent lacing.

Aroma is nice sweet and fruity plums, sugar covered figs some light spice. Sweet and inviting fairly simple but good, descent Dubbel aroma enjoyable.

Taste is hints of sweetness at start right into fruits plums figs sugar notes also tarter fruits pear maybe. All blend with nice spice and some yeast like notes that seem somewhat earthy. Finish is lingering earthy yeasts and spice cloves mainly. Overall pretty decent but good use a little work.

Mouthfeel is medium, seems like it should be bigger but its not. Lightly peppy carbonation, might be little light for style but not bad.

Drinkability is pretty good enjoyable not the best Dubbel but damn nice try for an American Brewer thats not know for great brews anyway. Cheap easy drinking nothing really over distracting certainly worth a try maybe more then one.

Photo of SFLpunk
2.45/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

220z pry-top brown glass bottle. No date.

Clear amber brown with thin off-white head. Nose is angry and smells like wet charred wood. Toasted or burnt malt, light yeast notes. Palate is ligh- to medium-bodied. Burnt not is hard to get past. Finish is short and sort of corn-influenced.

Three of us tried this to see if it was a technical fault. My interpretation is that the yeast strain was not a fan of something in the grain bill. Drain pour.

Should probably try again.

Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a frothy head that fades a bit to leave some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is full of raisin and plum that mingle with the spice from the yeast. Pretty low-key here.

Taste is full of plum, raisin and even a small hint of grape, followed by slight alcohol warmth. Lots of flavor.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin but otherwise full of lingering flavors (plum, grape, raisin).

All I can say is that this is done quiet well and worth trying. Lots of flavor. Easy to drink.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Abbey Ale , 22 oz. bomber

Clear, dusky auburn appearance, solid, 1/2 " cocoa & cream head.

Aroma: sweet and spicy, brown sugar & molasses, caramel malt, a little nutty.

Taste: sweetness and richness aplenty. dark fruit, spicy malt. I keep looking for serious flaws, but I honestly can't find any. Smooth, alcohol stays cloistered, figs and cloves, delicious and a delight to drink.

Medium bodied, long finish, wonderful dubbel from Louisiana, who would have thunk it.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat murky brown with a fairly decent creamy head that sticks around but leaves no real lacing. Smells very sweet, with lots of residual sugars and a bit of clove. Tastes softer and more subtle than expected after the nose, but with a slightly metallic finish. Soft, lightly spicy, and relatively creamy in the mouth, but a little jagged right in the mouth. Decent and drinkable, if not superlative.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown, hazy, with moderately sized off-white head. Nose has some bready notes, whiff of bubblegum (not in a bad way), and candy. On the palate there's plenty of the candied-gummy flavors coming through with some bready flavors, and a sweet/tangy finish. Not bad on drinkability.

Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown ale with a very tall tan colored head.

Smells sweet and spicy with a lot prune and spiced apple scent. Coriander is at about medium strength. The smell of this made me remember something I used to eat but haven't seen for years. This beer smells exactly like Apple Butter, if you are old enough to remember that.

Starts out sweet with tart finish. Little bit of spice hard to really lock in on the taste here. Mostly this is coriander flavored. There is a little apple here but the flavor isn't a strong point.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Did not enjoy this one that much. The flavor isn't there, this is a lot like Chimay Blue, and it's very mild, to mild in my opinion. I prefer the supposedly inferior Chimay Red, much more flavor.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Abita Abbey Ale appears a almost opaque amber with a light beige yet thick head. The head's retention is good, and it clings well to the glass.

The smell is typical of Belgians with hints of spice and fruit notes similar to baked apple and candied apples.

Its taste is a little hot, but that is to be expected with an 8% monster. It is very complexed. The taste starts with piney-like and bitter notes. The mid palate has the baked and candied apples notes similar to the smell. It ends very sweet.

The mouthfeel is thick, and is very lightly carbonated.

Its drinkability is okay. One is all that is needed anyways, but the after taste does not make you craving another.

Overall, I think it is an impressive beer especially since it is coming from Abita, who is known for very "sessionable" beers. I like seeing breweries trying things off their normal path. It is definitely worth a try, and you might just need a buddy to finish it with you.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay chalice.
The Abbey Ale poured a deep brown-amber color with a good two finger's worth of tan head. The head stayed for a bit and then receded down to a nice ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing noted.
The aroma definitely has a Belgian aspect to it, with a spicy profile and sweet malts with a touch of dark fruits lurking in the background. Not the most complex aroma, but solid nonetheless.
The taste of the beer follows the nose, nice and spicy, with touches of pepper and clove, raisins and fig, a little boozy rum and sweet malt. The finish has a bit of apple and grape in it. The feel of the beer was creamy and full feeling and balanced by the carbonation.
A good solid offering from Abita.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy amber with a thin cream-colored head that remains. Good lacing as it goes down.
Smell is spicey roasted malts with some Belgian yeast. Brown sugar, raisins, figs, as well as some pear, clove, and banana. Caramel as well.
Taste is Belgian yeast and dark, spicey malts. More brown sugar, caramel, clove, as well as some banana, pear, figs, and raisins. Finish is malty with some more buttery Belgian yeast that hits the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel is slightly crisp and tingly, from the medium level of carbonation. Finish is very engaged and slightly dry, with the carbonation working to the end. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is okay. The sweet-spicey aspect begins to take its toll about halfway through, making the bottle a bit hard to finish.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tulip glass a beautiful brownish amber with excellent clarity. Tiny bubbles of carbonation suspend a big, dense off-white head that maintains throughout the drink.

Smells of sweet and thick fruits, and sweet malts with a slightly roasted edge.

The taste is sweet, fruity, and malty with a bit of peppery spice and an earthy yeast flavor. Nice smooth and thick body, and great drinkability.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep almost opaque brownish amber, with a big light tan head, pretty good lacing.

S: Fruit like apple and definitely some dark fruit, with a touch of spice.

T: Big time dark fruit taste like the nose would lead on, also some apple. A brown sugar sweetness, but not overwhelming.

M: Has a nice creaminess that goes on with great carbonation. Very smooth going down, does not taste like 8% ABV.

D: It's good, but not great. You can handle a bomber, and the alcohol is well hidden, but nothing out of this world.

Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small light tan. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cherries, brown sugar, rum, freshly baked bread, vanilla, caramel, and raisins.
Taste is of the aromas with burnt bananas, marshmallows, cocoa, and raisins.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, sweet, and dry.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber that is just about exactly 1 year old. Pours a very clear medium copper color with an impressively large tan foam. Retention is average, but the lacing is terrific.

Big nose, filled with currants, raisins and cranberries. The fruit is pretty crazy on this beer. There is some definite bready Belgian yeast and some caramel-honey malts, but the fruity yeast esters are the main attraction. Pretty authentic Belgian aroma here.

Taste follows suit closely as the Belgian yeast presence is very strong, contributing doughy bread and ripe fruits galore. Some tartness is in there as well as plenty of candi sugar sweetness to give it some depth. Maybe even some dark brown sugar comes to the party. It seems a year in the cellar has done this beer well, surprisingly. There is still a noticeable leafy hop and toast bitterness on the finish. Not necessarily complex, but has plenty to offer, flavorwise. ABV is not exactly well hidden, but neither is it offensively brash. I would not hesitate to buy another bottle or two to see what happens, especially at 4 bucks a bomber. Not bad at all for Abita's first foray into the world of Belgian beers, I recommend they try some more!

Photo of dstc
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a Rudy background. Foamy tan head falls relatively slow and never disappears. Decent sticky lace.

Belgian yeast aroma. Smells of fruits and malts.

Fairly decent abbey ale. Nice sweet malt taste that gets better as it warms.

Medium bodied in the mouth with little carbonation. Swish it around and you can feel the alcohol.

Decent brew and worth it for the price.

Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rebel1771
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear reddish brown with a massive off white head that sticks around forever.

S: Candied raisin aroma with a prominent yeast note. Finishes with a tart cherry aroma.

T: Tart flavor up front with hints of raisins. Malty in the middle finishing with a kind of burnt bread flavor.

D: Not a bad brew but not a great one either. Doesn't seem to hit the style exactly but very drinkable.

Photo of HalfFull
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a decorated bomber into a large wine glass, Abita Abbey pours a clear caramel with a soapy half inch of off white foam. Offers decent retention and light lacing, holding a surface cap though a bit light in color overall.

Nose is a bit unusual with rotten sweetened banana and an odd spice. Far from inviting in a bad cotton candy sugar sense, yet lessens somewhat with time, though not enough to fully rid the nose of a certain strawberry vomit sense. Weird shit.

Flavor is subdued vs. the nose, thankfully, and yet still has a bit of strawberry milk powder going on; along with more expected malts of a bit of cherry and chocolate. Light in body for the style yet with a good steady carbonation to counter said body in the feel and finish. If ever I were to drink a bomber straight from the bottle, this would be it as an aroma avoidance measure. A second pour is less bad, but the rotten bubblegum carries on in aroma.

An interesting yeast culture going on here. With significant exposure the beer opens up to become rather pleasant. A light malt presence for the style, yet typical for Abita, accompanies a decent feel. Bottom line for me is that the aroma is an insurmountable obstacle for this brew. Bon Chance..

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This dark amber brew poured carefully to a minimum head, and good lacing was present till the last drop.

I found it to have a good yeast and molasses aroma, as well as light citrus.

I liked the carbonation and the light bitter aftertaste was a pleasant accompanyment of the predominantly sweet and sour molasses taste.

This was a good one.

Photo of Radome
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in large (650 ml) bottle.

Appearance - 4.5 - Head is made of large bubbles and is initially thick, but fades to a small ring around the glass. Color is a dark amber or medium brown with some red highlights and is crystal clear when held up to the light. Packaged in a 650 ml bottle with attractive painted artwork.

Aroma - 3.5 - Aroma is all malt and biscuit. Only the faintest hops notes, as expected. Some muted spice. None of the distinctive Belgian yeast notes I was hoping for.

Flavor - 4.0 - Slightly sweet, but light bitterness brings it into balance. This is followed by a cereal grainy note and sharp spicey flavors and even a tiny hint of roasted grain. Finish is clean with the grain flavor just fading away. No sign of the 8% alcohol. No noticeable yeast notes, which is a disappointment.

Mouthfeel - 4.0 - Appropriately thick and creamy.

Overall Drinkability - 4.0 - A good solid Belgian-like beer. This is almost more like a lightly hopped American Brown to me than an Abbey Ale, because there is no yeast character. Very enjoyable beer, just not the full abbey experience I was hoping for.

Photo of floraday
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz poured into a wine glass

A: Amber/walnut with a nice head that gently fizzes out. Decent lacing.

S: Aromas quite similar to a homebrew of similar style. Very yeasty with some spice and fruit in the back. I like the smell, sort of nostalgic.

T: Just like it smells. I feel I have had this as a "Homebrew" many times. It has banana with a hint of metallic that so many homebrews struggle with. Lots of bread.

M: Nice malt felt on the palate. Rather average.

D: Its drinkable but would not purchase again. It's on par with Abita's other brews.

Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.