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Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | 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:
Beer added by: theboozecruise on 10-26-2008

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
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Photo of drpimento
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Poured a nice, thick, fine, very light tan head that lasts and some lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is caramel, malt, earth, yeast, and a bit of funk. Flavor is like nose, plus some definite sweet fruitiness and just a tad of bitterness in the background and on the back of the tongue. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Perhaps a tad sweet for my sessions.

Photo of abrand
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a Leffe chalice.

The Abita Abbey Ale pours a deep copper almost brown color with a nice fizzy off white head. Smell is sweet with raisins and cloves with a nice malt backbone. Taste is very nice. Raisins, yeast, and apricots make up most of the quaff. Minimal hop presence. Some alcohol is also noted on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinkability is solid. I would like to see how this one develops in the bottle. Good work from a new brewery to me.

Photo of impending
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a dark but not opaque garnet brown. Decent dense head with little retention.

Unusual aroma, I swear I smell Worcestershire sauce in the background - this may end up an ingredient in a marinade! Dark bread is here as well. Not a typical dubbel.

Taste is also unusual as the spices carry through. Low sweetness, minor bitter end. The spice is not very pleasant as it is not balanced with a suitable aftertaste. Very low priced, I wished I liked this more as this will be my one and only bottle.

Watched Treme over a few days, wonderful show that felt very authentic. It was difficult to tell what they were drinking in spite of how much they drank which was a lot - music and drink are natural partners. I did not know of Abita so labels from a distance meant little . . . but neon signs shout and they shouted Abita. So here I sit drinking my first and possibly last Abita.

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown/amber color. One inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, clove, hint of citrus (banana), hint of alcohol, hint of hops, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of an Abbey Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, clove, hint of wheat, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of hops. Only complaint, is that the feel and body were a little weak.

Photo of claybeer
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured a dark auburn and a bit cloudy. I was surprised by how dark it was, however, it had a nice thick caramel colored head that left rings as I drank it. The nose was peanuts and cloves. It has a malty, rich mouthfeel and a hint of apricot. I'm not a big fan of cloves but I can appreciate the big part it plays in this beer. The finish is long but not overwhelming. This beer has a nice Belgian style but was definitely American-ised by Abita. They did a great job and I can see having this beer with some pork chops and applesauce.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
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
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
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
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
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
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.