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Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 10
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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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tigg924, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of mulder1010
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 750 ML poured into a small pint glass. Bought from the brewery.

A-- Poured a reddish brown with a light brown head. A one inch head that was fluffy and kept its retention well. Good lacing with the glass and decent carbonation.

S-- Sweet, bready, dark fruit and cloves with this. Fairly malty beer.

T-- A little bitter. Not as sweet as the smell is. The fruits come out more in the taste.

M-- Fairly carbonated and lively in the mouth but the burnt/ bitter taste really dominates in this.

D-- Needs to be a bit sweeter I think. ABV is apparent but later in drinking this. Smell is very good but the rest fails. There are better US attempts in Dubbles out there.One is enough.

mulder1010, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of CHickman
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark cloudy reddish brown in color with a 2 inch cloudy tan head; smells of yeast, spices, sweet malt, bread, caramel, banana and clove. The banana and clove actually smell fruity and a little bit like a banana nut muffin. Quite nice in the aroma department.

Tastes like it smells, with a spicy sweet mix of malt, bread, yeast, spices, caramel, fruit/citrus, banana and clove, maybe a bit of pepper. At first, the sweetness is puckering and almost tart as the spices and fruits jump out front, but then the malt, banana and clove kick in to add complexity, but then the beer digresses and seems skunky and a tad bit like a banana that's been sitting around too long with the brown spots all over. The malt sweetness comes through, as does the alcohol and yeast, but this attempt at an Abbey Ale proves that the Belgian Monks do it best and should continue to corner that market.

It was a decent beer with a creamy, sticky feel to it on the tongue, but the skunky taste took away a lot from this beer. The fruit was too much, with the banana not adding an accent, but acting as a recurring taste that was just a bit too much. Medium carbonation and very little lacing.

Not bad to get a 22 oz bottle for $5 in NY, but overall this beer was just OK. I'd grab a real Belgian before I grabbed this again, especially considering that I really like some of Abita's other beers (TurboDog, Purple Haze, Jockamo IPA, Strawberry Harvest Lager, etc.).

CHickman, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, deep red. Nice two-finger head with decent retention and good lacing.

Banana, clove, and faint toast all hit the nose. Faint roast malt presence as well.

Strong banana and clove hit on the tongue. Moderates to a toasted malt and finishes slightly bitter and sweet. Nice.

MF is appropriate for the style. Slightly cloying, but not enough to detract.

Good example of style, but not one that I'd necessarily go back to again.

beer2day, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of ImusBeer
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass, it has a copper hazy color and lots of off white head.

Smells of citrus and some malt evident, raisin and other similar fruits in the background. The taste is mostly malt and caramel. Very sweet with a sourness at finish.

The mouth is light but also somewhat syrupy at beginning, with a drier finish. This is a nice sipping beer but about average IMHO.

ImusBeer, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of 89Vision
1.83/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

First off, I'm pretty new to the craft beer scene (and this is my first review). After trying several Belgian Trappists, and a couple American versions of the style (such as Ommegang Abbey Ale, which is one of my favorites so far), I had high hopes for this beer.

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a chalice. At first glance, the beer looks great--a dark reddish brown, with a full thick head. However, that's about all the good I have to say about this beer.

The first thing I noticed that I was disappointed with was the smell. It smells sour, like rancid fruit. This caused me to temper my expectations a bit, but I shrugged and gave it a shot.

The taste is basically just how it smells, except stronger. I'm trying, but its difficult to find something good to say about the flavor of this beer. The higher alcohol content (8%) is hidden well, but honestly, I would prefer more of an alcohol flavor over the sickeningly sweet and sour taste that permeates this beer.

As for drinkability, Abita Abbey Ale has little of it. I managed to get through half the bottle (which I consider an accomplishment) before I had to pour it out. In addition to the offensive taste, it refuses to sit well in my stomach as well.

Sorry to those who enjoyed it, but I didn't care much for this beer. I won't be having it again.

89Vision, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of lehkost
1.73/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

To be honest, I was expecting a very underwhelming beer when I tried this. Many domestic attempts at abbey style beers tend to fall flat on flavor and substitute seltzer for effervescence. This beer is, by no means, guilty of those (minor) crimes.

This beer looks and feels like an abbey, which is better than most accomplish, as I said. On the other hand...a single whiff of this made me not want to try drinking it. It has a smell much akin to rotten (not simply ripe) bananas.

Then, it tastes like it smells, which was a big surprise to me. I was still expecting not to get much out of the flavor, but instead, I tried a second and a third sip, and I still picked up a distinctly rotten note to the whole thing.

Next time I see a bottle, I will try it again, but this was not, by any means, a stale bottle...I got it directly from the distributor, so it hadn't been sitting on the shelf somewhere for months. Again, I will give it another chance, and I hope to change my mind.

lehkost, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of roblowther
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz bomber into a chalice glass. Pours reddish brown with no real head. Smells of canned peaches, molases, and lilies. Tastes sharp and citrusy up front, with a nice mellow caramel warmth in the back. Very nice, definitely the best Abita I've had. Mouthfeel is sticky and nicely carbonated. Very drinkable, with a nice low alcohol warmth and a balanced feel. Maybe a bit sweet for some but a fault I can easily forgive. For charity, of course.

roblowther, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of smanders
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown bomber with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: cola brown with a cumulus cloud for a head. Not much in the way of retention.

Smell: yeast, malt, and a little fruit.

Taste: heavy on the sweet/bready malt, but overall it compares to a Real English ale. You know how when you're in a pub and you take your first sip? You feel a bit of creaminess and there's an aftertaste of sweetness, then nothing. Weird...

Mouthfeel: medium bodied.

Drinkability: an interesting take on the Dubbel style. There are better and there are definitely worse. For $3.99, I can't complain.

smanders, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of stephens101
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big burst of bubbles results in a nice-sized dark tan head that sticks for a bit before dying out and leaving a thin lacing with some spots strewn above here and there. Color is ruby red with some reddish-orange hues where the light hits. Sweet bread and dark sour fruits rise to the nose. A damp earthiness works itself into the mix after a slight shake of the glass. Tastes malty and grainy with some lighter fruits in the background. Some hops and a boozy alcohol heat work into the mix later on. Overall the taste is a little weak, and there's something a little off in the balance, but it's not so bad as to ruin the experience. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, as is the carbonation. Not as bad as expected, but needs some refinement in some key areas.

stephens101, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear reddish copper brew. Head recedes ever-so slowly, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet, heavy on the fruits, and some light earthiness. Taste mirrors the nose, but the close is alcoholic and harsh. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, but limited by the harsh close, with drinkability being alright. These new Abita 22s have not been a deal.

ppoitras, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of JAA
1.6/5  rDev -56%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Iv'e been avoiding this one for a while, after i tried Andygator, i just put this in the back of the fridge. Well, now i'm running out of beer, and i'm too broke to go buy something else.

The hue is quite a bit lighter than any Dubbel i have seen. No big deal, i'm open minded. The head is respectable with a little lacing.

Smell. This is where things start going downhill. It smells like clove, rotten plums, and old moldy bread. Pretty fucking repulsive, if you ask me.

Oh god, this one has a horrible aftertaste. Everytime i breath out, it's like sweet vomit. Tastes really sweet with clove and apple juice squeezed from rotten apples. And then there is some sort of carbonated soda flavor mixed in, like someone mixed some sprite with this beer.

Mouthfeel is the only aspect of this beer that i am not completely repulsed by.

I poured the rest of the bomber down the drain as soon as i finished this review. I didn't even finish a quarter of the bottle.

Sure the price tag was nice ($3.99), but it's not even worth that.

JAA, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of mechamifune
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful red/brown in the glass with relatively little head. Obvious smell of fruit, but not as much so as a lot of other dubbels. A very pleasant, tasty beer. Drinks a little lighter than a lot of dubbels, with the sense of alcohol and yeast a little less obvious. As a result the beer isn't as complex as the best examples of the style, but is still very pleasant and easy to drink, though perhaps slightly too sweet. A very enjoyable beer though, especially for the price.

mechamifune, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite a reddish hue, with a chill haze on first pour that gives it more of a sugary brown tint. Once that has settled, the red is much more apparent, so it is wise to allow it to be served at an appropriate temperature in order to get the richness of colour. The head lacks a little and while it is a little sticky, it starts quite short and lackluster.

S: Bready, with a sweetness of dark fruit... plum and raisin stand out.

T: Sweet and quite a strong raisin flavour, almost like it was a puree mixed in. A doughy breadiness quality along with a rich clove - especially as it warms - add a nice character to what otherwise may be excessively sweet. With some time to breath, more notes of caramel come through... it does take a while, though, and it brings something of an acetic tartness without being a full-on vinegar flavour.

M + D: Considering the style, the body comes across on being a little lighter. I'd still consider it to be 'of medium body,' but a bit milder than many out there. It doesn't have the shimmering richness that many classic Belgians do, which is unfortunate, as it's a wonderful feeling over the tongue. Alcohol is pretty much completely hidden, however, which makes the ABV seem far more tame. White it doesn't really becoming sickly and cloying, it is a little too sweet, though.

Proteus93, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of droomyster
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful sunrise red with a good looking tan head that takes its time settling. Smells fruity and yeasty, a bit of bubblegum and dark fruits. Not as fragrant as most dubbels but not bad. Tastes sweet, a bit like prunes with a finish that leaves a funky prune taste lingering. This beer isn't bad but does not rank with many other easily accessible dubbels.

droomyster, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of TuckerCarlson
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

TuckerCarlson, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a ruby brown color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt dark fruit and spice

T - Follows the nose sweet malt dark fruit and spice

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - Definitialy one of the better beers that Abita is putting out pretty good for the style worth trying sometie

armock, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of steveshields
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge Abita fan though I have tried a few of their brews before. I was looking for a new Belgian or Belgian Style to try today and happened to find Abbey by Abita at Danny's Liquor across the street. I don't know how I never saw this at the store before but I bet on it.

The beer looks great- dark copper/amber with a nice cloud-like head. Not quite as dark as I like but still a good looking Abbey.

SMELLS delicious. Rich clove, which I LOVE. Smells like an awesome Christmas night. Very spicy- not hot, just lots of spices. This would go so good with some sharp cheddar and sliced ham. (Ooh! A food pairing suggestion- new for me.)

Tastes good! Mouth feel is good but has a heavy finish. I gave it the second-highest drinkability because I would drink this beer any day.

Grab an Abita Abbey if you're looking to try a unique, abbey style ale. It's delicious.

steveshields, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A moderately hazy deep reddish-brown body topped by a very generous cap of pillowy off-white head that sticks around a long time and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: A sweet and rich mix of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, slight nuttiness, dark bread, and mild spiciness.

Taste: Up front, sweet and toasty malt with a caramel and burnt-sugar character that turns chocolaty towards the end. Accompanying the malt are mild, herbal hops and plenty of Belgian yeast with an earthy clove character. Mild alcohol towards the end segueing into a yeasty and raisiny aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A thick body with smooth carbonation and a dryish finish.

Drinkability: With the full body, bold flavor profile, and moderately-high alcohol content, this comes close to sipper territory.

Verdict: It may have a hard time competing with the Belgian originals, but Abita have brewed up a pretty damn decent Dubbel here. Just watch out for the well hidden alcohol punch.

BeanBone, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of dhd1491
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours red-copper with thick tan head. Aroma of malts and yeast. Taste is peppery with cloves and a hint of strawberry. Like a good Belgium, like Chimay. There is a little bit of an off flavor that I can't describe, but it certainly restrained the "taste" score for me. Some buttery mouthfeel. Goes down pretty easy for a strong brew.

All-in-all, a good Dubbel with a lot of flavor and not overwhelming alcohol profile. I'd get it again, but I can't put it with my favorites.

dhd1491, Jul 05, 2009
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
Photo of medic25
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice from a nicely painted bottle. Chestnut brown color with a thick head. Fruity aroma. Taste is also dominated by a fruity, raisiny type of character, along with a biscuity malt and very little bitterness. Not the most complex Dubbel I've tasted, but certainly a strong effort by a brewery I've never associated with Belgian styles.

medic25, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Billolick, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly cloudy ruddy brown, with a reasonable, but not very boisterous head of beige foam. The colour is nice, but otherwise it looks a little insipid.

Some genuine Belgian notes on the nose, sweet-savoury yeast characters, bread-and-spices, dark citrus, crackers with a light funky cheese note, which actually goes rather well. Certainly a pungent nose, and one that I respect.

Some light sweetness on the palate, and lots of that big Belgian yeast character, skimming the border between sweet and savoury. Biscuit again, but quite luscious. The mouthfeel is light, but very smooth - a good sign in a dubbel.

A fair bit of character to this one - perhaps not the layered complexity of some of the better examples, but the important elements are there. It's got the pleasant light body and hidden alcohol of a good dubbel, so at least it's readily drinkable. Not a bad drop at all.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber poured in my imperial pint glass. Very cool bottle, I like the design.

A - Poured a dark copper orange haze color. Off white head at first but dissipates and leaves little lacing along the glass

S - At first strong aroma of sweet malts, dried fruits (plum, raisins), spice, slight nuttiness to it as well

T - sweet malt, spicy up front but not much left on the back of the tongue. a little disappointing. Bready, biscuity taste noted. Sweet caramel is present as well

M - i'd say almost medium body, medium carbonation

D - Drinkability is good. Can easily finish this bomber with a smile.

Overall I like this beer. It is a good ale and I enjoy the flavors that are present.

BayouBengal1537, Jun 04, 2009
Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.