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Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Abbey AleAbbey Ale

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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | 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 kingcrowing
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into an Abita pint glass.

Pours a nice deep mahogany/brown with a big two finger really nice and fluffy head. Nose is a bit fruity with some sweet citrus and a hint of booze.

Taste is vert trappist-like. Has some nice sweetness, light raisin hints and sweet maltiness. Nice light mouthfeel and carbonation, it's present but not over the top.

kingcrowing, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: nice brown body with a thick dark cream head that has great retention; not a bad looking brew

s: i feel that apple cider is the predominant scent; very sweet, almost apple pie; warm spices; thick malty backbone; maybe a little one note with just serious sweetness but there is a light bit of hops maybe at the back

t: strange; strong sourness; dirty dryness; some coffee; some of that sweet spiciness/cinnamon comes in; strange but interesting

m: medium thickness with ; light carb;

d: i don't know; i didn't find this enjoyable and I find this especially strange for the style.

hoegaardenhero, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle to snifter
A:deep brown weak head
S: lots of over powering yeasts
T: yeasts not much else
M: good feel, with a sweet finish.
D: hard to drink i poured out about 16 of 22
ounces this was no where near the doubles i have had
please pass on this one.

fastsrt, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off where did they get these bottles they are so sturdy the glass is heavy as hell. Pours slightly clouded blood burgundy amber hue with a large off white beige head forms fine even lacing, carbonation is not overdone. Silk screened labels with nice artwork including an Abbey with hop vines scattered, I like even though the color spectrum is a bit dull.

Aromatics give off tart grape/raisins with a nice cherry finish, mild banana and spicy yeast traits kickin' as well. A touch of dark caramelized malts as well with the alcohol not really coming through thus far.

Flavor more tart slightly nutty, Belgian yeast strain phenols giving off a funky blend of flavors with an herbal spicy finish. Upfront sweet/tart sensations from raisins/banana/and tart apples. Again alcohol is well hidden this beer is a must try and it's very affordable for a bigger beer I've seen it range from 3.99 to 7.99 with each price in that range being extremely worth it.

Mouthfeel, works not as effervescent as some Belgian dubbels and not as cloying with residual candi sugars as some American brewed doubles. Sturdy carbonation not overdone at all carries the medium to full body well, some residual sugars to hit but not to the screaming bloody diabetes levels.

Drinkability overall is quite enjoyable and for anybody with an interest in Abita it's nice to see the transformation from where I started drinking their brews almost ten years ago to the post Katrina professional machine that Abita has become with effective distribution and adventurous new big beer lineup coming out. This is the second in that classification, I'm sad to say that I missed the helles doppelbock Andygator.

WVbeergeek, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Portertime
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Abita hits you with a 22oz Abbey style ale. This was a nice rendition of a long time personal favorite (my all time favorite being Orval). Poured a cloudy orangy/beige color. The nose was swimming with different flavors, yeast and bread dough come to mind. The taste is layered in complexity with banana, cloves, yeast, and spice. A hardy beer.

Portertime, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of froggiestomp13
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type 22oz bottle poored into pint glass.

A = Dark Reddish Brown with generous head...almost annoying.

S = Fruity, Spicy...Banana, Corriander, Bready

T = Taste like smell...Spicy Fruity, Tad citrus, corriander, yeast, slight copper aftertaste

M = fairly light, airy with alcohol rush to nasal passages, leaves the mouth with slight coating

D = Good beer for one 22oz bottle, would not consider this a session beer.

Overall a good smelling and tasting beer with a nice abv strength. Definately will return to this brew at a later date.

froggiestomp13, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had a beer in over a week thanks to a case of Pneumonia. The smell of this one has re-awakened my love for good beer. I want to savor this moment for as long as possible.

Poured this from a $4 bomber which is extremely cheap and almost unheard of here in Western PA. It pours a somewhat hazy reddish brown with a vigorous and frothy cream colored head that left a thick film and thicker ring. The smell is everything I would expect from a Dubbel which is one of the styles I have loved for awhile now. There are dark fruits, belgian sugar with hints of strawberries coming out in the end. Not much spice and definitely sweet smelling. The taste is a little harsh with some spice and alcohol burn but finishes nicely with the sweet dark fruits and the strawberry is there again. Its a little bland for a dubbel and the sweetness almost seems forced. The spiciness almost fights with the sweetness instead of playing off of it. The mouthfeel is a little thin but still somewhat creamy. A little bit of a dry finish but it attacks the tongue too much for me. The drinkability is a little low because of the mouthfeel and harshness but for the price I couldn't pass this up if I saw it again.

*notes from Jan. 4th 2010

CrazyMacHarris99, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of WorldWideStout
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite styles.

A: Amber with a lighter color that moves towards red at the sides. Lovely when held up to the light. Small amount of tight carbonation, white finger and a half head that dissipates within 30 seconds.

S: Slightly spicy and yeasty, mostly fruity. Some dark fruit, but also strawberry and banana.

T: Same fruits hit the back of my palate right away. A little bit later the spiciness comes in closer to the front of the mouth. Yeasty taste present near the end, after which everything fades away; not much of an aftertaste. This is fruiter than I'm used to for the style. It is somewhat sweet, as it should be, but the yeast and spice keep the flavor in check nicely.

M: I like it a bit thicker, but for only 8% it was pretty full.

D: No problemo.

This isn't extremely complex, but it's definitely good, and at something like $4 for a bomber, which is about the lowest I've ever seen for a larger craft brew bottle, it's a great alternative to some of the pricier dubbels out there. I will be getting this again.

WorldWideStout, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got in a BIF from jyounger30...thanks for everything once again Jay. Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a rather clear deep amberish copper color. Two finger off-white head that stays for a little while. Leaves big streaks of lacing all over the glass.

S- The clove and banana in this is more fruity smelling than what I am used to. Light roasted caramel malts in this one brings out a bready appearance in the aroma. Darker fruit hints in this one as well that come and go.

T- Taste pretty much follows along with the aroma. There is a light spicey touch to this that I can't put my finger on it. There is a light alcohol burn to this that is goes well with the beer.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with this style. Clove and yeasty tastes are left on the palate and aftertaste long after the sip. Kind of syrupy feeling in the mouth as well. Kind of sweet overall in mouthfeel.

D- Nice drinkable beer that I would love to sip on more than this once.

alleykatking, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of MOB210SA
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking bottle art. Pours thick rich fairly creamy head that is a tan light caramel- beige colored , that maintains a decent half finger head. Some scattered lacing. Cherry-orangeish in color.

Stong overly darkened fruit, with a moderate clove/spiciness to it. A caramel maltiness.

The taste I feel is slightly under flavorful. Im new to dubbles its one of my least bought styles.. I feel it could have a little more to it. Taste is along the lines of the nose.

Pretty nice easy drinker with alright carbonation.

First sip had a strong bite. Slight tartness but overall drinkable.

MOB210SA, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of alkemy
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany in color and quite clear out of the bomber and into my glass. About a finger of beige head. Smells of over ripe bananas, cloves, and raisins. Also a touch of pumpkin. Very sweet once it hits your mouth. Lots of spices present as well. Almost reminds me of carrot cake. It has a sense of breadiness to it. The banana that is so present in the nose is more subtle in the taste. There is also a slight citric bittering towards the finish lending to a relatively dry finish. This got better the further into the bomber I got. I'd probably have this again if I happened upon it.

alkemy, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a nice designed silk screen bomber.

dark amber in color with an off-white thick foamy head that stayed. real good lacing to go along with it.
smells really sweet. candied apple and maybe clementine. not too much caramel smell there, which the writing on the back of the bottle says it smells like.
the taste is very similar. candied fruit, there is subtle caramel taste. the last thing that i taste is some alcohol.
the mouthfeel is pretty good. has a slight aftertaste that i'm not a fan of, but the carbonation is fine.
overall its a solid beer. i prefer abita's other big beer, andygator, over this.

JordonHoltzman, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of EgadBananas
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Orangey copper colored with a white head, not very thick or retentive.

Smells sort of citrusy sweet, but rather off compared to very good representations of the style. I would have to agree with some reviewers and say that there is a bit of a tart nose to it.

Taste is similar with the citrus with a faint noticable sweetness. It is more bitter than it should be, and the alcohol is too noticable, taking from the flavor unfortunitely.

It's thin, between light and medium bodied and a bit too carbonated.

It's not undrinkable, but it's not going to be a desired choice. The high alcohol content give the drink a boost as it will get you a nice buzz rather quickly if thats what you are after.

Overall, it's not a great representation of style, and Abita has many other brews that are more than acceptable and rather good. The price point for this doesn't do much justification either.

EgadBananas, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Cresant
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was clear of sediment, leather brown in color. The mild tan head faded to a ring too quickly.

Smell was Belgian yeast and spices.

Taste was fruity and spicy. Raisins. Not too sweet but a light brown sugar character. A bit muddy overall. Not a good representation of the style.

Mouthfeel was not as carbonated as one would expect. Medium bodied.

Cresant, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of JBogan
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly murky ruby color with almost no head nor lacing to be found. Not an inviting appearance.

Smells of sweet dark fruits and perhaps a bit of caramel.

At first the taste was over the top sweetness, but as the beer warmed it seemed to settle down a bit. Figs and prunes are the order of the day, along with some cinnamon. Not much in the way of alcohol in the taste, although you can feel the warming.

Mouthfeel was too thin for my taste. It did have a nice smoothness, but not to the point of being creamy. In a way it sort of felt dead in the mouth.

I'm always appreciative of an American brewer trying to make a Belgian style beer. Sometimes they even manage to nail it. This is not one of those times. While not a bad beer by any means, it still needs some work to be mentioned among the better beers of this style.

JBogan, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of 4000qtrap
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Abita Abbey Ale
Source/Serving: 650mL bottle. Served chilled.

Smell: very spicy with strong notes of ripe pear

Taste: sweet and spicy...very warming. Alcohol is present, but little bitterness. Finish is huge and is malty and syrupy, but not bready or roasty. Spices are present from beginning to end. Very viscous mouthfeel. As beer warms, apple/pear cider and ripe banana flavors emerge.

Comments: A delicious malty, sweet beer that at $5 is an excellent value. I'm still new to beer reviewing, but this is one of the most spiced beers I've tried recently and the banana flavor is quite interesting....almost like a dunkelweisen on steroid malts, though at times it becomes almost cloyingly sweet.

4000qtrap, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -20.5%
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 -26%
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 +6.8%
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 +1.4%
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 -49.9%
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 -52.6%
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 +12.3%
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 -12.3%
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
Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.