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Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 43 | 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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Ratings: 538 | Reviews: 227
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.

Photo of rebel1771
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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
2.57/5  rDev -29.6%
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
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Forensicator
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My first review on BA, forgive me if it's not as accurate. I'm still learning how to pick up the "fruity" tastes in beer, so if those are omitted, it does not mean that such flavors are lacking.

Poured the bottle into a glass - had two completely different experiences based on how fast I drank it.

First glass was consumed quickly - before the head had a chance to recede. Lacing was amazing, but the bitterness of the beer really overwhelms the pallate if you don't take the time to savor it. Second and third glasses were slower. Lacing still quite good, although the head fades faster than I would have liked. The booze isn't too evident, which is something I like. Caramel definitely present and maybe a hint of a non-citrus fruit...

On to form:

A: Beautiful amber color. I normally prefer the look of darker beers, but this isn't bad. Head's great and leaves good lacing.

S: The smell is the strongest indicator that this is a beer with a heavy emphasis on malt. Yeasty, but not terrible. Slight caramel aroma as well.

T: The taste isn't evident at first, but here the sweet and bold flavor comes through as it warms. If ever there was a chocolate taste, it is here. Very dark and robust.

M: The ale's strongest point, in my opinion, is its mouthfeel. It's heavy but not cumbersome, definitely feels like an ale.

D: The first drink I accidentally swallowed without tasting - something about this drives you to swallow without savoring, but it also leaves some sort of odd aftertaste. Although it disappears quickly and leaves with a final pleasant aroma, something is a bit off here. It's not enough to ruin the overall experience, and is still a worthy beer to try out.

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with about 2 fingers of an off white head with great retention and froth. Little carbonation evident.

s - Some fruit, malts, yeast, spices, and sweetness. Smells like a standard Belgian.

t - Tastes of sweet fruits and malts. Also tastes of yeast and maybe a tiny bit of spice.

m - Light to medium body with little carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - Overall this was a decent dubbel. I thought the taste was a little too sweet, but the smell was pretty good. For the cost (I paid $3.99) it was well worth it and I wouldn't mind trying it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Photo of Tilley4
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've been looking over this one for a while and after the Saints won the big one, the local bottle shop put this one on sale so I said, "What the hell?"

Poured into a Chimay goblet...

Pours a murky brown liquid with a nice thick off white head that lingers nicely and laces very well as well.. Very true to style in the appearance anyway..

Big aromas of those clove-y bananas with the spiciness and earthiness of a nice Belgian abbey ale.. I'm actually quite surprised at how good this one smells... Very spicy and yeasty and delicious aromas...

Big wheaty taste upfront with a nice spiciness of cloves and bananas and all the things you'd expect... and then it happens... I have to believe that this is infected... There's a strange funky sourness here that shouldn't be here.. It's not prevalent but its there.. Now that I've tasted it up front, it's pretty much all I'm getting for the rest of the glass here.. It seems to drown out the rest of the characteristics of this one.. Man, I wanted to like this one too...

Well, I paid $3.99 for this bomber and that's about what I got out of it.. I loved the Andygator and was hoping for more of the same out of this but I was disappointed here..

Photo of BeerDawg1
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Aroma-nice strong smell/fruity/malty/earthy and bready

Appearence-caramel in color/sediment suspended nicly in middle of glass/nice retention/frothy head

Flavor-malty earthy undertones/fruity not citrusy overtones/nice finish sits on the pallette easily/subtle taste of currant

Mouthfeel-smooth/slight dry hop/nice finish leaves you wanting more

Drinkability-very very drinkable although I couldnt drink it al night long

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another classic from Abita Brewing. This ale has a creamy, beige head, a beautiful, somewhat cloudy, amber hue, and a caramel-type aroma. The taste is mildly bitter and sweet with roasted nut notes. There is almost no trace of an alcohol taste, however, even with the high (8% abv.) alcohol content. Mouth feel is even. Overall, a top-notch product.


Photo of captainjferjado
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured vigorously into a snifter; about half filled.
A: Amber to a ruby red color. Nice head which dissipates and hovers over the body of the beer; leaves a fine lacing.
S: Malty with strong fruit.
T: Bready with a quick lead-in to malts and overly sweet fruits.
M: Light carbonation over tongue.
D: Sweet and fruity, my initial reaction was poor, but the beer grew on me. High alcohol content is noticeable, but mostly masked by sweetness.

I was excited to find this bottle in SE CT since I'd only heard of Abita, but I found this beer a little lack-lustre compared to other abbey style beers. It was too sweet and I was turned off by the initial bready taste. I'm definitely excited to see what else Abita has to offer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of fastsrt
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Portertime
3.87/5  rDev +6%
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.

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.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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

Photo of WorldWideStout
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

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.

Photo of MOB210SA
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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.

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Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.