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Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | 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 grub
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another one that Viggo brought over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled may 16/09.

pours dark orange with a small fine off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. more tropical than dark fruit. bit of spice. lightly toasted white bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. some barnyard funk, but nothing too extreme.

taste is nice. lightly toasted white bread with orange marmalade. bit of biscuit. light nutty character. some mild dark fruit. bit of alcohol. fairly sweet caramel - more than i like.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. decent balance, unbalanced towards sweetness but hiding its alcohol fairly well. just not a very exciting beer.

Photo of atsprings
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into a Duvel snifter a crisp bubbly dark orange almost brown with a nice frothy khaki head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a nice amount of brown malts and dried fruits. The taste is an interesting blend of fruits, spice and malt, but a bit on the bland side, as is the case with most Abita beers. The beer is medium bodied with some present alcohol. This one ended up being just about what I expected, Abita's half-ass attempt at a Belgian.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a seethru copper brown with a thick, saopy head. The smell is a yeasty combo of dark fruits, caramel malt and figs w/ a hint of hop bitterness. The taste is more of the same with faint pulses of well-balanced malts and hops. Goes down smooth and creamy, as the hops produce a slight dryness and give off grape/orange flavor notes that mix with sweet malty goodness.
A pretty decent dubbel that is worth a try; nothing spectacular though.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into an over-sized wine glass.

Abita's Abbey Ale pours beautifully for a Dubbel, with a rusted, auburn-copper hue topped by a creamy, retained head of tan bubbles. Not much in the aroma impresses me, as a faint hint of red apple rind, white grape juice, and some spice are backed by a sweetness of caramel malts and Belgian sugar.

Flavor is decidedly better than the aroma, starting with notes of toasted biscuit, amber malt, and spicy hops. Transitions midway to fruits and booze, with sour apple, rum, and whiskey coming to mind. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than most Dubbels, with a spicy heat and slightly dry finish that somewhat limits its drinkability. Overall, a solid Belgian interpretation from Abita; recommended, but I'll likely pass on this in the future with so many better options.

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz silk screened bottle, looks nice. Believe my boy GregMcQ sent this one my way.

Pours a cloudy amber/orange, very bright in the light, thick light tan ring forms, great retention, some nice chunks of lacing stick to the glass. Smell is nice, lots of caramel and raisin maltiness, fruity, kind of nutty, some toast and biscuits, lightly grainy, pretty interesting. Taste is similar, sweet and fruity at first, some raisins and brown sugar, apricots and some tropical fruit, lightly vegetal, yeasty, some graininess and caramel in the finish, not bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty interesting and tasty ale, although the graininess is something I would say shouldn't really be in a Belgian ale. Still, I liked it. Thanks Greg!

Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gargantuan head on the pour, three fingers plus with many super-large bubbles, steadily settles down into a think layer across the surface, leaves a thick, frothy lacing behind. Copper red to brown in color, average darkness. Moderate penetration to the nose, golden raisin, date and clove spice, then fresher peach to banana fruit, cocoa and carob, the malt dimension actually less forceful than expected, allows for a trace of mixed white citrus and something like celery to come through, overall drifts off slowly like a cloud on the horizon. Medium-bodied with a thick foaminess in the mouth, more of a smoky, caramelized character to the chocolate, toffee flavors than in the nose. The banana and esters ratcheted up, less concentrated date or glazed fruit aspects. The clove, nutmeg in the house, yet, the mineral water derived dry freshness opposes the deepening of any sweetness. Not especially yeasty nor bready, there is some moss or wet underbrush tones, again perhaps linkable to the mineral water. A touch monochrome but not a chore to drink.

Photo of ohmybock
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First of all, let me say that I am very happy to see these new "special" bombers from Abita. I really want to like Abita brews, but none of the regular 12oz beers have stood out in my mind. Sadly, they just don't make me want to buy them again. Well, with the new, 22oz brews, hopefully that'll change.

The Abbey Ale pours with a decent head and looks nice. The aroma is a bit off-putting, though. I appreciate the phenolic character of some Belgian yeasts, and there's some of that "goodness" in this brew, but there's also some bad phenols as well. (For reference, I would say Chimay red or blue has a very good phenolic character.) The taste is better than the aroma, but the "bad" phenols are still there. This is an interesting attempt at an Abbey ale and one that almost works, but ultimately it needs more finesse. Much like the Andygator, the flavors in this brew don't quite gel and makes me think the recipe needs more time to work out the kinks. Well, to be honest, I had Andygator a number of years ago when it was still draft-only. I thought it was "odd...if not off" back then, and I still think it tastes the same in the new bottled form. Odd... Whatever the case, this Abbey Ale is a better Abita beer than most other Abita brews out there. Hey Abita, I'm still pulling for you. Seriously, keep trying with the special release bomber series. I still have faith that you guys can make some killer brews!

Photo of Shaw
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was excited to see new (for me) Abita brews in town. And at $4 for a 22-ounce bottle, it's a bargain.

This pours a deep amber in color with a thick foamy head that doesn't vanish.

The aroma is classic Dubbel, with yeasty notes mixing with dried fruit aromas. Very nice.

Flavors of dried fruit like raisins and dates mix with musty and earthy notes, as well as a sharp dryness. It's lightly sweet, less so than others of the style.

The body is smooth, but a little watery.

Overall it is a pretty good Dubbel, especially for the price.

Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown/orange in color with a nice thick head. Wonderful fruit/malt nose. Nice creamy mouth feel. Flavors are layered and complex of fruit, carmel, malt and clove. A very pleasant dried apricot light hop finish. Best Arbita brew I've tried. Great take on an Abbey Ale.

Photo of Naugled
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle served in flute

A: very attractive, dark copper and crystal clear. almost too pretty for an abbey. nice rocky head with a silky surface

s: very malty and caramel in the nose

t: again malt, malt is definitly the dominate force here, in the back ground I do taste a subtle spiceness and fruit, a cooked orange flavor

m: rich and thick and full, lots of soft carbonation

d: very drinkable. I like my abbey's a little drier, less malty and more interesting, but this is a very nice malt forward example and very easy to drink.

Photo of Pencible
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy dark copper with fluffy light tan head. It smelled like strong wild Belgian yeast and salt, with banana and apricot and vinegar, and a bit of earthy caramel. It tasted like sour wild yeast and salt and apricot, with some banana and nutty malt. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this had a very clean flavor, but it wasn't very enjoyable for my tastes, with a dominent sour character. To me, dubbels should be maltier. It had good body and was fairly easy to drink. This wasn't necessarily a bad beer, but I don't think it fit the style and it definitely isn't the type of Belgian ale I personally prefer.

Photo of KeefD
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to deepsouth for this extra in a trade! Nice painted label bottle. Pours a nice dark amber color with a small head that was gone quickly, leaving sparse lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, clove, caramel, light chocolate notes, bready, warm. Flavor is nice! Good amount of Belgian yeast, some burnt toffee and caramel, a touch of chocolate, light raisin, dark fruit, light spiciness. Not really complex, but can't complain. It tastes good. Alcohol is a little too prevalent, though. A bit thin on the tongue, alcohol warmth is there, but it's fairly well integrated. A nice take on the style.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Pours a deep, dark amber. Medium sized head. Pretty good retention. Plenty of lacing.

Aroma is of bready malts. Loads of yeast. Tons of sugar. Fruit like banana and raisins. Peppery spice. Has all of the elements of a dubbel.

Flavor pretty much follows the nose. Where most dubbels have that typical Belgian candi sugar, this tastes more like artifical sweetener. Still very sweet, with a big spice kick. Some very light hop bitterness. Also a light warming sensation.

Medium body, appropriate carbonation.

This isn't a bad dubbel. I find most beers from Abita to be pretty average, but this is a solid try at a Dubbel, and I liked it better than Allagash Dubbel.

Photo of thryn
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the trusty St. Bernardus goblet. It is a cloudy reddish-caramel color with very creamy looking off-white head, but not much of it. Some lacing.

Citrus, spice, a ton of candy sugar in the nose. Some yeasty and banana notes.

Sweet candy sugar. Caramel, clove, prominent banana. Faint, ever so faint grapefruity hops. A bit out of balance, but pretty good. The alcohol is not at all aggressive, but if you are looking for it it's detectable. I have not always been the biggest fan of Abita's offerings, but this and the Andygator were $4 for a bomber, so I figured what the hell.

Mouthfeel is a bit hefty but not thick at all. Doesn't quite have the carbonation I would expect.

Drinkability is decent, but would be better if the sweetness was tempered just the slightest hair.

Overall, I can definitely see buying this on occasion as something of a treat for my boyfriend, who likes the sweet Belgian-style beers a lot but doesn't have the world's most discriminating palate. In fact, I might let him have the other half of this one ... not because it's at all bad, but because I suspect he'd very much love it.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=Deep ruby Cloudy color with an off white head nice lacing

S=Fruity of bananas, creamy with some caramel malts hiding

T=Fruity, sweet, balanced caramel malty thickness

M=Well carbonated, bready and fluffy

D=good but not quite sessionable a little to sweet

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan colored head.

S- The aroma is dark ripe fruits with bananas, cloves and other spices and some yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests features a lot of bready malt and dark fruit (raisins and plums) with some spices. There is a touch of hops in the finish as well as some alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overal, I am very impressed with this beer. It has definitely exceeded my expectations. Recommended!

Photo of cameraman
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber color, more like a light mohoganey, with a thick half inch high head top. The head lasts substatially long and clings to the glass for some time. The scent of malt is strong, with bread like fragrances. The yeast brings it spiciness and fruity esters along for the ride. The taste has the malt at the front, almost like a spicy bread, touches of sweet spices nutmeg and cinnamon, and dried fruit. I am tasting some chocolate, don't why but I am, it then ends mild earthy bitterness. A creamy texture at the front. thinning itself out as it rolls across the palate. A mild dry finish on the back end, with slight crispness to follow. The flavors do not seem to meld together, though the look and feel are very appealing, taste is what makes a beer. There are just to many things going on in the taste that hamper this beer from becoming a very good one.

Photo of bbothen
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours out a hazy rust like color with a thick & bubbly 2 finger deep tan colored head. Looks inviting.

Smells of bread, spice, clove, fruity, banana bread, slightly boozy.

Fruity, apricot, some sourness, yeasty, sugary, peppery, clove, leather, smoke. The taste doesn't meld well for me, but there is considerable flavor here.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, slick, sticky.

Hmmm. Don't quite know what to think of this one. Some recognizable Dubbel qualities and some other flavors I particuarly care for. Considerably better as it warmed.

Photo of nick76
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is fruity and yeasty with malt. The appearance is amber with with an average head. The flavor is average too despite tasting like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it is better than average but not by a lot. This is worth a try but don't expect too much.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet from a 22 oz. (650 ml) bottle.

The pour is a dark amber with a finger's off-white head. Retention and lacing are good.

The aroma is fruity (maybe too fruity) with cherries, raisins and bananas, bready and somewhat spicy. The taste is again dominated by the fruits, but they give way to the bread and spices as well as alcohol. The aftertaste again brings the fruits, which now seem overripe. A mild bitterness is present throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but the bomber is enough for me.

Again Abita brews a beer that is drinkable but could have been better. While I cannot say I won't buy it again, it won't be on top of the list. Of course, that's a moot point until I get back to Louisiana.

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with hints of bananas and raisins. As the beer warms some spices come out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Very sweet up front with hints of pears and raisins. Very mild spices come out as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got solid carbonation and a nice thickness.

Drinkability is good. This is a bit too far on the sweet side for me, but I still finished my glass without a problem.

Overall this is a solid dubbel and one of the better Abita brews I've had, worth a shot.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange-amber color. The head is extremely large, fairly dense, and frothy, with a light tan color. Retention is very good, and lacing is rather attractive.

S: Robust doses of bready malt, tangy yeast, and pure table sugar up front. Definite fruity notes as well - some banana and cherry. Some musty, slightly phenolic spice and a clove aroma also.

T: Firm, rather sweet bready malt flavor up front. Followed by some bitterness in an spicy/herbal sense. Fruit flavors tend more toward plum and cherry than banana, somewhat in contrast to the nose. Spicy cloves and phenolic yeast is also available, along with a measured kick of alcohol into the finish.

M: Medium-full in body, with moderate, tingly carbonation. Nearly bone-dry into the finish. Less sticky-sweet than I was expecting.

D: I've been pretty underwhelmed by most of Abita's brews so far, but this is a respectable American shot at a Belgian Dubbel. Easy to drink and visually appealing. For $3.99 a bomber, not too hard on the wallet either.

Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

Deep mahogany hue with a two finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick even cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing. The beer is opaque, but has a ruby glow when held up to the light.

An abundance of sugar fruit along with some earthy yeast tones. The yeast also gives off a bit of sharp phenols.

Like most Belgian Ales, the yeast does most of the talking. Up front are the spicy and peppery phenols. A little bit of clove is in the background. A hint of creaminess is in the background.

This is an excellent Dubbel, on par with the best Belgian ones. Recommended.

Photo of jizdepski
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured out of its 22 oz bottle cold, into a non-chilled chalice glass. appears a very nice amber/golden color. head is thick, with a creamy texture and off-white pale color. smells like a yeasty, strong dubbel. cloves and spices dominate the scent , which is accompanied by a hint of sweetness. you do smell the alcohol also. the taste is surprisingly alot like the smell, in that its not nearly as sweet as some of the other dubbels out there, which was a bit strange to me, but not at all off-putting. alcohol is pronounced, as well as the yeasts and roasted malts. has a real hearty, earthy quality about it. this brew also has a nice bitter and spiciness to it, with some subtle fruitiness, though not really in a sweet way. i thought it tasted better as it warmed slightly. the body was pretty thick, medium to almost heavy. i liked the thickness, and the creamy head stayed and lazily trickled down the edges of the glass as drank it. despite being rather thick, it was very drinkable...i would recommend this beer to anyone who likes belgians of any style. i would also agree with some other reviewers in that this seems more like a tripel than dubbel. a fine offering from abita, probably the best specialty beer they have done yet.

Photo of scottoale
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. silk-screened brown bottle with no visable with no freshness date or code. Pours a hazy darkish brown but lights up amber-gold when held to the light, with a solid 1/2" cream colored tight head. Good head retention and fine lace left clinging to the glass.

Sweet, fruity and spicy to the nose. Grape, apple, plum, banana and clove like spices pulling through. Belgian yeasty notes for sure.

The taste is complex and very Belgian-esque with lots of fruits and plenty of spice from mid to the finish. Good medium plus body, with good carbonation from start to finish and a nice note of yeast lingers on the tongue. Well balanced and not overly sweet...nice representation of the style.

Easy to drink with the 8% alcohol seeming somewhat tame. Definetly worth a try for the style and the price.

Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.