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Abbey Ale - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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 sweethome
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

I recently had their bock which is also in this big beer series.

Pour is hazy amber, a bit lighter in color than I expected for a dubbel, but it looks nice. A very hazy amber/slight red tinge. An off-white head, didn't provide much lace.

Nose is sweet. Ripe fruits. A hint of alcohol. Not much yeast on the nose.

The entry is smooth, yeast hits right away, deep fruit charachter, builds out on palate, a bit of cookie dough. Enough yeast throughout to satisfy. Limited bittering provides balance.

Not a top flight dubbel, but well structured, flavorful...a real treat.

Hats off to Abita - I did not expect them to deliver at this level with the new big beer series, they have done a very nice job. I wish there were more dubbels of this pedigree in the US. Yes, the belgian specialists hit well, but too few others try. This is an americanized version of the style, but it works quite well.

sweethome, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is opaque dark amber with bright red hues. I poured a 2-finger tan head with minimal lacing. It smells of caramel malts, yeast, allspice, cloves, and dark fruits--perfect smell for a Dubbel. Unfortunately, the taste just doesn't live up to the smell. The flavor is dark fruits, yeast, some spice, but there's an odd bitter, medicinal aftertaste that many Abita offerings have. Mouthfeel is smooth with a acidic kick at the end. This is a drinkable beer, but the taste/mouthfeel just don't live up to some of the better Dubbels.

theghost3, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Sexy deep amber/red with a thick, creamy, bubbly cap that fades slowly to a modest blanket and a bit of lacing.

S - Perfume of burnt sugar, peat and some dates.

T/M - Quite nice. Tastes much like it smells with a nice touch of oak barrel. Not too sweet but the sugars and yeast is there. Has a nice weight and creaminess to it that's also refreshing.

D - Would be ideal with a cigar. A nice effort by Abita.

pinotboy007, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of hellbilly
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pretty sharp looking bomber picked up at papago...

rich hazy amber color with a gigantic soft pale beige head. there is a load of assorted lacing as well as a 'u' shaped ring of foam.

big aroma of overly floral yeast with notes of buttery caramel, toasted nuts and a tart fruitiness similar to white verjus or grape water.

the palate is nearly sticky along with a substance and thickness of yeast. the flavor is rather meh... toasted nuts, lots of caramel, golden raisins, and dried herbs with a spicy alcohol laden finish.

mouth feel is thick with yeast and approaching sticky. medium bodied. 6/3/5/3/12/2.9

hellbilly, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SHRLsu sent this one to me as part of my winnings for the Pigskin and Porter Fantasy football league. Thanks Stephen.

A mahagoney body that is a mix of brown and reddish hues. A good sized brownish head that is creamy, thick and has some pretty good retention. Leaves some thin sheets and rings of lacing.

A sweet, malty bready nose with a touch of sugar.

Taste is not intensely sweet or fruity like a lot of dubbels, but I still think it is pretty tasty. Lots of sweet malt and a dose of candied sugar. A touch of dark fruits does come through.

Pretty dry mouthfeel for a dubbel. Pretty standard besides that.

Good drinkability. A solid beer over all.

Hojaminbag, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark amber red color. A large light beige head forms with great retention. After the head recedes, spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Caramel malt, bread and biscuit aromas. Some yeast in the nose, and a light spice.
T: Follows the nose. Some sweet caramel malt and biscuit flavors. Not the most complex Dubble, but very tasty.
M/D: A medium body that is over carbonated for my tastes. An easy to drink beer. Something I have no problems sipping on.

This might not be the best Dubble ever made, but it is still exceptional. Probably the best beer from Abita that I have tried. Something I would recommend.

champ103, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's always a tough billing for American breweries to try to pull off a successfull Dubbel.

Probably a little cleaner look than most Belgian versions with a bright, deep, amber hue; no real haze; and modest head formation and retention, relatively speaking.

Aromas definately favor the malts yeasty phenols but with a solid punch from the malts. Caught somewhere between toasty and caramelly sweet, yet well attenuated and softens later. Quite spicy and peppery throughout the nose.

Flavors fare very similarly, but with the maltiness gaining ground. Though sweet, toasty, and dry, the complex esters and aged fruitiness is lacking and makes the beer less interesting than Belgian Dubbels. The phenolics gain ground with a plasticy, medicinal note that continually elevates through the nose and taste.

Although a little hot and fusal, the beer dries out wonderfully for great drinkability and is easily palatable.

A decent beer that comes out better than most American attempts at the style, but still lacking complexity, balance, and restraint that make Belgian Abbey Ales the best beers in the world.

BEERchitect, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of chaz410
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at common market in charlotte nc.
Pours cloudy amber, just like is should, nice foamy head.
Smell is spicey peet, sweet malts and little notes of caramel.
The taste is spiced up with herbal hop notes, slight roasted character, and peet. Smooth fruit finish with some faint hops in the finish. Good beer

chaz410, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle - $4.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a huge, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Bready-scented malts laced with sugar and stuffed with bananas and other fruits and generously spiced with cloves. Like some whacky-ass sandwich!

Taste: Bready, sugary sweet maltiness sprinkled with some light brown sugar. Fruity flavors of golden raisins, ripe plums, and candy-coated bananas. Big kick of spicy cloves. Very minor hop bitterness. A few pieces of Dubble Bubble. Slight warming alcohol presence on the semi-dry, fine carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's nice. Typically, I'm not a huge fan of their offerings, but this is actually an admirable shot at a dubbel by Abita.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a reddish hazy amber, the contents alit by some churning bubblage that creates a thick creamy light-tan head of three fingers. Yikes, that's a lot. It settles down to a half-finger and holds there. Thin, intricate lacing at the top with thick solid sheets of sticky foam below. A very nice looking beer.

Aroma - lots of Belgian yeast character here, with a hint of clove. Makes me think of olives.

Taste - a heavy grainy start, some sour twang alongside, not exactly mashy but in that vein. Plenty of Belgian yeast, it is the main flavor here. Some abv warming accentuates that even further. Some mild bitterness on the swallow, not much development beyond that. Doesn't miss a beat for the most part.

Mouthfeel - good weight to this beer, I could tell the way the bubbles had to fight through the initial pour to travel upwards. Smooth and easy-flowing, with slightly muted carbonation.

Drinkability - a pretty good dubbel. I tend to like 'em a little less olive-y and a little sweeter, but this is nice.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, a medium dark, cloudy amber color with a nice looking 1 finger off white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma of cloves and a few other spices, with notes of bubblegum and banana.

Taste is mildly sweet with notes of banana, cotton candy, and dark fruit. Some spices and yeast are present with a slight alcoholic touch in the background.

Mouthfeel is a little thin with slight carbonation. The alcohol starts to become more noticeable midway through, bringing down drinkability a little bit. Still this is something I would like to have again. Overall this was a very pleasant surprise from a brewery that really hasn't produced anything all that special in my book. This is easily my favorite offering from Abita and I hope they'll take the hint and start bottling some of their other Select brews in the future.

Vengeance526, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out couldy brown with just a tad of off-white suds. No lacing on the glass.
Smell is very faint caramel and spice. Pumpkin pie and rotten pears.
Taste is plain caramel and spice. Some of the fizz comes through but little of the spices. The alcohol is very strong here.
Mouthfeel is probably the best thing about this one. Fizzy and mellow at the same time.
Drinkability is low because of the alcohol taste. You have to be too careful with this when the flavor isn't up to par.

peabody, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of jph424
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a very attractive 22oz. bottle (its about time Abita!) into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A - Dark amber with hints of red. 2 finger very nice off white head which unfortunately dissipates to a thin head rather quickly

S - Smells a little more like a tripel than a dubbel to me. Banana and spicy yeast dominate.

T - Very good dubbel. Not quite as sweet as most Belgian dubbels. To me it looks 100% dubbel but smells and taste more like a combination of a dubbel and a tripel.

M - Just a tiny bit creamier would be nice

D - I could definitely have multiple glasses of this fine beer.

Nicely done Abita.

jph424, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the abbey ale into a Chimay glass. It is an amber color and had a medium sized head with good lacing. The smell was decently complex. It seemed to be a nice mix of sour and sweetness. I could smell some fruits in there as well (what appeared to be banana and plum). While drinking the beer I noticed it was a bit milder. It is a bit tangy and sweet with a little banana coming through. The mouthfeel is better than in most Abita beers. It's still just a tad too thin, but the carbonation is decent. It is a decent beer for the price and the best Abita makes.

Jablonski, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured an amber brown color that had a little bit of sediment and produced a small semi-fluffy white head that left minimal lacing along the side of the glass

S - A moderate yeast smell

T - This beer lets you know that it is a Belgian with the bready malts and the the yeasty nature of the palate, but nothing strong

M - A medium bodied beer, not what I was expecting from a Belgian style, moderate carbonation (something good for Abita, who I find carbonates their beer too much)

D - This is a good American attempt at a Belgian, comes at a great price, but to me leaves a little to be desired in a Dubbel, but still a good stab from Abita, rivals the IPA as my favorite beer from them

cvfish, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of acrawf6
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rich dark red amber with a frothy tan head that sticks throughout the beer and has nice lacing.

Smell. My first whiff of this one right out the bottle had a sourness that scared me...already a bad bottle? But after pouring it out, that sour bit that i got left, and the aroma is nice. Has a nice sweetness that is smelling like both candi sugar (i get a little candy cotton) and a sweet fruitiness (ripe strawberries is what i get there too). Though i dont get the sourness i first got, there is still a touch of tart that i get, but it goes well with the sweetness.

Taste. The beer stays sweet, but is not cloying (i thought from the aroma that this one could have been a bit too much on the sweet side). The sweetness turns a little bit more on the caramel side and the fruit flavor sticks from the aroma, as i still get a strong strawberry flavor that is accompanied with some tartness. I also get a creaminess from the flavor, which has a little banana to it. I also get a small clove flavor after a second but it does not linger. As it warms in my mouth the flavor turns more earthy. There is a good spiciness that accompanies the cloves that i like; good yeastiness.

Mouthfeel. Body is rather creamy and on the fuller side of medium. I'm a little surprised as I am not getting that much carbonation in this one. Has a nice balance.

Overall, i plan on buying this one a lot, especially with the price i got it at being at $3.69 for the bomber. It is a refreshing dubbel that still carries a complexity and spiciness to it. I don't think I'd say its an incredible dubbel, but it still is pretty tasty. I am finding myself drinking this one rather quickly; the presence of alcohol is low and the drinkability is quite high.

acrawf6, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber with a two finger tan foam cap. Decent retention and lacing. Smells strongly of yeast and banana/date esters, as well as a good bit of doughy malt and some spice. Tastes of sweet malt and tangy yeast, as well as more banana and quite a bit of spiciness. Medicinal phenols are almost overwhelming at times. Some bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is thick, but slightly syrupy. The phenols make it somewhat unpleasant to put down.

philipquarles, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at Lagers and it was a pretty damn good beer. Not a proper pour or glass so rating is not a truly proper rating. They will be bottling this in January 2009 so will do another review then. Overall though the beer was great and the alcohol(8%) was masked extremely well. Perhaps a little too well as I had three and was feeling pretty good but had to drive home.

Beerbuddha, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I made a recent visit to the brewpub in Abita Springs and had this on-tap along with a cask doppelbock and satsuma wit. This was served in a pint glass instead of a goblet, but I rarely get proper glassware anywhere. Had a nice aroma of dark fruit. Taste was similar to the aroma. Little carbonation, head, or lacing, and mouthfeel was correct for the style. Hid the alcohol fairly well. Good beer.

biggmike, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the new release from Abita that will be bottled along with Andygator starting something in early 2009.

I had it on tap at the Chimes following a disappointing LSU/UGA game, and was disappointed again that it was served in an imperial pint glass as opposed to a goblet, but that's the one drawback I've comed to expect at The Chimes.

I was very impressed with this new release, they really did a very admirable job with this brew. Like most Abita seasonal brews, they outperform the year-long standards.

Definitely check this one out if you come across it on tap in S. LA, and look for the bottles in 2009 sometimes.

theboozecruise, Oct 26, 2008
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Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.