Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale (Special Reserve) | Ølfabrikken

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Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale (Special Reserve)Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale (Special Reserve)

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Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by garbercury on 12-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml poured into my Rochefort goblet, Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale is dark brownish red with a very tight, creamy eggshell head that leaves some light, foamy lace. In the wide mouth of the glass it's not very large, but it has incredible last. There are protein flecks that never really settle out, but you can't feel them. This bottle was a recent purchase but it had an older look to it that made me suspect it was recent dug out of the back at the store.

Smell is tasty, fruity grape, sweet, lighter, with some oaky vinegar, chardonnay

Taste is nice, sugary, plums, light rumminess and mildly astringent, plasticy phenols, sweeter, light maple, brown sugar, warming alcohol on a clean finish. Wow, a great dubbel, I love it.

Mouthfeel is very nice, super fine bubbles, lots of spritz, long lasting. Highly digestible.

Drinkability is high, a fantastic beer, superbly crafted. Truly awesome, for both the style and regardless.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Kraken
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Gentle pour evokes a scrumptious three finger head with incredible staying power. As the head slowly recedes it leaves a thick layer of lace behind. Color is a dark brown cider.

Nose- Poured a little cold. Raisins, some golden apples. Subtle notes of coco, light coffee, and sweet caramel.

Palate- Notes of dark fruit, dates, light raisins, coco, coffee, caramel. Pleasant underlying sweetness. Very supple and smooth with a creaminess about it. High alcohol is only apparent in the bone dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy yet very dry.

Drinkablilty- Very smooth a true sipper.

This is by far the best dubbel that I have ever had. Seek out!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with major ruby hughes when held to the light. A nice off white head lingers for some time, and leaves ok lacing.

Nose is full of dark fruit and some spices. Belgian yeast notes are strong, and some slight caramelly aniseishness. whoa.

Taste is actually quite good! Many a dark fruit in here. At first all you get is carbonation, as this one is a bit overcarbonated. Then an array of dark plummy raisiny and date like dark fruits slides across the palate. Some Caramel and Toffee come about just before the finish. More dark fruits. Dark candy sugars abound here as well. A nice Anise like licorice lick just before the finish. This is borderline BSDA. The finish is nice and crisp, a bit dry, and leaves good caramelized fruit and sugar residue on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, but significant overcarbonation is present. Thickness is right where it should be.

Drinkability is pretty solid here. The abv is fairly unnoticeable, aside from the richness of the taste. For a dubbel, this one is docked a bit on drinkability, but if it were me, i might call this a BSDA.

Overall a very pleasant and enjoyable brew from Olfabrikken. Their porter will forever be their shining star, but they do make other brews that should get more notice. This is a quality belgian style dark ale. Nice rich flavors, but this one is defenitely a sipper. A good brew from those Danish crazies at Olfabrikken.

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Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I cellared a bit, and took out expecting a more drinkable beer. Looks: on the lighter side, with suspended bits and a tinted colour, white head. Aroma was spicey and yeasty. Taste was sweet and spicey and yeasty but not that well integrated. ABove average mouthfeel. Not too drinkable.

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Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abbey Ale pours a dark rust color. It's mostly clear and light reveals burgundy highlights. There are some yeasty particles swimming about. Active carbonation produces a tan head that stands over three fingers tall. It's a little lighter (and clearer) than I'm used to seeing for the style. But, it's a nice looking beer all the same.

The nose is pretty impressive. Belgian yeast is very prominent. That's a big plus. Many non-Belgian breweries somehow whiff on that critical component. Dark fruit is noted. Raisin and plum add quality depth to the nose. Coriander and clove spices blend well. This is a rather deep, complex Dubbel. Herbal and earthy notes are secondary and subtle. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. All in all, this is a very good smelling beer. I'm impressed.

The flavor profile is nearly as good. Raisin and plum flavors kick it off and resonate throughout. It is very spicy. In fact, I believe it's a tad too spicy. Pepper, clove, and coriander flavors are strong and are just a little overbearing. Belgian yeast is very much in the mix and adds much to the flavor profile. I believe that's why I like it as much as I do. That flavor pulls it together a great deal. It has an interesting leafy-like, herbal flavor that emerges late. It's alright, but doesn't add much. Alcohol is noted, but isn't warming or hot. It finishes spicy with a tangy, dark fruit flavor.

Abbey Ale has a really nice, smooth medium body. Carbonation is active, but it somehow feels relatively light. This would be a dream with a little more body. Drinkability is good. I really like the flavor. But, the intense spiciness grows a little tiring as the bottle descends. At 8.5% abv, it's not too imposing, especially for a Dubbel. Nonetheless, a 750's just about the perfect size.

I'm always a little skeptical with non-Belgian attempts at Belgian styles. This Danish take on a Dubbel is an impressive one. In fact, it's damn near spot-on. There's a lot to love about Abbey Ale. Personally, I think it's just a tad too spicy for the style, but that's its only real shortcoming. Nonetheless, it still has a really nice flavor. I'm happy to report that Ølfabrikken nailed the Belgian yeast aspect. I don't know if this beer is still around. I've had this bottle for quite some time and there don't appear to be many reviews. If you happen to spot a bottle, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a dark and murky brown color with a nice and dense tan colored head that dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is spicy with some herbal notes. I get a sense of berries as well, a combination of raspberries and cranberries. There is also a noticable alcohol smell. The taste is a roasted/chocolate malt base with some spicy phenols, candi sugar sweetness, perhaps some fig and raisin notes. Some light hop bitterness in the end. The feel is light to moderate with plenty of fizzy carbonation, finishes on the sweety side but it is not slick or syrupy. An interesting brown abbey ale. It has the proper sweetness to go along with the spicy and herbal characteristics. Very solid.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle purchased at State Line.

A: The abbey ale is an attractive mahogany-colored brew, a port wine with a touch more maroon. A head that neared a finger resulted on pour but disappated without lacing.

S: The abbey has a strong nose, yeasty with lots of sugars. Beets and dark candies control the nose.

T: The ale is complex, deep with an enjoyable flavor. Powdered cocoa and dark candi sugars drive a sweet, slightly boozy flavor. Lots of fruit flavors emerge, prompted further by the dry yeast strain. Hops add a citrusy flavor without much bitterness.

M: The ale is generally smooth, even with the multitude of flavors. The ale didn't evolve as it warmed but I still enjoyed it.

D: The ale's strength is deceiving, well hidden behind the Phil Spector-esque wall of flavor. This one is a good choice with a frost warning signalling fall's arrival.

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Photo of rallison
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost 3 years old.

Nice ruby amber pour with a creamy white head that never fully disappears and comes back on command with a little swirl. Very nice.

The aging has treated this beer well. Extremely mellow with a nice creaminess in the mouthfeel (once some of the high carbonation has worn off). Very pleasant integration of raisins, caramel, brown sugar and spices going on. Virtually no alcohol presence. Very, very drinkable.

Wish I had picked up a few more of these. Highly recommended - a very nice, aged dubbel.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with a small white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Mild traces of spotty lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, raisins, and doughy yeast with a touch of spice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a standout plum flavor and raisin bread.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, doughy, yeasty, sweet, with mild heat found on the palate from the alcohol presence.

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Photo of shagens
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Bottled on 30/11 - 2006
Best Before January 2012

A: Pours a dark and cloudy reddish brown. Almost like tarnished copper. Covering that is a large, marshmallow-y head, tan in color, that leaves some beautiful sticky lace coating the inside of the glass.

S: Earthy yeast, some dark fruit, chocolate, green apple, spice, dirt, nut, and caramel/toffee.

T: Big flavors of yeast and caramel with help from some chocolate, toasted malt, nuts, raisin, toffee, coriander, slightly tangy green apple, black pepper, spicy hops, and candi sugar. Also noticed a wonderful slightly metallic flavor bouncing around in there.

M: Smooth and creamy yet sort of dry and spicy. Quite lively and complex. Excellent dry and peppery tang on the tongue. Awesome toasty finish.

D: So smooth and slippery, an absolute pleasure to drink.

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Photo of garbercury
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Vintage Beer and Wine for this fine beer and the chance to be the first to rate this gem! Note:Not 100% sure of the release situation for this beer...

A--Typical of a Dubbel, brown with reddish hue. Plenty of head approx 3 fingers in my goblet. Little bit of lacing.

S--Great smelling beer, can really taste the brown sugar, candy smell, very nice.

T--Tasty beer, very tasty. Can taste the candied sugar and it has excellent aftertaste.

M--Silky and smooth.

D--Tasty treat. Not bad job by the danes!!! Get this beer if you can!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with orange-ish hues in the color, with a big tan head. In the aroama, sugary, small spice, hints of black licorice and corriander. In the taste, mellow, and just like aroma, licorice, corriander, and a bit sugary. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry licorice aftertaste. Hides the alcohol, spices and licorice is nice.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin sustained head- light tan in color; little bits of lacing throughout. The body was an excessively carbonated clear (filtered) medium amber color, with little flakes of presumed yeast riding the bubble trains. Some people might find this sediment to be a turn-off... I did not.

S- Crakerlike pale and candy malts combine with aromas of candi sugar, abbey yeast esters, and some perceived spiciness in the nose. Can't quite put a finger on the spice...

T- A wonderful replicate of the nose, with candi sugar exploding midway on the palate with some stale hop bitterness and candy malt echoing through the finish. Some perceived spicy nuances are there throughout the drink- cinnamon and/or cardamom perhaps? Finishes somewhat dry. Very tasty.

M- A nice oily and somewhat creamy body. Overall a medium+ body with tremendous amounts of soft, non-bloating carbonation.

D- Goes down quite well... almost quaffable... glad to drink this bottle on my own, or split it with a friend.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 750ml bottle at Corvallis Brewing Supply. Poured in my NBB Abbey glass. Pours a cloudy brown color with lots of yeast floaties, foamy white head that settled very quickly. Smells very bready, malty sweet, dried fruits as well. Taste has some raisiny sweet notes, maybe dates. Mouthfeel starts of a bit fizzy, then seems to finish nice and smooth. Not my favorite style, but a quality brew. Something worth trying, but i have to wonder if it would be better at the source.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy brown/orange with some floaties but a very nice head. The aromas are sweet with honey, orange blossoms, and candied grapefruit. Brighter than many dubbels and very aromatic. The taste echoes those same notes found in the aroma, with the addition of a nice creamy finish, and lots of orange and honey. Sweeter than most doubles, but very nice clean flavors and quite delicious. The mouthfeel is smooth and perhaps a bit soft. Nicely creamy. A delightful if slightly different take on a dubbel.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

2006 vintage that my wife surprised me with for my birthday! Pours a dark ruby red/chestnut brown color that has dark amber edges and golden orange hues when held to a light source. Massive frothy off-white head that has incredible lacing, hardly fading at all throughout the entire glass. Large patches of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy and spicy aroma with lots of peppery cinnamon, peppermint and clove along with some dark and citrus fruit character. Hints of plum, raisin, fig and date. Slightly medicinal smelling with slight cough syrup notes.

Full bodied with slight carbonation up front with plenty of sweet chocolate maltiness as well as hints of dark fruit, citrus, nut and spice. Hints of dark cherry, raisin, plum, fig and orange peel. Peppery with some clove and peppermint as well as some candy sugar and alcohol sweetness. Complex and well balanced with a well masked high ABV making this beer extremely quaffable. Recommended!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful orange rust color with a small thin white/tan head, and average lacing. Average carbonation with a smell of sweet malt, hops ad Belgium yeast. Tastes of hops, malt, yeast with a citrus overone. Very balanced. This one good Abbey. Drink and Enjoy!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour produces an easily four-finger thick, light tan colored head that forms a textured, varied surface and leaves a nice spotty lacing pattern on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. The beer is a rusty, dark plum color, but shows a brilliantly clear, though chunky, light cranberry hue when held up to the light. In the light that carbonation is shown as quite aggressive with madly streaming bubbles swirling ever-which way. Quite spicy smelling, this mixes quite well with a vibrant fruitiness. Bright notes of bergamot zest, a touch of earthy spice character (clove & anise & herbal notes) and fruit notes of poached pear, sweet plum and raisin are all quite noticeable up front. Behind these notes is a chewy malt character that smells of toasted malt, browned biscuits and lightly burnt bread crust. The coriander character is huge here, but the brewers seemed to have used a quality selection of the spice as it contributes more of the citrus-like notes than the dirty, gritty spice notes that a "cheap" version does. This has a really expressive aroma that is quite a joy to savor.

Well carbonated, though it has settled down a bit in the last five minutes that I spent enjoying the aroma. Still the zesty carbonation provides a frothy, tongue scrubbing texture that helps to keep this beer light. This is despite a sweet fruitiness that reminds me of a mix of sweet plums, raisins and perhaps a touch of caramelized apples as well as the ample, coriander derived, sweet citrus character. The beer dries out a bit in the finish as it has a mix of light alcohol warming, an earthy herbal-spice note and a dusty toasted grain character. The citrus-flavors & residual sweetness seems to create flavors of maraschino cherries somewhere in the middle. This beer is quite light for a beer of this strength and sweetness (though the sweetness is not rich). The finish picks up a fair amount of spicy phenolic notes as the beer warms up a bit; turpene laden notes of clove cardamom and even a touch of pine sap. This remains a fruity (especially a sweet, almost candied citrus or even bergamot note) beer up front, though the sweetness softens up just a bit.

If the coriander was not such a clean, high quality character, I would most certainly say that this beer was over-spiced. As it is though I really like the fresh, rich, citrus zest character that the coriander adds; it is most certainly the dominant contributor to both the nose and flavor though. This beer could certainly be more complex, with more depth to its character, especially with the exaggerated coriander notes, though the coriander might be hiding a really complex beer (though I don't think this is the case here). I wouldn't say this is simplistic though and it is quite tasty and quite drinkable.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of tpd975
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice browish color with a nice foamy head. The glass was literally teeming with floaties. Looks kind of like my daughters sea monkeys

S: Nice dark fruit aromas married to sweet malts.

T: Same as nose with the fruits playing a big role. A touch of spice can be detected along with just a bit of citrus.

M: Medium body pretty smooth.

D: Pretty drinkable, considering it's not my favorite style.

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened bottle with a big "pop". Poured with a voluminous foamy frothy light tan head with flecks of sediment on fop and within the liquid. Color is lightly cloudy medium amber. Aroma is hugely caramel malt with some spice fruit and yeast. Flavor is very like aroma and not as sweet as I was supposing. Very nice. Well balanced too. Very good body and carbonation. Finsih is at first a little sweet and then tapers to slightly bitter. Easy drinking. As close to a Belgian abbey as I've ever had.

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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2%

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Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 34 ratings