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Abbot Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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Brewed by:
Greene King / Morland Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2001

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Photo of stjaernstoft
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abbot Ale, ABV: 5.0%.
500 ml can, 19.10 SEK (inc. refund) at Systembolaget.

A: Amber, almost red liquid, and a small, but firm and creamy, off-white head (when settled). The head sinks slowly, and leaves some lacing. I like it.

S: Mild, sweet, malty and somewhat fruity aroma, with notes of grains, toffee and bananas. A small, but rather pleasant nose.

T: Balanced fruity and grainy taste, with more hints of toffee and bananas. Towards the end I get some dried fruits and bitter hops. Mmm... British-y.

M: Really smooth, balanced and very drinkable. Medium body and bitterness. Very good.

O: A very stable, and balanced British ale. It's not a very provocative beer - but it's just so very well-made (and priceworthy). It'd be perfect with (for example) pork chops, or when you're just hanging out with the guys. I'll have another one. Right now.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden-orange hue with a thin layer of frothy ivory foam on top. Despite its low head, I rather like it.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma. Mild in intensity, but pretty nice.

Taste: very biscuity flavor with some sweeter maltiness coming in at the end. There's a hint of grain and a very light bitterness. Not much in the way of hop flavor, here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low level of carbonation. Despite that, it is pretty smooth and appropriate for the style.

Overall: this is a solid session beer. It's not precisely to my taste, but it is drinkable and inoffensive.

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

Appearance - bright amber orange with a small but persistent head of off-white foam.

Smell - very subtle stone fruit aromas with a bit of soft cocoa and some herbal hops.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied and well-carbonated

Taste - Ripe plum and peach, soft herbal hops, and buttered bread.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handpump half-pint at the Windmill in Stratford-upon-Avon.

A: Clear copper body with a 1/2" of fine, dynamic off-white foam. Mediocre retention, nice lacing. Highly attractive ale.

S: Super soapy - wtf? The glass looks the same as my last half-pint, which didn't smell like this at all... Anyway, under the strong detergent smell I can pick up some floral hops + caramel malt. Off, but not quite a total loss.

T: Much better than the smell - toffee malt, peachy sweetness, and some earthy hops bitterness on the balanced finish. Tasty.

M: Pretty full body with moderate, fine carbonation. Nice.

O: I had this one as a quick follow-up to the abysmally bad Old Speckled Hen, and was afraid that I was in for another horrid experience when I caught an initial whiff of straight soap. Perhaps that was the fault of the pub, since this beer did just fine once it was in my mouth. Definitely worth trying for its warm, balanced flavors and decent intensity.


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Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper colour - completely 100% transparent. Head recedes almost too quickly - leaves lacing. Individual bubbles can be seen rising.

Smell of English hops, serious beer garden smell.

Taste is restrained, malt driven, some biscuits/dough maybe? Light and easy to drink, the bitterness only catching up and as the bottle goes down. Difficult to find inidvidual elements to describe, as the taste is plain 'English'.

Mouthfeel is thin, but that's par for the style, could go down all night.

Easy drinkng, English style personified!

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Photo of alankwak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cooper/Amber with decent head retention and lacing. Low/medium carbonation.

S: Low aroma as far as hops goes. Slight malty aroma.

T: Very good. Nice butterscotch/buttery flavors yet with low hop bitterness. This beer has a hint of baked apples/citrus flavors that is common in high quality Ales. Trace of smoke?
M: Full English Ale mouthfeel.

O: In a nutshell I found this Ale to be very much the same as Old Speckled Hen. Perhaps a little more hoppy. Yet with the same high quality.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Coppery amber color. Got about one finger of dense off-white foam which lasted about two minutes, dieing down to a ring of bubbles. Left a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: A little skunkiness, due to the clear bottle. Buttersctoch and hops in the nose.

Taste: A nice bitter bite. Just a hint of sweetness from the malts.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Crisp, dry, bitter finish. Little carbonation on the palate.

Overall: Very pleasant. The bitterness is not overwhelming; seems to be well-balanced. The initial skunkiness is not off-putting. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as an amber color with a creamy looking off white head. The lacing is minimal on the glass. The smell has some grassy caramel sweetness with some grainy malts in there too. The taste is a smooth creamy earth flavors, grainy, not much hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth, not much carbonation at all.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - chestnut amber - one finger head - foamy - good retention - superb creamy sticky laciness - a little murky

S - refreshing pine,malt, some grass, sweet, hops

T - sweet malt, some grassy hops, hint of fruit

M - medium bodied creamy mouthfeel, slightly bitter on the finish - little carbonation

O - decent english pale ale - enjoyed the mouthfeel and appearance the most

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

A: Medium amber in color, very slightly hazy. The head is a smooth, white, and fluffy.

S: Slightly sweet and bready, there is a nice malt scent and some light caramel flavors.

T: Caramel and malt come through from the aroma. Very light light hop flavors, earthy, and floral. A slight biscuit flavor in the finish, but caramel dominates.

M: Medium to light in body, semi dry, and the carbonation seems just a touch active for the style. Still good though.

O: Overall very enjoyable, but not something I would likely by a lot of. A good example of some English traits, but perhaps not the greatest example.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Drink Bar in Tallinn. From notes.

A - Poured a dark copper/amber colour with a one finger creamy, khaki head. Great retention and lacing. No real visible carbonation. Hazy.

S - Sweet fruity malt. Quite mild. Some gentle hops.

T - Same as the aroma with fruity malt and gentle hops. Still quite mild. A bit more hop in the taste with a little buttery aspect.

M - Creamy with mild carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Standard quality English ale. Highly drinkable and fairly tasty without being a knockout.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 ounce can - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an amber-toned body with a sudsy, whitish head. Good clarity.

Smell: A balmy little aroma smelling of sweetish butterscotch and ripe, fruity figs.

Taste: It's rather tangy! Very lightly bread-based maltiness with a sweet, caramel syrup touch to it. Small hint of diacetyl. A very faint nuttiness follows, then it goes into a mildly spicy hop character and low, low bitterness. Finishes fairly clean beyond a precluding sulfur, minerally flourish and benign with just a smidge of vague sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: You know, it is rather tangy. Then bland. But initially tangy!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, pears, tea, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and the beer has a nice smooth velvety feel on the tongue. I can taste lots of caramel and malts mixed with some pears and oranges. It also has some notes of tea and some light hops. It finishes with a malty caramel aftertaste with some light lingering hop flavour.

Overall – This beer is very well balanced and extremely drinkable. I’m happy I gave it a try and will surely pick some up again.

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Photo of 2cansam
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored, small head disappeared quickly leaving a little lacing

S - Strong butterscotch smell with a little bit of malt

T - sweet caramel flavor with a little bit of a hoppy zing

M - smooth and creamy, this is a really enjoyable beer to drink

O - across the board a real stand up English brew, Ill definitely keep an eye out for it in the future

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL can at 45 degrees into a 20 oz mug.

A: It pours a clear amber color with a finger of cream-colored head that holds and laces well.

S: Caramel, buttery diacetyl, and some toasted malt.

T: Buttery diacetyl tatkes center stage with light fruitiness and strong and complex maltiness coming in later.

M: The body is of medium thickness with a creamy and smooth finish.

O: This is tasty and good. It's one of the better English ales I've had and might be better with a nitro widget.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into An Brainblasta goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a textbook copper with a three finger head of no cream, decent thickness, and mediocre retention. Generally appealing.

Sm: Cream. Butterscotch. A light scent.

T: Cream, butterscotch. A bittering hops finish, but very slight. Certainly atypical for a pale ale. Very simple, but good for what it is. It's balanced well, but two notes are pretty easily balanced. Built strangely for the style, but built very well. I prefer it to most of the usual takes on the style.

Mf: Buttery, smooth, wet, until the climax which is slightly more coarse and dry. Really quite nice, actually.

Dr: It slides down easily enough, but it costs too much. Give it a go.

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

A: Coppery orange with a dense, creamy white head that dissipates to a very thin, bubblier head, leaving a bit of lacing.

S: Sweet, slightly roasty malts with floral hops and a faintly mineral aroma.

T: Rich, sweet malts, a bit of fruity tang, and undertones of citrus/spice throughout.

M: Light body and carbonation, but exceptionally smooth and creamy - cask-like when poured hard. The floral, earthy hops come out in the bittersweet finish (leaning strongly towards bitter).

D: Very easy drinking and well-balanced; a prime session ale.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt 0.9 oz can.

Pours flat-looking, then does the amazing head-formation thing, which is always cool. A lot of bubble-cling on the sides of the glass, and the beer itself is nice amber-honey with a cream head. Smell is rather muted, some mineral and lightly toasted, crackery malt. Taste is good and mellow, and yeasty. Rounded malts balanced with a slightly spicy hops. Smooth feel, maybe a bit flat per the can-style, but very easy to drink.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on cask after a Duelle Teve on tap. Twas a good beer drinking night! It is a totally well balanced beer. Not much fragrance, maybe from the cask. The head is almost soapy in appearance (not taste) - interesting. It is a more savory beer. The taste is fantastic definitely buttery, a bit salty even with a very slight toasted flavor. Like a cold buttery crossant just out of the oven. Subtle hops. With many of my favorite options on tap, I kept going to this one in cask. Truely brilliant!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Brassy-hued brew with a small wispy white head and no lace. The color is somewhat radiant.

S - Floral and herbal notes sit upon a honey-biscuit malt aroma.

T - Follows the nose... many fine English brews do not always have tremendous cause for descriptors and superlatives; this is the case with Abbot Ale. Not that its necessarily 'fine' brew, but that its merits do not lend themselves to colorful description.

M - Smooth and creamy, inoffensive.

D - This is a very easy drinking brew, and is especially good paired with spicy food.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LCBO can- Pours slightly hazy yellow, with a medium sized white cap. Aromas of subtle english hops, white bread, some sugars. FLavours are fairly hoppy for what it is (Challenger?), herbal/floral leafy greens, touch of cookie dough, some varsol? Bitter fruity/sweet finish. The best out of the new batch of UK beers at the LCBO.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am reviewing this again in cask version this time. The last time was in pasteurised bottle format.

A nice amber with a good two finger sized head that lasted throughout although shrank slightly. Nice lacing too.

Slightly spicy with a fruity note and a strange caramel like secondary smell.

The taste is quite similar to the aroma with a fruit taste initially giving way to a mildly bitter after taste. The ale is harm & pleasant in the finish although the the unusual caramel like taste lets it down a little.

This one is medium bodied with almost no carbonation & is incredibly smooth to drink.

Nice & very drinkable ale. I prefer the bottle & will most likely stick to that version in the future.

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Photo of Mit
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As with many UK beers it has nice head. Clear golden colour when poured into a glass.

Pretty typical English Pale...lots of malt smells...very nice.

Creamy smooth...malty backbone with a nice slight spiceyness from the English hops.

Pretty good for the ABV.

I had quite a bit of this on tap in the UK on my honeymoon. I love it and still buy it on occasion.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed January 2011, BBE October 2011.

A - Nice copper look with a light creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt smell with a little citrus, very pleasant.

T - Starts with a sweet caramel malt taste, nice hoppy balance, very slight bitterness on the tail-end. Very smooth overall.

M - Very light carbonation, smooth medium mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, definitely very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Clear amber color with a small fizzy creamy beige head. Good retention and many lacings left in the glass

S: Smells like a classic English Ale: Toffee, caramel malts and citric and earthy hops. Sweet biscuit :). Yeasts can also be felt

T: Taste follows the nose. Toffee, caramel malts and fresh hops, basically. Slightly sweet upfront and dry and light bitter end. Overall is a dry and moderate bitter taste. Refreshing

M: Very light body and low carbonation. Light bitter aftertaste

D: Good drinkability. Good session beer

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 666 ratings
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