Abbot Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

657 Ratings
Abbot AleAbbot Ale

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 Beejay
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -3.3%
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 -19.1%
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 +3.8%
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 +8.5%
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 +7.4%
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 -9.3%
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 +13.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +22.4%
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 +3.8%
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 -17.2%
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 -16.4%
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 -0.8%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.8%
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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Photo of NODAK
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a surprisingly sweet, tropical fruit scent to it. It's not subdued at all. Very forward and good. There's also a bit of toastiness there as well.

Pours a copper color in the glass with a small head initially that tapers off quickly.

The taste was more impressive than I'd hoped for. The body is certainly full of caramel malt and fruit ester sweetness, which dominates the taste. There's a pretty impressive (for style, anyway) English hop bite on the finish as well, which lasts a bit into the aftertaste. A bit of breadiness shows up on the finish as well. Some sweetness lingers...including a bit of an apple sensation and buttery notes. Mouthfeel is rather thick and chewy.

All in all, this is a pretty dang good EPA. Full flavored and very drinkable.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice deep copper amber with a thin but creamy head. Smell has that light English aroma of lightly sweet malts and low hops. Taste is lightly sweetened malt, bready with a light hop twang. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium with light carbonation. Overall a nicely balanced English ale thats easy to enjoy.

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Photo of ellflle
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Remember this brand from on tap in England. I was amazed to see the brand in my local beer store. Beautiful appearance, lovely balance of malt and hop flavors. Smooth, clean, with a substantial alcohol content and satisfying without heaviness. A fair value for an import, and a fine drink.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delighted to see this on cask, a treat. Pours a nice cloudy orange to gold color. Slightly frothy off-white head holds well for a few minutes, and fades to a never ending thin layer. Nice lace. Really a nice looking cask beer.

Nose is mostly citrusy and herbal hop notes. Cereal grain malt, with minimal caramel notes. Orange zest is what really sticks out. Maybe a buttery, baked apple note.

Pale malts, with a slight caramel edge. A nice, refreshing amount of citrus/zesty hop flavor, along with an herbal note. The zest does not stand out too much, but in the English tradition, everything is subtle, and well-rounded. Slightly buttery, with some apple notes.

Medium body, with a great cask mouthfeel that is soft and creamy. Is there alcohol in this? Surely does not feel that way. Excellent example of an English cask beer. Glad I tried.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

Bright amber, shiny clarity and a thick creamy lacing resting on top. A little bit buttery and a little bit of caramel; a subtle but pleasing aroma. Smooth and light carbonation somewhat feigns an almost cask-like mouthfeel. Very malty with a kiss of orange and herbal hop. First caramel, then topped with a buttery yeast tone, then some toasted grain. Baked apple and golden raisins within the small fruity ester. Finishes a little sweet with a long linger of malt.

A reminiscing beer, one to put back a few as the night draws on. Delicious.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, light caramelized malts, tea, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey, citrus and tea. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but is strong enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it might not be the absolute best beer in the style but it's solid enough to be worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz can into standard shaker.

A - Clear amber, minor white head

S - Surprisingly fruity - bananas and pears. Some hops and caramel. Intriguing.

T - Fruity, banana and some kind of weak berry, clove and mild caramel

M - Medium to light, kind of a buttery finish

D - An interesting taste which makes drinkability suffer a touch. The effervescence was higher than expected in an English brew. I like the 'flatter' English ales like Caffreys, Boddington...

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Photo of boss302
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Greene king abbot ale 5%, on pull

A red clear nice creamy head. 3.5

S malty caramely aroma. No significant hop flavor. 4 

T malty with mild hop balance. A very clear well balanced beer. Not too sweet like so many other British beers in the south. 4 

M Med body. Head lasted the whole glass. 3.5 

D very good and worth a second pull. 4

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Photo of megahurts4
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Greene King Abbot Ale

Appearance: Clear amber, good lacing, and a very small head.

Smell: Malts and citrus fruit (apricot and others).

Taste: Pleasant malts, apricots and other fruits, and slight hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

A very pleasant beer from a can. It's not stellar, but nicely balanced and crafted.

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 657 ratings.
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