Abbot Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

661 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 seand
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear medium red amber, with a dense foamy eggshell white head. A layer of head retains pretty well, leaving mild lacing.

S: Sweet with some mild spices.

T: Light, sweet, and just a touch of the spices present on the nose. Finishes with a very slight touch of dryness.

M: Light carbonation. Medium body, leaning towards light.

D: Very drinkable. Could be quite sessionable, and the touch of spices and dryness make it a bit interesting.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can with nary a freshness date I can decipher, some sort of gibberish stamp on the bottom of the can. Pours a fairly clear copper color with a creamy light tan foam. Not overly great retention or lacing.

Nose is fruity, earthy and malty sweet. Honey and maple syrup covered red grapes and raisins with a hint of cider.

Interesting flavor and is quite British...the fruity ale yeast is complemented by a fair amount of toffee malts and mild floral hops. Bread dough is very prevalent. This is a decent drinker, but nothing I would want to purchase on a regular basis. Tastes like a good cask ale that does not translate well to life in a can.

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Photo of rarbring
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light amber beer with a thick off-white head, leaving some lacing.

The smell is a bit metallic, bread and dough, a bit nutty.

Tasting of malty bread tones, sweet banana, but a salt twist at the end. Not much bitterness.

A very faint carbonation, and rather creamy makes it very typical for the style.

In all an average or above average beer.

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Photo of Richter35
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chalice. Appearance is above average. The colour is orange - copper with a thin off white head.

Smell of the Abbot ale is quite different, but not exceptional. It's bitter-sweet... mostly bread with a bit of fruity/sour smell. The taste is smooth and delicious, which I would credit partially to the extended brewing process involved. Sweet malt, faint taste of apple. This is punctuated by a fairly bitter/sour aftertaste. Very good!

The mouthfeel and drinkability is where this beer excels. Medium bodied, with very little carbonation, it goes down smooth and is quite refreshing. As many others have already noted, this one works well as a "session beer" and would pair well with almost any food choice.

Contains plenty of character, without sacrificing the easy-drinking qualities that make it so enjoyable.

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Photo of MattyV
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL can poured into a plain old nonic pint glass

Appearance - Pours a nice amber orange, lots of golden/ruby highlights, great colour, about a 2 finger head that leaves lots of lacing as it slowly recedes

Smell - not a whole lot, bit of grassiness, bread, maltiness

Taste - tastes like many English Pale Ale's... some grassy herbal hops balanced with caramel malt, a tiny bit of toffee sneaked in there, a bit of a buttery finish

Mouthfeel - low carbonation like most English offerings, which lends a silkiness, that could be much thicker

Drinkability - quite high, the lower carbonation can = a good session offering, quite a bit of flavour here without feeling too heavy.. could go for a few of these if needed

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Photo of NightINgale
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Copper body with a nice one finger creamy white head and some visible carbonation. Good head retention.

S - Fruity malts, with notes of apple, plum, and a bit of cherry. Also some subtle floral hops. The aroma isn't very intense, but it sure is quite appealing.

T - Starts with a pretty powerful maltness, with some breadiness, biscuit-like notes and a decent fruity presence. It opens up with notes of apple and plum, followed by a distinct pale ale bitterness. There is also a subtle floral tea-like flavour. The finish is moderately bitter and bready.

M - Light-to-medium bodied, with some crisp carbonation. Nice and smooth on the palate.

D - Good. This is a good balanced English pale ale; pretty flavourful yet not heavy.

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

One of my favourite go-to beers; there's usually at least one in my fridge at any given time.

Pours a clear copper-ruby, with a thin white head that remains as a significant ring throughout. Looks like an EPA should.

The smell is great: apple, bread, a bit of cherry, lots of maltiness. Great stuff.

The taste is on line with the nose: sweet maltiness up front, sour apple and grapefruit on the finish. Lots of spiciness as well. Not terribly complex, but balanced.

Mouthfeel is decent, medium carbonation.

One of my favourite widely-available English pales. Would love to try this one on draught!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can it leaves a small to medium head over a clear reddish golden colored beer.
The head dies down, leaving a decent lacing with a sweet caramel and with a light citrus aroma.
Abbot Ales taste was also that of caramel and light citrus, leaving a light dry after taste.
This beer was good enough, I just felt like I wished there was just more taste to it, or a richer taste. I guess maybe I was expecting a little more from an English beer, they seem to have so many good ones that come across the pond.

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Photo of tone77
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is hoppy, bitter and somewhat sour. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not a terrible beer, but I was expecting a bit more from it.

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

A great beer - I could have a few of these anytime and will probably grab some of these again. I'd like to try this in a bottle or on tap.

This beer pours and is a slow head generator. It's a nice clear orange-copper with a dense head that retains well. No lacing in my stein.

The smell is clean, mildly malty sweet and fruity.

Nice balance between the malt and spicy hops... While nothing is outstandingly dominant there's lots going on...A little buttery in the finish with medium bitterness. Some fruity grapefruit in the after taste. Later there's some exotic fruit flavours of mango and lechee. The taste is stronger than many other ales of this style.

The feel is slick and smooth while creamy. But the carbonation is lower than I personally like...

Updated November 18/09: The latest batch is in a can with puple colour instead of orange. Still a good beer and the hops are now more identifiable as "earthy" to me - not my favourite hopping flavour but still a good beer.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, rich caramelly amber with a respectable, frothy head. Good clarity.

The aroma is pears and sweet caramel.

Tastes nice, very English, with a sweet biscuity caramel and an earthy, chalky, somewhat floral bitterness in the finish. Clean flavors. Slightly buttery. Well balanced, very even.

Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Drinkability is high on this one, with enough character to keep you interested but not so much that you'd burn out on it. In theory. I'm only having the one tonight. Bugger.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep browny golden colour, with a creamy white head, which shows good retention. Very little carbonation.

Aroma: Rich biscuity malts, with a sweet caramel edge on the nose. Very subtle hoppy fruitiness, possible melon.

Taste: Like the nose, the taste is abundant with biscuity malts, and a sweet creaminess. Slightly bitter edge but this is soon overcome by the bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, and chewy.

Drinkability: A perfect example of how an English Bitter should be, truly world class.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The can is shaped like most other nitro cans on the market... but when it's opened, I don't hear that customary "fizzle" of a widget being activated. Poured with a gorgeous 1/4" thick foamy white head, which was very well-retained, and slowly gave way to some fabulous lacing. Immediately after the pour, I observed some beautiful cascading carbonation just underneath the head... just like I would expect from a nitro-pour- BUT THERE'S NO WIDGET IN THE CAN!! The body was a perfect bright amber color with some coarse little bubbles working their way up from the bottom of the glass. Absolutely picture perfect.

S- The nose is quite mild. Faint aromas of crackerlike malt were identified along with hints of toffee and some VERY faint hop aroma (I struggled to identify any hops on the nose).

T- Very big flavor- much more than anticipated from the nose- caramel and toffee flavors are nicely balanced with a touch of hop dryness. A little fruity yeast ester is identified in there too... followed by a lingering sweet finish. Just beautiful.

M- Silky mouthfeel with lots of ultra-fine carbonation (again, like I would expect from a nitro pour- BUT NO WIDGET!). Despite the silkiness provided by the carbonation, this beer is still a bit thin... curious... satisfying.

D- Very drinkable... but I would expect the sweetness to become too much if several were consumed in one sitting...

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This one pours golden to amber with a white rich head that leaves some lace after it dissipates after a while.

S: Sweet malt, light roasted along wiht some faint floral hops.

T: Light roasted caramell malt (a bit bready), bitter hops and faint floral.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonaiton. Bitter aftertaste that lingers for some time.

D: A really nice one. Not the best on the market but I'll buy this one again.

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Photo of ChuckR343
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium caramel color. The white/tan head dissipates as each sip is taken.

Can you say malt? I immediately get a great smell of sweet malt, not very much hop smell at all.

Taste is another thing. I am now tasting the hops and of course the malt, which is very palatable. Not much carbonation, either.

Very nice beer, not much going on flavor-wise, but very smooth and session-able.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with great clarity, and is amber copper in color. The head sticks together nicely, though there's not much of it.

The aroma is a little leather and herbal like.

The taste starts off creamy and full of hops and slight malt. The taste dissolves into a slick buttery like flavor and finishes with a husky herbal quality... Very complex for a sessionable beer.

The mouth feel is medium in body, with sharp crispness, a little slick, and finally wetting to the palate.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a crystal-clear medium amber hue - nothin' pale about this, with a fey fingers of puffy, creamy white head, which leaves a wall of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells very mildly of soft British malt, and some light herbal hops. The taste is bready, kind of sour-ish, malt, and somewhat lemony old-world hops. The carbonation is very low, the body smooth, solid, but a little cloying, and it finishes off-dry, some herbal, grassy hops and sweet maltiness lingering.

Not a bad pale ale, but it gets a little too clammy after a while.

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Photo of Evocatus
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber body with a very thin white head. Maybe it was just my nose or the particular can I bought, but there really wasn’t any distinct aroma that I could smell. Taste was fairly simple, some sweet malts with a hoppy aftertaste. Goes down smooth enough, no complaints there. Overall a decent beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful amber tan with a a frothy finger of light ran head. Lacing is awesome, retention is good.

Smells a bit funky, notes of oak mix with musty earth tones. Some mild malt.

Taste is very smooth, a mild nutty flavor, caramel and cinnamon notes. Dry light hop finish.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, light carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability is great. The scent is a definate downer but I could drink alot of this.

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Photo of hdofu
2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

How can a beer look so good and taste so blah. Poured a beautiful ruby red with a thin white head. Smell was quite alot like wheat and taste was nothing but bland wheat. This greatly hindered the drinkability. Beer was at least smooth though sadly that and its looks were all it had going for it.

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Photo of packetknife
2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very unimpressed with this ale and surprised it wasn't in a nitro-can. Very normal amber color with a bare minimal head after the pour that faded into edge lacing quickly. A bit of hops on the nose and maybe a bit of bread but so faint. It wasn't bad on the nose though, just fairly non-existent. About the same on the tongue with a bit more hoppiness coming through. Well carbonated and consistent over the tongue so it has that.

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Photo of medic25
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Guinness pint glass; color is a clear tan-amber with a thick white head. Enjoyable nose that primarily says malt. Taste is an easy drinking, tea-like experience; a light, balanced hops/malt combination. Goes down very easily, and finishes without an obtrusive aftertaste. Seems like a great beer to drink while playing darts in a dark pub somewhere.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Creamy thick head. Fades quickly with minor lacing. Crisp, clear copper with some bubbling when agitated.
Light caramel malts. Bland single dimensional flavor. Watery metallic penny.
This is easily drinkable, but I have little desire to continue drinking.

EDIT: can not bottle. Also second can had huge head which held it's own, the extra head helped me warm up to this beer.

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Watching this poured into a pint glass from a nitro-tap is a hypnotic experience. I tried it at Ojai Beverage Company, and had several before I was ready to quit.

As I said, when this was poured it was entirely white, like a vanilla milkshake. I watched it cascade down the sides of my glass for five minutes until the beer came to life, like a flower, slowly opening its petals for the sun. Man, what an experience just to watch. Eventually, it came to life as a golden English ale, not unlike Boddingtons, but with a 3-finger head and lacing that looked thick enough to be ice cream. This is one of the most appealing pints I've ever seen.

When I went in for a smell, I was careful not to dunk my nose into the expanding foam. I smelled only subtle tones of earthiness, maybe some very mild bouquet roses, and other ale smells - hops, yeast, etc. Not too much going on in the nose, really.

The taste was also very subtle - balanced on all sides by malt, hops, no bitterness, yet no sweetness either. About 3/4 of the way through, you get a very subtle honeydew or melon flavor which is seriously great.

Mouthfeel was exactly that - EXCEPTIONAL - this beer on nitro rivals the cask offerings that I've had in smoothness. Absolutely creamy, no carbonation, no bitterness, unbelievably good.

I ordered three of these while I was there, and everyone else in my party did the same. This would make a session of anything complete.

Basically, this beer tasted to me as good as Boddington's did the first time I had it on tap. I can't say much for Boddington's nowadays, but what I can say is that Abbot Ale is everything that B'dington's SHOULD be.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/yellow color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malt, English hops, slight biscuit, and very slight yeast aromas. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt up front, then some yeast cleanliness, and some strong English hops come through next. A dry finish dominates the feel. Overall, a little on the watery side, but a decent beer nonetheless.

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 661 ratings.
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