Abbot Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

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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 Tone
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of connecticutpoet
1.73/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This one came out of the can with a one finger head, that died away to a thin film. The body was clear, and light amber. Boded OK.

Aroma was a little off. Lightly fruity, with hints of white wine, and somewhat buttery. I don't like that butteriness.

Taste was malty, with white wine and butterscotch thrown in. Overall the flavors clashed badly. Pretty damn nasty.

Mouthfeel was kind of thin and slick, and it left a film coating my tongue.

Drinkability - well, this one was a drain pour, and I almost never do that. I could count on one hand the drain pours I have done in over 1600 beer tastings... but this one was just plain horrid.

I got three of these from the president of my company (reviewed from notes - that company went bankrupt and closed under him). Now I know why he wanted to get rid of them. I gave the other two cans away to people I knew wouldn't care, they were Busch drinkers and could stomach anything. I got a couple of Red Hook ESB in return, so we know who made out on that deal.

I don't even think I would dare to try this on tap in England. It was that nasty.

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Photo of biegaman
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 1970's style suede that has an inescapably vintage kind of look. Despite healthy glints of light and an immaculate clarity, the beer looks well worn in. Much of this, I'm sure, comes from the fact that its top is utterly bald. There's not even a faint string to outline it. Even the few bubbles that appeared early are spent. It's just pathetically desolate.

Greene King follows up the Belgian abbey sounding name with a very Belgian abbey smelling beer. This is a soft, floral, ripened bouquet that showcases lightly phenolic yeast and viscous Belgian candi sugar. It offers hints of bubblegum, green tea, caramelized sugar, blossoming orchard fruits and, of course, the prototypical English butterscotch.

This tastes like syrupy malt extract which is only a notch above the North American synthetic of corn syrup. What happened to all the promises of esters and phenols and pungent hops? Oh wait, maybe they're there... nope, not really. All I can lift out this pitifully under carbonated profile is cheap caramel and singed butterscotch. I remember tasting the nuances of hops and yeast before, but not this time.

I'll make something very clear - I do not like it when British brewers can their beers. I'm not crazy about the idea of them exporting them overseas to begin with (the lower alcohol bitters, anyhow) because these styles are designed to be consumed fresh and locally. Pasteurizing and loading a beer up with preservatives will take its toll, one way or another.

In this case the victim is mouthfeel. The bitterness is muted, the maltiness reduced to cheap, artificial extract. There is no quenching, snappy noble hops nor is there the toasty, crunchy toffee malts. That 18 month shelf life should raise an eyebrow; this may be "brewed longer for a distinctive flavour" but I doubt that it should be meant to sit on a shelf longer too!

Of all the dreadfully bastardized English bitters I've had from can, this one is far from the worst offender. I'll grant it some nice, distinctive attributes and the fact that, all considered, it is an enjoyable enough pint to drink. That said, I really don't plan on donating any more money to the Abbot, unless maybe I go to England and meet him in person.

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

I had a pint of this at the Auld Dubliner Irish pub in Bolingbrook, IL this weekend.

A= This ale poured a faintly cloudy orange-amber color with a 1" foamy odd-white head. The head dropped to a thin cap and left a nice bit of lace down the glass.

S= Sweet bakery malts upfront with an earthy hop aroma to balance against.

T= The taste followed the aroma, with malt sweetness balanced against an earthy hop presence (fuggle hops have to be in there somewhere). I also noted a bit of lemongrass and some yeasty tartness in there too. Fairly dry finish.

MF= Light to medium body with a soft carbonation feel.

D= Certainly a very sessionable and tasty ale. I would have again if in the mood for a totally fuggled-up English ale with a nice balance and soft mouthfeel.

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Photo of olmatty
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a high, sudsy, off-white head with good retention and moderate lacing, beer is a deep, clear orange amber.

Smell- Dry malts and a alightly sour note.

Taste- Malts are bready and lightly sweet, earthy quality throughout. Middling bitterness of hops. Earthy and sour aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, light carbonation, and light bodied. Fairly watery owing to the Nitro no doubt.

Drinkability- Light and sessionable if you like this flavor. Earthy and sour qualities are not for me.

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass. Nice.

Aroma is smooth and bit sweet/fruity in the nose. Only a bit of hop bitterness upfront.

Taste is smooth and buttery with a light amount of hop bitterness in the middle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness and butter/caramel in at the back of the throat.

A decent pale ale that comes in a can. It's nice and simple but otherwise, not much to see.

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Photo of erz316
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt .9 flozinto speckled hen pint glass

A - a solid orange amber color, almost no head: just a thin layer of off-white.

S - some apple twang, and mild sweetness

T - initial taste is of some slightly bitter fruits, the roasted/toasted malts add a nice sweetness, some floral hops. finish has the bitterness of the hops come out of bit and is a bit sweet. the aftertaste is quite clean with some lingering malt sweets.

MF&D - nothing special. could be a bit thicker and a bit more carbonation.

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

500 mL bottle poured into a glass.

I'd had the canned version a few weeks ago so I decided to try the bottle and see if there any differences.

The pour produced a thicker head this time than before, almost 3 fingers of off-white foam. The ale color is a dark amber with a slight reddish/orange hue.

Nice mild aroma, smells sweeter than it tastes.

Taste from the bottle was similar, but less metallic than from the can (imagine that). This was more enjoyable from the bottle, IMO. Abbot has a unique taste, sure to keep things interesting.

Same great mouthfeel and drinkability. Recommended for fans of Old Speckled Hen, Fursty Ferret, etc.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wish this was a nitro can but just a regular pub can so the head was normal fluffy nice retention and really no lacing.

s-mainly malt and grains

t-very nice english ale. did have a mature aged flavor to it. Fruity and burnt carmel flavors.

M-nice medium mouthfeel.

D- very drinkable would love to sit in a pub in the uk and have about 6 of em.

Tastes like a better version of bass to me

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Photo of atomicbolt
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500 mL can.

Nice deep amber colour accented by a decent-sized creamy off-white head, looks great. The smell's very fragrant and malty, lots of caramel, cream, fruits, and floral hoppiness, very distinctive and tasty smell.

Very well-balanced caramel, shortbread and fruity tastes, I find that the taste is still slowly developing well after the beer's gone down. The bitterness and earthy hops also make their presence felt at the back of the tongue. Lightly bitter, sourdough aftertaste. Overall a very balanced and complex taste profile. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, this isn't a nitro can but it has that creamy profile to it. Very drinkable, but also very rich, it's very easy to drink back one of these but I'd imagine the richness would be too much to handle after a while.

Overall a tasty treat from England.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Greene King- Abbot Ale

A- Bright clear cream orange with a small filmy head.
S- Creamy light caramel, crusty bread, and buttery shortbread.
T- Sweet buttery shortbread with a light caramel/ toffee malt body. toasted bread and a light touch of vanilla accent this 1.
M- Very buttery and creamy smooth mild dry hop finish.

Overall- Smooth and easily sessionable. A good beer to start your day with.

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Photo of droomyster
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with minimal white head; appear lowly carbonated, but body is smoothly textured. Tastes of a very yummy earthiness: loam and wood, sweet malts, a vegetable bitterness. A very drinkable beer that goes with nearly any food and is perfect for a session. Doesn't need to be super cold to be enjoyable. I'm definitely a fan.

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

Dark amber with a one finger long lasting cream colored head. Copious lacings. Aroma smokey malts.
Taste is sweet roasted smokey malts with a good amount of bitter hops. Great mouthfeel and excellent drinkability, esp. at 5.0% abv. Great British brew.

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Photo of yzer
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a pint of Greene King Abbot Ale at a London pub earlier this week.

This is a gorgeous and popular English Pale Ale notable for it fragrant Challenger and Fruggles hops. The crystal and amber malts are subtle in this brew, so GK Abbot Ale does not exhibit the sweetness of many EPAs. It's very refreshing ale.

The color is full amber with red highlights topped by a generous off-white head. Carbonation is restrained and not particularly long lasting.

Malt aroma dominates floral hops from the head, but taste is balanced toward a hops bite. Given the tartness of this brew I was surprised by the full and silky body. I could stick with this ale all evening.

Greene King Abbot Ale definitely goes down as one of my favorites.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.73/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a large stein.

Appearance - Clear amber ale with a wicked 1/4-inch foamy head. Looks amazing.

Smell - great malt aromas with detectable maple and chocolate undertones.

Taste - surpremely balanced flavours of toffee, caramel maltiness with a slow rolling even-out on the tail. Minor bitterness and a lightly roasted hoppy flavour at the very end.

Mouthfeel - extremely smooth and creamy effect. Doesn't get much better.

Drinkability - this strikes me as highly drinkable wiuthout ever being boring. The only risk I could think of is how rich it is... something to savour in due moderation.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a rocky egg shell head; decent retention and a few sprigs of lace

Smell: Balanced aromatics, with both the toffee malt (some diacetyl detected) and earthy hops present

Taste: After the toffee malt sets its backbone and provides a little bit of butterscotch diacetyl, the earthy hops make their presence known, too, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the distinctive fruity character and earthy hops are somewhat dominant, with a spicy element that adds a nice dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: More an ESB than a pale ale in my book, this is nevertheless an enjoyable session beer

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- very nice bright clear burnt orange copper amber with a dense creamy buff colored head. thin sheets of lace and retention is good.

S- classic sweet smell of an english ale, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted marshmallows, strawberry, and a background of creamy fruitiness. malty and very sweet like dense cake, diacetyl, some faint toastiness and a little bit of milk chocolate.

T- mineral water, slightly metallic, sweet and woodsy malt, very smooth flavor, caramel, toffee, diacetyl, becoming dry in the middle. taste overall is a various bread montage from whole grain to pound cake to sourdough with red berries and earthy british hops mildly in the finish. sweet home made wines such as plum and strawberry come to mind when imagined with a grainy overlay. pleasant lightly bitter aftertaste.

MF- rather full and creamy with a nitro feel to it. carbonation is low and i just shook the can to make sure there wasn't a widget in there. i don't know why but i always like low carbonation in english ales, it just feels proper, and this one delivers. dry at the finish keeps the caramel sweetness in check.

D- one of my favorite styles for a session, this one is good but i've had better. wouldn't turn one down though!

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber-brown color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was about a half inch of creamy head and some good lacing.

S: There was a sweet malty aroma, along with some hops and almost a bready smell.

T: Tasted of toasted malt up front, floral hops going down. Not a badly constructed flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, a solidly made pale ale. Not my favorite by any means, but good.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50cL bottle brought back from UK.

Appearance: Nice amber/gold colour with very slight head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell: Slightly woody. Almost oaky with slight hints of whiskey. Malty and nutty with a nice hop kick.

Taste: Malty sweet with whiskey notes. Mild flavour overall. I wish it was a little stronger tasting.

Mouthfeel: A little prickly and watery. Body is a little thin overall.

Drinkability: I could knock back a few pints of this in a pub with no worries. Very sessionable, but not the most exciting beer in the neighborhood.

Overall: Nice elements, I just wish they were turned up a notch.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO

Pours amber with a super creamy offwhite head, sheet lace.
Aroma is mellow and malty, kind of musty like wet wood, and sugary.
Tastes about the same as smell, sweet and malty, wet wood again. Easy drinking for sure. Sweet. Medium body, smooth carbonation.

Nothing to get really excited about

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Photo of morimech
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a small white head that settles to a thick cap. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass surface.

Has a wonderful English floral hop aroma. A little biscuit malt lies underneath the hops.

More hop biased than the other English Pale Ales I have sampled. Slightly floral and fruity flavors combine with the biscuit malt. Very nice. Has a nice crisp finish.

The body is a bit thin. It suffers from the lack of nitro that benefits many of its competitors in the style. Carbonation is low.

Very good flavor and refreshing. One of the best in its style.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a ruddy, tawny, dark-copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon dissipated and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Aroma: Malty, definite hints of vanilla and caramel...
Taste: The taste strongly complemented the aroma... Bread, butter, caramel, vanilla, and biscuits abound...
Medium bodied mouthfeel...
Decent-level of overall drinkability...
Not my favorite depiction of the style, but a solid stab nonetheless...

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another canned beer that doesn't suck!
Huzzah! Can design/label is a different, but otherwise the same brew.

A crisp copper orange brown with like no head.

Aroma is smooth malty goodness

Smooth almost cream soda like flavors. Malt is smooth caramel, toffee, and prevailant. It's got a good medium body, richer than the color/appearance would hint to. There are some crisp and carbonated bitterness, but its quite malt forward. I'd consider it an ESB, but a PA works, close enough.

I love this brew. It's just really fresh and balanced. Quite a nice canned treat.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber copper brown, crystal clear, with a 2-finger head that dissipates to a solid layer of a few millimeters. Leaves thick splotches of lacing.

S: Caramelized sugars, yeast, sweet malt, nutty and toasty, some hops.

T&M: Goes down creamy smooth, medium to light body, and practically flat, just like you would expect from an English pub ale. It starts off with sweetness from the caramel malt, with some good toasty and nutty flavors, followed quickly by some pretty floral tasting hops with a lasting bitterness in the back of my throat after swallowing. This finishes pretty dry, and with some sourness almost like sour mash. The more I drink, the more I like it, but I am not overly impressed.

D: Definitely a decent session beer. Low on carbonation, but decent body. Goes down almost too easy.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden. nice off-white waterfall leaves a creamy 1" layer of thick head. Head lasts to the bottom but leaves very little lace.
Smell is hops, malt, light citrus and yeast.
Taste is hops, malt, light resin note, hint of grass and citrus.
Light medium body, light effervescence. A solid British brew.

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 49.2% out of 100 with 662 ratings
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