Abbot Ale | Greene King / Morland Brewery

357 Reviews
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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Photo of tobelerone
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can, no widget.

Hazy apple cider colored brew, with a very small cream colored head that hangs around a bit. The lacing is creamy and sticks to the sides of the glass in sheets. Aroma is simple, malty, and sweet, with a trace fruitiness that actually has a faint apple aspect; could that be the power of suggestion?

Actually quite a tasty beer. Not particularly strongly flavored, just smooth and balanced with a lightly sweet biscuit maltiness and a touch of fruit (again, reminiscent of apples). There is a subtle, generic hop bitterness underneath and even a trace of alcohol as well. Overall a mild flavor but still a distinctive one.

Medium bodied with carbonation on the low side, making this easy to drink. A touch watery, perhaps, but not terribly so.

I'm somewhat conflicted about this beer; I like the apple note and the smoothness of the lower carbonation, but I feel like everything is too flattened out (aroma, taste, feel) and would prefer a nitro version if it's going to be this flat and smooth. Interesting but I don't know if I'd go back for another, there are too many beers in the sea to spend more time here. Does this review make sense? I'm not sure, just as I'm not sure about this beer...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: cask at Yards Brewing Co., Philly, PA, for their 5th annual Real Ale Festival 2012

Beer list proclaimed a 6.5%ABV on this one.

Poured a darker amber color with a small soapy head. Light aroma, caramel and light fruits. Taste of sweet caramel and wort, lighter notes of toffee and dried apricot. Pretty nice, but not amazing. Light-medium body, and pretty smooth going down. Not something I'd get again, but definitely not bad.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark but clear copper color with only an 1/8 inch head that retains slightly before puttering away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a nearly covered surface of foam. Average lacing.

S- Buttery, biscuity malt smell that's sweet and full.

T- More butter and some caramel-like malt but doesn't go much deeper than that. Slight aftertaste of oxidation.

M- This is where it really falls short for a pub ale. Only slightly creamy, actually more on the watery side with medium-low carbonation and not much body.

O- A pretty big letdown. I don't know what people see in this beer. I'll take Boddington's or Old Speckled Hen in its place any day.

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

Abbot is an interesting malty ale delivered in a great, foolproof vehicle (a can). It has a complex but easy drinking malty taste. It's slightly bitter and slightly creamy. The appearance is clear and a pretty light brown. The head is thin and not very pronounced.

It is a nice change of pace and I used it as a cooler treat for a road trip. I probably would only buy it for the same purpose.

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Photo of dBmV
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding English ale! Poured from a pint can. It poured a nice chestnut brown color with a small head that lasted the enitire pint. I wish i find this on tap. Creamy and rich with a classic ale smell. Zero aftertaste. High quality no doubt. Ice cold pint can single ready to go from beer world in largo on ridge rd. A new favorite.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic glass. Punch that can here we go.

A foamy almost creamy like head is made off the pour, off white like color. Body is caramel dark orange and brown, some cola like sticking bubbles, perhaps even a nice dark copper crystal here. Creamy head falls into a nice looking puck with good lacing too. Real nice.

Nose is bready graham malt, soft, chewy, a little hint of sweetness. Perhaps a faint hint of cinnamon and possibly clove. Doesn't strike me as particularly fruity on the nose.

Taste matches the nose. A simple light bodied ale matching the graham cracker like sense. Chewy dense, slightly sweet, malty, not much feeling carbonation on here, just a little wet with a hint of thickness.

Overall quite tasty and to the point. Drinking up as she goes rather nicely.

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Photo of Raven3464
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful reddish copper body with a one finger head.

Smell: Smells like a flower garden with hints of caramel and candy.

Taste: There's a buttery taste that isn't apparent at all in the smell. Along the way there is a hint of caramel and a bitter hop punch at the end. This is a well balanced beer.

Mouth feel: It's creamy and the dry bitterness at the end compliments the carbonation up front. This is the best part of this beer.

Overall: This is a well balanced English Pale Ale, a very good representative of the style. There is nothing absolutely exceptional about the taste but the "feel" is amazing.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Wonderful looking light copper colour, perfectly transparent. One finger head that shows decent retention, no lacing at all

S- Not that i'm expecting a strong aroma in an english ale but this is really weak. Light, sweet caramel malts and maybe a floral hint

T- Grainy malts with notes of caramel and a mild fruitiness on the back of things. Finishes slightly bitter with hints of floral and metallic hops (i can't find any better way to describe this than metallic; but it is not metallic in bad sense, like with industrial pale lagers, it feels good and on balance with the other flavours)

M- The best part. Feels extremely smooth and easy on the mouth but still dense in body, thanks to a wonderful, delicate but deeply-textured carbonation

O- Easily drinkable, simple but still decently complex. A beer you can drink for a while without getting tired

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

A: Nice amber color with a decent lasting head.

S: Slight caramel/floral tones with a hoppy overtone.

T: Very nice sweet hoppy flavor. It has a small kick of bitterness at the end.

O: One of the best readily available English Pale Ales. Its nothing glorious but a great daily drinker.

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Photo of fx20736
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Nitro Can into a British Pint glass.

Coppery orange, solidly carbonated with a 1 finger creamy almond colored head that leaves it's quota of lacing.

Aroma is a delightful, rich, fragrant mixture of great Pale Malts and Jolly Rancher fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: fake creamy, like a Nitro can beer is.

Taste: Dry fruitiness on a bed of pale Malt going down with a slight hop sting and a creamy finish.

Notes: Clean tasting, dry and mildly fruity this is a good English Pale Ale.too bad it is Nitro

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: tan/amber body, 2 finger creme head, spot on
splendid lacing encasing the pint glass

S: mild roasted nuts, caramel, grain, malt, honey, lemon zest

T: sweet light grain, malt, hint of citrus, creamy butter
light bitter smooth finish

O: Fantastic English Pale Ale, another standard
excellent session pint for me.


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Photo of rebel1771
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amber color with a decent head that sticks around a long time.

S: Light aroma of caramel and a hint of lightly roasted malts.

T: Buttery smooth sweet malts with just a twang of bitterness in the end.

O: I love this beer. Nothing pretentious just an awesome classic English pale ale.

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Photo of dgilks
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a smooth, creamy, light tan head. Good head retention.

Malty caramel aroma with a touch of earthy hop. Slightly metallic.

Crisp, caramelised malt. Medium hop. Low bitterness. Okay.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

A decent but unexceptional Pale Ale. Nicely balanced.

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

drinking from a chimay glass/goblet/chalice.

greene king 1799. i like the portraiture on the can. gonna let the can warm up from the fridge. its too cold. back in 30 minutes.
back in 5, couldnt wait.

smells very beery from the can.
poured straight down the centre of the glass. half a finger of head seems to be sticking around. looks soapy and bubbly.
a ton of carbonation. bubbles all around the body.
color is beerlike. medium dark amber. medium opaque, cannot see through the beer.

even at cold temps i'm getting some flavors in the nose. sweet decaying fruit. some swirling gives off bubble-gum and yeast. a tiny funk makes it interesting. smells nice.

mmm. full bodied, wet, creamy. no carbonation acidity or burn. starting to smell alcohol off this but it is welcome. starts off with wonderful hop bitterness, finishes with malty goodness.

gulping it down now, getting some metallic flavors..some lacing left on glass but not much.
i am thirsty but i am gulping this stuff.

starting to feel a little heavy in the belly but this is a large can at 500ml. tasting a little bit of the tin flavor i always get from canned beer.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A clear, red-amber colour, flat looking. Thick, creamy head yet only about a half-finger of it. Fleeting spots of lace.

S - Light on here. Restrained fudge/caramel malts.

T - As anticipated by the nose, is fronted by the fudge and caramel malts. Quite yeasty. Some sharp spicy hoppiness at the back end.

M - Beautifully creamy smoothness in the moderate body. Leave a thin coat on your tongue. Very low carbonation.

O - Nice and full, perfectly creamy ale. Extreme sessionability. Just the thing to go with a hot curry.

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

A - Clear orange-amber body with a thin head layer.

S - Sweet caramel and butterscotch nose. Malt syrup and hard candy.

T - Malty caramel flavors up front with some hop bitterness in the middle. Buttery, caramel nuances with a raisin sugar kick. Some dark, dried fruit sugars, maybe prune or dried apple skin.

M - Very smooth and slick mouthfeel, with a sweet body. Carbonation fizzes early and fades fast in the mouth.

O - A nice sweet pub ale, with a proper balance of sweet and smooth.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pint at Rats Tavern Cusco Peru Aug 5 2011

A Clear dark copper with some tiny particles but near zero carbonation but a well mantained cream colored head that leaves lots of lace

S a strange fruity smell with lots of caramel and candied corn

T heaps of caramel malt with a little bread

M flat yet creamy, full bodied for the color

O decent but not mind blowing, decent flavors for such low booze

made a good session beer at 11000 feet under a blinding sun

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Photo of stjaernstoft
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -3.6%
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 -2.2%
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 -5.7%
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 +0.5%
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%
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 -10.1%
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 -4.9%
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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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 655 ratings.
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