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 pmcadamis
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This pours a honey amber hue with a massive four finger khaki head that has hints of almond, and leaves a whole lot of lace on the glass. Retention is outstanding, and the head gets frothy and pitted as it takes it's time relaxing to a solid finger of whipped cream. This is a good lookin' beer.

S - Honey and nut breakfast Honey Bunches of Oats, or hot oatmeal with honey drizzled over it. Some gentle floral hops are present, and this nose is fairly well balanced between hop oil notes and malty honey and almond aromas.

T - Lots of honey and nuts in this sweet brew. I taste lots of honey coated almonds and whole grain cereal. There are hints of succulent fruit along with some mild hoppage.

M - Gentle smooth carbonation and a medium body make this a silky sipper that goes down easy. The mouthfeel is delightfully mild, to match the flavors in a way. The finish is slightly hoppy and only very slightly dry. This isn't sweet, but the finish is "wet" I guess you could say.

D - This is a great session brew, or pub brew as the English might say. This won't floor you with complexity or bash you over the head with outrageous flavors, but it is a study in balance and "pleasant" flavors. This is an all around good beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 that the pope on the label of the can? So then it should be called Pope Ale, shouldn't it? What do you think? Oh hell, I give up, let's move on to the beer:

In one swift opening of the can, the beer pours into a pint glass, leaving a filtered copper/orange with a creamy head on top. Diacetyl and faint esters make up the aroma. The taste, while a little metallic from sitting in the can, is enjoyable and easy on the palate. Again, mellow fruity esters and a little diacetyl mixed in. After a couple sips, the metallic taste vanishes, and paired with a smooth low carbonated feel, becomes a quaffer's delight.

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Photo of Goliath
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thing frothy off white head. The aroma is weak. It lacks character all around, but some malt notes are apparent. Taste is alright. There is a slight hop bitterness with a mild sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel is thin and kind of boring, it lacks carbonation. Drinkability is fairly high though with low alcohol levels and simple flavors. I enjoyed it more as I drank and really enjoyed it as it warmed slightly.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one grew on me from full to empty, and luckily it's a large can, which helped with the "growing"...Pours a well-filtered rusty orange which sits under a creamy, puffy head. Head is a quarter-inch thin, staying put the whole time.

Not much aroma happening...what can be detected are mild malts, gentle hops; fruit and tobacco in the background.

Flavor offers a tangy but mellow sweetness, fruit succulence with a polite hop kiss. Biscuity, toffee-like malts balance the sweeter end of the flavor. Banana and juicy pear show up too. Pretty dry on the finish, which leaves a leafy bitterness and orange flavor hanging around. Slight metallic edge to the finish--unsure if that's the can thing or not.

Feels quite nice in the mouth: creamy, round and buttery, propped up by medium carbonation. Very "creamy DIPA" feeling.

If you're not looking for humongous pale ale flavor, this is very drinkable. Found it enjoyable and would love to try it on tap in its homeland. Give it a I said, it's a real grower with a surprising bit of depth for what is usually a pretty simple style.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a dark amber colored beer with creamt white head. Great lacing, as would be expected.
Smell shows nice bready malt notes.
Taste also bready malt in the front, with a light hop presence.
Very flavorful and refreshing and the nitro tap makes for a creamy mouthfeel.
Would be perfect to session.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lightish amber bronze topped by a bubbly barely off-white head with a spotty surface and mediocre retention.

Smell: Straight-ahead biscuit, toasty, caramelly, very buttery; actually, maybe it's more like a pastry than a biscuit. A fruity resiny undercurrent is reminiscent of applewood, and hops lend a hint of dry, grassy spice. Sweet, and almost lager-like in its malt clarity.

Taste: Balanced and tangy, with a pleasant toasty malt base, full of sunflower seeds, warm sourdough bread, toffee, and dry-roasted peanuts. Hops lend a just-right bitterness and full, permeating flavors of pine and field greens.

Mouthfeel: Bone-dry and light, almost too light.

Drinkability: This is a lovely, light yet flavorsome ale with a full-on British character. I wish we could get more beers like this in Japan.

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Photo of stephendr
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. pub can - color of clear honey, with a thick tanish colored head - nose of light malts, cherry, and vanilla – taste of malt, light hops, and some red fruit - body is medium, and with light carbonation – aftertaste of vegetation , and coffee grounds

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

Beer bottle and can 50 cl, tasted in 2006.
Appearance : Copper colour (containing a small amount of caramel)
Smell : hops aroma
Taste and mouthfeel : malty and fruity taste in the mouth, sweet and sour final persistant
Drinkability : good English beer in the style pale ale

Reviewed 10-28-2007, translated from french 1-6-2008.

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Photo of ralree
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish copper with a nice 1.5 finger head. Head is made of tight bubbles. Slowly diminishing to what looks like it will be a great lace.

S: Fruit, grains, and malt with a light hop backing. Alcohol evident.

T: Very pleasant taste. Really sweet hop flavor - very flowery. Fruit also dominates the primary taste. Malt provides a nice secondary flavor to this. Final flavor is slight bitterness with a little bit of fruit, earthiness, and some alcohol. Slight alkaline taste - a little mineral heavy.

M: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Great for this style. Just a slight bit astringent.

D: Very drinkable - my favorite pale ale so far. I'll be buying more of this.

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Photo of brendan13
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper orange colour poured into mug with a couple of centimetres of off white head that settle into a this whisp.
S - Sweet caramel & honey dominates the nose. Bit of a floral hop note.
T - Again sweet maltiness is present but more hop bite to balance it out.
M - Medium, slightly cloying mouthfeel. Lowish carbonation.
D - Maybe a touch too sweet to make it a sessionable beer.
Still, a nice beer with character and not too overpowering.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Looks good. Clear dark copper with a solid creamy head.

S - Smells a bit tart, with some butter and metallic undertones. Lemon, nuttiness and a floral hop also come through.

T - Ooh. Very bitter and not in a good way. One dimensional harsh bittering, without enough backing malt or hop flavour.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation and a drying finish.

D - Not for me thanks. Kind of one-dimensional and harsh.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

faintly hazed coppery brown with a very thin head.
the aroma is very mild, containing toffee and caramel mostly and a little bit oa alcohol actually. i'm not picking up much of anything in the way of hops.
the taste is also nice and mild, but a little more assertive. the same toffee and caramel are here, with a nice mild english ale fruitiness. a little bit of bittering hops and a tea-like quality emerge at the back end, but the sweetness wins out in the end. simple, but effective.
medium bodied, with fine moderate carbonation.
good drinkability... a good beer to fill up your imperial pint glass with, sit back and enjoy, and not think too hard about.

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

So I have really no clue where this one came from. I have received so much in trades and BIFS in the last couple of months that it really is not too much of a shock that I cannot remember where one or two came from. But that is neither here nor there, lets review it anyway…

A – Poured a nice deep hazelnut brown. Great color on this, looked like hickory wood or something. Ample carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session, with a small amount of side glass lace around the edge. The head was not too impressive, maybe an inch or so on the pour and fading quickly down to only a thin layer across the top. Looked pretty much like an English ale.

S – Aroma was very grainy, almost musty in smell. Lots of malter bread, and a lot of caramel as well. Had a definite roasted nuts kind of back to it. Very full aroma and very pleasing as well. Not something to be taken lightly, but at the same time also not very heavy. Nice for a good pub ale and quite a bit stronger then most I have smelled in this category..

T – Very nice here, lots of caramel and malt tones that were littered in the back with a tiny bit of English bittering hops. Nice sweetness balancing It all out very very well. I was quite impressed with this one. It was a very full bodied flavor with lots of earthen grain and malt tones.

M – Super smooth and clean would be the best way to describe it. Not too heavy and not very carbonated but still very very good. It was really a nice combination of factors that led to a decent mouthfeel.

D – Great I could have had another with ease when I was done. A rich full feel was just about perfect for drinking. Not a sipper this was a good sit down with the game ale.

Overall I was very impressed with this little brew that I really did not even know that I had. It was quite good and defiantly something worth taking a shot at. I would defiantly recommend trying this one If you can, it might surprise you a bit as it comes through with a lot more quality then I thought it would.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a small bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of malt is slightly sweet with little hops distinguishable. Taste was also dominated by some discreet sweet malt with a dry ending. Body was about average with some average carbonation. A bit boring overall and would have profited from having more English hops to provide some floral notes.

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

A: Thin, white head. Light copper, slight amber. Lots of carbonation.

S: Sweet malty aroma, earthy hop aroma. Hint of citrus.

T: Malt forward, but not very sweet. Medium dry on the pallate, with decent bitterness. Some earthy hop flavor. Nicely balanced, but not exceptionally complex.

D: Very high.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear and red-brown, with a big creamy head that persists as lacing.

The aroma is caramel, celery, lemon, and grain.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, with the standard low carbonation of an English ale.

The taste is of coffee beans, molasses, bitter hops in abundance, and some aspirin. The aftertaste is a bit like bitter tea.

I had this on a couple occasions in England and it was never very exciting on tap, either. A fairly standard ale.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber with a flash of cherry depending on your lighting. Inch thick off-white head kept going by a host of lazy, slow moving bubbles. Sweet smell ... or is that malt? Smooth mouthfeel. Balanced bitterness, citrus overtones, fruity with an aftertaste of tangerine and a lingering, bitter finish ... hmmm, I could drink this more often. The carbonation did die down before I reached the end of the glass. That aroma had me a bit mystified, it was musty one moment and spearmint the next ... it's all good though, a pleasant and satisfying ale.

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

Went a little crazy picking up samples from the LCBO today - here's Abbot Ale, an English Pale Ale.

I was little surprised that this wasn't a nitro-can, nevertheless, I cracked the top and poured the contents of the 500ml can into my pint glass. It pours a nice copper-red, capped by two fingers of heavy froth that has surprising staying power - almost as though this were nitro-poured. The cap does begin to recede, but only by about one finger, leaving significant lacing. Not bad - the cap certainly sells it for me.

The smell from the can was immediately reminiscent of a stronger Boddington's (itself somewhat disguised by the nitro widget) - a sort of berry-citrus hopping (almost like guarana?), a hint of lemon and grassy fields, accompanied by a heaping of nice caramel malt. Tea leaves. Minerals. Creamy. Almost like a more classic, creamier, well-hopped interpretation of the new Alexander Keith's Red that I'd just tried today. Quite nice.

Taste is more of the same (a more serious Boddington's). Smooth. Caramel malt, but with a significant dose of those English hops - citrus, leaves, berries. Stays fairly sweet throughout, but does bitter up a bit on the back end and finish, which leaves a nice dry hoppy flavour in the mouth (accompanied by just a touch of caramel). Faint note of hard mineral water. Interesting, I suppose, and tasty enough, but it doesn't really do anything for me - there are far too many beers with such a similar profile for me to get too excited about this one in particular.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth - carbonation is very light (similar to what I'd imagine a true cask ale to be, if I had ever tried one), in line with it's nitro-fueled brethren. Of course, the fact that it ISN'T nitro-driven makes that light carbonation all the more noticeable. Drinkability is good, but I've never really been one for the EPA style when it comes to mass consumption (it doesn't sit right in the stomach); the hard mineral water and the light bitterness might cause issues, but I could still see myself having multiple pints.

All in all, good, but nothing special. A respectable reading of the style without any flourish.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear copper color, think foamy head that doesn't last and leaves no lacing.

very light aroma which almost smells like cider. some trace metallic and alcoholic notes.

that cider sweetness persists in the tasting. some weak caramel malt and moderate hop bitterness, and even a slight saltiness. has an mild acidic tone and finish.

despite some of the acidity, still smooth enough.

not horrible, but kind of average. definitely "english" though, esp. with those cider-like qualities.

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Photo of hero27
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz can

Burnt copper color; small off-white head of froth.
Aroma of nuts & floral hops.
Biscuity, buttery caramel malt..nutty flavor. Slick, smooth mouthfeel.
Went down easy. Overall the beer is appealing but no qualities that are outstanding by themselves. A solid, quaffable English ale.

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Photo of kmacphail
1.65/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I sampled a pint of this in the New Bazaar in Dumfries where I was told by the landlord that it was one of the permanent beers on offer.

The beer poured nicely, a light ruby colour with a decent, slightly off white head. A good start.

However after this things went downhill. The fragrences of this beer were non existant, I couldn't smell anything. I passed the pint to my mate for a second opinion and he said the same.

An initial burst of spices and floral dominate, these disappear to leave a bitter hoppy aftertaste that lingers.

The beer had a medium mouthfeel, about right for its style, however the taste completely put me off this beer. I managed to force a quarter of the pint before giving up and moving onto another. This beer obviously has its fans, but I am not one. I strongly recommend asking for a taster before ordering a pint.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small head and not much in the lacing department. Has an amber like colour. Smells a bit metallic, some malt but I cant pick up much else. My mouth also has a hard time with this one, malty/sweet with some fading earth like notes. Not at the top of my list, but its no where near the bottom.

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Photo of theopholis
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: The can I have looks quite different, and does not have the word "Draught", nor "Morland Brewery" on it. Pretty sure it's the same stuff tho.

Appearance- Pours a nice, clear amber. Looks like old honey. The head is an off-white that settles down to a 1/4 affair and stays. No lacing.

Aroma- Odd mixture of some malt sweetness and tatr/bitter all at once. Just a hint of citrusy hoppiness. The maltiness is quite pungeant. Very inviting.

Taste- Doesn't taste like the aroma would lead you to expect. Quite malty. A malt sweetness with bittering hops follows the strong malty start. Ends with a bready dryness.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and creamy. Nice, round body with a nice tight carbonation.

Drinkability- Quite nice. The mouthfeel and taste work well together.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the appropriate nonic at the Daniel Stead in Darlington while working my way across the taps. pours a slighty ruby hued amber with a lovely 1/2 head hanging on top.

Aromas are slightly sweet and bitter all at once and allows a bit of citrus/fruit to ride in here and there.

Taste follows the nose a bit as it carries a rich malty bready presence right into a warming spicy hoppy mouth. Hints of sweet fresh baked break and orange zest creep in somewhere in there and a nice light and dry finish rides this out.

This is one nice brew - not the best but pretty solid across the board. Nothing to complain about but nothing that is going to win first place either.

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

Fairly clear dark copper color; good head sticks around awhile.

Sweet & sour malt with some slight butteriness.

Sweet peaty malt with some roasted/smokey notes and a minerally bitterness on the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel but also feels a bit heavy.

Definately not my style of beer, but I could drink a pint of one (1) of these.

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Abbot Ale from Greene King / Morland Brewery
Beer rating: 49.2% out of 100 with 663 ratings
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