Abbey Ale
Abita Brewing Co.

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3.69 | pDev: 13.82%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Abbey AleAbbey Ale
Notes: Abbey Ale honors the ancient tradition of monks who perfected the art of brewing beer to support the monastery and their "liquid bread". We offer up our support and thank them with a 25¢ donation to St. Joseph's Abbey with every bottle sold of this heavenly brew. Dark amber in color, the aroma of caramel, fruits and cloves invites you to contemplate the creamy head of this "Dubbel" or double ale. Abita Abbey Ale is a malty brew, top-fermented and bottle aged to rapturous perfection.

32 IBU
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber marked best by 1/11/17. Pours a semi-opaque copper color with a finger of fluffy white head. Smell is slightly sour with rich malt aromas. I'm already excited! Airy feel with the right amount of carbonation. Taste has dark fruit flavor up front followed by a rich malt and nut body. Very good beer, this one has the feel of a Belgian-made Dubbel, which is a big compliment for an American brewery.

May 01, 2016
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Viaduck from California

4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Caramel color with a modest head that quickly disappears. The description on the bottle is pretty accurate: a heavenly liquid bread with caramel, fruits & clove. Nicely balanced flavor with enough carbonation despite losing its head. I'm a fan of bready beers & I like this one. Very good!

Nov 29, 2015
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark Amber with a tall cream colored head.

Smells of wild yeast, raisin, and malt.

Taste is raisin up front with some plumb notes rounded out by roasted malt and nut. A lively carbonation keeps the flavors moving and reveals a nice complexity. A solid dubbel with depth.

Jun 21, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark mahogany color, with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of bready, toasted malt imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes as well as aromas of Belgian yeast, which imparts aromas of spices, such as clove, cardamom, and black pepper. There are also notes of candied sugar and lots of dried fruit such as raisins, prunes apricots, and currents. Smells delicious!

Taste: Wow! That’s a delicious beer! Strong flavors of toasted malt, candied sugar and stone fruit up front, imparting bready, sweet fruit flavors, followed by lots of spices of clove, orange peel, black pepper and a touch of ginger. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent as there’s some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 8.0%, there is just a hint of alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent, spectacular beer! One of the best American-made Belgian Abbey/dubbel I’ve had, actually. Malty, fruity, earthy, sweet, funky, delicious! Highly recommended!

Jun 12, 2015
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Kyseber from Alabama

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: dark amber.
S: metallic. Grainy.
T: promising maltiness up front and then fades into overly bitter astringency.
M: crisp then flattened.

This brew was a bit off for my taste... I won't be picking this up again unless I learn I received a bad batch...

Apr 11, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of molasses, malts, mild spice. Taste is fruits, yeast, malts, a touch of spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Feb 28, 2015
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Tilly from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a lacy beige head.
Caramels, malts and orange aromas.
Malts, caramel, sugary, exotic fruits like a sloe plum. Some citrus.
Light, syrupy with slight bitterness.

Feb 11, 2015
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, coppery-red. A decently sized, light tan head develops before receding to a thickish film.
Smell is malty, wood, multiple fruits, light smoke. Good balance.
Taste is rich with malt, slightly green wood, a mix of light and dark fruits, some spice (mostly clove but with something else) and light smoke notes tie it all up very nicely.
Smooth, rich, with a very light effervescence. Just the slightest bit of drying but a whole lot of warming. The flavor and body are a perfect primer for the Thanksgiving feast in two weeks. Wish I had another to complement that meal. The best beer from Abita I've ever had, by a good stretch.

Nov 14, 2014
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

A - poors a dusky amber somewhat clear body with a cedar tinted fluffy beige head. Good lacing. 4.25

S - somewhat muted aroma. But plenty of straw like hoppy aromas and sweet flora fruity smells. Like a flower shop next door to a cupcake shop but waaaay down the street so you can only smell it occasionally. 4

T - sweet. Malty. Strawberries with cream and a slice of toast on the side. 4

M - creamy and viscous. Malty with a hint of fizz. 8% abv totally hidden. 4.5

O - this is best non-Belgian "Belgian style" ale I can recall. Most of the imitation Belgian fail to capture all the elements but this one checks all the boxes. 4.25

Oct 07, 2014
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Acidik_Inc from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +22%

Ha! I was pleasantly surprised by this pint. Superior ingredients to other Abbey Ales. Fruity in flavor along with caramel and toffee flavors. Calming in its effect. Definitely not overwhelming. A beautiful brownish red in color, the marksmanship of a true Abbey. Delicious at its tip and smooth all the way down in its consumption.

Sep 28, 2014
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +19.2%

Nose: dark sugars - caramel to toffee, fruit, hint of anise, pepper.
Pours rich auburn with a slight have under a moussey 1" persistent lightly tan tinted foam cap.
Palate: equally malt and yeast driven. The malt flavors are a complex of caramel to rich toffee supported by yeast driven dark fruit flavors that are spiced with light pepper and a hint of anise. The toffee lingers long into the aftertaste. Very light hop accent.
The creaminess of the body gives it a medium full feel. The fine carbonation works very well with the rich malts which are balanced by the yeast and alcohol flavors.

Sep 11, 2014
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Paincane from Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber opaque body capped by a tan head. Good head retention and lacing.
S: Aromas of dark fruits, bread, caramel and clove.
T: Malt forward, caramel, bready and toffee flavors with clove and spice.
M: Smooth, creamy brew that is malty and tasty.
O: Delicious Dubbel. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Aug 01, 2014
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silverking from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep clear amber with a thin, rocky tan head. Great head retention and well defined rings of lacing. Small, slow rising carbonation.

S- beautiful yeast character. Earthy, spicy, funky. Bready malt, caramel, and a touch of molasses. Not much fruit, but there is a hint of raisin if you look for it.

T- molasses, caramel, raisin, Cinnamon, clove, toasted bread, funky yeast. Surprisingly complex for an American dubbel.

M- medium bodied, creamy, fine carbonation.

O- very surprised, in a good way.

Jun 11, 2014
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Goosehunter75 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper red. Its head is deep tan in color and about 2 fingers high. Great retention and lacing.

S - very fruity smelling. Apples, pears, rasisn with a powerful malty background

T - Similar to the aroma. Pears and apples upfront. I also detect some apricots in the taste. Quite malty just like the aroma too.

M - This is a solid fill body beer. Extremely creamy. Slight burn but not bad for an 8% beer. Smooth for the most part

O - Wonderful beer. Very different. Great flavor. Nicely done

Mar 20, 2014
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber brown pour with a foamy two finger head. Aroma is bread and clove. Full body is complex with notes of bread and malt upfront. Can also taste notes of clove and caramel. There's a light bitterness also. Finishes boldly with spice and clove flavors.

Mar 14, 2014
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DarrellK from Florida

2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Once again Abita does a nice marketing job but the bottle contents don't match expectation.

The mahogany color with some cloudiness match the style. The head is quite full at first but dissipates quickly.

The taste is a little too winey for me and the style.

The mouth is medium bodied and it finishes with a hint of tartness and some alcoholic tones given the 8% abv.

Have to give it a bit of credit given the price compared to other brews that claim to be abbey type ales. I guess a nice try but I wouldn't introduce a newcomer to the style with this brew.

Feb 05, 2014
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 18, 2014.

It has a decent looking mahogany or chestnut brown pour with a quick off-white head the fizzles down and leaves little lacing behind.

The nose has tart red grape ester to it more than anything else. Muted behind that upfront fruitiness I find barley malts, earthy hops, and mild spice.

Medium body.

The taste brings out a little more of the toasted malts but it is the almost juice-like red grape that overpowers everything else in the character. Some tart bitterness on the tail end. Not on my "buy again" list.

Jan 18, 2014
RADRACING from Connecticut

1.62/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

i was always taught if you don't have anything nice to say do not say anything at all...

with that said i am always skeptical of abbita. I got my bottle for free for vol at a homebrew comp.

i did have high hopes for this beer but they were crushed like a Monday at work.

This is an extremely Americanized version of a Belgium dubble.

only good thing i can say is that the proceeds of this brew are donated to a hospital...and that's the only good thing i can say

Nov 17, 2013
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FrattyNattyKA from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah okay so lets sit down to some Abbey Ale by the Abita brewing company... I had high hopes for this brew as I'm a huge fan anything that says "ale" and I mean from all ends of the spectrum from Indian pale ales to smoked darker ales.. I love ale! So without further-a-do lets crack this baby open. On pouring the brew it had a deep reddish orange appearance and a thick foamy creamy brown head lasting even into my first sip. I drank this brew at room temperature to give everyone my full experience info and honestly Im glad I kept it that way. The taste had apples, yeast, ginger, cinnamon and I want to say vanilla? It's a very interesting brew and it's actually growing on me the more sips I take. I feel that this brew was very pleasant and at the price a good deal. It's not among the world class beers by all means but I would say more of a nice autumn time brew. It has a nice fizz in the mouth that lingers after letting it down the hatch. Overall if you're considering this brew my fellow new advocates, go ahead and grab a bottle, you'll be glad you did! Thanks for reading my review and as always beer on my friends.

Aug 16, 2013
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly murky and dull copper brown.

Dark fruit, raisins, slight funkiness going on.

Caramel and candied sugar, fig, and raisins.

Medium-bodied, low carbonation.

Overall, not very enjoyable.

Aug 12, 2013
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KegelsKegs from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Red-brown with a head that lingers for at least the first few sips

S- Figs, caramel, bread and that typical Belgian yeast smell that usually smells to me like pineapple

T- Backed sweet rolls, brown sugar, and figs. On the sweeter side, but not overly sweet

M- Medium carbonation. Front: meaty malt body Finish: not syrupy, almost at odds with the front

O- Pretty solid beer. A bit on the sweet side, but this will not stop me from drinking it again

Aug 12, 2013
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ReaperJohnnyC from Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nose was instantly sweet, lots of floral and earthy notes, a little more than I thought it should.

Color was deep amber/brown...looked amazing

Taste was as a thought, sweeter than I was hoping for it tasted...well cheap honestly not like a true abbey ale...there was one flavor also that didn;t seem to belong, not sure what, some kind of flowery or herbal taste.

Not a true abbey ale in my opinion but still an alright beer in general.

Jul 26, 2013
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Mikecap from Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep reddish brown with a nice two finger white head that fades relatively slowly, decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Dark fruit, sweet malts with raisins and plums coming to mind. A bready character as well and a typical Belgian character.

Taste: Quite sweet with dark fruit, bread and some belgian yeast hitting the tongue. Some spice in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with well-hidden alcohol. A solid sipper and not too heavy.

Overall: I don't have a ton of experience with Dubbels but I liked this one. One of the better beers I've had from Abita.

Jun 12, 2013
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BillyPirate from Arkansas

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

A - Nice fluffy head with impressive lacing. Dark golden hue.

S - Distinct presence of banana, plum esters.

T - Ripened banana tempered by caramel. Does an excellent job of masking its 8% ABV. Slight but pleasant peppery aftertaste.

M - Great balance between slick and mildly chewy.

O - Not a big fan of Abita but this is an excellent and very accessible representation of a Belgian dubbel.

Apr 20, 2013
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ElCommodoro from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was INTENSE. I was very surprised by the smell and then further surprised by the shock of yeasty flavour when I took my first sip. This is an interesting foray into Belgian-style beer and one of the harshest on the yeast front I've ever had, especially for a dubbel. That was enjoyable to an extent, but definitely a bit much. It was a tad sour from all the yeast, but the malts tasted delicious and the alcohol kick was very discernible on the finish, which I enjoyed. So, all in all, it was interesting and enjoyable, but not really a top-notch dubbel.

Mar 18, 2013
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