Abbey Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abbey AleAbbey Ale

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Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by theboozecruise on 10-26-2008

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Photo of rxharr6
4.9/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep amber color, clouds nicely with a bottle swirl before pour if you like the lees otherwise pours crystal amber worthy of the gems darker varieties.
The nose is fresh baked bread and pears.
The alchohol makes it a sharp first taste but with a smooth finish.
Full malty flavor with slight bitter after taste similar to that found in a lambic
Nice carbonation, tiny bubbles, piour to a creamy white head.
Excellent winter bear.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.62/5  rDev +26.2%
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!

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Photo of Krishob
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wife and I happened to be out & she noticed this lil beverage store tucked away in the corner. I happened to see this in the cooler & snatched it up. Time to see if it was worth the wait.

650ML Bottle, 8% ALC by vol.
Served into a hybrid pint/tulip glass

Appearance - Wow!! this poured a rich amber. 2 - 3 fingers of head that reduced slowly. It has a very rich head not a bright white foam but more like a froth that lingered & was a very light amber in color. towards the bottom it is clear & clean, but as you get closer to the head that is still nice & creeping down the sides as it reduces becomes darker.

Smell - roasted bicuity malts, hops are piny & spice/clove smelling but in a good way. Makes you want to taste it to see if this is as warm feeling as it smells.

Taste - There is a good sharp bitter from the hops but it blends well with the doughy sweetness that malts give. It has a spice that is noticeable but it is not offensive. the sweetness from the malts is really nice and soft. You can taste the different ingredients but they are well blended and seem to compliment each other very well.

Mouthfeel - This is not heavy but defiantly not light. It falls somewhere in between. It coats your palate & as you swallow you can still feel it on the inside of your mouth. It is very soothing in that the slight carbonation that it has along with the spice allow you to feel little points of contact this coating effect. It very smooth & warming, something good to share with some buddies during winter. A nice cigar would hurt as well.

Drinkability - This is defiantly an easy drinker. Goes down smooth, its comforting. It is also a very filling beer. As long as there is room in the tank I would drink as much as I could. Glad for the size since that means was more for me to have after reviewing.


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Photo of Acidik_Inc
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent Abbey Ale. The color was a deep-golden with hues of orange. The smell of soft malts and hops had a magnificent aroma. The taste had a sweet maltiness and mild hops flavor. Overall, Fruity aroma, soft, sweet maltiness and just a pleasant tasting Ale. One of Abita's better beers!

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Photo of Lemke10
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear, medium brown color with a mild, malty scent. The taste is sweet, malty, and toasty mixed with hints of fruits. It finishes clean and refreshing. Quite a well made Abbey Ale from the Deep South. This is a must try if you can find it in your area!

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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another classic from Abita Brewing. This ale has a creamy, beige head, a beautiful, somewhat cloudy, amber hue, and a caramel-type aroma. The taste is mildly bitter and sweet with roasted nut notes. There is almost no trace of an alcohol taste, however, even with the high (8% abv.) alcohol content. Mouth feel is even. Overall, a top-notch product.


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Photo of boutleg32
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red/mahogony. Good lacing. Nice 2 inch head.

S - Sweet smell of cherries and cinnamon but not overpowering.

T - Lighter than the look but hints of raisen with a good aftertaste. Alcohol is very present but not over the top

M - In my opinion, it is the best part of the beer. Medium carbonation which is exactly where an Abbey Ale should be.

D - It meets all expectation. Not on the level with Chimay or other Monk beers but extremely satisfying.

Overall- As a student of St. Joseph's Seminary, this beer is a source of income for all us all. 25 cents of every bottle goes to monks here at the Abbey in St. Benedict, LA. It's a very drinkable beer that Benedictine Monks of the Catholic Church have learned to perfect worldwide. It is meets all expectations of the art of brewing beer at monasteries. Again, it may not be as great as some of the Trappist Monastery Ales of Europe but it comes close at a better price. Vivat Christus Rex!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, amber brown colored with a big fluffy light tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, almost clear

S: caramel malt, yeast, fresh bread, dates, prunes, slight bananas

T: big malt profile up front, no hop bitterness, almost not hop flavor thoughout, yeast, sweet grains, raisins, figs, brown sugar, honey, very sweet flavor

M: alcohol is well hidden, syruppy quality, carbonation makes this more tolerable though and serves to break up the viscosity some

O: interesting take on a Dubbel from our Cajun friends, has a very noursing quality almost like the "liquid bread" mentioned on the bottle, good complexity of flavors present, worth trying if you are an Abita fan or are interested in domestic Dubbels

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany, with reddish hues. Awesome tan head that has incredible retention. It stays around for quite awhile. Lacing is moderate on this one but still pretty good.

S - Very sweet nose. Picking up lots of dark fruits. Raisins an cherries mainly. There's also some cinnamon and clove spice to it. Its very aromatic. All the smells are robust.

T - Taste is a little lighter than expected. Its a little winy. With some brown sugar and raisin notes. I'm also picking up some of the alcohol. Finish is a bit sweet and sour.

M - Mouth feel is perfect for these sorts of flavors. Medium bodied with bubbly medium carbonation. Excellent.

D - This is a damn good beer. Very drinkable. I wonder how something like this would age. Well worth the price. I would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a duvel tulip

pours a beautiful honey amber with a slight creamy looking head

fruity, plums, caramel, and malty goodness

follows the nose almost exactly except you can taste the spices (clove). alittle sweet upfront but balances toward the end.

this dubbel is smooth, creamy, and tasty. not dry and not too carbonated.

spent $5 for this badboy at bevmo. honestly, one of the best american belgian styles i have tried

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Photo of DerekP
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 3/3/12

22 oz bottle cost me $4.95, poured into the widest wine glass I own (took about 3 pours to finish the bottle).

Dark-maraschino cherry red body with a a sticky beige head. Good retention. Lively carbonation with bubbles still visibly rising to the top.

Rich in the nose with warm phenolic yeast, fruity & spicy esters. Hard candy, sticky sweetness. Overripe banana. Fragrant, burnt brown sugar & toasted vanilla. At 8%, this brew hides the booze exceptionally well.

Crisp and prickly up front with toasted notes, yeasty sweetness, spicy hops, clove, leaf texture. Very smooth hops bitterness washes away nicely with a friendly yeast flavor that lingers. Hangs around like a tasty wine, only better. Grows creamy as it warms. Depth & character shines through this one.

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Photo of diamondc
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Excellent head, great Belgian lacing. Typical murky muddy water-like Dubbel appearance.

S: Cocoa powder, cloves, spicy pepper-like with some tropical fruit overtones.

T: Ripe tropical fruits, cloves, cookie dough, burnt caramel, some Raisinettes candy action going on on the aftertaste. Little to no hop action.

M/D: Hits all the Dubbel notes well. The sweetness lingers for a long time, but never gets too syrupy or cloying. Best Abita beer I've had so far.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, amber-brown color, the head fizzles out fast and is gone pretty quick but in classic Belgian-style fashion the center is full of life and remains bubbly for the session.

The aroma has tangy, citric fruitiness, sour yeast, smoked maple ham, wild sour green grape effect...really very nice.

This is a light, crispy and jazzy feel just as it should be with a medium feel from good malt complexity that has brown sugar, maple syrup, balanced by a wonderfully dry-earthy crispness. all aspects are bold and enjoyable. not as lush feeling as some other very high quality Dubbles but it's pretty nice.

This is a rather excellent American brwed Belgian style. I really appreciate this one because this was the very first style of beer I ever brwed.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with creamy white head, good retention and creamy walls of lace.

The smell is of sugary malt, brown sugar, freshly baked bread, some dark fruit, apricot, sour yeasts, hay, bananas and spice. Some clove and nutmeg.

The taste is light and sweet with fruity notes of banana and cherry, some plum and apricot. Some musty notes and spices. Clove is nicely balanced with other spices and sugary notes. Belgian yeast shines.

Medium bodied, nice, light carbonation and creaminess.

Overall a very good version of the style. Alcohol well hidden and very tasty. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

Deep mahogany hue with a two finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick even cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing. The beer is opaque, but has a ruby glow when held up to the light.

An abundance of sugar fruit along with some earthy yeast tones. The yeast also gives off a bit of sharp phenols.

Like most Belgian Ales, the yeast does most of the talking. Up front are the spicy and peppery phenols. A little bit of clove is in the background. A hint of creaminess is in the background.

This is an excellent Dubbel, on par with the best Belgian ones. Recommended.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of jfro
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- dark amber/tan, decent head

S- very strong malt up front, sweetness, perhaps a bit of caramel malt

T- Malty sweetness, dark fruits (fig, plum, currant)

M- Ah here is where they nailed it, not too thin, not too chewey. Perfecto!

D- I could drink this dubbel for a long time if it was not 8 abv. fantastic. A rather impressive offering from the brewery I first became acquainted with while doing recover work post Katrina!

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Photo of BeerDawg1
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Aroma-nice strong smell/fruity/malty/earthy and bready

Appearence-caramel in color/sediment suspended nicly in middle of glass/nice retention/frothy head

Flavor-malty earthy undertones/fruity not citrusy overtones/nice finish sits on the pallette easily/subtle taste of currant

Mouthfeel-smooth/slight dry hop/nice finish leaves you wanting more

Drinkability-very very drinkable although I couldnt drink it al night long

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one from my in-person trade with twiggamortis420, thanks Greg!!

Pours red tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Fusel booze, much frui7tyness, raisins, & oakyness

T: Apricot & plum, plus dryness up front, plus oaky notes. I get hints of tabacco as this warms along with candi sugar, a touch of tangerine & jammy notes. Finishes with more fruittyness, green bananas, candi sugar & dryness

MF: Slick, medium bodied with pretty firm carbonation

Drinks great for the style & abv; maybe the single best beer I've had from these guys. I always thought their mainstream stuff,was well, too damn middle of the road, this one rocks, well done Abita!

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Photo of steveshields
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge Abita fan though I have tried a few of their brews before. I was looking for a new Belgian or Belgian Style to try today and happened to find Abbey by Abita at Danny's Liquor across the street. I don't know how I never saw this at the store before but I bet on it.

The beer looks great- dark copper/amber with a nice cloud-like head. Not quite as dark as I like but still a good looking Abbey.

SMELLS delicious. Rich clove, which I LOVE. Smells like an awesome Christmas night. Very spicy- not hot, just lots of spices. This would go so good with some sharp cheddar and sliced ham. (Ooh! A food pairing suggestion- new for me.)

Tastes good! Mouth feel is good but has a heavy finish. I gave it the second-highest drinkability because I would drink this beer any day.

Grab an Abita Abbey if you're looking to try a unique, abbey style ale. It's delicious.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Abbey Ale , 22 oz. bomber

Clear, dusky auburn appearance, solid, 1/2 " cocoa & cream head.

Aroma: sweet and spicy, brown sugar & molasses, caramel malt, a little nutty.

Taste: sweetness and richness aplenty. dark fruit, spicy malt. I keep looking for serious flaws, but I honestly can't find any. Smooth, alcohol stays cloistered, figs and cloves, delicious and a delight to drink.

Medium bodied, long finish, wonderful dubbel from Louisiana, who would have thunk it.

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Photo of bmwats
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 650ml bottle into my Orval chalice.

A: Medium brown, dark amber with a reddish hue. Very slight off-white head which quickly dissipates, although pockets of bubbly carbonation do remain of the surface. No lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet rich malt, nuts, raisin, and baked bread. Molasses and ginger (makes me think of gingerbread). Some indistinguishable [to me] spice.

T: Malt is not dark, but does have a roasted flavor. Sweet and syrupy (but not too sweet, just a hint). A nuttiness, a touch of bittersweet chocolate, some butterscotch, and a pungent peaty undertone. Also has a slight fruity flavor, maybe fig or date. Maybe a hint of some clove, also.

M: Thick and coating. Strong alcohol taste (as you would expect). Pungent aftertaste remains. Hearty and robust.

D: Excellent sipping brew.

Pretty decent atmosphere. Nose is complex, and spread out but really balanced with a nice collections of malty and sweet aromas. Flavor also offers complexity, and great balance. It is sweet and syrupy, but not overwhelmingly so. Balanced with a spicy pungency, and mitigated by a strong alcohol feel. Aftertaste stands out, but is not arresting. Great quaff.

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