Abbey Ale | Abita Brewing Co.

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Abbey AleAbbey Ale

Brewed by:
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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/30/13.

Pours a honey brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, and a slight fruit aroma. Taste is much the same with a toasted malt flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing all that exciting for an American take on the style.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown/orange in color with a nice thick head. Wonderful fruit/malt nose. Nice creamy mouth feel. Flavors are layered and complex of fruit, carmel, malt and clove. A very pleasant dried apricot light hop finish. Best Arbita brew I've tried. Great take on an Abbey Ale.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this with a little bit of excitement and curiosity. The beer poured out as a light brownish color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer gives off some light floral aromas, Belgian yeast, and some grains in there too. The taste is soft and tasted pretty close to a traditional Abbey Ale. The mouthfeel was soft and smooth. Overall it was a pretty decent brew. I wouldn't need to have it again but I'm glad I tried it.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, from a lovely co-op in Boise, Idaho, earlier this year. The label imagery somehow evokes my latent literary memories of Cajun country...

This beer pours a hazy dark rusty amber hue, with three fingers of tight foamy pale beige head, which leaves a decent high-hanging, low-drooping ring of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of sweet caramel, a meaty nuttiness, mild earthy yeast, and some soft dark fruit. The taste is bready caramel malt, raisin and generic black fruit, some mild clove and white pepper spice, and mild earthy hops. The carbonation is quite mild, the body a solid medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes a fair shake off-dry, sweet winey caramel still holding sway, the yeast and hop drying offset having readily fucked off (I've just read the Preacher series, if anyone is so wondering...)

My first beer from Bayou country, and well, they've done justice to the Belgian tradition, is all I can say. The sweetness could sure use some further counterbalance, but, for the time being, I sure ain't fixin' to complain...

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3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's always a tough billing for American breweries to try to pull off a successfull Dubbel.

Probably a little cleaner look than most Belgian versions with a bright, deep, amber hue; no real haze; and modest head formation and retention, relatively speaking.

Aromas definately favor the malts yeasty phenols but with a solid punch from the malts. Caught somewhere between toasty and caramelly sweet, yet well attenuated and softens later. Quite spicy and peppery throughout the nose.

Flavors fare very similarly, but with the maltiness gaining ground. Though sweet, toasty, and dry, the complex esters and aged fruitiness is lacking and makes the beer less interesting than Belgian Dubbels. The phenolics gain ground with a plasticy, medicinal note that continually elevates through the nose and taste.

Although a little hot and fusal, the beer dries out wonderfully for great drinkability and is easily palatable.

A decent beer that comes out better than most American attempts at the style, but still lacking complexity, balance, and restraint that make Belgian Abbey Ales the best beers in the world.

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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Well, I love the silk-screened 22 oz bottle. Nice graphics, nice earthy colors. This one and the Andygator look great, and I'm sure it will help to sell the beer.

It pours a hazy, very deep crimson and orange accented chestnut brown beneath a full cap of frothy off-white foam. The head retention is really quite good, and it leaves solid walls of creamy lace about the glass! Quite nice.

In the nose it's sweetish with notes of dark candy sugar, light caramel, and dried dark-skinned fruits... plum, raisin, date perhaps fig... a very minor hint of nuttiness... some minor clove from the yeast adds to it's sticky dark-fruit sugariness.

It's a little sweet initially, but after a few sips your palate adapts to it and it smooths out. Everything noted in the aroma carries over along with a little bit of spiciness from the yeast (and perhaps the alcohol as well - but clearly the yeast, White Labs WLP550 Belgian Ale Yeast). There's a suggestion of very light cocoa or chocolate but it never really comes through. The caramel is there, but the cocoa is just a very light dusting. Leafy hops, on the other hand, make a solid appearance; and a firm bitterness lies beneath the phenolic-sweet malt bed. It finishes drying as the alcohol washes away the residual malt sweetness and the spiciness is left behind with hints of leafy hops here and there. There's a minor note left behind that's reminiscent of red wine, but the clove and spice mostly disguise that (I'm not sure if that's good or bad - I'd like to see that vinous note more towards the front with a bit of dark fruit and chocolate); and on the down side, there's a bit of a vegetal note that runs through it, ever so slightly up-front, but which becomes more amplified in the finish. Odd. It's not too offensive though.

Overall it's a really nice abbey-style beer. A little bit more depth of character to the maltiness (perhaps a stronger hint of cocoa or soft milk chocolate?) would be great, and a tighter focus on the balance (softening the bitterness in the finish, and smoothing the sweetness at the outset - eliminating the minor vegetal note) would make this quite nice. Drinkable though! The alcohol is pretty well cloaked. Worth trying.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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 BEER88
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle - $4.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a huge, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Bready-scented malts laced with sugar and stuffed with bananas and other fruits and generously spiced with cloves. Like some whacky-ass sandwich!

Taste: Bready, sugary sweet maltiness sprinkled with some light brown sugar. Fruity flavors of golden raisins, ripe plums, and candy-coated bananas. Big kick of spicy cloves. Very minor hop bitterness. A few pieces of Dubble Bubble. Slight warming alcohol presence on the semi-dry, fine carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's nice. Typically, I'm not a huge fan of their offerings, but this is actually an admirable shot at a dubbel by Abita.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark amber color with about 2 fingers of an off white head with great retention and froth. Little carbonation evident.

s - Some fruit, malts, yeast, spices, and sweetness. Smells like a standard Belgian.

t - Tastes of sweet fruits and malts. Also tastes of yeast and maybe a tiny bit of spice.

m - Light to medium body with little carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - Overall this was a decent dubbel. I thought the taste was a little too sweet, but the smell was pretty good. For the cost (I paid $3.99) it was well worth it and I wouldn't mind trying it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After cleaning up the beer and foam that shot (then oozed) out the bottle neck following crown cracking... bright brick red with glazed apricot accents and much less carbonation than expected. The golden beige cap looks good too and glass coverage is better than decent. Against all odds, this is attractive beer.

The aroma is a little too sour fruity and phenolic to be a solid representation of the style. The usual elements of the style are present, though they're nothing to write home about.

Sorry, but Abbey Ale is not a very good effort at an abbey ale from the boys down in the bayou. My relatively high hopes for a credible Belgian-style ale from a brewery that puts out slightly above average beer on their best day was obviously misplaced.

Flavors include steely caramel, roasted peanuts, unripe fruit, bitter tea leaves and clove phenols. This is almost more of an Oktoberfest-Scottish ale hybrid than a dubbel. The yeast strain is incredibly messy and drags down the rest of the beer...

... along with a mouthfeel that suffers from the classic problem of unruly carbonation out of the gate, following by next to nothing in the way of bubbles after the initial storm subsides. Besides, the beer is too thin for the style and ABV.

Given the foam explosion, and the unfortunate aftermath, it's obvious that this bomber of Abita Abbey Ale isn't as the brewers intended. However, I don't believe the bottle is infected. Maybe you'll have better luck, but it's probably best to stick with the Belgian brasseries for your well-brewed dubbel needs.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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