Abbey Ale
Abita Brewing Co.

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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #185
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3.69 | pDev: 14.09%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
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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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Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 580
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4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rich dark red amber with a frothy tan head that sticks throughout the beer and has nice lacing.

Smell. My first whiff of this one right out the bottle had a sourness that scared me...already a bad bottle? But after pouring it out, that sour bit that i got left, and the aroma is nice. Has a nice sweetness that is smelling like both candi sugar (i get a little candy cotton) and a sweet fruitiness (ripe strawberries is what i get there too). Though i dont get the sourness i first got, there is still a touch of tart that i get, but it goes well with the sweetness.

Taste. The beer stays sweet, but is not cloying (i thought from the aroma that this one could have been a bit too much on the sweet side). The sweetness turns a little bit more on the caramel side and the fruit flavor sticks from the aroma, as i still get a strong strawberry flavor that is accompanied with some tartness. I also get a creaminess from the flavor, which has a little banana to it. I also get a small clove flavor after a second but it does not linger. As it warms in my mouth the flavor turns more earthy. There is a good spiciness that accompanies the cloves that i like; good yeastiness.

Mouthfeel. Body is rather creamy and on the fuller side of medium. I'm a little surprised as I am not getting that much carbonation in this one. Has a nice balance.

Overall, i plan on buying this one a lot, especially with the price i got it at being at $3.69 for the bomber. It is a refreshing dubbel that still carries a complexity and spiciness to it. I don't think I'd say its an incredible dubbel, but it still is pretty tasty. I am finding myself drinking this one rather quickly; the presence of alcohol is low and the drinkability is quite high.

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2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber with a two finger tan foam cap. Decent retention and lacing. Smells strongly of yeast and banana/date esters, as well as a good bit of doughy malt and some spice. Tastes of sweet malt and tangy yeast, as well as more banana and quite a bit of spiciness. Medicinal phenols are almost overwhelming at times. Some bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is thick, but slightly syrupy. The phenols make it somewhat unpleasant to put down.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at Lagers and it was a pretty damn good beer. Not a proper pour or glass so rating is not a truly proper rating. They will be bottling this in January 2009 so will do another review then. Overall though the beer was great and the alcohol(8%) was masked extremely well. Perhaps a little too well as I had three and was feeling pretty good but had to drive home.

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Photo of biggmike
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I made a recent visit to the brewpub in Abita Springs and had this on-tap along with a cask doppelbock and satsuma wit. This was served in a pint glass instead of a goblet, but I rarely get proper glassware anywhere. Had a nice aroma of dark fruit. Taste was similar to the aroma. Little carbonation, head, or lacing, and mouthfeel was correct for the style. Hid the alcohol fairly well. Good beer.

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

This is the new release from Abita that will be bottled along with Andygator starting something in early 2009.

I had it on tap at the Chimes following a disappointing LSU/UGA game, and was disappointed again that it was served in an imperial pint glass as opposed to a goblet, but that's the one drawback I've comed to expect at The Chimes.

I was very impressed with this new release, they really did a very admirable job with this brew. Like most Abita seasonal brews, they outperform the year-long standards.

Definitely check this one out if you come across it on tap in S. LA, and look for the bottles in 2009 sometimes.

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Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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