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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass

Appearance – Pours a rusty red-brown color. Upon pouring there is a huge thick foamy tan head that forms. It persists for some time giving way to some very nice lacing.

Smell- Sweet fruit aromas abound. Apple and tropical fruits of banana and mango are the most potent. There is a bit of caramel and breadiness mixed in with the fruits as well. All in all, the aroma is quite potent and quite pleasant.

Taste – It starts out with the fruit depicted in the nose. The apple and banana are the thickest and heartiest, but darker fruit and even a little bit of caramel are present and become more prevalent toward the middle of the taste. The taste experience finishes with a bit of a roasty and bready maltiness with a lingering bit of fruit and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. The body is a little bit thin for the abv and style and the carbonation a bit too high.

Overall – Other than the mouthfeel, the beer really has very nice characteristics. It has a nice sweeter fruit profile mixed with a nice malty backbone. A fairly good sweeter dubbel.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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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3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into yet another plastic cup at the cheap Econo Lodge next to the Culture Room. No freshness date.

A- From a heavy pour comes a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the cup, frosty lacing and plentiful surface foam.

S- Mildly sweet cereal grain followed by even milder Belgian yeast aroma.

T- Wow. "liquid bread" indeed. Heavy bounce of malt along with deep tones of Belgian yeast. Some blunt alcohol burn that lasts too long for an 8% ABV. Caramel, fruit and cloves as promised but aren't used very effectively

M- The beer's main flaw. Dry, sharp and searing from the booze. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Pretty off-balance in general, but it's drinkable and there should be something to be said for that...right?

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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours deep copper with an off-white two finger head. The smell is of sugar, fig, and malt. I pick up malty sweetness in the taste as well as cinnamon and fig. It has a dry finish and this is not much bitterness, but the hops are definitely present. The bread flavor also comes out in this beer. The taste is complex and well-balanced. The alcohol doesn't come forward in the flavor at all. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass. The body is on the higher end of medium and the carbonation is moderate, making this a very drinkable dubbel. I have to tip my hat to Abita for creating a solid and very drinkable dubbel. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

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Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 578 ratings.
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