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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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4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - An amber/coppery colored brew with low visibility. It produced a 2-finger head that looked thick and creamy. The head retention seems to be pretty darn good, and I got a bit of spots and splotches left on my glass.

S - It smells very dry with floral notes and a nice fig/cherry fruit thing going on. I also pick up a subtle vanilla notes underneath the fruit character. It's a bit sour as well, like malt vinegar. As it warmed I also picked up a touch of cinnamon. It smells pretty complex, warming, and inviting.

T - Upfront I get a really nice mix of brown sugar, almonds, cinnamon, and clove. It unfolds into soft malt vinegar tones, and cherry/fig fruit like flavors. It finishes with a touch of banana, low bitterness that helps to balance, and the same malt characters that I mentioned in the first sentence.

M - Medium bodied with soft crispness and a smooth feel.

O - I was surprised how much I liked this beer because I'm not much of a Belgian Ale drinker. I thought the aroma was very nice, and the flavors were good but I would get tired of the vinegar and Belgian yeast flavors after one glass, but that's just me. Overall I thought the beer was good, and it's turned me on to finding other brews of the same style that I might like more.

I'd say definitely give this one a try though. Cheers!

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3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glass: tulip

a: Sort of a muddy velvet color with a 1 finger tan head.

s: Tart cherries, apple, toasted cracker, chocolate.

t: tart, acidic, Belgian yeast, cherries, cracker, cocoa nibs.

m: medium-full with moderate carbonation.

o: it's alright, nothing to write home about.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was a clear, copper color with two fingers of khaki colored head. The aroma was a very inviting bouquet of vanilla, Belgian yeast, caramel malt, nuts and hints of bread. The flavors were similar with clear notes of yeast bread and caramel sweetness along with more subdued flavors of figs, pepper, plum, nuts and some spicy hops on the finish. Complex but drinkable and punchy without tasting boozy; balanced, in short. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation medium/light. It was notably sweet for the style but I have a sweet tooth so this appeal to me. Enjoyable and worth your money.

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3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall: Though I'm not a fan of abbey ales, Abita serves one with delightful taste and character; a must try for fans of abbey ales.

Appearance: Dark, foggy red-brown color. Pours a two-finger head. Moderate lace.

Smell: Toffee; caramel; sweetness; malt; vinegar; yeast.

Taste: The tastebuds are overtaken with flavors similar to salted caramel and sour bread mixed as one.

Mouthfeel: Despite a heavy aftertaste, its mouthfeel is light and clean--a likely attribute from the springs Abita brews with.

Sampled from a pint glass

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before 29 November 2012.

A: Gorgeous, creamy head -- almost two fingers. Ruddy amber-brown, clear in the light which highlights the thin streams of bubbles in the interior. Good lacing. Excellent.

S: Uninspiring. Bready malts and flat Belgian yeast. A touch of fruit.

T: Bizarre, but compelling. What starts out as a typical dubbel-style abbey ale, with medium-dark fruit and yeasty malt -- what you'd expect, in other words -- ends as a burnt popcorn (or roasted peanuts), sour fruit, and tangy...yeast? A bit hard to describe. It's good, but confused and unfocused.

M: Thin, with a peanut dust bitterness. Small carbonation.

O: So I actually liked this beer. I might not recommend it, but I certainly don't mind finishing the whole 22 ounce bottle. Good effort, average result.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this bomber at my local Giant eagle $4.49 plus tax

A - Dark amber brown in color with good carbonation. Impressive half inch of head that turns to a fluffy lace ring and very sticky lacing.

S - Very fruity almost like a port wine at times. Good caramel and toffee malt backbone. Impressive.

T - A bit watery but I do get some candied sugars, figs, and mild yeast tones. Almost like a watered down wine to tell you the truth, it's ok.

M - Medium bodied it hides the ABV pretty well with only a slight chalky flavor and slight burn.

Overall I wish this beer tasted as good as it smells but its pretty good for a 5 dollar bomber. Not bad.

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Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 578 ratings
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