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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3/5  rDev -18%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Reddish brown with a 1/2 inch tan head and ok retention

Smell: Dark fruits plums and raisins upfront and in full effect with a funky belgian yeast picking up the backend

Taste: Very fruity flavor and to be honest its a bit of a fruit overload. The back end carries a bit of clove and a caramel backbone

Mouthfeel: Slightly less than medium body and ample carbonation

Overall: It's just an ok dubble

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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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3.65/5  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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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 22oz bottle into Ommegang goblet

A - pours with a healthy 2 fingers of dense beige foam that slowly subsides to a scant 3mm covering with moderate lacing; the color is a complex of orange, red, and brown - light, reddish chestnut? looks good either way

S - very inviting nose of dried and candied stone fruits, caramelized sugar, yeast, wheat, baking bread...layers going on here

T - like the nose, very inviting on the palate; layers of flavors woven together; more caramel/sugar, dried/candied stone fruits, yeasty notes; hints of baked plum; big sweet malt front to back

M - packs a lot in while still staying a middle-weight; sweetness avoids cloying; CO2 creates a creaminess on the mid-palate; very soft

O - very enjoyable; seems to be straddling the dubbel/tripel line as there is a mid-palate lift and estery-ness that says tripel; really good effort and one I will return to

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