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 MrDriscoll
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice orange/red pour with and off white head and firm 2 finger foam that was gone pretty quick but did linger as a thin layer through out. Good lacing all the way down the glass.

A - Sweet banana characters pop out from behind the sublte hints of fruit and spice that are pretty typical of a Belgian.

T - Floral notes catch you rigt off the bat with a sublte peppery note. Lots of typical Belgian yeasty with hints of all the fruit notes you catch in the aroma.

M/F - Appropriate amount of carbination with a nice roll across the tounge. A little dry on the finsh with snaps of a balanced bitterness and sweetness from front to back.

D - Above average in my book but scores a exta 1/2 point on the Drinkability Scale due to the $.25 donation Abita makes with every bottle sold.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, orange amber with some rusty highlights. Off white to very light tan head. Shows soapy and holds its shape ok. Recedes to thin, sparse wisps.

Yeasty clove and dark fruit come to mind in the nose. Apricot, honey and peppery booze/yeast notes. Sour cherries, dates, figs, brown bread and buttery phenols blend with that heavily fermented Belgian characters.

Bright, crisp and floral up front. Quickly fades to dark and tart fruits. Black currant, fig, prune, apricot and sour cherry. Tons of estery, spicy yeast notes. Booze is present and mingles well with the yeastiness. Lingering fruit, bitter/sweet and tasty with mild floral hops.

Crisp but lush with a fine bubble structure. Almost fluffy on the palate with some dry warmth. Lingering booze and a slight acidic twang. Very enjoyable with a moderate level of complexity. Certainly an above average Dubbel.

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Photo of nukem5
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful carmel color with a solid two fingers of rocky foam.

S: Malty sweet caramel some spices like clove and light fruits.

T: Sweet malts and grains, slightly fruity, with a touch of clove to round out the flavor.

M: Medium body with hardly any lacing.

D. Very drinkable and a nice go at a Dubbel! Very affordable but the 8% is a bit of a holdback !

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Photo of pilotgod
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650ml bottle into a Belgian goblet.

A: Spot on. Pours a very dark amber burgundy. Around a 39 on SRM color guide. This bottle gave a good two finger head that diminished after about 5 minutes to very fine layer that remained for the rest of the glass. Lacing is moderate, but clings firmly in place, not slowly gliding down the glass.

S: The first thing I notice is the sweet maltiness, followed by notes of fruits like plums and raisins. As I come away from the glass, lingering spice notes are detectable.

T: The malts and grains are definitely noticeable, but if you let it linger on the palate for bit you will get other tones of raisins, plums, and fruits as well as a well balanced alcohol note.

M: While it is moderately carbonated, it is not overly carbonated to the point it detracts from the beer. The alcohol is present, but stays subdued throughout. The finish is dryer than some others in the style, but that works with everything else that is going on.

D: Drinkability is good for a Dubbel. I'm not going to go so far as to say this trumps a St. Bernardus, Chimay, or Ommegang, but it can hold its own and sufficiently puts the Belgians on notice. The folks at Abita have done an excellent job taking the Dubbel style and infusing it with just enough American craft styles to stand out, but remain an homage to the originals.

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Photo of robhunta
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark rich brown color, fluffy head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S - sweet carmel aroma, rich and malty. Overall, not much o an aroma.

T - Malty sweet carmel, some fruity flavors. Also has some warm alcohol flavors.

M - Smooth feel, seems to be a bit over carbonated, sort of has a fluffy foam carbonated feel. Feelings of alcohol on my tongue. As a near the end of the beer it gets a little sticky.

D - A nice dubbel, but alcohol flavors make it a bit les drinkable.

Overall a good beer, I would drink at again, but probably wouldn't become one of my regulars.

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Photo of ccbrewer138
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-poured into an eight ounce snifter glass. Deep amber in color, offwhite head, great lacing.

S-malty, bready, some alcohol, green apple, ends with a spicy scent that is more than likely the yeast and hops.

T-bread flavors dominate, then a sweet alcohol flavor, ends with sour yeast.

M-light in body for such a strong beer, might be from a sugar additive. All in all true to the style.

D-would have again, but not my first choice for an abbey style. Was ready to try something else after I finished the tall bottle.

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Photo of rxharr6
4.9/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep amber color, clouds nicely with a bottle swirl before pour if you like the lees otherwise pours crystal amber worthy of the gems darker varieties.
The nose is fresh baked bread and pears.
The alchohol makes it a sharp first taste but with a smooth finish.
Full malty flavor with slight bitter after taste similar to that found in a lambic
Nice carbonation, tiny bubbles, piour to a creamy white head.
Excellent winter bear.

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

Thanks to optimator13 for this beer! Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a dark apricot color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of tan head is achieved that dissipates at an average pace, leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Dark fruits such as prune, spices such as clove and coriander, and yeast.

Taste - Heavy clove up front which fades to other spices and dark fruit (i.e. prunes and raisins). After another sip I taste nutmeg, bready and caramel malts as the backbone, and yeast. The more it warms up, the sweeter it becomes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability - One and I'm done. Not bad, but not "good" if you know what I mean. As always glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this beer several times over the last 18 months on trips back home to Louisiana; found this 22 oz./650ml bottle tucked in the cellar, the final one from the stash I returned with last spring. Dated 'Best By 01/22/11'; poured to a goblet (Affligem).

Nice bottle, a well-done silkscreen depicting the St. Joseph Abbey (in nearby Covington, LA). 25¢ per bottle is donated to the abbey to support and thank the brothers, paying homage both with some cash and some 'liquid bread'.

A: Deep amber with a rich, ruby-bloodiness. Clarity is barely tainted by a micro-haze - one of the more filtered dubbels I've seen. Moderate carbonation, a swirling coil emanating from the core of the glass. Ivory head drops away quickly from its fizzing, finger-high crest, becoming nothing more than a burbling center-point where the carbonation collects. Pretty, color-wise, but a lack of both head and lace downgrade this dubbel's appearance score a bit.

S: Fresh or cellared (as this has been), I can't get past a musty fruit (cherry, date, raisin) aroma and spiced apples and nuts. A smoky edge too, sort of meaty/gamey, makes for a interesting scent - though not an entirely appealing one and not one I've smelled in a real Belgian. A '3' may not be fair (because I don't think this is 'average'), but there's just something in here I don't like all that much; after 5+ tries I still can't put words to it.

T: Lots of toasted grain and ground spice (clove and a dash of drying pepper) embrace caramel apple fruitiness. Bitterness of darkened crusts tends to grow...just then a rolling wave of clove and pit fruit crests, a zesty spicing lolling at length on the tongue. A little of that savory/meaty quality, but here it doesn't detract; it adds some complexity where needed. All around good...

M: Lowered visible carbonation, but still activity aplenty in the mouth. Once the prickle fades, smoothness and a subtle warming move in. Medium body.

D: Despite a smell I don't really 'get', Abita presents an Abbey/Dubbel that's plenty drinkable. Heck, I wouldn't be a repeat buyer if there wasn't something here I enjoy. Not an equal substitute for the European masterpieces, but a darn good buy at around $4/bottle ~ remember two bits goes to the brothers! Amen!

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

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of caramel and roasted malts. The yeast also gives off quite a bit of fruity esters. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry caramel/roasted malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a good deal of yeast fruitiness. It's not as complex as I would like and the mouthfeel is lacking. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent beer, but not the best dubbel around. Still, it's good to see these guys branching out into different styles.

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

Pours a dark brown/black color with ruby hues, a large head that dissipates, with good quality lacing.
Smells of dark fruits, some alcohol, and sweet malts.
Very good depth of flavor. Plums, figs, chocolate malt, with minimal hop character. Enough to be present but not to overpower.
Mouthfeel was thick with only very vague carbonation.
Could drink several bombers. A great find.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this after dinner, watching the first night of March Madness. Although the same strength as the Andygator, the Abbey Ale has more of a bite to it.

It is darker and maltier, but not heavy. I can see why the website recommends it with dessert foods, it certainly was nice after dinner.

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Photo of sliverX
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark copper with a thick light tan head left decent lacing.
aroma was of dark fruits and rye bread
taste followed the nose with a nice spicy yeast character
mouthfeel is a bit thin on the medium side but doable
drinkability is good for $4 ill drink 22oz.

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Photo of Krishob
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wife and I happened to be out & she noticed this lil beverage store tucked away in the corner. I happened to see this in the cooler & snatched it up. Time to see if it was worth the wait.

650ML Bottle, 8% ALC by vol.
Served into a hybrid pint/tulip glass

Appearance - Wow!! this poured a rich amber. 2 - 3 fingers of head that reduced slowly. It has a very rich head not a bright white foam but more like a froth that lingered & was a very light amber in color. towards the bottom it is clear & clean, but as you get closer to the head that is still nice & creeping down the sides as it reduces becomes darker.

Smell - roasted bicuity malts, hops are piny & spice/clove smelling but in a good way. Makes you want to taste it to see if this is as warm feeling as it smells.

Taste - There is a good sharp bitter from the hops but it blends well with the doughy sweetness that malts give. It has a spice that is noticeable but it is not offensive. the sweetness from the malts is really nice and soft. You can taste the different ingredients but they are well blended and seem to compliment each other very well.

Mouthfeel - This is not heavy but defiantly not light. It falls somewhere in between. It coats your palate & as you swallow you can still feel it on the inside of your mouth. It is very soothing in that the slight carbonation that it has along with the spice allow you to feel little points of contact this coating effect. It very smooth & warming, something good to share with some buddies during winter. A nice cigar would hurt as well.

Drinkability - This is defiantly an easy drinker. Goes down smooth, its comforting. It is also a very filling beer. As long as there is room in the tank I would drink as much as I could. Glad for the size since that means was more for me to have after reviewing.


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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting notes from 9/9/10.

Enjoyed in a NOLA hotel room. Poured in to a regular glass.

Poured a dark amber colour, almost light brown with 2 fingers of thick cream coloured head.

Cloves and other spices in the nose with some faint hints of dark fruit

Taste is almost entirely cloves with hints of other spices and dark fruit. Precicely followed the nose.

Light body. Lightly carbonated

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Photo of jsprain1
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a splendid red, almost garnet in color with a thin head that is white, with some tan-ish trace to it.
S- The smell is malty, with some fruit aromas, though not the rich dark fruits often found in the style, but more of an apricot aroma. There is a hint of clove and pepper in there as well. Not a bad smell, just a bit uncharacteristic for the style, from my experience.
T- Caramel malt, almost candy-like in nature, with a bit of fruit flavor that seems to kind of linger and not mesh well. A good bit of clove flavoring too, but I found this to be the most redeeming quality in the flavor.
M- I found this quite undercarbed. Not so much initially, but by the end of the beer, it just kinda fell flat. Generally too thin for a dubbel.
D- After the first couple sips I thought I would enjoy this beer. It seemed atypical for the style, but that doesn't bother me. But the further down the glass I got, this one really seemed to drag. This was largely do to the issues in mouthfeel. Similar to Abita's Andygator, this beer has to potential, but there are significant kinks that need to be hammered out for it to be an adequate representation of a Dubbel.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 13 Jul 2009.

Poured in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Smallish light tan head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy deep brown color. Aroma is spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, lots of sweet tart cherries. Flavor is dominated by nutmeg, almost overwhelming. Floral, dry and effervescent. Some yeastiness. Alcohol is warming. Finish is a bit sweeter with some caramel. Medium body.

Too much nutmeg to want to go back to this again.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear mahogany/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet and sour dark fruit - that's different but it is very drinkable. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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

Not bad. Poured a nice, thick, fine, very light tan head that lasts and some lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is caramel, malt, earth, yeast, and a bit of funk. Flavor is like nose, plus some definite sweet fruitiness and just a tad of bitterness in the background and on the back of the tongue. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Perhaps a tad sweet for my sessions.

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Photo of abrand
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a Leffe chalice.

The Abita Abbey Ale pours a deep copper almost brown color with a nice fizzy off white head. Smell is sweet with raisins and cloves with a nice malt backbone. Taste is very nice. Raisins, yeast, and apricots make up most of the quaff. Minimal hop presence. Some alcohol is also noted on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinkability is solid. I would like to see how this one develops in the bottle. Good work from a new brewery to me.

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Photo of impending
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a dark but not opaque garnet brown. Decent dense head with little retention.

Unusual aroma, I swear I smell Worcestershire sauce in the background - this may end up an ingredient in a marinade! Dark bread is here as well. Not a typical dubbel.

Taste is also unusual as the spices carry through. Low sweetness, minor bitter end. The spice is not very pleasant as it is not balanced with a suitable aftertaste. Very low priced, I wished I liked this more as this will be my one and only bottle.

Watched Treme over a few days, wonderful show that felt very authentic. It was difficult to tell what they were drinking in spite of how much they drank which was a lot - music and drink are natural partners. I did not know of Abita so labels from a distance meant little . . . but neon signs shout and they shouted Abita. So here I sit drinking my first and possibly last Abita.

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

Pours a clear, brown/amber color. One inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, clove, hint of citrus (banana), hint of alcohol, hint of hops, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of an Abbey Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, clove, hint of wheat, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of hops. Only complaint, is that the feel and body were a little weak.

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Photo of claybeer
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured a dark auburn and a bit cloudy. I was surprised by how dark it was, however, it had a nice thick caramel colored head that left rings as I drank it. The nose was peanuts and cloves. It has a malty, rich mouthfeel and a hint of apricot. I'm not a big fan of cloves but I can appreciate the big part it plays in this beer. The finish is long but not overwhelming. This beer has a nice Belgian style but was definitely American-ised by Abita. They did a great job and I can see having this beer with some pork chops and applesauce.

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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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Photo of jfro
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- dark amber/tan, decent head

S- very strong malt up front, sweetness, perhaps a bit of caramel malt

T- Malty sweetness, dark fruits (fig, plum, currant)

M- Ah here is where they nailed it, not too thin, not too chewey. Perfecto!

D- I could drink this dubbel for a long time if it was not 8 abv. fantastic. A rather impressive offering from the brewery I first became acquainted with while doing recover work post Katrina!

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