Abbey Ale
Abita Brewing Co.

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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #185
Ranked #36,629
3.69 | pDev: 14.09%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Abbey AleAbbey Ale
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
Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 580
Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of gabedivision
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 to a goblet

Alrighty, the app is as follows... A deep reddish brown, clear chestnut color, with a ton of visible carbonation, and a 2 finger head that lays to a tightly bubbled ring around the top. Big sugary malt on the nose, with a sour fruit scent that gives it a salty olive kinda smell, sugary raisins found all over this beer. The taste is all over the place, from sweet malt, to biscuity malts, to wild cherries, to dark fruits, back to sweet malts. Finishes very well but everything in the middle combines to a big sour climax then back to a sweet finish. Medium on the feel, velvety, sour, high carbonation yet smooth . Overall this is ok, i couldnt shake the olive taste though. Nice for the price as it was only 3 bucks, how can you beat that...?

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Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bomber to try.

This pours a brownish orange clear body with an off white head that does cling to the glass a little.

Nose is dark fruit, earth and caramel.

Taste is prunes, dark rum, spice. Finish is caramel and some malt. Really nice tasting.

A medium bodied beer with good carbonated bite for the style. Really drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bottle into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy deep golden/apricot color with a one finger tan foam head. Left good sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet, yeasty and fruity. Aromas of plums, raisins, clove, nutmeg and sweet caramel.

Taste: Sweet, yeasty and spicy. Good yeast phenols that have tangy twang of raisins and prunes, with good spice notes of clove and nutmeg. Very fruity with low hops and bitterness. A very good American interpretation of the Belgian Dubbel style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes a bit dry and sticky, which is OK for the style.

Drinkability: Very good. As a fan of Belgian Dubbels and BSPA's, I like this one a lot. Could easily session with it, and the big bottle was gone quick. I would buy this again when I'm in the mood for the style, and the price was good (under $8).

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Photo of nickd717
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sampled at SF International Beer Fest and reviewed on 5/1/2009.

Dark amber color with a cream-colored head.

Aroma is malt, dark fruits, caramel, and brown sugar.

Flavor is more of the same, with raisin/fig notes and some banana/clove.

Medium body with a dry finish.

Pretty average Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of bayougutter
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz to tulip, nice clear reddish brown with a large light brown head that left nice lacing.

Smell is of sweet malt, spice, clove, brown sugar. well blended nice aroma.

Taste pretty much follows smell with the spices lasting on the finish. Belgium yeasty flavor but not to the extreme, a little subtle.

Mouthfell is right on with the alcohol mask well.

Overall I am not a big fan of Abita beers but I like this one and I enjoy this one often. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of beerman21
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Abita brewery, finally seeing allot more of there beer here in CA and its nice to see. I’ve had a few of there beers and so far i haven’t had a bad beer brewed from them. So lets see how it tastes.

Pours a nice strong looking dark amber color, with a powerful rising head. That takes roughly a minute and a half to subside. This thing looks quite sticky already. lace is already clingy to my glass.

A- First whiff, Carmel, dates, rum cake, oak, vanilla extract. This is a malt king for sure, and well, Dubbel at its finest, at least when it comes to the smell. Very inviting.

T/m/o- Carmel covered dates raisens drenched in a fine dark rum, with a blanket of warming booziness. More of the same from the smell is in the flavor. Alcohol is blended well very deceiving at 8%. Mouthful is a bit chewy and drinkablity is on the low end for me. Such a sweet style to begin with one bomber is good enough for me. Good beer, not great but worth trying.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: reddish brown, clear, great head, good lacing
S: caramel, molasses, malty
T: rich flavor; a bit cloying in the bottle fermentation; the flavor is very intense; cherry overtones; tastes like a 9 or 10 ABV beer.

Very nice beer; would be ideal with cigars.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with creamy white head, good retention and creamy walls of lace.

The smell is of sugary malt, brown sugar, freshly baked bread, some dark fruit, apricot, sour yeasts, hay, bananas and spice. Some clove and nutmeg.

The taste is light and sweet with fruity notes of banana and cherry, some plum and apricot. Some musty notes and spices. Clove is nicely balanced with other spices and sugary notes. Belgian yeast shines.

Medium bodied, nice, light carbonation and creaminess.

Overall a very good version of the style. Alcohol well hidden and very tasty. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful carmel color with a creamy, tan 2-fingered head. Head lasted a decent amount of time before it began to dissipate.

S - Carmel, fruitcake, clove and a pronounced scent of alcohol. After first pouring there is something of a cheesy, slightly soapy scent.

T - Very pronounced clove flavor, sweet malt, and fruit. Subtle hop presense

M - Mouthfeel is good. Full-flovor, balanced carbonation, not overwhelming or shrinking.

O - Overall, a very nicely made Dubbel. At 8%ABV not too boozy. Tasty pleasant drink

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, amber-brown color, the head fizzles out fast and is gone pretty quick but in classic Belgian-style fashion the center is full of life and remains bubbly for the session.

The aroma has tangy, citric fruitiness, sour yeast, smoked maple ham, wild sour green grape effect...really very nice.

This is a light, crispy and jazzy feel just as it should be with a medium feel from good malt complexity that has brown sugar, maple syrup, balanced by a wonderfully dry-earthy crispness. all aspects are bold and enjoyable. not as lush feeling as some other very high quality Dubbles but it's pretty nice.

This is a rather excellent American brwed Belgian style. I really appreciate this one because this was the very first style of beer I ever brwed.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very awesome art on the bottle, I think the 22oz bomber looks nice and admittedly i bought it because of this having not heard of the Abbey Ale.

Pours a murky umber color, sort of golden tinged.
a nice beige head comes around off of an aggressive pour, but quickly dissipates.

The smell is somewhat underwhelming. lots of belgian yeast scents, some candied yams and brown sugar, but it all seems muted. lots of alcohol.

sweet taste, malty and lots of yeast tones. toasty and subtle, tastes like a nice belgian style beer not too far off from an authentic trappist ale like Chimay, just not quite as smooth.

mouthfeel is medium, drinks very easily, somewhat airy.

overall this is a good beer and it's worth checking out if you are attracted to the bottle art and description.

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Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Dark brown/almost chocolate. Red/amber highlights do show through when held to the light


Fruity, roasted maltiness with a hint of spice


A mixture of fruity malts hit first leaving a sweet aftertaste


Full bodied brew which gives off a rather coarse feeling in the back of the throat. A bit of spice is left on the tongue


This beer gets better as it warms. I was not a fan at all after the first sip. As it warmed up so did I... a little. At 8 % abv, it hides the alcohol taste very well. Not bad as a post dinner/desert sipper. Like I said, a bit harsh right out of the fridge though

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Photo of 7934GRC
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- This beer pours great, with a nice head. It smells of sweet and fruity. At first taste it's smooth and levels out with a heavy crisp tart ale flavor. I would buy again. I give it a B +.

H. For having an 8% alc. level, the flavor hides it well. The beginning flavor is slightly sweet with an original Belgian base. Although the experience begins positively, the sweet sensation turns for a sharp, bitter ending. For craft quality, I'll give it a B+. For enjoyment, I'll give it a C+,

Y- Extremely sweet smell. As expected of a sweet smelling beer it starts off malty. Then the hops kick in and the bitterness offsets the malt in a strong way. It's not very distinct in any special way. Overall I'd give it a B-.

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Photo of Shrews629
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - An amber/burgandy color. Hazy with an off white head that had a burgandy tint to it. Smooth and creamy looking with nice size and retention. Some real nice lacing.

Smell - Smells fruity in the nose with a hint of booze coming through. Smells a bit like sour dough bread. Dark cherries. Some clove. Not getting any caramel as mentioned on the bottle however. Just a bit strong with the sweet dark fruit, but still very nice.

Taste - The taste is fruity with nary a hint of alcohol. Very sweet in flavor. Decent bit of bitterness, but nothing too strong. Rich and malty. Bready. Dark fruit starts to get a bit sugary as it warms. Pretty nice actually. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/full mouthfeel. Very dry. Leaves a welcome alcohol warmth at the back end. Very nice carbonation. Covers the palate very well.

Drinkability - As this beer warms, the alcohol vanishes and it becomes very easy to drink. It is a bit sweet and rich, so I might not make a night of it. It's still very good and worth a try if available. The ease of drinkability and high ABV make for a dangerous combination at first, but as I go along I started to sip.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one in a 22 oz. bomber. Very good attempt at a big Belgian by Abita. The decal reminded me of climbing up from the base to the tower in Rocamadour in Southern France.

A: large candy glass brown bottle with ornate decal on the front. Pours a nutty red with not much head but what there was hung around. Light lacing.

S: Smelled great, of wet green hay, sugary nougat and citrus.

T: Hints of dried plums and mango, dark sugar with a decent amount of sweetness. Wet finish. No hops bite and alcohol is very sweetly masked.

M: Medium bodied, micro-carbonated for easy drinking. No hops bite/aftertaste, no alcohol sting.

D: Refreshing. The alcohol is so well hidden that it's a dangerous drinker. One bomber left me pretty much buzzed.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale is a slightly hazy deep amber colors with a stick off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty -- sweet, raisins, prunes with a noticeable spicy, clove character from the yeast. The flavor closely follows the nose, moderate bittersweet malts with peppery, spicy yeast character. The body is medium-full, silky mouthfeel, and nice lingering malty/yeasty flavors. Overall a tasty, well-made brew. Worth picking up a bomber.

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Photo of WJVII
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2/23/11 review session hosted by Cdkrenz reviewed from notes- WJVII sample:

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a ruby red color with a medium 1 finger white head. The aroma is extremely sweet with hints of apricot and plum. The taste has a nice malty caramel flavor along with some sugary sweetness. The finish brings some of the dried fruit taste. This was a medium body brew and had a nice malt presence. One of the better Abita I had when in NOLA. Glad I brought back to share.

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Photo of drizzam
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my good BA friend WJVII for sharing this brew during our tasting.

A - Poured a clear amber, leaning toward red, in color topped by a substantial off-white head.

S - A light and sweet caramel malt dominates the nose, with accents of fruit lingering about.

T & M - The aroma didn't let me down. That same caramel malt backbone was present with dark fruit notes accenting it nicely. Medium bodied, neither coarse nor creamy...the texture lays right in the middle. The 8% ABV is actually very well hidden in this brew.

D - Another tasty offering from a brewery that hasn't let me down so far. It's not the top example of the style but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to WJVII for bringing this one back from Louisiana and sharing it with a couple of his BA Buddies.

A - Pure red body at 15 SRM. The brew is translucent and nearing bright or even shiny. The head has a firm solid structure and is light tan in color.

S - Bread and cereal are prevalent. This is a great smelling beer.

T - Bread and nut are the most notable in the flavor. There is a some evidence too of caramel.

M - A watery texture yet it has a certain silkiness to it.

~ This is an easily consumed brew. It's a nice drinker and I would recommend it to others.

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Photo of aepb1
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber brown body with a small creamy tan head

S- Sweet sugary dark fruits. A little nutty.

T- Again with the sweet sugary dark fruit malts, smooth and I don't detect the nuttiness here

M- Medium-bodied, decent carbonation, significant warming for 8% abv

D- Solid dubble, nothing outstanding but a good brew none-the-less

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear ruby color; brown hue in lower light. Poured a 2 finger tan head with good retention to 1 finger cap. Lightly decanted. Lased in thin rings.

S: Sweet dark fruits; black cherry, raisins and dates. Clove and pepper spiciness. Nothing muted.

T: Consistent with, but not as bold as in the nose. Very gently and smooth on the palate. A little alcohol warmth in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Lighter in the palate than the feel or flavor would imply.

D: Very drinkable. All in all, very good balance in all aspects. Disguises the ABV well too.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany, with reddish hues. Awesome tan head that has incredible retention. It stays around for quite awhile. Lacing is moderate on this one but still pretty good.

S - Very sweet nose. Picking up lots of dark fruits. Raisins an cherries mainly. There's also some cinnamon and clove spice to it. Its very aromatic. All the smells are robust.

T - Taste is a little lighter than expected. Its a little winy. With some brown sugar and raisin notes. I'm also picking up some of the alcohol. Finish is a bit sweet and sour.

M - Mouth feel is perfect for these sorts of flavors. Medium bodied with bubbly medium carbonation. Excellent.

D - This is a damn good beer. Very drinkable. I wonder how something like this would age. Well worth the price. I would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of diamondc
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Excellent head, great Belgian lacing. Typical murky muddy water-like Dubbel appearance.

S: Cocoa powder, cloves, spicy pepper-like with some tropical fruit overtones.

T: Ripe tropical fruits, cloves, cookie dough, burnt caramel, some Raisinettes candy action going on on the aftertaste. Little to no hop action.

M/D: Hits all the Dubbel notes well. The sweetness lingers for a long time, but never gets too syrupy or cloying. Best Abita beer I've had so far.

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Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 580 ratings