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 scruffwhor
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice two finger tan head, but it disappears pretty quick. No stickage. A tawny and rose colored amber brown with some ok tiny bubbles. Caramelized sugar, toffee, yeasty fruit, and some warm alcohol. Toasted malts with a little caramel and a some hot alcohol that cuts through yeasty fruits and herbal hops. The malt thins out quickly and finishes on moreof a boozey note than any thing else. Pretty hot palate, especially as the beer warms.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to Beerbuddha for this one

Pours a nice ruby tinted amber. Almost two-finger head of caramel colored foam. Quite nice retention. Very good lacing.

Smells like raisin bread or gingerbread. Nicely spicey. Good yeasty presence. Strong raisin presence. Hints of sweet maltiness. Nice appearance by banana.

Solid malt base. Belgian yeast notes. Moderate level of spices. Dark fruits and a slight nuttiness.
Tasty, but mild. Like a beginner Dubbel.

Very solid medium body. Smooth and creamy. Carbonation level is just right.

This one is smooth and easy to drink. For a belgian style, it is surprisingly sessionable.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Keg Liquor.

A - Poured a clear copper color with a huge frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy herbs, malt, yeast and alcohol aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish and small alcohol bite of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

D - I would recommend this beer to a freind as a drinkable beer.

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Photo of bmwats
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 650ml bottle into my Orval chalice.

A: Medium brown, dark amber with a reddish hue. Very slight off-white head which quickly dissipates, although pockets of bubbly carbonation do remain of the surface. No lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet rich malt, nuts, raisin, and baked bread. Molasses and ginger (makes me think of gingerbread). Some indistinguishable [to me] spice.

T: Malt is not dark, but does have a roasted flavor. Sweet and syrupy (but not too sweet, just a hint). A nuttiness, a touch of bittersweet chocolate, some butterscotch, and a pungent peaty undertone. Also has a slight fruity flavor, maybe fig or date. Maybe a hint of some clove, also.

M: Thick and coating. Strong alcohol taste (as you would expect). Pungent aftertaste remains. Hearty and robust.

D: Excellent sipping brew.

Pretty decent atmosphere. Nose is complex, and spread out but really balanced with a nice collections of malty and sweet aromas. Flavor also offers complexity, and great balance. It is sweet and syrupy, but not overwhelmingly so. Balanced with a spicy pungency, and mitigated by a strong alcohol feel. Aftertaste stands out, but is not arresting. Great quaff.

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Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a Chimay glass. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 8%.

A-Color is on the darker spectrum of amber. When poured a one finger tan head goes away fast leaving a decent ring on the side. Some sediment is apparent in the glass.

S-Stone fruit, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and sweet malt.

T-Rum soaked raisins, prunes, candy sugar are all pronounced. Caramel malt hits at the end and as it warms definitie clove taste hits more and more. There is some lingering bitterness from the hops.

M-Thick bodied and quite tingly on the tongue.

D-Enjoyed sipping this one. Not a bad take on the style. Sweetness would limit me to opne bottle.

I had never seen an Abita beer in a 22 ounce bottle before. My only experience with their beers was the Turbodog at one of Emeril's restaurants. Overall it was a pretty good beer. Would like to see what else these guys are planning to do.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one from my in-person trade with twiggamortis420, thanks Greg!!

Pours red tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Fusel booze, much frui7tyness, raisins, & oakyness

T: Apricot & plum, plus dryness up front, plus oaky notes. I get hints of tabacco as this warms along with candi sugar, a touch of tangerine & jammy notes. Finishes with more fruittyness, green bananas, candi sugar & dryness

MF: Slick, medium bodied with pretty firm carbonation

Drinks great for the style & abv; maybe the single best beer I've had from these guys. I always thought their mainstream stuff,was well, too damn middle of the road, this one rocks, well done Abita!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/9/2009 (Bottle):

Pours a huge foamy yellowish colored head, big bubbles. Very clear medium brown body. Good lacing, sticks to the sides. Very bready, banana, some clove in the aroma. Very floral. Strong banana and some spices. Some alcohol in the nose too. Very creamy mouthfeel, some light sweetness. Floral taste, but very light tasting. Pretty drinkable. Letting it warm up a bit...still very light and floral. Very typical of a belgian style beer. They hit it on the head with this one. A little too sweet to drink too much of.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of beerbuddha...thanks man! Haven't tried many of the Abita special releases at all...let's see what we have here...into an Ommegang chalice...

Doesn't pour too badly...dark bourbon color...more copper hue than expected...head isn't much to speak of but a few ginger wisps...about 1/3 finger.

This burns off with warmth but my first impression is very strange...hate to say it but it's like sugar water covering the litterbox of our cat Beavis. Can't explain it. It graduates intermittently to a little sweetness with wontons and a little soy or maybe dipping sauce. Eventually the leathery dates and candi sugar do take their rightful place. But what the hell was that?

Nice burnt ripened dates and maybe a fair kick of prunes. Slight mild gingerbread rounds this out to a typical example of the may not be perfect but it's straightforward and decent. There is some smoldering leather in there, which is a little weird, but not bad at all.

This has some subtle bizzare stuff going on. There's the traditional dubbel elements of dark fruits and mild sweetness with a little roasted spice but that hint of sweet and salty dipping sauce is throwing me. Even so, it's enjoyable to drink.

I like this a lot more than ratings may indicate. It needs a lot of warmth to fully get to normalcy but this like the drunk absent-minded professor on speed and coke trying to grade a bunch of finals. Probably not a style-perfect example but this is entertaining and enjoyable stuff. Good to see Abita do something a little over the edge.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a surprise! Seeing Abita's new bomber series in a local beer store was not expected. The price was good ($4.99, I think) and the titles/styles interesting, so I had to pick up one of each.

It pours a dark, nutty brown, with a decent head of tan bubbles that continued to thinly blanket the surface throughout the duration. The nose is exquisite: there is a nice, strong essence of dark, ripe fruit, with a sugary character, caramel, and sweet malts. I'm really impressed with the flavor. It's big and complex, with a sweet, fruity front edge that evolves into a dark, rich center, and finishes with a nutty, alcohol-backed end full of anise and clove. What a nice, warming end to this tasty treat!

While it may not be as agreeable as its Belgian counterparts, I believe this may one of the finest examples of an American-made Dubbel I've had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy ruddy brown color with a small white head. Very slight lacing. Aroma is slightly carmally and slightly belgian yeast phenolic. Taste is like a caramel covered prune. The mouthfeel is about average for a belgian style dubbel. Nothing really stands out with this beer. Just an average dubbel with not much character.

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Photo of sweethome
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

I recently had their bock which is also in this big beer series.

Pour is hazy amber, a bit lighter in color than I expected for a dubbel, but it looks nice. A very hazy amber/slight red tinge. An off-white head, didn't provide much lace.

Nose is sweet. Ripe fruits. A hint of alcohol. Not much yeast on the nose.

The entry is smooth, yeast hits right away, deep fruit charachter, builds out on palate, a bit of cookie dough. Enough yeast throughout to satisfy. Limited bittering provides balance.

Not a top flight dubbel, but well structured, flavorful...a real treat.

Hats off to Abita - I did not expect them to deliver at this level with the new big beer series, they have done a very nice job. I wish there were more dubbels of this pedigree in the US. Yes, the belgian specialists hit well, but too few others try. This is an americanized version of the style, but it works quite well.

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Photo of theghost3
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is opaque dark amber with bright red hues. I poured a 2-finger tan head with minimal lacing. It smells of caramel malts, yeast, allspice, cloves, and dark fruits--perfect smell for a Dubbel. Unfortunately, the taste just doesn't live up to the smell. The flavor is dark fruits, yeast, some spice, but there's an odd bitter, medicinal aftertaste that many Abita offerings have. Mouthfeel is smooth with a acidic kick at the end. This is a drinkable beer, but the taste/mouthfeel just don't live up to some of the better Dubbels.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Sexy deep amber/red with a thick, creamy, bubbly cap that fades slowly to a modest blanket and a bit of lacing.

S - Perfume of burnt sugar, peat and some dates.

T/M - Quite nice. Tastes much like it smells with a nice touch of oak barrel. Not too sweet but the sugars and yeast is there. Has a nice weight and creaminess to it that's also refreshing.

D - Would be ideal with a cigar. A nice effort by Abita.

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Photo of hellbilly
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pretty sharp looking bomber picked up at papago...

rich hazy amber color with a gigantic soft pale beige head. there is a load of assorted lacing as well as a 'u' shaped ring of foam.

big aroma of overly floral yeast with notes of buttery caramel, toasted nuts and a tart fruitiness similar to white verjus or grape water.

the palate is nearly sticky along with a substance and thickness of yeast. the flavor is rather meh... toasted nuts, lots of caramel, golden raisins, and dried herbs with a spicy alcohol laden finish.

mouth feel is thick with yeast and approaching sticky. medium bodied. 6/3/5/3/12/2.9

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SHRLsu sent this one to me as part of my winnings for the Pigskin and Porter Fantasy football league. Thanks Stephen.

A mahagoney body that is a mix of brown and reddish hues. A good sized brownish head that is creamy, thick and has some pretty good retention. Leaves some thin sheets and rings of lacing.

A sweet, malty bready nose with a touch of sugar.

Taste is not intensely sweet or fruity like a lot of dubbels, but I still think it is pretty tasty. Lots of sweet malt and a dose of candied sugar. A touch of dark fruits does come through.

Pretty dry mouthfeel for a dubbel. Pretty standard besides that.

Good drinkability. A solid beer over all.

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Photo of champ103
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark amber red color. A large light beige head forms with great retention. After the head recedes, spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Caramel malt, bread and biscuit aromas. Some yeast in the nose, and a light spice.
T: Follows the nose. Some sweet caramel malt and biscuit flavors. Not the most complex Dubble, but very tasty.
M/D: A medium body that is over carbonated for my tastes. An easy to drink beer. Something I have no problems sipping on.

This might not be the best Dubble ever made, but it is still exceptional. Probably the best beer from Abita that I have tried. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's always a tough billing for American breweries to try to pull off a successfull Dubbel.

Probably a little cleaner look than most Belgian versions with a bright, deep, amber hue; no real haze; and modest head formation and retention, relatively speaking.

Aromas definately favor the malts yeasty phenols but with a solid punch from the malts. Caught somewhere between toasty and caramelly sweet, yet well attenuated and softens later. Quite spicy and peppery throughout the nose.

Flavors fare very similarly, but with the maltiness gaining ground. Though sweet, toasty, and dry, the complex esters and aged fruitiness is lacking and makes the beer less interesting than Belgian Dubbels. The phenolics gain ground with a plasticy, medicinal note that continually elevates through the nose and taste.

Although a little hot and fusal, the beer dries out wonderfully for great drinkability and is easily palatable.

A decent beer that comes out better than most American attempts at the style, but still lacking complexity, balance, and restraint that make Belgian Abbey Ales the best beers in the world.

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Photo of chaz410
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at common market in charlotte nc.
Pours cloudy amber, just like is should, nice foamy head.
Smell is spicey peet, sweet malts and little notes of caramel.
The taste is spiced up with herbal hop notes, slight roasted character, and peet. Smooth fruit finish with some faint hops in the finish. Good beer

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

22 oz. bottle - $4.99 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a huge, frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Bready-scented malts laced with sugar and stuffed with bananas and other fruits and generously spiced with cloves. Like some whacky-ass sandwich!

Taste: Bready, sugary sweet maltiness sprinkled with some light brown sugar. Fruity flavors of golden raisins, ripe plums, and candy-coated bananas. Big kick of spicy cloves. Very minor hop bitterness. A few pieces of Dubble Bubble. Slight warming alcohol presence on the semi-dry, fine carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's nice. Typically, I'm not a huge fan of their offerings, but this is actually an admirable shot at a dubbel by Abita.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a reddish hazy amber, the contents alit by some churning bubblage that creates a thick creamy light-tan head of three fingers. Yikes, that's a lot. It settles down to a half-finger and holds there. Thin, intricate lacing at the top with thick solid sheets of sticky foam below. A very nice looking beer.

Aroma - lots of Belgian yeast character here, with a hint of clove. Makes me think of olives.

Taste - a heavy grainy start, some sour twang alongside, not exactly mashy but in that vein. Plenty of Belgian yeast, it is the main flavor here. Some abv warming accentuates that even further. Some mild bitterness on the swallow, not much development beyond that. Doesn't miss a beat for the most part.

Mouthfeel - good weight to this beer, I could tell the way the bubbles had to fight through the initial pour to travel upwards. Smooth and easy-flowing, with slightly muted carbonation.

Drinkability - a pretty good dubbel. I tend to like 'em a little less olive-y and a little sweeter, but this is nice.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, a medium dark, cloudy amber color with a nice looking 1 finger off white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma of cloves and a few other spices, with notes of bubblegum and banana.

Taste is mildly sweet with notes of banana, cotton candy, and dark fruit. Some spices and yeast are present with a slight alcoholic touch in the background.

Mouthfeel is a little thin with slight carbonation. The alcohol starts to become more noticeable midway through, bringing down drinkability a little bit. Still this is something I would like to have again. Overall this was a very pleasant surprise from a brewery that really hasn't produced anything all that special in my book. This is easily my favorite offering from Abita and I hope they'll take the hint and start bottling some of their other Select brews in the future.

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Photo of peabody
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out couldy brown with just a tad of off-white suds. No lacing on the glass.
Smell is very faint caramel and spice. Pumpkin pie and rotten pears.
Taste is plain caramel and spice. Some of the fizz comes through but little of the spices. The alcohol is very strong here.
Mouthfeel is probably the best thing about this one. Fizzy and mellow at the same time.
Drinkability is low because of the alcohol taste. You have to be too careful with this when the flavor isn't up to par.

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Photo of jph424
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a very attractive 22oz. bottle (its about time Abita!) into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A - Dark amber with hints of red. 2 finger very nice off white head which unfortunately dissipates to a thin head rather quickly

S - Smells a little more like a tripel than a dubbel to me. Banana and spicy yeast dominate.

T - Very good dubbel. Not quite as sweet as most Belgian dubbels. To me it looks 100% dubbel but smells and taste more like a combination of a dubbel and a tripel.

M - Just a tiny bit creamier would be nice

D - I could definitely have multiple glasses of this fine beer.

Nicely done Abita.

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Photo of Jablonski
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the abbey ale into a Chimay glass. It is an amber color and had a medium sized head with good lacing. The smell was decently complex. It seemed to be a nice mix of sour and sweetness. I could smell some fruits in there as well (what appeared to be banana and plum). While drinking the beer I noticed it was a bit milder. It is a bit tangy and sweet with a little banana coming through. The mouthfeel is better than in most Abita beers. It's still just a tad too thin, but the carbonation is decent. It is a decent beer for the price and the best Abita makes.

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

A - This beer poured an amber brown color that had a little bit of sediment and produced a small semi-fluffy white head that left minimal lacing along the side of the glass

S - A moderate yeast smell

T - This beer lets you know that it is a Belgian with the bready malts and the the yeasty nature of the palate, but nothing strong

M - A medium bodied beer, not what I was expecting from a Belgian style, moderate carbonation (something good for Abita, who I find carbonates their beer too much)

D - This is a good American attempt at a Belgian, comes at a great price, but to me leaves a little to be desired in a Dubbel, but still a good stab from Abita, rivals the IPA as my favorite beer from them

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Abbey Ale from Abita Brewing Co.
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