Adirondack Abbey Ale
Great Adirondack Brewing Company

Adirondack Abbey AleAdirondack Abbey Ale
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3.88 | pDev: 11.6%
Great Adirondack Brewing Company
New York, United States
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Adirondack Abbey AleAdirondack Abbey Ale
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not what I was expecting here. also listed now at over 8% abv, perhaps this changes batch to batch? pours a flat reddish color, almost entirely devoid of head or visible carbonation. a dense murky liquid appears lifeless and heavy. the nose on this is ester heavy, fruity stuff, bananas, dried berries, its a funny aroma. sweeter from the candy sugar too, and decidedly nutty on the first sip. the flavor profile works well in autumn, very much thanksgiving flavors, but the yeast seems to have come up short of full fermentation, and the acidity that this finishes with is out of place, although the flavor itself is fine. the main problem is the feel, its way undercarbonated. in a style known for its brightness, this really sags. its also overly thick in terms of body, and the alcohol stands out in that caustic fusel way, although I don't hate that here. overall this is perhaps an overly ambitious brew for this place, poorly executed. maybe its a yeast issue, I don't know, but this was probably the worst of the many beers they had on tap during my visit.

Sep 19, 2013
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A murky brown-bodied beer with a smallish head; decent retention and lacing. Very fruity aroma with predominant banana and bubblegum notes; some spice and sweet maltiness.

Flavor follows the nose closely; definitely on the sweet side for the style, lots of bubblegum and more banana than is commonly encountered in a dubbel. Also less in the way of dark fruits like raisins, prunes, and dates. Good spicy esters, clove, general Belgian yeastiness, lots of candi sugar. Not bad but again a little sweeter than I might have liked.

Nicely rounded mouthfeel, medium-full body, smooth carbonation a bit on the low side. Lingering sweetness in the finish.

May 29, 2012
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hadon draft at the brewery. Served in a large tulip glass cool.

A. Murky mahogany body....wisp white head

S. Belgian yeast smell ...clove lemon

T. Sugar spicy pumpkin spice flavor

M. Medium

D. Very nice and drinkable. Good representation of a dubbel....I would drink this again.

Aug 18, 2011
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Adirondak Abbey ale is a translucent dark brown color that sports ruby highlights. The off-white head has a thin, whispy appearance and does not manage to leave any lacing, although a little bit of foam lingers around the edges of the beer for a while.

The aroma is interesting. The belgian yeast straing is spicy with dark fruits. The malt base smells like a weizenbock, with dark bread and wheat.

This one isn't your average dubbel flavor-profile wise. The characteristics from the aroma carry over to the flavor, and I get what I imagine a belgian yeast would do if it were trapped in the body of weizenbock. Big flavors of dark bread and wheat twang, with perhaps a little bit of a toasty flavor. Beneath that are a good amount dark fruits and a noticeable spiciness. Interesting, but tasty.

A little lighter than I would expect, especially because the carbonation is pretty low.

This beer is worth a taste if you're in Lake Placid. Actually, I would guess every beer at the brewpubs here are worth a taste.

Mar 17, 2011
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bylerteck from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark red, bodering on brown colour and transparent with good carbonation.

S - Lot's of banana and clove with nice yeasty elements too.

T - Lot's of clove and dark fruit combined with yeast. Spice elements hit you first then the body takes over with those dark fruits of plum and dates, prunes, or figs.

M - Velvety on the tongue

D - Nice and high even for the abv. Alcohol is well masked and it goes down smooth.

Sep 26, 2010
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft: Poured a clear burgundy color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of dry fruits with some caramel malt and fruity ester. Taste is a weird mix between sweet caramel malt with some fruity ester and dry fruits notes which are pleasant thought I thought the finish was way too sweet and somewhat unbalanced. Body is maybe a bit thin with OK carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Overall this was an OK beer thought way too sweet for the style.

Aug 17, 2010
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This growler was sent to me from dmeadows, much appreciated and unexpected. From internet searching it looks like this is the flagship beer from a microbrewery/restaurant.

Unscrewing the cap I gor a mild pfft, nice indication of carb. The beer is a dark reddish copper color, clear but translucent, with a thin wispy foam that stays only on the edges of the liquid. The aroma is pretty authentic, this smells like it used a Belgian yeast strain, lots of esters and some dark fruit. It also smells a little like a dark wheat beer, not too far from Aventinus.

On tasting the beer I'm reminded immediately of Aventinus, I'd swear this was a wiezenbock and not a dubbel. Dark fruits and rich malts mix to great effect. The body is light and well carbonated, leaving a little peppery bite after each sip.

After finishing a few I can say that this reminds me of a few different beers, all of them good: Aventinus + Ommegang Abbey + Maudite. Excellent company.

Jun 05, 2010
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josefnewsong from New York

4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap up in Lake Placid twice, both times after intense winter hikes/climbs/camps in the high peaks. Unfortunately it's been too long since I've had it for me to say anything more than if you're in Lake Placid, you MUST try this beer...and maybe a steak or a fish fry to go with.

Nov 24, 2009
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taigor from New York

4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into 8oz glass.

A - Deep copper hazy color with small head that leaves no lacing.

S - Malty with some hints of bready yeast.

T - Again malts are felt all the way through with lots of yeast and slight fruitiness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very good which was not expected originally considering it is an unknown brewery. Overall this dubbel was very good even with comparison to good belgians out there.

Nov 22, 2009
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mjaskula from New York

4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first growler review, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect as far as carbonation and head retention. The performance seemed to match other reviews.

Served in a large wine glass. Pours a dark brown with hints of red at the edges. What little head there was disappeared quickly with no lacing.

Aroma is complex, spicy, clove, sweet and alcoholic. Flavor is sweet and spicy with banana and clove, a little pepper. Very much an abbey ale. It has a medium body and carbonation is light. It's pretty easy drinking and three of us easily polished off the growler.

Oct 10, 2009
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indiapaleale from Maine

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/chestnut color with very little head.

The aroma is lots of banana and clove along with a good deal of sweet caramel, cinnamon and nutmeg among other spices.

Tastes very spicey with a nice backbone of brown sugar. Wow, this stuff has a ton of flavor and is super smooth and easy drinking.

Menu said 7.2%, I would have never guessed. Very good stuff.

Sep 29, 2009
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap this beer was a nice mahogany color but the retention of the khaki-colored head was weak and there was no lacing at all. The aroma was sweet, a blend of vanilla, bananas and caramel strangely similar to Bananas Foster! The flavor profile was outstanding; caramel, toasted malt, cloves, bananas and vanilla notes were all well defined with a touch of ginger and the nip of the alcohol at the end. Otherwise, the 7.2% was well off-set by the candy sugars. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation light. Well balanced and very tasty, my only issue with this beer was the total lack of head and lacing.

Feb 25, 2009
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silentsnake09 from New York

4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was extremely intrigued by this beer when I first smelled it. You could smell the sweetness of it once it was close to your face. The feel of it was smooth, not to think but not watery. After swallowing the beer leaves a pleasant taste on your pallet.

Jan 20, 2009
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Crosling from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled GABF sample. Amber colored brew with a full head of solid density. Nose is fairly nice, dominated by notes of bubble gum, dark fruits and caramel. Flavor is also fairly enjoyable and has decent complexity. Flavors of light red fruits while the yeast gives the illusion of spices (mainly cinnamon.) This is a pretty nice interpretation of the Belgian dubbel style.

Jul 30, 2008
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plaid75 from New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront spicy clove element with an accompanying estery banana.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt, some candy-like sugar sweetness and a spicy and estery yeast.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with some lingering spice.

Overall a very nice rendition of the style.

Sep 10, 2007
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. Presented in a pint glass.

3/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy brown brew. Head was short-lived, with average lacing. Aroma was slightly of spicy sweet grains. Taste was sweet fruit, with the spiciness still present. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both good. Was pleasantly surprised by this one, and could easily have revisited.

Jul 09, 2006
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

undiscovered gem. thanks to barry for recommending it, and then to allie for fetching it. growler with "ABBY" in sharpee on the cap. spelling lessons, anyone?

clear riff on blood red, this beer rests lifelessly in the glass. head forms and quickly disappears, leaving a solid ring hanging around. absent of light, you'd think this beer was utter darkness in a glass. looks abbey, alright.

belgian burnt sugar malt aroma accentuated with mild phenolics and a boozy fruitiness reminiscent of overripe dates. authentically european in sensual style, with a bit of freshness to it that is decidedly american. cherries emerge on a huge scale as the beer warms. overall, a fruity scent layered on top of a static belgian base whiff.

light body and easy drinking despite the big dubbel-style flavors. rich malts, hovering between chocolate and cherry in essential taste. not too yeasty, and the buttery spritz only makes itself known as a creamy addition to the finish. really no alcohol here either, as it clocks in on the lower end of the abv spectrum. ridiculously similar in flavor to ommegang's abbey ale but infinitely more drinkable.. and a little less balanced. earthy spice rolls around post-swallow.. kind of like dark chocolate flavored with a slightly acidic orange essence- all of which is caked in earthy weirdness. as good as this beer tastes, it could benefit from some more sweetness.

what an excellent belgian beer for a hole-in-the-wall brewpub, and a ballsy choice for a flagship.

Jun 26, 2006
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kennyo from New York

3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up a growler to taste at home.

Dark red/brownkind of like cherry wood, with a big soapy tan head that dissapates pretty quickly. Light malt aroma, Taste is malt, sweetness/candi sugar?, fruit. Slight alcohol burn at the back of the throat.

This is a pretty good drinking beer. Been to the brewpub on a few occasions and enjoyeda bunch of their brews

Mar 02, 2006
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Shiloh from Canada

3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very rich beer that I believe has never met a hop.
The colour of this brew a has red tea like quality to it, only a tiny pinkish head differentiates the two.
The body is a medium, the carbonation is light, the aroma from the hold of an ancient Chinese Clipper. This dubbel uses pure Belgian candi sugar as well as Belgian malts as well as a rare strain of brewers yeast to the produce the taste of biscuit, banana, clove and nuts.
Too rich for my blood but I am glad that we met.

Oct 05, 2005
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