Abbey Ale
Brewery Ommegang

Abbey AleAbbey Ale
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Style:
Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #4
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,701
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 11.22%
Reviews:
1,797
Ratings:
4,720
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Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
93
Outstanding
Abbey AleAbbey Ale
Notes: Abbey was Ommegang's first beer and was styled after Dubbels produced by Belgian Trappist monks. A deep, rich and malty ale, Abbey uses several Belgian specialty malts and spices resulting in a very aromatic, flavorful beer.

Deep burgundy in color, topped by a dense tan head, Abbey Ale is rich on the palate but with a dry finish. Suitable for cellaring, Abbey develops wonderful caramel, fig, and currant notes with age.
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Photo of Bigbeerman
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle .
Tulip glass .

Pours 1.5 fingers off white/tan ,soapy head, dissipates quickly, leaving slight lace around glass ,
Color is ruby red .

Smell is- fruity-cherry-currents,with earthy hop and hint of clove .

Taste- strong notes of pepper-corriander hint of orange zest, malt and cherry .

Finish is -creamy, medium carbonation with a nice spicy finish on the tongue.

Overall very tasty for a high ABV beer- no alcohol bite to speak of-love the peppery bite and hints of stone fruit. I'll definitely look for this one again.

Two thumbs up to the brewers!

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Photo of Mugman8
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep garnet with an ample tan head with ample lacing and carbonation. Aroma and taste is that of dried fruits and brown sugar. Finish is dry and smooth. Not as sweet as some of the Belgians that I have tried recently, but this is very good and in the conversation with those great brews. An outstanding beer from Ommegang and reasonably priced!

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional quality of flavors and textures in this beer. This is Ommegang doing what it does best - really solid, perfectly crafted, mostly traditional style Belgian ales. This beer is warm and inviting while also being vibrant with ripe dark fruit flavors. The maltiness is smooth and the flavors linger. Delicious. yb

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: 12oz bottle into a tall, straight-sided glass. Three fingers of dense light-brown foam atop a clear ruby-brown body. Strong retention but only light lacing. Very nice.

S: Good balance of bready malt (pumpernickel?) and fruit. Complex fruitiness, with hints of cherry, red grape, and plum. Some distant peppery spice. Restrained and interesting.

T: Follows the nose, but with more intensity: sweet malt up front, with rich fruit and spice toward the back end. Grape, fig, and some nice nuttiness as well. Dry, yeasty finish with just a bit of warming alcohol. Delicious and nuanced.

F: Medium-bodied and hugely effervescent. Suits the style.

O: Delicious beer, and by far the most authentically Belgian-tasting American version of the style I've ever tried. I'd take this over Chimay Red 10 times out of 10. If it has a flaw, it's that it's a bit boozy for the style, but that's to be expected with its 8.2% ABV. Beer of Fame tick 177/250. Cheers!

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Photo of Peach63
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours copper with a 1 inch orangish-tan head. Heavy lacing. Heavy carbonation.

Aroma is of raisins, currants, figs, brown sugar.

Taste follows nose: raisins, currants, figs, brown sugar. Mild bitterness.

Thick and creamy, semi-dry finish.

Another good one from Ommegang.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper khaki foamy head and spicy clove like scent and malty notes. Aromatic clove, caramel and fig...beautifully balanced Trappist style dubbel.

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Photo of DanO1066
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A day late for the dubbel event, but...

12oz bottle (w/NO date on it) poured into an 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore.

Slightly cloudy reddish brown w/an off-white head that quickly disapates leaving a slight ring. I didn't note anything other than a bit of malt on the nose. The taste was swamped by the carbonation. I prefer Brewer's Art's "Resurrection".

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Photo of TheGent
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The second Dubbel and moving to an American version of the beer with Brewery Ommegang Abbey Ale.

Let’s dig in!

This beer is similar in color to the Westmalle with dark and light brown throughout, but I find it’s a slightly lighter colored beer with some reddish hues as well. The color of the head is less so beige and more off white. It is opaque and there is no visible carbonation. The head leaves some lacing on the glass and settles to a thin layer across the top with a thick ring around the edge of the goblet. The carbonation rises much faster with this one.

The aroma on this beer is more muted than the Westmalle. There is definitely some sweetness to the beer, but it’s different. The orange citrus comes through and the dried fruit aromas are white raisin and fresh apricot as opposed to dark raisins and dried apricots. Nothing screams licorice but the aroma seems more spicy to me with some cinnamon. It’s also very earthy, with some black tea like the Westmalle.

The flavor is less complex than the Westmalle, and my initial impression is that I thoroughly enjoy the Belgian-made beer more. Some dry, sweet bready notes that fall off pretty quickly, but it’s a less fully flavored beer. Limited malt sweetness / complexity to the beer as noted in the Westmalle. The finish is also semi/dry, but I’m not getting any bitterness here, making for a more one dimensional drinking experience. Some woody notes that actually remind me a bit of oak/vanilla notes from bourbon

The feel is very nice. Soft carbonation.

This is a very good beer. None of the orange, licorice, or spice jump off the page. This is a good thing. These additions manifest themselves subtly. They never detract from the beer, and create a unique flavor profile. For me, the malt profile of this beer, and the beer overall, is just not as complex as the Westmalle. While I think this one is very good with no problems, I prefer the other.

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Photo of brureview
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate color with a 1F head in an Orval Trappist glass.
Wonderful spice and cherry.
Relatively smooth MF.
Deep spice, cherry, and some chocolate in the taste.
Moderate hoppy finish.
For some reason, I haven’t tasted this beer.
It’s excellent and one of the better Dubbels.

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Photo of puck1225
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazingly, don’t think I had tried this before. Too bad.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear dark reddish brown with a nice head and lacing..

This beer opens up with a bit of warming. Pleasant fruity smell and taste. Dark fruit notes with some warm spices. Almost like a quad in its flavor. Nice beer.

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Photo of DanLane
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber Brown with 1 inch tan head
Smells of chocolate, cherries, and malt
Taste is toasted nuts with chocolate, some bread undertones.
Very smooth with a nutty aftertaste that's very pleasant.
Overall a visually stunning dubbel with above average taste/smell/feel.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - super hazy dark Amber color and good foam
Smell - dark cherry and dates, little brown sugar or mollassis
Taste - sweet dark fruit date and mollassis
Feel - full body medium carb
Overall - really good

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 9/20/13: Pours a dark, murky, deep amber producing 2 fingers of moderately lasting tan, frothy head which recedes to nice sticky lacing. Aroma is dark bread, dark fruits, molasses and floral hope tones. Taste is same with strong Belgian yeast and coriander notes with hints of anise, cherry and cloves. Finishes very peppery/spicy with a molasses, yeast, coriander aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-heavy carbonation, creamy with a spicy bite.

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Photo of abinferno
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a bottle from a six pack from a local liquor store. Poured a rich, toasted caramel color with a 1" head. Decent Belgian style toasted malt on the nose. Thick mouth feel, very malt forward, low bitterness. Caramel and oak notes with some dried fruit. Overall, a decent representation of one of my favorite old world styles.

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Photo of hman43
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours dark amber with reddish hues. It has excellent head retention with a light brown head that is tinged in red.

Smell: It has strong caramel aromas with raisins and plums. The fruity smells because stronger as the beer warms a bit. There is some sugary sweetness to it. There is a very low level of chocolate in the nose.

Taste: It is rather sweet to start with featuring sugar, plums and raisins. The is a combination of caramel and toffee in the malts with a slight bit of honey in the background. There is a hint of chocolate.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a surprisingly semi dry finish. It has very smooth alcohol warming.

Overall, a great combination of malts and fruity esters to produce a great dubbel.

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Photo of Wxb1111
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is my first Ommegang beer and it will be the first of many more. This beer is such a delight, complex and rich, perfect for an autumn day by the fireplace..

555 c

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boom! Fantastic Abbey with just the right amount of snap and everything else. Decent value as well. Malty, sweet, bitter, creamy, beautiful and satisfying. One of my favorite brews to enjoy later at night. Winner...Winner...Chicken Dinner! Try some!

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Color is a rich deep burgundy with yeast suspended throughout.

S: Smells intoxicating. A mix of malt, chocolate, coffee, and overripe fruit. Raisins, prunes, figs

T: Dark fruits with cloves and pepper yield to a creamy chocolaty malt which sets up a dark roasty bitterness and finishes clean.

O: Wow. This is my first Ommegang beer and it will be the first of many more. This beer is such a delight, complex and rich, perfect for a chilly autumn day. The alcohol dangerously well hidden. This is

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Photo of GratefulFC
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich amber, burgundy. Smell is malt, caramel, brown sugar. Taste is dark fruit, raisins, plums, fig, caramel, malt, brown sugar. Bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; dark amber, but beet red if held to the light; 1 finger big bubbled tan head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: pancake batter first, then cough syrup;

T: rich and complex; mostly malt; dried fruit; mold bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; alcohol is warming, but appropriate;

O: the cough syrup aspect of the aroma was not especially inviting, but the flavor was very enjoyable;

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Photo of quadmad
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in Westmalle chalice at 10 C. Nice head --didn't last long. Nice colour, flavour starts strong but mellows as beer warms up. wold definitely try again

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Photo of Brolo75
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into goblet

A: Pours a deep rich mahogany amber color, tan colored creamy head that dissipated into a soapy film, good amount of lacing, tiny bubbles sticking to the glass, decent amount of carbonation.

A: First impression, very sweet, lots of dark fruits like prunes, figs, and raisins, Belgian yeast, bananas, loads of spice, smells rich and deep.

T: Lots of spice throughout and in the finish, lots of dark fruits, bananas, and spice, finish has more spice that lingers along with soft notes of dried figs and raisins, lots of depth and complexity, way too easy to drink.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated adds a frothy and bubbly mouthfeel, slightly dry finish.

O: A little too sweet, I'd like for the malts and Belgian yeast to shine more but all the additives and spice punch and linger in the finish. I'm going to cellar a few bottles and see if the sweetness subside, but, overall really enjoyed this and glad to have it near me for future consumption.

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Photo of viking77
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had the first of my four-pack after exercising..not a good idea. This is a beer that is best sipped slowly. Beautiful orange-brown color. Scent of raisins, taste is wonderful. Cherries, plum, alcohol. Terrific beer to savor on a winters night.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was one of those brews that simply was a pleasure from beginning to end...

A copperish colored brew with a hazy look and a weak tan foam to top it off. The smell was nice blend of yeast, bread, and even a touch of cinnamon...maybe. Anyway, I found this to be very smooth, slightly creamy though carbonated as it was. The taste had hints of caramel, and just enough maltiness to balance out the flavor. For being a boozy beer it doesn't have the overwhelming taste of alcohol that some of the other brews in this category put out. This makes the beer well blended and outstanding in my book.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Brown and transparent with a little tan head.

Smell: Malt and fruit predominately. Some yeast.

Taste: Surprisingly very mild. Malt, some fruitiness on the back end, and extremely little bitterness from the hops. The taste is incredibly subtle, so much so that I need to focus to really figure it out.

Feel: Pretty thin. Not as watery as a macrobrew, but it doesn't have the creaminess of a stout.

Overall: This is like an upgrade to a macro lager: inoffensive enough that anyone could pick it up to chug, but tastes much better.

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 4720 ratings