Abbey Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,709
Reviews:
1,781
Ratings:
4,672
pDev:
11.3%
 
 
Wants:
345
Gots:
934
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,672 |  Reviews: 1,781
Photo of roarkty
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hman43
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +4.6%
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 JohnDon
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MartyMoser
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jeschaefer
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Heftklammer
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnbday
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Doesn't quite realize the potential you smell.

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Photo of dsippel
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobstockwell
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +6.7%
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 Sailfishshooter
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good American brewed Belgian double.

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Photo of maxarvo
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knickfan3
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeufo
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of williahd
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulFC
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Scottsbeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeHigham
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Branlott42
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CTHomer
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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 ahentz
3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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Abbey Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,672 ratings