Abbey Ale
Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Ranked #5
Ranked #3,918
4.16 | pDev: 11.3%
Saturday at 01:04 AM
Feb 18, 1998
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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4 by clm9 from North Carolina on Saturday at 01:04 AM
4.05 by Cdips from North Carolina on Apr 07, 2022
4.19 by Miles_Nilges from New York on Mar 24, 2022
3.98 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington on Feb 06, 2022
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3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a muddy copper with just over a finger of head. The nose is mildly funky and malty with a touch of raisin essence. The flavor follows the nose with a long dry finish.

There is not quite enough malty sweetness to make this great, so I'll just say that it is pretty good.

Sep 19, 2021
3.71 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Sep 16, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Act25 from New Jersey

Why did it take so long for me to try Ommegang's cherry double.
a) Cherry, mahogany pour to form.
s) Up there with Chimay, Duval and co.
t) More cherry, more sweet, heart wood, shellac, cedar, spice, woodshop.
f) Never cloying, sweet but cleans up nicely, lovely, lively tongue feel.
o) Outstanding and next to Belgians

Sep 15, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Solid copper appearance with a large tan head and good lacing. Malty aroma serves as a backdrop for an array of dark, ripe fruit. Complex taste rolling out notes of ripe fruit, licorice, seasonal spices and caramel. Alcohol a bit more noticeable in the aftertaste. Medium-to-full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel leading to a dry, spicy finish.

Jul 21, 2021
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on May 16, 2021
4 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

I love Belgian style beer and like golden monkey, Abbey Ale delivers

Color is ruby, with a great head upon the pour. I smelled figs and currant. The taste very much the same.

Had Neon Rainbows from the same producer and have learned if they do one great most are great. There a few exceptions

Apr 30, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by eameslover from Michigan

Historic, many occasions. SO good, malty, yeasty, maple sweetness, like pure maple. Dark stone fruits, cherry. Delish!

Apr 28, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. ABV was 8.5%. Beautiful copper to ruby colour, decent head. Intense oaky, malty and vinous aroma and flavour. Good beer.

Mar 20, 2021
4.02 by emerge077 from Illinois on Mar 18, 2021
4.1 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Mar 18, 2021
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4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by hermosbird from Arizona

A malty and complex dark beer.
Tons of spice and malty smell. Color is deep amber. Has a big head with creamy bubbles.
Might be too heavy for a dubble but it is really good. I feel like this one beats Three Philosophers in complexity, smell and taste.
My favorite from Ommegang so far.

Feb 24, 2021
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by J_mo from California

Pours golden brown. Over a finger of head. Dark fruit to the nose. Some bitterness upfront that goes away for a very good finish.

Jan 19, 2021
4.14 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Jan 06, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by blazerkor from Nevada

I don't usually review this sort of thing because I drink out of the bottle but because it is an imitation of a Belgian Dubbel it foamed up and would have had a huge head... a lot like me but I'm not a Belgian knock off. I have to slurp up the foam to keep it from overflowing like champagne and like champagne the foam wash fruity and light.

Initially it smells like a white or blush whine but then a bit of malt comes through.

The taste is like other trappist beers I've had. It's extremely fruity with just a little malt and then some bitterness. Like some kind of sparkling wine/beer mix.

It's very foamy and smooth with a ton of soft carbonation. It's finish is lasting fruit and bitterness.

Overall it's much like a few other Belgian Trappist dubbels, trippels and quads I've had. It's the best of those though. I would give it a 4.7 out of 6 as a beer but for the style it would get a 5.7.

Dec 29, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by r-m-kaylor from New York

This is the one that got me on my Belgian Beer quest - so it always met with preconceived expectations - C'est la Vie....Classic Belgian style Dubbel with Ommegang's twist (yeast strain)...go to local brewery, to me...

Oct 18, 2020
4 by doctorgary from New York on Sep 22, 2020
4.75 by Yaroslav from New York on Jun 11, 2020
4.25 by Corburk from Pennsylvania on Apr 24, 2020
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3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Bigbeerman from New York

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!

Apr 15, 2020
3.25 by LennyBound from Illinois on Mar 15, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mugman8 from New York

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!

Mar 15, 2020
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2.91/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by Ohknows from Nevada

Dry, malty, and really dry. Not a beer I will look for.

Mar 08, 2020
4.05 by MJSFS from Florida on Jan 12, 2020
4.25 by yuno from New York on Jan 11, 2020
4 by dansushi from New York on Jan 08, 2020
3.98 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 15, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SmashAdams from New Jersey

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

Dec 09, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by woosterbill from Kentucky

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!

Dec 02, 2019
4.25 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Nov 17, 2019
4.31 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Nov 08, 2019
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4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by Peach63 from New York

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.

Oct 21, 2019
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