Abbey Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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Abbey AleAbbey Ale

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: 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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle served cold in glass beer challis.

A) Abundant off white billowy head takes its time to settle. Mahogany brown soup made cloudy with loads of suspended fine, bottle conditioned carbonation. Near perfection!

S) Sweet baked pastries, sour dough, raisons. Rich, complex and delicious

T) Cutting to the chase, this is perhaps the best American made example of the Belgian Dubbel. Orange citrus, dark cooked fruit, Belgian candy sugar, mild hops. It's all there and its there in proper proportion.

M) Complex, sticky sweet. Ample carbonation that lasts and lasts. Smooth with just a hint of hop-bitter after taste.

O) Excellent example of the Belgian style dubbel. Going right back to buy more.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip

A: Pours a deep burgundy with a fine, khaki 1 finger head.

S: Sweet fruity aromas with bubble gum, clove, honey and licorice. Very complex and intriguing.

T: Rich malts and candi sugar. Spiciness at the back of the palate with clove and black pepper. Hints of earthy tones hiding behind candied fruit flavors. Starts off sweet but fades to mostly dry with yeasty notes in the finish.

M: Medium body with surprising levels of carbonation slightly reminiscent of sparkling wine. Slight warmth from alcohol.

O: Another Ommegang, another stellar beer. Abbey Ale is complex, super tasty and an excellent American interpretation of Belgian styles, exactly what you expect from this brewery.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this many times but never reviewed. It has pretty much gained somewhat of a 'classic' reputation in my eyes.

12oz bottle poured to a tulip glass. Color is dark murky amber with some light able to show through. Big puffy beige head falls to a thick ring, patchy cap, good lace.

Scent is good but could use more strength and maybe complexities for a dubbel. On the sweeter side overall - some red grape, candi sugar, toasted bread.

Taste is fuller. Lots of red and white grape, dates, molasses, caramel apple, spice (clove and pepper), slight earthy tones. Yeast/bread is somewhat tame but there, otherwise quite authentic.

Mouthfeel feels light and smooth with high carbonation and good foaminess, hides its alcohol well, suits the style.

Definitely one the better (best) American dubbels out there, a little on the sweeter side but very good. I like bringing the 750ml to family events for sharing - affordable, available, authentic, drinkable - a good introduction for strong Belgians methinks.

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Abbey Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,630 ratings