Abbey Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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Abbey AleAbbey Ale

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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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Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant ruby/copper with an explosive head that dissipates slowly. Excellent lacing and low-medium carbonation.

N: Caramel, pear, apple cider, cocoa, brown sugar and dark fruit.

T: Ripe plum, fig, molasses, barnyard and dark Belgian sugar throughout. Hints of banana, red wine, cocoa and black licorice also make an appearance. Smoke, earth and some spice notes come in during the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied, silky, creamy, a little sticky and dry.

O: A very complex Belgian Style Dubbel. Just the right flavors play throughout the whole beer. This is absolutely delicious and about as close as you can get to a Trappist Dubbel. Smiley face.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Reddish brown colour with a very large size frothy light brown coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, dates/raisins, smoke, molasses

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, raisins, and some molasses. There is also some smoke flavour mixed with light hops and a woodiness. The beer finishes with a dark fruit sweet and smokey aftertaste.

Overall – Ommegang rarely disappoints. The flavours were really well balanced and the alcohol was very well hidden. After each sip I kept wanting more and more. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange tinted chestnut brown with a thin cap of off-white cream, gone quickly. Scent is a blend of brown sugar, plum, raisin with touches of citrus, mellon and banana - a lot going on here. Taste mimics scent, with all of those different notes going on, it was really hard to appreciate as it came off as unfocused. Body is fuller side of medium, creamy but with highly active carbonation, lingering burnt sugar and alcohol flavors on the tongue. A good beer, just a little too much going on and it never comes together like others in the style.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2 fingers of cream colored foamy head that takes forever to melt and leaves blankets of tight knit lacing. Body is Dark ruby/garnet.

S - A huge mix of fruit, cantaloupe, red grapes, apples, tart cherries and raspberries, mango, some muted under-ripened bananas, creamsicle, some faint oak notes, hints of chocolate and fruity alcohol.

T - A very complex blend of fruit, pick the fruit and you can taste it, lots of papaya and cantaloupe when chilled. A mix of soft spice and brown sugar, yeast is dark fruit dominates as it warms.

M - Full creamy body with lush mouthfeel.

In the top running for the American made Dubbel. Very complex fruit aromas and flavors. Excellent mouthfeel as well. A go to Dubbel for sure.

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Photo of weller1js
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a cloudy, hazy copper reddish-orange, well carbonated, with moderate tan foam, yielding foamly lacing; small bits sediment float throughout.

smell: aromas of dark fruit, tangy hops, and light malty notes, complemented by typical Belgian velvety and yeasty characteristics.

taste: like the scent, begins sweet with essences of dark fruit yielding into tangy-floral hop sensations, the effect of the hops yields to a bitter-yeasty taste that lingers after the finish; the lingering of the yeast is not overpowering, but more announced than necessary, but that could have happened due to a rougher than necessary pour.

mouthfeel: velvety feel is very notable, with just enough burn from the alcohol.

overall: well brewed with prounounced elements throughout, delightful to enjoy, be wary of the yeast though.

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Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown ale out off a nicely popped-corked bottle. An impressive head forms with nice toasted nut hue to it. It has great size and retention. Thick lace coats the entire glass.

S- Sweet Belgian malt, dark fruit (raspberry) and raisin come off strong. Some toasted nut, alcohol, spice and cocoa hints.

T- Right away I notice a good fruit presence, raisin, grape, apple and raspberry/dark fruit followed by Belgian yeast presence (spice, bread). I also get sweet malt.

MF- Creamy light-end body that feels nice with the flavors at hand. Alcohol brings a warming feeling to the tongue which accompanies a slight bitterness.

One of the better "American Belgians" I have had. A bit sweet for my taste but it still drinks very nicely.

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Photo of seabass87
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 Oz bottle into Chimay chalice.

A- Hard pour reveals a dark brown body with a modest, fizzy 1 1/2 finger head that disipates quickly but leaves a creamy cap throughout drinking.

S- Spiced banana bread. Backed by caramel malts and sweet Belgian yeast. Fairly basic and satisfying.

T- The malt profile comes out stronger in the taste... a medium caramel biscuit flavor. The spicy banana bread taste comes shortly after, and carries into the aftertaste. Nice, smooth warmth.

M- Medium bodied with slight carbonation. Finishes dry.

O- This is as close as you can get to the real thing. It looks, smells, tastes, and feels like a real Belgian dubbel. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and will be coming back to this one.

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Photo of leansean88
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Always enjoy pouring a big bottle of ale. Head is tall and retentive, and the drink is dark and cloudy.

S - Wonderful smell when first poured that stays with you. Fragrant fruits and a dash of spice.

T - It almost feels like the fruitiness will take over, but it finishes smooth. Tastes of hops, spice, grapes and a little bit of pineapple.

M - Soft, tender feeling on the tongue. Really worth a try. This must be what making out with beer should taste like.

O - Ommegang really outdoes themselves. For the price, it is quite satisfying. Tastes just a beautiful as it looks.

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Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (best by 03/2013) poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Rich mahogany with a 2-finger light tan head that declines gradually.

Nose of currants, dates, figs, spice, yeast.

Taste is floral, complex, spicy and a little sweet.

Carbonation tingles, this beer coats the tongue without feeling syrupy. Great mouthfeel.

Really great carbonation that just gets better as you get closer to the bottom of the bottle. This is a delicious version of a style that's never been my favorite.

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Photo of harrymel
2.44/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by: unk

A: Pours a honey brown ale with good clarity. Three fingers of peanut head falls to a quilt of the same over several minutes. Cobweb lacing.

S: Bananas, coriander, yeast. Pretty sweet and simple nose profile here. It's not really impressive. Pretty simple and sweet.

T: Really alcoholic upfront to me. Then plenty of sweet malts, raisin, copper, and hints of nutty yeast. Again, nothing special. A bit too much sweetness again, really one dimensional. Hints of cardboard (oxidation) in here as well.

M: Medium on thin for the style and relatively high carbonation in the style as well. Nice slick finish.

O: I could really take or leave this one. It's far from the best dubbel I've had, and it is (IMO) more sweet and one dimensional with the sweetness level.

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Photo of obywan59
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with some deep red around the edges. Near mahogany. 2 finger tannish head looks creamy and voluptious. Decadent.

Very fruity in the nose. At times I get rich, dark fruit and spice reminiscent of Christmas. At others I get rich tropical fruits. As it warms, I get more of a sweet and peppery aroma.

The taste is drier than the nose. Metallic early on, but more of a tart citrus later--grapefruit. Bitterness follows with some light earthy Belgian yeast.

Full-bodied and rich. The carbonation lends substance as well. Peppery and creamy with warming alcohol in the throat.

Normallly, I prefer sweeter beers, but I have to say,

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Photo of bark
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2007 (I think).

The colour is warm brown, the liquid a little hazy (the beer is bottle conditioned). The short lasting finger thick head is beige.

The smell is light with dry notes of red berries and a touch of beef stock. There are some sour fruity hints.

The taste is fruity with beef stock, honey, red berries (with some sour notes) and raisins. Light body. The aftertaste is semi-dry with more berries and dried fruits. Some hop bitterness and mild Belgian yeast. The finish is a little salt with returning notes of raisins.

The carbonation is fresh, the bubbles small. The liquid is light.

A well matured yet light dubbel. Nice raisin flavours.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch brewed in Belgian by Duvel for Ommegang. A true Belgian dubbel from an American brewery. I've had the Cooperstown version of this many times. The Belgian version has a little more zing to it.

A- pours a rich garnet burgundy color. A thick fluffy two fingered head reveals itself with an average pour. Some thick lacing on the side of my goblet. This is a gorgeous looking brew.

S- starts out with an intense fruity aroma of dark raisins and fig. Big yeasty charcter coalesces with the fruity esters imparting some clove and kola nut notes. Finishs with a rich doughy spiced cake like malt with a brown sugar/molasses sweetness.

T- Bready malt sweetness with recurring brown sugar and Belgian Candi flavors up front. The yeasty character coats the palate and gives off a dark fruit and spice character of raisin, fig, kola nut and clove. Dry finish with a hint of rum like alcohol on the finish.

MF- Full smooth yet active mouthfeel with a medium body and some frenetic carbonation.

D- drinkability is superb on this puppy. Rich and delicious.

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Photo of Tartarus
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A&S: Pours opaque reddish brown with a good amount of khaki colored head. Smells of fruits and malts, scent is it's weakest attribute in my opinion, although I didn't get a pour with a ton of head.

T&M: Mouthfeel is carbonated and a little oily. Taste is dark and fruity with an aftertaste of malts. delicious deep flavors in this one. You get more and more of the fruit flavors as it warms.

O: Very tasty, I've had Three Philosophers before, and this easily proves that Ommegang isn't a one beer brewery(not that I thought they were) definitely makes me want to move closer to Cooperstown to be able to get their brews at a slightly better price.

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Photo of deebo
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one many times on tap and am a big fan of the style and this version. Reviewing from a bottle.

A-Pours a towering tan dense head (a little too much IMO)that lingers and laces the glass throughout. Is clear with a light reddish brown color.
S-Sweet carmelized brown sugar with lightly toasted malt notes, some alcohol bite.
T-Toasted malt with some fruity esters from the belgian yeast. Extremely smooth. Slight alcohol burn, but not in a bad way. Great balance of malt upfront and fruity yeast with a little hint of hops to keep you honest.
M-Medium bodied, average for the style. Vapory alcohol is noticeable. A little high on the carbonation, would like this a little less zingy to let the flavors dance.
D-Very, and at 8.5%, dangerous. I've had multiple pints of this on a few occasions, and the last is as good as the first. Me likey.
O-My favorite beer from Ommegang. This one matches up with any of the great dubbels out there. The alcohol isn't perfectly hidden, I guess that's my biggest knock.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber and red color combination that is mostly clear. Big, creamy tan head that has excellent retention amd leaves some sticky lacing.

The aroma features light notes of caramel malt, dark fruit, with just a hint of Belgian spices.

The flavor steps it up a notch. Solid spicy notes from the yeast combine pleasantly with a sweet malt base and dark fruity flavors. The flavors come through even stronger as the brew warms.

Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish. Overall, very drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy apple cider like brown color with hints of red tinge to the edges. There is a big off white almost khaki colored head. The head is frothy and just about four fingers in size. The head stays around at about one finger and leaves a little lace. The aroma is of belgian candy, very sweet and inviting with a slight earthiness at the very back end. Very strong aroma that you can smell as you come close to the glass. The taste follows suit, there is a sweet malt backbone with a very nice candy yeast flavor. There is also a slight dark fruit presence and a slight balance of earthy hops at the back end. The mouthfeel is very carbonated. Overall a very nice very good beer, nothing harsh to make you dislike it, just a smooth taste and an inviting aroma to make you want more.

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Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A massive head of tan fluff sits atop an amber body. Amazing head retention.

The nose is predominately bubblegum with notes of candy and malt sweetness.

Pretty strong hop presence, moderate malt sweetness, complex with some alcohol notes. Some dates and dark fruit mixed in.

Dry and presents a warming feel from the alcohol. Great creamy carbonation.

A good representation of the style. Solid beer, but didn't blow me away.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. My favorite glass for Belgium style brews. This bottle was from the 2010/2011 production and well stored in a temperature controlled environment.

Very lively pour, lots of carbonation. You can watch the bubbles stream up from the nucleation etching on the bottom of the Duvel tulip. Very attractive. Pours a very thick three fingered head which settles down to a very nice one finger cap. Nice “lace” lingers on the side of the glass.

Cloudy yeast filled medium dark brown amber color.

Distinct nose of Belgium yeast and malt, very elegant, fresh and lively, faint hint of chocolate in background, smells like a fine French pastry, just a hint of the 8.5% ABV, Extremely enjoyable.

Incredibly delicious, crisp, distinctly yeasty entry in the mouth, followed by that extremely enjoyable Champagne like carbonation, creamy, full bodied, chocolate nuanced malt, just a light touch of sweetness makes for a very balanced brew. It tastes like it was just tapped, even though this is a bottled beer. It is so delicious you just want to drink another one and then another. It is an excellent example of the Belgium Dubble style, you really could not ask for much more.

Long, delicious, yeast dominated finish, with lingering malt, and carbonation.

I truly love this style of beer. While it seems highly carbonated it does not make you feel bloated, and it is quite easy to drink several of these back to back. Definitely drink this no colder than 50 degrees. As it warms up it releases all that it has to give and that is quite a lot.

Years back the only Dubbles available were from Belgium, and while many were great beers, freshness was always an issue. As I have stated before the USA is making world class beers in every style. We are currently living in a Golden Age of beer. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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Photo of ajcobb24
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color into a snifter. A lot of carbonation with this beer compared with other quadrupels. About one and a half fingers of head. Heavy stickage to the side of the glass as it is swirled around.

Smell - Malty and slightly sweet smell. Some dried fruit and earthy notes.

Taste - Not as impressed as with some quadrupels I have had. Maybe it is because I have tried several quadrupels now (and am not used to Dubbels), but I feel as if this beer is just attempting to copy the other (better) quadrupels out there. I taste heavy malt taste that is not very sweet as all (despite the fact that my mouth and glass lip are sticky by the end of the tasting). Also in there are some dried fruits and earthy notes. Maybe some star of anise as well.

Mouthfeel - Not too heavily bodied as to be overpowering. Despite there being a lot of carbonation on the pour you cannot taste too much of it in your mouth (a good thing for me).

Overall - What can I say? Maybe I have become a quadrupel snob with the likes of Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort, but I like a sense of sweetness and fruit in my beer. This just feels like a semi-good imitation beer. Really cannot tell the big difference between a Quadrupel and Dubbel.

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Photo of Dave128
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - one of the best looking beers I've seen in a while. Beautiful hazy brownish bronze. Ruby highlights make the beer shine wonderfully when held up to the light. Head lasts forever even though lacing is not too significant

S - Rich malty nose. Some dried fruit notes and alcohol is apparent.

T - Very rich and mysterious. I can pick out different flavors each time I take a sip. Fruity esters ablaze on the tongue make it a pleasurable experience each time. Alcohol finishes off the taste without much bitterness.

M - medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O - A very rich and fulfilling experience. I'm sad that this single has to be finished.

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Photo of Morey
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer here! Brownish-red color, but when you hold it up to a light source, you get ruby red hues with moderate haze. Light tan colored head stood 4 fingers tall and after about 10 minutes, it's still holding strong at about one finger! Plenty of lacing all over the glass.

Smell is fruity (ripe) with some faint spices in the background. There's also a sweetness to the aroma.

After taking my first sip, I wasn't really "wowed" so to speak, but it's growing on me with every sip. As with most Belgians, there's a pretty lively carbonation present. I'm definitely getting the ripe fruits in the middle coupled with a dense malty sweetness that isn't overly sweet, but works really well with the other flavors. Slight medicinal finish that smooths out rather quickly.

Medium leaning towards full bodied mouthfeel with an aggressive carbonation.

A fun beer to sip on. I'm not a huge Belgian fan, but I find myself throwing more and more of them into my mixed six packs as of late.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'm no expert on Dubbels. I've only had a handful within the style, but this one grew on me as I drank it. It's easy to see why this beer receives the ratings that it does.

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Photo of lenin2040
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i haven't had too too many dubbels, but this one is just out of the park delicious.

A: deep ruby. huge just slightly tawny head as befits the duvel glass i pour this 12oz bottle into. settles down to 1/3 inch head with great lacing. continues bubble flow from the etching at the bottom of my glass

S: spicy. brown sugar. allspice with a hint of lemon zest, a little toasty malts and just the hint of booze.

T: fabulous complex malt driven sweetness with plum notes in the background. balanced by just enough bitterness. finishes slightly tangy.

M: great full soapy mouthfeel. appropriate carbonation for the style. dries up nicely at the end

Overall, a staple when i feel like something belgian style. bonus points for being available in four packs for very reasonable $.

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

Whoa… I wasn’t even done pouring this before I had to stop and smell it. It smells AMAZING! I don’t even want to drink it, just smell it. I wouldn’t be surprised if you can smell right now… as you read this.

From the looks of the bottle, you would think this beer comes from somewhere overseas. Granted, this is based on a Belgian recipe, but is brewed right here in New York City. It’s actually brewed in Cooperstown. I have been to Cooperstown, but was too young to remember this brewery being there. I am sure we drove right past it.

The bottle warns you to pour slow not to disrupt the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Speaking of the bottle, it’s HUGE! What’s with all these beers being in these large bottles? Who cares… it’s 8.5% ABV so I’m not complaining. The beer, once poured (slowly remember) has a nice thick head. It’s also appears to be somewhat thick in the glass. Let’s see what this Abbey Ale tastes like.

At first… it is extremely smooth, almost sweet. Then you are hit with a faint carbonation on the front of the palate. Before long you are feeling the sweetness crawl all the way down your throat. Then… after you sit there for a few seconds, as the aftertaste leaves your mouth… you can’t help but want another drink. I just heard Sheryl say, “It’s so thick!”

The aftertaste on this beer is incredible. I have never sampled a drink (beer or other) that has done so much along the way. The smells are intense, filled with those spices everyone talks about. Then the initial flavors… it just gets better and better. This beer is incredible! If you like beer, any kind of beer… grab a bottle of this. Bottoms up people, this beer is good.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice as I do not have the Ommegang chalice

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a good tan head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Very fruity, cherries, plums, grapes, sweet malt, hints of anise

Taste: Again, very fruity, cherries, plums, grapes, sweet malt, caramel, some clove, some anise, pepper, finishing with some earthiness

Mouthfeel: Full body, good carbonation, very creamy smooth, dry finish

Overall: An excellent dubbel, easily comparable to the best from Belgium

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