Abbey Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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4,646 Ratings
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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Ratings: 4,646 |  Reviews: 1,774
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, hazy, tawny brown hue with two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. A nice-looking, standard dubbel.

Smell: rich malt aroma with hints of toffee and caramel with a little biscuit thrown in toward the end. Alcohol is present and the aroma seemed a little harsh at first but I find it growing on me.

Taste: malt flavor is sweet and dank with a mustiness and a chalkiness that I rather like. Fruity complexity is somewhat low but includes cherry and plum. A tasty dubbel.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge, delightfully creamy carbonation. Right up there with the best.

Overall: a solid dubbel. I would have this again.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml. corked bottle "pkg on 9/10/10" poured into a snifter on 8/7/11.

This beauty appears a deep reddish-brown color, perhaps mahogany (or the color of maple sap) under a creamy and fully committed head. A generously deep bouquet of toasted candied maple, brown sugar, and caramel cookies with notes of ginger and raisin fills the nose. Body is a full yet relatively smooth one. The malt-centric taste notes here are very much foretold by the aroma but do finish differently with a more herbal and earthy tone than the expected fully sweet one. With its ending carbonation, the finish is also slightly reminiscent to that of the caramel-noted cola finish in a soda.

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Photo of billybob
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy brown very big head that settles out nicely light lace. pleasant fruity nose with a hint of alcohol. taste, so much going on its hard to find a place to start, dark fruits soaked in a alcohol base cloves black pepper dark sugar malty spicy sweet boozy something subtle and new with each sip. smooth light to medium body and carbonation holds well. buy it try it you will like it.

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Photo of cooler4life
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish dark brown, mohogany feel. One finger head.

S: Sweet, figs, plum, slight oaky twinge. Alcohol breeze is faint.

T: Brown sugar or maple. Dark fruit, I can't acertain which one. It leaves you with a tart grapefruit taste as it exits the palate.

M: Carbonation is a delight. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

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Photo of devilben02
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish mahogany color with a fizzy, pinkish-beige head that is thin despite a vigorous pour. The aroma has a wonderfully fragrant combination of wine grapes, candied plums, and dark brown sugar. The flavor is likewise rich and complex, with notes of leather, rum-soaked cherries, raisins, brown sugar, and some deep underlying earthiness. The fine, active carbonation creates a texture that is both prickly and creamy. Overall, this is a wonderful beer that features rich flavors without being syrupy or otherwise heavy.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured gently into a wine glass.

A: Pours with a 1-finger, light beige head. Beer itself is mahogany with rusty blood undertones. Contrails of lacing stick to the sides of the glass and make funny faces.

S: Sweet malt and dark fruit.

T: Slightly earthy, with notes of plum and raisin mingling with and taking precedence over the dark malt. Wisps of alcohol rise from the grave of each sip. Boo.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and the feel of evaporating spirits at the end of a swallow.

O: Not bad. I think dubbels just aren't my thing. They're not quite red wine but they seem to haunt the same neighborhood, and I have to be in the right mood for a red. I wouldn't try this again unless I had the right food to pair it with.

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Photo of rodney45
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: translucent dark red, like a banner in a medieval castle. Foamy white head, doesnt last the whole drink, but stays
around for a while.

S: Smell is both hop and malt heavy. The malt smells very toasty and warm, and the hops are very citrusy and sharp.

T: The first taste is of floral hop, a little bit like apricot and a wee bit grassy. This is a very sweet beer. Secondary flavor is malt, this is the most dominating flavor character. Its a tad pungent and skunky, which makes me think this beer has been tainted by being exposed to too much light in the display case. Finish is dry and the aftertaste is a tad sour. Tastes a lot like a brown ale.

M: Not really smooth, and not really bitter. I dont know what to make of this mouthfeel. It gets better as the beer warms

O: This beer isnt my favorite from the guys at Ommegang. Its high notes are the texture, look and smell. Its low points come from the taste, which might be skewed by light exposure. I will find another one of these beers, and update if anything changes at a later date.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice brown color with a decent tan head. there is some lacing on the glass. the smell is sweet with fruity esters and a nice belgian spiceness is present as well, its really a perfect balance between the two. the flavor is very full and again there is a perfect harmonious balance between the the sweet dark fruit flavors and the spiceyness from the belgian yeast. the mouthfeel is medium to full for the style and overall this is the best dubbel I have ever had. ommegang knows their shit.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque brown ale. magnificent brown hued head. literally massive. very inviting beer.

S: plums and brown sugar. alcohol and toffee. the residual sugar is strong in this one.

T: a little bit of tobacco. similar to the nose, the residual sugar is very present and puffs the body up significantly. cedar.

M: very pristine bubbly carbonation. full mouthfeel.

D; pretty big dubbel, but very well-made. gorgeous looking beer follows with a delightful smell and taste.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-hued brown, with a lot of thick, frothy off white head. Head begins to settle, but not too quickly.

Smell is brown sugar, fig, raisin, other dark fruits. Malty base is clearly present, slightly caramel like. A bit of spice. Very nice smell.

Taste is very similar to the nose, and also great. The fruit is not as noticeable, and the malt steps forward even more. Fairly bready, the fig is still there a bit, and there is a bit of a boozy finish. The beer is moderately sweet, but (thankfully) not as much as some dubbels can be.

Mouthfeel is nicely full bodied (though not particularly heavy). Slightly more carbonated than I would like, but only just. Nice feel.

Overall, a really nice beer and excellent example of the style. I find dubbels are occasionally too sweet, and this one is not. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of RickS95
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown, with some reddish, burgundy tones. The head is relatively thick and white. The contrast between the colors of the beer and the head are impressive.

Dark fruits and a biscuity yeast smell fill the nose. Spices like cloves play a secondary role.

Taste is impressive. Initially it's sweet with the dark fruits in a port wine kind of way. Near the end it's got a toffee-like taste, with some cinnamon.

The mouthfeel starts off creamy. Before the first sip, you can see the creaminess of the beer from the way the head looks. Some heat from the spices is always present and in the end, a hint of sweetness shows up.

This is a really good beer. It's pretty mild for a dubbel. Good ABV that's balanced very well with the fruitiness and creaminess. Glad I've got a couple more of these.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a dark burgundy color with a huge four finger latte colored fluffy head

S- Raisin, dark fruit, cherry, and alcohol

T- Rum soaked raisins, black cherry, and candy sugar

M- Sticky mouthfeel, nice body with good carbonation

O- Nice full mouthfeel with good carbonation, the alcohol is apparent, but this is not a boozy beer.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown w/ a massive three finger cocoa head that sticks around forever. Nice carbonation, and decent lacing. Dark beer that I can't see any light coming through at all. Beautiful head on this one, it's super impressive.

S- Caramel malt, yeast, rum soaked fruit. Actually a very good smelling dubbel. Very close to 4.5... If the nose was a tad bit stronger, it would totally be there. It's just a little on the weak side for me.

T- This is very tasty. All the smells come out in the taste, and it's very balanced and smooth tasting- just like a good Belgian. Big time malt backbone on this beer as well, although it's not over the top. Some spices in the taste as well, although they're in the background.

M- Super smooth and creamy, very balanced, nice alcohol burn on the aftertaste which increases as the beer warms. Excellent feel for the style.

O- This beer is super close to being world class, it falls just a notch short in a couple categories. Definitely recommended pickup though- it's worth drinking again. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Cheers!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance - Thick light brown head with lots of retention. Good stick. Dark hazy amber body.

Smell - Caramel, malty. Not much hop. No off smell. Balanced but bland.

Taste - Alcoholic finish. Moderate effervescence. Low to no astringency.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer. Session abbey for taste and price.

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

A- 4.5 Very pretty deep red/mahogany color that sits beneath a creamy tan head. The head is made up of very fine bubbles and is about a 1/4" thick. A swirl around the tulip leads to very smooth, moderately sticky lacing and a bubbly dance beneath the cap.

S- 4.5 This has a great aroma made up of figs and dark fruit in general. I get a bit of raisin. There's a little spice here as well, though nothing individually distinguishable. It is almost like a holiday bread. The Belgian yeast is present but mild. There's the slightest hint of booze.

T- 4 The taste isn't as complex and developed as I found the aroma, but it is quite good nonetheless. It is heavy in the dark fruit realm initially, and then that yeasty spiciness makes its appearance to finish. The hint of booze I smelled isn't as pronounced in the taste, but there's just enough that I know it is there.

M- 4 A smidge over medium in body. The carbonation is a tad high. Otherwise, it is pretty smooth and not really heavy for the high ABV.

D- 4 This is a fine ale, and I'm hardly surprised given the brewery. Ommegang always seems to be solid. This is a good one if you're a fan of the style for sure. It packs a great punch of aroma and flavor and isn't all that heavy. At its ABV it will get you where you need to be, so you won't need a whole lot! It's nice to have this brew readily available to fall back on occasion.

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Photo of clint1019
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - has a nice amber/brown color with a creamy thick head.

Smell - Had some really nice aroma's ranging from fruity to malty to spicy.

Taste - This beer had a really great taste to it. It has a nice caramel malt flavor with some really nice fruity flavors. It finishes with a nice spicyness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

Overall - A great beer. Has a nice medium body with some great flavor and aroma combinations. Would definitely recommend.

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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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Abbey Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,646 ratings