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 drh524
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at an Ommegang/Duvel beer tasting. Have had 3 Philosophers a lot and like that but this was much better.

It's brewed with orange peel and various spices. You can easily taste the orange but it's not overpowering and is perfectly balanced with a hops taste.

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

A: Thin off-white head quickly disappears. Nice tracing on top. Murky muddy-brown with red in it.

S: Fruits -cherries, syrupy sweet, spicy. A little nutty.

T: Yummy. Dark fruits again, alcohol. Spicy. Tart aftertaste. I got a little metallic aftertaste too, but I can't tell if it's the beer of the glass.

M: Heavy and sweet on the tongue. Carbonated and spicy.

D: Very tasty. The only problem I have is the tell-tale hint of metal.

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Photo of Ty1erC
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.*

a: wow. it's a beautiful, deep mahogany with lots of creamy head. a beer of this style could not look any better.

s: it has a subtle, yet complicated aroma; raisins, apples, spice.

t: the taste is very similar to the smell; sweet malt, subtle candied fruits, raisins, a spicy finish.

m: medium-bodied, high carbonation.

d: this concoction is very drinkable. i think the higher carbonation level balances out a lot of the alcohol presence. a great beer.

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Photo of mcgwire756
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bowlmor in NYC.

Poured a brownish color with a nice 1 finger head. This beer has a flavorful malt smell. The first sip was very smooth and stayed that way through the whole beer. Tasted of sweet malts and sugar. At 8.5% this tasted so smooth and easy to drink, one would have to be very careful if they are hanging out for the day like I was. A great beer to have a tap, and something I would have again if I saw it on tap. Not different enough however, to have on hand all the time.

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Photo of Sudsy89
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a dark reddish-brown, has a big foamy head, high level of bubbly carbonation. A very pretty beer. Smells fruity, malty, has a hint of alcohol in the aroma. I did notice a cherry taste too, big malty sweetness and a bit of yeast. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, just right. At 8.5% abv, it's more of a sipping beer for me, but still delicious and I'd definitely want another. Overall this is a very enjoyable beer to have with a meal or especially a dessert, the taste goes well with fruit or chocolate. This was the first Dubbel I've tried, and I'm impressed.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug

A: pours a deep brown color with a ton of off white very foamy head that lingers very long, leaves a nice amount of foamy lacing

S: nice maltiness, slight licorice scent, slight caramel scent

T: very nice caramel malts, nice slight licorice note, nice burnt undertones

D/M: smooth drinking, great complexity, little carbonation tingle, overall wonderful

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Photo of Stoutman88
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A - deep, deep red and brown color. Thick and foamy tan head. Quick rising bubbles. Great head retention.

S - Cherries and slight citrus smell. Generally sweet smelling.

T - Very sweet malt. Candy and caramel present. Cherries and bananas predominant. Apple. Hops are there, but easily masked by malts. Alcohol present.

M - Thick and heavy. Great carbonation. Feels "velvety"

D - Beer is a bit cloying. A "big" beer, more of a sipper than anything. Takes longer than usual to drink.

Notes - First Belgian stlye I've tried beside Blue moon. Saw on a mix and match rack at Wegmans and decided to try. Definatley a great beer.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a chimay chalice
Pours deep Burgundy with a two finger beige head that shows decent retention and good lacing
Smell is a little light and all Dubbel. Cloves, dark fruits, yeasty bread dough with a faint scent of alcohol
Taste is just what you smell but with some tart cherry flavors and malt body. The tart cherries last on your toungue
Mouthfeel is solid lots of carbonation
Drinkable? Dubbels are great beers but at 8.5% one is plenty if you expect to be able to taste it. This beer is worth a try though.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 1/11/11 notes. Went to St. Arnolds on Jefferson Place with my girlfriend for dinner, just south of Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Had this on tap.

a - Pours a murky mahogany brown color with one finger of light tan head and light carbonation evident. Head lasted for several minutes.

s - Smells of dark fruits, figs, yeast, fruity malts, sweet sugar, and very light alcohol. Cherries really come out a lot as it warms up; very nice.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, especially cherries, yeast, bready malts, figs, sweet fruity malts, and sweet sugar. Really enjoyable.

m - Light to medium body on the medium side and low to moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice dubbel strong on the cherries as it warms up. I found it very easy to drink and loved the taste. Would like to have again.

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Photo of Bonis
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark cloudy amber color off the pour. Huge light tan bubbly head settles after a couple minutes to a thin layer of bubbles.

S - Aroma is of funky belgian yeast mixed with plenty of dark fruits. The sweetness of the malts are plenty big and some burnt sugars are mixed in as well. I don't smell much alcohol.

T - Very malt forward as expected. The dark fruits are huge, some offering a touch of sourness on the palate, a very inviting and subdued sourness. The yeast is notable as well and adds to the characteristics of the dark fruits. Little to no alcohol can be tasted.

M - Medium body with a little too much carbonation (this being my least favorite aspect of the brew). Sugary alcohol coats the mouth with each drink, but it is quite smooth overall for it's alcohol content.

D - Like many in the Belgian style, this beer is way too drinkable. I'd recommend it to any beer lover.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet-shaped glass at sea level.

A - This beer maintained a consistent two-finger head and had an appealing translucent amber color. Nice lacing.

S - I have a notoriously bad sense of smell, but alcohol with a hint of cherry came through to me.

T - Very nice, what I expected from a Belgian double with a hint of cherry.

M - Starts out wet with a dry finish that makes you want to come back for the next sip.

D - A bit heavy and high in alcohol, but definitely on the affordable side for a beer of this caliber. I finished nearly the entire bottle by myself!

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

Poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Three fingers of tan head was over a beer that I'd call opaque brown with red hues. The head faded but left lots of lacing.

Aromas of dark fruit and alcohol dominate my first smell. The first tastes are uber-sweet with ripe fruit, like figs and raisins. Brown sugar is there as well. The alcohol is not as obvious on the palate. In fact it's pretty well concealed, but seems to be playing a role in keeping the sweetness from being cloying. I'm warming nicely on this freezing evening. As I progress through the beer (and as it warms) it seems more balanced, less sweet and the alcohol never shows again.

The mouth feel is lush, smooth and full in its own way. Not full like a stout, but full as in not watery or lacking in any way. It's surprisingly drinkable for such a sweet, full ale.

I didn't think I was going to like this after my first swig. I took a shower and let it warm up, then everything came together. I haven't had many dubbels but this one made a positive impression on me. I'll keep my eyes open for others. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a bomber of this tomorrow if this weather holds, and they say it will.

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Photo of philmorepunk87
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- bottle states burgundy which describes this beer well, has a nice two finger head.

S- dark fruit, funky yeast and alcohol

T- mostly dark fruits really not as complex as some of the other dubbel's

M- highly carbonated and has a semi thick mouthfeel

D-I would not want more than one of these

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Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle picked up at the brewery. poured into the ommegang chalice pictured on the label.

A- this one pours out a murky dark brown colored body with a rather large khaki colored head on top. the head is pretty quick to fall, and leaves behind think rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice with the nose are fruits and yeast. apples, figs, dates and raisins with just a hint of cherry. sweet malts and brown sugar are in here as well.

T- the brown sugary sweetness i could smell comes through strong in the taste, as does the belgian yeast. pretty fruity also. lots of raisins, figs, dates, and apples. not much alcohol.

M- light bodied and highly carbonated. there is a little bit of warming from the alcohol.

D- easy to finish and quite the bargain at $7.99/bottle. this is probably my go to beer for this style. ommegang is one of the best breweries on north american soil at making authentic tasting belgian beers.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

Two inch rocky head on top of a mahogany body. Not quite opaque, with ruby hues, but adding the yeast takes some of the brightness out. No visible carbonation. The cap holds quite well and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Fruity, mainly dates and figs, white grape. Clove. Maybe a trace of banana with that. Cherry and bubblegum pretty far in the background.

Dry yeasty flavors are most apparent at first. Peppery, cinnamon. Chalky cocoa, raisins, dates. Pretty bold, but sweetness is subdued. Finish has a hint of spicy bitterness. Herbal blend is Ricola-esque. Does turn sweeter as it warms, with lighter fruits like the rest of the ones I found in the nose, and a healthy amount of caramel malt.

Very effervescent. A hard pour still left a very lively body. Turns really lush given a little time. Still packs a little heat on the way down.

This is a classic American Dubbel. Fairly reminiscent of Chimay Red to me, from what I recall. At the price this goes for it is hard not to be satisfied, even if some of the Belgians trump it. This is not a difficult 750 ml to tackle solo. I almost bumped the flavor higher, but that's probably the territory for the Belgians to occupy. Still, very nice effort.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-05-15 at the Mt Hope Brewfest in PA (from tasting notes)

A - Ruby red with a generous head and good lacing

S - Belgian yeast, candied fruit, alcohol and a bit of lemon peel.

T - Tropical fruit, spice, citrus, fairly sweet, alcohol esters. Dry finish. Delicious.

M - Light body and medium carbonation give a moderate champagne-like feel.

D - A good sipping brew. IMHO, the best beer at this Brewfest.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle

Pours a deep amber that lightens to around with a lasting foamy light tan head that lasts for eternity with good lacing.

Smells quite strongly of good fruit; raspberry, grape, apple and raisin. Chocolate malts are faintly noticeable in the background.

Flavors are great and complex. Honey and caramel up front with a mixture of fruit that hangs around in the aftertaste.

Full thick body with plenty of carbonation that is suiting for this brew.

A very enjoyable beer. Enjoyable every sip.

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Photo of Giggy
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bottle Pours out a dark copper topped with a nice thick off-white head.

S: Very rich bouquet. Complex fruit aromas with yeast.

T: Caramel, honey, toffee, dark cherries, dates

M: Malty smooth taste, lots of carbonation, dry.

D: Extremely rich and inviting, complex, interesting, and delicious.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.55/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had in a 22oz. bottle. Admittedly Dubbles are normal not in my palate, so i cannot rank this one high. I found this to have too much winey taste and a bit two thick for drinking more than one. If you do like a deep, rich beer, you may like this one, give it a shot in a bottle.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a big, two finger light tan head.

Aroma is deep and complex with impressively strong yeast notes. Dark fruits, cinnamon, clove, and cherry pits combine with sweet, caramelized malts.

Flavor is very sweet for a dubbel style, taking away from the drinkability but bringing a more robust character. Deep fruits and sweet malts are on the forefront, with a nutty, drying finish. Carbonation is moderate and body is full and sweet.

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Photo of SurlyMe
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Stella Artois goblet

A - Pours a deep brown with slight light penetration; 2 finger foamy light khaki head which has descent retention

S - dark fruit, figs, raisins, slight caramel/nuttiness, light honey

T - complex, follows the nose, a little more sweet than i was expecting but very pleasing to the palate. dark fruit and raisins up front followed by the caramel/nuttiness and honey, a nice maltiness to it as well

M - Champagne like carbonation but lighter, medium to light in body, ever so slight dry finish

D - I found it pretty easy to take down a 750ml, great drinkabilty for 8.5%

Overall, a great Belgian (style) taste for $5-6. Ommegang hasn't let me down yet....

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Photo of trolification
2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have heard bad things about Ommegang brewery but i decided to try it myself. When I cracked open the bottle took a wif it was very fruity poured it into the tulip it was a nice dark red with thick top to it.
The taste on the other hand was a big let down it was fruity but the alcohol bled through to much. Its not a bad beer but i would deffinatley not reccomend it the three philosiphers is way better.

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Photo of animalchin
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

NOTE: This is a review for the 12 fl oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark, deep and complex burgundy red body with a slightly tan deep head. Lacing dresses the glass. Overall, a beautiful sight.

S - Bursting with robustness of dark dry fruit and caramelized sugars with...bubblegum? Certainly an oddity, but this gets balanced by the strong presence of alcohol.

T - A lot more masked than I was expecting. Still picking up a lot of action however, with a lot of pepper and clove notes becoming sweetened through the middle with a rather modest finish.

M - Surprisingly decent amount of carbonation throughout the drink. The complexity of the beer however give a smooth underlying tint.

D - One hell of a beer; it really speaks for itself. Any Belgian fan should give this a shot.

My hometown isn't terribly far from Cooperstown (maybe an hour), so I definitely feel a connection to this brew. Well done!

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark copper color that is somewhat hazy, though a large amount of carbonation bubbles going to the top. There is a massive, dark tan colored head that has amazing retention. A great looking brew.

S - Pretty good smelling. There are some very sweet malts mixed with fluffy yeast with a touch of alcohol.

T - Up front there are some good fruit notes which include some cherries, apples, and lots of pomegranate. Bitter hops come into play, perhaps a little too much and balance everything out. A bitter aftertaste lingers on.

M - Way too heavy for this style with lack of carbonation.

D - Easy to drink and quite enjoyable. Sits well.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes reviewed on 12/9/10:
12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice
bottled on 7/1/10, best by 7/20/13

A: Dark brown-red, opaque, 2 finger caramel-color frothy head. Dark ruby red tones when held to the light. Decent lacing.

S: Smells like a cabernet (seriously!). Dark over-ripe fruit, dark bread, somewhat musty. Red/black grapes in the background. Alcohol is present, very much like red wine. Smells like a heavy fruit dubbel mixed with a cabernet. Inviting to say the least.

T: Rich dark, sweet fruit. I get a somewhat pear like flavor, but darker. Plum, almost red/black grapes, slight flowery esters. Very sweet, a mixture of fruit sugar and molasses. Alcohol is fairly well hidden at first but becomes more noticeable as it warms. Warm alcohol finish, slightly metallic. This really does finish like burgundy.

M: The carbonation isn't exactly high, but the effervescence is 'big' bubbles that seem to slowly fizz all the way to the finish. I prefer more fine, crisp carbonation that quickly disappears. The body is too thin for me, I generally like the style fairly viscous, verging on syrupy. This was fairly watery and the bubbly carbonation didn't help.

D: This is fairly easy to drink, but I'm not a fan of the light and bubbly mouthfeel, so it certainly isn't perfect. It's a great value Dubbel, but it doesn't seem like anything special.

I edited this after having a Pannepot Reserva 2008 (as well as other dubbles since the original review). I tried my best to focus on style (going from an awesome quad to a dubbel), but the experience did open my eyes a bit. I do think I reviewed this a bit too high originally.

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