Abbey Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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Abbey AleAbbey Ale
4,630 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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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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Photo of ixodus
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with and amber hue that has a thick beautiful off white head that dissolves very quickly into a ring around the rim.

S: Dark malts, figs, prunes, raisins, and a touch of chocolate.

T: Spot on to the nose. It has a rich dark fruit flavor with a nice roasted malt backbone, a touch of chocolate, and a slight alcohol burn at the end. As it warms the chocolate becomes more pronounced.

M: Full bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable and packs a decent buzz. One 750ml and I'm good to go.

I was nervous about this one because a lot of people told me it was awful, but I love Ommegang and had to give them the benefit of the doubt. I really want to slap myself for even being nervous. All of Ommegang's stuff is really great, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of kjyost
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle purchased at the brewery in July. Cellared. Poured into a Duvel tulip (also acquired at the brewery). Undated (I think, but don't have the 4-pack anymore).

A: Pours very nice and slightly cloudy amber red with a full head that descends to a cap. Where is the lacing though?

S: Nice fruit aromas though a little muted at the start though. Figs, raisins and a strong alcoholic aroma that I find a little off-putting.

T/M: Raisins, dried apricots and apple juice with a bit of a malt presence in the background. Thick and lingering flavours. The initial sips though are too strong on the alcohol front, as it is overpowering until you are used to it. Well balanced once the esters drop off. Carbonation is low, though works well.

D: A good beer, just with too strong an initial alcoholic hit to be moved into great...

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Photo of matt20102
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from corked bottle into goblet at fridge temperature. Carbonation is suitably high. This pours with an excellent head that remains thick; the lacing is excellent. The flavor is of roasty malt without being very sweet or very malty. The hops are absolutely perfectly matched- the bitterness is just right and the hops never take center stage. No flavor seems to take center stage, actually, in the orchestrally harmonious beer- this is well done! This will definitely be a staple in my collection.

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

Beer poured a coffee color. Cloudy with a tall stiff tan-colored head. Aroma was earthy with an alcohol profile sort of like a red wine. A subtle wet dog aroma in here as well. Taste was strange. Peat, wet leaves, fruity,with rich malts, umami on the mid-taste morphing into a funky, tangy aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium carbonation. Medium texture and body. Sharper rather than syrupy. Overall a unique brew. It is hard to pin down into a familiar style.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours mahogany with a thick, off-white, long lasting head. Aroma is Belgium yeast, brown sugar and fruity notes. Medium, sweet, somewhat tangy body. Belgium yeast, cherry fruit and brown sugar fills the mouth. Long, bitter-sweet finish. Wonderful dubbel.

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

Served in a Chalice.

A: A dark murky brown with great pouring head an retention. To style.

S: Dark fruit, bready, and their house strain yeast.

T: Taste was of licorice, dark malts, and apricots. This beer did come off a little hot.

M: To style and highly carbonated. For bottle conditioning it is an art to get carbonation with this consistency.

D: A great beer that fits the style with great malt backbone and yeast prominence.

I would like to see this beer be a little less hot. Given that it is bottle conditioned, I would suggest leaving a bottle or two for just two months of aging.

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

a great american version of a belgian beer. pour is belgian carbonated. with some cloudiness to a redish brown body. nose is belgian sugar cane and candied citrus and spice. palate is that with a hit of beet sugar sweetness and pollen as well that is dissipated on the palate by the carbonation at first. then the sweet citrusy quality comes out a bit more when the carbonation subsides. a tad toasty mnalt, brown sugar, gala apple sour... very mild. bright and not particularly earthy. lean in body as a conbination of astringent acidic citrus and sweet.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a snifter of two inches of tan head. This beer is murky brown in color. The aroma is brown/caramelized sugar with some plum/fig. The taste is some dark fruit up front and finishes with some roasted caramel malt which lingers on my tongue. It has plenty of carbonation. I really enjoy the toasted malt in the aftertaste. It keeps me wanting to take another sip.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember drinking this beer on tap and having a revelation: Americans do belgian better than Belgians. I have loved belgians (the beers, I work with and like the Belgian people just fine, but their beer I love). But at that moment, I realized that I prefer the American belgians over the real deal. This is just a person preference.

The cost is comparable, with an American value once in a while. but the American products seem to have an intangible that makes them great. Most of them are great.

This one has a perfect fruity, rich taste and is just stunning in the glass - perfect light brown head. My compliments to the brewers. I have no interest in ever going to Cooperstown for the Baseballl Hall of Fame (we have the Football one nearby and it is just ok, music ones are good though, check out our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a beautiful June day) but I just may go up to upstate NY to make an Ommegang pilgrimage.

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Photo of goalie33
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 750ml bottle into 13oz tulip glass.
A: Very nice brick red color, slightly hazy, one finger of off white head sticks around for some time.
S: Dark fruits are the dominant smell.
T: Sweet. Mostly dark fruits but there is a significant taste of alcohol, a little more then I would like.

This is a very good example of the Belgian dubbel style, but a little high in the alcohol content. I think this beer would be better if it were in the 7% abv range instead of 8.5.

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

(12oz. bottle) Awesome fluffy cream-colored head pour. At least a 1/4 of head last throughout entirety of drink, very impressive. Equally awesome lacing on glass, very even. Dark Plumbish color. Small basic malty hint in aroma. Big hint of banana and candied smells. Very smooth blend of smells. Slightly fruity, also picking up hint of orange peel in aroma, brings a refreshing element to the aroma. Mild to moderate carbonation. Extremely dark fruity presence. Big middle and finish showing of alcohol. Little hint of breadiness in finish. Feel like I'm picking up some banana and some extremely faint hint of spice in flavor, but could be my nose tricking my tongue. Finishes relatively light and clean for style, not near as heavy finish presence of alcohol as similars. Very nice, warming and flavorful.

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Photo of mbusster88
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Bottle packaged 9/10/10.

A: Great dark ruby red, brownish color. Head is tan with very small bubbles, and very dense. Extremely hazy body making it nearly impossible to see through the beer.

S: Get some alcohol, dark fruits, plums, dates and some bready characters.

T/M: Right away there is some alcohol apparent on the tongue, then get the bready characters and some toffee like tastes. Dark fruit notes really give this beer some great body and weight.

D: Easy drinker with great taste, the alcohol really isn't obtrusive and does not make the beer difficult to drink.

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

From a 12 oz. bottle with no dating. Poured into a chalice.

Color was a dark brown/burgundy. The beer is cloudy and does not let much light get through at all. Lots of bubbles on the sides of the glass. The head was a frothy dark tan of about 2 fingers.

The aroma was very rich; dark fruits and spices, with malt sweetness and Belgian yeast aroma as well. The taste was of strong malts, alcohol, caramel, apricots and anise. No bitterness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was highly carbonated, with a rich, warm, full body. This was an outstanding beer; a pleasure to drink.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown color. Has colossal, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a rich, sweet, malty aroma with hints of caramel, spices, and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: It has a mild bitterness up front but that is quickly swallowed up by a rich, malty and yeasty flavor heavy on caramel and spicy notes. Also has a noticeable alcohol flavor but it's not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with an intense carbonation. Perfect.

Drinkability: A great dubbel. While it's not as good as some others (Chimay comes readily to mind), it's certainly a serious contender and would give an true Belgian dubbel a run for its money. Definitely worth a shot and definitely something I'll have again.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a chalice

A: Fairly opaque, reddish brown. Maybe an inch of light tan head with very good retention and also some really nice lacing.

S: Great malty aroma with a lot of raisin and other dark fruits. Yeast and a slight touch of alcohol come through after that. It seems like the more I sniff at it the more I can smell. It's a wonderfully complex aroma

T: Much yeastier than I was expecting and not nearly as sweet as the aroma led me to believe. Alcohol comes through pretty strong (stronger than I would have thought for an 8.5 % ABV). Great malt flavor with hints of caramel. Good flavor, but not as good as the aroma led me to believe.

M: Really nice mouthfeel. It has the potential to be quite heavy and sticky, but the carbonation keeps it feeling medium bodied and well balanced.

D: A very drinkable beer, and less than I'm accustomed to paying for Belgian style beers ($6.99 for the bottle at Trader Joe's). Often I go for tripels or quads, but this is a nice change: a bit lighter and less fruity. A very good beer.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Amber-orange with some haziness (perhaps because of the agitation of the yeast pellet). A tan head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Rich malty sweetness, with some dark fruity esters with some spicy clove phenols.

T: The spicy clove phenol is the first taste on my pallet and lingers. It balances the rich malty sweetness and leads to finish that is balanced and not dry.

M: Full-bodied with a rich mouthfeel. Good carbonation, some alcohol warmth.

Notes: A great beer. Too drinkable at 8.5 ABV.

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