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 jeffjeff1
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet

Appearance- dark brown color with red tints, creamy head

Smell- fruity aroma

Taste- interesting flavor, caramel, dark fruit, has a tang to it

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, very nice

Drinkability- very good, I enjoyed it thoroughly,will drink it again

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ML into my Chimay Goblet.

Pours a beautiful burgundy red with some burnt orange tone. Sitting on top of this lovely brew is about a 1inch thick head, off white with some burnt orange tones. The head dissipates rather quick to half of it's original pour, but does manage to leave a little lace on the way down.

The aroma is that of spicy fruit. Maybe grape fruit mixed with grapes and some apple. It's a very fresh smell, like that of an apple orchard on a crisp fall day.

Out of the many beers I've tried since my 21st 7 months ago, this one has to be one of the most balanced brews I've ever tasted. Malt and hops come together to create a devilishly smooth, fruity, and spicy flavor with no bitter bite at all. (I love me some bitter beers, but a break is needed time to time). I'm no wine connoisseur, but the flavor profile of this Abbey Ale is much like a red wine.

The mouth feel is medium compared to other Dubbels I've had. Carbonation is smooth and not overdone.

As for the drinkability, I can easily drink this 750 and down another. The 8.50% ABV is well hidden, but pokes it head out as it warms your belly after every sip.

Overall I wouldn't mind drinking Ommegang Abbey Ale again, but compared to the Rochefort 6's I have hiding in the closet, it might be a while before I pick up another 750 of this beer.

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Photo of abar22
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a DFH Signature Glass.

Ommegang Abbey Ale has the standard Dubbel attributes. Dark,slightly muddy brown with ruby highlights in the light.The head is ample and creamy off-white in color. It settled into a solid thick cap with little to no lacing.
My head cold is battling my nose and winning. The dark fruits; grapes, raisins, dates are still coming through. What I can sense I enjoy and from memory I know this beer brings some nice aroma.
Each drink brings the carbonation you would expect from a Belgian. Peppery throughout, nice bubbly mouthfeel, and hints of dark fruits. Semi dry finish and fairly refreshing.
Good carbonation and solid mouthfeel puts this right in line with other Dubbels.
Dubbels are as drinkable as Belgians get for me. Great taste and nice carbonation without the heaviness of a Quad makes a great drinking brew.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a burgundy color with two fingers of foamy white head.

Scent of sugars, sweet dark fruit, caramel, and yeast. Great scent, the sweet dark fruits are very inviting.

Taste of caramel, dark fruit, earth, and yeast. A great example of the style, and for the availability this cannot be beaten.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a strong biting carbonation, just wonderful.

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Photo of dfillius
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 2 fingers tan head with great retention. Cloudy dark maroon - forgot to leave sediment in bottle :-(
S: Fruity, tangy yeast, some malt notes I have trouble pinpointing.
T: Sweet malt with fruit and a nice finishing tang. A little funky but bright and satisfying. Earthy notes in aftertaste. A little diacetyl is a plus. Caramel, toffee. Boozy as it warms.
M: Smooth, slippery. heat when warm.
D: Tasty, delicious in fact. I would drink another and buy another 4-pack. Too funky and too much late booziness to be perfectly drinkable.

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Photo of DrScotch
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with a large whie head that takes its time to disperse.

Aroma is oranges and raisins, with a tang that I usually associate with sour ales.

Sour tang is pleasantly subtle, definitely contributes to teh flavour but does not dominate the complex berries, malt and finishing bitterness. Hidden alcohol

Definitely a tasty brew, and I will have no problem finishing this bottle and probably another, but not quite at the Rare Vos level.

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

Poured into a chalice...

A: Dark reddish brown with a thick, creamy tan head.

S: Sweet, dark fruits...

T: Sweet malts, rich, earthy over-ripened fruits, toffee like sweetness that is not overdone at all with a nicely warming alcoholic finish.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy

D: A very nice take on the style, I could really get into this one.

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

(12 oz bottle poured into trappist glass) Poured a deep brown/mahogany color with beautiful head and lacing. Aroma reminiscent of sugary fruit and toffee. The sweet aroma does not disappoint as the taste brings forward a nice caramel note with a great malt sweetness. Finishes crisp with a slightly bitter note, but overall an excellent mouthfeel and predinner compliment to cheese, or (as I had it) a beautiful compliment to chocolate cake!

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a rising brown head. Enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of dark fruit, toffee, and some brown sugar.

Tastes of the dark fruits up front rounded out by some candy like sweetness. A little caramel type burnt sugar flavors come through. Plenty sweet, also a little bread like. Some spice is evident.

The mouthfeel is a decent medium, a little too much carbonation results in a thinner feel than I would like.

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

poured with a fantastic, foamy, frothy, textured, off-white to light tan head and infinite lace. Color is a lovely, clear coppery amber. Aroma is yeasty and malty. Flavor is dates, figs, raisins, and dark bread. Body is great as is carbonation. Finish ditto. Session beer??? mmm dunno

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Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this Abbey Ale out of a 12oz bottle. I was quite pleased with this Ale.
Appearance: Poured the beer into a pint glass. I know I should have used a different glass but I had to use what I had. There was a nice head (about a quarter of an inch). There was a red almost cranberry color.

smell/nose: There was a mild scent of hops mixed with candied fruit.

taste: sweet candy flavor. A little bitter but not overpowering. Nice amount of hops. There was almost a cherry cough syrup flavor towards the end of the beer. It did have a very smooth finish. It did linger on the tongue. With a ALC/VOL at 8.5% I could sense some of the alcohol but it wasn't overwhelming.

Drinkability: Easy to drink a few but the sweetness makes it hard to have too many.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 355 bottle poured into an oversized wine glass

A-- Poured a crimson red color with a half inch of head. Well carbonated with some floaties in the pour. Head died away very quickly.

S-- Tart cherries, bread and sweet fruits in this

T-- Cherries, bread and sweet fruits in this. A little sweet but I like it though. A little acidic but good.

M-- well carbonated in mouth. Lively and a bit tart. A little sweet but that is ok in this beer. It is not candied sugar like Belgian beers are. More of a tart sugar to me.

D-- Very nice beer. Very dinkable and the ABV is well hidden. Still I really like the smell of this beer. Very easy to drink and enjoy a few of these. An Excellent US version of a Belgian style

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Tan 1 inch head with roasted caramel color

S- Sweet fruits, yeasty bread, malty caramel

T- Caramel/honey with a touch of bread from the yeast they use. I'm also picking up a little banana

M- Effervescent and warming, I am also getting something here that is rather tart on the finish

D- It's a tough one here, I wanted to give this one a higher drinkability rating but given its sweetness and being as heavy as it is, I just couldn't make it through more than one. I'm actually pretty happy I didn't go for the magnum bottle

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Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown with nice ruby highlights and two fingers of light tan head that hangs around for awhile.

Aroma has a definite plum character mixed in with some cinnamon/vanilla spice. Some bready and caramely malt peeks through along with barely perceptible alcohol.

The taste has a nice dark fruit/plum character along with some sweet caramel malts. The Belgian yeast contributes some pleasant spiciness and fruitiness. A mild ethanol burn comes in right at the end.

Finishes with a touch of sweetness. A nice American brewed Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep dark brown(burgundy under light) in color, featuring a shimmering 3 finger velvety tan-shaded head that holds and leaves noteworthy belgian lace down the glass.

S - raisins, candied sugar, juicy plums, dried dates, and bruised apples. There is a slight alcoholic scent detectable very far behind the sweetness of the malt, esters and spicy hops.

T - parallels the aroma -slightly tart at first, but opens up nicely to a bounty of dark fruits and cadied sugar-sweetness against a spicy and slightly boozey blanket, before closing and finishing with a 'more' feeling.

MF - medium-full body w/ an amazingly full, rich and velvety like feel. plenty of light and crisp co2 to ease this beauty down like a dream.

D - i've yet to of tried a bad brew from my boys(and girls) down in Cooperstown. this one is no exception. easily the best American version of the style, and a personal favorite of mine.

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Photo of Asgeirr
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ommegang Anno 2007 pours a opaque, grimy browner shade of burgundy (who would've guessed!) along with a frothy, fudge-to-cream white crown of medium height. Said crown accompanies the brew in question for a lengthy period of time (over 1½ minutes) before transgressing into infinite obscurity.

Smell: A deep scent of crème caramel greats the nostrils closely followed by the archetypical characteristic of cognac soaked plums, which is both enthralling with its sweetness as well as its pleasantly sophisticated touch of alcohol. Finally the whole thing is wrapped up in a butterscotch-package.

Taste: Slightly acidic at first, these citric notes however quickly subdues to the aforementioned, rich flavour of caramel. Alongside this malty backdrop we get the return of plums and sweetness finished of with a slightly dry aftertaste which brings to rise the late and -- somewhat unexpected but nonetheless -- welcome arrival of the mildly mannered Mr. Bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy in body, rather timid in carbonation and yet at the same time, still bold enough to make the it an invigoration experience. The finish, corresponding to the bitterness in the aftertaste, is a dry one and due to the alcohol giving itself away, pleasingly warming.

Drinkability: Sadly this was my last last one, I've been saving it for quite some time now, and as you all know: the greater the wait, the greater the reward. Over the years that have passed since I first tried this Ommegang, it's certainly gotten more pronounced in the bitter areas (the same as with humani generis, I guess). Final line is, this beer holds everything you could expect from a genuine Trappist so if you can get a hold of this Yankee Doodle Brewski -- go for it!

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Photo of Darkhorse09
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown/amber. Almost looks like a nut brown with a single drop of red food coloring. One of the prettiest heads I've seen. Thick and fluffy, almost looks like cotton candy (not pink of course). Very good looking!

S - At first, not much on the nose. I assumed it was too cold, so I let it warm up a bit. BOOM. Gorgeous aromas of malts, warm apples and pears, raisins and some alcohol. Smells delicious. maybe a little woodsy as well, with spicy phenols. I am in for a treat.

T - Very smooth, inviting feel on the palate. Slightly sweet malt, again apples dominate, with raisin, some chocolate and nutmeg. Alcohol on the finish, warms nicely. Tasty!

M - Medium to heavy body. Just enough carbonation. not tingly on the tongue. Great mouthfeel, wouldve liked it to stick around a bit longer however.

D - This beer is complex. Take your time with it and really enjoy the flavors. Simply delicious.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured carefully into a small stemmed glass to yield a thin foamy tan-colored head, which was well-retained, slowly giving way to some little bits of lacing. The body was a slightly hazy dark mahogany color (such a beautiful color). No carbonation bubbles were observed.

S- Very sweet nose. Smells of caramel malt, molasses and burnt candy sugar, along with some more subtle hints of dark fruit.

T- Vinuous notes dominate the palate with lesser flavors of raisins and brown sugar. No hops detectable here. The finish is pleasant- long, sweet and dry.

M- Thin to medium body with a little unattenuated sugar. There's a little bit of soft carbonation here as well... but for such a sweet and malty brew, I would have liked to have more unattenuated sugar... a chewier and more textured mouthfeel...

D- VERY VERY drinkable... a perfect fall or winter nightcap... and the alcohol is very well hidden!!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a 12oz bottle that has been cellared for about a year. Pours a hazy dark copper/light brown color with a fluffy, mocha colored head. The foam fades slowly to a slick looking sheen.

Nose is deliciously fruity with a nice dose of dark chocolate and nearly burnt caramel. There is a bready character to the beer, but does not seem as substantial as some of the Belgian Trappist dubbels.

Taste is delicious! Burnt raisins, brown sugar and baker's chocolate. Dinner roll bread notes mix with fruity and spicy yeast esters and creates an almost nutmeg-like flavor that is quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I would like, but that is a minor complaint. This is a damn fine ale and a year in the cellar seems to have improved this beer by a good margin.

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Photo of velosuds
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $5.49 at Cost Plus World Market.

A-Began foaming as soon as the crown was cracked. Pours a murky copper-amber hue with a two finger, beige head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Fruity, malty and sweet. Nice aroma.

T-Slightly sour, and not to my liking. Finishes with malt and fruit sweetness, and only a hint of spice.

M-Very smooth for 8.5% ABV. Carbonation level is spot on.

D-Too sour for my taste.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber to dark nut brown color. Somewhat clear. Thick, tan head never fully dissipates.

S - Hints of rich malty sweetness, perhaps some toasted flavor. Fruity ester presence detected, but does not stand out. Some spicy phenol notes present.

T - Medium sweetness from malts, no bitterness on the finish. Balance definitely towards the malt. Malt, fruity esters, alcohol, and other various spices complete the palate.

M - Medium to heavy body. Moderate carbonation. Little bit of warming from ABV.

D - Very complex palate, yet refreshing.


An amazing Dubbel. Hard to believe this came from New York and not a 16th century Abbey.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Ommegang chalice.

A- Burgundy red color with small bubbles for carbonation. Head is not huge, but it retains very well and is quite beautiful for a dubbel. Love the way this beer looks like in a chalice.

S- Dark fruits and cherries are very prevalent in the first smell. Scent of alcohol comes through towards the back of the beer, but the dark fruit smell still seems to be stay strong. A yeasty bread aroma tends to creep in and out periodically.

T- Those dark fruits come through pretty strong. Dark plumes seem to be the strongest taste with other dark fruits, maybe cherries, following in behind. There is a malty sweetness that follows with a small finish of alcohol, but certainly not as prevalent as a quad.

M- Smooth mouthfeel, really fits the beer well. Not too thick or too thin, almost perfect for this style.

D- This is not a beer that I am going to have a lot of, but finishing a glass is no problem. Perfect for after dinner or even pre diner, this is a great beer that I will be purchasing again.

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Photo of JamesS
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep brown color with a little bit of head and a bit of lacing. Deep malt scent, hints of fig and alcohol. Deep flavor, very strong and malty; hints of fig that were nearly overwhelmed by the alcohol flavor. Very warming on a cool day, but I wish the alcohol flavor wasn't quite so noticable; after all, an 8.5% dubbel can have it masked.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in '05.

Pours a ruby brown in color with a frothy ring of head. Some yeasty chunks floating around in the beer. That's understandable given the age of this beer.
Smell is dark fruits, mainly plum. There is some definite aging noticed in the nose.
Taste is huge malt, candied sugar and some more dark fruits. Highly carbonated and bubbly in the mouthfeel. Just the faintest hint of oxidation, but that comes with the territory with aged beers.
Still think this could go a bit longer. Would like to see it mellow down a little more.

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

the pour from the 750 mL bottle produced a generous head over a deep amber brew. I could not comment on the smell as it was allergy season and my sense of smell was compromised. The taste, however, was exquisite. The strong malty, estery, tangy flavor included apricot and toast. There was moderately strong carbonation and very little hops presence. Definitely on the buy-again list.

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Abbey Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,638 ratings