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

A: Seems to be burgundy in color, although maybe a bit more "brownish". A lot of foam initially, but it subsides quickly.

S: Smells sweet, a nice aroma of fruits with lots of figs and some dark cherries, a noticeable alcohol scent as well.

T: The fruit (especially the figs) come through, with notes of plums and cherries as well. A caramel type sweetness is present as well.

M: A nice amount of carbonation on the tongue, and good body.

D: A delicious Dubbel, and another fine beer from Ommegang.

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

A: Dark red with off white head and some trailing lacing.

S: Pick up fruit, some floral scents and honey. Malts a bit of alcohol.

T: Get some sweet malts but very well balanced. Some fruit at the end, possibly apricot.

M: Medium and very clean. Great finish.

D: Very drinkable beer. Alcohol is well disguised.

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

Appearance: Poured with a large light tan foamy head that dissipated to a nice 1/8 inch layer leaving a nice lacing down my glass. The beer is a very dark brown with an orangish-red tint when held up to the light.

Smell: Alcohol at first, sweet musty aroma, sweet strawberry and raspberry smells, very small tart character toward the end. As it warms the alcohol fades and the fruity berry smells come out much more along with a woody/nutty malt.

Taste: Sweet brown sugar, dark fruit like cherries and plum, small tangyness, fades to a more fresh berry or grape fruit flavor, and ends with a bittersweet plant flavor. There is a bit of an astringent flavor throughout and a very slight metallic (iron) flavor toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice amount of carbonation, pretty smooth, turns a little dry but leaves mouth pretty sticky sweet.

Overall: Good drinkability, a little on the sweet side, but dubbels usually are. Nice fruit character in the smell and flavor. The alcohol smell up front is a bit off putting, but as the beer warms it fades to a strong dark fruit smell. The end becomes a little less sweet and a bitter flavor appears which helps to make this a bit more drinkable.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large fluffy tan head with moderate retention and good lacing. The beer is a dark brown with red hues.

S- Some alcohol up front with a wonderful sweet fruit aroma, cherries, and peaches. Nice nutty and roasted malt aroma, with some earthy spice to bring it all together.

T- Very sweet fruity beer, cherries plums and peaches are some of the fruits that come through, also very malty, almost bready. Nice roasted malt and nutty character, also some nice earthy spice. This is a very good tasting double.

M- full bodied beer with a nice thick oily mouth feel. Some nice bite in the end.

This is one of the better doubles I have had. I really like aroma and the fruitiness of the flavor.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle you are holding was cave aged at Howe Caverns at a depth of 156 feet, at a constant temperature of 52 degrees from October 2005 through September 2006. This might have been the best beer i've ever had.

The bottle came all moldy and funky like an artist painted it green with a sponge. Pours a big head that quicklly disappears, beautiful, cloudy, cola highlights, dark/ruby/cherry/brown. Dark red and enticing, like Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge.

Amazing smell of figs, dark fruits, candied caramel, like the Kevin Spacey dream sequence in American beauty, but instead of roses coming down, all those smells do...

Amazing taste, mellow, smooth, engulfing, you can taste the smell before it hits your lips, sweet, leathery, black cherries, dark fruits, earthy and floral hops. This beer would be Robert Deniro in Godfather II, understated, amazing, and only gets better the more you think about it.

Get this beer if you can.

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

750ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet. I've cellared this bottle since I bought it on 3/2007, so a 2.25 years. Ruddy brown, huge, dense creamy sand colored head that leaves thick hunks of foamy lace.

Smell is very reminiscent of a flanders red, there is some sweet malt and acidity, big grape esters that have an over-ripe/sour note to them.

Taste is quite nice, again, very fruity. The flavor is still pretty robust after the cellar time, and hasn't totally fallen out like can sometimes happen with aged BSDAs. There is a slight metallic bite that hints at the age, and while it's holding up well, it's probably on the downhill slide.

Mouthfeel is dry, loads of very fine carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability is high, a very tasty dubbel that has aged beautifully.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a nice deep dark toffee brown with amazing ruby highlights throughout the center of the glass; a one finger head that is a light tan fades fast into an uneven skim; body is a little hazy and shows moderate carbonation; no lacing, just an oily residue hanging on to the sides of the glasses.

Smell: Rich caramel malts, slight dark fig/fruit/prune smell and a slightly yeasty smell as well; mild presence of alcohol -- I can't help but feel that if this was served in proper glassware that the smell would have been much more prominent.

Taste: Wow -- nice deep caramel and burnt sugary malts with a STRONG presence of the sweet candied dark figgy/pruney fruits; hints of chocolate and a mild bread-like yeasty presence; strong presence of alcohol on the breath.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation and a relatively high ABV provide a moderate tingling and mild burning sensation that reminds that you're drinking a beer that's serious; the alcohol provides a nice drying sensation yet the body is thick enough to still provide a thin coating throughout the palate; warm burn throughout the chest and stomach.

Drinkability: While the flavors are amazing and the mouthfeel is great, the ABV really packed a punch and therefore, I have to say it's moderate, a bit better than average but not quite mellow enough to be a 4 on the scale overall. I will definitely be going back for more of this brew though.

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Photo of katan
3.39/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mil into a Ommegang goblet

A - Pours a light to neutral brown color. Head formation is strong indicating strong carbonation. Head is quickly dissipating to a film. Surprisingly clear - no hazing of yeast suspension. I thought this beer was bottle conditioned.

S - A combination of malt sweetness and caramel. Behind that is a very potent Belgian yeast backbone. Some phenolic bite is present.

T - Starts off with a very light sweetness. Some candi sugars in here, really giving it a candy bar clinging to it. No hops, nor is there much for bitterness. Finishes with a malt and caramel sweetness, some raisins. Aftertaste hangs around with a strong sugar sweetness.

M - A hefty body to the beer - combine that with he strong carbonation, and you've got a beer that sits hard on your stomach and palette. I think that is a trademark of Ommegang - uber carbonation.

D - Moderate to low drinkability - primarily driven by the extraordinary fillingness of the beer combined with an ABV that can knock you around. A good "one and done" beer.

I really enjoy Ommegang beers - as far as per style, this beer hits the spot. For me personally, I'm not too in tune to it.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Aroma - Sweet musk with a hint of earthy goodness.

Appearance - Tons of head and carbonation creating a light tan head. Cloudy amber red in appearance.

Taste - Spicey with a definite complexity. Sweetness in there too reminding you this is a dubbel. Sure you could get more complexity but not at this price. Candy and dark fruits this is a beer I can get behind.

Notes - This is a treat fresh and I am aging one too. N ot a knock your socks off great but still a nice beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12 oz. single of this for about $2... pours a beautiful ruby red with a nice big head to it, some slight lacing is left on the glass. With aroma I pick up a lot of dark fruits and other sweet smelling things which smell good, but can't quite distinguish. Taste now.. great mouthfeel and body to this one, very smooth and creamy going through the mouth. Again, some raisin/fig type of flavors with a sort of spicy finish.. finishes a bit dry for my liking but for its ABV it's way too drinkable. Reminds me a lot of a good red wine too.. lots of flavors going on here and very well balanced.. might be the best American Belgian I've tried.

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours an incredibly nice dark brown red color with a nice fat and foamy head that starts to disappear after a few seconds; kinda reminds me of the Chimay Premiere. The smell is full of the Belgian yeast aromas with a few hints of caramel and dark fruits. The alcohol is also detectable with a few swirls of the glass.

When tasted, the alcohol and malts come through at first. In the middle, the breadiness from the yeast and malt come into play, with a slight bitterness from the hops; they coat the mouth and tongue very nicely. The finish is incredible - the sugars and fruitiness appear with a nice burning warmth from the alcohol carrying on through.

The mouthfeel is nice; it's very crisp and medium-bodied. This Dubbel is so inviting, which makes me say that the drinkability is definitely high. Two thumbs up Ommegang.

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

A- Poured into a 16oz pint glass... Nice rocky head. Dark red in color with alittle activity going on... some yeast sediment moving along from the carbonation

S- After swirling the brew in the glass... some malty smells with sweet citrus overtones

T- Rich, sweet, malty tasting with a hint of fruit

M- A bit on the chewier side with little carbonation... flavor clings to your taste buds after swallowing

D- Very tasty, I would definately reach for another


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Photo of tj4288
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from beautiful 750mL bottle into goblet.

poured slightly thick and syrupy. nice 2 finger head that hangs around a while. no lacing. a very murky dark brown with some ruby color around the thinner parts of the glass.

smells of dark sweet fruit. fairly week on the nose.

taste is very complex with obvious notes of dark fruit, and a sweet, slightly sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. fairly light carbonation.

very good drinkability. i noticed more flavor and smell come through as it warmed. i paid $5.99 for this bottle and was very pleased. i guess i would buy it again if given the chance. not an everyday drink, definatly something special to share with friends.

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Photo of tigg924
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, mahogany, 2 inch creamy head, high carbonation

Smell: apple, caramel, yeast, and malt

Taste: caramel, apple, toasted malt, dried fruit, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet, smooth, crisp, with a slightly sour aftertaste

Drinkability: Excellent for the style. I will certainly get this again. I love the fruity flavors.

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Photo of BeerTaster
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a mix of dark red and some brown, 2 fingers of foam that fall slowly, moderate carbonation

Smell: plum, chocolate, cherries, some earthiness, caramel

Taste: some pepper, caramel and chocolate, fruit mixes nicely with alcohol and other flavors

Mouthfeel: creaminess broken up by moderate carbonation, slight alcohol

Drinkability very nice would be a great beer for a nice stew

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang Abby Ale.
8.5% Alcohol.

A- Heavy duty dark brown fluid with hints of red undertones. Mild but efficient of white head that falls to a nice frothy head with excellent lacing.

S- Robust red wine smell upfront with a floral bouquet of hops and malts. Very fresh scent of alcohol on the nose with spicy herbal accents.
Carmel malts are noticable as well, at a warmer temperature.

T- Massive complex of red wine flavors, sweet fruits (plums, grapes, and maybe alittle peach), mild hoppy bitterness, and nice alcohol esters dominate.

M- Dry feel, with a warmth from the amount of alcohol this one packs. Smooth on the tongue with little to disrespect the taste buds.

D- Dangerously drinkable in the aspect of a dark strong ale. Try it, it will not let you down.

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

Purchased from Ray's Liquor in Wauwatosa, WI. Poured into a snifter, this beer was an extremely dark brown and looked a bit hazy. It had a fluffy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus, reminiscent of a white wine. Full bodied with flavors of molasses and brown sugar that lead to a pleasant warming aftertaste in the back of the throat. Good drinkability in spite of the alcohol content.

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Photo of schmitter
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle(cellared for about a month( into a chalice. 2 finger head, good carbonation. sparkling mouthfeel with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Smells of caramel with a sweet alcohol note. I've seen better lacing, but its happening. Tastes of banana bread (slightly nutty), with a sweet hoppy finish. It's becoming harder to review this beer as a I drink more. Love it!


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Photo of montecristo2
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a chalice.

Pours a deep mahogany color with subtle redness around the rim. A decent head that dissipates to a 1/4 inch of small bubbles that last into the middle of the glass.

Smells like dried fruits and spices.

Tastes the same- raisins and spices, would go really well with a big feast like a Thanksgiving dinner.

A potent brew, I can only do one glass before I feel the effects, but I still love it. One of my favorite offerings from Ommegang.

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Photo of shark262
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a mix of dark red and some brown, 2 fingers of foam that fall slowly, moderate carbonation

Smell: plum, chocolate, cherries, some earthiness, caramel

Taste: earthy with minimal funk, some pepper, caramel and chocolate, fruit mixes nicely with alcohol and other flavors

Mouthfeel: creaminess broken up by moderate carbonation, slight alcohol

Great beer - I will be keeping an eye out for this around town.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

pours a amber with a red hue, like a deep cherry color. has a thick sand fluffy tan head.

dark aroma, smells spicy, some fruits (dark/dried) and some sweetness. Perhaps a caramel/toffee or sugar taste. flavor is similar, but with an extra sweetness to it. nice medium feel with a sweet taste ending with a bit bitter and dry. good feel, enjoyed drinking

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Photo of mjaskula
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Mompou in Newark on 2009-05-05. Served in a Ommegang chalice.

Pours dark black with a dark tan head that stays. The aroma is faint, of coffee and dark fruits. Taste is mildly sweet and malty balanced well with mild hops. More sweetness and fruit as it warms. Very pleasant, though I enjoyed it more from the bottle.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice corked and caged 750.

Appearance: Close to perfect. Dark red brown with a little haze. Thick, thick whitish head that leaves great lacing-- not just lacing, thick chunks of head stuck all the way down the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast, sweet fruit, spiciness.

Taste: Just delicious. A little bready. Some bitterness up front fades quickly. Sweet fruit with some medicinal taste to it. Nice spice. On the back end its very sweet and bready.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated with good full mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I never want this bomber to end. I hate to grade a beer down because it makes me a little drunk, but...

One of my favorite dubbels.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a chalice,this beer is a deep brownish red with a nice head.

smell is rife with caramel and a little bit of yeast spiciness.subtle cocoa with a hint of alcohol is also in the noise.

taste is mild,caramel and dark candi sugar flavors dominate.not overbearing on the palate,i feel like there is something to be desired though.there is a hint of alcohol in the finish as well.

mouth feel is fitting for the style.i could drink a few of these with some bbq,overall i was a little bit disappointed.i've had this beer before and felt it was much better then than now.

i think i might be victim of a bad bottle here.maybe too old.for some reason i feel dubbels are much more enjoyable fresh rather than old as opposed to other styles.

i will review this beer again.

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Photo of NODAK
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very rich...dark fruit, sweet molasses, some alcohol....this is a big brew.

Pours a dark, yet cloudy, amber color with a decent head that disippates.

Carbonation is pretty low here....taste is of fruit (plums, perhaps?), molasses and alcohol. There are some spices evident as well (cloves, coriander? Never been too good with those). The boozy taste hits in the finish, although not too bad when the beer is cold. There isn't quite as much of an aftertaste as I would have figured, but what is there is somewhat sweet and sticky on the tongue. The exhale after taking a drink certainly reminds you that this is a high ABV beer.

As the beer warms, the alcohol definitely becomes more noticeable and the drinkability decreases.

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Abbey Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,641 ratings