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 marc77
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep burgundy hue with a trifling murk. Covered by a beige, thick, steadfast head. Exiguous, wandering near - lace remains. The aroma is a delicate, amiable melange of stately barely ripe banana, rich nutty carob, and mild herbal phenols. After a deliberation, breezy wafts of semisweet cocoa dusted, fermented prune provide a lightly sugared, fruity contrast. Mellow, rounded dark toffee sweetness incipient in flavor is ensued and complemented by a persistent, fruit driven combination of fructose rich raisin and tracely tart underripe plum. As the beer breathes, judicious cocoa and a subtle, earthy hop presence emerge, facilitating an agreeable bittersweet contrast to the residual sweetness. Dark fruit character fades late, but banana esters remain constant, and couple with the light, but perceptibly grainy, bready malt undertone to facilitate a chocolate tinged banana bread impression. After the brief initial carbonic acid bite dissipates, the mouthfeel becomes invariably lightly viscous and pleasantly dextrinous. Finishes with a brusque snap of clove phenol that yields to fleeting hints of sweet, British digestive biscuits. The cellaring has completely assuaged the light, but perceptibly phenolic edge of regular Ommegang, which was already a fine brew. Chocolate character has augmented slightly, while the dark fruity esters have diminished. The end result is a superbly balanced dubbel - esque brew, with superlative drinkabilty. It's affably soft on the palate and certainly delicious. I wish to sincerely thank Feloniousmonk for delivering bottle # 214 to me.

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

Caramely brown with amber highlights and a monstrous, fluffy head. Not surprisingly, the abundant head makes for a rich nose, with fruit notes, sweet malts, and alcohol all readily detectable. Reminiscent of some red wines I've had. Very rich, creamy mouthfeel is offset by a lightness at the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth. Sweet, full, malt base slowly melts away to leave a light crispness and, in the end, the warmth of alcohol. The scent and taste of alcohol seemed to increase as the beer warm (or as I grew more accustomed to the other flavors).

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Photo of granger10
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It had a strong flavor to it even though it had a light body. Dark fruits were noticed (dates, raisins, prunes) along with a light honey taste. Further along I detected a woody presence in the beer. The finish reminds me of a red wine along with oak. This is a great beer for the price, but if you have the money I would recommend getting a true belgian (i.e. beer from Belgium).

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

A decent rush of carbonation greets the opener. Perhaps surprisingly then, this brownish-red, murky beer forms only a medium-sized head that dissipates quickly. Stirring the beer brings about a ressurection of foam and a little lacing on the glass. Chocolate covered raisins and spices in the aroma with an tinge alcohol that presents itself more as the beverage warms. Flavors are deep, rich, and fruity -- ripened plums and raisins leading to a an unripe plum-skin bitterness. Despite the obvious fruity flavors, this beer is hardly as sweet as some other abbey style ales. It has a slightly stronger body a little bit more of a grainy base. Very drinkable brew hides its abv well.

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Photo of far333
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep hazy caramel color, with a light brown head of small tight bubbles. The head dissipates quickly, and leaves no lacing. Aroma is light, a bit malty, and a bit fruity like pear, but also has a slight alcoholic smell that almost seems metallic. Taste is big and rich. Heavy malt, with yeasty highlights, and a bit of hops and fruit. A hop bitter and malt sweetness lingers in the back of the throat. A metallic alcohol undertone matches the smell. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A very tasty beer that would be more drinkable for me if the metallic notes could be reduced.

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Photo of rastaman
2.83/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Linc again for this one. To quote a friend, the aroma was of whiteboard markers. There was also a bit of fuel, raw alcohol and caramel in the aroma. The palate, is caramelly, and candied, with some raw alcohol in the finish, a bit rough and short. It didn't really taste Belgian to me either, not bad. Palate is a bit too sticky or something.

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

The beer pours "a dark burgandy" just as the label states. The head, thick and full, is a dark white/tan color. It's quite hazy, but no bother. The aroma is good. It smells of liquorice, corriander, and ginger. The flavor is rich and powerful. The 8.5% abv. is evident as it slips down your throat. It's a great beer. Again, it is good with gourmet dishes. "Great beer derserves great food" as they proclaim on the bottle. The star anise shines through on the taste buds. It's spicy, but calm with it's darkness. The mouthfeel is heavy, but what do you expect?; Dark beer, bottle conditioned, spices. It is plenty drinkable, but I would advise not to drink too much; You might just end up passed out early.

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

I gave this one the respectable slow pour a belgian style dubble deserves. 2" creamy white head diminished to a rim and fine lacing within 5 minutes. A deep reddish brown with small traces of light through the glass. Sweet smell of ripe cherrys which becomes perfume-like as you sip. Taste is also sweet ripe cherries with a mild apple core aftertaste (not at all unpleasant). There is a medium body and very smooth mouth feel which bring increase its drinkability. Already my favorite 'domestic belgian'. I am very partial to belgian style ales and this domestic brew makes me fall in love all over again. Sweet, smooth, and very drinkable despite a 8.5% ABV, the way a belgian should be.

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

Notes: Corked and Caged 750ml bottle. This beer poured a nice dark, rusty brown colour with an ample, creamy, white head. The aromas were of dark fruits, spices, yeast, dark malts, and hops. The taste? Very boozy, fruity, spicy, yeasty, earthy, delightful. The mouthfeel was very creamy and oh-so-smooth and the drinkability was great as well. I liked this better than the 'fresh' Ommegang.

Cheers to Purlpehops for the sample!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a great big fan of Ommegang, and now I have the Cave-Aged at hand ready for inspection..

.Appearance: same dark, muddy, burgundy brown, more reddish in direct light, and with a small, dunnish head.

Aroma: a touch more mellow than the fresher version, (which I've just consumed, by the way, for the purposes of this study, of course!) but a magnificent melange, even if it does need time to unfold. Rich, dark, fruity flavors present themselves, raisins, plum, fig, grapes, spices, chocolate. It's a deep, dank morass of fruity goodness. And now to taste...

Mouthfeel is unwordly...thick doesn't start to describe it! This beer takes over the mouth, the tongue, the apex of all senses is overcome. It commands, and must be paid tribute to! ...I'm still reeeling! I initiate another sip with I ready? Yes, I am...Hops are a large, fruity charge,then malt takes over, occupies, dominates, fully engorges everything in ways only pleasant! Again, I must pause, reflect,, to sip anew...thick, lush, full, intoxicatingly flavorful sensation! I'm in too much pleasure, to be sure! I've got 1/2 the bottle to go? Wished I'd saved it for another, more communal, convivial occasion, to make more people happy. Maybe some other time, if it's possible?

It's an incredible mix of all things dark and beery and fruity and alcoholy and...really, my question is thuswise: if I gave regular Ommegang 5 stars, can I give this one 6?

No? Why not? Oh, it's amazing! Not merely the strength and potency gives it it's formidable quality, but the everflowing flavor! Ranks among the finest brews ever brewed, alongside every trappists monk's secret concoction. Hail to thee, Ommegang!
Once again, you knocked my every sock off!

(So much thanks to purplehops for the oppurtunity to drink this ambrosia!)
The Cave did it's work well. This is one [email protected]$! beer!

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

Tasted from the 12oz bottle - sourced by a friend visiting NYC. One day I'd love to get it in the 750ml... perhaps with Moortgat involved there will finally be good distribution out west.

Pour shows the classic, rich dark body with hints of burgundy and amber. Decent but not overwhelming carbonation and a dense but not billowing head.

Aromas are of caramel, fruit and malt - with a sort of spicy port-like undercurrent. Very attractive and mouthwatering. True to the style.

Initial taste is of spice and malt. Very dry and crisp with hints of rummy fruit and a strong bite. Perhaps less smooth than the prototypical Dubbel and with less citrus and more tropical fruits and spices. Alcohol is noticable. The finish is incredibly dry with a strong yeast note - very attractive. Esters provide a continuity of flavour throughout the experience and across the palette.

This is an excellent beer. Perhaps the second best American execution of the style (after the Allagash). With any luck we'll be able to start getting it out here on a regular basis.

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Photo of powoo19
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color was a nice dark maroon color with a fruity smell. Not bad.. The taste was not my type though..It was a heavy beer with almost a sweet taste almost like a chocolate. The aftertaste was very smooth and dry but again the type of beer is not my type. Those who like the style will enjoy this hearty brew.

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

Have a few Of all Brewery Ommegand offerings and this is a good one. It had a nice caramel color and a nice head of fine bubles that disipates reasonably slow. It has a a dry quality in the middle and sweetness all around. The most stand out taste for me was of pruines and gave it a nice rich mouthfeel. This one is a great deal for $5. I would try the Hennepin if you like this one, I think it is their best offering.

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

This is my first review of a 'Belgian-style' beer. Though Ive had three varieties of Chimay and a couple other examples I always felt as if I wasn't able to note enough characteristics from the brew to make a worthy contribution. Here goes nothing...

Color is a light, yet deep and rich copper-biege with infinite hues of orange, red, and gold. Head is moderately sized and of an off-white/biege color with a fluffy texture. Very appetizing appearance. Its aroma fills the nose with notions of apple cider, cloves, spices, etc. Flavor is more complex than I could hope to explain but I did find flavors that were fruity-like yet tart and mellow yet flavorful. Cloves, a pinch of mint, and other odd for beer flavors showed as well. Mouthfeel was excellent due to a full and very lightly carbonated body.

It was damn good and left me wanting another once I had finished the 750ml bottle.

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

Originally sampled on 23 January 2002. This beer is chocolate brown in color w/ a light foamy head. The taste is sweet yet tart w/ a very clean finish. A very unique beer, well worth the price. Ommegang is a very nice American version of a belgian ale.

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Photo of Loki
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz. bottle with amazing information on the bottle about proper pouring, the area, and other things.

This artisanal craft beer poured dark reddish, brown with a huge, bubbly beige head. The head faded quickly from its huge stature to a thin top layer that was easily revived with a quick swirl of the glass. The lacing was phenomenal and simply defied the laws of gravity. The head usually had a central mountain and was always full of bubbles.

The smell from this treasure was of malt, minerals, and fruits like banana and others I can?t place with hints of flowers.

The taste was sensational. Full of malt, hops, and minerals with fantastic mouthfeel that is complete and smooth from the lips, across the tongue, down the throat, and into the stomach.

Simply phenomenal, if this is what I have to look forward to from the Belgian brews then I am rushing to them. Is this the finest American brew there is?

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

A great beer, and an amazing value at $3.50 for a 750 ml bottle. Pours a beautiful semi-opaque reddish-brown with a nice fluffy, sticky beige head. Very potent! Smells and tastes of fruit (apples, raisins...). Dangerously good. I just had a whole bottle to myself, and I don't particularly feel like moving!

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

Poured a hazy, ruby brown with a cream, thick brown head. Aroma of yeast, dark fruit, alcohol and a sweetness. Head flavor was slightly tart and yeasty. Alcohol comes across in flavor and mouthfeel. Belgian yeast and dark fruit are most notable on the tongue. A slight sweetness and lingering tartness are also present. A very nice brew that I am happy to have available in the Seattle area.

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

This was my thrd dip into the Ommegang well...actually, that doesn't sound as stylish as this beer. I enjoyed Rare Vos and Hennepin and now I was ready for another American/Belgian experience. I bought a 12 oz. bottle but would have opted for the 750 ml if it had been available.

Ommegang poured a very dark red, which was nice, but it was the head that caught my eye. The tan head rose and rose and rose from my Chimay goblet until the frothy tower rose a full half inch above my glass without falling. I fought through the foamy jungle to get at the nectar below.

The aroma was of malt, a sweetness I didn't expect in such a great magnitude. At first taste my eyes widened, literally. This little bottle packed a huge flavor. The malt sweetness was there, along with a smoothness of dry alcohol, which imparted a warmness. There was definately a taste of fruit there, cherries perhaps?

This dark ale kicked my butt and I can't wait to have it again.

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

Thank some one for Ommegang. This brewery is a tremendous addition to the American craft brewery scene. Thanks to Ommegang for this offering.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a rapidly diminishing head. Very aromatic--I like that in a beer. Smells malty, like a wonderful bakery, and the floral aromatics of Belgian yeast. Ommegang is heavy, thick and chewy (in a positive way). Initial taste is sweet with hints of melon and raison. Let me venture out on a limb and say the aftertaste presents a pleasant sourness. I think it is much more bright in flavor than Chimay red label, but definitely not overwhelming. It is incredibly easy to drink, but much more importantly, to enjoy with good music and food.

Ommegang is one of the great US interpretations of a great Belgian style ale. A wonderful beer.

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

Color is a hazy, brown with red tones and a small tannish head with some lacing around the edge that just wouldn't quit.
Smells fantastic with lots of fruit and malt tones, mostly citrus with some melon, grape, raisin, and fig all dancing around with a super sweet malt in the nose thats soft and subtle. Taste is pretty much in your face with a whole lotta of malt thats sweet and lends into the the tropical feel and taste of melon and some citrusy bitterness and vanilla. Feel is medium bodied, silky smooth with a huge bitterness in the end that really soured to much for me. It started nice, but I think perhaps a little more aging would calm the bittery end down some. Not bad at all, pretty drinkable, is darn good and sip worthy as it warms.

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

This beer looks a cloudy reddish-chocolate color, the head is a web of loose and tight knit bubbles with a thick ring around the edge.

There is a nice crisp nose to this beer. sharp, fruity esters with a nice maltyness. The smells i sometimes find blunt and offensive are quite attractive and harmonious in this one.

A nice sweet maltyness, here in the taste. Very fruity, well rounded, a little sharp on the sides and tip of the tongue.

This is a great beer for the style, everything exist in harmonious bliss.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say but…WOW! Pours a beautiful ruby/garnet red with a decent sized creamy, tan head that dissipated quickly. Wonderful aroma of plums and cherries came across with hints of sweet caramel. Had a very nice taste, which complemented the smell quiet well. The alcohol seemed to send a burst of warmth through my throat and stomach. A sweet aftertaste of plums left me wanting more. This is an excellent Belgian style beer and very affordable for those of us on a seemingly tight budget.

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

Pours to a very murky brown color with a lot of red in it. There is a large pillow of off-white head on top. Sweet fruits combine with a little bit of alcohol. The aroma is excellent overall, with a lot of complexity.

Fruits are dominant, but they are not alone. The darks malts are blended in very well, and the pale malts also add a great character to the beer. I get a strong taste of celestial seasons "wild cherry berry tea" with a bit of sugar in this one. The carbontion is in perfect balance, and it keeps it under control. This brweis very enjoyable and drinkable, and many at a house party would not be upset by this brew.

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

Now this is a good ale. The 750 ml. corked bottle has a classy label, and the ale pours with a sparkling deep red color and a modest dark tan head. The smell is rich with complex fruitiness and a touch of spice (licorice?), and the glass has a lively dance of bubbles that keep popping away throughout. This carbonation is immediately noticeable in the mouth, but the taste is excellent; the initial tang mellows pleasantly, and there is just a little hint of the high alcohol content (8.5%). I'm rapidly becoming a convert to these Belgian-style ales. Not all that expensive, and well worth it.

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Abbey Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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