Abbey Ale | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,490
Reviews:
1,776
Ratings:
4,650
pDev:
11.3%
Bros Score:
4.53
 
 
Wants:
339
Gots:
924
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 4,650 |  Reviews: 1,776
Photo of Sk8sean86
3.12/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a hazy, coppery orange color with strong effervescence and clearing leading to an enormous (> 2 inch), tan head. Good retention and modest lacing.
S: Spicy and peppery with aromas of molasses and mocha.
T: Tastes similar to nose with clove/coriander evident early. Complex with a mild sweetness up front, more molasses and raisin at the finish. Bitterness in the background throughout.
M: Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Perhaps a bitterness to the aftertaste.
O: A well composed, flavorful, and enjoyable example of the Dubbel style. Wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robrio89
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoncv83
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thampel09
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Plonk
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Viaduck
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think I'm rating the right beer here, the label says " ABBEY ALE DUBBEL., brewed the orange peel, grains of paradise, coriander, licorice root & anise". A powerful pop of the cork, a pretty chestnut brown body & a big light brown head. Smells sweet, brown sugar, fig, licorice. Taste is salty-sour (surprisingly), grain, alcohol, pepper & caramel . Oddly, it's pretty much the opposite of its aroma. Plenty of carbonation to tickle the tongue. Overall, I really like this beer.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is a reddish Cola, darker than an amber but lighter than a porter. Head is minor and lasing is minimal.

Smell mildly malty, slight smells of cherry and alchohol.

Taste is sweet malt, fruity esters with a bitter caramelly finish.

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

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briandschorr
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Get a Tulip. Pour and enjoy an outstanding Dubbel. The pour gives you a chestnut color with a two finger brownish head that dissipates slowly and leaves strong lacing. The nose is complex. I got brown sugar, caramel, herbs, and spices. The taste... oh the taste. I got raisins, fig, spices, and herbs with a dry finish. The feel that of strong carbonation and effervescence. Sip this one. Enjoy! Overall, a WC beer that every beer geek must try.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the Dubbel to judge all American-made Dubbel's against. The very best in balance, with dark fruits mixing well with spices, and finishing with a light, yeasty maltiness that puts the 24 karat gold finish on the whole package deal!

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Photo of Retroman40
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at my local World of Beers. Poured a dark brown with hints of tan in the head. Smell was sweet with some fruit and spice notes. The taste followed the smell as was fruits (plums, figs and some cherries). Sweet on the tongue but with a dry finish. It was probably served a little too cool since as it warmed the flavors really came out. Even at near room temperature there was just a slight hint of alcoholic heat at the head but not enough to be concerning. Overall this is just a great beer.

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

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours a hazy amber color with bubbles streaming to the top, three fingers of tan head and sheets of lacing.
Aroma - Peppery, brown sugar, rich and fragrant fruit aromas.
Taste - Like the aroma only with the spice showing up toward the end. Rich sweetness up front but not cloying, dried cherries and figs come to mind, malts give a layer of brown sugar and toast, twangy dry notes toward the end with a spice forward finish.
Feel - Medium bodied, over carbonated at first but a few whirls of the glass mellow things out, ghost-like alcohol warmth, dry as fuck.

Overall - Great representation of the style and all around a good beer.

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

Photo of MrHoonlee
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Nace4
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ben1313
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Abbey Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 4,650 ratings