Abbey Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Brewery Ommegang

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Abbey Ale - Bourbon Barrel-AgedAbbey Ale - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
BEER INFO

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dubbel ale brewed with spices, aged in bourbon barrels

Added by WesWes on 01-29-2011

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Ranking:
#6,123
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
39
pDev:
10.39%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by almychristopher:
Photo of almychristopher
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice dark brown with a tan head that recedes to a sheet of lace that hangs on for the session. the aroma brings a a really nice bourbon aroma up front with a bit of sweet malt and spice. the taste follows with the sweet malt taking the lead and the vanilla and bourbon finishing it out. the full body and alcohol warmth make this one to sip and savor, definitely worth the drive to get it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with orange peel, cumin, coriander, licorice root, and anise... Brewed and bottled at Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, MO... Dark ruby brown ale under a tan cap a finger high... aromas of dark, sweet bread and muted fruits, like dates and figs... On the sip, a watery molasses-like sweetness was complimented by mild, sweet anise and licorice impressions... The overall character was fruity and herbal, and smooth, with the barest hints of oak and woodsy notes... Easy drinking, with a nice drying finish...

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Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dem
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Ommegang Abbey Ale

Pours: From a tightly corked 1PT 9.4 fl oz bottle purchased at Brewery Ommegang. Dark brown and thick. Listen to that carbonation! It's snapping like rice crispsies! Didn't expect so much sparkle in this one. Crisp head fades pretty quickly to a swirling lace that sticks around a long time.

Smell: Bourbon, light smoke, sweet, vanilla, raisins.

Taste: Bourbon up front, but not overpowering. I can tell the Abbey Ale is in there, but it's changed. It's more mature. It has spent some time making out with more experienced beverages. The flavor evolves nicely after you swallow. Bourbon, original abbey ale, oak, vanilla, and sour cherries to finish. Oops, the bourbon is back.

Feel: Sparkle and great body. Just right.

It's getting a lot more complex as it warms up. More bourbon in the nose and mouth. More caramel, is that licorice?
It's too bad there were only 192 bottles made. At first I felt guilty drinking it, now I just want another.

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Photo of tt_andy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of VABA
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark hazy ruby amber color with slight head and lacing. Aroma has fruity and spicy hints.
Taste follows the notes with resounding fruity and spicy hints. A light bodied beer with decent amounts of carbonation. A very well balanced beer with subtle bourbon barrels hints.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a dark, slightly hazy orange red with a fine, one finger khaki head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, oak, dates, figs, dried plums, mild oaky vanilla. Flavor is dry caramel malt with some biscuit character, dates, figs, raisins, light molasses, woody oak, hint of cherry; earthy and woody. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good mouth feel. I have to say that this tastes just like a dubbel aged in wooden barrels. I'm not getting much bourbon here, but the barrel notes are clear and in character. The base dubbel flavors of plum and fruit are detectable, but give way to barrel aged dark dried fruit. Although I kind of wanted to see what bourbon would do to a quality Belgian dubbel, this has turned out quite nicely from its stay in the barrels. ABV well covered making this big Belgian a little too drinkable. My second bottle from the "rare" boxed set and another really worthy ale from Ommegang.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber color with a light hint of caramel around the edges, big head comes up and over the top and settles down gently into a firm and long lasting pillow with loads of side glass lacing. Aroma is nice, much sweeter then I was expecting. Lots of caramel and malts right up front here, light hint of an herbal note boucning along with deep oak around as well, but not terribly strong. Warming brings out a yeast note and loads of vanilla and boubon that is quite intresting and adds a light fruit touch to it, but very sweet still. Flavor again is very intresting and not what I was expecting. Rich notes of caramel and almost candied like sugar abound here. Light touches of hops play on the tongue now as well, very intresting. Comes across almost like an amber ale to me, has that bready maltiness and caramel flavor I associate with it.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slight improvement on a great Ommegang beer, with the barrel aging adding aroma, complex flavors (vanilla and oak on top of the bready Belgian yeast and spices) and an ABV boost. Thanks, Costco!

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Photo of VictorWisc
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of kevintaraross
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this on tap a few times at Night of the Funk 2010. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat-cloudy chestnut brown color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing as it moves down the glass. The nose brought forward plenty of wood along with a touch of bourbon. Also present was some vanilla and notes from the base beer--light caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of sweetened malt. The flavor was slightly bourbonized with dark fruits and caramel in the background. Feel was medium and a tad bit too boozy. Drinkability was pretty good, though it wasn't something I'd specifically seek out again.

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Photo of Hallertau
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/21/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red; light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, pear, red apple, apricot, peppercorn, coriander, clove, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with light notes of chocolate, banana, bubblegum, coconut, orange peel, licorice, toffee, molasses, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, spices, and moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, pear, red apple, apricot, peppercorn, coriander, clove, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with light notes of chocolate, banana, bubblegum, coconut, orange peel, licorice, toffee, molasses, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast; light herbal/spice bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, pear, red apple, apricot, peppercorn, coriander, clove, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate/banana, orange peel, licorice, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, spices, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from yeast spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.5%, with zero barrel booziness after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Dubbel style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, spices, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and quite refreshing to drink for the big ABV. Awesome barrel integration; with perfectly balanced yeast, malt, spice flavors. The barrel isn't huge, but has really nice presence. I think the yeast phenols are covering it up a bit. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a very aggressive bourbon scent that hits you hard up front, but not enough to dismiss the anise, caramel malt, and Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a very complex array of flavors. It has a smooth caramel and anise flavor with a subtle Belgian yeast fruitiness and a mild bourbon character. It all works well together with no one flavor dominating. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. The original is awesome, but the barrel aging adds another layer of complexity; a must try.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

been sittin on this for a while. thanks a ton to dmeadows and Henrici who answered the call when i couldn't make it to the brewery for st nik's fest 2010.

a - popped the cork from the cage and filled my ommegang chalice. opened with a HUGE pop and some collar smoke emerged. the brew poured the classic ommegang abbey plum purple with a generous creamy belgian yeasty head. i'm surprised as i've found that barrel aging kills any semblance of head on a brew...but this is a belgian...should be interesting.

s - the wood really comes out in the smell giving a strong chocolate presence at first. the creaminess of the original is there as is the ommegang yeast, but a dark caramel woody glaze on it. quite nice. not a bourbon bomb by any means. the wood seems to be more present than the booze that was in the wood. as it warmed and my taste buds got into the bourbon, i definitely notice the bourbon in the nose...it is not overdone, it is nice.

t - wow, much different then the nose would suggest. the booze is heavily present here. it is bourbony a-la a backwoods bastard or mother earth barrel aged tripel overheard. beneath that is the dark plum flavoring of abbey. a bit of tartness in the finish.

m - the booziness seems to take away from abbey. it loses the creaminess and after vibe. prickly.

o - it is an interesting thing to put a dubbel into bourbon barrels. i've had the barrel aged adoration and although i dig adoration more than abbey, the barrel aging seemed to compliment the belgian strong dark more than a dubbel. i'm quite excited to pop the barrel aged three philosophers. i appreciate that ommegang decided to give a try to the new craze of barrel aging, but i'm not sure all their beers are suited for these types of treatments...one i would love to see happen would be hennepin on (white) wine barrels...YUM, that sounds good.

what i can say for sure is that this ain't no 8.5%. i drink pretty big beers pretty regularly and i can't remember the last time i got so knocked on my rear from a 750. the angel's share is in the bottle.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caramel color, head settles quickly. Aroma has dry oak and some sweet malt, a little bourbon booze. Taste has a little more bourbon fusel flavor but lacks some of the deeper notes. Oddly has some German malt / bock vibe. Alright

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Photo of Edwaka01
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of buckyp
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of shick1
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours like a true Belgian, with a massive ecru head capping the chestnut colored liquid; excellent retention with squiggles of lacing

Smell: Caramel, dried dark fruit (dates and figs) and oak barrel, with hints of vanilla

Taste: Strong oak tones complement the caramel flavors, up front, with the fig, date and a hint of cherry adding a dark fruit character; a modest Bourbon and vanilla aspect appears, after the swallow, with the fruit, caramel and oak bringing home the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Maybe one day, when all the tourists move on to something else, Belgian style beers will once again get the respect around here that they used to receive; if that day comes, Ommegang will once again be elevated to the status it deserves

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