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Abbey Ale honors the ancient tradition of monks who perfected the art of brewing beer to support the monastery and the brothers with their "liquid bread". We offer up our support and thank them with a 25 cent donation to St. Joseph’s Abbey with every bottle of this heavenly brew. Dark in amber color, the aroma of caramel, fruits and cloves invites you to contemplate the creamy head of this "dubbel" or double ale. Abita Abbey Ale is a malty brew, top-fermented and bottle aged to rapturous perfection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 27, 2009
I made a recent visit to the brewpub in Abita Springs and had this on-tap along with a cask doppelbock and satsuma wit. This was served in a pint glass instead of a goblet, but I rarely get proper glassware anywhere. Had a nice aroma of dark fruit. Taste was similar to the aroma. Little carbonation, head, or lacing, and mouthfeel was correct for the style. Hid the alcohol fairly well. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathan30533 (601) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Pours a wonderful clear brown/amber color with nice forming head. Very fruitful aroma and good taste of malts. Great brew, wonderful dubbel.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2009
[Bottle] Wow, looking at the other ratings I have to wonder if the beer I got was a bad bottle or what, because what I sampled was truly awful. The aroma was plastic and play-doh. The taste had a decent amount of green grape and also an unusual, unappealing taste that I associated with the play-doh aroma. Poured dark golden with nearly no head. Average mouthfeel with a finish that was (unfortunately) long. I like abbey dubbels, but this was really wretched stuff that I don’t even like to recall drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5542) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 22 oz bomber. Dark orange, slightly murky pour with a nice thick, sticky white head. Sweet, malty aroma with hints of molasses and brown sugar. Flavor is similarly sweet with some dates, raisins, brown sugar and molasses.Hint of cloves in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Abita jotted it up a notch with this one. Like the departure to the bombers that they seemed to have taken.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4185) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2009
22oz bottle. Hazy orange copper color, light brown soapy head. fruity aroma of dates, clove. fruity flavor has a nice rich malt character, clove, sweet raisins. Lots of sugars. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3769) - - JAN 16, 2009
650 ml. bottle. hazy dark amber under a small beige head. dark fruit and clove aroma. flavor of plum, clove, raisin. medium bodied. a nice average example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
Tap at Barcade. Deep amber-orange beer. Aroma is lightly spicy. A bit of red licorice and some light fruitiness. Light malty sweetness and a bit of fruit. Soft plums and a light peppery character. It’s okay, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
at the brewery-pours a tan head and brown color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, woody, dark fruit-raisin/plum. Taste is sweet medium malt, woody, dark fruit-raisin/plum, some spicy, earthy hops, some yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Tap at Barcade: Amber pour with a thin off white head. Fruity, yeasty nose. Has a touch of cranberry, fresh fig, raisin, and a mild citrus peel note. Rounded feel. The flavor has a bit less depth the the aroma- some sweet dark fruit notes upfront of fig followed by a grainy malt note. It gets a bit astringent, dried tea leaf character. Not very much like a Belgian Dubbel, and not so great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - MAY 30, 2008
First the executive summary: Take a typical Abby Dubbel, and add a woody taste, *WAY* up front to the tastes typically present in a dubbel, and you’ve got this beer. Now, the full review: Poured a cloudy maroon color with a medium sized head with lots of persistence. Nose of plums, prunes, roasted malts, and wood. Wood was way out front in the taste, apparently picked up from the wooden cask in which the beer was conditioned, with notes of dark fruit, typical of a dubbel, behind the woody taste. Short, understated bitter hop finish. This was an interesting American/Louisiana twist on an abby dubbel, and was really quite good! Abita doesn’t publish the ABV but it’s probably high; two pints of this stuff kicked me in the ass.

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