Ampleforth Abbey
Brewed at Little Valley

Style: Abbey Dubbel
York, England


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Bottle: 330ml Unfiltered.
Contract brewed by Little Valley for Ampleforth
The only traditionally English brewed Abbey Beer - Based on a beer recipe used by Benedictine monks at Ampleforth Abbey in the 19th century which they had carried with them to France during the Reformation in 1608, brewing it there where it became known as La Biere Anglaise.

Niller's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niller (1131) - Hammel, - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle from Hammelhus. Pours amber with a tan head. Malty taste of dark fruits, caramel, some chocolate, some spice. Smooth mouthfeel. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2367) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle conditioned. Pours a black colour with a mid size white head, rich malt aroma, taste is bitter and malty with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hatzer (73) - Nuneaton, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2016
Ok for muddy dish water bit over carbonated but not unpleasent just ok and drinkable oi

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabuzzer (383) - SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2016
330ml bottle from Mainsgill. Deep red with a fluffy tan head that quickly fizzed away. Sweet, caramel, bubblegummy aroma. Taste is toffee, banana and surprisingly strong alcohol flavour for 7%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (4436) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle from that shop in Malton. Appearance - deep brown to black with a generous fluffy head. Nose - a bit meaty at outset. Taste - toffee, nuts and burnt biscuit. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a dry but lacking in balance finish. Overall - somehow this isn’t quite like Last Trappe or Westmalle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (7785) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2016
330ml bottle thanks to Ashton McCobb. Pours clear dark brown with a thin beige head. Nose is earthy, nuts, light malt, fruit. Taste is sweet malt, nutty, bit thin. Dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
baaj (29) - DENMARK - JAN 9, 2016
Malty aroma with a hint of coriander Red brown and slightly fuzzy A bit sour oand ligthly bitter Overall a lightly sour and coriander and more... with a bitter hoppy finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (870) - SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2016
Hazy, reddish-brown beer with an off-white head. Fruity, yeasty aroma. The beer is quite lively so initially the flavour is obscured somewhat by fizz on the tongue. There’s a fair bit of banana in the taste and perhaps a touch of apple as well. Yeasty, bready quality to it. It’s not as rich as you might hope for a beer of this sort and there’s a bit of an unfortunate alcohol-y aftertaste as well which isn’t really concealed by anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
martpez (64) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2015
Nicw alcoholic taste on the nose and smell. Unfortunately the taste is lacking. Shocking how such a strong beer can lack so much in that department. Best stick to there delicious ciders!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (1408) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
Lovely frothy ale, although foam quickly sinking to a moderate layer. The aroma is a little obfuscated and difficult to keep track of but chewing gum, banana, cherry, marzipan and dried fruit are among the many odors I senses. The taste is a bit sugar but in moderate manner. There is also a fine flavor of a little English licorice, hard roasted malt, figs, prunes and raisins. Towards the end we meet a little hoppy bitterness and a little taste of black pepper. It is quite clear that these Benedictine monks at Ampleforth monastery has had the Belgian abbey as a model for this beer, but quite hit the spot, they do not. Belgian abbey beer is typically less hoppy and something more malt heavy than this. For me it does not matter to Ampleforth is a more ’easy’ dubbel with greater touch of British ale. I actually think it is an excellent hybrid that provides a new approach to how different beer cultures integrates and still taste good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VDuquerroux (924) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A dark brown beer with mahogany hues ; big off-white head ; medium retention. Aroma of licorice, caramel, roast, prune. Medium sweet, light bitter refreshing ; light warming background ; dry and acid notes. Medium body and texture, smooth carbonation, sweet "spicy" finish. Overall, I don’t know very much this style, nevertheless this one is very tasty ; sort of english round dubbel.

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