Ampleforth Abbey
Brewed at Little Valley

Style: Abbey Dubbel
York, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 62   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 (1076) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (1394) - 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 (818) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (13314) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sugar, alcohol, dried fruits, malt. Flavour is sugar, alcohol, caramel, malt, hop, dried fruits. Medium body. Ordinary beer. KRS 080814.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (4315) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2015
Hazy brown with thin soapy head. Dry and malty with a light fruitiness. Perhaps a bit of raisin in there too. Certainly marketed as an Abbey Dubbel but lacking in a bit of depth and complexity of many of its Belgian counterparts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
330ml dark bottle, unfiltered. £3.30 from Bitter Virtue, Southampton. A good thick, sweet dark beer. Reminds me of Traquair House beers, but fuller and fresher, due to the higher fermenting temperatures, and the non-filtering. It’s also a little like Harviestoun’s Old Engine Oil. I suspect the recipe is for an English Old Ale. While an Old Ale does have much in common with some Belgian dark ales, this edges much more to the British side of things than the Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle from The Maltings, St Albans on 29 Sep 2012. Poured a very dark brown, with an off white head, which dissipated quite rapidly. Aroma of mild Belgian yeast, dark fruit and brown sugar. Toffee and dates in the flavour, with some slightly metallic bitterness coming through. Finish was brown bread, tart fruit and cake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (13462) - DENMARK - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle, 7%. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruits, plume, caramel and spices. Flavour is malt, yeast, dark fruits, plume, medium sweet, liquorice, caramel, spices and a little bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Habanero (3430) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
Bottled. Pours clear and deep, dark amber. with a small beige head. Aroma of yeast, nuts, caramel and brown sugar. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly more dry. Medium bodied, watery to oily texture and average carbonation. A nice classic Dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
llkc (859) - århus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2014
duft: krydret. sødme. nelliker. lidt appelsin. smag: ikke så meget smag som duften desværre. lidt rugbrød- lidt kedelig. eftersmag

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3699) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle, from Tesco. Deep chestnut brown, thin short lived off white head and gentle condition. Full sweet fruity nose with hints, some slight chocolate notes as it warms. In the mouth its quite muted with a low earthy, plummy fruitiness and a slight citrus tang, finish is slightly bitter with hints of plum skin and a little earthiness.

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