Brewed by Greene King
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Bury St. Edmunds, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 1055   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
500ml bottles and 440/500ml cans: Filtered. Also available in kegs under nitro pressure.
Ingredients: Pale, Crystal and Amber malts; First Gold, Challenger, Pilgrim and Fuggles hops - late-hopped with Fuggles.
First brewed in the 1950s.
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.

"Abbot Ale is the culmination of knowledge and skills that have developed over centuries of experience. Brewed longer to a unique recipe using pale, amber and crystal malts, making it a full flavoured, smooth and mature beer. This irresistible ale has masses of fruit characters, a malty richness and superb hop balance."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2005
From a widgeted can - The problem with these things is that they turn out to be way too smooth in palate and taste. The "unique rich, deep flavor" from the commercial description is washed away by the overly silky mouthfeel. Likewise, the aroma seems to suffer from the heavy, creamy head’s smothering. I’d like to try this from the cask some time. It seems to have possibilities.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2177) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 8, 2005
Creamy foam of medium persistence. Shining red/orange dark color. Discreet fizz. Alcoholic and bitter scent. Discreetly fizzy with a determined taste and refreshing. Optimal persistence. Hoppiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2005
I am unimpressed. Weak appearance with a weak off white head on a ruby clear body. Aroma is malty, dried fruit and not bad but a little on the weak side as well. Palate weak and flavor is malty, sl sweet initially and a bitter but unbalanced aftertaste in my opinion. Think I will pass on another one of these beers. Not bad but definately not worth the calories.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 This beer was barely even drinkable. It just tasted nasty to me. After the first sip which had malts and raisins, it just tasted disgusting. Not good and not worth the effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2005
Canned. Look like the Guiness but with a golden brown color and big cream white head. Smells of malt and wheat. Taste of malt, wheat and fruity and bitterness. Nice beer for this category (pub ale). Lorsque qu’on la verse, elle ressemble beaucoup a la Guiness sauf que sa couleur est d’un brun dore avec un epais collet cremeux. Odeur de malt et de ble. Au gout, elle est malte, gout de ble et fruite avec une legere amertume. Bonne biere pour cette categorie (pub ale).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stew41 (1909) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 16, 2005
Crystal clear dark amber / toffee. Small fine head shows good retention. Malty nose with sweet notes; very pleasant and and quite broad in feel. Palate backs up well with more caramel malty notes. There’s a bit of fizz here which detracts a little and the finish has some bitterness but not as much as I would have trought The upside of course (re the fizz)ist that it makes for a good summer session type.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2005
orange color, creamy body, malty nose and drinks very smoothly. somewhat bitter on a delayed aftertaste. cloying on the palate. Certainly not as good as the best in class. Not a bad beer at all....without the widget, a can wouldn’t come out right, but I’d rather try this on a proper cask draft. there were some floaties .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4372) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 The aroma has caramel malt and a bit of rum. The flavor is malty and sweet but not overly so. There is a mild bitterness to balance it out. The palate is smooth. Good balance of hops and malt in the finish. Has a hint of sweet nuts. This is good stuff!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
This is the only nitro beer that I’ve had other than Guinness and Boddington’s. Watery sweet flavor, not enough hops to taste like a real bitter or esb. Nitro ruins beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (2007) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Paid $1.90 for a pint can single. Light amber with a big, frothy white head. Smells a lot like cheap ol’ beer. Average malty flavor... kinda weak.

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