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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1068   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."

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
WarMan04 (189) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - AUG 13, 2016
Weak aromat, caramel, toffee, so common. Nice amber colour, beige head. High carbonation, like lagers. Taste is light sweet, a bit of malt and caramel. Bitterness is medium, pleasant and short. Soft texture. The beer is well-balanced. Some sweetness, some bitterness, these are the things which Ive expected. A good representative of bitter style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kacyper (1311) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Butelka. Aromat karmelowy, toffi, diacetyl. W smaku goryczka wręcz żadna. Wysycenie spore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
micia600 (102) - Warsaw, POLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Piwo barwy bursztynowej, idealnie klarowne, piana obfita, pozostawia ładną koronkę. W aromacie słodowość i lekkie cytrusy. W smaku podobnie, choć mam wrażenie, że piwo jest nieco "rozwodnione". Goryczki w zasadzie nie ma, a szkoda bo brakuje wyrazistego zakończenia. Duży minus za ogromną zawartość żelaza. Generalnie da się wypić, ale nie jest to piwo wysokich lotw.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
glacier (237) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Kolor bursztynowy. Zapach słodowy, taki sobie. Smak słodowy, lekko kwaskowaty. Średni bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
s00sl (557) - POLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Pours copper woth quickly dissapearing head. A little bit watery. Nice malty aroma woth bready taste. Medium drinkability.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
melush (3309) - SPAIN - JUL 21, 2016
Can 50cl. @ Carrefour, Camas, Spain. A: Amber. T: Malt, caramel, slightly watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Graham77 (466) - SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2016
500ml can from Sainsbury. Amber colour minimal head. Nice carbonation though. Aroma is malty caramel, fairly one dimensional but pleasant nevertheless. The taste is medium sweet and very light bitter with a dry balanced quality, maybe a touch nutty. Good ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ibrubeer (323) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 19, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2016 500ml can. Aroma is slightly sweet, nutty, not bitter. Medium to dark clear amber color with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Taste is sweet malt, slightly nutty, maybe a little cooked corn? Typical "British ale" flavor. Thin body. Overall, a pretty typical British beer. I still liked it. Nostalgic.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allenhuerta (2) - Eschenbach, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUN 4, 2016 does not count
The beer opens up with an overwhelming caramel character and a very light floral hop character. Slight toasty notes come in underneath and a touch nutty to round it out. Crystal clear as it poured into the glass in a copper tone and a full, well formed, beige head that slowly dissipates but has a decent retention. A moderate bitterness cuts the sweet caramelly sensation that comes across the palate. The toasty bread notes that came across in the nose cross over into the flavor. Grassy hop character come through moderately high and last deep into the finish. A moderately dry finish and a clean fermentation. No discernible esters, diacetyl, or other off flavors. Medium full body, probably helped along by the caramel malt character, soft carbonation, no alcohol warmth or astringency. Overall, I found the aroma to be sickly with how intense the caramel notes came off. The grassy-ness in the flavor stood out a bit much and there wasnt much complexity to it. A moderate bitterness was one of the best qualities and the toasty notes cut the caramel in the flavor. A very easy drinker that would work well with simple meals such as salads, with an oily dressing or a vinaigrette. Something acidic to cut through the beer, such as an addition of lemon or lime to a favorite meal. Sounds generic, but fish and chips would probably work with this. I would avoid very bold flavored foods as they would completely overpower this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BreWedge (511) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - MAY 6, 2016
500 ml can. Pours a clear amber with a large cascading off-white head though it settles quite quickly. Aromas are dominated by the caramel sweetness of the crystal malts. Tastes are very typical of the ESB with definite sweet caramel malts and a some red licorice. Sweetness almost to the point of being cloying. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a medium bittersweet finish. This beer might actually be better a little colder.

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