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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Compare to Old Speckled Hen but with less yeast and a touch more hops. Compare to Wexford but with less maltiness and a touch more hops. Compare to Tetly’s and Boddington’s but with more flavor period. Awesome pub beer with a great mouth feel. Get on tap or in a nitrogen can.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2005
Nitro can. orange/ copper with a creamy white head. classic English bitter aroma...sweet grainy malt, a little thin on the palate, lightly hopped. not bad, not great either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sammy (11516) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2005
needs Costello. Hop bubbles, too simplic, bitter and in fact weak taste. Maybe this works fresh and cask-conditioned, but was difficult to finish. Hard to get in Canada, Joey was my guide at Chesters.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle, Sainsburys. Horrible boiled bitter, the cask version is far superior. This is horrible.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5624) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 June, 2002 A long standing favourite in the pub, this is the first time Ive had it in the bottle where it appears a little smoother and sweeter. This has been around since the 1950s and is now established as a good traditional English ale. Masses of dark fruit on the nose, and a good malty taste with a firm mouthfeel, if a little too sweet; the finish can either be a nice, lingering hoppy bitterness, or a bit short and sharp, depending on how it hits the back of the throat. [3.2]
March, 2011 A robust and chewy beer which survives the British bottling process quite well. Perfumed pale malts with pleasant sweet toffee flavours cut into by dark tangy tobacco notes from the bittering hops. The interplay of sweetness and bitterness is quite compelling, and the traditional Britishness of it is very charming. A good beer - with more character than Bishops Finger. [3.4]
June 2012 Good chewy pale malt - lots of smooth toffee character balanced and sharpened by spikes of bitter hops. Can end a bit wet, but overall a bit nice. [3.4]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Garrat (1345) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 From A Bottle.Light brown in colour,aroma is of malt and light fruit,taste is gassy sharp and bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
imdownthepub (13720) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2005
Bottled, Pasteurised. Orange amber with fizzed head. Fruity gape aroma, sharp hop but tinny body with a smooth malt background. Some veg with a sweetness throughout. Long lasting bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Pour from widget can is attractive cascade from beige foam into light coppery body. Smells of cask, hint of grapes. Tastes same, with astringent dry finish. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy-and the lip feel from the velvety foam mustache is hollerin. I likey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3283) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2005
interesting nose, apricots, peaches, bananas with some malt and english hop, nice brownish amber color, brief dryness followed by a cloying sweetness, bittersweet aftertaste. Light persistant head with no lace. I like it. Got this bottle in a beer of the month club, but they have it in pub draught cans and once in a while on draft next door at Bodega downtown La Crosse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Widgeted can. Aroma is bananas and spices. Silky texture, as expected from a widgeted brew. Flavor is malty, with some fruity undertones, and a bit of Belgian spiciness. A bit of hops in the finish. Its OK, but I wouldnt go out of my way to have it again (although I would like to try the cask version).

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