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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1071   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Nitro can. Amber color with thick head that seems to last forever. Aroma is malt and fruit. Fairly light body with sweet malt flavors. Smooth and unexciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2961) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 Read history on this beer before tasting it, so it had a lot riding on it. Generally speaking, I wasnt disappointed. Tasted on draught at the Moon and Sixpence, Woodvale. Poured a clear, deep copper with a dense, slowly forming, off white head. The aroma seemed mild and the bar was crowded so I only noted a little floral hops and toffee malt. Full bodied and light in carbonation, with only a spritzy sensation on the tongue. In the mouth the flavour was refreshing, although quite sweet, and reasonably balanced with a strong burnt sugar and toffee taste, floral and grassy earthy hops and a lightly bitter malt and hops swallow. Turned out to be a nice session ale that has become a Sunday afternoon regular.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DYCSoccer17 (3667) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle. Mild toasty/caramel faint malts in the nose. Transparent copper/amber color with a light tan head. Light, rubbery malt tastes in the middle with minor licorice notes. Bland and thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
walleye (1097) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2004
from the nitro can. poured copper with a smooth med size head.flavor sweet citrus, honey, caramel, malts, peaches. flavor,very weak caramel, floral, dryness. was disappointed I was hoping that aroma would be present in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2004
Copper brown with a white head - that is not lasting. Tastes of caramel , toffee with slight trace of honey. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
Dark red-brown color, light sweet malty fruity aroma and taste, light hoppy, light body, light bitter dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
500 ml "nitro bomb" can. Pours hazy deep amber with a creamy nitro-fueled head that lasts and lasts (geez those widgets make for a weird pour imho - but I have to admit they make for an impressive looking glass-full). Aroma is very light, hindered by the thick foamy head - mild malts, a little old wet wood, and slight floral hops. Rich, complex malty flavor, slightly fruity with dried apricots and peaches, caramel and light hoppiness. Medium body and no carbonation with that weird and mostly objectionable nitro widget flatness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
skortila (5504) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2004
Very typical bitter this one. Hoppy nose, some soap. Clear, reddish coloured, short off-white head. Taste is sweet, bitterness evolves towards the end. Hoppy, much hops. decent. Not dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UNCCTF (555) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Sampled at Charlotte Oktoberfest 04. Very creamy mouthfeel, but the flavor (or lack therof) just didnt do anything for me. Pass the Boddingtons.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bark (255) - Linkping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
This ale comes in a nice designed bottle, 500 ml with best before date. The foam is rich and very white, but quite soft and disappears relatively fast. The colour is light copper with a shade of red. The smell is a little disappointment; it is like average ale of this style but more delicate. It was hardly any scent at all, but there was a little touch of hops. The taste To be honest, I didnt really like it. The first thing that hits the mouth is carbon dioxide. Lots of sharp carbon dioxide (perfect for a lager or pils, but not for ale) makes it hard to feel any other taste. The taste developed in three stages: First, a quick rush of metallic tones. Then comes a fresh, sweet taste resembling of dark bread baked with treacle. Third, the carbon dioxide comes back, but this time together with a nice body of dry hopes. Its dry, well-composed aftertaste is the best part of this beer. It might be a real gem on tap or as real ale, though.

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