Tonight’s beer comes from the Abita Brewing Company located just north of New Orleans, Louisiana. This effort is called the Abita Abbey Ale. One of the “big” beers amongst the assortment of different styles they brew.
The website, abita.com, has a full description of all their beers, so here is the Abbey’s.
Abbey Ale honors the ancient tradition of monks who perfected the art of brewing beer to support the monastery and their “liquid bread”. We offer up our support and thank them with a $0.25 donation to St. Joseph’s Abbey with every bottle sold of this heavenly brew. Dark amber in color, the aroma of caramel, fruits and cloves invites you to contemplate the creamy head of the “Dubbel” or double ale. Abita Abbey Ale is a malty brew, top-fermented and bottle aged to rapturous perfection. This ale pairs well with barbecue, meat stews or a nice thick steak. For dessert, try Abita Abbey Ale with milk chocolate or chocolate bread pudding.
This baby came in a beautifully designed 22 oz. bottle and had an ABV of 8.0%.
This is a very solid beer. As it warms, the alcohol vanishes completely and it becomes even more easy to drink. It is a bit sweet and rich, so I may have trouble making a night of this brew, but I still thought it was gratifying and worth a try if available. The ease of drinkability and high ABV could make for a dangerous combination. For me, it became more of a “sipper” as time passed and I pondered the complexities and characteristics.
Score: 4.0 out of 5