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Abbey Ale

Style Family Snapshot

An ale that is traditionally brewed by or with Belgian abbeys and is modeled on the styles brewed by the six Trappist Abbeys. Brewing abbeys often had a tradition to brew full-bodied beers for consumption as 'liquid bread' during the days of Lent. These beers are top-fermented, dark amber to gold in color, full-bodied, strong, and fruity. The beer is bottle-conditioned and can contain lots of residual sugars. These are typically available in three strengths designated in English as single, double, and tripel.

Style Family Parameters


Original Gravity (OG):

1.050 - 1.097

Final Gravity (FG):

1.012 - 1.022

Strength (ABV):

5.4 - 10.0

Bitterness (IBU):

15 - 30

Color (SRM):

5 - 18


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Suggested serving temperature: 55 - 60 F

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Abbey Ale