Beer Advent Day 19: Abbey Ale


Brewery:  Brewery Ommegang

Location:  Cooperstown, NY

Style:  Belgian Dubbel  ABV: 8.2%

So I am very excited about the last week of Beer Advent 414!!  There is such a great line-up of beers that I am anticipating as well as remembering the tasty brews of nights past.  Tonight is the first of two Belgian ales that are from the tradition of being brewed by monks.  The first one is from Brewery Ommegang: a picturesque brewery in the foothills of the Adirondack mountains just outside the quaint town that is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


My wife and I visited Cooperstown, NY for our 3rd Anniversary.  We went on the Brewery Ommegang brewery tour and it was then that I fell in love with Belgian Ales.  The Abbey Ale that you will partake of tonight is one of my favorites!  I love the spice and the complexity in each sip.  And I love reflecting on the memories of my visit to Brewery Ommegang.

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Who would’ve thought that in 2009 I would have my picture taken wearing a Milwaukee Brewers hat!

Abbey Ale was Brewery Ommegang’s first beer and was styled after Dubbels produced by Belgian Trappist monks. A deep, rich and malty ale, Abbey uses several Belgian specialty malts and spices resulting in a very aromatic, flavorful beer.  Make sure you pour it slowly and at a temperature of 50 degrees.

Cheers to this Abbey Ale that was made to celebrate the many layers of life!

Advent Reading:  Luke 2:22-40  Simeon’s and Anna’s Prophecies

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”)
24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law,
28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.
34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed
35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin,
37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
(Luk 2:22-40 ESV)

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