Abbot Reserve – abbot in a strong version

Today, a quick test of enhanced version of flagship beer from Greene King – Abbot Reserve.


In previous post I presented Abbot Ale – premium bitter from the brewery-juggernaut Greene King.

In addition to this standard, since 2007, it produced a more powerful version ranks among the Strong Ale category, with an alcohol content of 6.5% ABV under the name Abbot Reserve.

Initially, the beer was a winter special version, brewed only in November and December, as cask-ale. So it is today, but apart from that is available all year round the bottle version of this ale.

Ingredients: varieties of malt and hops are the same. Higher is alcohol content and concentration of the extract, you can therefore expect a more intense taste experience than in Abbot Ale.


I therefore propose right away to check it out and proceed to tasting.

The bottle is the same, the label also in the shape of a miter, in colour we have the dominant of bishops violet.


Name: ABBOT RESERVE (English Strong Ale, alc. 6,5% ABV)
Brewery: Greene King (Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England)

Expiration date: 05/2017 (50cl bottle)

Abbot Reserve from Greene King
Abbot Reserve from Greene King - labels


test-look-small Amber, deep colour.
Foam light beige, medium height, fairly quickly falling.
test-sniff-small The aroma is mainly malt and caramel, next hop,
notes of yellow dried fruits.
Perceptible alcohol.
test-drink-small The sweet flavour of malt, toffee, dark sugar.
We have fruity notes.
Further are noticeable hoppy and spicy elements.
Bitterness is clear from the very beginning and is hoppy and herbal.
These two flavours: sweetness and bitterness balance one another, mix together.
Aftertaste is decidedly bitter.
Like Abbot Ale, this beer is also a slightly metallic in taste.
Perceptible is alcohol, which pleasantly warms.
Beer is quite bodied. Carbonation at a medium level.


Abbot Reserve – this is indeed a good beer on chilly evenings.
It is warming, sweet, but the sweetness is adequately countered crisp bitterness.
Are present fruity, hoppy and spicy notes, that complete the flavour.
Maybe without new wave fireworks, but we have the essence of taste of the classic English ale.




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