UPDATE: I’ve heard from Ommegang and they wish for their reasoning behind this to remain confidential but there is a valid reason for them filing the application without ill intention toward others using it, even if it may carry some consequences.
Along with its other brands, Brewery Ommegang recently filed a trademark application for “Abbey Ale.” The application does not disclaim the use of the word, “Abbey” when used in the name of a beer apart from the two words as a phrase.
This means that if the trademark is registered that any beer with the word, “Abbey,” could arguably be infringing on it.
A quick search of the Beer Advocate database shows that 40 beers contain the phrase, “Abbey Ale.” There are also dozens more beers with just the word, “Abbey,” including New Belgium Abbey Grand Cru.
via USPTO (fixed link).
Breweries: Brewery Ommegang