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Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,620 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1620
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002)
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BeerDocT

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3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance 2.75: Light brown initial pour faded to deep walnut as the glass filled. Just looked cheap to me until the glass was full. Fizzy CO2 head that did not rise above 1/4" and quickly faded into nothing. BIG letdown from the past few dubbels I have tried.

Smell 4.0: Pleasant and refreshing after the letdown regarding the pour. Malt forward notes with nice hints of spicy Belgian yeast. Subdued and balanced.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet, with hints of noble hops and smoked grains. Middle is dry with some notes of the Belgian yeast. Finish is pleasant with a nice barley sweetness, Belgian spiciness, very slight smoked grains flavor and a cloying dry grass flavor. Aftertaste is short and features more of the Belgian yeast elements.

Mouthfeel 3.0: Mouthfeel was just OK. Dubbels have a silky, smooth character that this brew misses out on completely. However, rather than mark them down on the standard, I think that the mouthfeel of the current brew does not accentuate the beer but does not negatively impact the enjoyment of it. Thus, my neutral rating.

Overall 3.25: Better than OK. That's the best way to describe it. This brew has a very nice nose, a far better than average taste, but the other elements...that's where the MACRO is obvious and throws the average score of the beer off. Appearance and mouthfeel were strictly amateur. Sorry to be so harsh, but those are the breaks.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 07:01:14 | More by BeerDocT
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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,620 ratings.