Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.56/5 rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into chalice
L: brown, amber, crystal clear; 1/4-inch tan head of semi-thick foam -- looks much cleaner with less head than a typical belgian, but it's pretty
S: wine ... sour grapes; yeasty, gets sweet ... like bubblegum, almost banana; licorice at times
T: fruity, bubblegum ... some woody/oak taste at times; licorice at times
F: solid but not spectacular ... good carbonation, lightweight
O: weird balance between super sweet light bubblegum notes vs. dark licorice/prunes. it's enough like a dubbel to score well for style, but it's also no Rochefort 6. a little darker than most Belgians.
one thing it has that almost no other dubbel I've tried has is a cool nutty flavor. it shows up at different times and might be most present in fresher bottles (this one has been in the fridge a month, and the nut flavor is not showing up much). it's fantastic when it's there, though it's not part of the style.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 19:51:23 | More by Premo88
3.59/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Dark brownish ruby with a quickly dissipating head, which falls into a slight thin layer on top. Nice color. Excellent lacing in the glass.
Smell: Very distinct belgian smell. Fruity with an undertone of malt and alcohol. Great bouquet.
Taste: Sweet up front, with a lingering bitterness. Light grainy character. Nothing overly impressive.
Mouth-Feel: It's nice. Lightly carbonated, but a bit thin tasting.
Overall: it is a decent interpretation of authentic dubbels, but I don't really agree with the outstanding ratings. Good, but not amazing.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 02:06:21 | More by Henrich
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,617 ratings.