Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.31/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a very hazy dark chestnut brown color with some reddish hues around the edges where the light hits it, a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left a creamy layer on top, and very good lacing that slid down slowly. This brew had a ton of yeast particles floating in it, so it looked like seawater after the tide crashed in or a dirty fish-tank that had too much leftover fish food floating in it.
Smells of dark fruit, yeast, sweet malt, caramel, toffee, plums, grapes, brown sugar, French toast and mild alcohol; some spices like cinnamon and coriander come through after the sweetness settles down, but this smells like it’s from Belgium and not Colorado – well done.
Tastes of dark fruit like plum, raisin, cherry and fig, followed by yeast, then a real sweetness with a combo of malt, caramel, toffee, apple, grapes, brown sugar, French toast, toast like cinnamon raisin bread, mild alcohol, herbs and spices like cinnamon, tea leaf and coriander, and then a metallic yeasty finish. Belgian style ale indeed, this had the tasty flavor, balance and ingredients to mimic the best of Europe.
Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, velvety and buttery even, with a medium chewy body, very mild carbonation that bordered on flat and watery, and a sweet fruity finish that had the classic metallic yeast coating that seemed to linger forever.
A very, very good beer overall that was easy to drink, true to the style and got better and more flavorful as it warmed. An excellent American version and certainly one of the best produced state-side, which I highly recommend trying.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2013 04:51:14 | More by CHickman
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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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