Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottle into chalice.
Pours clearish dark red- brown with ruby hues, very little head on top. What's there there fades quickly away into some wispy suds. Really nice, vibrant color, but the clarity is surprising, and the lack of head formation/retention is a knock.
Nose is replete with spicy clove, bit of alcohol, caramelized dark sugar and ripe dark fruit, with just a touch of nutty chocolate in there as well. Lot going on in this one, tasty too.
Taste comes round with more of what the nose promises - huge dark, ripe fruit, banana and clove, loads of caramelized brown sugar and a toasty, nutty chocolate edge underneath it all. Finish is long and drying, almost spiced tasting - cinnamon? - with more of the caramelized dark sugar notes.
Mouthfeel is a strong point also, fluffy without being too sharp or harsh with the carbonation, full bodied without being syrupy or sticky. Well made, and quite drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2010 18:46:51 | More by JohnQVegas
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