Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A thin, delicate head sits atop an amber, earthy colored ale. Some pretty complex aromas: tart banana, some caramel, alcohol, spicy phenols, allspice, and toasted dark bread comes out with a swirl. There is much more dark bread/cereal in flavor with a hint of chocolate & molasses. Bitter and tart flavors together leave you with some phenol and fruity esters. Feels a bit thin and watery. Medium bodied with delicate carbonation that leaves you with a silky feeling.
This is probably one of the most complex beers I've had that comes in a six pack. I've always felt the "Belgium" part of New Belgium's name left a bitter taste in my mouth because they've never really demonstrated their proficiency with the Belgian yeast strain. Well this (along with their Tripel) shut me up. This a Dubbel that stays true to the style while still adding its own flavor. It's probably the best American made Dubbel, and it brings something new to the table. I love this beer and the bang it gives you for the buck. Thank you, NB for proving you can be creative and please release more widely accessible great beers!
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2011 05:04:20 | More by Philousa
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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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