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Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,030 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,030
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 165
Gots: 231 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

This one has been staring me in the face every time I open my fridge. I said enough's enough. Time to review this sucka!

Serving style : 12 oz classic New Belgium Bottle poured into clear glass for appearance

Appearance (4.75) : Massive head. Like four fingers. Impressive, yo. Dense copper red body. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. (I'm counting five rings at the end of the review.) The head just stays for days. I mean it. Floats frothy on top and won't go away. I have to give this beer props for appearance.

Smell (4.5) : Very fruity. Clean water. Heavy on banana and cinnamon. Some extra spice. Plums, figs, more cinnamon. Slight, slight booze. Smells just like my wife's fruit salad. Lovely.

Taste (4.25) : Delicious. Delicious with an alcoholic bite. A fresh carbonated zip gives way to pineapple, banana, and raisin. A lot like drinking a cinnamon fruit salad. I love it. A tiny sour and yeasty malt character clashes just a bit but nothing overwhelming. If it wasn't there, it wouldn't be beer. A spiced banana flavor with cinnamon and cloves. Banana bread finish. Fruity hops. Hints of figs and raisin. Zippy. Delectable.

Mouthfeel (4) : Light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated, rich, a little prickly, and then smooth. Slight sour bitter on the finish but nothing cloying or otherwise offensive. Finishes sappy, dry. Excellent.

Overall (4.28) : I've actually tried this with ice cream. Apart from the slight alcohol off-taste, it makes a good float. Not kidding! I'm having a fantastic night with beers. This beer rocks my world. Abbey is worth a serious look. Thoroughly impressed here. I'm totally in a good mood now. See what great beer does to a man?

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with some ruby highlights and a small off white head of fizzy foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a nice big fruity smell of a darker fruit nature, with plenty of raisin, plum, and some cherry. Along with these aromas are a nice blend of a yeasty smell as well as some aromas of a more roasted malt smell with some aromas of a coriander and clove mixed in along side. A little bit of a boozy smell is there as well, creating a nice fruity and warming dubbel aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a good dark fruit flavor of raisin and plum predominantly, with some lighter hints of cherry as well. Along with the fruit there is a little bit of a roasted taste as well as a very light boozy flavor. As the taste advances, the booziness increases all while fruitiness decays a little bit. At the same time, some yeast and spice of coriander and clove and a hint of banana and bubblegum come to the tongue. Some boozy tastes and a resurgence of the dark fruit occur at the end, leaving one with a fruity and warming dubbel flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the mix of fruity, yeasty, and boozy flavor of the brew, the feel is rather nice and does a good job of balancing the booze with the sweet fruit, making for a good moderate pace drinking dubbel.

Overall – A rather nice Abbey style ale overall with a nice drinkability and a good blend of fruit, booze, and yeasty spice. A rather well done dubbel that is quite nicely priced. A good go to dubbel style ale.

Photo of oberon
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with some reddish tint with a thinner head than expected,the aromas more than make up for the lackluster appearance of this beer sweet malt and very fruity with a faint smoky-like yeastiness.Flavors of raisins and toffee really jump out at ya up front but its not overly sweet in my mind,a touch of phenolic spiciness in the finish with some warming alcohol as the beer warms a little.A fine American example of a Belgian Dubbel,I would buy again.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice, dark brown color with a luscious head that went down slow and laced some of the glass.

Smell – Malt, yeast, and caramel in accordance with the style. The aroma opened up quite well as I waited for the head to go down.

Taste – Very good for a domestic offering. The brown sugar comes out here, complimenting the malt flavors. The yeast wasn’t as big as the aroma indicated, but overall a very pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation to speak of in the bottle that I sampled. The brown sugar helped smooth it out though.

Drinkability – Definitely one to keep around. The Abbey Dubbels are traditionally an expensive bunch, and this goes for seven bucks a six-pack.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mellow and pleasant. A dunkel for drinkers. Sessionable? Certainly. Appearance: A tad light in color for the body but boy the head is grand, lasting a ¼ inch with lacing up the sides of the glass to a ½ inch. Just wonderful. Anise, plums, banana, dates, and phenols. Creamy as Culver’s custard. Minute carbonation plays hop scotch and tidily winks on the tounge. Yum, yum. This beer’s fun. Loads of banana in the flavor. Bready too. Great feel. Crisp, creamy, and even a touch dry in the finish. A winner.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing American version of a Belgium beer. There is SO much that this beer gets right. The beer pours beautifully with at least a two finger head, it has a beautiful shade of redish brown liquid, and it has a GREAT mouth feel (it isn't watered down). It feels like an authentic Belgium beer (that costs about $6+ a bottle). This beer is priced perfectly, wow, so much bang for the buck! I can get it for $1.50 a bottle. It has 7% abv too! The alcohol is masked: you can feel the warmth of it but not really a taste of alcohol.

The taste is of malt, banana, bubble gum (you can taste it when you burp :-D ), pepper, and yeast.

This is one of the best bang for your buck beers in America. I'm in love with this stuff.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bold mahogany colored pour with a good inch of off white bubbly foam on top that has good staying power. Aromas start out with biscuit malts and a bright fruit scents. Spicy yeast tones with a touch of caramel in the background. Smooth overall.

First sip brings crisp malts upfront with a mix of grainy, biscuity and caramel flavors. Fruity tones roll across with plum, cinammon and a touch of grape. Spicy yeast kicks across the length of each sip. Finishes clean with a spicy/malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with a medium body and steady carbonation. Goes down smoothly enough and is pretty drinkable. A little on the mellow side but overall a solid interpretation of the style.

Photo of blitz134
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed amber. Little to no head, only has a few bubble patches on the top.

Caramel sweetness prevails with a good bit of raw sugar, cotton candy like. Some very light toasted aromas, a touch of sweet roll maltiness with a prevailing Belgian yeast aroma.

Light toasted malts come through in the flavor, some apples come through as well, almost ciderish with its spice hints. Typical Belgian yeastiness in the finish.

Nice crisp mouthfeel, body is thinnish to medium, what I expect for the style but maybe a bit on the thinner side. Flavor doesn't linger for too long.

Good drinkability, seems to be a pretty solid Belgian style offering. Pretty tasty and goes down easy. Good stuff...

Photo of mbrandon2w
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.
Nice tan head fades quickly to a thin layer of lace.
Smell is raisiny, plummy, with a sweet caramel malt background.
Flavor is of candied dark fruit, figs and plums. Really very tasty. Probably would be excellent with some grilled red meat.
Very smooth and easy drinking. Really nice beer. Wish I could get more of it.

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The Abbey poured an amber with red highlights. It had a fizzy light brown head that quickly went to a thin film.

Its aroma is a yeasty malt with bananas, cloves and a hint of alcohol.

It has a creamy, full mouthfeel. The taste is sweet malt up front with a strong, musty, banana flavor and a slight alcohol finish.

Overall, it's a nice, well-made beer. I really don't like bananas, so that brings it down for me (perhaps unfairly).

Photo of Jason
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the side of the label. Info about the brewery and beer are on the label as well.

Appearance: The loose yeast ended up making its way into the chalice though with the color being a deep leather brown it did not affect any kind of clarity. Decent lacing with a good stickage down the glass.

Smell: Creamy phenolic, crushed bananas and plums, anise and black pepper with mildly solvent alcohol in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a creamy backing, turbid crispness ends with a sharp bite. Malty with ripe fruit all over, playful phenolics help to balance. Hard pinch of alcohol shows its 7% abv. Some brown bread in the finish, semi-dry with a slowly fading bitterness.

Notes: Very drinkable and comparable to the real Trappist brews. WOW! What an amazing American brewed Belgian Style beer … I hope to have this beer in the Boston area some day soon as one bottle was just a tease.

Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ounce bottle, with best before dating on the label. Pours a nice clear, glowing/glistening darker amber. Head is dark tan, tiny bubble and long lasting. Plenty of fine and scattered sheeting left on the glass. Fine looking brew. Nose is softly of yeast, and ripe fruits. Smooth and subtle Dubbel, mellow ripe fruit, light rum/raisin and clove/spice. Yummy, simply yummy. I'm not usually a huge dubble fan, but this one is on the lighter side and it is thoroughly delicious.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bennetj17 for this and many other NB brews....solid trader.
Pours dark brown in color...quite cloudy and quickly fills with 2/3rd's of the lightest, fluffiest head I've seen. Most sticks around for the pint, but what fades, produces some lacing that holds strong with everlasting stickiness.
Mildly spiced in the nose with a subtle malt sweetness...candy sugar mostly with just a touch of hops.
Taste is very enjoyable...I would not say "complex" as the bottle states, but very drinkable. Less spice in the flavor, but the caramel malt carries over well...finishes clean with the belgian yeast adding a earthy spice to balance out with the hop addition.
Alcohol is not found in the taste and this one goes down too easy.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is perfect for me.
Would not think I'd go for this one after yardwork, but I found this to be very refreshing.
Solid first impression from the folks at New Belgium.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a light tan head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of cherry and candy sugar notes, as well as some toffee, Belgian yeast and chocolate notes. The chocolate is faint and is only present occasionally. The flavor is heavy on the toffee and dark fruit. The cocoa is also more present in the flavor than it was in the aroma. The beer is a lot drier than I expected and I think this is a little bit of a turn off. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice American-made dubbel.

Photo of bsp77
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Rich dark brownish-red with little head but some lacing.

Smell: Dark fruit, bananas, Belgian yeast, spiciness, some metallic (hops?). Very nice overall.

Taste: Dark fruit, raisins, slightly sour malt. Not much spiciness, and not as complex as hoped for. Why didn't that great smell come across on my taste buds better?

Feel: Low carbonation, chewy but seems watery and thin. Every single New Belgium beer I have had seems thin, but I had hoped a Dubbel would be the exception - apparently not.

Drinkability: More of an easy drinking Dubbel than others I have had, which are more sippers. On the other hand, the lack of complexity and the thin body are an impediment, and prevent me from wanting more.

Other than the 1554 (which is also somewhat thin) and maybe the Mothership Wit, I may be done with New Belgium. They are not bad beers by any means; I can just get much better in the same styles.

Photo of deebo
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a date of 02 Sep 12.

A-Very heady-pillowy tan that sticks to pint glass while drinking. A crystal clear reddish-brown amber color.

S-Bubblegum/banana ester belgian yeast is the dominant aroma. Sweet malts come out stronger as the beer warms.

T-Dark sweet malts with yeasty taste. A bitter long finish.

M-Body is thin for dubbel-could use a stronger malt backbone, alcohol end bite is a little too obvious.

D-Average

O-A great dubbel for the price. I'm glad New Belgium makes this beer as this style is a go to beer during the non-summer months. Not as good as some other more expensive dubbels out there due to lesser body/mouthfeel and stronger alcohol finish but a really nice beer to drink in place of many alternatives. Another solid beer from New Belgium-what a great brewery.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with some ruby red. Lots of bubbles and about two fingers of off white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma of dark malts with Belgian yeast and dark fruits. Subtle hints of clove and banana. Good hints of raisins, plums, and dark grapes. Also a little bit of apple, orange, and brown sugar. Light hints of alcohol and grassy hops lingering around.

Taste: Sweet and bready up front with caramel malts that are followed by some Belgian yeast. Lots of dark fruit with notes of plums, raisins, and grapes. Also some banana, cloves, apple, and a little orange. Hints of brown sugar and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth. Starts sweet and finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty good tasting take on a Dubbel. A little too much carbonation for the style but the fruit presence is very good.

Photo of far333
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark, burnt orange colored with a 2-inch high head of thick tight foam that settles slowly leaving craters and dimples as it moves.

Aroma is yeasty, doughey, with hints of spice and lemon.

Flavor is dominating yeast. It's a little doughey, somewhat flowery, but mostly just powerful yeast that overpowers all else. No fruit or candy, no rich malts that I've experienced with other dubbels. Can't even finish the glass. Sorry to the fans, but this one disappoints.

Photo of kingjames1
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber brown, with little to no head. smells like vanilla, raisin, rum, and sweet fruit, with a good waft of belgium funk. taste is sweet, bready malts with sour notes, banana, cloves and a touch of vanilla. mouthfeel is good, though slightly watery. very drinkable. this is a nice brew!

Photo of moundbz
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

crisp good malt, smooth aftertaste, tasty

Photo of MOShepp
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear burnt sienna color with a 1 1/2" frothy tan head with very little lacing.

Smells of toffee, dried cherries and a woodiness.

Tastes of an earthiness and a little ash along with toffee, plums and a hint of bubblegum and a lot more going on in this beers flavor, more than I can describe in one sitting.

The hops are covered well with the malts but comes through well at the finish.

Very nice beer, easy to drink with many layers.

Photo of ADR
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark burnt umber color, head is 1/2 inch at first, but settles out to a fairly large-bubbled skim at the glass surface. Laces are de-constructing strings. A raspberry-flavored ice tea nose, pretty fresh and inviting. Could be yeastier/funkier. Bright fleshy fruit flavors, plenty of apricot and bartlett pear going on. Finishes full and sweet with low carbonation.. Brew has solidity and a pleasant fruity aftertaste. A nice beer from the makers of the forgettable Fat Tire, maybe a touch lighter with less malt than something like Ommegang.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby brown with a nice tan head decent sized leaves behind Belgian style lacing. Aroma: Candi sugar, plums, nice toasted malts it ties all the tones together very well. Taste: Crisp balance alcohol, fruit esters, darker malts, with sweet candi sugar and soft water. Mouthfeel: Medium body but very refreshing decent carbonation. Drinkability: Not as complex as some dubbels out there but this one does an awesome job of making it incredibly satisfying and drinkable, hell yeah.

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear red-amber with small beige head that leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

Body: Nicely smooth but with some unwanted heat/astringency. Semi-dry finish.

Spicy aroma, but with a different spice profile than expected. Less clove (thankfully), for one thing and more ??? cardoman? than some dubbels.

Taste: A good note of banana that was not obvious in the nose. Plenty of dark dried fruits. A bit of clove comes forth here despite it's low profile in the nose.

O - [3.75] Nice flavor profile but, nonetheless, seems like a clear step down when sampled soon after enjoying one of the great true Belgians. Improves with warming (mandatory) and aging.

Photo of OStrungT
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden brown with a light tan head. The head fades slowly leaving a good lacing on the glass. It smells malty with a strong fruit aroma. It smells of raspberries, bananas, and cherries. It tastes spicy. There is a definate clove flavor. Also, fruit is apparant. IT has a good hop flavor also. Not too aggressive. The spicyness from the yeast is guite refreshing. This beer goes down nice and crisp . It leaves a clovelike taste on the palate. It might be just a little overcarbonated, but not so much that it detracts from the experience. This beer is very drinkable. I think it would make a great session beer. It is not too high in alcohol, so drinking many should not be a factor. If you see this beer, you should try it. I will buy it again.

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 2,030 ratings.