Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by jlindros:
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Thanks to Optimator13.
Light fizzy head nice lacing, clear toasty amber color.
Nose plenty of Belgian, candi sugar, Belgian malts, yeast, dark raisin like fruits, some booze, light spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc, slight herbal decayed aroma.
Taste light aged soft malts, Belgian malts and yeast, candi sugar but light, bright spices with some cinnamon, clove like, nutmeg like, nutty malts, dried fruits with raisin, light herbal hop and herbal aged flavor almost but not really oxidized, light tin. Finishes a bit dry, semi bitter as well as some earthy herbal and light spicy hops come out, and some booze. Semi sweet but not as much as the nose.
Mouth is med to slightly heavier with good carb and warming light tingly booze.
Overall not bad, herbal hops are meh, malts are nice, decent beer.
03-19-2011 04:24:58 | More by jlindros
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4.08/5 rDev +2%
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.
09-30-2005 23:39:28 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
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 wasnt 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.
08-15-2003 01:20:02 | More by RoyalT
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
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 Culvers custard. Minute carbonation plays hop scotch and tidily winks on the tounge. Yum, yum. This beers fun. Loads of banana in the flavor. Bready too. Great feel. Crisp, creamy, and even a touch dry in the finish. A winner.
06-11-2006 22:31:19 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
06-13-2009 03:34:12 | More by orbitalr0x
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
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...
09-26-2006 02:20:01 | More by blitz134
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
10-09-2008 19:48:09 | More by mbrandon2w
3.6/5 rDev -10%
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).
04-13-2004 22:20:48 | More by Beaver13
4.47/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
03-03-2004 04:16:58 | More by Jason
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
02-16-2009 04:30:51 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
06-11-2006 18:50:07 | More by warriorsoul
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
01-03-2011 04:15:20 | More by Mora2000
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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