Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A - A big four finger khaki head rises above a clear russet-red brew that shows garnet highlights. The head gets chunky and rocky, and leaves a lot of lace on the glass as it slowly reduces to a finger and a half and stays put. Excellent retention and chunkiness!
S - Dark dusty yeast, dark dried fruit...raisin and prune, along with some ripe plum and tart plum-skin notes. This is really spicy too, with suggestions of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Cinnamon Toast Crunch with prune juice in stead of milk...sounds nasty, but it smells really good. Plum mashed baby food, with mashed banana Gerber's too.
T - Lots of dry powdered spices...cinnamon and nutmeg. Not as fruity or complex as the nose, the flavors really focus on the spices and dank yeast.
M - Medium bodied and lushly carbonated with an extremely dry finish that feels like putting plain cinnamon in your mouth. This stuff is SERIOUSLY dry...it's almost like I can't swallow because my mouth is full of cinnamon powder. Neat!
D - This is a damn fine dubbel, and it stands out among American interpretations of this Belgian style...it's not quite up to par with the actual abbey dubbels though...something special that those monks do just make those beers a little better. Maybe the actual abbey beers are made with holy water or something, but New Belgium has done a damn fine job here!
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2008 13:55:11 | More by pmcadamis
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