Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by spoony:
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 12 oz bottle (best by date of 24 March 2013) into a chalice.
A-Mostly clear tea-brown colored brewed. Not much in the way of head, even with a pretty heavy pour. More or less par for the course of this style.
S-Heavy, mushy, banana is predominant. There is also a ton of spicy brown sugar and molasses. Quite spiced, too...I get some cinnamon, clove, and allspice. A touch heavy and cloying, but nice.
T-This beer started out a little underwhelming, but really grew on me (I may have poured it too cold). The spices noted above carry some brown sugar, figs, and banana fruit from start to finish. Medium-bodied malt character is also well-established.
M-Not much in the way of carbonation. Quite sweet and medium to heavy bodied.
O-This was a solid representation of the dubbel style and perhaps the best U.S. version I have had in a while. The spices are great, the fruit is there, and the alcohol is nicely integrated. It was a bit too heavy on the spice and sweetness (it reminded me of a holiday brew, actually), but it made for a nice dessert.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2012 03:54:21 | More by spoony
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3.51/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Best before: "03Aug14." 7% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with simple appealing label art and iconic red/orange branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local grocery store and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 90 rating as well as the brewery, whose Trippel [sic] I quite like. Reviewed as a dubbel since the label's description identifies it as such.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of pale khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a nice soft complexion. Even smooth consistency. Head retention is pretty good for the above average ABV - about 4-5 minutes. Nice albeit inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. It's a supple appealing head overall.
Body colour is a dark translucent semitransparent amber of average vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
Overall, it's an appealing appearance for a dubbel and I'm looking forward to the first sip, but it doesn't hold a candle to the appearances of the best traditional beers in the style.
Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.
Sm: Has a definite Belgian yeast vibe. Candi sugar, plum, prune, Belgian amber malts, lovely banana notes, cream, and light bready malts. It's pretty impressive for a dubbel at this price point; I'm surprised. Definitely fits into style conventions.
No hop profile, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.
A pleasant, inviting aroma of mild strength. Really solid for a dubbel. I'm craving the first sip. The subtle banana and luscious plum notes are simply fantastic.
Mf/T: Has a lovely creamy texture with an aptly medium body and comforting feel on the palate. Well-carbonated, with apt thickness and weight. Soft, smooth, and wet without feeling weak. Has good overall presence on the palate and the texture suits the taste quite well. Supple and almost refreshing. Very approachable.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.
Banana and plum dominate this surprisingly well-balanced flavour profile. The malty core is a great complement to the more refined notes, offering Belgian amber and brown malts alongside some light bready character and subtly integrated caramel. Has unexpected subtlety and some fair complexity, but in terms of complexity and intricacy relative to traditional examples of the style, it's lackluster.
Still, for a dubbel at this price point which is so widely available, I'm taken aback by its quality. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Build is cohesive but not gestalt.
Dr: Very drinkable; I'll have no trouble finishing this bottle and I look forward to doing so. Hides its ABV pretty well. A surprisingly good seasonal brew from New Belgium that I'll look forward to picking up again in the future. Probably the best widely available U.S.-brewed example of the style. Well worth trying. Amongst New Belgium's finest mainstream efforts - right up there with Trippel [sic].
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 01:48:38 | More by kojevergas
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,579 ratings.