Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.53/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a New Belgium globe tulip. Thanks to Mike Marty and A-B Beverage for the sample!
Pours deep ruby-amber and sparklingly clear, showing off a full two fingers of beige froth that settles down lazily into a thick, creamy collar. Just a few splotchy, broken rings of lace stick around on the walls of the glass as it empties.
The nose reeks of Belgian yeast -- of course, "reeking" doesn't necessarily have to be bad. Lots of spicy, clove-laced goodness, with some banana-like esters dancing in between. There's some more in there -- perhaps juicy ripe cherry and a hint of nutmeg? Difficult to place.
Very light in body, suggesting the traditional Belgian route of employing candi sugar in the boil. A moderate carbonation leaves the palate tingling.
On the palate, things seem slightly less complex than the nose suggests, though there's still plenty of interesting stuff in which to partake. Some hints of sweet bread up front mingle with black pepper, clove and some grassy, spicy hop notes in the middle. Things dry out a bit before reemerging juicy with faint notes of fig on the back of the tongue, leading into a peppery semi-dry finish with a lingering touch of caramel and ripe red apple.
The light body and spicy dryness make this one easy-to-drink brew. Perhaps less complex than some of the originals from the continent (as well as some originating here in the States); a bit of bottle-conditioning would also be welcome, though not really necessary to make it enjoyable. An easy-drinking interpretation of the style with a well-hidden alcohol content that keeps it accessible yet enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2011 01:29:21 | More by superdedooperboy
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