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Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale

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1,617 Ratings

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Ratings: 1617
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002)
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Photo of notoriousdav


5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Currently at the top of my Colorado brew ratings. A big hit of banana and cinnamon right off the bat. It pours a deep mahogany brown, like the color of a nice piece of furniture. I’ve read some reviews complaining about the head, but they must have been drinking an older bottle because I’ve always gotten a nice foamy head that lasts a while. This is an excellent American example of a Belgium Dubble. All in all, New Belgium’s finest beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 14:24:35 | More by notoriousdav
Photo of WithinTheGlass


5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is perfect... Okay, so an opening statement like that doesn't exactly seem to promise a balanced review... but I couldn't help myself. In truth, New Belgium's "Abbey Ale" (a rich and perfectly balanced dubbel) is simply, honestly, great.

A- Typical of the style. For fans of good-looking bottles, you can't go wrong with a New Belgium brew (no I'm not working for the brewery.) The libation itself pours an iridescent blonde with a warm amber hue. A two finger head is indicative of the feisty carbonation and satisfying lacing that follows. A visual delight.

S- Another winner! This beer exudes wonderful scents such as whole wheat bread, coriander and perhaps a hint of brown sugar. Oddly, the smell reminds me of a little bit of a really good Wit.

T- Starts mild and malty and finishes bolder with notes of spice and hops. None of these flavors ever dominate to the point of being annoying, and yet they all maintain their places perfectly within the breadth of the brew. A classic example of a dubbel well done!

M- Medium bodied with lots of refreshing carbonation. Leaves a nice coating in your mouth (but not too much.)

O- A nearly perfect beer at an incredible value! Here in Wichita, I buy 6 packs of this for $7.99... Basically unheard of when the product is this wonderful! I highly recommend picking some up and sampling it for yourself. You won't regret it!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 18:51:46 | More by WithinTheGlass
Photo of pnkermiz

New York

4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just finished a 12 oz. bottle that I cellared for 2 years (picked up six pack at the brewery in 6/02). Not surprised that the beer held up and actually improved over time. No change in the dark brown, chestnut-y color. The flavor has smoothed out even more so than when new. Of any of the original flavors, the chocolate and smokiness has come to the forefront and the banana, fruitiness has fallen off and/or mellowed out. Carbonation all but disappeared. I have to give a five for the drinkability as I couldn't stop sipping the damn thing - and then it was gone before I knew it... Five more sit in my closet. I'll try another next year and follow up.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 00:43:06 | More by pnkermiz
Photo of mwilbur


4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap from the source: New Belgium Brewey itself.
Appearance is dark amber. Perfect head forms.
Smell is intoxicating and taste backs up the promise. A wonderful amalgam of banana, clove, and malt. Very drinkable...excellent sessionability. An unbelievable brew and one of my favorites of any style. (Note: speaking from experience, this beer doesn't age well; no reason to save this one...Drink Up!)

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2008 00:57:19 | More by mwilbur
Photo of TastyTaste


4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice dark brown color, lights up crystal clear when held to light. Big fluffy off-white head with fairly good retention. Smells sweet and perfumey,with raisin and softer yeast tones. Taste is absolutely delectable and full from beginning to end. Bright flavors of alcohol and cotton candy, clove, cherry and banana. Motuhfeel is well carbonated and full, this is an excellent beer. Thanks a bunch to babydoc for the trade that brought me this great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 17:55:39 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of jyeast101


4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far one of the best beers I've tasted. The color is a deep brown with a carmel head. Out of the growler it is very fresh and handled the flight from CO. well. The bannana esters are complimented with a a slight citrus smell. Overall a well balanced taste. The beer finishes without that over bearing alcohol taste you may find with dubbels or trippels. A very drinkable beer that I could enjoy any time of year. If you get the opportunity, try it. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2006 20:56:10 | More by jyeast101
Photo of DeutscheJeff


4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer, its a refreshingly light, yet just heavy enough beer. New Belgium knocked it out of the park, this beer is perfect for a session and readily available and amazing prices considering how great it is. I will be buying this in 6 packs with some frequency, luckily here in Colorado it's so easy to find.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 07:13:22 | More by DeutscheJeff
Photo of RBorsato


4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber, burgundy color with a low light brown head and decent carbonation. Spicy (cloves?), fruity, raisiny dark malt aroma. Tastes very much like it smells. Medium-full bodied and smooth. Age has not hurt this one...

Blows Fat Tire away ! East coasters should ask west-coasters to bring this Eastward instead... Thanks God Allagash is available on the East Coast.

Label states: "Belgian Double Ale"

Per Best American Beers book: 6.5% ABV

Best before: 03/24/01
Tasted: 08/23/03

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 16:04:52 | More by RBorsato
Photo of BlindPig


4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Just about a 1/4" off white head on a clear dark amber brown body.
S- Fruits, kind of a yeast aroma, sweet cherries, pretty light spices, and almost a light sugar.
T- Very well rounded beer. Light bread flavors, hints of spice, plums, raisins, candy cherries, nice hop presence, lingering bitterness on tongue. Flavors are blended together very nicely.
M- High carbonation and thin to medium body.
D- It's a excellent dubbel. A little high on the carbonation but it is the best one especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 02:02:39 | More by BlindPig
Photo of b5d106


4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a frothy off-white head. The smell is wonderfull, with all kinds of fruit and malt scents. The beer taste very balanced with malts and fruits up front and a little alcohol bitterness in the finish. The mouth feel is great with a little creaminess and some very nice carbonation. This beer is extremely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 02:49:38 | More by b5d106
Photo of JayS2629


4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the tap at the brewery into a New Belgium tulip.

A- a nice dark amber with ruby tones and a creamy head with moderate lacing.

S- Cloves upfront with hints of banana. Belgian yeast and roasted malts.

T- Cloves and allspice permeate this beer. Nice sweet roasted malt and belgian yeast flavors stand nicely. Faint hints of chocolate. Dark plum, toffee, caramel and honey. Banana on the finish. Very deep, complex and enjoyable taste. Slight booze.

M- Creamy with nice carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

D- This suffers for two reasons. There is a slight booze taste mixed within the sweetness and the cloves are very strong. This beer taste beautiful and complex. I hate knocking it down, but we loved it so much it was our pick to buy a case. If you drink one it is an A+. But if you try to drink it as a go-to..ie...buy a case...it gets more difficult to down. Too spicy to drink more than three. Also a bit too strong.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 03:16:13 | More by JayS2629
Photo of RubbaDuckE


4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For my first review I decided to do my beer of choice this winter. NB's Abbey is a sleeper hit for me. It pours into a leather brown with two fingers of a tan head. It smells of holiday spice. At first tasting are hints of banana's paired with these spices. This beer is great for a sipper or knocking back 5 or 6. Mad props to NB. This is the beer that opened my eyes to the craft.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 20:33:21 | More by RubbaDuckE
Photo of stewart124


4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice.

Deep brown with a decent lacing that lingers.

Nose has plenty of dark candied fruits with some slight tobacco and phenols.

Very smooth and creamy with some sharp phenols that remind you this is 7%. Drinks very easily and finishes bone dry. Nice medium caramel maltiness with a good dose of prunes, raisins, pepper, anise and banana esters. More of a mild "Belgian touch" than I was expecting...whatever that means. Nothing overpowering and very approachable.

Delicious and I could drink a number of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:46:24 | More by stewart124
Photo of brdc


4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, freshness date May 08.
Beautiful, luscious tan head with average retention but good sticky lacing to the side of the glass, crowning a dark brown brew with multiple amber highlights.
Very fresh, aromatic and pleasant, bubblegum, fruits, alcohol, yeast, pepper and bread.
Full bodied and creamy, amazingly drinkable, with a candy sweetness, some caramel, yeastiness, warming alcohol, peppery nuances, a very mild but discernible bitter bite; quite complex and pleasant.
Another very impressive belgian style from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 01:55:41 | More by brdc
Photo of Insomnicat

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a finger and a half of cream head. A lighter shade of amber.
S - Bananas. very light and flowery bananas.
T - A very mellow cereal malt with a hint of flowers and bananas
M - The carbonation is just right in my opinion. The mouthfeel is incredible.
D - This beer is highly drinkable. It would be a superb session beer if not for sheer price. That comes with the territory of microbrews, though. Good thing I have a six pa--Five pack...

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 01:59:42 | More by Insomnicat
Photo of NotMyRealName


4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an ale that can be sipped very slowly over a long period of time so that you can enjoy the lingering aftertaste. Or it can be drunk at a normal pace to enjoy the intricate mix of malts and hops. This ale seems to be the perfect compromise between price and quality. At around $1.50 a bottle from the store, it packs an enormous amount of drinkability. My only complaint is that I wished that it came in bottles smaller than 12 ounces. Like a good port, I find that even a small quantity can be highly satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 15:21:21 | More by NotMyRealName
Photo of ubenumber2


4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok I know Im not the most well versed beer geek on here, and that I can seem to be a hillbilly from the hills who just had his first real beer , but this is my second all time favorite that I keep in my fridge as my go to beer. The cost factor makes this the beer I drink weekly , if I didnt have to pay 3 dollars plus a bottle for Ommegang Abbey and drive an hour to get it I would keep iit , but this one I feel like for an American made beer really captures the spirit of the style. Pours a nice dark amber color , small 1.5 finger head with small amount of lacing , smell is very pleasant , and the taste starts sweet and finishes a little on the dry , perfect combo for me. You can buy a dubbel from one of the trappist that are better I know , but 6 bucks a bottle or 10 bucks a six pack , at the price range this one is about as good as I can find

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:22:16 | More by ubenumber2
Photo of Tolnik


4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer on-tap from the brewery.

A - A Ruby Brown ale that when poured it has a good head and comes to a lacing.

S - Good Orange smelling malt beer. Great aroma as you pick up on the clove and fig.

T - Malty beer that has a low hop taste with a good citrus initial reaction. Yet as an aftertaste there is a distinct banana taste and the clove and fig comes out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2008 02:58:57 | More by Tolnik
Photo of Boneheadmx


4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ever since Fat Tire, I've really trusted New Belgium in making good beer. I've heard good things about Abbey and I finally found a store that carries it. This beer does not disappoint.

The beer is a beautiful reddish brown with a good amount of carbonation. The head is so huge and fluffy that it forces a long pour. This is exactly what an ale should look like. Robust, dark, and beautiful.

The smell is faint, but quite nice. The malty notes are noticeable with the smell of bananas and chocolate coming through.

The taste is just amazing. The first swig reminded me of roasted malts, somewhere in between a cup of tea, a shot of espresso, and a bar of unsweetened chocolate. After the initial bite of bitterness, the more mellow sweetness evened it out, with the hops kicking in on the aftertaste. Everything in the beer points to balance. It's amazing because you'd think a 7 percent beer would taste more alcoholic rather than malty, but it's one of the most balanced beers I've ever tasted.

The mouthfeel is excellent. It goes down rather smooth, with a very interesting kick thanks to the high amount of carbonation. The lovely head just stays and stays and keeps it creamy.

This is by far one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, even though it is a bit on the heavy side. This isn't really a beer for a warm night, but even then, it still tastes fantastic. In short, if you like ales, and you don't mind a little extra alcohol, malt, and hops (flavor flavor flavor!), then go out and find this beer. It's really good stuff. This is one of the best beers I have ever had and I will be going back to find this again soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 11:39:25 | More by Boneheadmx
Photo of jtslay


4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell will hit you first: fruity/sweet.

The taste is very complex but I find it to have a very drinkable aftertaste.

Note: Make sure to follow recommended serving temperature on the bottle as it will result in the proper taste and aroma. Respect the brewer.

I am looking forward to trying this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 17:49:43 | More by jtslay
Photo of WYVYRN527


4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium etched-bottom glass.

A: Deep mahogany color with a thick off-white head that settles to a thin surface froth. Lacing is decent, and runs down the glass with ease. Extremely clear, which was unexpected.

S: Banana bread at first, with lingering hints of dark fruit, raisin, and yeast.

T: Much like the smell, but oh, so much more! Banana, spice, and caramel, with notes of dates, raisins, and a sweet toffee finish.

Notes: Balanced, complex, and full of flavor. This is one awesome American take on a Dubbel! Alcohol is hidden quite well, making this a brew that is dangerously easy to drink. By far my favorite of all of New Belgium's everyday releases.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 08:16:02 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of RenoZymurgist


4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick sticky white head atop a deep garnet ale. Aroma was exceptional with pear and apple esters along with the barest hint of hops. The flavor was rich in a dark carmel malt sweetness and a fruitiness from the yeast balanced by a delicate hop spiciness. Mouthfeel was definetly belgian as it had a strong carbonation though the body was a bit weak. Very drinkable though the 7% abv makes this one a poor session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 06:34:32 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of ccrida


4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a cellar temperature 12 oz. bottle, into my St. Feuillien chalice, the New Belgium Abbey has a fluffy 2-finger, light tan, head, which subsided fairly quickly to a thick skim and lots of clingy lace.
Very nice, rich aroma, fig and grape fruitiness and distinct abbey yeast spiciness, with faint booziness and maybe a touch of brown sugar. So far this Abbey sure is authentic!
The taste continues to stay true to form, with much less of the sweetness from the nose, and more of the spice. A nice clean, dry, mineral finish.
The mouthfeel is very well executed, surprisingly light with lively carbonation.
This is a very drinkable abbey/dubbel. Not as bland as they can sometime be, but balanced and attenuated enough to not be cloying. And I'm only thinking of Belgian abbeys, as this could easily pass as (a very good) one in a blind taste test. This is the best and most authentic Belgian style American brew I've ever had, for any style. And only $8 a six pack in Portland, fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 03:31:00 | More by ccrida
Photo of AZTEX


4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is another exceptional beer from New Belgium. I poured into a glass and it was truly a beautiful sight. It had a crystalline 3 finger foam that quickly fell into a thin line. The color is a clear coppery tan and is gorgeous. (Normally I don't use the word "gorgeous", except to describe women and sunsets!) The aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of banana. The beer had a nice creamy taste up front that slowly fades to a clean, hoppy freshness with a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is a good balance between creamy malt and and a crisp freshness, with the creaminess in the front. The carbonation is great. This is a very drinkable beer and is very refreshing. I drank it after dinner, but I think it would be great with just about any meal.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 05:20:11 | More by AZTEX
Photo of OlRasputin989


4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark red brew with nice frothy head. Lives a little lacing.

S: Sweet and malty: hint of cinnamon

T: Sugary, spicy, slight hop bitterness but just enough to leave you craving another sip, and just a hint of alocohol

M: Good carbonation, medium-full body.

Overall, good, cheery dubbel. Good price and good quality for a dubbel that comes in a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 04:37:19 | More by OlRasputin989
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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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