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Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale

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1,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 1616
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002)
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Photo of bump8628


4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right up with the best American brewed Dubbels. Poured at the brewery a clear chocolate brown color with a creamy ecru head. Lots of dark fruit notes with plum, raisin, and cherry most prominent. Balancing spicy notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and coriander add depth. Good dryness, despite the creamy mouthfeel. Touch of herbal hop flavor but little bitterness. Seriously good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 17:12:44 | More by bump8628
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark, barely transparent honey brown with a thick, pale tan head. Rich aroma fills the snout with earthy, malty and grassy tones. Earthy, malty flavor has a nice alcohol bite and nutty and caramel hints. Texture is fizzy and full-bodied, leaving a tingly and earthy finish. A good one!

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 14:53:24 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of MrDonQuixote


3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the New Belgium Brewery-

A- Dark mahogany color with a light whitish tan head

S- Sweet smell, malty and a smell of grain

T- Very grainy taste up front, quite sweet as well. Taste is unique and has a lot to offer. Even tasted some banana in there

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 04:53:12 | More by MrDonQuixote
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Mellow Mushroom West Ashley (flight) -

A: Clear, ruby-copper; the small white head leaves some thin strands of lace.

S: Light grainy / earthy / husk(y) malts; a touch of clove; light yeast fruitiness.

T: Dry / sweet malt; some flowery / fruity yeast; light spice; a touch of roast toward finish that provides an extra layer of tastiness.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation... a nice palate-cleanser.

O: A very drinkable dubbel; a good brew and nice rendition of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 01:42:16 | More by jpro
Photo of AmericanGothic


3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red's for the New Belgium Tap Takeover. Served in a New Belgium snifter.

A: Pours a translucent copper brown, not much head but good lace.

S: Tame dark fruits.

T: Like the smell, also some light pepper, and after several sips, some bubblegum.

M: Unexpectedly light and also creamy.

O: Not the best example of the style, though still enjoyable. Wouldn't turn it down if offered, but also wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 00:09:39 | More by AmericanGothic
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 Thorpe429


3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an amber-red with a light tan head. Good lacing. Nose brings forward some spice with dark fruits and a bit of bread. Taste brings some fairly strong yeast characteristics to the front with some dates and raisins. Slight alcohol presence. Good body with a bit of heat. Drinks fairly well fresh but could probably use some time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 01:35:49 | More by Thorpe429
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 Halcyondays


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark red/maroon with a light off-white head, good retention.

S: Dried fruit, lots of sugar, molasses.

T: Has a lot of brown candi sugar taste to it, very sweet. Raisin and fig juice predominate. Good flavour and it has clear Belgian yeast characteristics if not the interesting complexities of the great Belgian dubbels.

M: Strong, full body, this beer is built really well, no trace of alcohol sharpness, very smooth.

D: A nice beer, my of my favs that I've had from New Belgium. Good, drinkable tasty dubbel.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2008 05:40:10 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of SpecialK088


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a goblet

A-Light copper big long lasting head with a very sticky lace.

S-Alcohol dominates the nose with some barley and grain notes and a very strong bannana note.

T-Suprisingly the nose doesn't reflect alot on this one to me the alchol was present but not at all overbearing the bannana seems to come out most noteably with some sweeter malt qualities.

M-nice classic dubble feel to it medoum to heavy body and a nice slightly burning finish.

D-I would have one or two of these in a sitting very good dubble

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2008 23:24:56 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of PhxHorn


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Papago's in Scottsdale, AZ. It's a purple-brown color with half-inch of off-white head. Smells weakly of fruit and wine. Tastes moderately of figs, raisins, with a wine-line aftertaste. A decent flavor, just not that much of it, which is the problem with dubbels in my opinion, but this is a good interpretation of the style. I'd recommend it if a true Belgian isn't available.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2008 22:08:30 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of supercolter


4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly I love this brewery...
Appearance is good, dark amber-orange in color with an ok head and a lot of lacing.
Smell and taste are good as well, heavy on the citrus and malt. The alcohol is present but balanced nicely. A bit of hops that come through on the taste.
Mouthfeel is near perfect. Medium in body with a decent amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is great.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 03:20:03 | More by supercolter
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 TPSReports


4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery in CO. We were given samples of 4 beers each, probably about 3 onces in small glasses. This was my favorite by far. Normally I prefer a trippel or quadruppel, but I found the trippel lacking.

At the end of the tasting I gladly purchased a six-pack of this brew. Unfortunately, it was much better on tap than out of the bottle.

To the review:

The brew was a gorgeous rich amber color, with a very light head. The nose wasn't memorable.

The taste was very nice -- not hoppy. Big yeast flavors. Light carbonation with a long finish.

I wish this beer were available East of the Mississippi River.


Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2007 02:16:27 | More by TPSReports
Photo of DaveFL1976


3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From my notes in a state of euphoria within the halls of New Belgium:

Nice! Clear, deep mahogany/cherry. The smell is sweet; raisins and mild alcohol. The taste: malty, sweet, a bit vinagery at the end;tangy. Would be better with a bit of age. Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. I have to say that the mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. Drinkability would be better if you could get past the hotter alcohols. But maybe that's part of the recipe.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2007 03:02:17 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of dren


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second of 4 beers I had at the brewery.

Pours a clear amber with a thick head. Smells of slight spice and dried fruit. Tastes similar finishing with a warm alcohol presence and a bready finish from the yeast. I think there is a little anise in there. A good beer for the style, one of the best American Belgians I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2007 18:40:20 | More by dren
Photo of ggaughan


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Monk's Cafe New Belgium dinner the other night. The beer poured a deep brown, amber color with an off white head, not too thick. The nose was a solid combination of caramel malt and a touch of cherry. The taste was a refreshing taste of banana and maybe some cherry. Nice fruit esters with a nice bitter ending to round out a very solid beer. A very nice dubbel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2007 03:00:57 | More by ggaughan
Photo of kingjames1

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber brown, with little to no head. smells like vanilla, raisin, rum, and sweet fruit, with a good waft of belgium funk. taste is sweet, bready malts with sour notes, banana, cloves and a touch of vanilla. mouthfeel is good, though slightly watery. very drinkable. this is a nice brew!

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2006 19:53:11 | More by kingjames1
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1/4" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice fruity, pale and crystal malt scent along with a Belgian style yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry and earthy flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It goes down easy, but finishes weak and dry with no malt sweetness; very disappointing. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer despite the lack of mouthfeel and malty flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2005 02:01:19 | More by WesWes
Photo of GreenWBush


4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep ruby copper with a gorgeously frothy head and lacing.

Rich, candied sugar leaves its track all over this beer.

The nose was like mulled cider with wildly Duvelian astringent carbonation, puckering the otherwise overwhelming sweetness. A toasty grain is the highway of this beer on which we ride the politely coherent hoppiness on-top of the warm smoothness of candied sugar and high gravity malts.

Alcohol is nowhere to be found here, except for in your brain as you polish off two of these A+ domestic examples of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2004 21:45:06 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of Mitchster


4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

See my bottled review...I drank this one on tap at the New Belgium Brewing Company. The difference from the bottled version is that in the nose there are suggestions of black permanent marker and burnt rubber. Taste is a little bit spicier with some herbal bitterness towards the finish. The malts also seem a bit ruddier and earthy, not as bready as out of the bottle.
Brewed with Willamette, Magnum, and Hallertauer hops...Pale, Chocolate, Carapils, C-40, C-80, and Munich malt. 24 IBU's.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2003 23:41:37 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Premo88


3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into chalice

L: brown, amber, crystal clear; 1/4-inch tan head of semi-thick foam -- looks much cleaner with less head than a typical belgian, but it's pretty

S: wine ... sour grapes; yeasty, gets sweet ... like bubblegum, almost banana; licorice at times

T: fruity, bubblegum ... some woody/oak taste at times; licorice at times

F: solid but not spectacular ... good carbonation, lightweight

O: weird balance between super sweet light bubblegum notes vs. dark licorice/prunes. it's enough like a dubbel to score well for style, but it's also no Rochefort 6. a little darker than most Belgians.

one thing it has that almost no other dubbel I've tried has is a cool nutty flavor. it shows up at different times and might be most present in fresher bottles (this one has been in the fridge a month, and the nut flavor is not showing up much). it's fantastic when it's there, though it's not part of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 19:51:23 | More by Premo88
Photo of Henrich


3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brownish ruby with a quickly dissipating head, which falls into a slight thin layer on top. Nice color. Excellent lacing in the glass.
Smell: Very distinct belgian smell. Fruity with an undertone of malt and alcohol. Great bouquet.
Taste: Sweet up front, with a lingering bitterness. Light grainy character. Nothing overly impressive.
Mouth-Feel: It's nice. Lightly carbonated, but a bit thin tasting.
Overall: it is a decent interpretation of authentic dubbels, but I don't really agree with the outstanding ratings. Good, but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:06:21 | More by Henrich
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of October 05, 2014 printed on the label. A new beer to me from New Belgium, acquired as part of the winter folly pack.

Poured into a Coca-Cola goblet / chalice.

A - Pours a ruby-ish plum colored body with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Very nice head retention and nice big sheets of white lacing.

S - Huge banana on the nose. It's hard for me to get past it. Some funky Belgian yeast detectable, candied sugars, brown breadiness / malt, clove spice, some other dark fruity notes like prune or fig. Alcohol fumes noticeable.

T - Taste follows the nose - lots of big banana, mild hints of roast / char, brown bread, mild nuttiness, and clove spice. Fairly traditional in it's approach, which is a good thing for a bigger brewery like New Belgium, and it hits it's mark, I'd say.

M - Feel is extremely smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with good, slightly prickly, slightly filling carbonation. Lightly sticky on the finish. Some lingering banana.

Overall, while these aren't my favorite style to begin with, this was a nice effort from New Belgium. Like others have said, it is nicely authenticated for being as widely available as it is.

New Belgium Abbey Belgian Style Ale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:23:01 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of kojevergas


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].

Borderline B-/B

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:48:38 | More by kojevergas
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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.