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Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,861 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 143
Gots: 144 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 1,861 | Reviews: 721 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy foamy head on amber brandyish body, a bit of yeast sediment as expiration date in 2 more months. Fruity yeasty aroma and taste. Very creamy mouthfeel like whipped cream. Tangy fruitiness and hops kick finish so that aftertaste is melange of malty, yeasty and moderately bitter. Very enjoyable American version that stands up there with Ommegang and Unibroue. Only 7%.

Sammy, May 16, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 4/21/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, Belgian yeast, and a very nice banana bread aroma. Taste is much the same with a banana bread flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

zestar, Aug 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of candi sugars are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has sweet flavors of candi sugars along with some notes of dark fruits and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this dubbel was a good represention of of the style and wasn't overly sweet.

metter98, May 28, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev 0%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with garnet highlights; not much head, decent retention and lacing

Smell: Nice fruity aroma - bananas, plums and pears along with some peppery spice

Taste: Starts with a nice fruity flavor that builds through to the finish but remains rather dry, unlike many Belgian dubbels; nice yeasty aspect as well

Mouthfeel: Just perfect for a Belgian style - soft, medium bodied with plenty of carbonation; some warming on the finish

Drinkability: A very nice American interpretation of the Belgian style that goes in its own direction

brentk56, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Particulate-laden orangish bronze with a monumental head of creamysoft beige foam. The cap begins its slow motion descent as surface bubbles languidly pop, resulting in random squiggles of soapy lace. The color is on the lighter end of the dubbel scale, but is plenty pleasing to the eye.

The nose is dominated by Belgian yeast. No surprise since 'an authentic Belgian yeast strain' is in use according to the label. Clove spice is dominant. It isn't as brown malty as expected, nor as fruity. A little more power would be great.

The flavor is wonderful and changes in fascinating ways over the course of each sip. It's malty sweet with a spunky carbonation out of the chute, is darkly fruity and spicy on the backstretch and develops a deepening, expanding burst of fruit and spice--and warming alcohol--at the wire. It also improves noticeably with warming. The mouthfeel is incredibly well-mannered with a smooth richness that retains a light elegance thanks to a perfect amount of carbonation.

Abbey Belgian Style Ale (the name is too generic) is a wonderful homage to the original dubbels of Belgium. It's no Westvleteren 8, but is unquestionably the best American-brewed dubbel that has ever crossed my lips. New Belgium's best? Even though I haven't tried their entire lineup, it's hard to imagine that they could top this.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Candied malt, fruit flavor and savory notes abound in this- a trademark of the famed New Belgium brewery. Their Dubbel Ale is a staple in classic Belgian flavor profiling. It's simply a who's who of the taste of Belgium.

It's near perfect clarity casts only the faintest of diffusions against a bronze-ruby backdrop. The classy ale releases a dense blanket of foam that nestles the beer nicely in a cocoon of light tan froth. A slow recession to skim the beer yields intricate lacing left on the glass behind the fading beer. It's a beautiful looking ale.

Whiffs of toffee and brown sugar start the aromatic spread. But the beer's sweetness and fruit character carry complementing notes of candied malt, black cherries, caramel apples, and a tinge of red licorice. The aromas excite the senses with spiciness of white pepper, dried orange peels, and a dash of soft coriander. Earthy hops offer a soft glow of wood that simmers underneath all that fruit and spice.

Delicious tastes of brown sugar and toffee sweetness coat the tongue with a candied taste of confectioner's sugar. Hiding just beneath are the fruit flavors of apples, cherries and grapes. Richer and earthier stone fruit flavors of dates, figs, and raisins give a depth and variety of taste that exudes savory and succulent notions. Racy red wine flavors are slim but do offer vinous taste to usher in a spicy and earthy sweetness of light cinnamon, clove, and allspice. The taste is remarkably understated but complex, while retaining exemplary drinkability.

The savory ale starts off with a body that's malty and semi-rich. But it very quickly makes a turn toward dry spice, and evaporative warmth. A slow fade at middle palate never reveals its deviant turn to spicy heat late. The beer is simply way too drinkable to be so strong.

New Belgium Abbey Ale comes so close to selling the authentic Belgian character to me, but alas it reveals too much caramel sweetness and earthen yeast character that I expect from American-made Belgian beers. Where those are overly simplistic and sweet, this one doesn't go that far, but approaches the Dubbel Ale taste with somewhat timid character.

BEERchitect, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy red brown colored beer with a medium head with average retention. I noticed lots of sediment floating in my glass. Aroma is quite sweet with a nice malty tone underneath. At first, I was surprised with the sweetness of this beer, which hides some of the floral malt used in this beer. The end is quietly bitter but lack some roastiness. Something is missing here, not the best dubbel I had…

Phyl21ca, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice reddish brown with a big off white head. Nice slow fade left a good quarter inch film on top. No significant lace, but good audible carbonation.

S - Smell was full of dark fruity esthers. Notes of figs and raisins were quite noticeable as well a nice well rounded belgian spiceness and a hint of pears as it warmed.

M & T - First impression was a great feel on this one. Very smooth with awesome carbonation. Very lively when sipping. Hints of figs apples, peaches, pears, raisens were all readily apparent. A slight touch of alcohol could be found but was not distracting in the least.

D - Overall a really nice belgian ale and a good quality drinker. Very sessionable and a new favorite from New Belgium for sure.

mikesgroove, Apr 28, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

ygtbsm94, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

jaydoc, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - I lost my receipt! from Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Well, actually, I sent it through the shredder.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, darkened amber-hued body with a largely-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Fruity, spicy, smelling of mashed bananas, golden raisins, and ground cloves coated in a variety of sugars. Teensy hint of chewing gum.

Taste: Modest tastes of caramel, brown sugar, and one lone, lost chocolate sprinkle with a background bread crust element. Tangy, ever so slightly sourish fruity, spice mix. Again, the cloves and light pepper are arm in arm with the fruitiness tasting of raisins, dates, and ripe bananas. Very faint herbal tone. As with the nose, there's a small hint of gum wandering about. The hops are incidental, at best. A little candyish sweetness, some drying action taking place, some spice and fruit on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Just a hair above medium carbonation.

Overall: Dubbel perfection? No, but it's certainly one of the better American-born dubbels available and has been for quite some time.

ChainGangGuy, May 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with some reddish tint with a thinner head than expected,the aromas more than make up for the lackluster appearance of this beer sweet malt and very fruity with a faint smoky-like yeastiness.Flavors of raisins and toffee really jump out at ya up front but its not overly sweet in my mind,a touch of phenolic spiciness in the finish with some warming alcohol as the beer warms a little.A fine American example of a Belgian Dubbel,I would buy again.

oberon, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark translucent brown with copious head and lacing, a fine looking beer.

Taste & smell: Brown sugar, caramel, milk chocolate and bananas, spices and yeast. A very sweet brew in both smell and taste.

Mouthfeel & drinkability: Not too heavy, slightly thin for a dubbel, smooth and crisp effervescence.

Overall a good, solid Belgian-style dubbel, rich in flavor and very reasonably priced, especially in comparison to something imported from Belgium.

largadeer, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

This is the random beer chosen to see the finish to MLB's Opening Day. It pours a clear ruby brown topped by a half-finger of dirty-cream foam. The nose comprises raisins, nutmeg, dark wheat, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, clove, fig, and a few drops of light maple syrup. The taste follows pretty closely, with the additions of black pepper, red grapes (very red wine-y thing goin' on here), and a touch of darkly-toasted rye bread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty nice dubbel, though it doesn't warm all too well. So long as the temperature is controlled, this ain't too bad at all.

TMoney2591, Apr 01, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very attractive reddish-copper colour, with one finger of tight sudsy pale beige head, which leaves a near-perfect latticework of lace around the glass as it drops away. It smells strongly of mashed banana, dark fruit, doughy breadiness, and mild, soft yeast. The taste is bready malt, a bit of clove, plum, date, a twinge of molasses, and dry yeast. The carbonation is moderate, but oddly noticeable at times, the body medium weight, crisp, and a bit pithy. It finishes mostly dry - biscuity and fruity.

A very nice, rounded, and enjoyable dubbel. The booze certainly doesn't show in any real way, making this a decidedly easy drinker - if that's your thing.

biboergosum, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz bottle poured out an amber hue with a good white head. It left distinct lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and spices. There was also a fruity aroma (banana?).

T - The malt flavor was outstanding. Caramel flavors popped up throughout. Nice sharp spiciness

M - It is smooth and crisp. A medium-bodied brew with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

D - Very drinkable. One of New Belgium's best and a great "American try" at a dubbel.

zeff80, Jul 20, 2006
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium's Abbey delivers a very hazy russet brown body beneath a fair-sized head of light-tan that's lightly creamy. The head retention is average and it doesn't hold real well, but it does maintain a thin surface covering and a good collar, and it leaves some light lace about the glass. The aroma offers dark fruit (sweet dark raisins, juicy red wine), candy, light caramel malt and a subtle spiciness. It's smooth across the palate with a light-medium body and exceptionally fine-bubbled carbonation that's mildly effervescent but does no more that caress the tongue. The flavor follows the suggestions of the aroma with some additional candyish sugariness, some more fruit, some leafy hops, and a stabilizing back-bone of bitterness. It's well balanced and although the alcohol is noticeable, it actually acts as part of the flavor profile and isn't offensive at all. It finishes with dark fruit and leafy hops in a fairly long, gently lingering aftertaste.

NeroFiddled, May 15, 2005
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the finest of the conventional new belgium offerings in my opinion. pours a dark brown (darker than i was anticipating), with a fluffy white head an inch or so think. smell is malt and alcohol, with that belgian yeast present and some clear bananna vibes happening. notes of toffee and subtle roasted nuts in the taste, with a faintly spiced finish. a very quaffable brew for 7 percent abv. bravo!

StonedTrippin, Oct 01, 2011
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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.