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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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1,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 139
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

tatums1984, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Jack53, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

swimbikerundrink, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

GreyPilgrim, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of isualum12
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hmmm not so sure about this from the get go.

appearance. I expect it dark. Like black dark but its not. dark cooper in color. Large two finger head that looks really nice. The head disappeared quickly.
smell- Lots of hops. Yep it smells like the hop room at a nice brewery.
taste- hops and bitterness.
mouthfeel- very active little to much activity for me.
overall- I guess I don't match others on this....It was ok but nothing more then that. honestly I didn't finish it....

isualum12, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of mthalman
3/5  rDev -25%

mthalman, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

jrohrbacher, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

buckyp, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

beerguy36, Jan 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

jordanmckell, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

kmckinnon87, Jan 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

bbadger, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Stoffel, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

WilsonCecil, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

dukeisok, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

antique, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

piccnd3, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of deebo
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a date of 02 Sep 12.

A-Very heady-pillowy tan that sticks to pint glass while drinking. A crystal clear reddish-brown amber color.

S-Bubblegum/banana ester belgian yeast is the dominant aroma. Sweet malts come out stronger as the beer warms.

T-Dark sweet malts with yeasty taste. A bitter long finish.

M-Body is thin for dubbel-could use a stronger malt backbone, alcohol end bite is a little too obvious.


O-A great dubbel for the price. I'm glad New Belgium makes this beer as this style is a go to beer during the non-summer months. Not as good as some other more expensive dubbels out there due to lesser body/mouthfeel and stronger alcohol finish but a really nice beer to drink in place of many alternatives. Another solid beer from New Belgium-what a great brewery.

deebo, Jan 02, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75%

Ouroborus, Jan 02, 2012
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.

WYVYRN527, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

jzandiz, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25%

Magikarp, Dec 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

americanbelgian, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-poured into my Chimay chalice. Pours scarlet with an off white head that slowly dissipates leaving a ring of foam and a thin layer of head. Some lacing is present.

S-Belgian yeast, some clove, alcohol, and a hint of banana

T-Belgian yeast, hint of clove, biscuity, tiny hint of chocolate and banana, and some alcohol

M-not as thick as I expected, but still decently thick with a touch of carbonation

D-Not overly complex or heavy so one could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting.

Overall, this is a good beer even though I think some Belgian ones are definitely better. I think this style seems to let me down. I always expect it to be extremely flavorful but it comes across more watery than I would like.

thegodfather2701, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

NoBeerLeftBehind, Dec 30, 2011
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.