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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

1,755 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,755
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 131
Gots: 103 | 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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Tamarack22

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +25%

11-16-2011 04:09:26 | More by Tamarack22
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%

11-16-2011 02:24:59 | More by plumcrazyfx
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Lvnwdablz

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a certified beer connoisseur. However, I have tried many brands and I do know what I like. New Belgium Abbey is one of my favorite craft beers. It goes well with foods such as pasta and meat. The subtle caramel, chocolate toffee flavors are enjoyable and the aftertaste is clean and satisfying. Overall a very good craft ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 00:25:50 | More by Lvnwdablz
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Jdgarcia24

Texas

5/5  rDev +25%

11-15-2011 23:18:13 | More by Jdgarcia24
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

11-15-2011 19:55:07 | More by twowheelssoar
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cwomack72

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review...not up on all the correct terminology, but here goes!

Poured from bottle to a chalice.

A-Reddish tint, kind of like American iced tea. 3/4 to 1 in. light tan head that disappeared quickly with little to no lacing.

S-Very light hops and fruity. Strong hints of banana.

T-Great tasting beer. First thing I thought of was that it tasted like a white beer. Fruity and malty. Some say its not too hoppy, but I can definately taste it. Long lasting taste, even at end of glass.

M-Feels very cool and refreshing, with almost no carbonation. Easy to drink.

O-I really like this beer. After one, I'm left with a very balanced fruit and alcohol taste on my pallet. After a second, I feel like I really could enjoy it on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 19:14:43 | More by cwomack72
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ShwarzAl3r

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

11-15-2011 18:55:32 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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ColSanders123

Georgia

5/5  rDev +25%

11-15-2011 16:20:50 | More by ColSanders123
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +25%

11-15-2011 15:26:25 | More by kkrez
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leeswagerty

Arkansas

5/5  rDev +25%

11-15-2011 09:16:51 | More by leeswagerty
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev 0%

11-15-2011 08:16:53 | More by ithinkimasofa
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-15-2011 03:10:22 | More by bpfrush
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev 0%

11-15-2011 02:07:00 | More by avaldivia
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

11-14-2011 16:38:51 | More by Jspriest
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mikennat

Missouri

4/5  rDev 0%

11-14-2011 16:11:42 | More by mikennat
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KajII

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a medium brown with a reddish hue and a large (2-3 finger) off white rocky head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing that left behind some nice residue which was left sticking to the glass.

The aroma was of a mild caramel malt, a light resin hop and a sweet yeast with notes of banana, maple syrup and some dark fruit with a mild alcohol tinge.

It tasted malty sweet with a hint of caramel and a touch of syrup in the beginning and finished about the same but with notes of banana, some fruitiness and a mild alcohol warming at the end. The flavor was left lingering on the taste buds for a nice long while along with the mild taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body, creamy and a little syrupy in texture with a nice mild carbonation.

Overall a very pleasant tasting Dubbel, not to sweet with a mild alcohol finish. A good representation of the style and a very well balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 20:30:07 | More by KajII
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corylew

Oregon

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

Pours a crystal clear dark golden brown with a thin layer of white foam that disappears after a minute or so.

Smells fruity with esters. That ester, co2 and fruit is really all that I get from the smell. No malt or hops. Follows the Belgian Abbey style nicely.

Taste is more of those fruity esters with more of a sweet malt back bone. Slight toffee and caramel if you look hard enough for it. Nice sweet body but I wouldn't call it heavy.

Mouthfeel is just about right for the style. If I'd have to choose one or the other I'd say it's undercarbonated rather than over. Sweet and dry from the dark candi sugar.

Overall this is a good beer. Reminds me of an Ommegang Abbey Ale, only with half the mark-up. Follows the abbey ale styles nicely without much flaw.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 01:29:34 | More by corylew
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davidjphillips

Arkansas

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from 12 oz brown bottle, slightly cloudy deep amber color, looks wonderful held up to the light, with a moderately dense tan head leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of banana, whole grain bread, with a final malty hint and of course alcohol, considering the 7.00% abv.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally crisp, but smooth and drinkable overall.

The tastes consists of banana bread, grain, and malt, with a hint of yeast in the aftertaste. Although the alcohol was present in the smell making it somewhat chemical, the taste was very refined and lacked the alcohol bite.

Overall, a well brewed, enjoyable beer, and with a price tag of only $8 something per six pack a decently priced beer too. Definitely a new frequent buy for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 20:28:48 | More by davidjphillips
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #11 top Dubbel on the beeradvocate Top Beers - Dubbel list. Served in a New Belgium globe glass because I can.

Beer is brown / dark amber and mostly clear with a big off white / tan head of small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Sweet, thin, mild dry in the aroma, hints of bitterness from grain, smells really nice.

Beer is thin with a mild roasty / ashy finish on the back end with some grain bitterness, the forward and late midpalate are cidery with a mild apply sweetness. Overall the beer is decent but not great. I'd have it again but the flavor is the most disappointing this about this. Lose the ashy finish and you have a really nice dubbel here.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:45:57 | More by drabmuh
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tumbler

A: pours a nice deep chestnut that is perfectly clear with a finger of medium tan colored head that his large bubbles and dissipates rapidly, has no carbonation bubbles and leaves no lacing whatsoever
S: cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted nuts and a certain bready wheat character
T: begins mellow but then moves into a bit of depth with roasted nuts and a bit of a sweet character, finishes with the aforementioned wheat like character which really helps to clean up the palate a bit
M: gentle carbonation tingle, hits the middle of the palate with a bit of driness and a bit of the feeling that you get when you eat something very sour which is a bit odd, leaves the mouth clean with a slight nutty aftertaste in the back of the mouth
O: a very good brew, a nice representation of the style dangerously drinkable but i never really could fault a beer for that, real happy with this one, new belgium is really impressing me, might need to move to a state in which they distribute

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 23:07:19 | More by BigPlay1824
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Luigi

North Carolina

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

Pours out a nice creamy head (about two and a half finger). Creates some nice thin lacing around the glass as I take a sip. Deep brown/ amber color. Looks great when you hold it up to a light which really highlights the rich dark amber colors.

The aroma is a mixture of ripe fruit, breads, and a hint of alcohol sweetness.

The first flavor to hit the palate is ripe fruit. Raisins seem to come to mind even dates. Malt, banana nut bread, yeast, and a dry finish with a hint of hop bitterness.

A creamy medium body that is very easy to just sit back and enjoy the flavor.

A great interpretation of an Abbey Dubbel from an American brewery! Well done! The New Belgium Brewery has really done justice to this style of ale!

Can I have another?!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:59:54 | More by Luigi
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gtermi

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I always buy a 6 pack of this while I can because it is one of the best bang for your buck beers.

I pour this beer out into a normal pint glass and it has a nice amber color with a very small head. The beer looks very nice and tasty.

The smell is very fruity. To me it smells like bubble gum and maybe banana.

The taste is just crazy. The taste instantly screams bubble gum to me, but later finishes with a slight malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is good, but not great to me. I dont care for all the crispness and the burn down my throat.

Overall this is the best session beer to me. I love to buy this or the Trippel from New Belgium. Just an all around solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 07:37:56 | More by gtermi
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Shibbykaiyai

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A high quality beer. I am normally not a fan of this type of beer, but I was given this by a "connoisseur" friend of mine and I greatly enjoyed it. Goes down well, good strong taste, and no bad after taste. One of the better beers that I have had in a while. Now I just hope that they will start shipping this further east so I don't have to drive all the way to Chicago to get it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 02:42:52 | More by Shibbykaiyai
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Fruity and spicy. Banana, clove, bready.

Appearance: Amber brown. Super tall tan head. Intense lacing. Excellent retention. Clear.

Taste: Sweet dark malts, nothing on the roasty side of things. Bready, banana, mild spices and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Oil and thick, not very drying, just a slight bit from the alcohol.

Overall: Nice brew. Sweet and fruity, just mildly bitter. Not sure if I'd want to drink more than one of these in one day, but it's a good savory brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:30:16 | More by soulfly1492
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TheSarge

Virginia

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

With a vigorous pour, this brew produces a finger thick light tan head, and has a cleanly filtered dark ruby red colored body.

The aroma is of cola with some metallic and herbal nuances.

Taste wise it follows the trail of the aroma, but with an emphasis on the herbal notes.

Feels medium to full in body, with a fair amount of an alcohol warmth in the end.

This is a good widely available starter beer for the style

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:13:49 | More by TheSarge
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,755 ratings.