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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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2,017 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,017
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 160
Gots: 223 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

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Ratings: 2,017 | Reviews: 746
Photo of david131
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an absolutely clear toasted orange/ light brown liquid with a thick and creamy off-white head that has excellent retention. There are numerous streams of rising carbonation making their way to the surface.

S- Brown sugar, bubble gum, a touch of almond extract, grape juice, and alcohol. Aromatic and intriguing, although it does seem to be lacking a "something" that a well made Belgian dubbel might have.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. The different aspects blend better together here than in the aroma. Tasty and sweet without being too much.

M- The carbonation has a bit more bite than I normally like for the style. There is a slight off-flavor that lingers as well.

O- A very well-rounded American take on the Belgian dubbel. Drinks pretty nicely considering the alcohol content and richness.

Photo of ByMySword
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Cris4545
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of PunkFloyd
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Disease
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of flasker
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of phishsihq
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company, though not too many folks know it...(also the company's most award winning brew!)

Abbey by New Belgium is a Dubbel that rolls in at a smooth 7% ABV. The brew pours a dark, amber color with touches of red near the edges, while a half-inch of off-white colored head tops off the pour and leaves spotty lacing. Caramel malt aromas give way to hints of banana, dark fruits, and some spice. Malt flavors erupt on the pallet first, mostly caramel and bready flavors, before giving way to brown sugar, plum, raisins, and candi sugars. Creamy in the finish, Abbey features a medium-full body and a medium-light level of carbonation. One of our favorites from NBB, and we are always excited to stumble across the Grand Cru version!


Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a deep chestnut-copper color with excellent clarity only broken up by the slightest of yeast haze. The carbonation is vigorous, almost intense, as it rises upward to its frothy two finger light mocha color head leaving thick clumps of lacing on the glass as it slowly recedes. Little bits of yeast settle at the bottom of the mug. Generally beautiful.

S: Quite fruity, as expected - raisins, figs, dried pear, banana, and apples all come together in the aroma. Buried beneath is a subtle scent of chocolate.

T: Not bad, but a downgrade from the scent. The first sip is loaded with chocolate, which smooths out into a slightly tart bouquet of fruit. Lighter fruits near the initial swig turn into darker fruits at the finish. A layer of caramel is interspersed evenly throughout the flavor progression. Make no mistake - this doesn't challenge the taste buds like some of the Belgian dubbels do, rather it chooses to be mellow and easy to drink with only a modicum of complexity. As such, it's not as interesting.

M: A little on the heavy side in terms of body, with the yeast providing prickly astringency and a coarser tone. Well carbonated, but not overly so.

O: Whereas something like Rochefort 8 invites sips purely so one can pick out its subtleties and story-like progression of flavors, this invites sips simply because it's likable and easy to drink. Not incredible, but a decent no-frills dubbel.

Photo of ArsenalBB
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of HDACBrewer
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kainzlpi
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of smogfood
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Bockrules
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into my make-shift goblet (wine glass)

A - Pours a deep amber-to-caramel with perfect clarity. A steady stream of bubbles rises to the dense, two-finger, off-white head. Head is reduced to a patchwork of tiny bubbles about a third down the glass. Leaves a glob of bubbles at the bottom of the glass.

S - Immediately upon opening the bottle, the nose is greeted with a nice combination of light fruit from belgian yeast and some sweet malty notes. In the glass, more sour apple notes come through.

T - Plenty of alcohol upfront. The body contains a fair amount of alcohol mixed in with somewhat intense red apple and caramel notes. Slightly bitter caramel-dipped red apple finish.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of subtle carbonation to give the beer a delicate and slightly creamy feel.

After my less than thrilling experience with my last New Belgian beer, I wasn't expecting much from this. I was pleased to find a strong and inviting nose, but initially disappointed with a somewhat harsh taste and finish. By the second fill of my wine glass, the taste seemed to have mellowed out more, and I found myself enjoying the red caramel apple notes. All and all, I pretty damn good example of an American brewed belgain that due to its availability and low cost will most likely become my staple of the style in my beer fridge.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with some ruby red. Lots of bubbles and about two fingers of off white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma of dark malts with Belgian yeast and dark fruits. Subtle hints of clove and banana. Good hints of raisins, plums, and dark grapes. Also a little bit of apple, orange, and brown sugar. Light hints of alcohol and grassy hops lingering around.

Taste: Sweet and bready up front with caramel malts that are followed by some Belgian yeast. Lots of dark fruit with notes of plums, raisins, and grapes. Also some banana, cloves, apple, and a little orange. Hints of brown sugar and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth. Starts sweet and finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty good tasting take on a Dubbel. A little too much carbonation for the style but the fruit presence is very good.

Photo of UrbSuburb
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is red ruby with a good head and great lacing.

Nose is a wonderful blend of banana, yeast, malt, and fresh grapes.

Taste is more like a mellow Belgian Strong Dark than a Dubbel. The malt is rich and the yeast has some spice. There are notes of cherry and red wine. There is plenty of sweetness, and some citrus, with a nice biscuit finish.

Mouthfeel has plenty of carbonation with some oil slickness. There is plenty of drinkability, and just a bit of alcohol for balance.

Overall, this is an excellent example of an Americanized Belgian: traditional flavors with excellent drinkability.

Photo of Danobold
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of stewart124
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from whole foods las vegas for 1.99$

Appearance - Clear copper/brown colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation and there iss some faint lacing. The head was gone in a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, raisins, banana, spices

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, dates/plums/raisins, yeast and a mix of spices. There is also a bit of a burnt/smokey taste and just a touch of chocolate and bananas. It ends with a dark fruit aftertaste with a bit of lingering smokiness.

Overall - Good not great. The taste is nice, it just seems to be lacking a little needed sweetness. It's just a tad too bland/thin for me. Still a good beer that I'd have no issues drinking again.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of hinemk76
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was part of a mix-pack of New Belgium joy put together by my good buddy Scott; as the last brew of that pack, I'm sad to see this one go.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a rich ruddy hue, with hints of auburn and ruby. A bibbly off-white head reduces to a thin ring of wospy foam around the rim.

Smells fruity, with grapes, peaches, bananas, and apples conbining with a honey-malt smell to give this an almost cloyingly-sweet aroma. The banana smell gets stronger as it sits, with the other fruit smells fading.

The taste picks up right where the smell left off. Sweet, mildly malty, and fruity, there is a hint of pepper spice that hits mid-way through the sip and finished with the mildest of suggestions of hops. The taste is actually much more complex than the aroma.

Medium-bodied, there's a bit of sharpness to ale as it is sipped. The aftertaste is slightly sticky and dry on the tongue.

A decent ale, though admittedly I am not the biggest fan of the dubbel style. The sweet fruitiness is cut by the spice of the hops to make it interesting; in the end, however, it is simply too sweet for me.

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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