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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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1,927 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,927
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 145
Gots: 175 | 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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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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

Burgundy color with a decent head and lace. Nose full of fruity esters, bubblegum, sweet malt, some yeast characer. Medium bodied, bubbly, fruity, sweet but not overly so, hints of caramel, banana, spices, slight yeasty dryness in finish along with a hint of sourness. Very drinkable.

Photo of BrewDallas
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Etan
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a slightly murky light reddish-brown with a decent off-white head. Some lacing, with ok retention.

S: Assertive, smooth banana, sweet cream, cinnamon, purple grapes, raisins, overripe strawberry, subtle yeast, banana bread from the malt. A tiny metallic note (to be expected) from the yeast. Very complex.

T: Huge quaff of creamy fruit. Banana, cinnamon, some roasted malt, soft prune, bready yeast, nutmeg, whipped cream, slight vinegar. A little bit of alcohol comes out as it warms.

M: A little bit too thin, with a somewhat watery finish.

O: My favorite beer from New Belgium's regular line-up. Very tasty and complex, and true to style. The mouthfeel could be a little thicker, but besides that, great beer.

Photo of GTB
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Obscure05
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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

A nice looking beer with it’s deep auburn color and khaki cream cap. Doesn’t leave a lot of lacing, and the head retention isn’t great either.

Smell offers a lot: banana first and foremost, followed by brown sugar and a bit of spice.

Taste delivers well balanced, yet most certainly malty, beer. Was afraid the banana notes would really take over the flavor, but they are mainly at the forefront and then meld into the rest of the flavors. Carbonation is fairly high and the texture is really nice. I’ve never been a big fan of dubbels or quads, but I do enjoy this beer. Six malts apparently comprise this beer, as well as a particular Belgian yeast strain. Willamette, Target, and Liberty hops provide the bitters. The finish manages to dry out enough to keep this drinkable.

New Belgium continues to deliver in their explorer line of beers. This is a fairly hearty beer and could work well with the right dish and certainly some desserts (milk chocolate and caramel come to mind).

Photo of WithinTheGlass
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is perfect... Okay, so an opening statement like that doesn't exactly seem to promise a balanced review... but I couldn't help myself. In truth, New Belgium's "Abbey Ale" (a rich and perfectly balanced dubbel) is simply, honestly, great.

A- Typical of the style. For fans of good-looking bottles, you can't go wrong with a New Belgium brew (no I'm not working for the brewery.) The libation itself pours an iridescent blonde with a warm amber hue. A two finger head is indicative of the feisty carbonation and satisfying lacing that follows. A visual delight.

S- Another winner! This beer exudes wonderful scents such as whole wheat bread, coriander and perhaps a hint of brown sugar. Oddly, the smell reminds me of a little bit of a really good Wit.

T- Starts mild and malty and finishes bolder with notes of spice and hops. None of these flavors ever dominate to the point of being annoying, and yet they all maintain their places perfectly within the breadth of the brew. A classic example of a dubbel well done!

M- Medium bodied with lots of refreshing carbonation. Leaves a nice coating in your mouth (but not too much.)

O- A nearly perfect beer at an incredible value! Here in Wichita, I buy 6 packs of this for $7.99... Basically unheard of when the product is this wonderful! I highly recommend picking some up and sampling it for yourself. You won't regret it!

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Gladius270
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Very deep brown, comparable to the color of a Pepsi-Cola. Cream white head that things to a persistent film. Laces the glass very nicely. The head is very creamy in consistency and appearance.

S- Brown sugar, molasses, acorn, multiple fruits, grain, faint alcohol

T- I find the taste of this brew to be VERY delicate. It is sweet up front. A taste that I perceive as banana-like comes through in the middle, ending in a bit of a smoky cured-pork kind of flavor.

M- Lots of carbonation. Light and creamy feel. Luxurious.

O- This is my first beer of this style, so these may just be the traits of the style. I find this beer to be too delicate for my tastes. The tastes are good, but I like them to be more pronounced, so I had to grade it at average on the taste. However, this beer appeals to the other senses very well.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of blakelive784
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly transparent amber color with a a thin, off white, 1.5 finger head. Retention is below average, though the head leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Plum, caramel, candy, a bit of ethanol, and sweet, sweet malt. A moderate strength aroma, but incredibly inviting.

T- Cream, fruity esters, candied sugar and caramel over a toasted malt foundation, which shows near the finish. It's not extraordinarily complex, but whats there is extremely good. Not too sweet, which I halfway expected. Very impressed.

M - Medium bodied, coarse and a bit dry on the finish. Not the norm for the style, but it works.

D - I'd definitely have this again. It's high quality and given its availability and price point it'd be hard to beat. One of NB's best beers I've had.

Photo of drewloc
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,927 ratings.