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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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1,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,996
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 155
Gots: 213 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

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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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deep amber 2 fingers off white head. Aromas of sweet caramel, roasted grains, vanilla, rum. Very subtle caramel taste with a hint of orange zest. The boozy rum aroma isn't as up front on the taste. medium bodied with fizzy carbonation, slight creaminess. not a bad abbey ale at all. Nothing spectacular but it's nice to taste so many subtle flavors that blend well together.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass goblet. Freshness date on side of label. Single purchased at Ingles (Boone, NC) for $1.49.

A: Chestnut brown with short 1/2-finger of off-white head than shrinks to a short rim of bubbles with some wisps of lace.

S: The aroma is varied and complex with phenol, bubble gum, bubble gum, and brown sugar.

T: The flavor is not as interesting as the aroma with mostly malty brown sugar and herbal hops with too much phenol and not enough sweetness to support it.

M: The feel falls a little flat but is not bad with medium body and low carbonation which leaves a reasonably creamy feel.

O: A little fleeting for an abbey ale with more phenol than it should have.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found a 12 oz. bottle/sixer of this after reading some solid reviews over time. Yet after many tastes of New Belgium brews I assume the lack of, or perhaps subdued bottle conditioning, will keep things in check here to some degree.

Poured into a large wine glass from a 12 oz. bottle, the Abbey pours a medium brown and with deep orange coppere hightlights and offers an inch of pourous foam. Nice retention and some sticky lacing follow.

Aroma is pretty solid, with brown sugar melded with cocoa and chocolate malt and a nice yeast backdrop. Touch of spice and alcohol permeate at times. Warms to offer faint notes of dark cherry and a creamy hop profile.

Flavor offers a bit of chocolate and spice. A bit dry and chalky in a sense, the flavor is good but a bit limited in complexity and offering a limited finish as fruit notes are light. Good nonetheless.

Feel is good and in line with the product though I think a more robust bottle conditioning would improve things from many a perspective. Like their Trippel, this is solid and lacking only in the nuances of things. Good product and a great value.

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,996 ratings.