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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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1,745 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,745
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 131
Gots: 95 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002)
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4/5  rDev 0%

11-15-2011 08:16:53 | More by ithinkimasofa
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-15-2011 03:10:22 | More by bpfrush
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4/5  rDev 0%

11-15-2011 02:07:00 | More by avaldivia
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

11-14-2011 16:38:51 | More by Jspriest
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4/5  rDev 0%

11-14-2011 16:11:42 | More by mikennat
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the finest of the conventional new belgium offerings in my opinion. pours a dark brown (darker than i was anticipating), with a fluffy white head an inch or so think. smell is malt and alcohol, with that belgian yeast present and some clear bananna vibes happening. notes of toffee and subtle roasted nuts in the taste, with a faintly spiced finish. a very quaffable brew for 7 percent abv. bravo!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 17:56:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear red-amber with small beige head that leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

Body: Nicely smooth but with some unwanted heat/astringency. Semi-dry finish.

Spicy aroma, but with a different spice profile than expected. Less clove (thankfully), for one thing and more ??? cardoman? than some dubbels.

Taste: A good note of banana that was not obvious in the nose. Plenty of dark dried fruits. A bit of clove comes forth here despite it's low profile in the nose.

O - [3.75] Nice flavor profile but, nonetheless, seems like a clear step down when sampled soon after enjoying one of the great true Belgians. Improves with warming (mandatory) and aging.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 16:27:23 | More by chinchill
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4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 9-14-11

Appearance: Dark brown pour with deep amber highlights in the light. Tall creamy off white head that settles slowly and leaves thick and full lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits (especially raisin and prune), lots of sweet brown sugar, caramelized bananas, burnt/cooked sugar, and sweet malts. A hint of alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Bananas, toffee, a faint alcohol taste, and some burnt coffee in the finish, which is smooth and wet. Very sweet tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, robust mouthfeel, low-medium carbonation, smooth, balanced finish.

Overall: Extremely balanced and well crafted beer. A very delicious beer that is a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 19:40:58 | More by pBRale
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This has a color of a ripe plum dark purple. Very nice off white purple or red tinged head. Very bubbly.

S-Smells of dark fruits, figs and dark sugar. A floral hop aroma is a nice spice and difference to the sweet scent.

T- Tastes pretty good. It's a very sweet creamy rich brew flavor. The dark fruit flavor is paired with a malt backbone that is sweet and still lets you know there is a bit of toastiness to it.

M- Very nice medium bodied brew, maybe a little too much on the fizzy side though.

O-It's good. Definitely give this a try if you can get one. A pretty good value at ten dollars for a sixer

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 22:29:43 | More by tykees88
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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very clear deep copper with a red hue mixed in. Has two fingers of billowy white head that fades after a few minutes. Impressive lacing all the way down the side of the glass.

S - Fruity, spicy, and crisp. Everything you could hope for in a belgian ale. Interestingly, almost has a bubblegum-like character to it.

T - Great malty backbone with lots of sweet fruity esters. The bubblegum flavor is even present in the taste. I know it sounds weird, but to me it's actually quite appealing and contributes to the drinkability of this beer. Mild herbal hop flavor comes through the middle and lasts through the finish. Only the slightest hint of bitterness.

M - Thin-to-medium body. Quite dry and crisp. Has a clean, but slightly sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:51:22 | More by rundocrun
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South Dakota

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abbey pours a hazy amber color, almost a purple, with a little bit of a lacing head. The smell is very full, sweet, a tad malty, but a strong grape, almost wine like aroma. The taste is on the maltier side, deffently sweet, a nice grape like flavor that is very balanced. Good strong flavor, a bit warming too. Overall this is a very good example of a Dubbel, its almost like a barley wine, but still its disticnalty not. I wasnt expected that much out of this beer, deffently surprised me.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:56:42 | More by vette2006c5r
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Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite red bodied, dark, but much clearer than the average dubbel. Significant beige head that seemed loose at first but has good retention and leaves plenty of lacing. Looking good.

Dark cherries and candy sugar fill the nose right away. There is a hint of belgian yeast and something flowery, but the sweetness dominates. Nice, but a little sweeter than I'd like to the nose.

Taste is really nice, and has a better balance than the nose. Still cherries and candy sugar, but with some dryness and some citrus impressions. Not the most complex dubbel, but very nice flavour.

Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Comfortable sipper, hits the mark in the mouthfeel.

I like this one quite a bit, but I've yet to be disappointed by New Belgium, so no surprise there.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 01:54:08 | More by elricorico
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite snifter.

A- Dark ruby color with a one finger off-white head that leaves lacing all over the glass.

S- Smells of caramel, bananas, raisins and cherries. Very malty. Bananas and brown sugar as it warms

T- Brown sugar and caramelized bananas. A little bit of plum and raisin in there too. The belgian yeast taste is also very present.

M- Smooth with a pretty light body for a dubbel.

O- I'd recommend this to people that want to try Belgian style beers without having to pay as much for the real deal from across the pond. Good rendition of a great style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:14:52 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new offering in 6 packs at nice price.

Nose is earth, raisins, phenols.

Taste is cola, caramel, licorice. A little watery but I find that with many dubbels.

Mouth feel is nicely carbonated.

This is a pretty decent drink for the price. Actually, quite easy to drink. I'm half way through the six pack(not all today!!)

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 22:44:28 | More by daledeee
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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This abbey poured in to a snifter pours a clear, very deep red-brown with a moderate off-white head that quickly diminished to a thin skim. The aroma is moderately malty, lots of dark fruits, raisin, figs, and cherries along side the dark fruits are spicy, peppery phenols, nice. The flavor is a nice blend of spicy phenols and cherry, raisin-like dark malts. The beer finishes rather dry, with some lingering malt and definite spicy yeast character, delicious. The body is medium and carbonation medium-high. Overall a very flavorful, well crafted dubbel, recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:27:46 | More by uwmgdman
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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