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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

1,894 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 145
Gots: 159 | 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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5/5  rDev +25%

TCJosh, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of denver10
2.45/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber/ruby in appearance with a big head. Smells malty, sweet, yeasty,a touch of alcohol. Flavor is really sweet, hit me like raisin bubblegum which I really did not like at all. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. I would not bother with this one again. I really wanted to like this one, if for no other reason than its pricepoint, but next time I have a craving for an American Abbey Style Ale I will stick with Ommegangs.

denver10, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

bootsdomino, Feb 01, 2012
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2/5  rDev -50%

laurenskii, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

CamM, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

bendersez, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I had an Abbey - so long that my tastes for beer have changed. I drank so much of this in college to the point I grew tired of it. However after several years off I figured it was time to try it again and review! Picked up a 12oz brown bottle with enjoy by date of October 23, 2011 at the local store. Poured to a NBB globe glass. The beer pours a mahogany color and is perfectly clear. A nice 2 finger white fluffy head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is of malty sweetness and a noticeable alcohol character. True to style there is a but of gum, clove, banana, and yeast as well. Quite pleasant. The beer starts right where the nose left off: a malty sweetness first and then a more developed beer with a stronger tone of gum, clove, banana, and yeast. It hides the alcohol much better than you'd expect from the nose. The beer finishes crisp and clean with a lingering taste of the yeast, malt, and mild bitterness. Medium bodied with fair carbonation. For the strength I again found it quite drinkable and enjoyable. I am pretty sure I will be back for another soon.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-09-2011 13:58:15

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of BrewCityJeff
5/5  rDev +25%

BrewCityJeff, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 02 September 2012.

Quite light for a dubbel. Light brown, sort of amber coloured. Moderately sized off-white head, pretty solid-looking. Fair bit of lacing.

Smell is strong and quite sweet. Lots of brown sugar, Belgian yeast, some raisin.

Taste is thinner than expected, a bit watery. Similar to the nose, I get brown sugar, bready malt, some raisin. Very sweet and dries the mouth. Aftertaste is hard to please, but not very pleasant- a bit metallic, maybe?

As noted above, the mouth drying effect is not great, and the beer is a little too carbonated. Medium bodied.

Overall, disappointing for me. Too sweet and a little bit light in the flavour department. Not to say that it is a bland beer - it clearly is not - but I don't think it has the heft that really good dubbels have.

jrenihan, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

slickmick, Jan 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

KAF, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

mtparty37, Jan 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Troville1990, Jan 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25%

jhitchco, Jan 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

bwyu, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

mrip, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of TheBigE5
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a 16 oz pint glass

A - Very clear red amber. Minimal head.

S - Malty right off the bat. Sweet fruit and cloves. A bit of hop notes and alcohol at the end.

T - Sweet malt with cloves and molasses/caramel. A hint of hops and alcohol in the finish. Warms the throat slightly.

M - Slightly carbonated and very smooth.

O - Absolutely wonderful. Very drinkable, smooth and a clean crisp finish. I really enjoy the sweet malts and clove notes. I WILL be buying this again for sure. Hopefully its going to be a regular at Growler Town!

TheBigE5, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

andersen8185, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

dumptruck81, Jan 20, 2012
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.