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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

1,991 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,991
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 153
Gots: 211 | 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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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

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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.

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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!

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Reviewed from notes.

Appears mostly dark brown in color, but has reddish highlights around the edges, comes equipped with a nice sand colored head with decent retention and lacing all around...medium bodied and nicely carbonated, smells mostly of lightly clove-spiced bananas and caramel malt, tastes mostly of raisins mixed with more cloves and just a hint of figs at the end. Not too shabby, If I have to criticize something it would be that there is not quite enough emphasis on yeastiness, spiciness, or tangy Belgo-funk flavors and aromas, especially compared to how much care and attention all the other aspects of this brew have obviously been assembled with. Other than that detail, this brew is pretty amazing!

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,991 ratings.