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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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1,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 139
Gots: 132 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
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!

StonedTrippin, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of chinchill
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.

chinchill, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of pBRale
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.

pBRale, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of tykees88
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

tykees88, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of rundocrun
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.

rundocrun, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
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.

vette2006c5r, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of elricorico
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.

elricorico, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
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.

HopsKeepDroppin, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of daledeee
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!!)

daledeee, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of uwmgdman
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.

uwmgdman, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark, barely transparent honey brown with a thick, pale tan head. Rich aroma fills the snout with earthy, malty and grassy tones. Earthy, malty flavor has a nice alcohol bite and nutty and caramel hints. Texture is fizzy and full-bodied, leaving a tingly and earthy finish. A good one!

Cyberkedi, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of mychalg9
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into Immort Ale glass

A - Pours a deep, clear red with a handsome 1-2 finger head, which falls quickly leaving just a ring around the edge and a skims worth of island foam material in the center. Very attractive looking beer.

S - I could go for a bit more in the scent department, but what it does give you is very appetizing: banana, plum, yeast, a bit of booze.

T - Very nice, similar to the smell but with way more punch: banana, yeast, spices, plums, and cherries that all mix perfectly with none of them being too overpowering. Carbonation comes through in the middle. The finish is perfect; I could be happy with just one sip of this beer because the aftertaste stays with you for hours (well, minutes at least). There is a bit of very pleasant alcohol warmth as well.

M - Maybe a little thin, but nothing to complain about. Carbonation is just about right.

O - This is fast becoming one of my staples. This is a great tasting, versatile beer. I could have a few of these in a session without losing my taste for it, or I could drink one in a night and be perfectly satisfied. Having not really delved into the New Belgium lineup, this one will certainly encourage me to try a few more.

mychalg9, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: rich mahogany, the noteworthy absence of head

S: chemical, like nail polish, banana, iron and minerals, roasted malts

T: big sweet malt, vinegar, cigar smoke, iron, nail polish, with a well balanced hop bitterness to round out the finish

M: light body, especially thin given the style, some nice warmth on the backend

D: decent, I went in highly skeptical given the shoes it had to fill, but I was pleasantly surprised by the drinkability. Things I didn't like were the far-too-thin body, the nail polish and the headlessness

nickhiller, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is outstanding!....to say the least....very true to style....dark malt complex with a great bubble gum belgian yeast taste!

not much hop presence but thats to be expected...one of the, probably, no doubt the best, outside trappist ales, the best abbey ale of all time!....and i mean that from the bottom of my heart....i didn't think new belgium brewery was capable of producing a true belgian style ale, fat tire, hoptober, etc....but this beer lives up to expectations!

nickthegun12, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the New Belgium Brewery-

A- Dark mahogany color with a light whitish tan head

S- Sweet smell, malty and a smell of grain

T- Very grainy taste up front, quite sweet as well. Taste is unique and has a lot to offer. Even tasted some banana in there

MrDonQuixote, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of NotMyRealName
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an ale that can be sipped very slowly over a long period of time so that you can enjoy the lingering aftertaste. Or it can be drunk at a normal pace to enjoy the intricate mix of malts and hops. This ale seems to be the perfect compromise between price and quality. At around $1.50 a bottle from the store, it packs an enormous amount of drinkability. My only complaint is that I wished that it came in bottles smaller than 12 ounces. Like a good port, I find that even a small quantity can be highly satisfying.

NotMyRealName, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of BennyL1
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jerryfreak for the bottle. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A very nice deep amber body is capped with a creamy beige head. Nice lacing coats the side of the glass making for a good looking brew.

Nose is mostly made up of dark fruits and Belgian yeast note. Nice malty aromas are present as well. About what you would expect from the style.

The first thing that is noticeable in the taste is the malts. Good notes of brown sugar and caramel. Dark fruits in there as well and maybe even a bit of candy sweetness. A bit of a warming sensation from the alcohol is also there.

Medium in body with about the same amount of carbonation.

A very good American take on the Dubbel. I would probably give the nod to Chimay or St. Bernardus but this is still a quality brew.

BennyL1, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly nice pour with a nice dark chestnut color with good clarity, a decent head and some spotty lacing. Some banana, clove, and bubblegum in the nose, but there is also a tout of heat from the alcohol that interferes a bit with the other lovely aromas. The taste is more integrated and lacks that alcohol heat, but does pick up some breadiness along with the banana, clove, and bubblegum. Full in the mouth, and a bit thick, but overall a very nice beer.

Georgiabeer, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours dark red with a finger of dirty white head and decent lacing.

S: Raisins, dates, booze, and a pretty spicy yeast strain.

T: Sweet dark fruits, peppery spice, candy sugar, and a very distinctive yeastiness.

M: The body is medium-thick with average carbonation and a semi-sticky finish.

O: It isn't very complex but it tastes okay.

bucklemyshoe, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of semihobo
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma (11/12): Caramelized bananas. Cherries. Perfumy roses. Sweet and complex. Minor clove. Dark fruitcake. No hop aroma.

Appearance (3/3): Dark red/amber, clear. Off-white head with moderate retention.

Taste (14/20): Malty sweetness, a little thin, with a dry finish. Some light bananas and caramel. Low hop bitterness, no hop flavor. Touch of hotness. Slight graininess in finish?

Mouthfeel (4/5): Medium body, medium carbonation. Slight warming but not unpleasant.

Overall Impression (7/10): Solid beer overall. Great ester profile and aroma, quite complex. Needs more malt flavor and could be a little fuller.

Total: 39/50, excellent example of style.

semihobo, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of jpro
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Mellow Mushroom West Ashley (flight) -

A: Clear, ruby-copper; the small white head leaves some thin strands of lace.

S: Light grainy / earthy / husk(y) malts; a touch of clove; light yeast fruitiness.

T: Dry / sweet malt; some flowery / fruity yeast; light spice; a touch of roast toward finish that provides an extra layer of tastiness.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation... a nice palate-cleanser.

O: A very drinkable dubbel; a good brew and nice rendition of the style.

jpro, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red/brown with a large white head on top. Retention is ok, but reduces to a thin layer of small bubbles on top. White lacing forms around the entire glass.

S: Some Belgian yeast, dark fruit - some fig and raisins. A bit of caramelized malt on the backend. The fruit becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Heavy malt with dark fruit (more raisins and some plum). There is actually a hint of smoke in the middle. Slightly sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: Pretty good Dubbel brewed in the US. Easy drinking with no sign of alcohol.

mdaschaf, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a mostly clear deep maple brown, off-white head is thin and retains well.

Smells of caramel and molasses mixed with some rich roasted malts. Perhaps some candy sugar as well.

Flavor is the caramel and roasted malts again with some cherry sweetness mixed with a hint of bitterness and noticeable bretty yeast flavors. Sweet, but not terribly so.

Feels medium and creamy with soft carbonation.

Delicious and enjoyable, another winner from New Belgium. Not the best Belgian style ale by any means, but definitely among the better ones brewed this side of the Atlantic. Worth a try for sure and I would seek this out again.

Cylinsier, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of boneboy
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a mostly clear copper brown. Ruby hues are visible when held up to the light.

S - Sweet and yeasty with hints of sugar and spice. There's maybe some banana in here as well.

T - Along the same lines as the smell, but the sugar, spice, and banana play larger roles. Deliciously sweet, but balanced.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth

O - This is a tasty beer. Complex aromas and flavors, and the reasonable price will probably lead me to buy this again sometime.

boneboy, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a New Belgium globe tulip. Thanks to Mike Marty and A-B Beverage for the sample!

Pours deep ruby-amber and sparklingly clear, showing off a full two fingers of beige froth that settles down lazily into a thick, creamy collar. Just a few splotchy, broken rings of lace stick around on the walls of the glass as it empties.

The nose reeks of Belgian yeast -- of course, "reeking" doesn't necessarily have to be bad. Lots of spicy, clove-laced goodness, with some banana-like esters dancing in between. There's some more in there -- perhaps juicy ripe cherry and a hint of nutmeg? Difficult to place.

Very light in body, suggesting the traditional Belgian route of employing candi sugar in the boil. A moderate carbonation leaves the palate tingling.

On the palate, things seem slightly less complex than the nose suggests, though there's still plenty of interesting stuff in which to partake. Some hints of sweet bread up front mingle with black pepper, clove and some grassy, spicy hop notes in the middle. Things dry out a bit before reemerging juicy with faint notes of fig on the back of the tongue, leading into a peppery semi-dry finish with a lingering touch of caramel and ripe red apple.

The light body and spicy dryness make this one easy-to-drink brew. Perhaps less complex than some of the originals from the continent (as well as some originating here in the States); a bit of bottle-conditioning would also be welcome, though not really necessary to make it enjoyable. An easy-drinking interpretation of the style with a well-hidden alcohol content that keeps it accessible yet enjoyable.

superdedooperboy, Jun 30, 2011
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.