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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

1,928 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,928
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 146
Gots: 175 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Happy Harry's Grand Forks, South, BB Sep 2012. Poured into a Perfect Pint Glass ~5C

A: Copper, clear with a two finger pale head that laces very nicely.
S: Initially light barnyard, then develops into a pepper / funk sort of pairing. Nice...
T: Hints of chocolate underneath layers of raisins. Some clove / pepper plays well in there along with the dried fruit. A little too light on the flavours though.
M: Good carbonation, coats the mouth well. Finishes with the fruit sticking to the palate.
O: A really nice beer with good "belgian" character... Just more Belgian-ness (is that a word?) is needed to crank this up to great.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thin, delicate head sits atop an amber, earthy colored ale. Some pretty complex aromas: tart banana, some caramel, alcohol, spicy phenols, allspice, and toasted dark bread comes out with a swirl. There is much more dark bread/cereal in flavor with a hint of chocolate & molasses. Bitter and tart flavors together leave you with some phenol and fruity esters. Feels a bit thin and watery. Medium bodied with delicate carbonation that leaves you with a silky feeling.

This is probably one of the most complex beers I've had that comes in a six pack. I've always felt the "Belgium" part of New Belgium's name left a bitter taste in my mouth because they've never really demonstrated their proficiency with the Belgian yeast strain. Well this (along with their Tripel) shut me up. This a Dubbel that stays true to the style while still adding its own flavor. It's probably the best American made Dubbel, and it brings something new to the table. I love this beer and the bang it gives you for the buck. Thank you, NB for proving you can be creative and please release more widely accessible great beers!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, not first but one of my first reviews
Poured in to a Chimay chalice from 12 oz bottle
A: Copper/Reddish hue, good bit of head that fades, and most fades away, there is slight amount of lacing that doesn't remain for long but keeps a presence, little bubbles, great carbonation
S: Sweet, candi, some spices i adventure because of the yeast strain,
T: Really good, a bit of warmth due to the alcohol content, goes out with a bit of grain bitterness, great flavor well balanced
M: Good body, not overwhelming, a bit malty but nothing like a full meal
O: This is a really good beer, while it doesn't try to claim your attention by doing something strange it does catch you by creating a well balanced beer, good example of the style while a bit on the light side its still a really nice beer, nor light not really heavy a great session beer for a great price

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,928 ratings.