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
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1,937 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,937
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 147
Gots: 182 | 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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Photo of drabmuh
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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
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

Photo of Luigi
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?!!!

Photo of gtermi
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.

Photo of Shibbykaiyai
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.

Photo of soulfly1492
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.

Photo of TheSarge
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

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!)

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.

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!

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,937 ratings.