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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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1,800 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,800
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 139
Gots: 122 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Bfarr


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

Light clear mahogany with thin tan head with good retention and floating lacing. Brown sugar and yeast aromas. Nice plum and bubble gum with brown sugar sweetness. A little bready and slight hop finish. Thin with slightly high carbonation for the style.

A great dubbel particularly for the price although there seemed to be some inconsistency because some of the six pack had a more hoppy and slightly salty taste. It's certainly better warmed and well worth it.

08-26-2010 01:39:04 | More by Bfarr
Photo of Radome


3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

Served from a 12 oz bottle to a goblet.

A - Beer is visually beautiful. A brilliant clarity with a medium brown color and a thick off-white head that fades to a thin, delicate ring of foam around the glass. The overall impression is refined and even delicate.

S - The smell is dominated by sharp grain with a burnt, smoky note. There is also a vegetal, almost sour hop aroma that I find as a "house" characteristic of all the New Belgium beers I've had. I am not sure if it is hops or a yeast note, but I personally think it detracts from the otherwise pleasant aroma. There are some faint raisin or plum notes, but very much in the background.

T - The taste starts with mild, nutty malt, then some dark fruit and finally some smoky, roasted notes. There is a moderate hop bitterness and taste. Overall, the taste seems a little disjointed to me with all the elements not quite working together in harmony.

M - Body is a little thin with just a little carbonation tingle and hop burn. The alcohol is well-hidden.

D - I love all Belgian styles, especially darker ones, but I don't consider this a great abbey beer. I don't care for the "house" aroma and flavor that I always detect in New Belgium beers. Also, I feel this has a bit too much of the roasty, smoky smells and aromas and not enough of the fruity raisin and plum notes that I enjoy in more traditional Belgian examples.

08-14-2010 03:35:23 | More by Radome
Photo of Erish


4.55/5  rDev +13.8%

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: clear, like a very dark tea, the head vanishes quickly and the lacing in nonexistent.

S: dark fruity esters, toasted caramel, clove, hint of bubble gum.

T: pear, cherry, toffee, toasted caramel, taffy apple, and clove, the middle brings a gentle wave of floral and fruity yeasty goodness, and the finish is pleasantly dry and long-lasting.

M: middle-weight, good carbonation, velvety, very much in line with the style.

D: this is a damn good beer! I can't believe how good it is for $8 a six-pack. Try this beer.

08-09-2010 03:32:28 | More by Erish
Photo of Bbloom1989


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

Pouring this into a New Belgium sniffer glass allowed for a wonderful dark amber brew to fill the glass. A off white head opened up into the glass allow a small yet lush lacing to occur at the top of the glass. The smell was that of a rum like date or fig smell. I t was a wonderful surprise to have such a unique aroma that gave off so many different smells. I was able to smell fruit, spice, and malt that was quite developed and was able to keep me guessing to was was added. My first sip gave off the wonderful spicy date that I smelled. Its mouth feel was full and robust, forcing me to let the flavors rest in my mouth, to not let them over whelm my taste buds and make me lose any of the flavors in the stronger spice. Overall, a wonderful beer that should be savored over as long as you can stand.

08-02-2010 04:29:09 | More by Bbloom1989
Photo of Flightoficarus


4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into goblet

A - Pours a deep, mahogany-ruby, with minimal head and mild lacing.

S - Smell is of brown sugar, banana, candi, yeast, dark fruits.

T - Taste is of brown sugar, banana, belgian candi, and slight raisin/cherry notes.

M - Moderate/slightly lighter than moderate body, with mild carbonation.

D - Quite quaffable for a 7% beer, thanks to a not super-heavy body, and near zero alcohol presence in the flavor.

Overall - This is definitely one of NB's better offerings, possibly their best. For what a six pack goes for, and the quality here, this is a steal of a deal!

07-30-2010 08:09:30 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of blackc5


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

A - Ruby brown, and a bit lighter than expected. Decent offwhite head and thin lace.

S - Sweet roasted malt and lots of dark fruit. Some spice and yeast.

T - Quite fruity - mainly raisin, dried cherry and fig, but also ripe banana, especially in the aftertaste. Some brown sugar sweetness with a touch of burnt caramel. Bready and spicy (clove) as well, and a bit of floral hops for bitterness. Complex.

M - Heavy body and thick. Moderate in carbonation, this leaves a nice creamy feel on the palate.

D - Great beer for the price, and smelled and tasted a lot better than it looked. Color me impressed.

07-24-2010 06:04:54 | More by blackc5
Photo of haddon


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%

pours a dark cola that is translucent and releases a ton of carbonation bubbles. head is thin and fades fast. not a whole lot of lacing

all sweet malts on the nose: figs, banana, raisin & bread dough.

taste much like it smells... mostly banana and a strong doughy. fruity yeast with a hint of alcohol on the end

medium body with carbonation on slighty on the high end. however, with the malty backbone does add a touch of smooth creamy feel as well. good balance.

overall, nice Dubbel that I will have to try again due to the fact that I had spicey Tai for lunch and may have singed my tastebuds a bit!

07-21-2010 01:55:45 | More by haddon
Photo of humuluslupulus8


4.4/5  rDev +10%

A: The beer was a mahogany/ruby color. There was a dense, off-white head that left plenty of lacing along the walls of the glass.

S: The smell was similar to the taste- mainly dried fruits.

T: The taste of this beer was very complex and leaning toward the sweeter side of beers. I would describe the flavor as similar to dried fruits with a faint bite from the alcohol.

M: The mouthfeel was very nice. The head was foamy, and the liquid portion had a noticeable thickness that I loved.

D: This beer is very drinkable. However, I would not want to drink it all the time since the flavor profile is so deep; I want to appreciate all the different aspects of this beer each time I drink it. I'll probably use Abbey Belgian Style Ale to celebrate small victories in my life since it's relatively inexpensive and is a treat because of its complexity.

07-19-2010 19:45:32 | More by humuluslupulus8
Photo of flagmantho


3.13/5  rDev -21.8%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle says it is best by 4/24/2011, so freshness should not be an issue.

Appearance: rich amber hue with an extremely clear body and two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. It's not bad, but I'd like to see a little haze here. I'm guessing based on the clarity that this beer is not bottle-conditioned.

Smell: aroma is biscuity and clovey without much of the dark fruit type aromas I love so much in a dubbel. I'm saddened that this simply does not do it for me -- a trait shared by not a few New Belgium beers it seems.

Taste: more of the same profile as in the aroma. It seems well-crafted, and isn't "bad", per se, but the direction the brewers decided to go here does not float my boat. Again, it is lacking in a lot of the complex and enjoyable fruity malt flavors that so many made-in-Belgium dubbels display.

Mouthfeel: an appropriate level of cabonation combines with a medium body to create, actually, a very good creaminess. Mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer, hands down.

Drinkability: if you like the flavor, then this beer is entirely drinkable, especially considering its ABV. Feeling as I do about it, though, I have to just call it average.

07-11-2010 01:42:58 | More by flagmantho
Photo of aval89


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

poured a amber to brown color.. pretty good clarity.. nice creamy off white head with decent lacing..

smell: dark fruits, raisins, fig, brown sugar, candy, yeast, cloves, spices, hints of caramel, and mild booze aroma..

taste: fruity up front... dark fruits, burnt sugars, bit of warming alcohol, toffee, bready notes

mf is rich smooth and creamy.. warming sensation in the mouth..

pretty decent drinkability but there's better dubbels out there..


07-02-2010 08:18:39 | More by aval89
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

Nice looking but could have used a bit more head and lacing. Color was a pretty amber-brown color, clear and clean looking. Rising bubbles.

Smells of brown sugar, yeast, spices and some malt, with just a tinge of alcohol. Really smelled good to me, I kept sniffing the glass over and over.

Tastes absolutely wonderful. Sweet and fruity, spicy, roasted malts and a touch of earthy hops are the flavors that come to mind. A very complex and tasty brew, I really like this beer!

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with flavors that dance across the tip and down the sides of the tongue. Moderate carbonation isn't overpowering, but also isn't flat. Just a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Definitely a drinkable beer that I'll be buying on a regular basis from now on. Since many of my sessions are after work, at home, consuming around three beers, this is just fine for those nights.

Rating and review slightly adjusted on 25sep10. Taste slightly lowered after trying more of this style. Still a top quality beer tho for any style, and within the style.

06-27-2010 14:04:49 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Vonerichs


3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Amber color with slight off-white head.

Heavy on the brown sugar with a slight medicinal phenolic yeast smell.

Nice combo of malts and yeast. Brown sugar, toasty, phenolic (almost like a band aid,) and a brief but crisp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium body, moderate carbonation. Finish is slightly dry with a funky aftertaste that lingers.

Drinkability is about what I expected from a dubbel. This is decent for the style. Not nearly as good as a true Belgian, but for $8/sixer I definitely won't complain. This is a nice addition to their regular distrubution in Illinois and while New Belgium has never impressed me, this is one of the better beers in their lineup.

06-24-2010 03:39:12 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of jwinship83


3.28/5  rDev -18%

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass like the bottle tells me to. picked up this sixer the first time i saw it in chicagoland.

A- this one pours out a hazy dark brown colored body with ruby red highlights when held up to a light. a modest off white head forms and then fizzes away. little to no lacing left behind.

S- brown sugar and belgian yeast. a little bit of ripe fruits. plums, raisins, and figs. a little bit of alcohol can be smelled.

T- sweet brown sugar and molasses. the fruits i could smell come though stronger in the taste than in the nose. cherries, figs, plums, and raisins. the alcohol is barely detectable.

M- light bodied and fizzy. a little warming from the alcohol.

D- meh, this was OK. the americans typically dont do the classic belgian styles justice. i might have another one of these in a year or so.

06-22-2010 19:43:39 | More by jwinship83
Photo of aristeros


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

Last of the six pack. Pours a dark caramel-amber with a two finger off-white head from a vigorous pour. Little visible carbonation. Little head retention, very light lacing. Interesting nose has overripe red and yellow fruit, some dark fruit--dates--and lots of sweetness. Molasses? Similar to a dubbel.

Brown sugar and heavy fruit up front. Quite sweet, almost cloying. Taste evokes cloves, likely from the yeast rather than because they were added. Hops lend an herbal, freshly-turned-earth character to the middle. Sweet, drying finish has banana and caramel. Not my style, but very well done. Some alcohol presence and warmth in the finish and I was surprised it was only 7% ABV.

Heavier body, lower combination, Bit more sessionable than expected. I would polish off a six pack and regret it the next morning!

Did not pair well with bratwurst, but I'd happily enjoy it with grilled meat and fish, particularly if it had a rub or marinade that wasn't sweet.

06-19-2010 01:05:14 | More by aristeros
Photo of Tone


4.08/5  rDev +2%

Pours a clear amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, yeast, slight alcohol, slight dark citrus, spice (coriander), and slight earthy malt. Fits the style of a Dubbel. Smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, hint of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, spice (clove and coriander), hops, and some yeast. Overall, good body, blend, and aroma.

06-09-2010 01:27:32 | More by Tone
Photo of trevorjn06


4/5  rDev 0%

I haven't had this brew for awhile so I figured I would re-visit it since I have become much better acquainted with true Belgian Abbey style beers.

Appearance: It pours a dark caramel/brown color with 2 inches of off white head that takes a few minutes to dissipate and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is dark fruit, caramelized fruit, dark malt and alcohol. There is some anise, clove and a slight orange smell. It strikes many of the same notes as a Belgian dubbel, though it doesn't seem to have the same yeast profile.

Taste: Dominate flavors are dark caramel and fruit with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. There is a hint of earthy hops and a bit of spice, more anise comes through. The finish is sweet, fig and a bit of banana.

This beer has a moderate carbonation and a medium/thick mouthfeel.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a lot, it's not a true Belgian and it's not quite as strong or flavorful, however the flavors that are there are true to style.

06-03-2010 03:46:05 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

obtained via trade. tasted in early june 2009

12oz bottle w/ best by date "05 feb10". poured into tulip glass.

coppery gem-like amber. almost clear despite full pour w/ bottle conditioned sediment, 2-finger off-white head, gradually fades to wisps and ring. great lacing, almost curtain-like further down the glass.

aroma: malty caramel, spiced with anise or licorice. dates or figs, dried orange peel. mild euro hopping w/ dried grass, floral and herbal character. more gentle spicing and mild phenols w/ fruity esters in back. whiff of... carob? cocoa?

taste: toffeeish, caramelized malt, quite rich, balanced by grassy euro hop, moderate bitterness, combined w/ spicing and fruity character brought out by phenols and carbonation.

medium body, smooth, w/ astringent note before and faintly into finish. carbonation is almost fizzy, but gives crispness and lifts flavors, plus moments of fluffiness or almost creaminess.

great american attempt at the style. not as rich as some of the belgian originals, but NB's malt profile is something i'm really growing to like.

06-02-2010 07:42:07 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of mytireisfat


4.2/5  rDev +5%

from a bottle poured into a glass

A: Red/copper color, one and a half finger head that retains well and was a brownish white color, low carbonation.

S: Sweet malty flavor, and caramel flavor.

T: Not anything like it smelled or looked like. Dark roasted malt and chocolate taste.

M: Light to medium body.

D: I could drink 2 or 3 at a setting. most likely i would switch styles after that tho. but would buy again for sure. it was a good beer. and the new labels are pretty cool. the explorer series.

05-30-2010 18:48:19 | More by mytireisfat
Photo of Misfit138


4.2/5  rDev +5%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Rust in color with a bubbly head that quickly vanished.

S- I would describe the smell as caramel malts, banana and citrus

T- Somewhat a mix of caramel malts with perhaps some honey which give way to banana/clove and a tart cherry finish. Somewhat complex.

M- Medium bodied, more carbonated than expected.

D- Very good beer. At 7% it probably isn't a session beer, but it is pretty tasty.

05-23-2010 04:07:50 | More by Misfit138
Photo of thatguy3579


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Brown with hints of read. Thin head which dissipated quickly. Not cloudy at all. Moderate bubbling on the glass.

S: Smells bready, with perhaps hint of banana.

T: Initial flavor is a little tart. Hints of alcohol. Fades to a dull bready banana sweetness.

M: Medium carbonation. Medium bodied.

D: While quite flavorful, and noticeably alcoholic, but not cloying. Could easily tolerate 2 or 3 in one sitting.

05-15-2010 00:32:25 | More by thatguy3579
Photo of jrallen34


3.18/5  rDev -20.5%

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Orval glass, true abbey style.

The beer pours a medium brown that is super light, just lets the light through and makes it look super watery. The head is light tan, rises only about a finger and is gone right away.

The aroma is on the lighter side and tries very hard to be like a trappist but falls short. There is a ton of malts, dark fruits, prunes, caramel but there is a stale fakeness to it that doesn't make it wholly appealing.

The taste is the same as the aroma, similar to trappist but just not there yet. I can't put my finger on this, but its just so sub below a beglian.

04-30-2010 01:13:01 | More by jrallen34
Photo of brewdoc75


3.13/5  rDev -21.8%

A: Brownish-amber. Very clear, almost too clear. Reaspnable head, but dies realitively quickly.

S: Holy bubble gum batman! Tons of ester right off the bat. Quickly it goes to some brown sugar and biscut notes. Pretty clean aromas overall, wothout much excitement.

T: More of the bubble gum esters followed by some "belgiany" malts. Biscut, prune, fig, and nice sweetness. Unfortunately it is there and quickly goes away. The yeast is a bit one-dimensional with strong bubble gum notes and maybe a hint of spice and that's it.

M: Light bodied and dry. Good carbonation. Fits the style well.

D: With all of the phenomenal dubbels and Belgian abbey ales out there, this is really average. The yeast was a touch too bubble gummy for me and the malts lacked complexity. The price (8 bucks a sixer) is definately right for a Belgian lover on a budget.

04-19-2010 02:17:24 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful crystal clear brown body full of medium bubbles rising to a silky off-white head that retains exceptionally well and laces to match. One of the best looking beers I have seen a quite a while.

S: Some banana bread and cloves hoisted up on a framework of caramelized sugar and well roasted barley malts.

T: Sweet bready banana and clove show up immediately, and run throughout the malty sweet taste. A very slight hop bitterness shows itself for a bit, but does not linger (just how it should be). The aftertaste is rather like banana bread (but amped up with a ridiculous amount of malt- so tasty!)

M & D: Carbonated in a lively manner, but still a bit smooth. Alcohol does bite a bit in the mouth, which detracts from the drinkability. Medium body could use a little more heft, but still it is good for the style.

Overall: Strong Work from New Belgium on this classic Belgian style. Try this if you haven't yet.

04-16-2010 05:40:57 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of Takahiro


3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

poured into my duvel tulip

Color: Clear amber with a 1/2" off-white head with tiny bubble. The bubble stayed for 5 min. or so. No lacing.

Smell: Fruity, with a hint of prune. Dark malt smell (Munich)

Mouth: Malt sweetness, some alcohol and a liittle bit of acidity. Well balanced.

Taste: malty sweet upfront, which fades away pretty quickly, followed by acid/alcohol. These acid/alcohol lingers on your tongue for a while, giving a nice taste. It is not as dry as I thought it would be.

Drinkability: it is relatively sweet on my palate, and won't be a good thirst-quencher, but it is a nice sipper.

04-16-2010 02:47:26 | More by Takahiro
Photo of BeanBone


4/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: A crystal-clear reddish-brown body capped by two fingers of off-white head that leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, earthy, and slightly vinous malt accompanied by fruity and spicy Belgian yeast

Flavor: Rich earthy malt with notes of burnt sugar, lots of banana and cloves from the Belgian yeast, and some leafy hops to keep everything from being too sweet. Balanced nicely, nothing really sticks out here. Toasty malt and spicy yeast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium body with smooth medium carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, you'll have to keep an eye out for the moderately-high alcohol content here.

Verdict: Rich, balanced, and solid all around, New Belgium's Abbey is a pleasant beer and a worthy American impression of the Dubbel style. If you're looking for somewhere to start in the New Belgium lineup, this is it.

04-16-2010 02:20:39 | More by BeanBone
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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