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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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1,929 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,929
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 146
Gots: 176 | 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 bagpiper2005
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Gorgeous dark reddish-amber in color with two and a half fingers of dense tan head that retains decently and leaves all sorts of lacing down the glass.

Smell: Aromas of caramel, vanilla, and banana come out in full force. A hint of alcohol and no hops.

Taste: Deliciously sweet with notes of caramel, molasses, clove, and banana. The middle of the palate is nice and yeasty and the finish is balanced and clean with a fair bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, creamy, and low carbonation. Smooth as silk.

Drinkability: For a 7% ABV beer this is very drinkable. Glides down the throat but sticks to your ribs a bit.

Final Notes: This is a banana lover's beer. Lots of delicious, ripe banana flavor to go around, with other flavors to balance it out. Its sweetness would lend it well to pair with many desserts.

Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours clear golden brown with a 2 finger head that had good retention and left some spotted lacing

smell - lots going on here banana, bubblegum, milk chocolate roased malts

taste is great but after the nose was a let down (little watery) - fruity malts burnt caramel malt belgian yeast - leaves with a overripe banana taste

mouthfeel - light/medium body with low carbonation bery smooth

drinkability - $8 sixer 7%abv with good flavors seems like a no brainer to me

Photo of tmbogie
2.33/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

It tastes like bubblegum. It has solid Belgian-style flavors otherwise, but the overpowering bubblegum flavor is sickening. I wish I had more to say about this beer, but all that really matters to me is that it has a bubblegum flavor and that's never what I'm going to want in a beer.

Photo of philosobeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured it into a goblet from 12oz botte.

Nice creamy white head and very nice brown-garnet color with fantastic clarity. The foam settles and clings to the side throughout the first half goblet.

Smells nice and raisiny, with maybe a touch of banana. The hops do come through a little, and those are fairly herbal. The alcohol is present on the nose, too.

Taste is a bit more one-dimensional than a lot of other dubbels I have had. The phenolic compounds are there. So is the malt. It feels a bit heavier than it looks. I let it warm to coax more out of it.

The finish is nice, and fairly clean. It will go well with a cheese, or a creamy soup. Not a bad thing to have in the fridge, but I'm really more of a sucker for the Belgian or trappist versions I've had.

Photo of mariposafan
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip, between the brilliant dark amber body and the tight, creamy head it fills the glass. Simply beautiful - my wife heard me say something to that effect, took a look and said "Wow! That's pretty!" Yes, it is.

Smells wonderful. Cloves and bananas with a little sweetness. A little less alcohol would have made it perfect.

Yum! Not as sweet as I expected and the alcohol bite cuts through what sweetness there is. Lots and lots of cloves with some banana flavor and that slightly funky taste - not funky as in Brett, but funky as in earthy - I associate with Belgian yeasts.

Let down a little by an overly thin mouthfeel. The soft, creamy carbonation helps out but it would have been better with some more body.

The alcohol is pretty upfront here which lowers the drinkability to a definite one-and-done for me, but that one goes down awfully easily.

This is likely to be my replacement for my favorite New Glarus year round beer, Stone Soup, that they're discontinuing next year. It's a little richer than the NG beer and has more alcohol but it's otherwise a good matchup and should pair well with virtually any food.

Photo of novabeerfly
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this while at the Beer Bloggers Conference.

It poured a nice filtered amber/ruby almost a plumb like color. Had a nice 1/2 inch head that lasted through out the glass, and had a malty, slightly sweet aroma, with just a hint of caramel and honey.

It had a very complex flavor profile. It started with just a hint of roastedness with a slight alcohol tingle. Hints of toffee and chocolate come in at the middle, and finishes with a mix of clove and bread. Overall finish is clean with just a heat of yeastyness.

Overall, a very nice beer. Not too heavy, not too light.

Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear brownish coppery color. Half finger tan head that shows poor retention overall. No lacing at all sticks to the sides of the glass which made me a little sad.

S- Lots of bready undertones to this beer. I mean throughout the entire aroma. Light darker fruits (prunes, raisins, even light fig)blend well with light spicing. There is something else I can't quite put my finger on...oh well.

T- Darker fruits jump off the tongue in the front of this beer. There is a light spicing to the end of the front that takes me by surprise. Middle of the beer is more bready and malty. There is a light New Belgium malt taste but it is hidden mostly in this beer. Interesting taste in the middle. Back end of the beer has some light spicing that blends with a sweeter caramel like malt.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the stlye. Light darker fruits left on the palate. Malty aftertaste with some light alcohol. Flavors were well blended for what they were. Medium to heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This was a surprise for me from NB. Not at all what I was expecting. Not the greatest Abbey Ale I have had but still not the worst. Alcohol was pretty well hidden from the front of the beer. I would buy this one again and drink it if given to me.

Photo of JayS2629
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the tap at the brewery into a New Belgium tulip.

A- a nice dark amber with ruby tones and a creamy head with moderate lacing.

S- Cloves upfront with hints of banana. Belgian yeast and roasted malts.

T- Cloves and allspice permeate this beer. Nice sweet roasted malt and belgian yeast flavors stand nicely. Faint hints of chocolate. Dark plum, toffee, caramel and honey. Banana on the finish. Very deep, complex and enjoyable taste. Slight booze.

M- Creamy with nice carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

D- This suffers for two reasons. There is a slight booze taste mixed within the sweetness and the cloves are very strong. This beer taste beautiful and complex. I hate knocking it down, but we loved it so much it was our pick to buy a case. If you drink one it is an A+. But if you try to drink it as a go-to..ie...buy a case...it gets more difficult to down. Too spicy to drink more than three. Also a bit too strong.

Photo of arboristfish
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma of this beer smells what you would expect from an abbey or trappist style ale. Has a very belgian aroma to it. The head was white, which didnt last very long, may be an unclean glass. Can definetly taste the belgian candi sugar, it is a very sweet tasting beer, ends with a fizzy almost burning carbonation, which can be expected from this style. There is a hint of roasted almost burnt flavor, which is probably from the chocolate malt that is used, or possibly from some of the caramel 80 malt. All in all a good abbey style ale.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an amber-red with a light tan head. Good lacing. Nose brings forward some spice with dark fruits and a bit of bread. Taste brings some fairly strong yeast characteristics to the front with some dates and raisins. Slight alcohol presence. Good body with a bit of heat. Drinks fairly well fresh but could probably use some time.

Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very attractive reddish-copper colour, with one finger of tight sudsy pale beige head, which leaves a near-perfect latticework of lace around the glass as it drops away. It smells strongly of mashed banana, dark fruit, doughy breadiness, and mild, soft yeast. The taste is bready malt, a bit of clove, plum, date, a twinge of molasses, and dry yeast. The carbonation is moderate, but oddly noticeable at times, the body medium weight, crisp, and a bit pithy. It finishes mostly dry - biscuity and fruity.

A very nice, rounded, and enjoyable dubbel. The booze certainly doesn't show in any real way, making this a decidedly easy drinker - if that's your thing.

Photo of boomer31
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Transparent and dark copper almost brown. A thin tan head that neither sticks on the glass nor hangs around too long.

S - Dark fruity, raisony and some brady malt.

T - More dark fruits, plum, raison and bready. After taste is sweet but not overly sweet.

M - A very rich mouthfeel for a seemingly light body. Low carbonation.

D - A very easy drinking Dubbel especially for 7%. It seems everytime I drink this I'm pounding it down and looking for more.

A solid offering from New Belgium. This one is almost always in the fridge at the in-laws and a very good 'go to beer' for sure.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single - been sitting on this one for a little while

appearance: served in great lakes goblet, pour is a garnet-hued mahogany, creamy beige cap

smell: dark fruits, yeast, fig, dough, clove, woody

taste: nice everyday dubbel from new belgium - sweet dark fruits, fig, toasted grain, banana, nutty bread. Overall, a rich flavor profile - yeasty, sweet and dynamic

mouthfeel; no alcohol felt, medium body, nice

drinkability: high

Photo of jmdrpi
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, poured into New Belgium's globe glass. pours a bright dark copper color. thick white head, with great lacing.
smell is a strong malt aroma. taste of yeasty bread, sweet malt, but an odd after taste that I can't quite put my finger on, that kind of ruins things.
higher carbonation, but nice creamy head.
not as good as most dubbels I have had. maybe it needed more time in the bottle, as this was a very fresh dated bottle.

Photo of HosP
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my new snifter I got from buying a 6 pack of this.

A- Poured nice deep brown color with some red around the outside from the light. Small head with almost no lacing on glass.

S- Some fruit notes. Plum, fig, maybe some cherries. A little yeast smell to it as well.

T- Sweet taste up front from molasses. Fruits from the nose come through in the middle and stay towards the end. Sweetness sticks through the whole drink.

M- Lighter body. More carbonation than I would have liked. Little alcohol taste to it.

D- Not a bad beer. Good enough I'll drink the rest of the sixer. I'm glad they threw in the glass, not sure how it would have tasted without it!

Photo of albertjr21
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Into a globe glass, this poured a deep garnet color under a thin off-white head and left a nice lacing.

S: A deep burnt cherry sugar and fruit tart moderate nose.

M/T: A deliciously sweet red berry malt opening that makes way toward a relatively smooth malt center and deep burnt cherry, caramel dry finish.

D: Incredible drinkability considering how much is going on with every satisfying sip...

Photo of TheYeagermeister
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank a few of these with my bf, out of the bottle into a snifter glass. He is the real connoisseur, but I am making an attempt tonight. ;-)

A--Beautiful color. Rich mahogany and plum hues. With close inspection under a lamp, some golden tones. Forms a decent head with somewhat of an aggresive pour, but not otherwise.

S--We smelled strong banana, plum, alcohol, and allspice.

T--Delicious. Definitely better as it warms up. Closer to room temperature, the flavors become more pronounced...bananas, plums, complex malts, and slight caramel notes, with a mellow finish. Not cloyingly sweet, as the fruit flavors are there but subtle. Colder, the beer finishes not so mellow, a bit bitterly, in fact.

M--Too carbonated unless it sits for awhile. Medium bodied and perfect after that.

D--Fairly rich, but so tasty I am definitely drinkin at least two tonight. ;-)

We really like the New Belgium "Explore" Series. Abbey was a very tasty dubel.

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle and served in a globe glass.

Pours a tarnished brass color with a thick and creamy head that gradually dissipates, leaving a fine patchwork of lacing. On appearance alone, this is one beauty of a Belgian Dubbel.

Aromas of banana, clove and dark fruit. Medium to full bodied with an expressive carbonation. Opens with waves of malt, banana and clove spice. Rich and malty middle with subtle notes of dark fruit. Alcohol surfaces as Abbey warms. Mild hop presence, but virtually no bitterness. Finishes with a flash of Belgian yeast and a lingering graininess.

Surprising drinkability for a Belgian Style Ale. An exceptional American Dubbel in the Trappist Ale tradition.

Photo of bridgetowhophead
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've concluded that the dubbel is not my preferred style of Beglian (I'm heading towards trippels and strong pales and darks), but I will try my best to review this to style, with Ommegang Abbey Ale as my only other comparison.

A: Nearly faultless. Rich mahogany color, incredibly puffy 1" head that lasts forever, nice lacing.

S: Definitely some dark fruits, dark malt, and Belgian yeast. Haven't had enough dubbels to separate specific smells.

T&M: I'm not just not a huge fan of the dubbel taste profile. Compared to Ommegang Abbey it's something of a letdown, but considering the price I'd say it checks out. Mouthfeel is good, clean and well carbonated, perhaps a little undercarbonated for the style though.

D: I would have no problem knocking down a few of these if I enjoyed the taste more.

Photo of merddyn2002
2.65/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'm not an expert in Belgian Style ale's but this reminds me a lot of a hefeweizen that's been skunked, has WAY too much banana or was otherwise mis-handled. However, if you remove the banana aspects by switching yeasts to a more standard ale yeast I think it would be a great Belgian. It's on the malty side, but with a balanced hop presence. If you like banana you'll love this one, it's just not for me. Won't finish the 6 pack. It's going on my "i need to offer a beer to someone to be polite but I really dont know if you're worth a good beer so have one of these" shelves in the beer fridge right next to the Bud Light Wheat.

Photo of JMad
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
The beer pours a deep brown color, cream colored 1 finger head with a little lacing.
Smells of sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, fig and raisin.
Tastses nice and malty, a hint of toasts and lots of dark fruits.
It's medium bodied and very smooth.
Abbey Ale has good complex flavor, not much of a session beer but it's mighty tasty.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. This is a medium caramel/amber brown color, translucent with almost no head. Smell has a strong bubblegum character... along with apple juice and brown sugar. Taste is very prominent in apple juice, with a slight glaze of brown sugar. There might be some other dark fruits (plums?) lurking in there as well with a mix of spices. Excellent drinkability here.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big up to bstaffor for sending me this in the Hoppy Summer to You BIF!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Handsome ruby-brown, verging on burgundy, with brighter ruby highlights. Thin, tan head that clumps in places & reminds me of a lunar landscape. A few flares of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits -- prunes, raisins, figs -- with a bread dough undertone & some pronounced spice, something like nutmeg. A little banana? Good, & at the same time kind of close to a weizenbock.

Taste follows with the dark fruits, drier than the aroma suggests, gaining a little more spiciness. Some alcohol presence, with a cool caramel around the finish. Aftertaste is dominated by spices. Do I taste a hint of tobacco, too?

Medium-full body, a little on the fluffy & chewy side. Some heat.

Good stuff here, very rich flavors that can get to be a little much. One of the more spice-heavy dubbels I've had. Booze creeps in but doesn't become overpowering. I'd have it again, but one at a time is satisfying.

Photo of impending
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz into a tulip. Pours a dark clear garnet, unexceptional head.

Aroma is traditional dubbel but subdued. Phenols are obvious.

Thin mouthfeel, slightly watery. Has an earthy yeast backbone and undertones of roasted wood but lacks a true belgian complexity.

I want to like this more than I do - unfortunate. Kudos must be given for price performance which is excellent but think I'd rather spend a bit more and go for something like an Ommegang Abbey Ale which may be the closest in price but much superior a brew.

Photo of NODAK
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is of banana esters, and some caramel sweetness mixed in. Maybe a little alcohol. Pretty good.

Pours a deep amber red with minimal to no head.

Taste is of very smooth sweetness. The body of the beer is mostly of banana esters. It's not sweet enough to be cloying or a detraction. At the finish, there's a small hop bitterness touching the back and sides of the tongue as the beer goes down. There's also a bit of caramel sweetness that shows up at the end as well. What's left for the aftertaste is mostly residual sweetness that doesn't last for long. I don't get any spiciness in this beer, nor yeast.

As far as I can taste, there isn't a lot of complexity in this beer. Somebody described it as "Belgian light", and I think that could sum it up. It is very drinkable however, and would probably make a good entry beer for a person who hasn't drank much craft beer yet.

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,929 ratings.