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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

1,757 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,757
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 131
Gots: 104 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002)
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a decent white head that continued from start to finish.Yeah it stuck around. Amber to brown in color. Nose was a little malty, spicy and weakly hopped.Taste followed suit. Had some dubbels in the past and they were much better. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 18:50:14 | More by barleywinefiend
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MOShepp

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear burnt sienna color with a 1 1/2" frothy tan head with very little lacing.

Smells of toffee, dried cherries and a woodiness.

Tastes of an earthiness and a little ash along with toffee, plums and a hint of bubblegum and a lot more going on in this beers flavor, more than I can describe in one sitting.

The hops are covered well with the malts but comes through well at the finish.

Very nice beer, easy to drink with many layers.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 17:32:48 | More by MOShepp
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Affligem goblet. Pours a rich mahogany color- very clear, no haze at all with a thin white head. Smells very rich. At first I get a blast of smokey wood, but then aromas mellow to ripe dates or similar fruits. Very full flavor. Woody, earthy yeast flavor with an extremely smooth roasted malt finish. smooth full body. Good example of a dubbel, nice beer for a winter night.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 01:49:24 | More by DrDogbeer
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a great deep amber color with very little head but great lacing which stuck around for the life of the beer. The smell was phenolic with a great banana smell as well. The taste was very fruity with maltiness and with alcohol present. The mouthfeel was heavy bodied almost creamy with very little carbonation. Overall a great beer! I was a bit reserved since my experience with Fat Tire but found this one to be a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 20:00:02 | More by Beerbuddha
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was courtesy of Tayner.

Pours a clear ruby-brown color with a big head of light tan bubbles. The head is slow to recede and leaves some chunks of lacing.

The aroma is intriguing with it's blend of fruitiness, yeast, caramel, candied sugars, and just a hint of alcohol. Each time I take a sniff I seem to pick up a different fruit.

The flavors ran the gamut of the smells found in the aroma, but also included some raisin, fig, and bread. This is some tasty stuff... exceeds my expectations by quite a bit.

Medium bodied brew with average carbonation. Enjoyable drinker that leaves just a slight warming on the back of my tongue. The best I have had from New Belgium yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 17:00:23 | More by Imstillthegman
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured fro a 12 oz bottle to a snifter, the liquid is a cloudy caramel brown with good carbonation. The head is a full 2 fingers, off white to tan and leave little lace.

The smell is nice, yeasty and a sweet caramel malt.

The taste follows heavy an the sweet candy sugar and toasted caramel. Pretty classic, true to style but not more out standing them that.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good a very good example of the style, one to reach for to be sure. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 02:49:55 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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naterock

Missouri

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

C: pours a nice deep amber with minimal head and lacing. looks very enticing.
S: you can smell a wide array of fruits, figs, banana, even maybe some apple notes.
T: tastes similar to the way it smells, but a little spicier. Very clean and doesn't leave a weird aftertaste that most new belgium beers do.
M: pleasant medium carbonation, flavor lingers longer than expected.
D: although very delicious I probably couldn't drink more than two or three. the complexity of flavor will eventually fade and I would no longer be able to decifer all of the fruits that this beer has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 17:11:01 | More by naterock
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with JDV (thanks Deniz). Best before 10/3/2008 indicated on bottle.

Served in my Chimay goblet. Poured a reddish-brown; almost opaque, but some light penetration and visibility through the glass. Frothy three-quarter inch head dissipated into a thin consistent skim of foam; presence of spotty lacing during the tasting. Aromas of yeast, sugar, dark fruit (plum and raisin) and banana. Taste similar to nose but also detected a bit of the bubblegum flavor noted in an earlier review. Also a mild peppery character expressed at the finish. Lively mouthfeel; pleasantly effervescent across the tongue without a lot of burn. Alcohol was well hidden, but complexity of flavors limit drinkability to one or two tops.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 21:57:38 | More by Jwale73
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naproxen

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in full by bottle, wish I had another to "chase" it with :-)

The aroma alone is delicious, a hint of something along the lines of raisin and fruity, hints of sugar or something it was just begging to be sipped. It poured a deep brown into the glass with a nice head that faded pretty fast. The taste was well worth the wait for it to warm a little from the fridge, a definite belgian spiced with cinnamon, caramel, and again a little sweet in the finish which was lovely. This beer is smooth and easy drinking, again I wish I had more to enjoy. If it was readily available I would purchase this anytime. There was no indication that 7% of this is abv, all the flavors blend perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 00:56:31 | More by naproxen
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown, with a small white head. A little bit of lace and considering the small head, good retention.

S: Smells immediately of banana bread, yeast, sweet malt, some brown sugar. Very inviting aroma.

T: Again some yeasty bread, with banana mixed it, bit of spice, maybe a hint of clove, slight hint of alcohol mixed mixed in, moderate bitterness. A bit dry in the finish, but with some lingering bitterness and malt.

M/D: Full bodied but maybe slightly thin, carbonation a touch high. Drinkability is quite nice, very easy drinking. Reminds me a little of a dunkelweizen. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 02:16:10 | More by NCSUdo
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TYE

Kansas

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

A - Pours a clear dark brown with caramel highlights. An off-white medium dense foam head stands 1 finger tall and dissipates quickly to a covering with a light lace.
S - Sweet malt with a slightly fruity raisin aroma. A little alcohol, too. Aroma is significant, but not overpowering.
T - Sweet fruit with a hint of brown sugar. A slight hoppy bite is just right. Finishes with a lingering sweet raisin taste, and hops. Nicely balanced.
M - Medium carbonation and body. Sweet on the tip of the tongue, slight sour on sides, and a hop bite on the back. Finishes clean.
D - Very good beer. Flavors are good in the mouth, then change and become even better after swallowing. Very good balance of flavors and mouthfeel. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 02:06:15 | More by TYE
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GeoffW

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Not very much head that goes away quickly. Very clear for a dubbel. Color was a dark amber/ tawny hue.

Smell was a little sweet, not very complex.

Taste is sweet, again not very complex. Nice and malty.

Mouthfeel was neutral, the alcohol isn't very detectable.

A fairly drinkable beer, I wouldn't want to drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 01:39:29 | More by GeoffW
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at the New Belgium Brewing Hub in the Denver airport. Best by 10/31/2008.

Pours a clear, mahogany-copper body with a somewhat fleeting, khaki head. Foam starts off as a half finger's width and recedes to a rocky patch of small bubbles that retains quite well. Decent lacing, too. The aroma brings notes of sweet caramel malts & lots of fruity yeast. Hints of grapefruit, plum, banana, and bubblegum sneak in there as well.

Taste is predominantly wheat, alcohol, yeast, and bubblegum. There's a nice complexity, here, as a heavy yeast finish goes down smooth & leaves a pleasant, chewy aftertaste. The body is thick, and packs some heavy heat from the alcohol, even at its moderate 7% ABV. This was an all-around solid interpretation of the belgian Dubbel style, and one of the better airport beers I've found in quite some time. The alcohol finish could be a little less imposing, but there's really no reason to pass up this beer should you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 01:21:41 | More by wagenvolks
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b5d106

Louisiana

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

This beer poured a dark brown with a frothy off-white head. The smell is wonderfull, with all kinds of fruit and malt scents. The beer taste very balanced with malts and fruits up front and a little alcohol bitterness in the finish. The mouth feel is great with a little creaminess and some very nice carbonation. This beer is extremely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 02:49:38 | More by b5d106
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JDV

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour with a good tan head in a trappist glass. Standard fruity belgian yeast smell, but more lightly than most of the style, and mixed with a dark roasty malt like smell and flavor as well. As it warms big notes of licorice come through and stay. Taste was similar to the smell and was perhaps my favorite belgian beer, and I'm not a huge fan of them. I could definitely see this growing on me, and could get this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 05:28:16 | More by JDV
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: This one is a clear dark copper color with orange and yellow highlights. it pours with a nice two finger white head that has decent retention.

s: One dimensional; a nice funky yeasty cherry smell.

t: Somewhat bland actualy. This a mild tart cherry flavor and some pepper.

m: The carbonation is nice, but the body is watery and thin.

d: Thanks to JDV for the chance to try this one. I thought it was an average offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 19:22:42 | More by DIM
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap from the source: New Belgium Brewey itself.
Appearance is dark amber. Perfect head forms.
Smell is intoxicating and taste backs up the promise. A wonderful amalgam of banana, clove, and malt. Very drinkable...excellent sessionability. An unbelievable brew and one of my favorites of any style. (Note: speaking from experience, this beer doesn't age well; no reason to save this one...Drink Up!)

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2008 00:57:19 | More by mwilbur
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MisterClean

California

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz from Bev Mo (see the comments above about aging, he wasn't kidding)

A - Light burgundy, tan foam, dissipates moderately. The lightness of the burgundy doesn't speak highly of the abbey style.

S - Pears, honey, almonds, with a peppermint ester.

T - Black cherries, pepper, cloves, and chewy malts.

M - Very carbonated, possibly over carbonated, and lots of pepper. Perhaps, too much Saaz.

D - The look and mouthfeel on this beer really disappoints. While I love abbeys, this one did not hit me as a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 02:43:59 | More by MisterClean
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BMan1113VR

California

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is harsh burnt malts with banana and honey with little else. Appearence is a clear light brown with some red and a smallish head. Taste is odd, not anything like an Abbey Dubbel. Tastes like a watery porter but with elements of the aroma, not the biggest fan. Goes down dry and fizzy. This beer seems a bit overrated to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 18:36:31 | More by BMan1113VR
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Abbey poured a dark amber with a finger foam head and some decent retention.

In the aroma category I got that normal Belgian yeast smell with spice and caramel.

The taste was bananas and spiciness. It was bitter in the middle and a carob flavor in the finish. The feel was dry in the mouth. I will drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 04:09:03 | More by cswhitehorse
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czechsaaz

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pepper spice aroma right off. Little hints of roast malt follows. Some fruity ale esters and just a tiny bit of Belgian yeast "Funk." Not in a lambic/sour funk but the aroma that only comes from Belgian yeast strains.

Deep roby colored with a small but persistant white head that leaves small amounts of lacing. Very clear with fine lines of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Very fruity ale character. I get sweet cherries and grapes. I still get just a hint of roast malt. I also get nice amounts of light caramel malt too. Hop bitterness is pretty high to balance it out but there's no hop flavor or aftertaste. Nice complexity with yeast effects of bread and biscuits and spice that seems to be subtle a pepper and herb.

Medium bodied with a pretty strong carbonation level.

Considering that this can usually be picked up for under $8 per six, a really excellent choice. Good Belgian-style ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 04:29:24 | More by czechsaaz
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A big four finger khaki head rises above a clear russet-red brew that shows garnet highlights. The head gets chunky and rocky, and leaves a lot of lace on the glass as it slowly reduces to a finger and a half and stays put. Excellent retention and chunkiness!

S - Dark dusty yeast, dark dried fruit...raisin and prune, along with some ripe plum and tart plum-skin notes. This is really spicy too, with suggestions of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Cinnamon Toast Crunch with prune juice in stead of milk...sounds nasty, but it smells really good. Plum mashed baby food, with mashed banana Gerber's too.

T - Lots of dry powdered spices...cinnamon and nutmeg. Not as fruity or complex as the nose, the flavors really focus on the spices and dank yeast.

M - Medium bodied and lushly carbonated with an extremely dry finish that feels like putting plain cinnamon in your mouth. This stuff is SERIOUSLY dry...it's almost like I can't swallow because my mouth is full of cinnamon powder. Neat!

D - This is a damn fine dubbel, and it stands out among American interpretations of this Belgian style...it's not quite up to par with the actual abbey dubbels though...something special that those monks do just make those beers a little better. Maybe the actual abbey beers are made with holy water or something, but New Belgium has done a damn fine job here!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 13:55:11 | More by pmcadamis
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srroos

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours dark brown and opaque, but not thick looking. The one finger head reduced to a cap.

S: Sweet and malty, with notes of rasins. Very appealing.

T: Lots of malt and lots of spice. Very typical Dubbel.

MF: Well carbonated and medium bodied. Very pleasing mouthfeel, if perhaps a little thinner than say St Bernadus Prior 8.

D: Very tasty brew, but the heavy spices makes me feel like 12oz is a good serving.

As others have noted, a very good value in a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 00:13:49 | More by srroos
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kcillini77

Kansas

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, 2 inch head when poured into a Duvel tulip. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell is strong, malty, sweet - dates and raisins mostly.

Taste is initially sweet, malty, some prunes and raisins. On the swallow there is a little of the "earthy taste" I associate with most of New Belgium's beers - finishes with a brief straw-like taste.

Probably my favorite of New Belgium's offerings, with the possible exception of 1554. A good occasional sixer to pick up when craving some Belgian ale but not wanting to shell out the big bucks.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 02:16:47 | More by kcillini77
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AgingWarrior

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with the Belgian style brew. It poured a nice dark brown color with about a one finger light brown head. Plenty of lacing in the frosted mug that I used for this brew. The taste is a bit hoppier than my usual taste in beer, but like I said, this is my first dance with the Belgians. I love the mouth feel and after taste of this brew and the 7% abv did nice things for my mood! I'll definitely sample more Belgians and more of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 23:39:33 | More by AgingWarrior
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,757 ratings.