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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

1,890 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,890
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 143
Gots: 158 | 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 hardy008
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with an off white two finger head which leaves a nice sticky lace on the side of the glass. Smell is bananas, pears, apples, and phenols. The taste is like the smell, and is lightly sweet. Medium bodied with high, tingly carbonation, this is a nice drinkable beer.

hardy008, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Bravo11
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Dark Amber, good clarity. Very short head diminishing fast. Moderate lacing.
S- Clean, crisp semi sweet aroma.
T/M- Very good flavor. Sweet, malty, a little astringent taste but in a good way.
D- I really like this beer, highly drinkable.

Bravo11, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of garymuchow
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to this beer based on scores and that I liked the tripel so much.
Aroma starts rich in phenols, and includes loads of banana, mild spiciness and a mild malt background. Some sweetness that blends with the spiciness.
Very attractive beer. Rich full fluffy head that takes its time to settle out and leaves plenty of reminders of its presence. Dark amber of copper and browns. Very clear.
Ya' know, I don't mind the banana in the aroma, but I don't like it in this beer. As with the aroma it's out of balance. I suppose if I store some of these that may taper out, and I may do that, but until then its distracting from the other fine flavors of this beer. Spiciness of the yeast is more apparant the warmer the drink becomes. As with the aroma it blends with the malt flavors, which aren't too sweet and lean more towards toast and very mild roast. I'm surprised by the lack of darker fruit flavors. Dryness on the finish lays heavy on the tongue and the flavors hang around for a good long time.
The fluffy heads transfers to the feel as well. Full and soft, and nicely done. Moderate body.
There are so many good qualities to this beer. Did I mention that I was distracted by the banana? Too bad cuz' the rest of the package is good.

garymuchow, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Pours a moderate ruddy red with a decent head that recedes to a clumpy cap.

Aroma is slightly phenolic. Banana bread and candied fruit on the nose with a rider of alcohol.

Flavor is dusty and bready. Flavors of weiss like banana and clove with a hit of funk. The dustiness subsides to a slightly alcoholic smack and then recedes to sweet spiciness. Finsihes a bit boozey as it warms.

Mouthfel is medium to thick, slightly chewy and slick. Carbonation is just a tiny but harsh, but the level of carbo is good.

Good representation of a Dubbel, very tasty and definately repeatable.

wheatyweiss, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with white foamy head and some slight lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Sweet and spicy yeast and some nice burnt caramel malt up front. Slight fruit notes beneath.

Taste: A dark roasted maltiness up front, with some spice and sweetness on the finish. The yeast is subtle, but has some nice fermented fruit phenolics (figs, apples, bananas). A hint of coffee in the mix as well. A nice balanced flavor with some complexity.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation and a very smooth and slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Yes, very easy drinking with a moderate ABV, so this one is very easy to session. Will definitely seek this one out again. A nice American interpretation of the Belgian Dubbel style.

ChopperSmith, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - foamy 2 finger ivory head off my initial pour. plum colored body w/ great retention and belgian lacing

S - we have a winner! tons of fruity esters, banana, pear, and apple mostly. some serious clove and a hint of pepper. there is also a good bubblicious thing going on here i dig it! this beer smells orgasmic. dare i get my hopes up??

T - a tad dryer than i was expecting from the smell. complex flavor, but the alcohol is not as well hidden as i might like this is definately a small but noteable fault. overall though, very decent example of the style.

MF - medium full bodied, w/ tons of carbonation. this beer travels down the thoat w/ a creamy-like smoothness, but perhaps could benifit from just a bit less CO2.

D - damn good.
the lower abv.(relatively)given the style makes this even more drinkable.
god it's great to be in a state home to brewers like New Belgium that can produce fine brews that are fitting to it's name sake. Colorado love!

bonsreeb85, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of jxhowell
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
served in a goblet style glass this beer is dark amber with a medium tan head. You can see the active carbonation without even holding the glass up to the light.

Smell
Initial clove-like notes followed by a strong banana aroma

Taste
Notes of nuts, clove and bread followed by a drying banana flavor. The bread flavors are similar to the flavor of New Belgium Fat Tire until the clove an banana kick in on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel
Starts off light and fizzy then grows into a rich creamy foam that dissipates on the back of your tongue

I usually don't like the banana flavors associated with some belgian yeast strains, however, this beer is well balanced and the bread, nuts and clove flavors keep everything balanced and in check. Definitely not a bad brew.

jxhowell, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark amber with about two and a half fingers worth of head that recedes slowly and leaves some very good lacing.
S- Smell is pretty standard for a dubbel, some sweet sugary smell with a hint of spice. Maybe a little bit of raisin or date.
T- The taste of this beer threw me off just a little bit, an almost overwhelming taste of toasted malt. Reminds me almost of Guinness. I can't really pick up anything else.
M- This is a good medium body with a little carbonation that is very smooth on the tongue.
D- Not too bad but the taste just keeps throwing me off, this isn't tasting like the average dubbel but my throat is a little soar so that could be it.

Wisconsinality, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of mdmako
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark mahagony with a thin head retained quite nicely. A very good looking beer!

S - A rich complex aroma of banana and possibly some other fruits with a slight spicyness.

T - Sweet yet the malt is still prominent. Partly fruity with the taste of banana. A bitter after taste full of the aforementioned flavors and a slight taste of alcohol. An excellent blend.

M - Medium and nicely carbonated for an ale of this hue.

D - Excellent! A truely enjoyable beer to drink most anytime.

mdmako, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Rooney107
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- As it says on the bottle, dark mahogany. A sort of burnt red that flits and shimmers when put to light. Very small head with some lacing.

S- Very fruity: banana, plums, and boozy raisins (not unlike a mild Imperial Stout (an oxymoron), actually). It almost reminds me of a sweet merlot.

T- Definite sweet fruit flavor (banana most prominently) sweeps across the palate immediately. Other fruity characteristics often associated with wine, albeit quite sweet wine, come to mind as well. It never approaches cloying, however. Perhaps the slightest hint of alcohol and funk towards the end. Quite good.

M- Medium carbonation and appropriate mouthfeel compliment the flavor profile in exquisite fashion.

D- I could drink a few of these and be quite content for the night. A fine entry from New Belgium.

Rooney107, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of nicholasdes
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Feb 2010.

Red amber and crystal clear with a thin white head that is gone already.

Great nose, wet ash with sweet ripe fruit mostly banana, bready and lite booze.

Burnt Chocolate, banana and bubblegum. I love that Belgium yeast bubblegum flavor. Nice bitter finish, amazing balance.

Airy and lite and sharp with lots of carbonation, not round and smooth, but fits it perfectly.

This would be insane with grilled red meat, nice charred lamb. I want more.

nicholasdes, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into new belgium globe glass.

Pours just over 1 finger of very slight tan head. Decent retention with splattered lace. Color is a dark mahogany copper.

Aroma: dark roasted malts, chocolate, banana. Reminds me a lot like a dunkelweisse.

Taste: big roasted malt flavor hits first. Then the chocolate and bananas hit with some cloves as well.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Only a hint of booze shows. Medium bodied with a pretty good amount of carbonation. Ends with a roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, this is one of the better dubbels I have had, however it reminds me more of a dunkelweisse. Still pretty drinkable.

mothman, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of gmfessen
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay chalice, beer is a deep ruby-crimson color with a thin, dissipating head. The smell is a fruit bouquet! A sweet malty backbone, slightly biscuity mixed with tropical punch. The fruitiness is still present in the taste but takes on more of a malty, licorice flavor rather than the fruit punch in the nose (no pun intended). No real hops to speak of, this one is slightly sweet from start to finish. The alcohol is covered well, only a slight mouth warming sensation is present. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a mild yet active carbonation that feels heavy on the tongue. Overall, a very drinkable beer, a fine job by New Belgium.

gmfessen, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of number1bum
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from mymrnngjkt. Thank you sir.

Pours dark brown with a ruby tint to it in the light. Three fingers of beige head which keeps only a thin lace, although it does leave some nice webbing all over the sides of the glass.

Smell is dark caramel malt and dark fruits. Maybe a bit of molasses as well.

Taste is also primarily dark, caramelized malt and dark fruits. The smell was a bit sweeter than the taste but the dark fruits have more complexity than they did in the aroma. Figs, dates, prunes. Not overly complex but tasty and smooth. As it warms the flavors round out even more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty aggressive carbonation. It's much spritzier than I'd like, which takes away from the smoothness and creaminess of the beer. As it warms it softens up a bit, but a softer feel would still improve the overall experience.

This is a very solid dubbel. Nice aroma and quite tasty, however, and a solid brew that I'd certainly have again.

number1bum, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Deep mahogany in color. Pours with a one to two finger head then settles to lacing at the edge of the glass. The lacing is thin and fairly sticky.
S) Banana. Mellow wheat notes. Alcohol. Apple.
T) Caramel. Toffee. Banana. Tree fruit - maybe apple, pear or cherry - but very mellow.
M) Light and wispy at times. Crisp on the front end then mellows out to a smooth middle before finish with just a bit of sharpness. Medium bodied.
D) I nice Belgian. True to form and tasty.

u2carew, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of Boofshavik
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the local Waco HEB. Bought as one of many to demonstrate the style to my wife before our trip to Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a lovely deep copper with reasonable inch of head into a chalice. Head quickly dissipates into spotty patches which stick around through the drink.

Aroma: Nice malty sweetness with hints of toastyness, dark fruit character with some spicy phenols (cinnamon, perhaps anise). Very clean.

Taste: Similar to aroma, with a more spicy character than expected. Light warm alcohol characteristic (the 7% really hides in the dark sweetness). Characteristic caramel flavor for the style.

Mouthfeel: A slick, velvety character. Medium body that is remarkably smooth given the suspected grain bill.

Drinkability: More drinkable than many examples of the style. The slightly lighter mouthfeel makes the first 2-3 sneak up on you. Certainly not a session beer, but a comfortable evening sipper.

Overall: If looking for a strong American example of a classic Belgian style, you've found it!

Boofshavik, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a brown color with a tan 1" head that lingers around a while before falling to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: malt sweetness and some ripe dark fruits are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big malty beer here. Caramel, brown sugar, raisins, some mild yeast spiciness, and a general bready feel makes up a solid dubbel. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Little prickliness to start but smooth and creamy at the finish. Aftertaste has malty goodiness stuck in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: this one went down quick and easy compared to some other dubbles. Very tasty beer worth trying, and having a few bottles in one sitting worked for me.

Gavage, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of benteach
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown in color. A good two fingers of head, left quickly, but left good lacing.

Smell is not strong but does a fruity sense to it.

Taste is superb. Very full. Tart fruit flavor. Creamy texture, smooth and robust. It tingles the taste buds. Give me more.

Great beer. New Belgium Brewery is a great stop anytime you are in Fort Collins, CO.

benteach, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of zdk9
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer is a dark chestnut color. There was over a finger of head on the pour but that has quickly gone away and left no lacing of which to speak.

S- Strong mushy bannana smell. This is combined with light orange notes and some light breadiness as well, perhaps uncooked bread dough.

T- The taste continues where the smell left off, with bread dominating over the bannana. Hints of alcohol join in. I'm not sure I like this hints- they need to back off and let me enjoy my bread beer.

M- Medium fullness and clean. The flavor seems to linger in the pallate as vaporized beer rather than syrupy that hold onto the tongue.

D- Definitely drinkable, and quite enjoyable.

zdk9, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange brown with a big ole head that stretched up above the rim of my glass without breaking tension.

NB's propietary yeast big in the aroma, powery, buscuity and sweet. Some fruity belgian candi sugar and nice spiciness.

Flavor is right up there too, dark fruit, heavy toffee and caramel malt, and a great chewy mouthfeel.

Probably my second favorite NB brew, a really good drinker and genuinely enjoyable.

SurlyDuff, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Wutz
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Just reviewed this a minute ago. Drank it and took some notes. Now I'm e-re-noting the review to this fine site.

Aroma - Dark Mahogany color with a good two inches of head after a firm pour. Head dissipated after just a few minutes leaving some lacing which I quickly swirled away (I'm a chronic swirl-inator).

Smell - Big bunches of sweetness with dark fruits and buckets o' peeled bananas dipped in cinnamon (but the cinnamon doesn't stick so the scents are somehow quite a bit more separated than if the banana had some sort of sticky agent on it).

Taste - Lots of sweet malt with less banana. This time the bucket of cinnamon (and other general spices) was "dipped" in a single banana. Quickly after the swallow, the dark fruits come back out but they're quickly beaten away by a pile of peppery/cinnamon in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-ish body with what I originally thought was too much carbonation. After my almost compulsive amount of swirling, the carbonation calmed down a bit and it agreed with me more.

Drinkishness - As tasty as this beer was, it was kind of hard to drink because of the beer's sweetness. A bad personal experience with cinnamon (BM me if you really want to know) has left me a little sensitive to cinnamon flavors so that turned me off of this beer a touch, too. I found myself drinking it faster as my guttywhats warmed from the 7% alcohol.

Warning: You'll never know its a 7% beer. Proceed with caution (as I'm finding out more and more as I'm typing this review).

Overall, the beer was pretty good. I easily and happily fought past my cinnamon aversion to drink this tasty brew. I couldn't have many of these at any one sitting but I definitely wouldn't push it away if an unsolicited Abbey came my way.

Wutz, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

Pours a mahoganydark amber with some reddish notes. A nice full-formed head stays for a bit

Lovely roasted malt accented by spices - coriander, dark fruit - plum and raisin. Some lighter fruit notes as well, and the overall yeast character. A great start

Flavor follows the nose, the spices and the malt really come together. Very nice.

Lighter than most dubbels, but not in a bad way at all, easy to drink, enjoyable. A quality take on the style from a solid brewery.

mhatters, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bold mahogany colored pour with a good inch of off white bubbly foam on top that has good staying power. Aromas start out with biscuit malts and a bright fruit scents. Spicy yeast tones with a touch of caramel in the background. Smooth overall.

First sip brings crisp malts upfront with a mix of grainy, biscuity and caramel flavors. Fruity tones roll across with plum, cinammon and a touch of grape. Spicy yeast kicks across the length of each sip. Finishes clean with a spicy/malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with a medium body and steady carbonation. Goes down smoothly enough and is pretty drinkable. A little on the mellow side but overall a solid interpretation of the style.

orbitalr0x, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Rich dark brownish-red with little head but some lacing.

Smell: Dark fruit, bananas, Belgian yeast, spiciness, some metallic (hops?). Very nice overall.

Taste: Dark fruit, raisins, slightly sour malt. Not much spiciness, and not as complex as hoped for. Why didn't that great smell come across on my taste buds better?

Feel: Low carbonation, chewy but seems watery and thin. Every single New Belgium beer I have had seems thin, but I had hoped a Dubbel would be the exception - apparently not.

Drinkability: More of an easy drinking Dubbel than others I have had, which are more sippers. On the other hand, the lack of complexity and the thin body are an impediment, and prevent me from wanting more.

Other than the 1554 (which is also somewhat thin) and maybe the Mothership Wit, I may be done with New Belgium. They are not bad beers by any means; I can just get much better in the same styles.

bsp77, May 28, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Chimay goblet. This ale appears a medium amber chestnut color with an inch of lingering ecru foam. Aromas and flavors are of sweet, floral fruits, caramelized bananas, apples, dates, candi, spicy yeast. Approaching full bodied and certainly amply carbonated. Great stuff, quite complex.

ClockworkOrange, May 27, 2009
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,890 ratings.