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Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 2,015
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 159
Gots: 221 | FT: 2
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

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Ratings: 2,015 | Reviews: 745
Photo of Ek0nomik
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Given to me as a gift (Thanks Dan!)

Appearance: The pour is a copper and burnt umber color with just barely a finger of head. The beer is slightly effervescent with a few streaks of lace on the side of my glass.

Smell: The nose is mostly spice with a bit of dark fruit in there as well. Not as much brown malt coming through as I was anticipating. There actually is a faint hint of alcohol that comes through.

Taste: The palate picks up spice, including clove as well as some dark fruit. The fruit is a mixture of raisins and plums. The spice sits at the front of the tasting while the fruit comes in towards the end. The end also warms up a bit with the alcohol just slightly coming through.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation right out of the gate. Medium bodied. Gets more and more smooth as the beer warms up.

Drinkability: This is a really nice Dubbel from New Belgium. I feel like I've been hitting spot on beer after spot on beer with New Belgium lately. I could definitely go for another one of these, but, alas, this was my only bottle.

Photo of JMforman
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of New Belgium's better brews. This was the last from a six pack that I made last for four months (I wish they sold this brew in Tennessee).

A- A lovely copper body beneath a velvety white head. Excellent lacing throughout the drink.

S- Strong fruity overtones. Yeast, banana, raisin

T- Dark fruit, raisin, nutmeg. Fruitiness upfront gives way to a mild hop bitterness. That delicious, complex Belgian yeast. Very tasty.

M- Medium mouthfeel

D- Very drinkable. Definitely one of the more approachable representatives of this style.

Photo of nhindian
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottle provided as a generous extra by Exiled, thanks Jason! Just received the New Belgium globe glass in a trade and decided there was no better way to break it in than with an Abbey!

A - Pours a burnt mahogany color with a very meager half-finger's worth of head. Disappointing head but with moderate retention for what's there I suppose. An absolute torrent of carbonation rises from the glass. Minimal lacing.

S - Smell is rich in ripe banana, cloves, pepper, and yeast. Lots of Belgian candied sugar and fruits, such as lemon and grapes. Very light and airy, while being a bit more complex.

T - The taste is very enjoyable for this beer. Follows the nose faithfully but is refreshing and crisp while being full-flavored. Full of the 'grape-bubblegum' taste along with cloves, bananas, lemon, and pepper. Almost no appearance from the alcohol so this could definitely creep up on you.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with high carbonation. Spicy finish but not entirely dry so lots of flavors linger as well.

D - Drinkability is high. Flavors are bold and enjoyable, no sign of alcohol, and a great mouthfeel all help compensate for a relatively lacking pour. Great beer!

Photo of harrymel
2.47/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 06/30/10

Poured to New Belgium tulip.

A: low visible carbonation, ocassional rise from etching. Dark brown with excellent clarity. No retention of head.

S: sweet, figs, coriander, hint of plastic.

T: Yeast highlights this flavor for me. I prefer a little more sweetness in this type of ale.

M: low to no bubble mouthfeel.

D: Simple, brown ale in body, unimpressive.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

A - Damn... The first thing I noticed was the head: very lively, 2-finger, and just about as frothy as it can be. Excellent retention. Color is like a firebrick red, for sure. Carbonation just keeps chugging along.

S - Lots of sweetness and spices. Peppery, with something like banana coming along for the ride. Plus, always a favorite of my, the scent that is Belgian yeast.

T - SPICE! Lots of cloves and pepper. Tries really hard to hide the sweet malts, but they break through. Ripe banana definitely lends itself to the sweetness. The Belgian strands of yeast also give their distinctive flavor to the beer.

M - Slick would be my first word of choice. Very smooth, with just a touch of carbonation. The spices used in this beer are very warming, too. Gives it a nice edge, especially when it's winter.

D - It's a very good brew, but I have this problem with all dubbels: they can be hard to drink. It's more of a sipping style, for sure. However, that doesn't mean I won't get this again. On the contrary, I'll buy a couple more in the near future!

Overall/notes: Tonight, I drank this and watched the snow fall outside. It was kind of a cool experience. This is a very good brew, and I would definitely recommend trying it out if it's in your area. Another good job by the folks at New Belgium.

Photo of mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at Shellfish in Port Lavaca, TX. Pours deep mahogany with a thick, long lasting white head. Nice amount of lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruits and yeast. Very pleasant and sweet. Light body for abbey, with yeast and dark fruit dominate the mouth, some caramel malt as well. Finish is short and sweet though not cloying. Very simplistic interpretation of the style.

Photo of ChimRichels
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle ---> Oversized wine goblet

A - Crystal clear ruby with a head that dissipates to a thin film with a few chunks dispersed intermittently.

S - Yeast is strong yielding notes of spice, sweetness as well as a tinge of alcohol and fruity esters.

T - Sweet, clovey, the distinctive "belgian" flavor that is so hard to describe in words, doughy, bready. Definitely malt-heavy.

M - Smoth and creamy, airy in the mouth. Slightly dry.

D - Excellent. Will purchase again.

Photo of herman77
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dard reddish amber with a bubbly off white head. Pretty good retention. Leaves behind big sheets of lacing.

S: Banana, belgium yeast, cloves and spice. Some other fruity aromas like plums and pears. Smells really good.

T: Starts off pretty fruity, bananas and pears then the belgium yeast comes in with a bit of clove and peppery spice and maybe a hint of bubblegum? A bit of alcohol warming in the finish. Nice balance of fruity and spice.

M: Medium body, moderate to low carbonation. Feels slick. Very nice feel

D: Probably one of my favorite beers from New Belgium. Different, but very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of davesway10
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mostly, I like this beer. realistically there are much better representations of this style. While I wont say i'll never buy this one again i also wont commit to buying it again. Nice taste, fruity, apples, pears.. Just not up to what I want from a dubbel. Good beer though.

Photo of paulozanello
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that has good retention and lacing.

Aroma is very yeasty: lots of banana, clove and spiciness. A little malt and nut aromas also come through.

Taste starts with notes of caramel malts, nuts and soon changes to a lot of banana, clove and yeasty bitterness and spice. This lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very thin and kind of watery actually. Carbonation is medium. I don't get any alcohol. Drinkability is ok. Mild astringency after the sip.

Overall a very yeasty and thin tasting dubbel. I personally like a little more malt sweetness and a fuller body.

Photo of Lemke10
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $8 in Fall 2010.

This is one of New Belgium's heavier tasting beers. It pours a medium brown color with a long lasting head as you take in a slight scent of malts. It is very rich in flavor that is also slightly bitter. Its fairly strong taste makes this a good sipping beer.

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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
2.41/5  rDev -39.9%
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
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +2.2%
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
3.61/5  rDev -10%
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
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
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 -0.2%
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 -11.5%
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 -2%
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
4.09/5  rDev +2%
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
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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
3.01/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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