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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

1,862 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,862
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 144
Gots: 145 | 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 angelmonster
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 3 finger tan head into a new belgium globe. Very dark brown in color. Very nice head retention and great lacing through out

Smells of rich roasted malts. Slight alcohol and Belgium yeast smell was very apparent. Getting lots of Banana smell and faint coffe

First taste is of spiced malts. Also a slight banana/ dunkelweizen/Belgium fruity taste is present. Alcohol taste is also slightly apparent even though this beer is only brewed at 7%.

Slightly over carbonated mouth feel. Rich yet smooth going down, somewhat creamy head

Good American recreation of a Belgium ale. Only downside is that for being only 7 percent abv the alcohol is more present than it should be. Still it is one of the cheapest belgium style beers on the market, would buy again.

angelmonster, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Parched
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Burnished bronze color with a nice, albeit short lived head

S Traces of oranges and baked goods (it is liquid bread after all!)

T Reminiscent of Chimay but without the corkiness. The dark breadiness of the malt is perfectly balanced by the citrus of the hops. The alcohol is appropriately warming and is itself an ingredient that contributes to the overall taste and feel. This beer gladdens the heart and is almost as good as the Belgian Style beer once brewed at the Draft House in Austin.

M Nice carbonation, slightly sticky

D A brew for all seasons. Perhaps not for the initiate or effete but definitely for ploughmen, Puritans, pubsters, and the people.
Coram Deo. MT

Parched, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of drxandy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in trade thanks to ben4881, thanks man!
12oz to goblet, pours a nice rich dark woody shade, reddish brown, looks excellent, foamy white head fades to thin lacing that clings nicely.

smells of heavy malt! smells a bit like a old/strong ale but with belgian yeast.

taste is of a delicious bready roasty toasty malt blend, good carbonation, light alcohol, lightly sweet, lots of charecter, yeast backs everything up nicely, highly drinkable for higher abv, great flavors!

mouthfeel is of good carbonation, creamy, good weight, loads of flavor, very nice
jealous i don't have access to NB, as i would gladly buy this again!

drxandy, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of AChamberlain
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a La Trappe goblet.

A: Ruby colored, dark, with a pretty offwhite soft head.

S: A bit weak. But some yummy aromas of dark fruits.

T: A bit spicy actually. Almost peppery. A good fruity sweetness in the middle.

M: Good carbonation. Quaffable, medium bodied. Very nice drinking dubbel.

D: Pretty good. Not my favorite dubdel but for the price and availability, a fine choice.

AChamberlain, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown amber coloring with about two finger lengths of head.

S- Has a chocolate/caramel scent with some hops. Not too strong.

T- Pretty much tastes as it smells. Caramel/Chocolate with a dry, hoppy finish. You can also taste the alcohol pretty well too.

M- Kind of bitter and dry. A little harsh, but also has a smoothness to it.

D- Can probably have 2-3 of these in a session if you like them.

Overall its an OK beer. I'm not a big fan of anything with a chocolate or caramel taste. Can taste the alcohol too easily as well. A decent beer, but nothing great in my book.

Bagman007, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very nice mahogany with a beautiful amber/brownish hue. There was a nice two finger head but is quickly diminished to a quarter inch ring around the glass.
There is a lot of carbonation in the beer. The clarity of the beer is very clear and the light allows for beauty of the beer to show through.

Nose: There is a heavy malty complex with fig, banana, molasses, sweet bread, yeast. There notes of esters, citrus, and phenols.

Taste: A nice malt complex with fig, banana, molasses, sweet bread, yeast. There are hints of citrus, esters, and phenols.

Overall: I am very surprised by this beer. For it not being Belgium it is really good. There is very nice malt complex that gives the beer some umph. The mouth feel is coating with an alcohol warming. The finish is slightly bitter with a very tasty finish that last for a few minutes. I like this beer and enjoyed very much.

colts9016, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of jcdgoad
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that made me fall in love with New Belgium. I absolutely hate fat tire, and I was reluctant to try any of NB's other beers. This beer had a nice small head and it is a medium dark brown color. The smell is typical for the style. Now for the taste...This beer is as good or better than any Belgium Dubbel I've tried. I highly recommend this beer.

jcdgoad, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear dark brown with slight ruby tinges around the edges against light, little clouding from yeast. Large light toffee color headed that rather quickly diminishes to a ring with some splotches of lacing.
S: Very impressive, very strong, complex aroma that is well balanced with being too sweet or spicy. Nice balance of belgian yeast, banana, caramel malt, pepper, light alcohol, etc. Each smell something new pokes through.
T: Lighter side of medium bodied with active carbonation that makes the lighter body still feel creamy and full. Strong malt body, generally sweet with a slightly bready finish. Body also has strong peppery spice flavor and slight nuttiness. Very good American take on this style, definitely let this warm up before enjoying it, I'd be happy to have regular access to this.

yourefragile, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear, deep maroon color with a large creamy, off white head that has VERY good retention and excellent lacing as it moves down the glass.

S-Aroma is strong with mostly sweet candied dark fruits. Simple but good.

T-Taste is very sweet with caramel notes and hints of dark fruits like prunes and figs. Almost, but not cloying because of the slight but noticable hop bitterness. I believe there is also a hint of earthy hops in the flavor, very small amounts.

M-It has a full-medium body and it is very creamy. It has a nice coating the mouth characteristic that is always nice.

D-It has a nice smooth drinkability that is a little deceiving. There is no harshness or fusal alcohol to it. I highly suggest this brew.

hoplover82, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a beautiful red/amber brown color with a small beige head that leaves lots of web lacing. Ripe fruit, candy sugar, caramel malt, and cake-like sweetness. Much is the same with its taste, a bit of nuttiness, brown sugar and a nice twang of hop paired with good lively carbonation on the finish. Great drinkability and damn traditional overall. In my opinion, a benchmark example of a Belgian style ale brewed here in America.

ATPete, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of electricfields
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red brown color, surprisingly translucent, with a light tan head that looks very nice and sticks around a while, leaving a decent lacing on the glass.

S: Banana and spice are immediately apparent. sweet, but not in a way that makes me want to gag. We're off to a good start here!

T: Once again, banana and spice are the two things that jump out at me. A little bit of clove maybe? I like it, whatever it is, and overall, this is both complex and pleasant on a base level. At the back-end of this thing, there's our old friend, alcohol dropping in for a little meet and greet. It's got a good, tasty, but not overwhelming sweetness. There aren't a lot of apparent hops in the taste here, and while that's something I generally frown upon, it works for this one.

M: Nice and smooth. Medium body, dry going down, but with a syrupy finish.

D: This beer is delicious and quite drinkable. I'd definitely recommend it.

electricfields, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby. Very nice tan head with decent retention and lacing. The smell is heavily fruity, with bananas, dates, and maybe mango(?!). Yeast is prominent as well, along with some lower-key malt. It doesn't disappoint upon tasting, with malt and fruit coming through first, followed by some earthy/stony yeast. Medium body fitting for the style. A pleasant take on a dubbel.

philipquarles, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a bold dark tan head and thick lace. Dark and deep reddish brown colored body. It has an amazing aroma. It smells of coffee, toffee and sweet caramel malts. It does have a slightly beany aroma. The head has a lot of staying power and you have to work around its creaminess to get to the actual beer. It has an incredibly smooth roasty taste that has just the right amount of bitterness. It has full body and is very drinkable.

MTNboy, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of humanawho
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - nice dark ruby color with a white head and some lacing

S - great banana spiciness very sweet and fruity

T - again nice belgian style spiciness, good belgian yeast flavor, strong fruity banana flavor very sweet and smooth

M - strong mouthfeel nice medium body and good carbonation

D - a little too sweet to be eatreamly drinkable but for 7% it is good

humanawho, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of snaotheus
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark nutty amber in color with a thick, frothy head that settles slowly. Lacing is thick and high.

Very slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Smells and tastes earthy. Sweet start, a little hops in the middle, and a nice balanced tail end that makes me want another sip...and another...and so on.

snaotheus, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of jkdrummer
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice dark reddish brown. Nice thick head that quiets down into a thick lace. Aroma is yeasty but malty. The taste is pure Belgium style with bubble gum and banana overtones. For some reason the body to me is a bit weak when compared to say a Chimay red label. Overall not bad for a domestic. Recommended.

Jk

jkdrummer, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of josiahschlender
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't tried many of the New Belgium brews for a while, so I figured I'd mix up a six pack and see what comes of it. I don't think I've ever tried the Abbey Ale yet.

Pours a handsome dark amber color, described on the bottle as mahogany. I'll give it that, it's the color of some expensive wood floor. Impressive khaki head almost overflows my pint glass and lasts a very long time. Much better retention than most beers you can buy at the grocery store. Leaves nice lacing, to boot.

Really nice aromas, I'm surprised by the amount of yeasty dark fruits, banana and spice. It smells like a real Belgian! I'm gratified to read they use an authentic yeast strain. I believe it. Noticing brown sugar and very sweet candied nut malts.

Yeasty sweetness dominate flavors, but there's a lot going on here. Noted banana, brown sugar, figs, sweet, nutty malts and just a bit of hoppy bittering at the end. Speaking of the end, finish is smooth and pretty long. Maybe loses a little bit of steam after the excellent aromas, but the balance and intensity of flavors are matched very well by the creamy, semi-full body.

Probably not a beer I'd down a ton of, but very enjoyable! The most authentic stab at a great Belgian style by a non-Belgian brewer that I've had. As always, price and availability factor in my drinkability score. This one does pretty well in both respects, especially if you find it on sale. Excluding La Folie, the best I've had from New Belgium. (but more to try)

josiahschlender, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass with a beautiful red amber color, perfect clarity, and huge amounts of rocky white head. The head sticks around very well and leaves nice lacing behind. An all-around exceptional looking beer.

Aroma is fresh and appropriate for the style. It's fruity and sweet with a great Belgian style yeast smell.

Flavor is very good as well. Dark fruits, nuts, spices and banana all blend together perfectly. A good balance between sweet and bitter too.

Mouthfeel is nice in that it isn't as carbonated as the Belgians which can sometimes be over done in that department.

Drinkabilty is good for the style but it's high in alcohol and so it just won't be an all-night beer.

I enjoyed this one a lot when I first moved to Colorado so I thought I'd give it another try. I'm glad to say it's as great as ever.

GilGarp, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into my Trappist Westvleteren chalice, purchased as a single from Hi-Times I believe for under two dollars

A-Medium brown with some darker tones, thin 1/2 inch creamy vanilla colored head that did not last, not much retention, no lacing
S-Very fruity, Belgian yeast, roasted nuts, bubble gum, caramel, brown sugar, lots of berries, sweetness, and
T-Starts off with a fruity malt taste, some nuttiness in the middle with some brown sugar, berries and sweetness in the finish, did not taste as good once it warmed, caramel became stronger and the beer just seemed flat at times, more fruity than expected but still a nice flavor, would have liked to see some more complexity but the taste was not bad overall
M-Sweet, nutty, and roasted mouthfeel, medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation, taste lingers a little bit
D-Could drink a few of these at a sitting, not too heavy and smooth, alcohol content is not high for the style either, sweet stuff gets old though

One of New Belgium's best bottle offerings but still nothing compared to La Folie, what is though, would like to try the Grand Cru version someday and see the differences, have not seen this around too much but a few times recently on draft at various locations, I would probably buy this again down the road, recommended

Floydster, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer on-tap from the brewery.

A - A Ruby Brown ale that when poured it has a good head and comes to a lacing.

S - Good Orange smelling malt beer. Great aroma as you pick up on the clove and fig.

T - Malty beer that has a low hop taste with a good citrus initial reaction. Yet as an aftertaste there is a distinct banana taste and the clove and fig comes out.

Tolnik, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mahogany color with a huge bubbly head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Smells sweet, like pears, raisins, dark fruit.

Has a warm inviting taste on the mouth. Its smooth and sweet with a biscuit like taste to it.

Mouthfeel was medium body and creamy, once again nice and smooth taste to this one.

I would say theres drinkability to this one due to its good taste and cheap price.

tr4nc3d, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of FatCaster
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from bottle, has a very uniform white head almost geometric pattern to the bubbles. Flavor improved (as said on the bottle) as it sat in the glass as drunk.

A--Appears dark brown, but held up to the light, reveals a deep ruby red that fades to an earthy orange.

S--Sweet smell with notes of raisin a piney burst of hoppiness.

T--This is where this beer really shines. Starts smooth and slightly fruity, and ends with a sort of a crisp tingle that spreads through the mouth. Hard to place the finishing taste...

M--Just thick enough that it sticks around in the mouth for a second or two, and just enough carbonation that the flavors bubble around your mouth.

D--I enjoyed it a lot, and could put a few down, but had to rank it down because the two people with me have both said they didn't think they could drink more than a couple.

Third best New Belgium I've had, and a definite addition to regular rotation.

FatCaster, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark red/maroon with a light off-white head, good retention.

S: Dried fruit, lots of sugar, molasses.

T: Has a lot of brown candi sugar taste to it, very sweet. Raisin and fig juice predominate. Good flavour and it has clear Belgian yeast characteristics if not the interesting complexities of the great Belgian dubbels.

M: Strong, full body, this beer is built really well, no trace of alcohol sharpness, very smooth.

D: A nice beer, my of my favs that I've had from New Belgium. Good, drinkable tasty dubbel.

Halcyondays, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Offa
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty good, one of the better New Belgium beers to me and one of the better and more interesting dubbels I've had.

Dark red with a little brown, it has a dense, tan, medium-big head that slowly shrinks and leaves a little lace.

The aroma is stewed dried fruit, a little chocolate, leaves, prunes, brown bread - overall, very nice.

The taste is not as great, but still good with dried fruit and fresh, juicy fruit, leaves, bread crust, a little sweet at first to a drier finish. It's tasty, easy to drink, but still a little on the bland side, especially with food.

Offa, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, with a nice big white head that gets smaller but doesn't fall off completely. Laces strongly and uniformly. Held to the light, its a deep crimson colored body with some nice carbonation. Strong nose of dark fruits and alcohol, with some nice sweetness in there too. Flavor is a fruity, nutty malt. Tastes of sweet prunes, alcohol, caramel malt, a hint of dark chocolate, nutmeg. Finish is a little flat but the malt and fruit stick around long enough. Medium to full bodied. Holds up extremely well with the best of the Belgian abbey ales, better than most, even.

aforbes10, Oct 12, 2008
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,862 ratings.