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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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1,752 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 131
Gots: 98 | 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:
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Photo of malcontent


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

Bright amber/ruby body with a billowy head that fills the tulip glass to the brim. Long, patchy lacing down the glass' sides.

Caramel, spices, dark fruit and a touch of bubblegum.

Rich, bready taste with hints of chamomile, brown sugar and currants.

Nice thickness to the body while completely avoiding syrupy tendencies. Creamy finish.

A very good dubbel and one I'd like to see available this side of the Mississippi. Why are we stuck with Fat Tire and not given this instead?
Thanks to chadspivey for the taste!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 00:29:30 | More by malcontent
Photo of lonestar4lunch


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

New Belgium pretty much has the market cornered for great, drinkable and luckily here in Texas quite available brews. Fat Tire, Trippel, 1554 and now the Wit. The Abbey is an old stand by. I really got into this when Celis closed down and I had to find something to take the place of the Celis Dubbel. Abbey pours a nice reddish, brown hue with an aroma of malts and some fruits. Maybe hint of spice. Taste is wonderful. You know it's a Dubbel but it has a nice, lighter, watery finish. Not over done but not too weak. Very easy to drink and just another great beer from a great brewery. I've enjoyed this one many times and will keep stocking this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 07:32:25 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice head and lacing that stick around for a while. Smell is strong and can be smelled nicely even without getting that close to the glass. Darker malts and spices along with funky belgian yeast esters come out on the nose.

Taste is decent for a dubbel, but is a little water. It needs more depth and complexity and a fuller flavor. However, it isn't bad.

Mouthfeel is very watery, but the flavor clings decently.

This beer is easy to drink. I wouldn't mind making a session out of it, but there are much better dubbels out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 06:41:49 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of dgallina


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

12 ounce bottle dated best-before October 2007.

Pours clear red-tinged brown with small tan head and great lace. Nice nose. Chocolate and toasted caramel notes with banana fruit touches, lingering spicy and funky yeast notes. Caramel malts are at the fore in the mouth. Develops a candi sugar and banana sweetness in the center. Finishes with drying hops and toasted powdery cocoa. Light-to-medium carbonation in the mouth. Body is a little thin in the center, but is pleasingly creamy throughout. A very drinkable American interpretation of the Abbey dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 04:05:01 | More by dgallina
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

A - Poured a nice reddish brown with a big off white head. Nice slow fade left a good quarter inch film on top. No significant lace, but good audible carbonation.

S - Smell was full of dark fruity esthers. Notes of figs and raisins were quite noticeable as well a nice well rounded belgian spiceness and a hint of pears as it warmed.

M & T - First impression was a great feel on this one. Very smooth with awesome carbonation. Very lively when sipping. Hints of figs apples, peaches, pears, raisens were all readily apparent. A slight touch of alcohol could be found but was not distracting in the least.

D - Overall a really nice belgian ale and a good quality drinker. Very sessionable and a new favorite from New Belgium for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 00:05:07 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Alkey


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

12oz. bottle poured a clear, light, reddish brown color with a large white head that leaves some spots of lace around the glass.

Smell - a bit of a fruity aroma.
Taste - some banana bread flavors, very little bitterness.
Feel - light, slightly watery.
Drinkability - a very easy to drink brew but seemed a bit weak and a little to watery.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 05:19:33 | More by Alkey
Photo of dren


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

The second of 4 beers I had at the brewery.

Pours a clear amber with a thick head. Smells of slight spice and dried fruit. Tastes similar finishing with a warm alcohol presence and a bready finish from the yeast. I think there is a little anise in there. A good beer for the style, one of the best American Belgians I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2007 18:40:20 | More by dren
Photo of tonistruth


3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- mahogany with 2 finger off white bubbly and fluffy head, great retent, thin soapy lacing

S- grapes and dates, fruity, yeast

T- fruity, grapes, toasted, residual sugars, warming alcohol at finish, bready at finish

M- light bodied, smooth, warm at finish, sticky in after

D- very Belgian like, smooth, easy drinking, well carbonated, fits style well, but not my taste buds

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 23:20:18 | More by tonistruth
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3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange-brown with a thick tan head and nice lacing down the glass. Instantly fruity and yeasty aromas wafted up from my glass, as well hints of cove spiciness and caramel. Taste was nice with heavy fruit notes, a balanced hoppiness (very mild) and a nice malty finish. And somewhere in there was a distinct belgian yeast flavor....very nice. Overall a great beer that is worth visiting again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 04:22:18 | More by sockeye101
Photo of ggaughan


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

Sampled at the Monk's Cafe New Belgium dinner the other night. The beer poured a deep brown, amber color with an off white head, not too thick. The nose was a solid combination of caramel malt and a touch of cherry. The taste was a refreshing taste of banana and maybe some cherry. Nice fruit esters with a nice bitter ending to round out a very solid beer. A very nice dubbel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2007 03:00:57 | More by ggaughan
Photo of ccrida


4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a cellar temperature 12 oz. bottle, into my St. Feuillien chalice, the New Belgium Abbey has a fluffy 2-finger, light tan, head, which subsided fairly quickly to a thick skim and lots of clingy lace.
Very nice, rich aroma, fig and grape fruitiness and distinct abbey yeast spiciness, with faint booziness and maybe a touch of brown sugar. So far this Abbey sure is authentic!
The taste continues to stay true to form, with much less of the sweetness from the nose, and more of the spice. A nice clean, dry, mineral finish.
The mouthfeel is very well executed, surprisingly light with lively carbonation.
This is a very drinkable abbey/dubbel. Not as bland as they can sometime be, but balanced and attenuated enough to not be cloying. And I'm only thinking of Belgian abbeys, as this could easily pass as (a very good) one in a blind taste test. This is the best and most authentic Belgian style American brew I've ever had, for any style. And only $8 a six pack in Portland, fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 03:31:00 | More by ccrida
Photo of blackie


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

a: Pours a one finger khaki head. The beer is a rich brown in color.

s: Sweet, dark tree fruits pushed forward on lighter Belgian malts. Nice yeasty aroma and some banana esters. A touch of spice and vanilla. Love the interplay of sweet fruity malts with the light ethanol and yeast. Manages to be bold and rich in aroma while intricate and delicate at the same time.

m: carbonation kinda lively and on the lower side of the high range, with a fullish body that's not overbearing

t: A nice example of the style. Mainly paler Belgians with a nice dose of darker malts that bring various fruits. An interesting nutty/toasty flavor waaay in the background. Subtly hopped with a mild bitterness and a little yeasty in the finish. Good, but the great aroma led me to hope for more complexity here. Cleans up well in the finish.

d: easy enough

from babydoc for my bombing...dated best by 20APR07

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 03:29:54 | More by blackie
Photo of snekse


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

A nice range of colors starting from a deep golden honey running to a dark amber of goldish-red. Slightly cloudy from the remaining yeast. The head consisted of a nice layer of dense foam that had respectable retention and lacing.

Mostly just a blend of spice, malt and yeast with underpinnings of hops and a bit of an apple cider fruitiness. I have to agree with others that there is a faint smell of fermented bananas in here.

Good balance between malts and hops. Complexity brought with clove like spice. Fruit wasn't as present as it was on the nose.

Definitely drink out of a wide mouth glass at the recommended temperature. Doing so accentuates the creaminess. Otherwise the mouthfeel is closer to a Bud Light. I thought the carbonation was completely inline with the dubbel style.

Not something I'd want to drink more than 2 of. Would probably go quite well with food, especially beef stew or some goulash.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 05:25:30 | More by snekse
Photo of smcreator


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish and light brown in color with incredible head retention.

S: Smells wonderful very sweet and fruity. This beer sometimes smells like bubble gum at various temperatures.

T: This beer is has an overall fruity taste, but it is not so sweet that it is a turn off. Like other New Belgium brews, the bitterness of the beer balances nicely with the sweet or fruity flavors. Despite a high ABV, you can not taste the 'alcohol flavor.'

M: Smooth beverage mainly because of the head that flows into your mouth upon drinking.

D: Because this beer is a full body beer and sweet it is not as easy to drink as some lighter beers. The higher ABV, also makes it difficult to consume quickly.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 05:54:01 | More by smcreator
Photo of jtslay


4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell will hit you first: fruity/sweet.

The taste is very complex but I find it to have a very drinkable aftertaste.

Note: Make sure to follow recommended serving temperature on the bottle as it will result in the proper taste and aroma. Respect the brewer.

I am looking forward to trying this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 17:49:43 | More by jtslay
Photo of beeragent


3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a snifter. The beer poured a deep copper, forming a two fingers thick cream colored head, along with medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is a mixture of malts, and dark fruits. The taste is a little malt thickness, a hint of alcohol, and a good amount of dark fruit flavor. Medium mouthfeel, along with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this a very easy dubbel to drink, and a great place to start IMO, if you want to explore this style. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 06:36:19 | More by beeragent
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The dubbel has a dark rbrown color, looking like a cola more than coffee. The head was sizeable on pour, requiring me to let it sit before the pour finished. As it sits, the ale has settled down and leaves small patches of lace.

S: The aroma has a slightly yeasty funk and a strong candi sugar presence.

T: The flavor supports the nose nicely, showcasing a concentrated, sweet candi sugar presence. A hint of caramelized and brown sugar round out the flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is strong on sweetness but retains a firm dryness. Very enjoyable.

D: Not quite a sessioner, this ale still has a pleasing flavor that could cause me to have several.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 23:19:54 | More by akorsak
Photo of BigJTrucker


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

12 oz bottle purchased @ Market of Choice, Eugene, OR

Poured into my NB Abbey glass(yay), it pours with a nice off white/tan head, settles fairly quickly, leaving a nice thin layer of foam. Color is a deep mahogany. Smell is of pears, perhaps grapes, and or apples... Has a the faintest fruity tinge to the taste, a bit of sourness to it, possibly due to the belgain yeast strain they used. A very nice offering from NBB, Fairly middle of the road as far as the style is concerned.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 07:17:52 | More by BigJTrucker
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3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice fluff leaves lace on the side of the glass, Smells great as I've let it warm to cool (not cold) temps. (Round about 50-55).

Damn nice smelling beer that really opens up and is fantastic at the 'recommended" temperature. It's easy to drink but has a nice spiciness to it that rewards you for letting it warm up.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 03:34:20 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. Thanks to csims for this one!

A - Poured a golden color with orange/red highlights. A medium off-white head sits comfortable atop, leaving behind a trail of creamy lacing.

S - Yeast, sweet apples, and bananas dominate the aroma, with spices lingering in the background.

T - Flavors don't live up to their expectations as the complexity I expected just wasn't there. Oh well. Bready yeast and spices (mostly cloves and coriander) lead the way to a banana finish.

M - Good carbonation and a strong finish...complex aftertaste, which is more than I could say for the actual flavors.

D - An excellent session Dubbel, just didn't live up to my expectations. I'm glad I have another sitting in the fridge...I'll wait a few months and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 02:07:43 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This dubbel (according to marketing, not Peter) pours a deep brown with a thick off white head that laces nicely down the glass. When held to the light, the edges glow a deep red color. The primary aromas are malt and yeast, but it isn't overly sweet smelling. I also detect very slight banana aromas. The medium bodied flavor is heavily malty with a fairly high sweetness as well. There is also a funky flavor in the background I can't put my finger on. Overall, i'm not crazy about this beer. That funk in the background puts me off a little bit, but other than that, it's decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 05:32:17 | More by drseamus
Photo of BlindPig


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

A- Just about a 1/4" off white head on a clear dark amber brown body.
S- Fruits, kind of a yeast aroma, sweet cherries, pretty light spices, and almost a light sugar.
T- Very well rounded beer. Light bread flavors, hints of spice, plums, raisins, candy cherries, nice hop presence, lingering bitterness on tongue. Flavors are blended together very nicely.
M- High carbonation and thin to medium body.
D- It's a excellent dubbel. A little high on the carbonation but it is the best one especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 02:02:39 | More by BlindPig
Photo of NBake


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date April 07. Pours a deep amber with a two finger head. A little lacing develops as the head fades. Looks pretty good.

Smells very belgian, with banana and plum dominating.

Tastes great. First you are hit with a malty, fruity sweetness that is immediately followed by a hint of biscuit. Fruit and alcohol linger on the tongue along with just the right amount of bitterness.

This brew is medium bodied with little carbonation. Seems right on for the style.

This one is more of a sipper, and I'm not sure how many I could drink in a row. Nonetheless, it is an excellent beer and everyone should give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 22:26:07 | More by NBake
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New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer from New Belgium in several months, I brought this bottle of Abbey Belgian Style Ale back from my holiday visit to Omaha. Stamped Best Before 20APR07, and poured into my lovely new New Belgium Brewing Company .4 litre globe. A massive, thick and creamy, initially noisy but settling quickly and holding, ecru head sits atop a glowing bronze body with two lonely but persistent streams of carbonation. Candy, fruit, and phenols take up most of the nose space with overripe muskmelon, date sugar, molassess, and a soft and demure rubber scent predominating the overall aroma. A bit of clove and anise are also detectable. The flavor is understated, especially given the rather forceful nose. There are clove, nutmeg, and anise notes that punctuate a largely dark Karo syrup and caramel flavor profile. Fruitcake batter without the chunks of dried maraschino cherries. Slightly peppery mouthfeel with a smooth, full, and creamy swallow. Hangs just a bit heavy on the palate, but generally comes across as medium-bodied. For a U.S.-brewed dubbel, one could certainly do worse than NB Abbey. It's not as complex or interesting as other domestic interpretations of the style, but it remains true to the spirit of dark Belgian ales and stands as a strong, quaffable, qualilty beer. Recommended, especially when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 05:11:00 | More by orfeu
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber brown, with little to no head. smells like vanilla, raisin, rum, and sweet fruit, with a good waft of belgium funk. taste is sweet, bready malts with sour notes, banana, cloves and a touch of vanilla. mouthfeel is good, though slightly watery. very drinkable. this is a nice brew!

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2006 19:53:11 | More by kingjames1
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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