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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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1,902 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,902
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 144
Gots: 164 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002)
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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown amber (clear) with a one finger pale yellow head. Medium amount of lacings. Aroma is slightly fermented fruit. Taste is fermented black cherries, a touch of prune, a hint of chocolate. I can't separate the hops but the bitterness is there in the finish. The mouthfeel is quite nice with the carbonation flowing over the tongue. Alcohol is apparent but well masked in the taste. Overall a pleasant and very drinkable Dubbel from NB. Drink by date was Aug. 2009.

Spikester, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson red almost brown color with a small white head that fell quickly only leaving behind some splotchy lacing. Lots of fine sediment floating around and plenty of carbonation bubbles. Aroma is sweet, fruity, spicy, yeasty, and grassy. Some banana aand clove are present in the nose, and smells almost like sugary dark Belgian wit with hints of chocolate. Taste has that familiar New Belgium toasty maltiness. They must have used copious amounts of biscuit malt in this one, as it tastes almost like a richer version of Fat Tire, only fermented with Belgian yeast, which gives it a fruity, spicy, herbal flavor with hints of bubble gum and apple. Very nice, I might say, particularly well-balanced between the sweetness of the malt, the fruitiness of the yeast, and lightly bitter, herbal hoppiness. Medium bodied, average carbonation, goes down easy. A tasty beer and a pleasure to drink.

KeefD, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice mahogoney body, red and brown hues mixed together with a small beige head. Leaves wispy lacing in broken rings around the glass.

The fruit aroma on this one is great. Dark, sweet figs and prunes and a touch of bannana.

Some sweet candied sugar flavor is pretty strong and is followed by the bouquet of fruit in the aroma. Some caramel sweetness comes through also. A pretty good dubbel.

Mouthfeel is low on carbonation and pretty robust on body. Either the high end of medium bodied or the low end of full.

Good drinkability, not a bad beer at all.

Hojaminbag, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of BeTheBall
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a burgundy color with a nice lievly, fizzy head, which dissipated in a minute or two. Smelled of bananas, yeast and other unidentified fruits. Taste was excellent and smooth, similar to the smell, fruits slightly dominated by banana, but mild. Excellent total mouthfeel as expected with this style. Drinkability is excellent, very tasty and refreshing, without being overbearing in any way. Great stuff.

BeTheBall, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark red with a frothy and thick white head with that trademark belgian lace. Great appearance.

Smells of fruit, floral, malty..complex beyond my detection.

Tastes very lightly of bananas and other fruits, bready/biscuity malt with a nice crisp aftertaste. It isn't that it is not complex or good, because it is both. It is very well done as it's belgian counterparts are. It's just missing..something that keeps it out of the league as the top dubbels.

Thin bodied and highly carbonated, this is the only way for this one to be.

I'm almost sad that New Belgium doesn't distribute here as this would be a nice go-to drink. Extremely easy going down and good to drink. Great stuff.

sonicdescent, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of diamondc
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single at the local liquor store for $1.69. Best by Apr 24 09. Poured into a New Belgium goblet.

Appearance: Dark brown, held up to the light reveals a ruby red color. Nice fluffy head with some sticky lacing.

Smell: Prunes, black cherries, Raisinettes, dark chocolate, some wood notes. After warming up to room temperature I get a big caramel aroma.

Taste: Big on the dark fruit flavors, namely black cherry. Figs and licorice also. Some black coffee mixed in with the slightly bitter hop aftertaste. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: This could almost be a session beer because it is very light tasting for a dark Belgian-style beer. There's a nice creaminess also. This is *the* budget beer (along with the NB Tripel) for Belgian ale fanatics.

diamondc, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of CMW
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep red, almost maroon color with a nice three finger khaki head that does not disappear for some time and then leaves some nice lacing on the glass. There is a mild level of carbonation.

There is a rich fruitiness in the aroma that is accompanied by some spiciness, maybe cinnamon? I also detect come caramel malt mixed with a decent aroma of alcohol. This beer has a complex nose with a mix of fruit and spices and I am very impressed.

Up front I taste a nice sweetness and malt flavors. This is then followed by raisins, black cherries, or plums. I definitely can taste the darker fruits here. There is a bit of hop bitterness and it finishes off dry with just a slight feeling a warmth from the alcohol.

CMW, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark mohangany. Puffy large head, nice lacing, no windows.

S: Not so much here. Sweet malts, thats about it.

T: First sip was dark chocolate. Second sip really, really reminded me of a German Dunkelweiss...bananna, clove..bubblegum! Third sip reverted back to the chocolate, almost a chocolate cake. I'm still scratching my head.

M: Coats the mouth with semi-sweetness. Spot on carbonation, clean.

D: As with all higher ABV beers, this is a crapshoot. I like this beer. Complex enough to keep it interesting, but not too "weird".

KI9A, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear light mahogany color with a reddish hue around the edges. Poured 2 finger tan head with good retention. Ample lacing in even rings. Decanted continually.

S: Big rich roasted malts, dark fruits and alcohol.

T: Very consistent with smell. A variety of dark fruits come to an end with a slightly bitter alcohol finish.

M: Full side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Coats the mouth and tongue.

D: Carbonation is a bit strong in this one and though the abv is 7, feels like more in the taste and finish. Its a good sipper.

Haybeerman, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Belgian style outside of Chimay. Poured in a Chimay goblet.

Mahogany is the description for this ales appearance on the bottle and that is what it looks like. Average head for being poured into a goblet. Smells fruity, a little raisin perhaps. Alcohol is definitely there. The taste is a fruity malt up front that ends on a spicey hoppy note. Mouthfeel of this beer is medium body and well carbonated.

I gave this beer a 5 on drinkability. Simply because the alcohol is mixed in very well and this is a great values for 7% alcohol at $8 a 6 pack. I could drink a lot of this brew at 7% abv and for only $8. Nice! I'm much fonder of this brewery now. I can't wait to check out their other offerings.

Ok, after waking up the next day I have to come back and lower the drinkability. It's a great value, but man, I'm not used to 7% abv in such abundance. Normally 7% abv and up comes in a bomber around here. I had five out of the six pack and mixed a couple of other brews. I ended up blasted. Still highly recommended for an American brewed Belgian.

johnnybgood1999, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark red brew with nice frothy head. Lives a little lacing.

S: Sweet and malty: hint of cinnamon

T: Sugary, spicy, slight hop bitterness but just enough to leave you craving another sip, and just a hint of alocohol

M: Good carbonation, medium-full body.

Overall, good, cheery dubbel. Good price and good quality for a dubbel that comes in a 6 pack.

OlRasputin989, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Juggernaut
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was a light red/brown, but darker than copper, with a good head formed.

Smell was kind of weak, and didn't give you much information on what to expect from the beer.

Taste was a combination of spiciness of the hops, sweetness of the malt, and some fruitiness mixed in. Overall, a little malt taste than hops.

Mouth feel was good, with a very light sweetness and good carbonation.

Drink ability is above average, I could have a few of these no problem.

Juggernaut, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pourd dark copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing.

Complex fruity and yeast aroma.

Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation.

Full complex dark fruit flavor with a small alcohol finish.

Well balanced complex brew that is one of my top six for style.

tmoneyba, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a brown to a redish hue. Head formation is quick and light. Perhaps a mm in size. Color is dirty white - brown perhaps.

S - Yeasty edge on the nose. A sweet almost grape smell backs it up. Little bit of the belgian yeast oxidation - a sour scent.

T - Starts off very muted, with a light amount of sugar malt sweetness. Mid-stream builds up some bitterness. Finishes with the yeast becoming very assertive. More of that biting sour flavor. At the end the yeast tartness builds into the aftertaste.

M - Moderate to thick body. Carbonation bite is present and edgy. Leaves a bit of a cloying film on the tongue.

D - Decent drinkability. The carbonation bite is strong enough to weigh heavily on the palette. ABV is strong and deceptive - but manageable.

katan, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/30/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a brown/amber colored body, with a good sized head, very fine bubbles, and off-white. Has an aroma of perfume, sweetness, and alcohol. A taste of malts, some perfume, sugar, and an aftertaste of malt. Smells & looks like a dubbel, but tastes like a brown/double.

jujubeast6000, Jan 06, 2009
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
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,902 ratings.