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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

1,830 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 139
Gots: 132 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002)
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Photo of goochpunch
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured VERY carefully into a goblet (need to keep a close eye on the yeast when pouring this). Dark garnet colored brew with a creamy, frothy, off-white head. Aromas of cloves, belgian yeast, and fruity esters.

Taste is great. A big charge of spiciness from the yeast and alcohol hits first with sweet and slightly tart undertones. Eventually, this all gives way to a dominant warming alcohol sensation in the mouth. Once that settles, the palate is treated to a lingering richness: dried fruits and toasted malt.

Incredible mouthfeel. Abbey is very soft in the mouth. Full without being thick and heavy. These are easy to put away, but after a couple, they tend to overload the senses.

goochpunch, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abbey is a dark crimson color with a large, light brown head. Retention is nice and leaves a solid, creamy layer. Aroma is of orange peel and spices atop of a bready malt. A little bit of yeast aroma pops through as well. Dark, ripe fruit flavor rules here and blends in with a bready, Fat Tire-like malt. Spices run rampent and are joined by orange flavor. Belgian sugar forms a nice backbone here and works well in tandem with the malt. Finish introduces a dry, almost burnt fruit flavor. Anyway, this is awesome and features so many flavors that make each sip a minature adventure. Highly recommended.

Gagnonsux, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Shovelbum
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin off-white head over a mahogany body. Aromas of caramel malt, candi sugar, vinous fruit notes, a slight yeastiness and a whiff of alcohol. Crisp in the mouth with sweet caramel malt and a slight spiciness that mingles with dark vinous fruit; all balanced by a dose of mild spicy hops in the background. Medium to full bodied for the style. Quite crisp due to an abundance of carbonation.

Not bad for a N. American take on the style. I wouldn't mind seeing a slight lowering of the crispness in favor of a bit more sweetness, but as it is I still wish we had regular access to this up here in MI.

Shovelbum, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear caramel with a lively/fluffy white head , Very good head retention and impressive lacing

Smell: Yeast, mustiness, malt faint hint of phenoylic (sp) tones

Taste: Fruitiness/yeastiness, woody taste more like popsicle stick than oakiness. Some choclate notes also noticed up front with appreciable dryness and plum-like notes. Slight sourness, alcohol & dryness come through in the finish.

MF: Chewy enough with a effervesicent (sp?) presence that helps bring out the beer subtleness

Drinkable for its sytle, which I enjoy, but not a session quaffer to me. Holds its own with its oldworld brothers/cousins

russpowell, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown (some amber). 1/2" beige head. Incredible retention. 30 + minutes. Perfect sheet of lace.

S - Yeast. Chocolate. Malty. Sweet. Fig.

T - Rich, malty. Woodsy. Spice. Light earthy malt flavor. Chocolate. Sweet. Fruit (apple). Dried dark fruits. Beer opens up a great deal in the finish.

M - Creamy mouthfeel. Smooth. Medium carbonation. A little thin for the style in my opinion (my only complaint).

D - Nice drinkability. Great at about 60 degrees or even warmer. A very fulfilling beer that can stand alone. Nice job New Belgium.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. bottle as part of a past BIF. Poured into a large Unibroue tulip glass. Light tan two fingered head atop a light brown brew. Loads of swirlies cruizing around. Long retention and picture-perfect lacing.
Dark fruit and loads of phenols in the aroma.
Belgian candy sugar and caramel are the predominant flavors along with the needed phenols. Very mild spices and hops. Dark fruit leaves some lingering sweetness in the mouth. Not bad, overall.

Dithyramb, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That's a dubble pour straight outta Belgium, lemme tell you. Bubbles all tight together but distinct from one another, giant at first and then foaming down rockky. Dark rust.

Very crisp smell, a fine mix between twangy Belgian yeast, zappy alcohol, and chewy chocolately all-american malt.

Tastes a little dry up front. Dull caramel. Moves into a sensational cereal grain, like the aftertaste of Sugar Crisps (or Sugar Smacks or whatever your supermarket brand name is for the cereal pieces that look like little vulvas). Ripe Belgian fruits hit you in the back followed by a very short but lively zip of alcohol.

Nice beer, probably the best imitation of a Belgian that I've had from the US.

mynie, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of Mitchel
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Belgian Abbey pours a pleasant dark brown. Although it says on the label that it is bottle fermented with live yeast in the bottle, the beer is amazingly clear. The head is very light in color and leaves moderate lacing.

It smells of caramel, malt and bananas. It makes me think of Bananas Foster with a little bit of piquancy to it. This beer has a great balance of malt, hops, and carbonation which makes for one great beer. It is a fairly dry beer with a 7% punch. Abbey finishes with a delicate bitterness and flavor. It is not incredibly complex, but that is okay. You know that what you are getting yourself into when you buy Belgians is not multiple levels and layers, but great taste.

This is easily one of the best beers that I have had in a long time. I don’t know what to say about it except that it is unbelievable. Very well rounded and above what is usual. Try it, you will almost certainly be fond of it.

Mitchel, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 7th December 2005, a 355ml bottle best by 05 May 06.

Poured a nice dark amber colour with a decent cream coloured head. Head lasted well throughout. Some clumps of yeast appeared with the final pour.
Smelled of hops and roast malts (sounds lame, I know!).
Tasted biscuity, touch alcoholic, malts and slightly rusty.
Very nice. In a blind trial, one could easily be fooled into believing this was a genuine belgian "abbey-style" ale or even a Trappist dubbel.

Mouthfeel was thinnish, plenty of carbonation.
Drinkability; yes please.

JohnfromDublin, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle(room temp) a deep amber gold with a very small head that dissipated slowly leaving a fine solid layerand lots of nice lacing.

The smell is very fruity with notes of banana, plum, and a clove aroma as well. Very inviting!

The taste is a wonderful blend of the notes I mentioned in the smell all working together with sweet malt and a nice yeasty infusion that makes it so darn drinkable.

This is a very nice Belgian style dubbel that I can thoroughly recommend!

Bitterbill, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown pour with good lacing... stickage is well.

Fruity aroma... fig, raisin, plum. Yeasty and doughy. Moderately complex. Faint scent of vanilla.

Malty flavor with some dried fruit. Doughy and bready. Very good beer. Some slight earthiness and little alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty good... bubbly. The only complaint my be that it is a touch too thin.

Fugazme, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice. Looked pretty appetizing: clear brown color with sticky beige head.

The aroma was also pretty good, I could have mistaken it for Maredsous 8. Maybe it uses the same yeast (my guess).

The flavor was dubbel for sure, but there didn't seem to be as much viscosity as I'd prefer in a Dubbel. No tongue coating going on at all.

Not bad for the price, but not anything to search too hard for in my opinion. I heard they scored a medal with this beer at the Great American Beer Festival, but still not the best to me...

TurdFurgison, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of hoffman
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours up with a two finger head that lingers well and laces the glass more than I had expected. Nice dark reddish brown, with golden edging. Smell ever-present with a robust fruity opening, sweet like plums, I felt there was also a nice hop presence but I cannot pin point it. The taste is full and nice, a bit sweet for me at the outset, nice hop finish but not too much....maybe could use a little more hop kick for me, carbontation is minimal as well. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth very nice. Overall a very good one from NB.

hoffman, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of Derek
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a real let-down for me, my expectations were high. It was good, but paled in comparison to some of the OLD-Belgium brews.

A little more scents than usual, taste is good, but not great.

It had an assertive prune/raisin taste that was VERY Belgian. Balanced slightly to the sweet side.

Needs more carbonation.

Derek, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with some reddish tint with a thinner head than expected,the aromas more than make up for the lackluster appearance of this beer sweet malt and very fruity with a faint smoky-like yeastiness.Flavors of raisins and toffee really jump out at ya up front but its not overly sweet in my mind,a touch of phenolic spiciness in the finish with some warming alcohol as the beer warms a little.A fine American example of a Belgian Dubbel,I would buy again.

oberon, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium brown with a nice tannish head that falls fairly fast but does lace nice.

Aroma is over ripe fruit bananas dominating but other underneath apples, plums on sweet malt.

Taste is nice smooth malt some sweet toffee hints blend with the ripe fruit flavors. Not much spice or hops in the finish just a touch to add something to the smooth fruity malt. Very nice no hints of alcohol nothing exotic happening here its plain and simple, but good.

Mouthfeel is medium with nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is nice, a little too much alcohol but would make a fine sessions beer. Man I could have a few of these in one sitting. Want to thank Dertbert for this bottle.

mntlover, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7 Apr 06. Pours a nice dark brown with a really nice head and carbonation. Nice lacing afterwards. Scents of fruit (prune) and toffee? This brew has a very nice sweet taste and I think the alcohol is hidden well. Medium body. At 7% you can drink a few, like I said this beer taste very nice.

Wasatch, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle Best before date 3/31/05. sampled on 8/27/05
Pours out opaque brown with a small tan head.
Aroma is fruity, (raisons, cooked banana) and a little doughy.
flavor is carmel, banana, prune, and some light hops.
tasty. Alcohol is not well hidden. slight burn and bellywarming noted, but this does not detract from the beer

Padron4KM, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

61F
lustrous walnut color with a thin foam that dissipates leaving a ripped lace.
aroma of spicy yeasty -- pears, pancake syrup and chocolate chip cookie dough.
This is relatively thin, as in there's not a lot of residual sweetness. It's not lacking in fruits though they're muted by dryness. It's as if dried fruits were soaked in water with a little molasses and a few dashes of brandy. It gives a spicy finish of clove and vanillin. Dates come back in the aftertaste, and there's a green pear follow through. Interesting enough beer. It leaves a very clean finish. A great introduction to belgian ale.

gbontrag, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of kgotcher
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First off I have to admit I am a long time fan of Fat Tire and New Belgium Brewing.

I have had this beer a few times but only when in the mood for this style (not my favorite style usually).

Look is good for a double ale, Amber-brown. Some chunks of yeast floating around is a nice touch.

Smells sweet and a bit fruity like you expect from a belgium. Reminds me of raisin bread. . .

Taste is a bit sweet but nice. Fruity all over with a very dry aftertaste. Small hint of hops (I'm a hop head), does not hide the 7% alchohol very well though this seems to be a trait of belgium double ale.

Mouthfeel is dry and very carbonated due to yeast conditioning. I think this is also normal for Belgium double ales.

Drinkability is okay, not as smooth as I normally like but with the 7% achohol, a few of these and you won't care.

Overall a good beer from the NBB worth trying.

kgotcher, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of dfuller
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep brown with slight soft white head. Beautiful white lacing ordains the glass.

Nose: Smells of Belgian ale, though maybe a bit sweeter than most.

Taste: The suggary sweetness hits right away. It gives way after a while to light fruity ester overtones. Hints of light fruit (raisons and more), but by this time you are hit by the alcohol rather rudely. The finish is sweet and finally you can feel the malt. I think this brew exaggerates the sweetness and alcohol taste of a Belgian dubbel just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and a bit boozy, feels more than its 7% ABV.

Drinkability: Difficult to be fair since I love Belgian abbey dubbels, but this beer is a bit too unbalanced to be as drinkable as an excellent dubbel.

dfuller, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hot little mama, the 7% bites from the get go, but not unpleasantly. Take it easy on the great American version of a Belgium. Beautiful dark amber with a rich foamy tan head. Fruity & malty in the aromas, transferring to the taste buds quite nicely.

Dark caramel & brown sugars assist the quaff, with a delicate touch of clove in the finish. Somewhat dry and hoppy - but a definite Belgium Cru sibling. The Belgium yeasts do their job quite well. A sipping type brew for any season.

Label states " Serve cool, 50 degrees, not cold" Nice.

Vancer, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of swid
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Abbey pours a deep amber color into my chalice. It's slighly hazy, and scatters the light well. A 3/4", dark cream-colored head forms, and dissipates within 5 minutes. Low amounts of lacing. (I can't tell if the "best before" date on the label is Apr 05 or 06; it's nearly impossible to make a call one way or another.) The aroma has all the hallmarks of a dubbel: sweet caramel and alcohol notes, hop spiciness, and perhaps just a bit of coriander. However, the aromas seem to be fairly muddled together. As the beer warms, the alcohol aroma becomes more prevalent.

The taste is very nicely balanced out between competing flavors. Overall, it's fairly sweet; after the first sip, the caramel dominates for a brief moment. A combined mild alcohol/mild spicy flavor, along with an overall musty note, round out the taste profile. Abbey has a medium body, and feels slightly slick and sweet on the tongue. Somehow, this beer manages to have an aftertaste that has sweet, spicy, and tart elements.

I like this beer, it is very balanced and drinkable; it makes a good entry beer into the world of truly funky Belgians. However, I can't quite shake the feeling that Abbey tries to be both a "drinking" and a "sipping" beer, limiting the full potential of this beer. In any case, more research will be required.

swid, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely beer, and a lovely bottle, too. Pours a very big cream colored head that slowly settles into a coppry body. Smell has enough Belgian sugar for everyone. The usual Belgian yeast esters of coriander, and a slight hint of banana toward the finish. There’s also a hint of horseblanket that becomes apparent the further down the glass you go.

DrunkMcDermott, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of palliko
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rich burnt sienna that doesn’t let much light through, and coffee colored foam that produces a sticky lace. Aroma has esters of banana, spices (tarragon), fruit, and ethanol fumes. Initial taste is of plums, malt, ripe bananas, cream – balanced by bitter hops. Chewy breads make for a medium body. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. A good beer for those who like Chimay type Belgians.

palliko, Jul 18, 2005
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.