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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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1,861 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 143
Gots: 143 | 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 objectivemonkey
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip glass, pours a dark earthy brown with a bubbly, quickly diminishing white head, quickly diminishing lacing. Aroma is pretty much fantastic, yeasty with medium fruits, apple and pear, with a sweet malt backing, and some nices spices to boot. Taste isn't as good as the nose, but still quite good, the apple and pear there too, but has a funny bitter maltiness at the end that brings this score down a half point. Mouth is decent, not as full as I'd have liked it to be, though just the right amount of liveliness on the tongue. All in all, a darn good beer, and for $1.49, I'm gonna have to grab a bunch more next time.

objectivemonkey, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Beerzebub
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: best before 23 March, 2007

Somewhat dark, clear rosewood color. Some beige head, keeps bubbling up in the center of the goblet, but not much for the style. Some lacing. Smell dominated by ripe bananas, very pleasant, with some nail polish remover, raisins, plum, bread, fruity black pepper. Smells very much like fresh baked banana bread, delicious.

Taste matches smell, with nail polish remover noticeable but not strong enough to be unpleasant. Mostly really ripe banana. Certainly enjoyable, but doesn't totally come together.

* This could probably use some cellar time. *

Decent creamy mouthfeel, just a tad too fizzy.

Food note: Started eating a pork chop and caramelized onions with this, and it works well.

Beerzebub, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, with a large frothy white head. Excellent retention. Sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - Phenols, bananas, anise, plums, and black pepper.

T - Mid-bodied. Upfront is quite malty with lots of fresh fruit flavors coming into play. Phenols give way to a sharp alcoholic bite. Finishes creamy and dry, with a slight bitter receding aftertaste. Drinkability is quite good.

A solid Dubbel, and one that is good for any occasion.

HoustonTX, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at Cost Plus back in late June for $1.49 each.

Beer poured a mahogany brown with a nice tan head initially in my Duvel glass. Nose is very peasant with ripe fruits dominating. Taste is a sweet medley of ripe fruit, candied sugar,and finished with a hint of hops and alcohol. Mouthfeel is awesome and is what makes this beer for me, This is a good tasting beer that is enhanced by a perfect creamy smooth feeling as it passes over my palate. Drinkability is good. The alcohol is a bit more prevelant than I had hoped. This is a nice interpretation of the style and definitely worth a shot,

arizcards, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Soloman420 for this great opportunity.

Pound into a chalice, it has a tan head and is a dark brown in apperance.

Smell is malty with some hint of floral notes which is pleasent and very inviteing.

Taste is malty with hop aftertones, also with some hint of toffee and caramel.

Mouthfeel is smooth with excellent amount of carbonation. Goes does very well.

Drinkability - could have a couple more of these, but I am sure the 7% abv would hit me after another. Wish I could get these around my area, but thanks to Soloman420 once more for the opportunity.

MrHolland, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of leedorham
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a strong head that continued from start to finish. Amber to brown in color.
The aroma was full with fruitiness and hops.
I had to have this beer on consecutive nights to be sure but the taste had a very strong clove characteristic. Too strong for my liking. Still it had enough redeeming qualities to be very drinkable.

leedorham, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz bottle poured out an amber hue with a good white head. It left distinct lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and spices. There was also a fruity aroma (banana?).

T - The malt flavor was outstanding. Caramel flavors popped up throughout. Nice sharp spiciness

M - It is smooth and crisp. A medium-bodied brew with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

D - Very drinkable. One of New Belgium's best and a great "American try" at a dubbel.

zeff80, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of AlesRTasty
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once poured, an off white head forms with little retention. The beer is a dark brown with amber highlights. Very full aroma. Smells of spices and dark malts fill the nose and I pick up minor hints of a smokiness I think. You can definitly taste the dark malts with little hop flavor. Some fruitiness lingers in the aftertaste but it is very little. Surprisingly very little citrus flavor since most of NB's brews have those characteristics. Good mouthfeel and good carbonation. This is a good find from NB, quite good and layered with flavor. I think this must be my favorite NB brew.

AlesRTasty, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mellow and pleasant. A dunkel for drinkers. Sessionable? Certainly. Appearance: A tad light in color for the body but boy the head is grand, lasting a ¼ inch with lacing up the sides of the glass to a ½ inch. Just wonderful. Anise, plums, banana, dates, and phenols. Creamy as Culver’s custard. Minute carbonation plays hop scotch and tidily winks on the tounge. Yum, yum. This beer’s fun. Loads of banana in the flavor. Bready too. Great feel. Crisp, creamy, and even a touch dry in the finish. A winner.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bennetj17 for this and many other NB brews....solid trader.
Pours dark brown in color...quite cloudy and quickly fills with 2/3rd's of the lightest, fluffiest head I've seen. Most sticks around for the pint, but what fades, produces some lacing that holds strong with everlasting stickiness.
Mildly spiced in the nose with a subtle malt sweetness...candy sugar mostly with just a touch of hops.
Taste is very enjoyable...I would not say "complex" as the bottle states, but very drinkable. Less spice in the flavor, but the caramel malt carries over well...finishes clean with the belgian yeast adding a earthy spice to balance out with the hop addition.
Alcohol is not found in the taste and this one goes down too easy.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is perfect for me.
Would not think I'd go for this one after yardwork, but I found this to be very refreshing.
Solid first impression from the folks at New Belgium.

warriorsoul, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber pour with a thick whitish-tan head that slowly melts to a very sticky, thick lacing.
Aroma is trappist yeast, toasted sweet malt, dried sweet fruits.
Taste is sweet dried fruit and sweet malt....slight alcohol burn as you swallow...aftertaste of raisins and alcohol.
Very decent take on a Belgium Dubbel.

IntriqKen, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of thaichile
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice off-white head. Very malty nose mixed with fruit. Creamy and silky, thought it was smooth but overwhelmingly malty. Sweet apples, a fresh apple cider reduction beer. Nice interpretation of the style. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

thaichile, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of Boneheadmx
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ever since Fat Tire, I've really trusted New Belgium in making good beer. I've heard good things about Abbey and I finally found a store that carries it. This beer does not disappoint.

The beer is a beautiful reddish brown with a good amount of carbonation. The head is so huge and fluffy that it forces a long pour. This is exactly what an ale should look like. Robust, dark, and beautiful.

The smell is faint, but quite nice. The malty notes are noticeable with the smell of bananas and chocolate coming through.

The taste is just amazing. The first swig reminded me of roasted malts, somewhere in between a cup of tea, a shot of espresso, and a bar of unsweetened chocolate. After the initial bite of bitterness, the more mellow sweetness evened it out, with the hops kicking in on the aftertaste. Everything in the beer points to balance. It's amazing because you'd think a 7 percent beer would taste more alcoholic rather than malty, but it's one of the most balanced beers I've ever tasted.

The mouthfeel is excellent. It goes down rather smooth, with a very interesting kick thanks to the high amount of carbonation. The lovely head just stays and stays and keeps it creamy.

This is by far one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, even though it is a bit on the heavy side. This isn't really a beer for a warm night, but even then, it still tastes fantastic. In short, if you like ales, and you don't mind a little extra alcohol, malt, and hops (flavor flavor flavor!), then go out and find this beer. It's really good stuff. This is one of the best beers I have ever had and I will be going back to find this again soon.

Boneheadmx, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells kinda tripely, actually. Oh, and is pretty enough. Tastes a bit like Ommegang meets tripel. Some coffee, chocolate, fruity, alcohol- not overwhelming, though. Tasty, but I prefer Ommegang. Mouthfeel is full and nice. Pretty drinkable, especially considering alcohol content. A nice brew.

scooter231, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not as pretty as pretty can be for a dubbel but still pretty good lookin. A bit of an off white head, a sort of dark amber or copper color. Smells of banana esters and dark fruits... raisins, mostly, but a definitely dark fruit medley.
The taste is much like the smell, but even richer. Tastes quite authentically Belgian; tastes quite a bit like Ommegang. A really, quite tasty dubbel. If I didn't have Ommegang readily available I would love to have this handy.

ommegangpbr, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Leftover from my Spring Break trip to Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Pours a dark garnet red with two fingers of fluffy tan head. Smells like a loaf of bread - malty, yeasty and spicy. Taste is doughy up front, supported by dark fruits and a Belgian yeasty spiciness. Mouthfeel is medium-rich, with a crisp edge. A well put-together dubbel, not a surprise from the always solid New Belgium. Shame I can't get it here in Wisconsin.

Golden2wenty1, May 28, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy foamy head on amber brandyish body, a bit of yeast sediment as expiration date in 2 more months. Fruity yeasty aroma and taste. Very creamy mouthfeel like whipped cream. Tangy fruitiness and hops kick finish so that aftertaste is melange of malty, yeasty and moderately bitter. Very enjoyable American version that stands up there with Ommegang and Unibroue. Only 7%.

Sammy, May 16, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recieved in a trade from nvsblman. Pours a ruby brown, with a thin blanket of foam on the top. Lacing is abundant.

Aroma is malty, and has huge aroma of spicy yeast. Pretty nice.

Flavor is rather dry and roasty. Has a good amount of coffee flavor, as well as some lightly roasted malts. Spicy yeast again pokes out and takes the stage here. Very enjoyable american version of a belgian brew.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and I think the aggressive carbonation hurts it a little bit. The bubbles just feel too big on the tongue. Drinkability is good.

phisig137, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Wiezen glass:

Appearance: A dark amber with bright ruby edges when held to the light. Slightly off white head that stacked up high really quickly only to die down to a quarter inch,and left minimal laceing. Lots of beading rumbling to the surface.

Smell: The aromas are typical Belgian yeast with a strong alcohol following. Has some ripe oranges and a kiwi scent as well. Bready notes can be found also.

Taste: The flavors are strong alcohol followed by a sweet orange and caramel malt. Has licorice all over the palate with subtle hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Has a nice spritzy mouthfeel with alcohol fumes coming back up. Leaves with a mildly sweet caramel malt and bready aftertaste. Not bad at all.

Drinkability: I would most definitely recommend this to any Belgian lover. Overall,it is a good beer to enjoy.


cheers2beers, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a bottle with a date stamp of best before AUG06, I got it at a gas station in Santa Fe, NM. It still seemed very good. It poured a deep amber color into a plastic hotel cup with some sediment floating around. There was a nice off white head. The smell is great lots of fruit, plums and raisins, with some alcohol bite. The taste is more of the same very fruity with some alcohol bite. It has a very nice body, medium-full with a good level of carbonation.

orsulacp, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear deep reddish brown color with a nicely thick tan head of off white bubbles on top. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but the head only maintains in its full form for 45 seconds or so.

Aroma: Quite a bit of fruity esters from yeast and dark malts like cara Munich to go along with a pronounced browned biscuit aroma. There seems to be a slight banana flavor here to go along with a mild spiciness. As the beer sits a bit, the fruit flavors get a bit more intense and the darker fruits are becoming more noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is has a lot more depth to it than I expected from the aroma. There is some alcohol noticeable in the spiciness of the beer. There is a whole lot of malty sweetness in this beer that is just on the verge of being cloying. I get a whole medley of floral and spicy notes that could be from hops as much as from the alcohol and esters. It has a complex flavor profile. The finish is sweet with quite a bit of carbonation to keep the beer moving across your palate. There is a slight warming from alcohol on the back of the throat long after the finish.

Opinion: Well, I am glad that I came back to this beer, as I now believe that it is one of the better beers to come from NB brewing. This beer would probably benefit from the addition of some (or a bit more) quality sugar to help dry out the finish a bit. Right now it ends a bit syrupy, and it would make it really palatable.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass/ would advise against drinking straight from bottle.
Good pour, dark caramel color, off-white head (foamy) lacing. Streaks of darker red/brown.
Smell was strong. Dark fruit, biscuit, malt...some hops--enough to notice.
Taste was a smooth, rich and dry. Non-citrus fruits. Someone said banana and I suppose that fits fairly well. Yeast and malt dominated for me, the fruit backed it up.
Good beer, hard to drink more than one...too rich for me.

Mebuzzard, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of sevineyes
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle featuring a monk on the label.

A: Pours a hypnotizing deep amber. Has a dense head and leaves good sheeting and lacing.

S: Sweet and alcoholic. Goes to a rather toasty and yeasty profile underneath.

T: Very much dark fruit and alcohol. Plums, some bananna, dark cherries. Ends with an alcohol dryness.

M: Rich but not quite to what I'd call creamy.

Overall: A nice beer and I think probably more drinkable than some other dubbels out there, but nothing really jumps out and grabs me.

sevineyes, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a very impressive, creamy two finger head that fades slowly to a thick cap and leaves behind thick sheets of lacing.

Smell; fruity, but stlightly subdued aroma. There's notes of banana and raisins with bits of pepper and a nice sweet maltiness.

Taste; nice and yeasty with hints of clove. The banana flavor stands out really nicely along with a little bit of pears with some earthy qualities as this gets closer to room temp. There's a touch of hops as well as a balancing sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess, and pretty darn drinkable.

RedHaze, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of ChrisA
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first "Belgian Dubbel". Poured a dark copper color with a caramel brightness. Hints of banana on the nose. Fruity crispness balanced by a warm alcohol finish. Pleasing to the palate. Little head retention. As a hophead, I miss that lacking quality. However, I am glad to branch out and am amazed by the variety of ales. A fine after dinner brew. A much more refined beer.

ChrisA, Mar 11, 2006
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,861 ratings.