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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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1,796 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 138
Gots: 120 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002)
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Photo of NeroFiddled


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%

New Belgium's Abbey delivers a very hazy russet brown body beneath a fair-sized head of light-tan that's lightly creamy. The head retention is average and it doesn't hold real well, but it does maintain a thin surface covering and a good collar, and it leaves some light lace about the glass. The aroma offers dark fruit (sweet dark raisins, juicy red wine), candy, light caramel malt and a subtle spiciness. It's smooth across the palate with a light-medium body and exceptionally fine-bubbled carbonation that's mildly effervescent but does no more that caress the tongue. The flavor follows the suggestions of the aroma with some additional candyish sugariness, some more fruit, some leafy hops, and a stabilizing back-bone of bitterness. It's well balanced and although the alcohol is noticeable, it actually acts as part of the flavor profile and isn't offensive at all. It finishes with dark fruit and leafy hops in a fairly long, gently lingering aftertaste.

05-15-2005 12:08:07 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of soper2000


4/5  rDev 0%

Note to self: Bringing a bottle opener when traveling isn't necessarily a bad idea. After struggling with the cap for quite sometime, I finally managed to open my first New Belgium beer.

It pours a rich toffee color with a creamy tan head. Aromas of plum and spices are dominant in the nose. Lot's of sweet dark fruits are evident in the taste as well. The spice is a little strong for me as it lingers in the aftertaste. Overall it's a fairly nice dubbel. I just wish to find some Transatlantique or Biere de Mars.

I will be revisiting this one.

05-14-2005 00:35:25 | More by soper2000
Photo of OatherS


4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

New Belgium bottle with monk holding a glass of beer.

Appearance: Nice two finger head that laces nicely. Nice amber/brown transluscent color.

Smell: Phenols and fruit odors present. Very nice.

Taste: Awesome. Very good beer. The dubbel flavor is spot on.

Mouthfeel: Tickles the tongue.

Drinkability: One of the only good things about living in Kansas is that you can get New Belgium beers!!!

05-10-2005 01:07:25 | More by OatherS
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.6/5  rDev -10%

appears brown with light lagery foam.. deep red in the light with active bubblings in a chalice...

smells malty but the profile of an abbey is off.. i smell coffee here. checking again, yes.. coffee. mixes well with banana nose and mild tinge of sweetness. smells ok but the coffee worries me.

taste is more clearly abbey style. the coffee fades to a sublime yet rich malt and the banana reveals itself as a prime force. plums, dates and a hint of cinnamon back it all up. combined, this beer yields a chocolate-covered banana flavor experience.

mouthfeel and body are medium and nothing noteworthy or achieved.

beer pulls through on the back end from a shaky start. the warmer it gets the more i like it, and this is a beer i would not hesitate to sample again.

05-09-2005 13:56:42 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of loren01


4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

I just love the smell of this beer, I really don't know of another beer that has a better aroma to it. All kinds of flavors in this one: floral, caramel, dates, fruity aromas. Mouthfeel is not bad but could be better, pretty heavy but could have maybe a little more carbonation to it. Taste is very good, kind of spicy like maybe slight clove taste with a fruity pep to it, the aftertaste is of banana flavor. The apperance is awesome, great big head with a nice lacing. Very well done brew.

04-22-2005 06:43:51 | More by loren01
Photo of notoriousdav


5/5  rDev +25%

Currently at the top of my Colorado brew ratings. A big hit of banana and cinnamon right off the bat. It pours a deep mahogany brown, like the color of a nice piece of furniture. I’ve read some reviews complaining about the head, but they must have been drinking an older bottle because I’ve always gotten a nice foamy head that lasts a while. This is an excellent American example of a Belgium Dubble. All in all, New Belgium’s finest beer.

04-13-2005 14:24:35 | More by notoriousdav
Photo of LuckySevens82


4/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle courtesy of babydoc.

Pours brown with reddish hues. No real head to speak of, but does have quite a nice collar around the top of the beer.
Smell is fruity (dates, plums, figs), with a hint of hops and alcohol. As well as a yeasty characteristic.
Taste is very similar to the aroma. Very fruity, a bit hoppy, some graininess and a little bit of alcohol. Yeast plays a part as well.
Overall, a good attempt at a belgian dubble, certainly worth seeking out if you can.

04-03-2005 03:29:51 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of WetCoaster


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: It's a dubbel, all right. Deep maple syrup amber with garnet highlights. A strong pour produces a fizzy, foamy, slightly off-white head with fairly good retention and thick lacing. Surprisingly active carbonation.

Smell: Authentic, to say the least. Richly spiced, yeast esters galore, floral, fruity (red apple come through strongly), a bit of banana (my wife though it smelled like baby food) and perhaps even a hint of chocolate.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Thin, but slightly coating with sharp carbonation. Taste blends many elements to produce a what I'd have to call a spiced candied apple flavor. Yeast come though in the end, perhaps a bit too peppery. Still, right on the money, stylewise.

Drinkability: Very; authentic, crisp, rich yet tart. I've savaged this brewery in the past (and they deserved it after the Loft fiasco--what the hell was THAT?), but this was redemption in my book, a very good effort. Top notch dubbel and a relative bargain to boot.

03-08-2005 08:00:33 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of TastyTaste


4.88/5  rDev +22%

Nice dark brown color, lights up crystal clear when held to light. Big fluffy off-white head with fairly good retention. Smells sweet and perfumey,with raisin and softer yeast tones. Taste is absolutely delectable and full from beginning to end. Bright flavors of alcohol and cotton candy, clove, cherry and banana. Motuhfeel is well carbonated and full, this is an excellent beer. Thanks a bunch to babydoc for the trade that brought me this great beer.

03-02-2005 17:55:39 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of neonbrown82


4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

The beer pours to an opaque nutty brown color, almost black, with a decent tan head. Smells of biscuit malts and sweet fruity esters. The taste is unbelieveable. Tastes similar to a Chimay with the clove spiciness, but has its own distinct flavor. The finish leads me to believe that I had just eaten a banana. Has a wonderful body. I would drink this all night if it were a bit lower in alcohol content. One of the few well done American attempts at a Belgian style I've tried.

03-02-2005 03:39:44 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of bashiba


3.65/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured a slightly cloudy dark amber color with a small half inch of creamy off white head.

Smell is very nice, a strong sweet caramel maltyness mixing with the heavy yeast odor.

Taste is slightly underwhelming. After getting hit by the huge scent I was expecting more flavor as well. Overall the taste is a rather subdued maltiness with a touch of woody tones an just a slight hint of yeast.

Mouthfeel is good with a nice full creamy charachter to it.

Drinkability is good, a very smooth interpretation of the style, just not quite as full flavored as I would have liked.

03-02-2005 00:43:11 | More by bashiba
Photo of ppoitras


3.88/5  rDev -3%

12oz bottle from Secret Santa ninjaworm. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" light beige head above an effervescent clear reddish caramel brew. Head stays constant, due to effervescence from bottom of the glass, and lacing is excellent. Aroma is sweet malts, Belgian-style spiciness, with alcohol apparent. Taste is sweet and sugary up-front, spiciness coming on in the middle, and a dry alcoholic finish. Warming in the mouth and throat. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking with the somewhat overpowering sweetness, and drinkability is affected by same. Not a bad brew, by any means, just seems a bit over the top with the sugaring.

02-26-2005 23:03:06 | More by ppoitras
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

Particulate-laden orangish bronze with a monumental head of creamysoft beige foam. The cap begins its slow motion descent as surface bubbles languidly pop, resulting in random squiggles of soapy lace. The color is on the lighter end of the dubbel scale, but is plenty pleasing to the eye.

The nose is dominated by Belgian yeast. No surprise since 'an authentic Belgian yeast strain' is in use according to the label. Clove spice is dominant. It isn't as brown malty as expected, nor as fruity. A little more power would be great.

The flavor is wonderful and changes in fascinating ways over the course of each sip. It's malty sweet with a spunky carbonation out of the chute, is darkly fruity and spicy on the backstretch and develops a deepening, expanding burst of fruit and spice--and warming alcohol--at the wire. It also improves noticeably with warming. The mouthfeel is incredibly well-mannered with a smooth richness that retains a light elegance thanks to a perfect amount of carbonation.

Abbey Belgian Style Ale (the name is too generic) is a wonderful homage to the original dubbels of Belgium. It's no Westvleteren 8, but is unquestionably the best American-brewed dubbel that has ever crossed my lips. New Belgium's best? Even though I haven't tried their entire lineup, it's hard to imagine that they could top this.

02-20-2005 15:08:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of ChrisBowers


4/5  rDev 0%

Very solid offering from New Belgium. Not necessarily the truest to the dubbel style, but a very good belgian style brown ale nonetheless. Pours with a nice frothy head and excellent lacing. Smell is sweet with some banana/cloves present. Somewhat phenolic. Taste is yeasty, malty, definite clove presence with a creamy finish. Maybe a tad too much carbonation when its first out of the bottle though. Definitely benefits from some oxidation. A very drinkable, enjoyable beer. Can't beat the price either if you like to drink good Belgian style beer on a daily basis.

02-18-2005 02:15:55 | More by ChrisBowers
Photo of kosmoraios


2.65/5  rDev -33.8%

I love Belgian ales, and I have tried quite a few, so this one was up against some excellent competition. For it's style, I must confess, it is quite below par in my opinion. Pours a brownish amber into my tulip glass, with almost NO head whatsoever, even on an extremely aggressive pour. Smells of yeast and caramel, with some artificial-smelling fruity hints like bruised apple and pear. The taste just doesn't cut it for a Belgian-style dubbel. A bit of frutiness, alcohol is noticable, much caramel and a bit of phenolic acidity. In almost all New Belgian ales, I find there is a "artificial flavor added" taste to them. That may or may not be the case, but I feel like they add coloring and flavor to some of their ales. The mouthfeel of this ale is oily and plain flat. For those reasons, the drinkability of this ale is below average. I am reviewing it for the style, so all in all, not impressed.

02-16-2005 23:59:12 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of KoG


4/5  rDev 0%

The lackluster head and no lacing made me a bit disappointed. Maybe the other 5 bottles will be better in this department. Nice dark brown with a redish tint however.

Smell is fruity. A touch of spice and a bit piney. Somewhat remeniscient of a winter warmer.

Taste is fruity and a bit phenolic. Alcohol is lightly prevolent in the finish. Slightly dry with a bready hint. Smooth finish and nice creamy mouth with a touch of carbonation.

Leaves a bit dry due to the alcohol, but very drinkable.

02-06-2005 08:34:44 | More by KoG
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.78/5  rDev -30.5%

Must confess that I rarely try beers as yeasty as I expected this one to be. It came as some surprise to me that the beer poured a slightly reddish, fairly dark brown colour. There was little head.

Smells yeasty with a little hint of some spice.

Carbonation is more noticeable than I would have expected. Initially I notice some spicy banana flavour. Then the yeast and the rather subtle hops hit me at the same time.

I wouldn't drink another, but that is no real reflection on the beer's quality. I found New Belgium's Trippel (also from the bottle) much more palatable when I tried it a few weeks ago.

02-04-2005 07:46:16 | More by charlatan
Photo of Fish113d


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

Pouring into my goblet...Holy Head Batman!!!! I like a little beer with my head from now and then, but this is beautiful! 4 inches of frothy tan head (looks like sea foam) clings to the glass like white on rice, atop of a nice ruby-brownish colored partially clear brew! Not much dissipation here on this one from the head at first, but it then starts to settle. Plums, raisins, and sugary malts come out of this one in aroma. Maybe even some cherries or grapes come through, as well as a little nutmeg, but most of the aroma is fruit malts. A slight twang of alcohol clears my sinuses a slight bit as well. The smell doesn't exaclty match the taste in this one though. The fruitiness that I smelled is much more mild on the sip. The spice comes through a bit more on taste, as well as some of the fruit. Also, some wheat flavors come through. No real hops at all, and the alcohol burns a little on the swallow. Full-bodied, not too much carbonation (which actually you feel more on the sides of your tongue), and this beer creates a bit of a puckering effect (you can feel it in your jaw). Overall, a nicely balanced beer. I can say this is one of my recent favorites of balance and fun! I'd love to have another!

02-03-2005 02:47:36 | More by Fish113d
Photo of danadeny


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

Clrear brown body, average head. Smells fruity, sweet ands a bit of malt. Tatses light up front, musty-earthy middel tines, and a decent hop finish. Aftertaste is like apples. Drinkability is good, and it evaporates nicely. Overall a good beer, didnt wow me, but didnt dissapoint.

01-27-2005 19:49:48 | More by danadeny
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a brilliantly clear full amber color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. It is topped by a thin light brown head and has a persistent level carbonation. The aroma is full and rich with sweet notes of fruit, and alcohol. I get aromatic notes of raisins, dried plums, figs, rum, and brandy. The taste is light and fizzy up front with a fruity sweetness throughout, though the sweetness is light and in line with the light palate of this beer. This beer is predominantly fruity with notes of concentrated plum, raisin, and fig. The alcohol that was evident in the nose is nicely muted in the taste. This is a solid example of the Belgian Dubbel, it is perhaps a bit too clean, but that has it's niceties, no higher alcohols or off astringencies.

01-26-2005 05:33:46 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of aquatonex

New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

A wonderfully interesting US made Belgian ale...

Pours deep brown with a small head. Good amount of carbonation. Caramel malts and a sniff of alcohol in the nose. Taste is much more interseting though! Starts with the creamy sweet malt, gets a little bitter from the alcohol and some mild hops. Then, comes fruity (banana) notes at the end, leaving you wanting more. A good, interesting beer.

01-15-2005 01:28:02 | More by aquatonex
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

pours a nice orangy brown with a fluffy tan head, though it didn't stick around long

well carbonated and nicely dry. suprising banana and clove make themselves quickly apparent (this brew actually reminds me of a dunkelweizen i once brewed), with a nice, fruity, belgian yeastiness. though an abv of 7% is starting to get up there, the beer had no noticeable alcohol taste

good pick by my pops. too bad we left the rest of the sixer with relatives in dallas!

12-27-2004 17:55:10 | More by bruachan
Photo of GClarkage


4.03/5  rDev +0.8%

12/05/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours a nice cloudy amber color. A nice inch head and great lacing. The only thing that kept this from getting a 5 was those cool little galaxy looking circles that form in good belguins.

Smell- Nice scents that include caramel and some fruityness. Maybe dates and raisins.

Taste- Nice malty and sweet fruity flavor. At first it seems very sweet, but when it hits the back of your tongue and goes down it is less sweet.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth going down. Can't really sence the alcohol. Nice carbonation level.

Drinkability- New Belgium does a terrific job with their beers. I haven't had any abbey style beers made in the US that come as close as they do to hitting the bullseye. Nice beer that anyone should give a try if they like this style.

12-06-2004 00:10:58 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Troyone


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

Purchased in a 12 oz. bottle, pours a root beer color with a two inch head that dissipates to 1/4 inch.
The smell is malty sweet with caramel flavors.
The taste is a dark malty caramel with limited carbonation that goes down with a cabonated feel.
The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy with evidence of carbonation but not to bad.
Drinkability is good the dark malty feel combined with the carbonation will certainly not grant this a session beer.

11-30-2004 00:00:00 | More by Troyone
Photo of clvand0


4/5  rDev 0%

This beer pours an amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly malty with hints of banana and clove. The flavor is a little sweet, but nice and malty and has a nice subtle spice from the yeast. The alcohol is slightly apparent. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is good. Nice beer.

11-15-2004 18:58:01 | More by clvand0
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