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

1,937 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,937
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 147
Gots: 182 | 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 jbm5
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark red/mahogany into my pint glass. Medium head with good lacing. Smells of roasted malt with a little under sourness. Taste is heavily malted with a good roasted feel. Presents a strong presence in the mouth and lets you know its there. Overall, a very good beer that I will definitely get again. Watch it though because it has a pretty good EtOH content and it sneaks up on you.

Photo of Risser09
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Best before Oct. 19th 2007

Appearance: Harsh pouring reveals a generous 2" head that lasts quite a long time. Deep copper and ruby colored beer waits inside the glass. The head is tan with tiny bubbles that leaves a bit of lace behind.

Smell: Sweet fig, plum, and a bit of roasted malt. An earthy aroma comes out as well. Maybe ferns.

Taste: Roasted malt right up front and plenty of belgian flavors. Spicy with nutmeg and an almost gingerly taste. Starts sweet and ends dry and malty. Perhaps a better finish is needed here.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy carbonation and smoothe in the mouth. Ends sort of dry with nuttiness all around.

Drinkability: Great. Barely any alcohol presence and low enough to keep going for a quartet or even more. The taste is lacking in complexity but if I ever get the chance to drink more of this I will.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (my bottle is different than the one pictured: The bottle is adorned with a picture of an "abbey" with two large wooden barrels to the left and a horse drawn carriage, sans horse, with a wooden barrel, to the right of a pathway leading from the abbey to the outermost wall where a glass of beautiful elixir rests, waiting for one to grab the glass and consume its contents) with a best by date of 19Oct07. Dispensed into a New Belgium chalice. A bright, deep ruby and mahogony beer emerges and it topped by a huge, two fingered, rocky and dense head that is slightly sea foam in color. Tons of lacing from the top of the glass to the top of the beverage.

Aroma is sweet and very yeasty. Nice hop aromas as well. Seems to me to be just about like most other Belgians I have sampled. I am, by no means, an expert on Belgian aroma.

Tongue is greeted by sweetness and some tiny chocolate notes. Caramel malts, and the slightest bit of hop tinge on the side of the tongue. Belgian candi and a spicy clove and peppercorn flavor round out the tastes.

This beer feels perfect on my tongue. Perfect carbonation, full bodied mouthfeel, slick feelings on the tongue and teeth. I will be the first to admit I am not a big Belgian fan, but this is one damn tasty beer. Cant wait to see what the Tripel is like!

Photo of shadow1961
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium's Abbey pours a finger of dense foam over
a surprisingly clear deep ruby brew. The nose is dark fruit,
a bit of bubble gum, and a tang of alcohol. The flavor is sweet-
ish dark malts and fig up front with a bit of herbal hop in the
finish. Carbonation is quite active, and the mouthfeel is crisp
and surprisingly light as well. Additionally, the alcohol bite is
pretty well moderated by the dark malts and hop finish, though
there's a definite warming effect. Save the clarity of the brew
(even after swirling the dregs and dumping them in the glass),
and a slightly bigger hop profile, this is a faithful and tasty take
on the Belgian Dubbel style. Get some if you can.

Photo of TPSReports
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery in CO. We were given samples of 4 beers each, probably about 3 onces in small glasses. This was my favorite by far. Normally I prefer a trippel or quadruppel, but I found the trippel lacking.

At the end of the tasting I gladly purchased a six-pack of this brew. Unfortunately, it was much better on tap than out of the bottle.

To the review:

The brew was a gorgeous rich amber color, with a very light head. The nose wasn't memorable.

The taste was very nice -- not hoppy. Big yeast flavors. Light carbonation with a long finish.

I wish this beer were available East of the Mississippi River.

Cheers.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Best Before: 28MAR08) to a small tasting goblet, appropriately from "Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers" event. Picked this up recently at Beaumont Market here in Portland. Served cool as recommended, 45-50F.

A: Beautiful color, the perfect mahogany color with ruby highlights. This beer has a clear complexion and shows off an abundance of rising tiny carbonation, which is where it varies from the Belgian-made version of a dubbel - no yeasty sediment here. Lovely 1-finger of creamy khaki head, dense and bubbly. Well done!

S: True to the style: spice, yeast and ample fruity sweetness. Not terribly intense nor complicated, but all the requisite (delicious) aromas are there.

T: Full of toasted grain, spice and floral hop notes. Vinous raisins, some candi sugar, and a generous flavor of shaved chocolate. Tasty.

M: Creamy and soft, carbonation is gentle in the mouth and leaves a tingling coating which fades slowly. Cocoa powdery dry finish, with a little lingering spice and sticky malts on the lips and cheeks. Alcohol warms unobtrusively.

D: A terrific example of a style I really enjoy. Admirable comparable to the better Belgian dubbels; my cap (if I were wearing one) is off to NBB for this fine brew. Worth seeking out and one I'll be having again.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From my notes in a state of euphoria within the halls of New Belgium:

Nice! Clear, deep mahogany/cherry. The smell is sweet; raisins and mild alcohol. The taste: malty, sweet, a bit vinagery at the end;tangy. Would be better with a bit of age. Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. I have to say that the mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. Drinkability would be better if you could get past the hotter alcohols. But maybe that's part of the recipe.

Photo of seedee17
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, ruby when held up to a light, with a foamy and sticky tan head. Smells great, very earthy and woody, like a new pencil, hints of smoke, brown bread, slight chocolate aroma and fruity esters. Flavors of banana chips and dried apricot lead into a smoky wood flavor, and finally a slightly medicinal raisin finish. Smooth, creamy yet light mouthfeel. Though this beer does lend itself to sipping and contemplating, the 7% abv is well hidden, so it is quite drinkable. Can't beat the price.

Photo of mbutter1997
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber in color, 1"+ of light brown frothy head. Good glass retention throughout.
S - Rich aromas of caramel malt, yeast and light hops with fruits as well.
T - A succulent blend of malts with mild fruit flavors and hop character. Of all of New Belgium's commonly available beers, the taste of this one is my favorite. Lots of caramel in the palate as well, the hops are there but only subtly.
M - Mild carbonation, quite smooth with slight alcohol undertones.
D - Very easy drinking beer. Always have enjoyed this style, while it is no Westmalle, it is a quality dubbel and very enjoyable.

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

Appearance: Dark translucent brown with copious head and lacing, a fine looking beer.

Taste & smell: Brown sugar, caramel, milk chocolate and bananas, spices and yeast. A very sweet brew in both smell and taste.

Mouthfeel & drinkability: Not too heavy, slightly thin for a dubbel, smooth and crisp effervescence.

Overall a good, solid Belgian-style dubbel, rich in flavor and very reasonably priced, especially in comparison to something imported from Belgium.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of sockeye101
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.

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.

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!

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

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

appearance:
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.

smell:
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.

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

mouthfeel:
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.

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

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.

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.

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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