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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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1,866 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,866
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 142
Gots: 150 | 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 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
Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with garnet highlights; not much head, decent retention and lacing

Smell: Nice fruity aroma - bananas, plums and pears along with some peppery spice

Taste: Starts with a nice fruity flavor that builds through to the finish but remains rather dry, unlike many Belgian dubbels; nice yeasty aspect as well

Mouthfeel: Just perfect for a Belgian style - soft, medium bodied with plenty of carbonation; some warming on the finish

Drinkability: A very nice American interpretation of the Belgian style that goes in its own direction

brentk56, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, copper color with a slight level of sediment throughout. Very nice lacing. Malty and spicy aroma-somewhat oak like and smokey. Big malt flavor. Very nicely spiced. Somewhat cinnamon, cloveish. Lingering phenolic quality. Good mouthfeel. Overall a very nice dubbel. The more I try NB beers the more I am impressed. Wish I lived closer.

lackenhauser, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple of Abbeys at a local specialty market. I’ve had other New Belgium brews before, but this one is not widely available in this area. I poured the beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich red/brown color, clear, with many bubbles rising through the beer. A gentle pour produces quite a thick, rich off-white head on this one. The head is very resilient and makes for heavy lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is fairly strong, sweet and fruity. It smells a little like barbecue sauce, complete with the liquid smoke.

The taste is also sweet and smokey. Hints of coffee, chocolate and apples. The flavor is rich, smooth, complex and well balanced. It has a remarkable fruit quality for a dark ale. There is a mild and pleasant aftertaste.

The mouth feel is full-bodied and moderately carbonated, more so than many dark beers.

This is a very drinkable beer. It is rich and filling, but it has an excellent flavor. I could drink several glasses of this beer in a session. Very nice!

RJLarse, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of jamesdergen
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber with a thin, fizzy head.

Smell: Big, fruity aromas. Raisins, dates and some hints of vanilla.

Taste: Follows the smell, very fruity but not overly sweet. Some grape flavors behind the darker fruits with some spicy notes.

Mouthfeel: More carbonated than I expected, with a very dry finish.

Drinkability: Very light-bodied for the style and hides the alcohol well. The main detractor here would be the high carbonation.

Very pleasant brew from New Belgium and the first one of theirs that I've had the opportunity to try. Thanks to Matt Maples at LiquidSolutions.biz for the delicious brew! If you can find this brew, I would highly recommend it.

jamesdergen, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby color with 1/4in head which mellows out to a think covering. Tracing is minimal. Fruity aroma with ripe pears and some mild alcohol in the back. Mouthfeel is fairly light body. Tartness in the cheek, with a sweet, malty aftertaste. I find this to be not as complex as other Dubbels, like Ommegang, but the flavor is still delicious. Something of this weight makes it easy to put away a few. Experience is much greater once beer warms.

dreadnatty08, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of jyeast101
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far one of the best beers I've tasted. The color is a deep brown with a carmel head. Out of the growler it is very fresh and handled the flight from CO. well. The bannana esters are complimented with a a slight citrus smell. Overall a well balanced taste. The beer finishes without that over bearing alcohol taste you may find with dubbels or trippels. A very drinkable beer that I could enjoy any time of year. If you get the opportunity, try it. You won't be disappointed.

jyeast101, Feb 04, 2006
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
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.

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
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 1,866 ratings.