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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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90
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1,992 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,992
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 153
Gots: 211 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

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Photo of Cresant
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Duvel glass. Best before date of 19Oct07. The body was a dull hazy golden brown with red highlights. There remained a film of sediment in the bottle bottom. A thin cap of fine foam continued. Served about 50F as the bottle suggested.

Smell was of prunes/plums. Bazooka bubblegum. Whole wheat bread.

Taste was malty sweet. Fruity. Light bitterness, in a roasted malt was. Plums in the flavor too. There was a nice tangy linger.

Mouthfeel was rich and zesty. Medium to full in body. Solid all around Dubbel.

Photo of YippiesRhinos
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours and looks like one of my homebrews: thick, creamy head and rich, deep amber color. Feels a bit thin in the mouth. Caramel and rich malt flavors. Well balanced. Definitely able to notice 7% alcohol content - not distracting or detracting...but noticeable. Very, very solid brew. Definitely a good choice within the Belgian Style Ale category.

Photo of supercolter
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly I love this brewery...
Appearance is good, dark amber-orange in color with an ok head and a lot of lacing.
Smell and taste are good as well, heavy on the citrus and malt. The alcohol is present but balanced nicely. A bit of hops that come through on the taste.
Mouthfeel is near perfect. Medium in body with a decent amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is great.

Photo of qchic
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is possibly my favorite New Belgium beer, and I've sampled many of them. It's a nice clear mahogany in the glass and keeps a nice ring of bubbles to the end. I smell spice, dried fruit, and some tropical fruit along with a bit of alcohol in the nose. Banana and clove definitely jump out from the fruity malty flavors, followed by some toffee and then warming alcohol. Lovely. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I was craving, but that probably helps its high drinkability. Hopefully, I can get my hands on more at some point--come East, New Belgium!

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a really nice, well-balanced beer, however it lacks the extra complexity of flavor to make it a great beer. That said, this is still darned tasty.

It appears a dark, ruby red in my glass, with a light tan head and an inch of lacing leftover. The aroma is a mix of spicy phenols, like clove and banana, with dark fruity esters and bread crust. The flavor match those notes with sweet malt flavor that again balances fruit flavors, such as dates and dried berries, with a hit of toffee and oaky vanilla. The beer finishes with a balancing hops bite, nothing big, just a slight grassy kick to keep the malts in check.

Worth a try if you dig the style. This is a wonderfully balanced rendition of a dubbel.

Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this way back when the brewery first opened. A nice local take on a classic Belgian beer style.

A: Deep copper color with a somewhat firm off-white head. Carbonation is quite active. Good clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Smells of dark fruits such as cherry and grape, plus cinnamon and clove aromas. A small amount of oak is also present.

T: Good stuff. Dark fruits carry into the beer's flavor. Bitterness is coriander and cinnamon spicy. Alcohol adds a nice warmth and adds to the beer's flavor. Finishes dry with a yeasty quality.

M: Medium-heavy with perhaps a bit too much carbonation. A little syrupy.

D: A nice beer to drink without food. Works well as an accompaniament to cheese, dark fruits and hearty bread.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A = Clear amber with a large tan head of mostly large bubbles, decent retention, heavy lacing left on glass.

S = Yeast, slightly phenolic, winter cooking spices.

T = Slight plastic tastes at first give way to uncooked spiced bread dough, long tart finish.

M = Medium body, good carbonation level, fair mouthcoating.

D = Good refreshing dubbel, an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Garnet to brown, good head and lacing.

Smell: Sweet bread, yeasty.

Taste: Toffee, raisins, toasted notes, a kind of earthy undertone.

Mouthfeel: Seems more substantial than other dubbels I've had, which is a point in its favor.

Drinkability: I'd have this again, which is saying something since dubbels usually don't make a good impression with me.

Brought this back from Omaha as we don't get this in the Twin Cities (yet?). This and Ommegang are dubbels that I have enjoyed. In this case, I liked the feel of this beer, other dubbels have seemed somewhat watery.

Photo of AZTEX
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is another exceptional beer from New Belgium. I poured into a glass and it was truly a beautiful sight. It had a crystalline 3 finger foam that quickly fell into a thin line. The color is a clear coppery tan and is gorgeous. (Normally I don't use the word "gorgeous", except to describe women and sunsets!) The aroma is sweet and malty with a hint of banana. The beer had a nice creamy taste up front that slowly fades to a clean, hoppy freshness with a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is a good balance between creamy malt and and a crisp freshness, with the creaminess in the front. The carbonation is great. This is a very drinkable beer and is very refreshing. I drank it after dinner, but I think it would be great with just about any meal.

Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the first quality brews I was introduced to. Mahogany brown color with a tan head. The nose is strong of Belgian spices, tropical fruits, bready malts and candy. The flavor has lots of ripe fruits and sweet malts. There is still a good amount of peppery yeast and spicy alcohol to balance it out. Creamy body with high carbonation. A great example of he style.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a decent white head that continued from start to finish.Yeah it stuck around. Amber to brown in color. Nose was a little malty, spicy and weakly hopped.Taste followed suit. Had some dubbels in the past and they were much better. Average at best.

Photo of MOShepp
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear burnt sienna color with a 1 1/2" frothy tan head with very little lacing.

Smells of toffee, dried cherries and a woodiness.

Tastes of an earthiness and a little ash along with toffee, plums and a hint of bubblegum and a lot more going on in this beers flavor, more than I can describe in one sitting.

The hops are covered well with the malts but comes through well at the finish.

Very nice beer, easy to drink with many layers.

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Affligem goblet. Pours a rich mahogany color- very clear, no haze at all with a thin white head. Smells very rich. At first I get a blast of smokey wood, but then aromas mellow to ripe dates or similar fruits. Very full flavor. Woody, earthy yeast flavor with an extremely smooth roasted malt finish. smooth full body. Good example of a dubbel, nice beer for a winter night.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a great deep amber color with very little head but great lacing which stuck around for the life of the beer. The smell was phenolic with a great banana smell as well. The taste was very fruity with maltiness and with alcohol present. The mouthfeel was heavy bodied almost creamy with very little carbonation. Overall a great beer! I was a bit reserved since my experience with Fat Tire but found this one to be a fantastic beer.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was courtesy of Tayner.

Pours a clear ruby-brown color with a big head of light tan bubbles. The head is slow to recede and leaves some chunks of lacing.

The aroma is intriguing with it's blend of fruitiness, yeast, caramel, candied sugars, and just a hint of alcohol. Each time I take a sniff I seem to pick up a different fruit.

The flavors ran the gamut of the smells found in the aroma, but also included some raisin, fig, and bread. This is some tasty stuff... exceeds my expectations by quite a bit.

Medium bodied brew with average carbonation. Enjoyable drinker that leaves just a slight warming on the back of my tongue. The best I have had from New Belgium yet.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured fro a 12 oz bottle to a snifter, the liquid is a cloudy caramel brown with good carbonation. The head is a full 2 fingers, off white to tan and leave little lace.

The smell is nice, yeasty and a sweet caramel malt.

The taste follows heavy an the sweet candy sugar and toasted caramel. Pretty classic, true to style but not more out standing them that.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good a very good example of the style, one to reach for to be sure. Prosit, MK

Photo of naterock
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C: pours a nice deep amber with minimal head and lacing. looks very enticing.
S: you can smell a wide array of fruits, figs, banana, even maybe some apple notes.
T: tastes similar to the way it smells, but a little spicier. Very clean and doesn't leave a weird aftertaste that most new belgium beers do.
M: pleasant medium carbonation, flavor lingers longer than expected.
D: although very delicious I probably couldn't drink more than two or three. the complexity of flavor will eventually fade and I would no longer be able to decifer all of the fruits that this beer has to offer.

Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with JDV (thanks Deniz). Best before 10/3/2008 indicated on bottle.

Served in my Chimay goblet. Poured a reddish-brown; almost opaque, but some light penetration and visibility through the glass. Frothy three-quarter inch head dissipated into a thin consistent skim of foam; presence of spotty lacing during the tasting. Aromas of yeast, sugar, dark fruit (plum and raisin) and banana. Taste similar to nose but also detected a bit of the bubblegum flavor noted in an earlier review. Also a mild peppery character expressed at the finish. Lively mouthfeel; pleasantly effervescent across the tongue without a lot of burn. Alcohol was well hidden, but complexity of flavors limit drinkability to one or two tops.

Photo of naproxen
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in full by bottle, wish I had another to "chase" it with :-)

The aroma alone is delicious, a hint of something along the lines of raisin and fruity, hints of sugar or something it was just begging to be sipped. It poured a deep brown into the glass with a nice head that faded pretty fast. The taste was well worth the wait for it to warm a little from the fridge, a definite belgian spiced with cinnamon, caramel, and again a little sweet in the finish which was lovely. This beer is smooth and easy drinking, again I wish I had more to enjoy. If it was readily available I would purchase this anytime. There was no indication that 7% of this is abv, all the flavors blend perfectly.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep reddish-brown, with a small white head. A little bit of lace and considering the small head, good retention.

S: Smells immediately of banana bread, yeast, sweet malt, some brown sugar. Very inviting aroma.

T: Again some yeasty bread, with banana mixed it, bit of spice, maybe a hint of clove, slight hint of alcohol mixed mixed in, moderate bitterness. A bit dry in the finish, but with some lingering bitterness and malt.

M/D: Full bodied but maybe slightly thin, carbonation a touch high. Drinkability is quite nice, very easy drinking. Reminds me a little of a dunkelweizen. Very tasty.

Photo of TYE
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark brown with caramel highlights. An off-white medium dense foam head stands 1 finger tall and dissipates quickly to a covering with a light lace.
S - Sweet malt with a slightly fruity raisin aroma. A little alcohol, too. Aroma is significant, but not overpowering.
T - Sweet fruit with a hint of brown sugar. A slight hoppy bite is just right. Finishes with a lingering sweet raisin taste, and hops. Nicely balanced.
M - Medium carbonation and body. Sweet on the tip of the tongue, slight sour on sides, and a hop bite on the back. Finishes clean.
D - Very good beer. Flavors are good in the mouth, then change and become even better after swallowing. Very good balance of flavors and mouthfeel. Recommended.

Photo of GeoffW
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Not very much head that goes away quickly. Very clear for a dubbel. Color was a dark amber/ tawny hue.

Smell was a little sweet, not very complex.

Taste is sweet, again not very complex. Nice and malty.

Mouthfeel was neutral, the alcohol isn't very detectable.

A fairly drinkable beer, I wouldn't want to drink this all day.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at the New Belgium Brewing Hub in the Denver airport. Best by 10/31/2008.

Pours a clear, mahogany-copper body with a somewhat fleeting, khaki head. Foam starts off as a half finger's width and recedes to a rocky patch of small bubbles that retains quite well. Decent lacing, too. The aroma brings notes of sweet caramel malts & lots of fruity yeast. Hints of grapefruit, plum, banana, and bubblegum sneak in there as well.

Taste is predominantly wheat, alcohol, yeast, and bubblegum. There's a nice complexity, here, as a heavy yeast finish goes down smooth & leaves a pleasant, chewy aftertaste. The body is thick, and packs some heavy heat from the alcohol, even at its moderate 7% ABV. This was an all-around solid interpretation of the belgian Dubbel style, and one of the better airport beers I've found in quite some time. The alcohol finish could be a little less imposing, but there's really no reason to pass up this beer should you come across it.

Photo of b5d106
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a frothy off-white head. The smell is wonderfull, with all kinds of fruit and malt scents. The beer taste very balanced with malts and fruits up front and a little alcohol bitterness in the finish. The mouth feel is great with a little creaminess and some very nice carbonation. This beer is extremely delicious.

Photo of JDV
2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour with a good tan head in a trappist glass. Standard fruity belgian yeast smell, but more lightly than most of the style, and mixed with a dark roasty malt like smell and flavor as well. As it warms big notes of licorice come through and stay. Taste was similar to the smell and was perhaps my favorite belgian beer, and I'm not a huge fan of them. I could definitely see this growing on me, and could get this again.

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,992 ratings.