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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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1,928 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,928
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 146
Gots: 176 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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%.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of johnyeast
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.

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.

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.

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,928 ratings.