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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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1,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 145
Gots: 159 | 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 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
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with some reddish tint with a thinner head than expected,the aromas more than make up for the lackluster appearance of this beer sweet malt and very fruity with a faint smoky-like yeastiness.Flavors of raisins and toffee really jump out at ya up front but its not overly sweet in my mind,a touch of phenolic spiciness in the finish with some warming alcohol as the beer warms a little.A fine American example of a Belgian Dubbel,I would buy again.

oberon, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium brown with a nice tannish head that falls fairly fast but does lace nice.

Aroma is over ripe fruit bananas dominating but other underneath apples, plums on sweet malt.

Taste is nice smooth malt some sweet toffee hints blend with the ripe fruit flavors. Not much spice or hops in the finish just a touch to add something to the smooth fruity malt. Very nice no hints of alcohol nothing exotic happening here its plain and simple, but good.

Mouthfeel is medium with nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is nice, a little too much alcohol but would make a fine sessions beer. Man I could have a few of these in one sitting. Want to thank Dertbert for this bottle.

mntlover, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of Wasatch
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7 Apr 06. Pours a nice dark brown with a really nice head and carbonation. Nice lacing afterwards. Scents of fruit (prune) and toffee? This brew has a very nice sweet taste and I think the alcohol is hidden well. Medium body. At 7% you can drink a few, like I said this beer taste very nice.

Wasatch, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle Best before date 3/31/05. sampled on 8/27/05
Pours out opaque brown with a small tan head.
Aroma is fruity, (raisons, cooked banana) and a little doughy.
flavor is carmel, banana, prune, and some light hops.
tasty. Alcohol is not well hidden. slight burn and bellywarming noted, but this does not detract from the beer

Padron4KM, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lustrous walnut color with a thin foam that dissipates leaving a ripped lace.
aroma of spicy yeasty -- pears, pancake syrup and chocolate chip cookie dough.
This is relatively thin, as in there's not a lot of residual sweetness. It's not lacking in fruits though they're muted by dryness. It's as if dried fruits were soaked in water with a little molasses and a few dashes of brandy. It gives a spicy finish of clove and vanillin. Dates come back in the aftertaste, and there's a green pear follow through. Interesting enough beer. It leaves a very clean finish. A great introduction to belgian ale.

gbontrag, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of kgotcher
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First off I have to admit I am a long time fan of Fat Tire and New Belgium Brewing.

I have had this beer a few times but only when in the mood for this style (not my favorite style usually).

Look is good for a double ale, Amber-brown. Some chunks of yeast floating around is a nice touch.

Smells sweet and a bit fruity like you expect from a belgium. Reminds me of raisin bread. . .

Taste is a bit sweet but nice. Fruity all over with a very dry aftertaste. Small hint of hops (I'm a hop head), does not hide the 7% alchohol very well though this seems to be a trait of belgium double ale.

Mouthfeel is dry and very carbonated due to yeast conditioning. I think this is also normal for Belgium double ales.

Drinkability is okay, not as smooth as I normally like but with the 7% achohol, a few of these and you won't care.

Overall a good beer from the NBB worth trying.

kgotcher, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of dfuller
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep brown with slight soft white head. Beautiful white lacing ordains the glass.

Nose: Smells of Belgian ale, though maybe a bit sweeter than most.

Taste: The suggary sweetness hits right away. It gives way after a while to light fruity ester overtones. Hints of light fruit (raisons and more), but by this time you are hit by the alcohol rather rudely. The finish is sweet and finally you can feel the malt. I think this brew exaggerates the sweetness and alcohol taste of a Belgian dubbel just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and a bit boozy, feels more than its 7% ABV.

Drinkability: Difficult to be fair since I love Belgian abbey dubbels, but this beer is a bit too unbalanced to be as drinkable as an excellent dubbel.

dfuller, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hot little mama, the 7% bites from the get go, but not unpleasantly. Take it easy on the great American version of a Belgium. Beautiful dark amber with a rich foamy tan head. Fruity & malty in the aromas, transferring to the taste buds quite nicely.

Dark caramel & brown sugars assist the quaff, with a delicate touch of clove in the finish. Somewhat dry and hoppy - but a definite Belgium Cru sibling. The Belgium yeasts do their job quite well. A sipping type brew for any season.

Label states " Serve cool, 50 degrees, not cold" Nice.

Vancer, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of swid
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Abbey pours a deep amber color into my chalice. It's slighly hazy, and scatters the light well. A 3/4", dark cream-colored head forms, and dissipates within 5 minutes. Low amounts of lacing. (I can't tell if the "best before" date on the label is Apr 05 or 06; it's nearly impossible to make a call one way or another.) The aroma has all the hallmarks of a dubbel: sweet caramel and alcohol notes, hop spiciness, and perhaps just a bit of coriander. However, the aromas seem to be fairly muddled together. As the beer warms, the alcohol aroma becomes more prevalent.

The taste is very nicely balanced out between competing flavors. Overall, it's fairly sweet; after the first sip, the caramel dominates for a brief moment. A combined mild alcohol/mild spicy flavor, along with an overall musty note, round out the taste profile. Abbey has a medium body, and feels slightly slick and sweet on the tongue. Somehow, this beer manages to have an aftertaste that has sweet, spicy, and tart elements.

I like this beer, it is very balanced and drinkable; it makes a good entry beer into the world of truly funky Belgians. However, I can't quite shake the feeling that Abbey tries to be both a "drinking" and a "sipping" beer, limiting the full potential of this beer. In any case, more research will be required.

swid, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely beer, and a lovely bottle, too. Pours a very big cream colored head that slowly settles into a coppry body. Smell has enough Belgian sugar for everyone. The usual Belgian yeast esters of coriander, and a slight hint of banana toward the finish. There’s also a hint of horseblanket that becomes apparent the further down the glass you go.

DrunkMcDermott, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of palliko
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a rich burnt sienna that doesn’t let much light through, and coffee colored foam that produces a sticky lace. Aroma has esters of banana, spices (tarragon), fruit, and ethanol fumes. Initial taste is of plums, malt, ripe bananas, cream – balanced by bitter hops. Chewy breads make for a medium body. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. A good beer for those who like Chimay type Belgians.

palliko, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of far333
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark, burnt orange colored with a 2-inch high head of thick tight foam that settles slowly leaving craters and dimples as it moves.

Aroma is yeasty, doughey, with hints of spice and lemon.

Flavor is dominating yeast. It's a little doughey, somewhat flowery, but mostly just powerful yeast that overpowers all else. No fruit or candy, no rich malts that I've experienced with other dubbels. Can't even finish the glass. Sorry to the fans, but this one disappoints.

far333, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Several times I’ve seen threads on this site that ask what the path to Beer Advocacy was. This beer was part of that path for me. It wasn’t the 1st step, and possibly not even the 2nd, but it was there as the 3rd or 4th step in my journey. It’s really great to be able to get these beers regularly again, now that I’m back in the Midwest. It pours a deep amber color with a thick tan head. The aroma has bread dough and yeast with mild date aroma, a little apple/pear and some spice (coriander?). The flavor has the fig and spice up front, followed quickly by a bit of the bread dough, and fruit in the form of orange. Several layers of flavor in the beer as it warms. The head retention and lace are very good. It’s even providing a mild alcohol warming on the finish. Nice beer with a good drinakbility. It’s nice to be “on the path” again.

carln26, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What's cool is at most stores you can create a mixed six pack of New Belgium beers and you get Abbey and the Triple in the mix. This is the quality stuff as NB brews Belgium style very well. Dark red/brown with a nice head, this beer has a great old fruit nose that says " let's drink". The beer is so smooth and very full mouthed with hops, big malt and that old age flavour that defines a dubbel. There are much better dubbels available but really for the price there is few competitors for value.

canucklehead, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a 1/4" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice fruity, pale and crystal malt scent along with a Belgian style yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry and earthy flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It goes down easy, but finishes weak and dry with no malt sweetness; very disappointing. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer despite the lack of mouthfeel and malty flavor.

WesWes, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of RootedFool
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Maudite tulip glass. The head appears dense, some fine bubbles in there, very light tan. Body is opaque -- solid, deep brown with a crimson glow barely perceptible on the surface. Smell: sour, liquor-marinated dark fruits; sea water, lemon and orange zest. Taste: opens with a light dash of sugar on the tip of my palate, quickly deepens into a fruitier malt presence; sharp hop profile appears through the middle, arches upward as the malts -- light, but rich fruits -- sweep beneath. Mouthfeel: crisply carbonated, mid-weight on my palate. Very good. The best New Belgium has to offer, in my opinion, in addition to their Trippel.

RootedFool, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of ericsdawson
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a dark amber color with a 1.5 - 2 finger head. smells of grains and some slightly sweet fruitiness. starts out kind of sweet and finishes with some bitterness. very well balanced and smooth. i could probably drink 2-3 of these every day. the only bad part is waiting 15 minutes after you take it out of the fridge to let it warm up.

ericsdawson, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden brown with a light tan head. The head fades slowly leaving a good lacing on the glass. It smells malty with a strong fruit aroma. It smells of raspberries, bananas, and cherries. It tastes spicy. There is a definate clove flavor. Also, fruit is apparant. IT has a good hop flavor also. Not too aggressive. The spicyness from the yeast is guite refreshing. This beer goes down nice and crisp . It leaves a clovelike taste on the palate. It might be just a little overcarbonated, but not so much that it detracts from the experience. This beer is very drinkable. I think it would make a great session beer. It is not too high in alcohol, so drinking many should not be a factor. If you see this beer, you should try it. I will buy it again.

OStrungT, May 31, 2005
Photo of whynot44
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium bodied, hazy brownish garnet color with a nice tan head.

Aroma is fruity - banana, apple, pear (bubblegum!!) with a bit of caramel and a touch of spice.

Taste is similar, but with fruitiness more subdued and more of the caramel malt, fortunately not as sweet as the aroma, carbonation is too evident but somewhat subdues the sweet malt for a somewhat dry finish with a touch of grassy hops spice.

whynot44, May 22, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to babydoc for this beer from BIF18. Poured into my New Belgium chalice (also courtesy of babydoc...what am I gonna do when I run out of New Belgium brews, man?) a tannish rouge brown. Small head, falls to a table, good lacing. Nose is mild fruits, faint Belgian candi, plus some light tobacco notes. Odd, but fine. Taste is pear, banana, bubbly hint of hops, and Belgian goodness. Mouthfeel is medium. Nice carbonic bite and smooth alcohol finish. Even the wife liked her obligatory taste. Lovely brew. Gotta find more. I'll send my son to Colorado State. That's the ticket. Now if I can get my oldest daughter to transfer to a school in Brussels or Liege.

pentathlete, May 18, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

NeroFiddled, May 15, 2005
Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

soper2000, May 14, 2005
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.