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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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1,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,828
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 139
Gots: 130 | FT: 0
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 freed
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep straw with rim of flat colored bubbles. Aroma has an earthy malt prescense. Its mild, but also kind of unpleasant.

Taste is pretty full, with a creamy and smooth entrance, slowly warming to a dull malt sweetness. The wild flavors of the old countries are pretty close, but still somewhat rough. Hop flavors are mild, but keep the beer balanced.

freed, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Dark roasted malt and alcohol
Appearance: Clear dark brown with red hints with backlighting. A thin tan head formed but collared, and left a light lace
Flavor: Caramelized banana, with a similar sour note like their porch swing ale. The taste works better here. Mild smoky taste when it warmed. Balance on the malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy
Overall Impression: A darker, toasted Porch Swing Ale. I didn’t like the Porch Swing, but the darker notes helped even out the sour taste. I’m guessing it’s a yeast-based taste.

Re-visited 11/04
I'm even less impressed this time. I don't get as much of the sour, but some artificial grape and a hint of bubble gum/Belgian yeast. Carbonation is a bit high as well. I'm not going to adjust the numbers, but I'm tempted to take them down a bit.

Re-re-visited 05/06
I'm much happier this time. I aged the bottle a bit, maybe 6 months, and got a much nicer bubble gum, brown sugar, Belgian taste going. I don't know if I've changed, or it has, but I'm glad for it.

HardTarget, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a Delirium Noel glass.

Appearance: Brown with reddish highlights. Nice tan head, about 3/4" in height. Head fades to a fine film of bubbles and leaves a modest amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Prominent banana esters and bubblegum aromas in balance with each other. Slightly medicinal and peppery. The banana smells are those of a nice ripe one, one that's maybe a day away from only being suitable for banana bread.

Taste: A bready and grainy caramel malt flavor underlies the banana and bubblegum tastes. Bits of pepper here and there. Faint herby hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with some nice aftertastes.

Drinkability: If you like a beer with banana and bubblegum flavors, this is for you. I'm not so much into it, but I'll gladly have the last two bottles with no complaint. I liked Dominion's dubbel a bit more.

Thanks to prAna for the sample

ManekiNeko, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of BeerBard
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium brown beer with a fine white head. Not much special about the smell. Taste and mouthfeel great compared to the average American beer, but compared to the majority of Belgian "Double" ales, which is what the label suggests is the style it represents, it falls short in the complexity of flavors. Less aromatic yeasts yield less character to the taste and only a hint of spice. On the other hand, the less rich taste lends to a beer that can more easily be drunk over the course of a long evening, since the the style doesn't lend itself to bountious consumption. I'm happy this beer is around, as the popularity of beers like this is helping to get microbrew beers served at more restaurants around Austin, it just doesn't stack up well compared to many other Belgian or American "Belgians" available today.
P.S. The bottle is a "keeper" for those who brew at home and bottle.

BeerBard, Oct 18, 2003
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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with a huge off white head. The head fights and fights alas it cannot hold forever. Almost though. Nice sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

Smells of light fruits like apples, some pepper, some sour somewhat metallic notes from what I believe to be the yeast, and a sweet bisquity malt underneath it all.

Taste is somewhat subdued, but very good. Soft and supple one might say. Some fruitness is definately present right up front. It quickly gives way to some spicyness, followed by some sour fruits along with a light amount of hops. Leaves a nice sweet bubblegum and malt flavor in the mouth. Yummy yummy.

Moderate carbonation leads to a slight crispness overall. Moderate body. Pleasant.

I wouldn't drink a lot of this in one sitting, but I could definately consume gallons upon gallons of this over a lifetime. I'm curious to see how it's going to age. I bought a sixer of this and two went immediately into storage. I guess we'll see within the next year or so. Very good overall. Once again, New Belgium makes me quite happy.

Nytemare, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright copper/amber color and had a huge rising head. The dense creaminess remained intact for the entire drink. Sweet candy, bananas and bubblegum in the aroma. (Can someone say Bubblelicious?). Slight metallic presence, but the sweet malt flavors overwhelmed everything else. Leaves a sweet and pleasant aftertaste in the back of the throat. Smooth, semi-sweet and very drinkable. One of their best.

pezoids, Oct 14, 2003
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4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick sticky white head atop a deep garnet ale. Aroma was exceptional with pear and apple esters along with the barest hint of hops. The flavor was rich in a dark carmel malt sweetness and a fruitiness from the yeast balanced by a delicate hop spiciness. Mouthfeel was definetly belgian as it had a strong carbonation though the body was a bit weak. Very drinkable though the 7% abv makes this one a poor session beer.

RenoZymurgist, Oct 13, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a redish/orange...a little white lace on top....nose is fantastic....fruity...bananas first and foremost...but also some berries and pears..also bubble gum notes on the nose....body is medium..creamy smooth....taste is big on the bananas and bubble gum...not nearly as strong tasting as it is smelling but still very good...also a very small note of cocoa...very small though and barely distinguishable...

overall, I think this is a top notch Dubbel...a little different than some, but one I would drink all the time if it was near me..

ZAP, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lighter reddish-brown in color. Big head that stays around for awhile. Complex aroma of fruit and caramel. Similar tastes with a good sweetness to it. Big malt body. A darn good representation of the style. It's only drawback is that it seems to be a bit lighter than usual for this style.

Boto, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet hued under a wet and clingly pale tan foam.
Green raisins, crusty breads, pepper, sherry and chalky, dusty yeast on the nose. Inviting and loosely authentic.
Begins with a chocolate-covered banana essence, mixing with growing grape and clove accompaniments. Molasses cookies, caramel candies and dark breads provide the malt base. Lingering prune/merlot alcohol flavor. Finishes very dry, with hints of powdery yeast and a grassy hop snap.
Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation that leads this to a sense of softness.
A nice version. Not up to par with some of the real deals.Yeast complexity is non-existent here. But as far as Belgium on a budget goes, this is certainly worthwhile.

cokes, Sep 10, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Th beer looks like a typical dubbel. Glowing red, thin head, but very good lacing. The aroma blew me away. Lots of spices and cloves. Tastes chewy... a party of flavors erupts inside my face. Refreshing despite it's strength in flavor and alcohol content.

dwarbi, Sep 09, 2003
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is certainly well done, but I think it might be a little too smooth. It really didn't have the strong character that makes Belgian beers so appealing. There certainly was a hint of "yeast spice", but certainly only a hint, maybe even a whisper. It is a good beer with some very smooth deep raisin notes and an excellent appearence with a very nice head just post pour. The 12oz bottle fit exactly in my Duvel tulip glass, half beer half head. This impressed me more than the taste.

cerevisiaephilus, Sep 08, 2003
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color. Large head. Aroma is bready, bubble gum and cherries. A medium bodied abbey double. Malts are fruity, sweet and cokkish. Hops are citrus and spicy. Fruity, cherries, raisins, orange, banana, cloves and figs. Well balanced. Very drinkable. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. There is a touch of alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Nice beer.

beerguy101, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber, burgundy color with a low light brown head and decent carbonation. Spicy (cloves?), fruity, raisiny dark malt aroma. Tastes very much like it smells. Medium-full bodied and smooth. Age has not hurt this one...

Blows Fat Tire away ! East coasters should ask west-coasters to bring this Eastward instead... Thanks God Allagash is available on the East Coast.

Label states: "Belgian Double Ale"

Per Best American Beers book: 6.5% ABV

Best before: 03/24/01
Tasted: 08/23/03

RBorsato, Aug 25, 2003
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cola brown with a tidy, efficient white head. Smell is sweet, winey, and full of plums. Taste starts sweet and fruity, but I also picked up a little woodiness/smokiness (must buy more bottles to see if this is consistent). Finishes with a little bitterness and lingering banana. I like this more than the NB Tripel.

alexgash, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice, dark brown color with a luscious head that went down slow and laced some of the glass.

Smell – Malt, yeast, and caramel in accordance with the style. The aroma opened up quite well as I waited for the head to go down.

Taste – Very good for a domestic offering. The brown sugar comes out here, complimenting the malt flavors. The yeast wasn’t as big as the aroma indicated, but overall a very pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation to speak of in the bottle that I sampled. The brown sugar helped smooth it out though.

Drinkability – Definitely one to keep around. The Abbey Dubbels are traditionally an expensive bunch, and this goes for seven bucks a six-pack.

RoyalT, Aug 15, 2003
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4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Watch out, another great beer by New Belgium!

When poured, this ale produced a medium brown color with a light brown head of foam. The smell of spices and yeast filled the nose with a very pleasant aroma. A hint of fruity citrus was also in the background. The taste was a zesty flavor of yeast, spicies and citrus fruit. Add this combination with a mild hoppy bitterness/sweetness to round out this outstanding ale!

This along with "Pourch Swing Single Ale", and "Trippet Style Ale", makes a great trio of Belgium Style Ales from New Belgium!

BeerManDan, Jul 31, 2003
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An interesting domestic production of a Belgian abbey dubbel, this brew pours a chestnut brown color with a frothy, bubbly khaki head. Subdued notes of carbonation are present, while flecks of yeast permeate the bottom of the chalice glass. Smell is fresh and sweet. Notes of sweet malt, ripe fruit and yeast dominate the bouquet. Flavor is an scintillating concoction of sweet malt, subdued fruit and a zesty, citrus rind character finish on which I can't put my finger. Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy, although the mildly watery finish keeps it from scoring higher. A very drinkable dubbel this is, the 7% abv is hard to detect. A nice American replication of a classic style, this is certainly worth a try. I just wish New Belgium products were widely available in my state.

Jon, Jul 25, 2003
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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark burnt umber color, head is 1/2 inch at first, but settles out to a fairly large-bubbled skim at the glass surface. Laces are de-constructing strings. A raspberry-flavored ice tea nose, pretty fresh and inviting. Could be yeastier/funkier. Bright fleshy fruit flavors, plenty of apricot and bartlett pear going on. Finishes full and sweet with low carbonation.. Brew has solidity and a pleasant fruity aftertaste. A nice beer from the makers of the forgettable Fat Tire, maybe a touch lighter with less malt than something like Ommegang.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Jul 20, 2003
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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled during Peter Bouckaert's talk at the 2003 AHA NHC. (Peter is the former brewer at places like Rodenbach and the current brewer at New Belgium Brewery)

The aroma is caramelized raisins with a slight metallic cap note in a beer with at is deep chocolate brown and a light brown head that holds and becomes crispy on the interior of the glass.

Flavor is slightly spicy and sour with a drawn sweetness that drops under an sourness that succumbs to a chocolate plum flavor.

drewbage, Jul 06, 2003
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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with a white head.
Aroma: A sweet aroma that has some characteristics reminiscent of a hefeweizen along w/ the usual Belgian malty nose.
Flavor: Light/medium tongue feel w/ a surprisingly refreshing spiciness to it.
Very enjoyable.

jcalabre, Jun 17, 2003
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color, with a generous tan head that rapidly dissipated, although it never quite vanished. Not a whole lot of lacing. Had a mild, spicy fruity smell. Felt creamy in the mouth, with less hopiness than most beers I've drank of late. The taste is of banannas & cloves - as many others have said. I felt there was also a little caramel in the mix. In general, it has a mild, yet interesting flavor. This doesn't seem like a lot of beer after you've finished the first bottle, but its relatively high alcohol content of 7% would probably catch up to you if used throughout an evening. I've never had Fat Tire, and what I've read on BA tells me that's been a good thing (my brother calls it "chick beer"). But if New Belgium makes more beers like this, I'd drink them.

woemad, Jun 16, 2003
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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

See my bottled review...I drank this one on tap at the New Belgium Brewing Company. The difference from the bottled version is that in the nose there are suggestions of black permanent marker and burnt rubber. Taste is a little bit spicier with some herbal bitterness towards the finish. The malts also seem a bit ruddier and earthy, not as bready as out of the bottle.
Brewed with Willamette, Magnum, and Hallertauer hops...Pale, Chocolate, Carapils, C-40, C-80, and Munich malt. 24 IBU's.

Mitchster, Jun 13, 2003
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogannywith slight haze...light tan head that dissapears quickly...
Aroma is of bananna and clove...typical of all belgians but not as strong...
Taste...mild yet very tasty...bannanna, spice (dominated by clove)...nice mixture...
Mouthfeel and drinkability...very good...

stegmakk, Jun 11, 2003
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4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a gorgeous dark brownish red of deep, dark varnished mahogany, solid in the middle with glowing edges. Head is nice and compact of cream colored creamyness, about a finger high, with some bigger bubbles, faded within a minute or so, leaving drippy lace strings.
Smell is all malt and dark fruits of banana, starfruit, citrusy a bit, with toffee notes and a note of spicy cloves, one nice nose on this.
Taste is very smooth and subtle layers of complexity hindering mostly in malty sweetness and light dark fruits, banana, caramel, toffee notes and a bit of the cloves comes through in there as well. Flavors meld together quite excellent with a super nice little grab of dulled bitterly hops and yeast towards the end, giving it a little firm boldness thats very nice.Feel is pretty full medium embodyment with nice creamyness and a rich thickness, luscious and smooth, yet a tad thinning into the start. Extremely yummy dubbel made with care and respect to the orgin from which it came.

Thanks to jeffboo for the bottle!

tavernjef, Jun 10, 2003
Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,828 ratings.