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Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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90
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1,988 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,988
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 152
Gots: 211 | FT: 1
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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 jtslay
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell will hit you first: fruity/sweet.

The taste is very complex but I find it to have a very drinkable aftertaste.

Note: Make sure to follow recommended serving temperature on the bottle as it will result in the proper taste and aroma. Respect the brewer.

I am looking forward to trying this on tap.

Photo of beeragent
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a snifter. The beer poured a deep copper, forming a two fingers thick cream colored head, along with medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is a mixture of malts, and dark fruits. The taste is a little malt thickness, a hint of alcohol, and a good amount of dark fruit flavor. Medium mouthfeel, along with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this a very easy dubbel to drink, and a great place to start IMO, if you want to explore this style. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The dubbel has a dark rbrown color, looking like a cola more than coffee. The head was sizeable on pour, requiring me to let it sit before the pour finished. As it sits, the ale has settled down and leaves small patches of lace.

S: The aroma has a slightly yeasty funk and a strong candi sugar presence.

T: The flavor supports the nose nicely, showcasing a concentrated, sweet candi sugar presence. A hint of caramelized and brown sugar round out the flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is strong on sweetness but retains a firm dryness. Very enjoyable.

D: Not quite a sessioner, this ale still has a pleasing flavor that could cause me to have several.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased @ Market of Choice, Eugene, OR

Poured into my NB Abbey glass(yay), it pours with a nice off white/tan head, settles fairly quickly, leaving a nice thin layer of foam. Color is a deep mahogany. Smell is of pears, perhaps grapes, and or apples... Has a the faintest fruity tinge to the taste, a bit of sourness to it, possibly due to the belgain yeast strain they used. A very nice offering from NBB, Fairly middle of the road as far as the style is concerned.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice fluff leaves lace on the side of the glass, Smells great as I've let it warm to cool (not cold) temps. (Round about 50-55).

Damn nice smelling beer that really opens up and is fantastic at the 'recommended" temperature. It's easy to drink but has a nice spiciness to it that rewards you for letting it warm up.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. Thanks to csims for this one!

A - Poured a golden color with orange/red highlights. A medium off-white head sits comfortable atop, leaving behind a trail of creamy lacing.

S - Yeast, sweet apples, and bananas dominate the aroma, with spices lingering in the background.

T - Flavors don't live up to their expectations as the complexity I expected just wasn't there. Oh well. Bready yeast and spices (mostly cloves and coriander) lead the way to a banana finish.

M - Good carbonation and a strong finish...complex aftertaste, which is more than I could say for the actual flavors.

D - An excellent session Dubbel, just didn't live up to my expectations. I'm glad I have another sitting in the fridge...I'll wait a few months and give it a try.

Photo of drseamus
3.11/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This dubbel (according to marketing, not Peter) pours a deep brown with a thick off white head that laces nicely down the glass. When held to the light, the edges glow a deep red color. The primary aromas are malt and yeast, but it isn't overly sweet smelling. I also detect very slight banana aromas. The medium bodied flavor is heavily malty with a fairly high sweetness as well. There is also a funky flavor in the background I can't put my finger on. Overall, i'm not crazy about this beer. That funk in the background puts me off a little bit, but other than that, it's decent.

Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Just about a 1/4" off white head on a clear dark amber brown body.
S- Fruits, kind of a yeast aroma, sweet cherries, pretty light spices, and almost a light sugar.
T- Very well rounded beer. Light bread flavors, hints of spice, plums, raisins, candy cherries, nice hop presence, lingering bitterness on tongue. Flavors are blended together very nicely.
M- High carbonation and thin to medium body.
D- It's a excellent dubbel. A little high on the carbonation but it is the best one especially for the price.

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

Freshness date April 07. Pours a deep amber with a two finger head. A little lacing develops as the head fades. Looks pretty good.

Smells very belgian, with banana and plum dominating.

Tastes great. First you are hit with a malty, fruity sweetness that is immediately followed by a hint of biscuit. Fruit and alcohol linger on the tongue along with just the right amount of bitterness.

This brew is medium bodied with little carbonation. Seems right on for the style.

This one is more of a sipper, and I'm not sure how many I could drink in a row. Nonetheless, it is an excellent beer and everyone should give it a try.

Photo of orfeu
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer from New Belgium in several months, I brought this bottle of Abbey Belgian Style Ale back from my holiday visit to Omaha. Stamped Best Before 20APR07, and poured into my lovely new New Belgium Brewing Company .4 litre globe. A massive, thick and creamy, initially noisy but settling quickly and holding, ecru head sits atop a glowing bronze body with two lonely but persistent streams of carbonation. Candy, fruit, and phenols take up most of the nose space with overripe muskmelon, date sugar, molassess, and a soft and demure rubber scent predominating the overall aroma. A bit of clove and anise are also detectable. The flavor is understated, especially given the rather forceful nose. There are clove, nutmeg, and anise notes that punctuate a largely dark Karo syrup and caramel flavor profile. Fruitcake batter without the chunks of dried maraschino cherries. Slightly peppery mouthfeel with a smooth, full, and creamy swallow. Hangs just a bit heavy on the palate, but generally comes across as medium-bodied. For a U.S.-brewed dubbel, one could certainly do worse than NB Abbey. It's not as complex or interesting as other domestic interpretations of the style, but it remains true to the spirit of dark Belgian ales and stands as a strong, quaffable, qualilty beer. Recommended, especially when fresh.

Photo of kingjames1
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber brown, with little to no head. smells like vanilla, raisin, rum, and sweet fruit, with a good waft of belgium funk. taste is sweet, bready malts with sour notes, banana, cloves and a touch of vanilla. mouthfeel is good, though slightly watery. very drinkable. this is a nice brew!

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very large head, light brown. Full to dark red amber, clear, mild carbonation.

Sticky sweet, like nectar and honey. Belgium style sweetness.

Honey sweet. Mild dark fruit. Mild alcohol notes.

Thick and smooth. Moderate oral foamation and quite nice carbonation. Refreshing.

A nice brew. I’d get it again.

Photo of Backer2004
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't care if this one's from Belgium, Colorado, or Australia, this is a great example of a Abbey Dubbel. I picked this up six months ago in St. Louis and felt this is just as good a time to try it as any. What i like most of all is that it was not overwhelming, very smooth to the finish that I wanted more. One of my new favorites from New Belgium, too bad they're not distributed in NC.

Photo of
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Primarily clear, copper-mahogany color. Large, light tan head.

Bananas, clove. Not much barnyard going on as I expected. Some bubblegum.

Sweet taste. Bubblegum and caramel notes. Very light floral hop finish.

Light body, with high carbonation. I thought the carb was a bit much, but it led to a rather pleasant creamy mouthfeel and some zip in the finish. Not a bit drying.

Very easy to drink and enjoyable. ABV could sneak up on you given how light the beer is.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this one looks the biz, with a fluffy off-white head sitting on top of a gorgeous ruby-infused brown, foggy but not sediment-hazed, just about a perfect looking beer. (a little bit of sticky lace only makes it better...)

Aroma-wise it leans toward the floral/herbal. A flowery spiciness abounds, with some cinnamon, cocoa and lots of anise coming in as its warms.

First sip out of the gate reminds me of root beer. Real root beer, the kind made with herbs and roots and the whole nine yards (which probably nobody makes anymore). Brown sugar, cinnamon, clover, pepper, chalky cocoa, anise, a real winter-beer feel. 7% ABV is just about non-existent in the flavor, no residual heat from the alcohol is felt. Seems to be missing some roundness in the mouth, and the carbonation is a little too fizzy, but not too distracting either.

Another very good beer from New Belgium. I've only had two of their offerings, neither of which completely blew me away, but their stuff is clearly solid and I look forward to more.

Photo of malty
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before April 7th, 2006. It's been in my fridge for at least 18 months; so I bet it's still good...we'll see.

Pours a clear chestnut/copper color with a loose 1/4" beige head. Kinetic and fine visible carbonation racing upward.

Scents of pepper, dark fruits soaked in rum and genuine Belgian yeast of some sort (banana & a little funk). My God if this doesn't smell just like a Consendonk Angus.

Yeah, this bottle is still VERY good. A zesty toasted malt component really swings-open the gate. A burnt toffee flavor hides behind a fig, raisin and molasses spiciness. Flavors are very fresh and round. A little smack of black pepper mixed with a sliver of banana also.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very playful fine carbonation that's quite boisterous. A fruity and somewhat spicy finish.

Drinkability is awesome. This baby's got all the goods you'd expect from a top-notch domestic Belgian style brewery and yet not too 'in your face' to scare-off newcomers.

Overall this brew is solid and skillfully crafted. There's not one hole in this beer. Spicy, zesty, fruity and a little warming...everything a Belgian Dubble should have. Cheers to New Belgium!

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a nice off white head with good retention and lacing as well. Aromas of banana, fruity yeast, caramel. Taste is more of the same with a little anise in there as well. Mouthfeel is good and this is a pretty drinkable brew.

Photo of weeare138
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before Oct 13th, '06...
Appears a dark, murky, caramel toned brown with a 1 finger, fluffy, bubbly, light beige head that slowly fades into a decent, floating cap.
Smell is of brown sugar, doughy bread, raisins, cocoa powder, caramel, light vanilla, and light wheat. Friggin classic!
Taste is of the same aromas with the doughy, sugary flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, cocoa powder, vanilla, and light fruityness leading to a semi-dryness that starts at the front of the tongue and leads to a dusty, glazing feel all over the tongue.
Drinkability is very nice. Similar to Chimay in nature but better. It's a bit more dry with a vanilla likeness akin to Westmalle.
Ahhh, I need to get back to those classic Belgian Dubbels for a revisit. This one is nice.

Photo of gonzo138
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep brownish red color with a very big cream colored head that both retains and laces very well

S- smells of sweet malt, almost a little chocolatey, a bit of raisin fruitiness, rich belgian spiciness is present, smells like corriander and orange

T- complements smell, sweet malty flavor, fruity raisin flavor is there, a little bit of anise taste as well

M- peircing carboantion, almost on the verge of being over the top, decent medium body, thick mouthfeel, sticks to palate for a while

D- pretty drinkable, I have always though that new belgium was a solid brewery, but never really made anything that had anything that suprised me, really liked this one, both surprised and impressed, would buy/drink/recomend

Photo of jmbranum
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely good Dubbel style ale. Reminds me of Chimay Red.

Dark reddish brown with a giant evervecesnet head. Aroma is spicy.

The flavor is. . . WOW! Absolutely fabulous! Cloves are the dominant flavor but I think I can notice some nutmeg, some bananas (just barely), and lots of malt. Also a definite alcoholic warmth that is reminicent of say Aventinus.

I really like this beer. It may be my favorite of the NB offerings. I highly recommend it.

Photo of hoppymeal
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours ambery brown with a good sized off white head that slowly fades back and laces the glass as I drink it. Aroma is sweet maltiness, some caramel and chocolate malts with a touch of smoky and spices. Taste follows with some tart cherry sweetness and a nice amount of chocolate followed up with some clove like spice. Light to medium in body, but pretty creamy, a very little spiciness lingers on the back of the tongue. Good beer, I wasn't blown away but it was easy to put away.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Swirled yeast, inch or so of clingy head that dissipates quickly leaving lace marks all over, and dark brown body.

Smells redolent of fruits, malts, mild alcohol, and yeasty sediments.

Surprisingly good interpretation of a dubbel. Hints at the complexities of leading Belgians. Malty, somewhat fruity, hint of peppery flavor. Sharp phenolic bite hints at 7%, which gets more cloying at the temperature drops below 50 degrees.

Overall: flagship of the NB brewing operation. Hews closer to tradition than the tripel, more complexity than the somewhat flat 1554, far preferable to their popular wheat, amber ale, and pilsener offerings.

Photo of peabody
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark tan color with little suds and a slight lacing.
The smell is fruity with dark malts and nice yeast coming through.
Hops are in there but very hard to discern.
Taste is sweet caramel or molasses with a dark black flavor almost like coffee but not quite. I think I might have got a hint of bubble gum.
Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean that leaves a slight oily film in the roof of the mouth but quickly goes away making you want more.
Good beer here and I for one could drink a bunch of this at one sitting.

Photo of blitz134
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chill hazed amber. Little to no head, only has a few bubble patches on the top.

Caramel sweetness prevails with a good bit of raw sugar, cotton candy like. Some very light toasted aromas, a touch of sweet roll maltiness with a prevailing Belgian yeast aroma.

Light toasted malts come through in the flavor, some apples come through as well, almost ciderish with its spice hints. Typical Belgian yeastiness in the finish.

Nice crisp mouthfeel, body is thinnish to medium, what I expect for the style but maybe a bit on the thinner side. Flavor doesn't linger for too long.

Good drinkability, seems to be a pretty solid Belgian style offering. Pretty tasty and goes down easy. Good stuff...

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

12 oz bottle into a mug (no goblet available)

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber. Light tan bubbly head with good retention. Settles to a blotchy cap.

Strong fruity notes mixed with light malts. Very sweet smells mixed in.

Fruit flavors are presented first, followed by an intriguing mix of hop bitterness and sugary sweetness.

Medium bodied with considerable carbonation. Mild hop bitterness in the finish, yet still smooth.

For an American imitation of a Belgian style, this is a great beer. For the quality and price of this beer, it’s hard to beat.

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,988 ratings.