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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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1,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,967
Reviews: 734
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 151
Gots: 199 | 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 BretSikkink
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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%
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%
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%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very ruby brown shoe hue. Very merlot like hues noticed when held to the light. A good head and bubbling to start, but both slowly decend into obscurity as each sip goes down. A light spiciness hits the nose with some tapioca notes. Plenty of whole hearted cacao hints of cinnamon and vanilla hit the tongue. A very sweet yet tantilizingly spicey palate.

Photo of bjohnson
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Solomon420 for the chance to try this offering.

A: Pours a deep plum color with a frothy off white half finger head. Slight retention on top. Lacing on the glass.
S: Dark fruit and spices are the first noticeable aromas. Nice malty sweetness in the background.
T/M: Dark fruit malt notes dominate the flavors at first. More fruity than I thought it was going to be--not a bad thing. Soft and creamy across the palate with a sharpness in the finish that hangs on the tongue. Hotness towards the end of the gulp reminds you of the slightly high abv. Medium bodied with a good fizz of carbonation.
D: Definately a drinkable dubbel. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip glass, pours a dark earthy brown with a bubbly, quickly diminishing white head, quickly diminishing lacing. Aroma is pretty much fantastic, yeasty with medium fruits, apple and pear, with a sweet malt backing, and some nices spices to boot. Taste isn't as good as the nose, but still quite good, the apple and pear there too, but has a funny bitter maltiness at the end that brings this score down a half point. Mouth is decent, not as full as I'd have liked it to be, though just the right amount of liveliness on the tongue. All in all, a darn good beer, and for $1.49, I'm gonna have to grab a bunch more next time.

Photo of Beerzebub
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: best before 23 March, 2007

Somewhat dark, clear rosewood color. Some beige head, keeps bubbling up in the center of the goblet, but not much for the style. Some lacing. Smell dominated by ripe bananas, very pleasant, with some nail polish remover, raisins, plum, bread, fruity black pepper. Smells very much like fresh baked banana bread, delicious.

Taste matches smell, with nail polish remover noticeable but not strong enough to be unpleasant. Mostly really ripe banana. Certainly enjoyable, but doesn't totally come together.

* This could probably use some cellar time. *

Decent creamy mouthfeel, just a tad too fizzy.

Food note: Started eating a pork chop and caramelized onions with this, and it works well.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, with a large frothy white head. Excellent retention. Sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - Phenols, bananas, anise, plums, and black pepper.

T - Mid-bodied. Upfront is quite malty with lots of fresh fruit flavors coming into play. Phenols give way to a sharp alcoholic bite. Finishes creamy and dry, with a slight bitter receding aftertaste. Drinkability is quite good.

A solid Dubbel, and one that is good for any occasion.

Photo of arizcards
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles at Cost Plus back in late June for $1.49 each.

Beer poured a mahogany brown with a nice tan head initially in my Duvel glass. Nose is very peasant with ripe fruits dominating. Taste is a sweet medley of ripe fruit, candied sugar,and finished with a hint of hops and alcohol. Mouthfeel is awesome and is what makes this beer for me, This is a good tasting beer that is enhanced by a perfect creamy smooth feeling as it passes over my palate. Drinkability is good. The alcohol is a bit more prevelant than I had hoped. This is a nice interpretation of the style and definitely worth a shot,

Photo of MrHolland
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Soloman420 for this great opportunity.

Pound into a chalice, it has a tan head and is a dark brown in apperance.

Smell is malty with some hint of floral notes which is pleasent and very inviteing.

Taste is malty with hop aftertones, also with some hint of toffee and caramel.

Mouthfeel is smooth with excellent amount of carbonation. Goes does very well.

Drinkability - could have a couple more of these, but I am sure the 7% abv would hit me after another. Wish I could get these around my area, but thanks to Soloman420 once more for the opportunity.

Photo of leedorham
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a strong head that continued from start to finish. Amber to brown in color.
The aroma was full with fruitiness and hops.
I had to have this beer on consecutive nights to be sure but the taste had a very strong clove characteristic. Too strong for my liking. Still it had enough redeeming qualities to be very drinkable.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz bottle poured out an amber hue with a good white head. It left distinct lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and spices. There was also a fruity aroma (banana?).

T - The malt flavor was outstanding. Caramel flavors popped up throughout. Nice sharp spiciness

M - It is smooth and crisp. A medium-bodied brew with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

D - Very drinkable. One of New Belgium's best and a great "American try" at a dubbel.

Photo of AlesRTasty
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once poured, an off white head forms with little retention. The beer is a dark brown with amber highlights. Very full aroma. Smells of spices and dark malts fill the nose and I pick up minor hints of a smokiness I think. You can definitly taste the dark malts with little hop flavor. Some fruitiness lingers in the aftertaste but it is very little. Surprisingly very little citrus flavor since most of NB's brews have those characteristics. Good mouthfeel and good carbonation. This is a good find from NB, quite good and layered with flavor. I think this must be my favorite NB brew.

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
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.28/5  rDev -18%
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
4.68/5  rDev +17%
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
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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
3.52/5  rDev -12%
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.


Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 1,967 ratings.