Abbey Belgian Style Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,051 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,051
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 168
Gots: 243 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with some ruby highlights and a small off white head of fizzy foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a nice big fruity smell of a darker fruit nature, with plenty of raisin, plum, and some cherry. Along with these aromas are a nice blend of a yeasty smell as well as some aromas of a more roasted malt smell with some aromas of a coriander and clove mixed in along side. A little bit of a boozy smell is there as well, creating a nice fruity and warming dubbel aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a good dark fruit flavor of raisin and plum predominantly, with some lighter hints of cherry as well. Along with the fruit there is a little bit of a roasted taste as well as a very light boozy flavor. As the taste advances, the booziness increases all while fruitiness decays a little bit. At the same time, some yeast and spice of coriander and clove and a hint of banana and bubblegum come to the tongue. Some boozy tastes and a resurgence of the dark fruit occur at the end, leaving one with a fruity and warming dubbel flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the mix of fruity, yeasty, and boozy flavor of the brew, the feel is rather nice and does a good job of balancing the booze with the sweet fruit, making for a good moderate pace drinking dubbel.

Overall – A rather nice Abbey style ale overall with a nice drinkability and a good blend of fruit, booze, and yeasty spice. A rather well done dubbel that is quite nicely priced. A good go to dubbel style ale.

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent dubbel that really rivals the Belgians. Spot on job by new Belgium bringing an authentic Belgian flavor, while still being inexpensive

Photo of avaughn
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very good, just not too smooth.

Photo of 2beersaday-stronglikebull
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark Amber like honey with creamy head and moderate lacing, smells fantastic, like banana bread. Taste clove, banana candy, breads. Mouthfeel carbonated, faint stickiness. Overall, I really enjoyed this, would go great with a bananas foster dessert.

Photo of scootny
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly clear light red brown. Light tan head of decent size. Spots and streaks here and there. Clumps of yeast in the bottom of my glass. Nose is sublime. Lots of banana, dark fruits, sugary malted toffee. A boot of alcohol and pepper spice. Taste continues the excellent nose. Toffee flavored malt front. Figs and raisins flow next. Herbaceous biting bitterness gives a bit of a jolt but it works so well. A light coffee lingers with mocha notes as it fades to hops. Feel is to notch. Full and smooth with a creamy carbonation. Not a session ale but quite easy drinking. A superb dubbel period. Love this one.

Photo of Johyka
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured into a pint glass, decent head (poured it too lightly) with a good amount of lacing. Very sticky lace, clings on for dear life! Color is dark brown, little bit of amber and gold, seeing a tinge of sienna maybe?

S: Delicious. Like a frozen banana mixed with caramel, with a handful of raisins. Just enough sweetness to make my mouth water.

T: Smoky, caramel, lots of candied banana (Laffy Taffy-esque). A good amount of bread, but very candy-like. Fantastic taste... But has a very slightly bitter, medicinal, finish.

F: Very smooth, hit of carbonation at the front of the palate and smooths out in the middle and end.

Overall: Very nice, smooth beer to drink on a cold night in Colorado. Smells fantastic, looks like a BEER, and it tastes too good to be mass produced from New Belgium. I love it, and will drink it until the springtime comes around!

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

A beautiful deep, dark golden-brown. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles. Nice tan head with pretty nice lacing. Aroma is of fresh baked muffins, with hints of banana and candy. I am not a huge fan, nor an expert on this style of beer, but I will have to say, this is one nice brew. Taste is spectacular with fresh baked pastry and sweet malt notes. I also get some banana and molasses also. Feels, light on the palate with some minor alcohol twang, but that's ok, this is a nice beer and very drinkable !

Photo of Pantalones
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second (and unfortunately, last) bottle of this from the Folly pack I picked up earlier. Poured into a standard pint glass, probably a bit quicker than I should have since the head came thiiiiis close to overflowing! Still managed to fit almost all of the beer in the glass... but just barely, there was a lot of head on this one.

Color is a nice dark brown, with a light tan head. With the help of a light I can see little bubbles streaming up from the bottom, though it's dark enough that I can't make them out without any extra light. I can actually hear the fizzing of bubbles, even a couple minutes after the beer is poured when the head is starting to shrink away a bit. Head shrinks into more of a thin "coating" on top after a while, but doesn't ever vanish entirely. As I drink more of the beer, wide bubbly trails are left behind on the inside of the glass. To put it simply, this is a very nice-looking beer.

Smells... good! Not in a "this is regular beer, but it's a good one" sort of way, but in a way that reminds me more of banana bread. Dark toasty banana bread. Actually, nearing the end of the glass I noticed just a bit of a coffee-like smell too. I don't drink coffee, but I do think some of it smells pretty nice, so there's another plus for tnis one there.

Taste is mostly toasty and bready to start with, but there's definitely a lot of banana-like flavor in there too. The banana seems to be kicking in earlier this time compared to the first one I had. There's also another interesting sweet flavor (or two?) that pops up sometimes; reminds me of tropical fruit flavored bubblegum or cotton candy or a mixture of the two. But interestingly, it never seems overly sweet to me. It's like... sweet flavors but without the "feeling" of sweetness, if that makes any sense. Also, it makes my burps taste like banana bread.

...And for the first time I think I'm starting to "get" the concept of mouthfeel. This feels both substantial and easy to drink all at once, somehow. It's not watery-feeling but at the same time there's no harsh fizziness or any other weird feelings, just a very slight warmth sometimes (from the 7% alcohol, I assume.) It's a beer I drink slow because I want to taste it for as long as possible, not because going faster would be unpleasant.

Basically... I can't think of anything I don't like about this beer. I don't believe in "perfect" (hence my unwillingness to hand out 5's...) and I'm sure I'll probably find beers I like more eventually, but this is one of the few beers that's really *amazed* me so far--and even better than that, it was still amazing the second time I had it! I look forward to trying more of the darker Belgian-style ales (and having this one again!) in the future.

Photo of Gajo74
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper almost brown color with a thick head that dissipates to ring like lace. Great aroma! Maple syrup, bannanas, a boozy liqueur like feel and even a hint of coffee. Taste is fruity, malty sweet and with a dry boozy finish. Good feel. Lively carbonation that settles as the drink warms. This is my first foray into New Belgium Brewing co. and am thus far impressed. A good interpretation of Belgian Dubbel!

Photo of Kastler
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Excellent Dubbel. Strong, dark and flavorful.
I love the belgian malt aroma and taste. The subtle yeast flavor gives it that classic dubbel feel. Definitely my favorite of the New Belgium brews.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Dark, murky brown with a reddish tinge. 2 finger head recedes to a foamy cap pretty fast, leaves some lacing here and there. Upon close inspection one notices little offwhite floaties in suspension.

Smell - Definitely all about that Belgian yeast, but in a light and refreshing way: fruity and spicy banana/clove action. This sounds weird, but getting kind of a "fishy" scent, but not in a bad way... More like ocean water and the beach.

Taste - Belgiany goodness right up front : yeasty candied dark fruits, a touch of bubblegum and banana, spicy with clove and other subtle spice notes, that strangely good ocean character takes on clean mineral water qualities, alcohol very well hidden, toasty sweet bready malts peek in towards the wonderfully dry finish.

Feel - Crisp, smooth, and creamy for its ABV. Carbonation is gentle yet ample. Medium-full body feels quite light and drinkable.

Overall - A wonderfully complex, tasty, drinkable dubbel - and what a bargain! New Belgian never ceases to amaze by putting out delicious, flavorful, year-round beers like this at amazing prices. $6.99 sixpacks of an outstanding dubbel? C'mon, man... That's unheard of.

Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

This is an excellent Belgian-style beer. Fast moving up my list of beers I'll seek out at the store. Very tasty dubbel, not too heavy, and available year-round. What's not to like?

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

This one has been staring me in the face every time I open my fridge. I said enough's enough. Time to review this sucka!

Serving style : 12 oz classic New Belgium Bottle poured into clear glass for appearance

Appearance (4.75) : Massive head. Like four fingers. Impressive, yo. Dense copper red body. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. (I'm counting five rings at the end of the review.) The head just stays for days. I mean it. Floats frothy on top and won't go away. I have to give this beer props for appearance.

Smell (4.5) : Very fruity. Clean water. Heavy on banana and cinnamon. Some extra spice. Plums, figs, more cinnamon. Slight, slight booze. Smells just like my wife's fruit salad. Lovely.

Taste (4.25) : Delicious. Delicious with an alcoholic bite. A fresh carbonated zip gives way to pineapple, banana, and raisin. A lot like drinking a cinnamon fruit salad. I love it. A tiny sour and yeasty malt character clashes just a bit but nothing overwhelming. If it wasn't there, it wouldn't be beer. A spiced banana flavor with cinnamon and cloves. Banana bread finish. Fruity hops. Hints of figs and raisin. Zippy. Delectable.

Mouthfeel (4) : Light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated, rich, a little prickly, and then smooth. Slight sour bitter on the finish but nothing cloying or otherwise offensive. Finishes sappy, dry. Excellent.

Overall (4.28) : I've actually tried this with ice cream. Apart from the slight alcohol off-taste, it makes a good float. Not kidding! I'm having a fantastic night with beers. This beer rocks my world. Abbey is worth a serious look. Thoroughly impressed here. I'm totally in a good mood now. See what great beer does to a man?

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium to dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light tan head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark and toasted malts with some dark fruits (plums/figs) and moderate to strong aromas of candi sugar. Light notes of spices as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark and toasted malts with a moderate amount of caramel + toffee sweetness and some light to moderate flavors of dark fruits (plums/figs). There are light to moderate flavors of candi sugar with light notes of cocoa and spices from the yeast.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of creaminess initially with a touch of spicy drying in the finish.

O: A very nice example of the style with really nice complexity of aromas/flavors without a lot of associated sweetness. Easy to drink and enjoy though this is much more of a sipping beer than a session beer.

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

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 9/21/2014. Pours lightly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, raisin, plum, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, raisin, plum, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness and moderate yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, raisin, plum, banana, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malts; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured out dark maroon/basically brown in color (little red tint in the light) with a nice three-finger white head with good retention and some really nice lacing.

Smell is of nice Belgian yeast, bananas, the usual spices (I don't know what they are), and basically some really nice sweetness that we all know and love in this type of beer.

Taste is much like the nose although the yeast and spices are more prominent than the bananas but they are still there to light up this beer.

Mouthfeel is semi-thin/thick for the style as it should be. Not thick like a stout but thicker for the style due to the carbonation

Overall I really like Belgians and Belgian style beers and after steering away from this beer for a while I found it is really good and pretty darn close to style. Not sure what could be improved here. Just a really nice American take on the style to be sure.

Photo of TangoMike
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet/chalice. Color is right on the money as it is a dark reddish amber. I thought the head was a little thin, and it didn't persist as long as I thought it should. It may be slightly under carbonated, and if I were to grade it down in one area in particular it would be mouthfeel. That said, it is very clear (don't think this beer is bottle-conditioned) and is in the right ballpark as far as the complexity of flavor you would expect from a Belgian Dubbel (raisin, clove spiciness, etc.). It leaves scattered lacing on the side of the glass. Maybe the slightest taste of alcohol but very subtle. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and will come back to it again (it was half the price of a Chimay Red 4-pack which, while superior, is not an everyday beer).

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with good head and lace ring along with an aroma of dark fruits and hints of caramel/candi sugar malt sweetness and touches of spice. Rather light bodied, maybe medium, with a smoothness that belies the dark fruit and sweet tastes b/c there are some raisins and figs in here, possible other fruits like tropical but can't get a handle on them, but there is also a great underlying sweetness to this beer that I can only describe as really sweet (caramel, the figs, toffee, candi sugar, sweet fruit...just can't pinpoint it). A rather light and easy to drink Belgian style ale that is quite enjoyable.

Photo of Premo88
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into chalice

L: brown, amber, crystal clear; 1/4-inch tan head of semi-thick foam -- looks much cleaner with less head than a typical belgian, but it's pretty

S: wine ... sour grapes; yeasty, gets sweet ... like bubblegum, almost banana; licorice at times

T: fruity, bubblegum ... some woody/oak taste at times; licorice at times

F: solid but not spectacular ... good carbonation, lightweight

O: weird balance between super sweet light bubblegum notes vs. dark licorice/prunes. it's enough like a dubbel to score well for style, but it's also no Rochefort 6. a little darker than most Belgians.

one thing it has that almost no other dubbel I've tried has is a cool nutty flavor. it shows up at different times and might be most present in fresher bottles (this one has been in the fridge a month, and the nut flavor is not showing up much). it's fantastic when it's there, though it's not part of the style.

Photo of Henrich
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brownish ruby with a quickly dissipating head, which falls into a slight thin layer on top. Nice color. Excellent lacing in the glass.
Smell: Very distinct belgian smell. Fruity with an undertone of malt and alcohol. Great bouquet.
Taste: Sweet up front, with a lingering bitterness. Light grainy character. Nothing overly impressive.
Mouth-Feel: It's nice. Lightly carbonated, but a bit thin tasting.
Overall: it is a decent interpretation of authentic dubbels, but I don't really agree with the outstanding ratings. Good, but not amazing.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of October 05, 2014 printed on the label. A new beer to me from New Belgium, acquired as part of the winter folly pack.

Poured into a Coca-Cola goblet / chalice.

A - Pours a ruby-ish plum colored body with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Very nice head retention and nice big sheets of white lacing.

S - Huge banana on the nose. It's hard for me to get past it. Some funky Belgian yeast detectable, candied sugars, brown breadiness / malt, clove spice, some other dark fruity notes like prune or fig. Alcohol fumes noticeable.

T - Taste follows the nose - lots of big banana, mild hints of roast / char, brown bread, mild nuttiness, and clove spice. Fairly traditional in it's approach, which is a good thing for a bigger brewery like New Belgium, and it hits it's mark, I'd say.

M - Feel is extremely smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with good, slightly prickly, slightly filling carbonation. Lightly sticky on the finish. Some lingering banana.

Overall, while these aren't my favorite style to begin with, this was a nice effort from New Belgium. Like others have said, it is nicely authenticated for being as widely available as it is.

New Belgium Abbey Belgian Style Ale ---3.5/5

Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best before: "03Aug14." 7% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with simple appealing label art and iconic red/orange branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local grocery store and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 90 rating as well as the brewery, whose Trippel [sic] I quite like. Reviewed as a dubbel since the label's description identifies it as such.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of pale khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a nice soft complexion. Even smooth consistency. Head retention is pretty good for the above average ABV - about 4-5 minutes. Nice albeit inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. It's a supple appealing head overall.

Body colour is a dark translucent semitransparent amber of average vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for a dubbel and I'm looking forward to the first sip, but it doesn't hold a candle to the appearances of the best traditional beers in the style.

Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Has a definite Belgian yeast vibe. Candi sugar, plum, prune, Belgian amber malts, lovely banana notes, cream, and light bready malts. It's pretty impressive for a dubbel at this price point; I'm surprised. Definitely fits into style conventions.

No hop profile, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

A pleasant, inviting aroma of mild strength. Really solid for a dubbel. I'm craving the first sip. The subtle banana and luscious plum notes are simply fantastic.

Mf/T: Has a lovely creamy texture with an aptly medium body and comforting feel on the palate. Well-carbonated, with apt thickness and weight. Soft, smooth, and wet without feeling weak. Has good overall presence on the palate and the texture suits the taste quite well. Supple and almost refreshing. Very approachable.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Banana and plum dominate this surprisingly well-balanced flavour profile. The malty core is a great complement to the more refined notes, offering Belgian amber and brown malts alongside some light bready character and subtly integrated caramel. Has unexpected subtlety and some fair complexity, but in terms of complexity and intricacy relative to traditional examples of the style, it's lackluster.

Still, for a dubbel at this price point which is so widely available, I'm taken aback by its quality. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Build is cohesive but not gestalt.

Dr: Very drinkable; I'll have no trouble finishing this bottle and I look forward to doing so. Hides its ABV pretty well. A surprisingly good seasonal brew from New Belgium that I'll look forward to picking up again in the future. Probably the best widely available U.S.-brewed example of the style. Well worth trying. Amongst New Belgium's finest mainstream efforts - right up there with Trippel [sic].

Borderline B-/B

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

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of lite khaki foam, color is a translucent and brilliant amber orange/red, dwindles to a broken cap that leaves webbed lacing that covers the glass.

Smell - Big banana nose, belgian yeast, light clove and nutmeg, and a whiff of sweet vanilla

Taste - Very much like the nose, starts with really big banana esters and sweet yeasty wheat bread, almost immediately followed with belgian spiciness of nutmeg and light clove, I get some faint pears and white grape as as you swallow, with some sour pear and white pepper long into the finish. As this warms I almost get a slight amaretto flavor in the back with some very light heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, smooth silky carb that finishes with some nice edges that accentuate the slightly tart and dry/slightly chalky finish.

Overall - This is a pretty solid belgian that has bod flavors of banana, yeast, spices and pear and white grape. Really nicely complex and balanced, and a pretty impressive offering from New Belgium. Take your time with this one and enjoy the flavors that build and transition as it warms up a bit, recommend, and great price point.

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says 05OCT14.

A- Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before sinking down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Very sweet aroma of Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Lots of phenols and some clove notes plus some vanilla bean.

T- Taste is a little less exciting with more candi sugar and some bready malt. Smooth and flavorful and the alcohol is nicely concealed. Not as sweet as the aroma leads on.

M- Tangy and somewhat dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A pretty tasty dubbel which is saying something since it's hard for me to greatly appreciate the style.

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a new belgium globe. Best by date is ovtober 2014. Pours a deep amber red. With a thick, lumpy two finger head that continues to slowly build from the bottom. Lots of carbonation visible if you look closely. Tons of lacing sticking on the glass.

Smell: Strong belgian yeast aroma. Bananas, phenolic, spices, clove. Very nice.

Taste: Bananas, clove, belgian spices and a touch of alcohol come together nicely.

Mouthfeel: Quite a bit of carbonation but body is a bit thin.

Overall, one of my favorite year round offerings from new belgium.

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.