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

742 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 742
Hads: 2,059
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 5.97%
Wants: 171
Gots: 250 | 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 wvsabbath
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan with a 1/2 inch creamy head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel malts, Belgian yeasts. Lots of spices, butter, toffee, brown sugar and molasses. A little of the classic dubbel cherry and raisin aroma also comes out near the finish.

Taste - This ale starts out with a nice mix of malts, spices and a mix of sweet cherries, and tart grapes. Malts have a nice toasty/buttery flavor and works well with the Belgian yeasts. Raisin and plum are the featured dark bold fruit flavor present in each sip. Near the finish, a nice sweet sugar/spice flavor rounds out this impressive ale.

Mouthfeel - Malts and sweet yeasts coat the tongue. The palate gets a lot of sugars, dark fruits and spices. The aftertaste is malty, spicey and a little tart.

Overall - Excellent beer. Balanced, smooth yet high flavored and easy to drink. Seriously you can put this American brewed ale right up against any Belgian brewed dubbel and it will hold its own. A pleasure to drink and worth seeking out. (1,041 characters)

Photo of lancecenter
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Ruby brown with a bulging head. Lots of retention and sick lacing.

S - Super heavy on bananas followed by phenols, plums, and pepper.

T/M - The taste follows the nose with a little warming alcohol at the end. The mouthfeel is underwhelming and a bit on the watery side.

O - Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer. I just prefer my dark Belgians to have more of a dark fruit character to them and I just don't find that here. Also, would I buy it again? Probably not. (475 characters)

Photo of TownDunkel
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Belgian ale now thats the stuff.

Apperance is ruby red and amber with an off white head.

Smell is decent with spicy notes and yeasty not much on hops

Taste is amazing with initial spice and then deep malt flavor with slight bitter. Notes ofd dark fruit

Mouthfeel is pleasent and carbonated well

Overall this could be a daily drinker! (338 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany with noticeable carbonation, an amber-tinged head and plenty of lacing. Smells of complex malt, nice, but not something I seek out. The taste is really nice, even on a hot day this tastes good! This will be a great late Fall brew or after a day on the slopes. I'm not a Belgian Ale drinker, but this is a nicely done beer! (344 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful mahogany color that allows some light through, providing some reddish hues. The beer is capped with a finger of off-white foam for a head that quickly dissipated into a thin halo of foam that gripped the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Malty but very fruity too. Lots of dried fruit, such as cherries and plums, and dark bread and leather. Caramel and toffee appear too, and the Belgian yeast is very pronounced.

Taste: Malty, fruity, yeasty, and alcoholicy. Very characteristic to the dubbel style, with lots of depth of flavor and complexity. Maltforward, like freshly baked bread, followed quickly by the dried fruit and caramel notes. I taste some slightly sour cherries and plums and raisins, that’s balanced by the sweetness of the caramel notes. The beer finishes by the slight sour notes of Belgian yeast, that lasts for quite the long while. Damn good beer. One of the best American examples that I’ve had in fact.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thick, chewy. There’s some good carbonation to coat the mouth, but it isn’t at all cloying. Finally, even though the beer only clocks in at 7% ABU, there’s quite the alcohol finish that provides a good warming/tingle on the tongue.

Overall: Another damn good beer from New Belgium. It’s good to see that the brewery, while following the path blazed by a lot of the California and Oregon breweries with multiple IPAs and numerous other hop-forward beers, that when they turn back to their Belgium-inspired beers, they can still produce some of the best in the country. I love this dubbel! (1,575 characters)

Photo of BSDA
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely ruby-mahogany color in a 16oz glass bell mug with a mid-range opacity. The head rose to a single finger, and as I drank, raced down a trail of departure to fine lacey candy on the side of the glass. Low visible carbonation, but easily revived by a small swig and swish in the mouth, more on that later.

Smell is complex, slices of warm banana on toasted bread. Caramel sugars abound. Need I say more?

Taste is full of those tell-tale bananas and darker candied fruits, possibly figs or plums. Lingers heavy on the center of the tongue with the caramel.

Lends a bit of alcohol bite to the general smooth feel of other darker Belgian ales, froths a little at the corners of the mouth. Feels very soft and lingers heavy on the center palate, as well as tingling the gums if you give them a pass. Swishing the beer once or twice among the teeth and lips gives a nice revival to the low carbonation, leaving the thicker candies to sit on the gums and tease the edges of the tongue, waiting for the next taste. The feeling of this beer is delightfully rich without the cream filling of darker ales like Chimay G.R., etc.

Overall a great beer for after a modest meal. 3 of these after-eats will put you in bed sooner than you expected, unless you are used to dubbels and trippels. Keep it coming, New Belgium Brewery! (1,321 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of candi sugars are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has sweet flavors of candi sugars along with some notes of dark fruits and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this dubbel was a good represention of of the style and wasn't overly sweet. (603 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass

Let me state upfron that Belgian style offering are not my favorite. But I loved this. It pours a deeep amber with a small head, great retention, and lacing taboot, taboot. The nose is mostly bananas but I also get some clove and spices. Taste is very sweet upfront, maybe apples, bananas, and asssorted other fruits. The finish is dry and yeasty, but not bad. I've had a few other Belgian ales where the finish was so yeasty I just didn't like it. Here it is more restrained. I like the mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation. A pleasant surprise!!! (597 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: Dark ruby amber color. Thick cream colored head. Slow ressesion with decent rings of lace.

Aroma: Biscuits, nuts, and floral fruits. An almost bubblegum quality.

Taste: The sweet bubblegum thing comes out and dominates. The hop finish is more grounded in citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy.

Overall: Just too yeasty and bubblegummy. Typical New Belgium? (409 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a nice white head, moderate lacing and brown amber color. Aroma is a complex blend of fruits, spices, vanilla, clove and specialty malts. Flavor is a complex blend of caramel like flavors, complex sweet spicy and fruity. Refreshing clove finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Overall this beer rocks my palate and totally owns my nose. (344 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a brown color. almost opaque but with slight clarity. two fingers of tan head that leave behind a lacing

Smell: candied sugar and dark fruits

Taste: the belgian yeast gives of tastes of dark fruits and a slight breadiness, the candied sugars come in pretty strongly. There is an alcohol taste which i prefer hidden in this type

Mouthfeel: very sweet aftertaste. a touch too sweet

Overall: I had higher hopes for this one since new belgium made a great trippel. this one was just slightly lacking in all aspects (526 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a crystal clear deep ruby with a half finger tan head that goes away farily quickly. There is some wispy lacing left on the surface with a little lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is full of swee, dark fruits along with a little bit of roasted malt. Some clove and banana from the yeast tying everything together. A really nice smelling beer.

More roast up front than I was expecting in the flavor with dark fruit quickly following behind. Molasses and brown sugar as well. The yeast characteristics stay buried until the finish where they quickly spring forward to become the dominant flavor. There is a light bitterness and moderate sweetness on the finish but the mouthfeel is not as soft as I was hoping for.

Overall, a decent attempt at a Dubbel by New Belgium and I really think they pulled it off. It is still a little rough around the edges but for the availability and price it is hard to beat. (957 characters)

Photo of themind
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quality American take on a Belgium brew! I really enjoyed this beer. Rich, full flavor with a nice aroma....yea I could down a few of these puppies. If your a Belgium beer lover you should look this way, its worth a glance for sure.

Bottom Line: Good beer worth drinking over and over! (286 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Candied malt, fruit flavor and savory notes abound in this- a trademark of the famed New Belgium brewery. Their Dubbel Ale is a staple in classic Belgian flavor profiling. It's simply a who's who of the taste of Belgium.

It's near perfect clarity casts only the faintest of diffusions against a bronze-ruby backdrop. The classy ale releases a dense blanket of foam that nestles the beer nicely in a cocoon of light tan froth. A slow recession to skim the beer yields intricate lacing left on the glass behind the fading beer. It's a beautiful looking ale.

Whiffs of toffee and brown sugar start the aromatic spread. But the beer's sweetness and fruit character carry complementing notes of candied malt, black cherries, caramel apples, and a tinge of red licorice. The aromas excite the senses with spiciness of white pepper, dried orange peels, and a dash of soft coriander. Earthy hops offer a soft glow of wood that simmers underneath all that fruit and spice.

Delicious tastes of brown sugar and toffee sweetness coat the tongue with a candied taste of confectioner's sugar. Hiding just beneath are the fruit flavors of apples, cherries and grapes. Richer and earthier stone fruit flavors of dates, figs, and raisins give a depth and variety of taste that exudes savory and succulent notions. Racy red wine flavors are slim but do offer vinous taste to usher in a spicy and earthy sweetness of light cinnamon, clove, and allspice. The taste is remarkably understated but complex, while retaining exemplary drinkability.

The savory ale starts off with a body that's malty and semi-rich. But it very quickly makes a turn toward dry spice, and evaporative warmth. A slow fade at middle palate never reveals its deviant turn to spicy heat late. The beer is simply way too drinkable to be so strong.

New Belgium Abbey Ale comes so close to selling the authentic Belgian character to me, but alas it reveals too much caramel sweetness and earthen yeast character that I expect from American-made Belgian beers. Where those are overly simplistic and sweet, this one doesn't go that far, but approaches the Dubbel Ale taste with somewhat timid character. (2,155 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/brown with a medium creamy tan head. Aromas of toasted grain. Taste begins with some fruit sweetness, then some toasted grain, and finishing with some tart, clean earthiness. Mouthfeel is good. Overall not the best NB beer ive had. A little bit dissapointing. (279 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At inside out gallery in Traverse City, MI, March 2013

Poured from a bottle dated 17 nov 2013

Appearance: Small head that thinned quickly. The beer is a deep, clear mahogany color.

Aroma: Somewhat mild but could detect a yeasty brett funky aroma.

Taste: More hops than funk. Not a deep flavor profile but good. Piney hops lingered after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, pleasant carbonation.

Overall: A good example of this style. I'll have it again. (461 characters)

Photo of scot_chale
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- 1 finger of creamy white foam with a dark red copper body and no signs of carbonation. the head retains well and the lacing is quite thick.

S- dark cherry, almost red wine with some yeast and a lingering caramel malt undertone.

T- sticky caramel malt dominate with a very faint hop character in the background. it's a nice flavor, but get ready for an assertive medium malt bite.

M- Dry, medium-to-light body, and very spritzy carbonation. It's sessionable at 7 percent, which is dangerous, but delightful.

O- I could drink the hell out of this. It's got a very nice pronounced flavor but with the body and level of carbonation leaves you able to continue on without getting fatigued. I'd pick up a 6 pack any day. (722 characters)

Photo of brewcore
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Medium brown in color. Aggressive pour yields a two finger creamy white head that slowly dissipates into a sheet across the surface of the beer. Nice bubbles up the sides of the glass. Amazing lacing.

S: Quite sweet and certainly spiced. Banana, clove and spice as expected from the Belgian yeast.

T: Sweet, bready malts make up the majority of the flavor profile. Belgian yeast flavors punch through.

M: Thin to medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: A good example of a malty Belgian. Really impressed by this sampler offering. Definitely a good beer for the dubbel style, especially for the price and availability. (685 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best By – November 2013

A – Light brown with amber and copper hues. Head is thin and left spotty lacing.

S – Yeasty and fruity. Some sweet malt notes as well. Bit of alcohol comes through on the nose.

T – More dark fruits again, plums and raisins. Big yeast notes and sweet sweet malts. Balance is fleeting.

M – Smooth with medium carbonation. Finish is brief.

O – Okay beer, good representation of the style, but couldn't help but feel that something was a little off. (487 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark chestnut brown color with some reddish hues around the edges where the light hits it, a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left a creamy layer on top, and very good lacing that slid down slowly. This brew had a ton of yeast particles floating in it, so it looked like seawater after the tide crashed in or a dirty fish-tank that had too much leftover fish food floating in it.

Smells of dark fruit, yeast, sweet malt, caramel, toffee, plums, grapes, brown sugar, French toast and mild alcohol; some spices like cinnamon and coriander come through after the sweetness settles down, but this smells like it’s from Belgium and not Colorado – well done.

Tastes of dark fruit like plum, raisin, cherry and fig, followed by yeast, then a real sweetness with a combo of malt, caramel, toffee, apple, grapes, brown sugar, French toast, toast like cinnamon raisin bread, mild alcohol, herbs and spices like cinnamon, tea leaf and coriander, and then a metallic yeasty finish. Belgian style ale indeed, this had the tasty flavor, balance and ingredients to mimic the best of Europe.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, velvety and buttery even, with a medium chewy body, very mild carbonation that bordered on flat and watery, and a sweet fruity finish that had the classic metallic yeast coating that seemed to linger forever.

A very, very good beer overall that was easy to drink, true to the style and got better and more flavorful as it warmed. An excellent American version and certainly one of the best produced state-side, which I highly recommend trying. (1,587 characters)

Photo of kagent777
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle rescued from Las Vegas poured into my perfect pint.

Appearance: Something like a three finger head sits atop effervescent crystal brown beer.

Smell: I love the subtle smell on this one. Wonderful Belgian phenols that remind of light stonefruit and a bit of vanilla. I also get some spice reminiscent of cinnamon.

Taste: A bit sweet up front, follows with fruity phenolics and Belgian yeast spice. Overall, a nice bready aspect to the malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lower carbonation. Flavors coat really well with a slick mouthfeel.

Overall: A very nice dubbel. I wish we could get New Belgium here. I try to get some of their beer each time I travel. (673 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 4/21/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, Belgian yeast, and a very nice banana bread aroma. Taste is much the same with a banana bread flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors. (516 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Fat Tire balloon glass.
Dark brown/copper in color, with a nice looking cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Fruity, spicy notes
Taste-Plum/apple, spicy yeast. A bit subdued but very pleasant and drinkable. A nice take on the style that's very approachable . (278 characters)

Photo of kristenspaintings
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Labeled confusingly as a “Belgian Style Ale” as Belgium has many ales, this should be listed as “Yummy Delicious Amber Ale”. After the confusion, nothing but enjoyment will follow. Upon pouring you will notice a wonderful head as well as a slightly nutty/malty aroma.

The dark, but not black, color is deep and beautiful to behold. Upon drinking you notice a multitude of flavors which would easily compliment a nice steak or a rich stew.

Personally, I was surprised at how lovely tasting and reasonably priced this beer was. Now and then we all deserve a nice surprise, even a drinkable surprise in a tulip glass. (626 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip
Best By: Sep.22 2013

Clear mahogany red with a foamy off white head and nice lacing.

Banana, light bubblegum, clove and spice. Really inviting.

Banana bread, faint clove/spice.

Medium- body, light bubbly carbonation.

A very well done Dubbel. I'm generally not a huge fan of the style, but I really enjoyed this one and would enjoy having it again. (366 characters)

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.