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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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751 Reviews

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Reviews: 751
Hads: 2,113
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 190
Gots: 278 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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 NeedBeerHere
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out fairly dark brown but still clear to some extent. Not dark brown. But had a tiny half-finger head. I think the head was fairly white but missed it looking at the color of the beer. If I had to make an educated guess it was white with just a tiny tinge of brown. Smell is definitely Belgian sweetness that I haven't smelled in a while. Been a while since I drank Belgians. Really sweet, banana, yeasty smell that is just heaven to the nose. Maybe it's just cause I haven't drank a Belgian lately but just smells amazing. Taste is much like the nose. Definate Belgian yeasty taste like bananas and cloves. REALLY tasty. Mouthfeel is a lighter medium and definitely fits the style. Overall I am really surprised how much I like this beer. Just got a mixed 12er for session beer tonight and thought I'd give this a try. Glad I did because of this beer.

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Photo of zac16125
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into chalice
Best before:24Sept14

A: Dark copper with amber hues, less than 1/2 fingers width of light tan head. Head dissipates quickly, leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Yeasty, sweet, clove, doughy, sweet bread.

T: Darker malt flavors are the first thing I get, and I didnt get them in the aroma. Cocoa, roasted malt, lots of spice, black pepper, a touch of bitterness. Its not my favorite flavor profile for the style, but the flavors are very strong so it gets bonus points.

M/D: Moderate to heavy carbonation, light body. I would prefect a heavier mouthfeel. Drinkability is average.

O: Overall, a nice beer. Nothing special, but certainly worthy of a drink.

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Photo of tmm313
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brownish red with creamy 1.5 finger head. Excellent lacing and trailing. Dissipated into thick ring with the biggest bubbles I've ever seen in a head.
S- Big banana, coriander, clove, caramel, yeast, and a little cherry.
T- Follows the nose pretty closely with the addition of a dry, peppery finish.
M- Medium body with light, semi aggressive, carbonation. Drying with banana aftertaste.
O- I enjoyed this beer. The flavors and aromas were very well balanced. I'm not a hug fan of the style, but if I were, I would probably buy this from time to time.

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Photo of brurevu
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have always enjoyed the New Belgium beers and the Abbey (along with the Trippel) is my favorite of their regular line-up. It pours a deep transparent amber with a decent creamy head and a generous amount of carbonation. The aroma hits you instantly with the sweet Belgian yeast that follows through to the taste. There are also hints of banana, caramel, and fruity malt in the smooth full bodied mouthfeel. There is definitely a lot going on in this complex and well balanced beer especially for a regular offering from a brewer.

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

Served from the bottle into a goblet.

A- Poured a murky reddish brown color with big fulffy off-white head with big bubbles that left webbed lacing.

S- Big banana, clove, sunscreen lotion scent, honey, spicy yeast notes, and black cherry.

T- Big spicy yeast notes, clove, banana, honey sweetness, bready, black cherry, and light raisin notes.

M- Medium body, soft carbonation, dry,

O- Great balance of sweet malts and spicy yeast notes. A very flavorful and affordable Abbey style ale.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-deep amber or mohogany color with an off large off white head that laces the glass heavy
S-bubble gum, banana with a nice touch of spice
A-spice and banana with a sweet caramel malt with a warming, pepper like aftertaste that also gives you a little roasted taste that turns into a dry finish
M-very creamy with medium body
O-this was a complex beer that has many things going on. As the beer warms it seems to bring more flavors

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six of this tonight - not my first time. Poured into a goblet very much resembling the ones on the packaging. Just under an inch of head, on the first pour; majestic inch and a half on the second with good retention. It is a rusty brown clarified ale. Huge banana, spice, light barnyard-funk on the nose. Tastes like bubblegum, banana, spice, and earthy. The mouthfeel is medium leaning towards the heavier end, carbonation is light but not wimpy, and a slight bitterness is present on the back end.

One of the beers that got me into craft, I must say, and still so enjoyable. I'd recommend this to anyone that likes dubbels and Belgian styles.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A very pretty deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a single finger light tan head that dissolves into a coating. A great looking beer, the color is awesome!

S: Banana and clove from the Belgian yeast are big and bold up front. A little bubblegum, raisin and sweet bready malts are also present. Exactly what I'd expect from an Abbey Dubbel.

T: Very malty with the banana and clove flavors that dominated the aroma. Some toasted bread from the malt and a little black peppercorn at the end.

M: Medium body but creamy in texture with a slightly dry finish. Carbonation is moderately high and this beer goes down easy. A touch of alcohol bite as the beer warms but it's not harsh.

O: A very good take on the style, New Belgium was going for authentic with "Abbey" and they've succeeded in my opinion. I think it hits all of the right notes in terms of aroma and flavor for the style. Is it the best Dubbel I've ever had, no but it's one of the better examples outside of Belgium without a doubt. New Belgium is new to Delaware and from the handful of their brews that I've tried, this has been the best one.

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Photo of watermelon
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, then transferred to a brandy snifter. Date on the bottle says February 9th 2014.

A: Rich mahogany color. With a light tan two finger head that left a nice cap on top as well as ample lacing.

S: Banana is the dominate scent. Dark fruit prevail. sweet malts as well as bread and clove is also persistent. One of the best smelling beers ive tried.

T: Sweet candy malt. Banana and cloves Bubble gum aftertaste.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel. In my opinion it could use a bit less carbonation and a little more body. Slight alcohol burn was noticeable as this warmed up.

O: This is one of the best beers ive had by New Belgium. I almost always have a few in the fridge. I find this to be a great beer for friends who may be new to craft beer, its got a solid ABV and is really delicious. I paired this with cheesecake and the two couldn't have gone better together. This is an absolute must try

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!!!

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.