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
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Ratings: 2,051
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 168
Gots: 243 | 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 BucannonXC5
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for Folly variety 12-pack
Purchased: Dec. 30, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 30, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a reddish amber clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of frothy khaki cream head. Almost poured the head over the top. Lots of bubbles coming up. Layered foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled bananas, cloves, Circus Peanuts, Belgian spices, kiwi and green grapes. Very nice on the nose.

Tasted wet bananas, cloves, apples, Belgian spices, peppery spices, faint Circus Peanuts, sour kiwi, pears and grapes.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Smooth finish.

Just a really great beer. I would definitely have it again. The only surprise is that it took me this long to try one. Nice.

Photo of Theheroguy
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am immediately reminded of the new Belgium trippel I had earlier today. Both of these beers have a huge Belgian yeast presence adding fruitiness to the beer. Unlike its brother Abbey doesn't have much tartness at all. The malt body reminds me of a dopple bock (makes sense seeing as this a Belgian dubbel) a lot of specialty grains went into the mash for this. Chocolate and sweet sugars are very prevalent. This is really smooth and drinkable especially for 7% abv. All the flavors come through cleanly and in full force. The hop presence is negligible.

Photo of kenyattabush
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my first Abbey, it's great ale with lots of body. After my first sip, i thought that this was a typical ale, but after about three swallows, the flavor exploded and I immediately fell in love with this beer.I thoroughly enjoyed this drink. I highly recommend.

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abbey Belgian Style Ale
New Belgium Brewing, Colorado
---from bottle to chalice---

Appearance
Nice reddish/brown copper, three fingers of off white head, decent lacing. Pours beautifully.

Smell
Bananas, peppery, sweet bread, a touch of alcohol runs through – but not to its detriment.

Taste
Bananas come through, spicey clove, bready. Warming alcohol, which again, is not a bad thing with this beer.

Mouth-feel
Medium body, well carbonated, very drinkable, chewy vanilla malt comes out toward end of beer. Finishes dry.

Overall
Great beer. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this beer. Vast array of flavors and aromas make this beer fascinating; presence of alcohol is alluring… this beer evolves as you drink it.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance 2.75: Light brown initial pour faded to deep walnut as the glass filled. Just looked cheap to me until the glass was full. Fizzy CO2 head that did not rise above 1/4" and quickly faded into nothing. BIG letdown from the past few dubbels I have tried.

Smell 4.0: Pleasant and refreshing after the letdown regarding the pour. Malt forward notes with nice hints of spicy Belgian yeast. Subdued and balanced.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet, with hints of noble hops and smoked grains. Middle is dry with some notes of the Belgian yeast. Finish is pleasant with a nice barley sweetness, Belgian spiciness, very slight smoked grains flavor and a cloying dry grass flavor. Aftertaste is short and features more of the Belgian yeast elements.

Mouthfeel 3.0: Mouthfeel was just OK. Dubbels have a silky, smooth character that this brew misses out on completely. However, rather than mark them down on the standard, I think that the mouthfeel of the current brew does not accentuate the beer but does not negatively impact the enjoyment of it. Thus, my neutral rating.

Overall 3.25: Better than OK. That's the best way to describe it. This brew has a very nice nose, a far better than average taste, but the other elements...that's where the MACRO is obvious and throws the average score of the beer off. Appearance and mouthfeel were strictly amateur. Sorry to be so harsh, but those are the breaks.

Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of zac16125
4.01/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tmm313
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of brurevu
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.49/5  rDev +12%
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

Photo of BeerWizard
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of MikeB20
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of watermelon
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Photo of wvsabbath
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of lancecenter
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of TownDunkel
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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!

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of BSDA
4.21/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Mojo
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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!!!

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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?

Photo of EagleTalon
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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

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