Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our award-winning Abbey stays true to tradition with an authentic Belgian yeast, six malts and a guarded recipe.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

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Photo of keithmurray
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - chestnut color with tan head

Smell - nuts, chocolate, pumpernickel, cherry, hint of cinnamon

Taste - nuts, cherries, figs, raisins, pumpernickle, tobacco

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront from the dark fruits, back end has a tobacco mustiness

Overall - nice iteration of a belgian style dubbel. Worth a shot for lovers of the style.

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

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

12 bottle in pint glass.

L: Pours a deep amber color with a 2-finger head. The head went down fairly quickly, but it left a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Very nice nose. Caramel tones, with some fruit and bread notes.

T/F: Very nice and balanced flavor, with a strong malt presence, but not overly sweet. Good carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel, but without that yeasty feel I get with some Belgians.

O: Excellent beer. I could see this becoming a regular in my rotation, to balance out some of my hop heavy choices.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a reddish amber color with an off white head with good retention
S-caramel, dark fruit, no hop presence
T-lots of caramel, with a bit of dark fruit/raisin flavor, nice hop balance, some dry biscuit balance in the finish
M-medium bodied with slightly above carbonation
O-very solid dubbed with great balance

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Schlafly tulip glass. Pours a nice, rich brown with a thin tan creamy head. Wonderful Belgian taste, creamy with medium feel. A very nice representation of the style. Only bought a single bottle this time, but will be buying six next time.

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Photo of Jtall78
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to tulip beer glass

Look - pours dark amber with a medium head and decent lacing

Smell - little plum, bready, toasted malt

Taste - again, the toasted malt hits me first, pleasently followed by carmel and plum. Not overly complex, but a good mix of flavors that finish well

Feel - medium body. Perfect for me.

Overall - pleased with the beer, would buy again.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Yokohama's Antenna America.

L: Gorgeous amber with finger tan head and excellent lacing.

S: Strong malt character, plum, brown sugar, licorice and alcohol.

T: Smooooooth transition from ripe plum and banana to bread.

F: Very creamy and medium bodied.

O: Quite like a Chimay Brown but the smell isnt as profound. Still an excellent beer.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have found that my reviews don't usually stray too far from the Bros score, but I have to strongly disagree here with the "99" score they provide. While the beer claims to have an old Belgian yeast strain, it isn't one I recognize as someone who has partaken in Abbey Ales and dubbels for years. While the 3 finger head is beautiful, and the lacing obvious, there is a distinct lack of the bready yeast tones you would usually get in a true Abbey Ale. That isn't to say that this beer isn't flavorful. There is a nice creamy caramel maltiness and some hints of chocolate and fig. In fact, this ale is very potable, however the finish is lacking, as the carbonation is simply meh. A nice sizzling finish would be great--and this ale almost begins to remind one of a light and sweet porter or stout...But not an abbey ale, dubbel. It gets better with each sip, however, and by then end, I left with more positives than negatives. If I had my choice of US ales in this style, I am still going with Ommegang's abbey ale/dubbel.

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Photo of Act25
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium gets it mostly right, but too sweet, and not sharp enough.

A) Pours a clear cola body with bronze-ruby highlights. At first 1 finger of light tan froth that leaves a skim and quite a bit of lace.

S) Aromas are sweet - toffee, brown sugar going into black cherries and green apples. Adds some hints of white pepper, cedar wood, and coriander.

T) Follows the smell but frankly too sweet for me. Some complex flavors of dates, figs, and raisins give depth along with spices, like coriander, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. A bit too much fruit cake to be my steady. (Gets better when blended with an APA like Dales).

F) The body is malty and rich. It twists into a spicy finish that's cleansing of the otherwise sweet cola like experience. But not sharp enough for me to be a real Belgian.

Too much caramel sweetness for me, slightly prefer their dryer Tripel or in strong ale Flying Fish "Grand Cru".

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque color with a slight oft-tan head. Scents of apricots, apples, and pears on the nose. Many of New Belgian beers have a similar aroma which is slowly becoming classical. Quick dashes of Belgian candy on the front, with those same apricot and apple producing a nice sweet not cloying tastes. Washes down smoothly with very little aftertaste and some caramel and chocolate comes through also. Extremely drinkable and the alcohol is barely noticeable, if at all. I would not rate it better than some Belgian greats but not lagging that far behind.

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Photo of donspublic
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Tulip, nice 2 finger tan creamy head, hangs around a while and gives off good lacing. Looks brownish amber in the glass. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt and some raisin, the sweetness on the nose reminds me of burnt sugar/molasses. Taste sweet malt on the front, leads in to the raisin, prune, slight bit of clove. Nice mouthfeel, and hides the ABV very good. I can't believe I have gone this long without trying this beer. Spur of the moment purchase, not regretting drinking the other 5. Next six pack NB Trippel

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a very dark brown with decent foamy head and lacing. Smells of some molasses, wheat, fruit, and chocolate undertones. Taste is a roasted coffee feel with some fruit mixed in and little bit of malt and a bitter finish. Overall a nice beer but a unique mix of flavors for an Abbey style, I would almost think of this as a hybrid version not typical by any means. Overall I liked it a lot, had a complex mix of flavors and was easy to drink.

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Photo of KEH
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The NB Abbey Ale quickly became one of my favorite standby brews ever since they revamped the recipe. The original had too much of that artificial banana flavor going on. The new version, however, got rid of it (and also boosted the ABV!) A six pack runs under $10 at local grocery stores here, so the quality you get for the money really helps this brew stand out. Sure, I prefer imported Belgian ales, but imports are hard to come by in the UP. I'll gladly drink this up!

Pour: Deep reddish brown with a tan head
Aroma: Yeasty and malty
Flavor: Roasted malt, caramel, and a bit sweet

Typically enjoyed from a 12oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown, nearly black in certain light conditions. The khaki head is nice and foamy with modest retention and lacing remnants. The aroma is toasty, with toasted malts, clove, and dark fruit notes. Banana and clove work towards the front of the flavor profile with strong yeast and dark fruit characteristics behind. Nice and smooth flavor that is well blended and balanced. Mouth feel is velvety, and filling. It has a nice presence and texture. The consistency is medium. Overall, it's a tasty brew that is hard to go wrong with picking. It may not be the best abbey-style beer, but it still performs well and it's easy to pick up.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of singularity6
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I tried the old recipe a long time ago, and didn't care for it, much. Too much "Laffy Taffy Banana" in the flavor. Well, I just had some of the new recipe this weekend, and I'm glad I did! (Especially since I've moved to a place where actual imports are hard to come by.) The New Belgium Abbey Ale might now be one of my go-to brews, especially for the price! I really enjoyed the rich malty flavor. The beer also felt like a proper Belgian dubbel.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. best by 11/27/16.

looks pretty good on the pour, brownish red body with a generous head which retains in some form throughout. leaves very attractive lacing.

nothing but a malty sweetness on the nose.

i confess that dubbels are not really my thing. this combined a sweetness from the malts, and a quite strong plumminess. not bad.

feel was about medium, left a dried fruit taste in the mouth.

overall, as i said, dubbels are not something i usually enjoy, but this was an ok brew in my book. cheers.

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Photo of Martin194
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice dark brown look, clear, small tan head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Chocolate and caramel up front, some fruity undertones

Taste: Definitely tasting the chocolate, slightly bitter, roasty aftertaste

Feel: Normal carbonation, nothing much to report really

Overall: I liked it, it's a solid choice. This is the second New Belgium product I've tried (after Fat Tire) and I'm once again satisfied, looking forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a dark reddish brown with a one finger ocean foam like head. The taste is awesome! I taste dark fruits with no hops aftertaste, which is refreshing. Love this style!

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby color with brown tints and a rocky, fluffy off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, chocolate, and belgian candi sugar. Taste follows with big dark fruit, chocolate, toasted malt, some spice, banana, and belgian candi sugar to round out with some sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and well carbed. Overall, this is a good abbey ale, although I think I liked the old recipe better.

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 10/23/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian dubbel style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of stevoj
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Albertsons. Nice looking pour, fluffy off white head on clear dark brown body. Taste follows the smell, both providing too much candy sugar sweetness. Some chocolate, some savory spice, too sweet, not enough fruitiness. Close but no cigar

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Photo of BB1313
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 11/27/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark auburn with solid clarity; fluffy light khaki head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of dark fruits and lots of malts. Some banana in the mix due to the yeast. The flavors are very nice. Lots of dark cherries. There's also some raisin, plum and fig in the mix. Hints of sweet caramel. Lots of malts. More banana. The yeast does its thing. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and creamy. Very smooth stuff.

This is a very enjoyable brew. New Belgium always comes through with the Belgian-style ales. Well done.

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Photo of jtwant
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up tonight because Belgian style ales are my all-time favorite beer. I didn't realize Fat Tire made this style. Boy was I surprised! It's malty, it's rich, it's flavorful. This is the best commonly available Belgian Dubel Ale on the market. I'm going to spare you the nerdy technical stuff. The point is, this beer is DELICIOUS!

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Photo of Tele
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle (Best By 9.11.16)
Consumed: 2.10.16

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, reddish-brown with a one-inch, light tan head.

S: 4.25 Impressive aromas, if a bit muted. Smells a lot like a classic dubbel with a good amount of toffee, caramel, spice and esters from the Belgian yeast, and a bit of roast from the malt.

T: 4 Taste is very similar to the nose, but even milder. A bit of sweetness and clove start things off before getting more esters from the yeast. A very light fruity bitterness lingers on the finish. It’s all nice, but a bit watery.

M: 4 Good carbonation, but feels too light and not quite substantial enough.

O: 4 Definitely a solid dubbel with good flavors and an excellent price. Flavors and body aren’t quite up to par with the Belgians, but it’s still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a maroon-purple color with a thin, white head. A crisp, dark fruit smell. Tastes great! Dark fruit abound, especially the cherries. Produces a nice Abby yeast/malt funk that puts all the fruit together. A thinner mouthfeel for an abbey, but I think makes more enjoyable. May need to revisit New Belgium!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice purple hue with 1 finger head. Beautiful in the glass. Smell is somewhat muted, but some yeast sweetness, breadyness and slight dark fruit smells. Taste is very good, with a nice bready, slight sweet taste with some dryness and hop crispness in the finish. Would prefer a touch more sweet dark fruit and less dry/hoppyness, but overall it's quite tasty none-the-less. A superb American made Belgian Dubbel.

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