Abbey | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian 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 jkblr
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 2/17/19 poured into Westmalle goblet at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours bright medium brown in color with blonde highlights and light khaki head. The head settles to a skim coating and pencil thin ring. The aroma is toasted bread, red grapes and herbal hops. The taste is dark, but not bitter, malt with red grapes and herbal hops. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, highly carbonated and dry in the finish. There is some bitterness that keeps the beer from ever leaning sweet. Overall, good. Not sure it's a traditional dubbel after the recipe change, but enjoyable.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz. bottle. Best By 27 Jan 2019. Sampled on September 8, 2018.

Attractive looking dark amber brown color under a slowly fading, foamy tan head. Some lacing.

Aroma of sweet Belgian malts, graham cracker, dark fruit, molasses, and a subtle earthy hop profile.

The mouthfeel falls into the medium range but it has a creamy texture.

Sweet malted taste coupled with a slight peppery bite toward the end. Lingering finish.

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Photo of EAR
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 406theman
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkish brown color. Tastes sweet and somewhat cocoa like followed by some bitter tastes. Reminds me of some brown ales.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

L---Deep, dark reddish brown color. If it wasn't so dark, it would be clear. Thick, light brown head with moderate retention and very nice lacing.

S---Malts are obviously in the forefront. Sweet (dark fruits?).

T---Molasses. Dark fruits (cherry, fig, plum). Sweet & malty. No real hop presence.

F---Thinner than expected for the style and ABV. Still a coating drink. Very well carbonated.

O---A quality knock-off of a Belgian Dubbel. If I didn't know, I would have believed it was from Belgium.

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Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GlennWB
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's good but a bit on the thin side as one could easily tell its not brewed in Belgium. But overall, a nice tasting dubbel that's easy to find, easy to drink and easy on the wallet. I've bought it before, and will buy it again.

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Photo of SB2017
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy it's good. Exceptional body, with solid yet balanced malts taking the fore. This excellent beer is hearty, and what I tend to see as unpleasantries with dubbels are toned down greatly. Wonderful beer from a company often on the line between good and great.

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Photo of marshrat63
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ahentz
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevinReddirt
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This used to be a highly rated beer for me and then a recent retry turned that around. I can only hope I got a bad bottle. Pours nicely into a chalice glass, great dark red body and the aroma is earthy, dark cherry. The taste is chocolate and raspberry but with a metallic tinge to it. Very off putting. Detracts from the original dubbel taste.

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

Bought a 6-pack $8.88 Don Quijote
Smells faintly like a tootsie roll
Dark clear amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Chocolate roasted malts flavors, spices
Overall a good beer at a decent price. Would buy again.

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Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmva321
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a rich, brown-tinted amber that is clean but dense. I got about a finger of light tan head that dissipated quickly but leaves a fine film along the sides. Very active carbonation as well.

S: The aroma, unfortunately for me, is incredibly weak. I pick up malt like sweetness as well as some dark fruit, but I can't tell beyond that.

T: A vibrant taste that is a pleasure. Deep and sweet with malts, dark fruits and a nuttiness shining through. It's pretty sweet with just a hint of bitterness that comes through as it sits on your tongue.

F: It feels a little thin and watery at first, but there is a good amount of carbonation that fills the mouth. And well after you've taken your drink, there is a great dryness that lingers and invites you for more.

O: This is a solid Dubbel, but it is a little too blunt for me to consider it one of my favorites. The weak aroma was also disappointing. However, it has a great, evolving taste and wonderful feel while your drinking.

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Photo of BenTN
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Very good looking beer, dark brown and not very opaque with a 1/4" head. Surprisingly, this beer has a very faint scent, even in a snifter-- but yeast and spice eventually come out. Taste is very even throughout the mouthful of yeast, roasted malt, candy sugar, and fruit. Feel is great, very balanced, nicely carbonated, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste similar to roasted nuts. Very refreshing overall.

Surprisingly this beer can be found for $9.99 a 6-pack-- this is a steal as far as Belgian style beers go. New Belgium in my opinion has one of the best Dubbel beers on the market, highly recommended.

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Photo of cmcdonald
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zylod
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi clear amber/brown color. Aroma isdried dark fruit,sugar, with the taste similar but much more complex. Plums,yeast,brown sugar also showed up in the taste. Body was maybe a bit thin but overall a very good beer and attempt at the style

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Photo of DigitGrowler
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-hunter
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into glass. 7% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep plum, opaque. High Cream colored head, with good retention.

Smell- Bread, cherry, molasses.

Taste- Light sweetness with a sourdough bready flavor. Hints of dark fruit build, becoming plum/grape/fig like. Clove spiciness as well. The semi sweet dark fruit blend tends to fade toward the end building a light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- An impressive take on this Belgian style by New Belgium. Lots of flavor but surprisingly light. I was not expecting this beer to be this flavorful. Reminiscent of a top shelf Belgian.

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Photo of Squire
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep red brown color leaning toward dark garnet with slightly off white cap and lacing.

Rich scent of dark malt, ripe black figs, something like cola and dark yeasty bread.

Flavor is a complex mixture of the scents with all combining into a seamless whole. I do not really notice alcohol or hops except a slight hoppy bite in the finish and aftertaste. A touch of roasted chestnuts as well.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

I have read reviews comparing this to Westmalle Dubbel and speaking as a Westmalle fan that's a fair comparison. Except this New Belgium expression drinks a bit cleaner and dryer than Westmalle. This is really good stuff.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

After trying NB's Trippel and being very impressed, I had to try their Abbey dubbel.
Disclosure: Having had many Belgian beers in Europe, I prefer Westmalle's Tripel over its Dubbel, Rochefort 8 over 6, and Chimay White over it appears I'm biased to the taste profile of Tripels over Dubbels.

This pours dark brown, with a tan, rich creamy head.
Taste is sweet dark malt. Very reminiscent of Westmalle Dubbel, which is too sweet for me.
Aftertaste is syrupy.

This is a remarkably close proxy for Westmalle Dubbel. If you like that beer (...and much of the world reveres it), then this is really great value and a great chance to enjoy the style at a fraction of the cost. New Belgium has created a very, very good clone of their namesake.

I just prefer Belgian Tripels.
NB Abbey is malt-dominant; NB TRippel is yeast-dominant. Both are very true to the styles.

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