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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Reviews: 771 | Ratings: 2,201
Photo of WithinTheGlass
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is perfect... Okay, so an opening statement like that doesn't exactly seem to promise a balanced review... but I couldn't help myself. In truth, New Belgium's "Abbey Ale" (a rich and perfectly balanced dubbel) is simply, honestly, great.

A- Typical of the style. For fans of good-looking bottles, you can't go wrong with a New Belgium brew (no I'm not working for the brewery.) The libation itself pours an iridescent blonde with a warm amber hue. A two finger head is indicative of the feisty carbonation and satisfying lacing that follows. A visual delight.

S- Another winner! This beer exudes wonderful scents such as whole wheat bread, coriander and perhaps a hint of brown sugar. Oddly, the smell reminds me of a little bit of a really good Wit.

T- Starts mild and malty and finishes bolder with notes of spice and hops. None of these flavors ever dominate to the point of being annoying, and yet they all maintain their places perfectly within the breadth of the brew. A classic example of a dubbel well done!

M- Medium bodied with lots of refreshing carbonation. Leaves a nice coating in your mouth (but not too much.)

O- A nearly perfect beer at an incredible value! Here in Wichita, I buy 6 packs of this for $7.99... Basically unheard of when the product is this wonderful! I highly recommend picking some up and sampling it for yourself. You won't regret it!

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Photo of notoriousdav
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Currently at the top of my Colorado brew ratings. A big hit of banana and cinnamon right off the bat. It pours a deep mahogany brown, like the color of a nice piece of furniture. I’ve read some reviews complaining about the head, but they must have been drinking an older bottle because I’ve always gotten a nice foamy head that lasts a while. This is an excellent American example of a Belgium Dubble. All in all, New Belgium’s finest beer.

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Photo of pnkermiz
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just finished a 12 oz. bottle that I cellared for 2 years (picked up six pack at the brewery in 6/02). Not surprised that the beer held up and actually improved over time. No change in the dark brown, chestnut-y color. The flavor has smoothed out even more so than when new. Of any of the original flavors, the chocolate and smokiness has come to the forefront and the banana, fruitiness has fallen off and/or mellowed out. Carbonation all but disappeared. I have to give a five for the drinkability as I couldn't stop sipping the damn thing - and then it was gone before I knew it... Five more sit in my closet. I'll try another next year and follow up.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap from the source: New Belgium Brewey itself.
Appearance is dark amber. Perfect head forms.
Smell is intoxicating and taste backs up the promise. A wonderful amalgam of banana, clove, and malt. Very drinkable...excellent sessionability. An unbelievable brew and one of my favorites of any style. (Note: speaking from experience, this beer doesn't age well; no reason to save this one...Drink Up!)

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice dark brown color, lights up crystal clear when held to light. Big fluffy off-white head with fairly good retention. Smells sweet and perfumey,with raisin and softer yeast tones. Taste is absolutely delectable and full from beginning to end. Bright flavors of alcohol and cotton candy, clove, cherry and banana. Motuhfeel is well carbonated and full, this is an excellent beer. Thanks a bunch to babydoc for the trade that brought me this great beer.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far one of the best beers I've tasted. The color is a deep brown with a carmel head. Out of the growler it is very fresh and handled the flight from CO. well. The bannana esters are complimented with a a slight citrus smell. Overall a well balanced taste. The beer finishes without that over bearing alcohol taste you may find with dubbels or trippels. A very drinkable beer that I could enjoy any time of year. If you get the opportunity, try it. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer, its a refreshingly light, yet just heavy enough beer. New Belgium knocked it out of the park, this beer is perfect for a session and readily available and amazing prices considering how great it is. I will be buying this in 6 packs with some frequency, luckily here in Colorado it's so easy to find.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the tap at the brewery into a New Belgium tulip.

A- a nice dark amber with ruby tones and a creamy head with moderate lacing.

S- Cloves upfront with hints of banana. Belgian yeast and roasted malts.

T- Cloves and allspice permeate this beer. Nice sweet roasted malt and belgian yeast flavors stand nicely. Faint hints of chocolate. Dark plum, toffee, caramel and honey. Banana on the finish. Very deep, complex and enjoyable taste. Slight booze.

M- Creamy with nice carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

D- This suffers for two reasons. There is a slight booze taste mixed within the sweetness and the cloves are very strong. This beer taste beautiful and complex. I hate knocking it down, but we loved it so much it was our pick to buy a case. If you drink one it is an A+. But if you try to drink it as a a gets more difficult to down. Too spicy to drink more than three. Also a bit too strong.

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Photo of b5d106
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a frothy off-white head. The smell is wonderfull, with all kinds of fruit and malt scents. The beer taste very balanced with malts and fruits up front and a little alcohol bitterness in the finish. The mouth feel is great with a little creaminess and some very nice carbonation. This beer is extremely delicious.

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Photo of RubbaDuckE
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For my first review I decided to do my beer of choice this winter. NB's Abbey is a sleeper hit for me. It pours into a leather brown with two fingers of a tan head. It smells of holiday spice. At first tasting are hints of banana's paired with these spices. This beer is great for a sipper or knocking back 5 or 6. Mad props to NB. This is the beer that opened my eyes to the craft.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark amber, burgundy color with a low light brown head and decent carbonation. Spicy (cloves?), fruity, raisiny dark malt aroma. Tastes very much like it smells. Medium-full bodied and smooth. Age has not hurt this one...

Blows Fat Tire away ! East coasters should ask west-coasters to bring this Eastward instead... Thanks God Allagash is available on the East Coast.

Label states: "Belgian Double Ale"

Per Best American Beers book: 6.5% ABV

Best before: 03/24/01
Tasted: 08/23/03

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Photo of brdc
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle, freshness date May 08.
Beautiful, luscious tan head with average retention but good sticky lacing to the side of the glass, crowning a dark brown brew with multiple amber highlights.
Very fresh, aromatic and pleasant, bubblegum, fruits, alcohol, yeast, pepper and bread.
Full bodied and creamy, amazingly drinkable, with a candy sweetness, some caramel, yeastiness, warming alcohol, peppery nuances, a very mild but discernible bitter bite; quite complex and pleasant.
Another very impressive belgian style from New Belgium.

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Photo of stewart124
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice.

Deep brown with a decent lacing that lingers.

Nose has plenty of dark candied fruits with some slight tobacco and phenols.

Very smooth and creamy with some sharp phenols that remind you this is 7%. Drinks very easily and finishes bone dry. Nice medium caramel maltiness with a good dose of prunes, raisins, pepper, anise and banana esters. More of a mild "Belgian touch" than I was expecting...whatever that means. Nothing overpowering and very approachable.

Delicious and I could drink a number of these.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Just about a 1/4" off white head on a clear dark amber brown body.
S- Fruits, kind of a yeast aroma, sweet cherries, pretty light spices, and almost a light sugar.
T- Very well rounded beer. Light bread flavors, hints of spice, plums, raisins, candy cherries, nice hop presence, lingering bitterness on tongue. Flavors are blended together very nicely.
M- High carbonation and thin to medium body.
D- It's a excellent dubbel. A little high on the carbonation but it is the best one especially for the price.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant dark amber to brown under a 2” cream colored foam collar. Persistent and lacy.
S: Earthy hops, faint chocolate, hints of fruit cake.
T: Malty sweetness wrapped in a big moist chewy brown fruit cake with faint ginger, cinnamon and cardamom, some raisins, a hint of plum and pepper, finishes dry with a bit of grain. Layered and complex.
F: Very creamy, above average soft carbonation, medium body.
O: A very nicely done dubel.

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Photo of Insomnicat
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a finger and a half of cream head. A lighter shade of amber.
S - Bananas. very light and flowery bananas.
T - A very mellow cereal malt with a hint of flowers and bananas
M - The carbonation is just right in my opinion. The mouthfeel is incredible.
D - This beer is highly drinkable. It would be a superb session beer if not for sheer price. That comes with the territory of microbrews, though. Good thing I have a six pa--Five pack...

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Photo of K_schrim
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into tulip glass. Color is a very pretty dark red/Amber. Light tan head. The SMELL, THOUGH!!! It smelled like I was 19 years old in a German pub again! Taste-German pub! Maybe I've had this before? Feel-meh. Kinda thin. I'm in love, though, and will soon invest in a sixer.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured out dark maroon/basically brown in color (little red tint in the light) with a nice three-finger white head with good retention and some really nice lacing.

Smell is of nice Belgian yeast, bananas, the usual spices (I don't know what they are), and basically some really nice sweetness that we all know and love in this type of beer.

Taste is much like the nose although the yeast and spices are more prominent than the bananas but they are still there to light up this beer.

Mouthfeel is semi-thin/thick for the style as it should be. Not thick like a stout but thicker for the style due to the carbonation

Overall I really like Belgians and Belgian style beers and after steering away from this beer for a while I found it is really good and pretty darn close to style. Not sure what could be improved here. Just a really nice American take on the style to be sure.

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Photo of NotMyRealName
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an ale that can be sipped very slowly over a long period of time so that you can enjoy the lingering aftertaste. Or it can be drunk at a normal pace to enjoy the intricate mix of malts and hops. This ale seems to be the perfect compromise between price and quality. At around $1.50 a bottle from the store, it packs an enormous amount of drinkability. My only complaint is that I wished that it came in bottles smaller than 12 ounces. Like a good port, I find that even a small quantity can be highly satisfying.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer on-tap from the brewery.

A - A Ruby Brown ale that when poured it has a good head and comes to a lacing.

S - Good Orange smelling malt beer. Great aroma as you pick up on the clove and fig.

T - Malty beer that has a low hop taste with a good citrus initial reaction. Yet as an aftertaste there is a distinct banana taste and the clove and fig comes out.

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Photo of jtslay
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell will hit you first: fruity/sweet.

The taste is very complex but I find it to have a very drinkable aftertaste.

Note: Make sure to follow recommended serving temperature on the bottle as it will result in the proper taste and aroma. Respect the brewer.

I am looking forward to trying this on tap.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ever since Fat Tire, I've really trusted New Belgium in making good beer. I've heard good things about Abbey and I finally found a store that carries it. This beer does not disappoint.

The beer is a beautiful reddish brown with a good amount of carbonation. The head is so huge and fluffy that it forces a long pour. This is exactly what an ale should look like. Robust, dark, and beautiful.

The smell is faint, but quite nice. The malty notes are noticeable with the smell of bananas and chocolate coming through.

The taste is just amazing. The first swig reminded me of roasted malts, somewhere in between a cup of tea, a shot of espresso, and a bar of unsweetened chocolate. After the initial bite of bitterness, the more mellow sweetness evened it out, with the hops kicking in on the aftertaste. Everything in the beer points to balance. It's amazing because you'd think a 7 percent beer would taste more alcoholic rather than malty, but it's one of the most balanced beers I've ever tasted.

The mouthfeel is excellent. It goes down rather smooth, with a very interesting kick thanks to the high amount of carbonation. The lovely head just stays and stays and keeps it creamy.

This is by far one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, even though it is a bit on the heavy side. This isn't really a beer for a warm night, but even then, it still tastes fantastic. In short, if you like ales, and you don't mind a little extra alcohol, malt, and hops (flavor flavor flavor!), then go out and find this beer. It's really good stuff. This is one of the best beers I have ever had and I will be going back to find this again soon.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok I know Im not the most well versed beer geek on here, and that I can seem to be a hillbilly from the hills who just had his first real beer , but this is my second all time favorite that I keep in my fridge as my go to beer. The cost factor makes this the beer I drink weekly , if I didnt have to pay 3 dollars plus a bottle for Ommegang Abbey and drive an hour to get it I would keep iit , but this one I feel like for an American made beer really captures the spirit of the style. Pours a nice dark amber color , small 1.5 finger head with small amount of lacing , smell is very pleasant , and the taste starts sweet and finishes a little on the dry , perfect combo for me. You can buy a dubbel from one of the trappist that are better I know , but 6 bucks a bottle or 10 bucks a six pack , at the price range this one is about as good as I can find

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium etched-bottom glass.

A: Deep mahogany color with a thick off-white head that settles to a thin surface froth. Lacing is decent, and runs down the glass with ease. Extremely clear, which was unexpected.

S: Banana bread at first, with lingering hints of dark fruit, raisin, and yeast.

T: Much like the smell, but oh, so much more! Banana, spice, and caramel, with notes of dates, raisins, and a sweet toffee finish.

Notes: Balanced, complex, and full of flavor. This is one awesome American take on a Dubbel! Alcohol is hidden quite well, making this a brew that is dangerously easy to drink. By far my favorite of all of New Belgium's everyday releases.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick sticky white head atop a deep garnet ale. Aroma was exceptional with pear and apple esters along with the barest hint of hops. The flavor was rich in a dark carmel malt sweetness and a fruitiness from the yeast balanced by a delicate hop spiciness. Mouthfeel was definetly belgian as it had a strong carbonation though the body was a bit weak. Very drinkable though the 7% abv makes this one a poor session beer.

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