Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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

BEER STATS
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#3,811
Reviews:
797
Ratings:
2,293
pDev:
11.97%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
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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 Red...so 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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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brutalist
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitekid
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hopguy28
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hockeypuck
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appropriately deep brown, fluffy tan head. Aroma has some hard candy, fig, cola, earthy yeast - a tad sweet. Taste is very yeasty / bready, the classic Belgian fruit phenols are lacking but existant. Nothing “off” just needs more punch & depth.

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Photo of baffledbear
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jmohring
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Chocolate brown, semi-clear, white head w/ lasting lacing.
S: Roasted malt, chocolate, slight sweetness, smokiness?
T: Dark dried fruits (raisin), caramel, burnt toast, slight sweetness.
F: Medium body, low viscosity, strong foam in mouth.
O: Not the beer for me. Aroma is very complex and interesting, but flavor yields some overpowering characteristics, making the beer kind of boring.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peachy-tay
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scarfacecrowe
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a nice amber brown with impressive snow white lacing that stuck to the glass throughout the session. The smell and taste was of chocolate and light espresso, the alcohol was not intrusive in any way. The mouth feel was average. I am not a big fan of New Belgium brewing, BUT, this offering was fantastic and a great example of a Dubbel style. Kudos to New Belgium on this beer.

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Photo of RockySasquatch
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

New Belgium Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel Ale, 7% ABV. Pours dark brown with a one finger beige head. Nose is dark fruit and moleasses. Taste follows with s bit of sweetness, nuts, almost no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent to outstanding.

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Photo of gregu2
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsnScotch987
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cgrunin
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hackattack
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This NAILS the Trappist style brews as I taste it.......... very hard to duplicate..... and yet this is not so outrageously priced. Nice job brewing this New Belgium!

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Photo of nunitn
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was not expecting this high of a quality from a beer that is sold at Walmart well done

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Damn this is beautiful. Perhaps a little dark, but it's a lovely blend of liquid chocolate, cherries, and caramel, clean looking with a creamy foamed off white cap that laces moderately.

To my surprise, the aroma fits quite well with it's appearance. There is plenty of dark fruits such as fig and cherry, along with some esters combined with chocolate, cinnamon, and clove. Overall, it is very inviting.

Fig and chocolate continue the theme, but there is a very pronounced roasted flavor to it. Almost nutty as well, and very spicy. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon once again.

It feels rich and full of character, yet still tingly and light enough to be dangerously easy to drink. Its balanced, and fruity, but the carbonation is strong enough to lift the spices up and over the tongue, giving this a earthy dry finish.

This is much better than I remember, and proof that some beers demand another chance, even if it is years later. I grabbed this in a mixed pack, and I'm sure glad I did. I plan on picking up a few more of those packs after tonight. Cheers!

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,293 ratings