Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale
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81.4%
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4.01 w/ 2,226 ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,324
Reviews:
776
Ratings:
2,226
Liked:
1,812
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
12.22%
Alströms:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
229
Gots:
355
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy foamy head on amber brandyish body, a bit of yeast sediment as expiration date in 2 more months. Fruity yeasty aroma and taste. Very creamy mouthfeel like whipped cream. Tangy fruitiness and hops kick finish so that aftertaste is melange of malty, yeasty and moderately bitter. Very enjoyable American version that stands up there with Ommegang and Unibroue. Only 7%.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 4/21/13.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, Belgian yeast, and a very nice banana bread aroma. Taste is much the same with a banana bread flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some tasty flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the finest of the conventional new belgium offerings in my opinion. pours a dark brown (darker than i was anticipating), with a fluffy white head an inch or so think. smell is malt and alcohol, with that belgian yeast present and some clear bananna vibes happening. notes of toffee and subtle roasted nuts in the taste, with a faintly spiced finish. a very quaffable brew for 7 percent abv. bravo!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Candied malt, fruit flavor and savory notes abound in this- a trademark of the famed New Belgium brewery. Their Dubbel Ale is a staple in classic Belgian flavor profiling. It's simply a who's who of the taste of Belgium.

It's near perfect clarity casts only the faintest of diffusions against a bronze-ruby backdrop. The classy ale releases a dense blanket of foam that nestles the beer nicely in a cocoon of light tan froth. A slow recession to skim the beer yields intricate lacing left on the glass behind the fading beer. It's a beautiful looking ale.

Whiffs of toffee and brown sugar start the aromatic spread. But the beer's sweetness and fruit character carry complementing notes of candied malt, black cherries, caramel apples, and a tinge of red licorice. The aromas excite the senses with spiciness of white pepper, dried orange peels, and a dash of soft coriander. Earthy hops offer a soft glow of wood that simmers underneath all that fruit and spice.

Delicious tastes of brown sugar and toffee sweetness coat the tongue with a candied taste of confectioner's sugar. Hiding just beneath are the fruit flavors of apples, cherries and grapes. Richer and earthier stone fruit flavors of dates, figs, and raisins give a depth and variety of taste that exudes savory and succulent notions. Racy red wine flavors are slim but do offer vinous taste to usher in a spicy and earthy sweetness of light cinnamon, clove, and allspice. The taste is remarkably understated but complex, while retaining exemplary drinkability.

The savory ale starts off with a body that's malty and semi-rich. But it very quickly makes a turn toward dry spice, and evaporative warmth. A slow fade at middle palate never reveals its deviant turn to spicy heat late. The beer is simply way too drinkable to be so strong.

New Belgium Abbey Ale comes so close to selling the authentic Belgian character to me, but alas it reveals too much caramel sweetness and earthen yeast character that I expect from American-made Belgian beers. Where those are overly simplistic and sweet, this one doesn't go that far, but approaches the Dubbel Ale taste with somewhat timid character.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very attractive reddish-copper colour, with one finger of tight sudsy pale beige head, which leaves a near-perfect latticework of lace around the glass as it drops away. It smells strongly of mashed banana, dark fruit, doughy breadiness, and mild, soft yeast. The taste is bready malt, a bit of clove, plum, date, a twinge of molasses, and dry yeast. The carbonation is moderate, but oddly noticeable at times, the body medium weight, crisp, and a bit pithy. It finishes mostly dry - biscuity and fruity.

A very nice, rounded, and enjoyable dubbel. The booze certainly doesn't show in any real way, making this a decidedly easy drinker - if that's your thing.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best before: "03Aug14." 7% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with simple appealing label art and iconic red/orange branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local grocery store and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 90 rating as well as the brewery, whose Trippel [sic] I quite like. Reviewed as a dubbel since the label's description identifies it as such.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of pale khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a nice soft complexion. Even smooth consistency. Head retention is pretty good for the above average ABV - about 4-5 minutes. Nice albeit inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. It's a supple appealing head overall.

Body colour is a dark translucent semitransparent amber of average vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for a dubbel and I'm looking forward to the first sip, but it doesn't hold a candle to the appearances of the best traditional beers in the style.

Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Has a definite Belgian yeast vibe. Candi sugar, plum, prune, Belgian amber malts, lovely banana notes, cream, and light bready malts. It's pretty impressive for a dubbel at this price point; I'm surprised. Definitely fits into style conventions.

No hop profile, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

A pleasant, inviting aroma of mild strength. Really solid for a dubbel. I'm craving the first sip. The subtle banana and luscious plum notes are simply fantastic.

Mf/T: Has a lovely creamy texture with an aptly medium body and comforting feel on the palate. Well-carbonated, with apt thickness and weight. Soft, smooth, and wet without feeling weak. Has good overall presence on the palate and the texture suits the taste quite well. Supple and almost refreshing. Very approachable.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Banana and plum dominate this surprisingly well-balanced flavour profile. The malty core is a great complement to the more refined notes, offering Belgian amber and brown malts alongside some light bready character and subtly integrated caramel. Has unexpected subtlety and some fair complexity, but in terms of complexity and intricacy relative to traditional examples of the style, it's lackluster.

Still, for a dubbel at this price point which is so widely available, I'm taken aback by its quality. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Build is cohesive but not gestalt.

Dr: Very drinkable; I'll have no trouble finishing this bottle and I look forward to doing so. Hides its ABV pretty well. A surprisingly good seasonal brew from New Belgium that I'll look forward to picking up again in the future. Probably the best widely available U.S.-brewed example of the style. Well worth trying. Amongst New Belgium's finest mainstream efforts - right up there with Trippel [sic].

Borderline B-/B

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with garnet highlights; not much head, decent retention and lacing

Smell: Nice fruity aroma - bananas, plums and pears along with some peppery spice

Taste: Starts with a nice fruity flavor that builds through to the finish but remains rather dry, unlike many Belgian dubbels; nice yeasty aspect as well

Mouthfeel: Just perfect for a Belgian style - soft, medium bodied with plenty of carbonation; some warming on the finish

Drinkability: A very nice American interpretation of the Belgian style that goes in its own direction

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz bottle poured out an amber hue with a good white head. It left distinct lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and spices. There was also a fruity aroma (banana?).

T - The malt flavor was outstanding. Caramel flavors popped up throughout. Nice sharp spiciness

M - It is smooth and crisp. A medium-bodied brew with just a touch of alcohol warmth.

D - Very drinkable. One of New Belgium's best and a great "American try" at a dubbel.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy red brown colored beer with a medium head with average retention. I noticed lots of sediment floating in my glass. Aroma is quite sweet with a nice malty tone underneath. At first, I was surprised with the sweetness of this beer, which hides some of the floral malt used in this beer. The end is quietly bitter but lack some roastiness. Something is missing here, not the best dubbel I had…

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

Appearance: Dark translucent brown with copious head and lacing, a fine looking beer.

Taste & smell: Brown sugar, caramel, milk chocolate and bananas, spices and yeast. A very sweet brew in both smell and taste.

Mouthfeel & drinkability: Not too heavy, slightly thin for a dubbel, smooth and crisp effervescence.

Overall a good, solid Belgian-style dubbel, rich in flavor and very reasonably priced, especially in comparison to something imported from Belgium.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Boone757
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Poured into new belgium globe glass.

Pours just over 1 finger of very slight tan head. Decent retention with splattered lace. Color is a dark mahogany copper.

Aroma: dark roasted malts, chocolate, banana. Reminds me a lot like a dunkelweisse.

Taste: big roasted malt flavor hits first. Then the chocolate and bananas hit with some cloves as well.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy. Only a hint of booze shows. Medium bodied with a pretty good amount of carbonation. Ends with a roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, this is one of the better dubbels I have had, however it reminds me more of a dunkelweisse. Still pretty drinkable.

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 81.4% out of 100 with 2,226 ratings
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