Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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2,218 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
Ratings:
2,218
Reviews:
773
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.19%
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
352
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle into Belgian Independence day small tulip glass

A: This beer poured a beautiful,clear, coppery, red color with two fingers of a nice tight white head, the carbonation was moderate-high. Realy nice looking beer.

S: First thing that hits you is the malt, and brett yeast smell, the phenolic clove smell is there but in the background along with the slight alcohol smell as well.

T: The first thing I taste is the malt sweetness along with the clove and slight banana taste. Then comes the light hopp bitterness, but dissapates nearly as quick as it came.

M: Carbonation is the first thing you feel right up front, it cleanses the palate, leaving your mouth envigorated and wanting more, of the nice medium body this beer has.

O: This is one of the best in it's style that I have had in a long time, if not ever. Love it!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Looks good. Beautiful reddish copper color and decent size slightly frothy head. THe head hangs in there better than most Belgians and leaves a filmy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is average/slightly better than average. Sweet malts, not much complexity.

Tastes pretty good. The sweet malts are the main feature but there is a bit of alcohol bite and some mild hoppiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for a Belgian style beer, but the overall effect is crisp and smooth. Very drinkable.

Dubble has never been one of my favorite Belgian styles but this one is comparable to most Dubbels. Worth seeking out!!!

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle (best by date of 24 March 2013) into a chalice.

A-Mostly clear tea-brown colored brewed. Not much in the way of head, even with a pretty heavy pour. More or less par for the course of this style.

S-Heavy, mushy, banana is predominant. There is also a ton of spicy brown sugar and molasses. Quite spiced, too...I get some cinnamon, clove, and allspice. A touch heavy and cloying, but nice.

T-This beer started out a little underwhelming, but really grew on me (I may have poured it too cold). The spices noted above carry some brown sugar, figs, and banana fruit from start to finish. Medium-bodied malt character is also well-established.

M-Not much in the way of carbonation. Quite sweet and medium to heavy bodied.

O-This was a solid representation of the dubbel style and perhaps the best U.S. version I have had in a while. The spices are great, the fruit is there, and the alcohol is nicely integrated. It was a bit too heavy on the spice and sweetness (it reminded me of a holiday brew, actually), but it made for a nice dessert.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm new to this style, but really enjoyed it.

Appearance: A very pretty dark amber with 3/4 a finger of off-white head. Enticing, to a degree.

Smell: Complex stuff. The other reviews speaking of banana are no joke. First whiff is *BAM* banana. There's also a lot of other complex spices I can't quite identify.

Taste: Banana, burnt spices, a little alcohol (no kidding?!).

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation. Not too dry at all. I like it.

Overall: If its accessible to you, give it a try. I liked it a lot. Not for the faint of heart... you will be drunk after three.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,218 ratings.
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