Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
90
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2,211 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:
2,211
Reviews:
773
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.19%
 
 
Wants:
224
Gots:
341
For Trade:
1
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of axeman9182
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

New Belgium's Abbey Ale pours a fairly clear red-orange, with just more than two fingers worth of white foam capping the beer. Head retention is just OK, and lacing is har to come by. The nose has a nice balance between esters and phenols. Lots of banana, plum, and fig are the primary aromas, but there's a healthy undercurrent of spice and clove. The whole thing could stand to jump out of the glass a little bit more though. The flavor profile isn't as well balanced. Especially on the colder side, the beer's a bit of a phenolic mess, with very little else coming through. As the beer warms a bit though, the more fruity aspects of the beer start to take on more prominence. The beer still tastes a little bit too heavily of pepper and clove for my taste, but it's definitely better. The body is solidly lightweight, but the carbonation doesn't have the liveliness of the best Belgian style brews. New Belgium's Abbey Ale is an alright take on a dubbel, but it's not one of my favorites.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of RickS95
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown, mostly clear. Not at all hazy like I expected. Nice looking, slightly dirty-white head. Good retention, nice mixture of different sized bubbles. Great stick lace.

Quite a smell. Smells like clove and cinnamon spices on top of ripe bananas. Slight malt scent early on before the spices take over. Really nice.

Has a plum-like, clovey, alcoholy taste. It grows on me with each sip (as does the beautiful lacing). Faint anise/licorice taste in the finish.

Full bodied. Very spicy, but not over the top. Slightly fruity sweetness. Estery, but little hop presence.

I'm not a fan of New Belgium, but this is an impressive beer. I normally buy singles of beers, but am considering buying a sixer or more of this. Relatively easy to drink. Will give most Belgian beers a run for their money.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,211 ratings.
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