Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale
BA SCORE
4.01/5
2,229 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:
#3,353
Reviews:
776
Ratings:
2,229
pDev:
12.22%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
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229
Gots:
356
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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-transparent amber with a thin light tan head that fades quickly

S-smaller awesome, like dark Belgian sugars and caramel. Slightly roasted. Medium to strong scent.

T-wow it comes in with a pretty awesome taste much like the nose. Great Belgian sugars and caramel, roasted. Doesn't taste American or artificial. The after-taste is a bit weaker made up of roasted Belgian grains with just a touch of bitterness. 

M-creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-I challenge you to find a better dubbel for this price. It's pretty awesome. Doesn't taste what I expect from an American dubbel either. It doesn't taste completely authentic, but definitely not artificial either. I do recommend. Glad I got the 6-pack!

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark mahogany brown. Dark in color, but still very translucent. Forms a moderate white head that reduces to a patchy surface coating. Leaves some light lacing.

S: Fairly nice aromatics. Lots of banana and banana bread, mixed with some dark fruits and spice. Smells like a combination between fruit cake and banana bread.

T: Starts with a bit of a maltiness with notes of raisin and toffee. There are some darker fruits in the mix, plum and what-not, before a little caramel sweetness and a bit more earthy toffee.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Lower carbonation levels with a mild bitterness. Dry on the finish.

O: A solid brew and an accurate representation of the style. In fact, I think I like this one a bit more than some of the Belgian dubbels for the simple fact that the malts seemed to have been tamed a bit on this one allowing more of the complexity to show through.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,229 ratings
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