Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

2,218 Ratings
Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

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.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JEdmund
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer with it’s deep auburn color and khaki cream cap. Doesn’t leave a lot of lacing, and the head retention isn’t great either.

Smell offers a lot: banana first and foremost, followed by brown sugar and a bit of spice.

Taste delivers well balanced, yet most certainly malty, beer. Was afraid the banana notes would really take over the flavor, but they are mainly at the forefront and then meld into the rest of the flavors. Carbonation is fairly high and the texture is really nice. I’ve never been a big fan of dubbels or quads, but I do enjoy this beer. Six malts apparently comprise this beer, as well as a particular Belgian yeast strain. Willamette, Target, and Liberty hops provide the bitters. The finish manages to dry out enough to keep this drinkable.

New Belgium continues to deliver in their explorer line of beers. This is a fairly hearty beer and could work well with the right dish and certainly some desserts (milk chocolate and caramel come to mind).

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5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is perfect... Okay, so an opening statement like that doesn't exactly seem to promise a balanced review... but I couldn't help myself. In truth, New Belgium's "Abbey Ale" (a rich and perfectly balanced dubbel) is simply, honestly, great.

A- Typical of the style. For fans of good-looking bottles, you can't go wrong with a New Belgium brew (no I'm not working for the brewery.) The libation itself pours an iridescent blonde with a warm amber hue. A two finger head is indicative of the feisty carbonation and satisfying lacing that follows. A visual delight.

S- Another winner! This beer exudes wonderful scents such as whole wheat bread, coriander and perhaps a hint of brown sugar. Oddly, the smell reminds me of a little bit of a really good Wit.

T- Starts mild and malty and finishes bolder with notes of spice and hops. None of these flavors ever dominate to the point of being annoying, and yet they all maintain their places perfectly within the breadth of the brew. A classic example of a dubbel well done!

M- Medium bodied with lots of refreshing carbonation. Leaves a nice coating in your mouth (but not too much.)

O- A nearly perfect beer at an incredible value! Here in Wichita, I buy 6 packs of this for $7.99... Basically unheard of when the product is this wonderful! I highly recommend picking some up and sampling it for yourself. You won't regret it!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Very deep brown, comparable to the color of a Pepsi-Cola. Cream white head that things to a persistent film. Laces the glass very nicely. The head is very creamy in consistency and appearance.

S- Brown sugar, molasses, acorn, multiple fruits, grain, faint alcohol

T- I find the taste of this brew to be VERY delicate. It is sweet up front. A taste that I perceive as banana-like comes through in the middle, ending in a bit of a smoky cured-pork kind of flavor.

M- Lots of carbonation. Light and creamy feel. Luxurious.

O- This is my first beer of this style, so these may just be the traits of the style. I find this beer to be too delicate for my tastes. The tastes are good, but I like them to be more pronounced, so I had to grade it at average on the taste. However, this beer appeals to the other senses very well.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly transparent amber color with a a thin, off white, 1.5 finger head. Retention is below average, though the head leaves a bit of lacing.

S - Plum, caramel, candy, a bit of ethanol, and sweet, sweet malt. A moderate strength aroma, but incredibly inviting.

T- Cream, fruity esters, candied sugar and caramel over a toasted malt foundation, which shows near the finish. It's not extraordinarily complex, but whats there is extremely good. Not too sweet, which I halfway expected. Very impressed.

M - Medium bodied, coarse and a bit dry on the finish. Not the norm for the style, but it works.

D - I'd definitely have this again. It's high quality and given its availability and price point it'd be hard to beat. One of NB's best beers I've had.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-09-2012
Freshness: Best by 04-29-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: New Belgium globe
Purchased: 6-pack from Grace's, Nashville

I've enjoyed this beer many times before and just got to writing a review...

Pours a dark and clear amber color, with a big tan head. Very good amount of lace on the glass. Head retention is good as well.

Very rich aromas, malty sweet, with hints of molasses and brown sugar, with some ripened fruits. I really like smelling this beer!

Unfortunately the taste doesn't quite live up to the expectations from the aromas. Sweet, caramels malts with some spiciness from the hops, but not as flavorful as I hoped.

The feel is highly carbonated with a medium amount of body. Finish is semi-dry, with a lingering spiciness. Nice little amount of warming from the alcohol too.

Overall this is a very good Dubbel and a good value for the money, but could use some more flavor in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep copper with a nice, two-finger width head that slowly gives way to some inconsistent lacing.

S: Smells of sweet banana and fig. A lot of sweet malt presence, too.

T: The banana and malt is present in the taste, too, particularly in the swallow. Very sweet, notes of brown sugar and a bit of spice, too.

M: Medium-bodied and sticky. Feels like the best of the dubbels I've had.

One of New Belgium's best, and though I have to be in the mood for it. But when I am, there are few as good.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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