Abbey | New Belgium Brewing

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

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Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with a thin layer of brownish, dense head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of spicy, Belgian yeast. The flavor is caramelly, toasty, spicy, yeasty, peppery, and faintly hoppy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is an alright beer. For the style the yeast is a bit spicy reminding me more of a tripel. The malt character is a bit a toasty and burnt for my liking. I will probably aim for something a bit more malty and less yeasty in the future.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Burgundy color with a decent head and lace. Nose full of fruity esters, bubblegum, sweet malt, some yeast characer. Medium bodied, bubbly, fruity, sweet but not overly so, hints of caramel, banana, spices, slight yeasty dryness in finish along with a hint of sourness. Very drinkable.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a slightly murky light reddish-brown with a decent off-white head. Some lacing, with ok retention.

S: Assertive, smooth banana, sweet cream, cinnamon, purple grapes, raisins, overripe strawberry, subtle yeast, banana bread from the malt. A tiny metallic note (to be expected) from the yeast. Very complex.

T: Huge quaff of creamy fruit. Banana, cinnamon, some roasted malt, soft prune, bready yeast, nutmeg, whipped cream, slight vinegar. A little bit of alcohol comes out as it warms.

M: A little bit too thin, with a somewhat watery finish.

O: My favorite beer from New Belgium's regular line-up. Very tasty and complex, and true to style. The mouthfeel could be a little thicker, but besides that, great beer.

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Photo of GTB
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JEdmund
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of WithinTheGlass
5/5  rDev +24.7%
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 -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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 +12.2%

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