Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale
2,229 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

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Photo of elginirishpunk
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is definitly a great step in for a person tring dubble's but doesn't want to break the bank. Rich caramel and cocoa aroma, with a light and suttle sweetness. Deep amber almost copper color. Nice creamy head and a great and delicate finish, and unlike many other dubbles not that filling.

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Photo of katybee
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

proof that the dubbel is not a hefweizen...
pours translucent light golden brown, with rich creamy tan head, persisting relatively long with residual lacing. A bit peppery pungent aroma when opened, no noticable "hoppiness"; this brief odor must have been due to the type of yeast... Not what I was expecting for an "ale" at all, the taste was softer, biscuity, slightly sweet...not malty at all in the sense of stout, and absolutely none of the citrus frequent in hefweizens, but very smooth and creamy, due to the persistent foaminess, with lightly spiceyness. A bit similar to Mothership Witbeer, but none of the fruitiness of some hefweizens. Perhaps a little banana esther detectable. A sweeter, moderate weight, savorable beer. Much better than I expected compared to some light, mineral British ales. Probably comparable to an imperial ale, and desireable now that the prices of those have risen. Tasty beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Best before 12 February 2012.

A: Little to no head. Almost clear, but not quite. A beautiful color -- ruby in the light, russet in the shade. I dig it.

S: Super-yeasty. Fun though; fruity. Traces of alcohol.

T/M: A bit dull. Not bad, just flat (in flavour, not feel). Dark fruits and lots of yeast. Drying and sweetish on the aftertaste. Goodish carbonation lends a bit of sparkle.

O: Nothing special. A decent effort that ultimately falls far short of its Belgian brethren. Drinkable, but not recommended.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer is mahogany in color withe an 2 finger off-white head. Retention is moderate but with evident lacing.

S - Belgium yeast and candy sugar is very evident. Seems to be bread in there as well. Banana and clove are also present and a sort of Belgium spiciness in the background.

T - A bit alcoholic with clove, candy sugars and Belgium yeast. Lots of bread flavors as well. Not a bad American interpretation.

M - Medium bodied, a bit rough. Carbonation is a bit high. It has a good clean feel.

O - Ive only had this one a few times and I probably should drink it more. Its very available to me and is at a reasonable price.

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Photo of Illtryit
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured pure copper with an off white head that lingers and laces.

Smell - WOW. Banana and spices. Very enticing.

Taste - Follows the nose. Very complex mix of bananas and spices. Rich and hearty flavor that isn't at all gimmicky.

MF - Well carbonated, hearty brew. Thick.

Overall, this is the best new belgium i've had so far. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mrseano
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark but translucent copper color, some reddish hues. Some lacing sticks around, but head disappeared quickly. Nice color.

S: Slightly burnt malt/yeast with a little bready/fruit aroma. Clove and other spice smell as well. Some banana-type smell.

T: Excellent taste. Very complex. Starts slightly burnt, moves to some spice. As beer is warming, banana-like taste is more prevalent.

M: Creamy and medium-bodied. More creamy than it looks/smells which add to overall mouthfeel. Medium carbonation, not too heavy.

O: Great beer and good example of Belgian dubbel. Alcohol is masked, which could lead to a dangerous time if consuming a few of these guys. Having it as a summer sipper, good times!

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red's for the New Belgium Tap Takeover. Served in a New Belgium snifter.

A: Pours a translucent copper brown, not much head but good lace.

S: Tame dark fruits.

T: Like the smell, also some light pepper, and after several sips, some bubblegum.

M: Unexpectedly light and also creamy.

O: Not the best example of the style, though still enjoyable. Wouldn't turn it down if offered, but also wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of drewba
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - two finger off white head with a red and brown color that is beautifully translucent. The lacing is large and irregular; looks good.

S - Banana, yeast, clove, cardamom, anise. Smells exactly like a dubbel should, large aroma.

T - Lightly spiced clove, pepper, herbal, anise, that quickly is dominated by banana bread/estery yeast, some nut, molasses, then is completely dried out by metal, straw and stale bread. Interesting flavor progression: spice - sweet- dry/stale.

M - On the thin side with big carbonation that makes this feel big and tingly. I feel like I want the body to be a little bigger and the carbonation to be dialed down a touch. Because the flavor ends with so much dryness, I'm left with a chalky and sticky feeling in my mouth.

O - The usual overwhelming yeast and sweet characteristics in many dubbels is balanced very well in this by some much welcomed nutty and bready malt profile. My burps now smell like yeast.

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Photo of djsmith1174
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby brown with decent off white head

S - Banana, spice, yeast. Nice belgian bouquet.

T - Bready, bananas, sweet. Spot on taste for a dubbel

M - Dry and a little too thin. The one downfall.

O - It's a really good brew and nice to be able to pick up something of this quality so readily. I often seek it out in stores with lesser selection.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice rich copper into a tulip. Nice delicate lacing adorns the side of the glass. Nice and clear, no haze at all. Very appealing to the eye.

Smell is rich, caramel, clove, slightly floral, earthy all at once.

First sip is full of rich biscuity malt, clove, with just a hint of banana. There's some very slight alcohol warmth in this first pull.

Very peppery effervescence, refreshing, palate cleansing bubbles in the mouthfeel.

Very solid beer from New Belgium. There are some very intriguing notes to it that keep me going back to the glass sip after sip. Its very complex for a dubbel, most enjoyable.

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Photo of devilben02
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glorious deep, garnet-tinged amber color, with a thick, creamy, sticky, cream-colored head on top. The aroma primarily features a yeasty earthiness, but there is also a dull, musty hop presence and a bit of brown sugar sweetness. The flavor is satisfying but muddled, with a primary characteristic of caramelized bananas, along with a bid of earthiness and a faint sugary sweetness. The micro-fine carbonation is a bit prickly, but the overall texture is actually quite creamy. Overall, this beer can't quite stand up to the depth and complexity of the heavyweights of the style, but it is still a smooth and flavorful dubbel that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of Lunch
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an Ommegang goblet. Pours a chestnut brown with some ruby hues and it looks a bit murky. Capped with some off-white head that stuck around and left some lacing on the glass. Smells very strong with a bit of a burnt malt leading the way. Belgian yeast, spice, raisins and banana. Perhaps a bit more burnt than I would like, but nice. Taste is also strong with similar notes to the aroma, but the burntness is toned down. Mouthfeel is pretty much spot on with ample carbonation. A nice easy drinking Dubbel.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by Jan 15 2012

A - a very clear reddish brown body. Small white head settles to a heavy film

S - banana, spice, perfume-y smells. Yeah, this smells like banana perfume, which oddly doesn't seem too far off.

T - Dark malts, sweet, fruity flavors. No perfume, thankfully. Not bad.

M - Nice and smooth, a bit dry.

O (D) - Yeah this is pretty good, it just doesn't seem properly belgian.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - I lost my receipt! from Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Well, actually, I sent it through the shredder.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, darkened amber-hued body with a largely-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Fruity, spicy, smelling of mashed bananas, golden raisins, and ground cloves coated in a variety of sugars. Teensy hint of chewing gum.

Taste: Modest tastes of caramel, brown sugar, and one lone, lost chocolate sprinkle with a background bread crust element. Tangy, ever so slightly sourish fruity, spice mix. Again, the cloves and light pepper are arm in arm with the fruitiness tasting of raisins, dates, and ripe bananas. Very faint herbal tone. As with the nose, there's a small hint of gum wandering about. The hops are incidental, at best. A little candyish sweetness, some drying action taking place, some spice and fruit on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Just a hair above medium carbonation.

Overall: Dubbel perfection? No, but it's certainly one of the better American-born dubbels available and has been for quite some time.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a solid thick, sticky off white head and side brussels lace. Has a real good appearance.
Aroma: I'm getting bananas, but also a high level of yeast smell (ouch). Besides banana, and yeast I also get licorice and some spice. Just wish there was not the yeast aspect.
Taste: Yeast is present but thankfully not as dominant as it is in the aroma. Dry and creamy and finishes dry. Not what I hooped for my 200 beer on beeradvocate.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a mostly clear red color with a fairly thin cream colored head. Glorious smells of dark fruit, clove, Belgian yeast and bananas. Woahh. Malty. Flavor is dominated by malt, raisins, fruit With a hint of chocolate. Certainly tastes like an abbey, but this is on the verge of cloyingly sweet. Feel is moderate. A slightly better than average attempt.

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Photo of HaysAmerica
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has the following: 15JAN12 123317. Pours with what is easily a finger or more worth of off white head. Small, dense, tightly packed bubbles. The bottle says it is pours a mahogany color but I'm getting a light mahogany if that. The sides of the glass actually resemble colors of sweet tea. Great lacing even though the head doesn't stay too long.

Given a quick swirl, the nose has orange peel, wet grass, funky character, really picking up the yeast in this. Kind of has a lemon like or citrus smell to it as well. The nose makes me think of sweet fruit - raisins or some of the such that has a high amount of sugar.

First sip & I get some dark fruit, sweetness coming through, hops aren't really there. Residual sugars are present. Quick finish, nothing lingering here. Easily drinkable. Some prune like flavor. Some burnt sugars come through but just barely. A slight sour note to this one??

Mouthfeel is light. Very easy to drink & goes down w/ no problem. After pouring the rest of the beer into the glass, it is apparent that this is a very carbonated beer. Overall this beer is pretty drinkable. It's a little sweet for me but it does seem to be appropriate for the style. Sweeter than some of the other Dubbels I've had.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served at cellar temperature.

Pours hazy brown with a two finger beige head that leaves some foamy lacing and holds a nice cap down the glass.

Aroma is yeast, bread, banana, apple, pear, pink bubblegum, a hint of raisins, dark fruit and spice. Very good strength.

Flavor is strongest in the bubblegum, banana, yeast and bread categories, underlying dark fruits, some caramel, minimal alcohol, fair sweetness, low bitterness. A tad weak compared to other Dubbels. As it warms the bubblegum pretty much completely takes over.

Mouthfeel is on the light end of medium, somewhat soft but with some carbonation bite at times.

A good American-brewed Abbey Dubbel, particularly for the price and the fact that it comes in a 6-pack. Not the biggest fan of bubblegum-forward beers so I’ll probably be skipping past this for Ommegang’s Abbey Ale in the future.

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours deep clear copper with a short-lived cream-colored head that leaves buts of lacing.

Aroma is very, very sweet with candi sugar dominating from the outset. Overripe dark fruits, tons of esters from the yeast, with hints of spices.

The taste is more complex. What I mean by that is that the spices, especially cloves, come through a it more. Despite that, the Belgian yeast is still prominent, very fruity. Finish is spicy with the spices leaving the tongue tingling slightly.

The mouthfeel is smooth and highly carbonated, really active on the palate.

This is a seriously enjoyable dubbel though it's very sweet with the fruity esters and Belgian yeast dominating. That said, one of the better American made dubbels I can remember recently.

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Photo of Duff27
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date of 23JUL10...would guess this was bottled in 2009 sometime. Enjoyed slightly colder than room temperature.

A- Holy head, I'd say about three inches of the top of my tulip is an off white head. The actual beer is a beautiful clear red hue. Head is frothy an sticks around quite awhile, excellent thick(!) lacing as well. I enjoy the looks of this beer immensely.

S- Smells of a Belgian yeast strain, a spicyness to it.

T- Initial taste is of real cherries. Yeast does not over power the beer as in some Belgian-styled beers. Raisins, cloves. Alcohol is well hidden.

M- Pleasant mouthfeel, carbonation.

D/O- Right before I popped this one I had second thoughts on putting it back in the fridge to save for another night in the far off future. I'm glad I didn't. While I'm not sure I will go out and buy a bunch more of this (sooo many other beers to try), I will mark it down as one I very much enjoyed and will be sure to have down the line somewhere. Hats off New Belgium.

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Photo of Groucho75
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle stamped 12 FEB 12 201813 around 45 degrees and poured into a Spiegelau chalice.

Deep ruby in color with an almond-y head, about two fingers at first before evaporating quickly. Decent lacing as the bubbles subside and another sip is taken. Carbonation is there but does not distract.

Banana, some clove, almost a spice cake aroma on the nose. I'm really pleased with this one so far.

The taste reveals more banana, raisins, candy sugar, plum-y goodness and very faithful to the dubbel profile. Plenty of malt to back up the quick finish. I could argue the finish is a little dry, bitter, or maybe even unrefined, but it'd be a losing argument.

Mouthfeel is good. For a 7% ABV it's hidden well and I've polished off two of these within an hour. Very easy to drink and if I can find this on draught, I would love to compare it with this bottle offering.

I've been going off NB for a while, notable exceptions include some of their Lips of Faith collection, but this offering is going to keep me interested for some time. If they distribute their Abbey Grand Cru in Georgia, I'd love to sample it. At $9 for a six pack, I'd definitely pick this up again as a regular bevy.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A fruity aroma, with traces of yeast and malt in the mix.

T: Tasted of malt, Belgian yeast, bananas, and some spices. An interesting, generally well-balanced flavor. Actually, it was better than I expected.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, a well done beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of wedge
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely dark auburn hue with a tall off-white head that readily settles down, leaving behind some solid sheets of lace. Aromas of ripe bananas, dried cherries, crisp apple, mild phenols, light chocolate, and fig. Sweet nutty/caramel malt flavors give way to dried fruit and a clove-like spiciness. Plum and pear-like esters, earthiness, yeast. Clean and lightly drying; medium bodied with fine carbonation.

A good dubbel is, I feel, pretty tough to pull off. This one is enjoyable enough, but doesn't necessarily stand out in any way.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always somehow pass this one up during my purchases and finally pulled the trigger on it recently...

Lovely heavenly aromas of sweet bananas mingle with hints of caramel maltiness and blend together quite nicely... Quite pungent aromas for an Abbey ale... I'm digging on this thus far

Sweet malts... Yeasty banana esters... Hints of booze... Just what I'm looking for in an Abbey ale... No category seems dominant but rather they play off of each other quite nicely...

I won't pass this one up again... Blended terrificly with some sharp Cheddar, wheat crackers and a spicy mustard with horseradish

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Photo of Insomnicat
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a finger and a half of cream head. A lighter shade of amber.
S - Bananas. very light and flowery bananas.
T - A very mellow cereal malt with a hint of flowers and bananas
M - The carbonation is just right in my opinion. The mouthfeel is incredible.
D - This beer is highly drinkable. It would be a superb session beer if not for sheer price. That comes with the territory of microbrews, though. Good thing I have a six pa--Five pack...

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