Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale
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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer, its a refreshingly light, yet just heavy enough beer. New Belgium knocked it out of the park, this beer is perfect for a session and readily available and amazing prices considering how great it is. I will be buying this in 6 packs with some frequency, luckily here in Colorado it's so easy to find.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a certified beer connoisseur. However, I have tried many brands and I do know what I like. New Belgium Abbey is one of my favorite craft beers. It goes well with foods such as pasta and meat. The subtle caramel, chocolate toffee flavors are enjoyable and the aftertaste is clean and satisfying. Overall a very good craft ale.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review...not up on all the correct terminology, but here goes!

Poured from bottle to a chalice.

A-Reddish tint, kind of like American iced tea. 3/4 to 1 in. light tan head that disappeared quickly with little to no lacing.

S-Very light hops and fruity. Strong hints of banana.

T-Great tasting beer. First thing I thought of was that it tasted like a white beer. Fruity and malty. Some say its not too hoppy, but I can definately taste it. Long lasting taste, even at end of glass.

M-Feels very cool and refreshing, with almost no carbonation. Easy to drink.

O-I really like this beer. After one, I'm left with a very balanced fruit and alcohol taste on my pallet. After a second, I feel like I really could enjoy it on a regular basis.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a medium brown with a reddish hue and a large (2-3 finger) off white rocky head that was mostly lasting and had excellent lacing that left behind some nice residue which was left sticking to the glass.

The aroma was of a mild caramel malt, a light resin hop and a sweet yeast with notes of banana, maple syrup and some dark fruit with a mild alcohol tinge.

It tasted malty sweet with a hint of caramel and a touch of syrup in the beginning and finished about the same but with notes of banana, some fruitiness and a mild alcohol warming at the end. The flavor was left lingering on the taste buds for a nice long while along with the mild taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body, creamy and a little syrupy in texture with a nice mild carbonation.

Overall a very pleasant tasting Dubbel, not to sweet with a mild alcohol finish. A good representation of the style and a very well balanced brew.

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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark golden brown with a thin layer of white foam that disappears after a minute or so.

Smells fruity with esters. That ester, co2 and fruit is really all that I get from the smell. No malt or hops. Follows the Belgian Abbey style nicely.

Taste is more of those fruity esters with more of a sweet malt back bone. Slight toffee and caramel if you look hard enough for it. Nice sweet body but I wouldn't call it heavy.

Mouthfeel is just about right for the style. If I'd have to choose one or the other I'd say it's undercarbonated rather than over. Sweet and dry from the dark candi sugar.

Overall this is a good beer. Reminds me of an Ommegang Abbey Ale, only with half the mark-up. Follows the abbey ale styles nicely without much flaw.

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4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from 12 oz brown bottle, slightly cloudy deep amber color, looks wonderful held up to the light, with a moderately dense tan head leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

Aromas of banana, whole grain bread, with a final malty hint and of course alcohol, considering the 7.00% abv.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally crisp, but smooth and drinkable overall.

The tastes consists of banana bread, grain, and malt, with a hint of yeast in the aftertaste. Although the alcohol was present in the smell making it somewhat chemical, the taste was very refined and lacked the alcohol bite.

Overall, a well brewed, enjoyable beer, and with a price tag of only $8 something per six pack a decently priced beer too. Definitely a new frequent buy for me.

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3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #11 top Dubbel on the beeradvocate Top Beers - Dubbel list. Served in a New Belgium globe glass because I can.

Beer is brown / dark amber and mostly clear with a big off white / tan head of small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Sweet, thin, mild dry in the aroma, hints of bitterness from grain, smells really nice.

Beer is thin with a mild roasty / ashy finish on the back end with some grain bitterness, the forward and late midpalate are cidery with a mild apply sweetness. Overall the beer is decent but not great. I'd have it again but the flavor is the most disappointing this about this. Lose the ashy finish and you have a really nice dubbel here.

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4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tumbler

A: pours a nice deep chestnut that is perfectly clear with a finger of medium tan colored head that his large bubbles and dissipates rapidly, has no carbonation bubbles and leaves no lacing whatsoever
S: cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted nuts and a certain bready wheat character
T: begins mellow but then moves into a bit of depth with roasted nuts and a bit of a sweet character, finishes with the aforementioned wheat like character which really helps to clean up the palate a bit
M: gentle carbonation tingle, hits the middle of the palate with a bit of driness and a bit of the feeling that you get when you eat something very sour which is a bit odd, leaves the mouth clean with a slight nutty aftertaste in the back of the mouth
O: a very good brew, a nice representation of the style dangerously drinkable but i never really could fault a beer for that, real happy with this one, new belgium is really impressing me, might need to move to a state in which they distribute

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,285 ratings