Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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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
Ratings:
2,218
Reviews:
774
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.19%
 
 
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Photo of Lunch
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -10.9%
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 +0.2%
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 -15.9%
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 -11.2%
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 -5.5%
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 -12.2%
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 +2.7%
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%
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 -1.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -10%
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 +1.5%
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 +18.2%
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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Photo of daliandragon
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ommegang goblet. Pours medium brown with orange trim, a fair finger of cream colored head, and a translucent body. Nose is bananas, Belgian yeast, and either strawberries or raspberries, I can't decide.

Flavor is heavily coated in yeasty esters, almost to the detriment of the malts themselves, which register medium at best. Heavy carbonation and above average (for the style) hops also mask the fruit and malt of the nose. Bananas get free in the aftertaste. The whole affair is tight and compact, but somehow lacking in character.

This confers with other New Belgium brews I've had: Enjoyable and technically correct but a bit mechanical and lacking in heart and soul.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

This is the random beer chosen to see the finish to MLB's Opening Day. It pours a clear ruby brown topped by a half-finger of dirty-cream foam. The nose comprises raisins, nutmeg, dark wheat, cinnamon, Belgian yeast, clove, fig, and a few drops of light maple syrup. The taste follows pretty closely, with the additions of black pepper, red grapes (very red wine-y thing goin' on here), and a touch of darkly-toasted rye bread. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a pretty nice dubbel, though it doesn't warm all too well. So long as the temperature is controlled, this ain't too bad at all.

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Photo of ntatum
2.7/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber brown into a chalice. Smells sweet and malty. Unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the hype people gave it. It's sweet and malty up front with a touch of hoppy bitterness at the end. Overall a not a really good beer. It tastes like you took a good dubbel and added water to make it "drinkable!" Disapointed!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Large billowy offwhite head with great lacing and good retention. Clear medium brown body.

Smell - Sweet, very malty. Slight coffee and hidden chocolate.

Taste - Malt body with a very slight bitterness in the finish. Light coffee aftertaste. Smooth and balanced. Hidden alcohol. No off flavors.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and full.

Overall Drinkability - Great beer. Good breakfast beer for a hot morning.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick, dark, dark brown. Excellent foam as well. Very impressive.

Smell: Fruit and yeast. Done very effectively I might add.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Wonderfully spiced fruit. Thick yeastiness as well. Excellent.

Drinkability: Maybe a bit too strong for its own good. Not in alcohol, but in flavor. Very good.

OVerall: Fat Tire's best.

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Photo of joepais
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into two snifters and was greeted with a tan colored two finger head that faded fast to a light lace. The body of the brew was a dark amber in color.
The aroma's of dark fruit were first and foremost in this brew. Raisin and figs came to mind as I inhaled. The flavor was more of the same towards the sweet side I expect the few years of age might have something to do with that. It had a medium feel in the mouth with good carbonation. All around this was a nice example of a Belgian Dubbel brewed in the states the yeast strain was spot on for me and it was well worth the try.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Optimator13.

Light fizzy head nice lacing, clear toasty amber color.

Nose plenty of Belgian, candi sugar, Belgian malts, yeast, dark raisin like fruits, some booze, light spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc, slight herbal decayed aroma.

Taste light aged soft malts, Belgian malts and yeast, candi sugar but light, bright spices with some cinnamon, clove like, nutmeg like, nutty malts, dried fruits with raisin, light herbal hop and herbal aged flavor almost but not really oxidized, light tin. Finishes a bit dry, semi bitter as well as some earthy herbal and light spicy hops come out, and some booze. Semi sweet but not as much as the nose.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier with good carb and warming light tingly booze.

Overall not bad, herbal hops are meh, malts are nice, decent beer.

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Photo of Beejay
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep brown-red color. Like stained cherry wood. Absolutely crystal clear with a nice light tan fluffy head.

S: Sweet with dark berries, and banana. Lovely notes of raisons, dark bread, figs and perhaps a touch of bubblegum.

T: a touch of bubblegum and banana right out of the gate. Dark bread and raison notes march in after that, and ends with a bit of roastiness and some yeast flavors.

M: Medium body, and carbonation seems about right for the style. The finish is dry, with just a bite from... tannins perhaps?

D: Nice and tasty. One of my favorite brews from NBB. Clean, tasty, and very repeatable.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear like Crystal Clarity, Sunburst Gibson Guitar in color. wall of lacing. Looks perfect in my Goose Island glass. Aroma gives off a generous amount of spices along with yeast and bananas. Flavors are packed of bright and zesty spices and a platter full of assorted fruits. I am enjoying this one and the price makes it a no brainer for it's style. Great buy.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours dark amber/copper. Solid head, lingers for quite a while.

S - biscuits, bread. Rich aroma w/ some spice & fruit to it.

T - strong flavor on first drink. Very tasty - still had that strong bread taste at the start, but finishes smooth and with a slight bit of alcohol kick - not surprising at 7%. Some spiciness definitely in there as well.

M - medium bodied, smooth & silky. Feels fantastic.

D - This is a great brew. One of my favorites from New Belgium.

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Photo of Pullen
2.82/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Recieved this beer an extra from drumrboy22 (good trader btw). Dark brown hue which can be seen through.

If I were to close my eyes and smell this beer, my first thought would be Franziskaner Hefe-Weissber. Smells of a hit of brown sugar but banana aroma is at the forefront.

Tastes of banana and bubble gum which I'm not fond of.

Mouthfeel not viscous but fine for what it is.

I feel it would be more fitting to call this a dunkel than a belgian abbey ale. I don't think I'd purchase this beer, but I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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