Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
2,218 Ratings
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%
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
351
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,218 |  Reviews: 774
Photo of boomer31
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Transparent and dark copper almost brown. A thin tan head that neither sticks on the glass nor hangs around too long.

S - Dark fruity, raisony and some brady malt.

T - More dark fruits, plum, raison and bready. After taste is sweet but not overly sweet.

M - A very rich mouthfeel for a seemingly light body. Low carbonation.

D - A very easy drinking Dubbel especially for 7%. It seems everytime I drink this I'm pounding it down and looking for more.

A solid offering from New Belgium. This one is almost always in the fridge at the in-laws and a very good 'go to beer' for sure.

 589 characters

Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single - been sitting on this one for a little while

appearance: served in great lakes goblet, pour is a garnet-hued mahogany, creamy beige cap

smell: dark fruits, yeast, fig, dough, clove, woody

taste: nice everyday dubbel from new belgium - sweet dark fruits, fig, toasted grain, banana, nutty bread. Overall, a rich flavor profile - yeasty, sweet and dynamic

mouthfeel; no alcohol felt, medium body, nice

drinkability: high

 436 characters

Photo of jmdrpi
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, poured into New Belgium's globe glass. pours a bright dark copper color. thick white head, with great lacing.
smell is a strong malt aroma. taste of yeasty bread, sweet malt, but an odd after taste that I can't quite put my finger on, that kind of ruins things.
higher carbonation, but nice creamy head.
not as good as most dubbels I have had. maybe it needed more time in the bottle, as this was a very fresh dated bottle.

 440 characters

Photo of HosP
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my new snifter I got from buying a 6 pack of this.

A- Poured nice deep brown color with some red around the outside from the light. Small head with almost no lacing on glass.

S- Some fruit notes. Plum, fig, maybe some cherries. A little yeast smell to it as well.

T- Sweet taste up front from molasses. Fruits from the nose come through in the middle and stay towards the end. Sweetness sticks through the whole drink.

M- Lighter body. More carbonation than I would have liked. Little alcohol taste to it.

D- Not a bad beer. Good enough I'll drink the rest of the sixer. I'm glad they threw in the glass, not sure how it would have tasted without it!

 681 characters

Photo of albertjr21
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Into a globe glass, this poured a deep garnet color under a thin off-white head and left a nice lacing.

S: A deep burnt cherry sugar and fruit tart moderate nose.

M/T: A deliciously sweet red berry malt opening that makes way toward a relatively smooth malt center and deep burnt cherry, caramel dry finish.

D: Incredible drinkability considering how much is going on with every satisfying sip...

 402 characters

Photo of TheYeagermeister
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank a few of these with my bf, out of the bottle into a snifter glass. He is the real connoisseur, but I am making an attempt tonight. ;-)

A--Beautiful color. Rich mahogany and plum hues. With close inspection under a lamp, some golden tones. Forms a decent head with somewhat of an aggresive pour, but not otherwise.

S--We smelled strong banana, plum, alcohol, and allspice.

T--Delicious. Definitely better as it warms up. Closer to room temperature, the flavors become more pronounced...bananas, plums, complex malts, and slight caramel notes, with a mellow finish. Not cloyingly sweet, as the fruit flavors are there but subtle. Colder, the beer finishes not so mellow, a bit bitterly, in fact.

M--Too carbonated unless it sits for awhile. Medium bodied and perfect after that.

D--Fairly rich, but so tasty I am definitely drinkin at least two tonight. ;-)

We really like the New Belgium "Explore" Series. Abbey was a very tasty dubel.

 947 characters

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle and served in a globe glass.

Pours a tarnished brass color with a thick and creamy head that gradually dissipates, leaving a fine patchwork of lacing. On appearance alone, this is one beauty of a Belgian Dubbel.

Aromas of banana, clove and dark fruit. Medium to full bodied with an expressive carbonation. Opens with waves of malt, banana and clove spice. Rich and malty middle with subtle notes of dark fruit. Alcohol surfaces as Abbey warms. Mild hop presence, but virtually no bitterness. Finishes with a flash of Belgian yeast and a lingering graininess.

Surprising drinkability for a Belgian Style Ale. An exceptional American Dubbel in the Trappist Ale tradition.

 709 characters

Photo of bridgetowhophead
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've concluded that the dubbel is not my preferred style of Beglian (I'm heading towards trippels and strong pales and darks), but I will try my best to review this to style, with Ommegang Abbey Ale as my only other comparison.

A: Nearly faultless. Rich mahogany color, incredibly puffy 1" head that lasts forever, nice lacing.

S: Definitely some dark fruits, dark malt, and Belgian yeast. Haven't had enough dubbels to separate specific smells.

T&M: I'm not just not a huge fan of the dubbel taste profile. Compared to Ommegang Abbey it's something of a letdown, but considering the price I'd say it checks out. Mouthfeel is good, clean and well carbonated, perhaps a little undercarbonated for the style though.

D: I would have no problem knocking down a few of these if I enjoyed the taste more.

 803 characters

Photo of merddyn2002
2.74/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'm not an expert in Belgian Style ale's but this reminds me a lot of a hefeweizen that's been skunked, has WAY too much banana or was otherwise mis-handled. However, if you remove the banana aspects by switching yeasts to a more standard ale yeast I think it would be a great Belgian. It's on the malty side, but with a balanced hop presence. If you like banana you'll love this one, it's just not for me. Won't finish the 6 pack. It's going on my "i need to offer a beer to someone to be polite but I really dont know if you're worth a good beer so have one of these" shelves in the beer fridge right next to the Bud Light Wheat.

 631 characters

Photo of JMad
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
The beer pours a deep brown color, cream colored 1 finger head with a little lacing.
Smells of sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, fig and raisin.
Tastses nice and malty, a hint of toasts and lots of dark fruits.
It's medium bodied and very smooth.
Abbey Ale has good complex flavor, not much of a session beer but it's mighty tasty.

 363 characters

Photo of webmanspidey
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. This is a medium caramel/amber brown color, translucent with almost no head. Smell has a strong bubblegum character... along with apple juice and brown sugar. Taste is very prominent in apple juice, with a slight glaze of brown sugar. There might be some other dark fruits (plums?) lurking in there as well with a mix of spices. Excellent drinkability here.

 406 characters

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big up to bstaffor for sending me this in the Hoppy Summer to You BIF!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Handsome ruby-brown, verging on burgundy, with brighter ruby highlights. Thin, tan head that clumps in places & reminds me of a lunar landscape. A few flares of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits -- prunes, raisins, figs -- with a bread dough undertone & some pronounced spice, something like nutmeg. A little banana? Good, & at the same time kind of close to a weizenbock.

Taste follows with the dark fruits, drier than the aroma suggests, gaining a little more spiciness. Some alcohol presence, with a cool caramel around the finish. Aftertaste is dominated by spices. Do I taste a hint of tobacco, too?

Medium-full body, a little on the fluffy & chewy side. Some heat.

Good stuff here, very rich flavors that can get to be a little much. One of the more spice-heavy dubbels I've had. Booze creeps in but doesn't become overpowering. I'd have it again, but one at a time is satisfying.

 987 characters

Photo of impending
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz into a tulip. Pours a dark clear garnet, unexceptional head.

Aroma is traditional dubbel but subdued. Phenols are obvious.

Thin mouthfeel, slightly watery. Has an earthy yeast backbone and undertones of roasted wood but lacks a true belgian complexity.

I want to like this more than I do - unfortunate. Kudos must be given for price performance which is excellent but think I'd rather spend a bit more and go for something like an Ommegang Abbey Ale which may be the closest in price but much superior a brew.
cheers
jd

 528 characters

Photo of NODAK
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is of banana esters, and some caramel sweetness mixed in. Maybe a little alcohol. Pretty good.

Pours a deep amber red with minimal to no head.

Taste is of very smooth sweetness. The body of the beer is mostly of banana esters. It's not sweet enough to be cloying or a detraction. At the finish, there's a small hop bitterness touching the back and sides of the tongue as the beer goes down. There's also a bit of caramel sweetness that shows up at the end as well. What's left for the aftertaste is mostly residual sweetness that doesn't last for long. I don't get any spiciness in this beer, nor yeast.

As far as I can taste, there isn't a lot of complexity in this beer. Somebody described it as "Belgian light", and I think that could sum it up. It is very drinkable however, and would probably make a good entry beer for a person who hasn't drank much craft beer yet.

 880 characters

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

Poured from a 12pz bottle to a goblet.

A: Dark murky brown with a small white head. Actually a lot more appetizing than my description.

S: Sweet, yeasty, and fruity in a vague and hard to pin down way.

T: Yeasty and sweet followed by spicy. Bananas, raisins, and cloves with a touch of funk. Hops are subdued, as expected, but faintly present.

M: Full bodied with ample, but not overbearing carbonation.

D: I am new to Abbey style ales, but if most of them are as good as this, I'll be drinking a lot of them in the future.

 528 characters

Photo of bnes09
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beatiful amber, copper color. Off white head sticks around in a quiet foam and makes some sticky lacing.

Fruity, yeasty aromas of banana and clove. Slight alcohol spicy. Subtle and intriguing.

Starts off with the fruity banana flavors then goes into a slightly roasted chocolate flavor. Rich and smoky. Mild citric hop adds a subtle spice. Finishes with a hint of alcohol, scotch-like in character. Exceptionally well rounded flavor.

Solid medium body and a bit sticky on the lips. Well-carbonated and smooth throughout.

This is my first belgian dubbel and I must say it was quite a treat. The flavor profile is incredibly complex and seems to change with each sip. Highly drinkable and delicious ale. Definitely buying this one again.

 739 characters

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My expectations for an abbey ale from New Belgium were not high. But since brewers and breweries evolve, I thought I should give this a try.

Pours clear orange/copper with a modest tan head that dissipates to a fine ring of bubbles around the glass, with some lacing.

Aromas of wet hay, some fruit (orange), and some hops way in the background.

Taste follows the nose with sweet malt, orange, lemon, a hint of milk chocolate, then a dry hoppy and somewhat spicy finish. Overall, this is tasting to me like a dubbel light.

Body is light, with good carbonation, it has a moderately creamy mouthfeel.

This is a drinkable dubbel style beer, but is lighter in substance than most Abbey dubbels. At only 7% ABV, it is more drinkable and also more affordable than most Belgian abbey doubles. Might serve as a good introduction to the style for those who are experimenting in that direction.

 891 characters

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

new belgium dubbel

a 3.75-4 clear coppery amber, short off white head, sheet style lacework.

s 3.5 somewhat toasty, spicy. not a very pronounced aroma.

t 3.5-4 toasted caramel and black peppery spice (partly due to uncloaked alcohol, but not offensive); the sweetness is not very big and is easily offset by tang. the flavors are not many (that i can pick up on at least) but they linger admirably.

m 4 medium full body; ample, creamy carbonation.

d 3.5-4 not quite up to my expectations on this one. good nonetheless.

 523 characters

Photo of Briken
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Light clear mahogany with thin tan head with good retention and floating lacing. Brown sugar and yeast aromas. Nice plum and bubble gum with brown sugar sweetness. A little bready and slight hop finish. Thin with slightly high carbonation for the style.

A great dubbel particularly for the price although there seemed to be some inconsistency because some of the six pack had a more hoppy and slightly salty taste. It's certainly better warmed and well worth it.

 463 characters

Photo of Radome
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle to a goblet.

A - Beer is visually beautiful. A brilliant clarity with a medium brown color and a thick off-white head that fades to a thin, delicate ring of foam around the glass. The overall impression is refined and even delicate.

S - The smell is dominated by sharp grain with a burnt, smoky note. There is also a vegetal, almost sour hop aroma that I find as a "house" characteristic of all the New Belgium beers I've had. I am not sure if it is hops or a yeast note, but I personally think it detracts from the otherwise pleasant aroma. There are some faint raisin or plum notes, but very much in the background.

T - The taste starts with mild, nutty malt, then some dark fruit and finally some smoky, roasted notes. There is a moderate hop bitterness and taste. Overall, the taste seems a little disjointed to me with all the elements not quite working together in harmony.

M - Body is a little thin with just a little carbonation tingle and hop burn. The alcohol is well-hidden.

D - I love all Belgian styles, especially darker ones, but I don't consider this a great abbey beer. I don't care for the "house" aroma and flavor that I always detect in New Belgium beers. Also, I feel this has a bit too much of the roasty, smoky smells and aromas and not enough of the fruity raisin and plum notes that I enjoy in more traditional Belgian examples.

 1,389 characters

Photo of Erish
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: clear, like a very dark tea, the head vanishes quickly and the lacing in nonexistent.

S: dark fruity esters, toasted caramel, clove, hint of bubble gum.

T: pear, cherry, toffee, toasted caramel, taffy apple, and clove, the middle brings a gentle wave of floral and fruity yeasty goodness, and the finish is pleasantly dry and long-lasting.

M: middle-weight, good carbonation, velvety, very much in line with the style.

D: this is a damn good beer! I can't believe how good it is for $8 a six-pack. Try this beer.

 571 characters

Photo of Bbloom1989
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pouring this into a New Belgium sniffer glass allowed for a wonderful dark amber brew to fill the glass. A off white head opened up into the glass allow a small yet lush lacing to occur at the top of the glass. The smell was that of a rum like date or fig smell. I t was a wonderful surprise to have such a unique aroma that gave off so many different smells. I was able to smell fruit, spice, and malt that was quite developed and was able to keep me guessing to was was added. My first sip gave off the wonderful spicy date that I smelled. Its mouth feel was full and robust, forcing me to let the flavors rest in my mouth, to not let them over whelm my taste buds and make me lose any of the flavors in the stronger spice. Overall, a wonderful beer that should be savored over as long as you can stand.

 805 characters

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into goblet

A - Pours a deep, mahogany-ruby, with minimal head and mild lacing.

S - Smell is of brown sugar, banana, candi, yeast, dark fruits.

T - Taste is of brown sugar, banana, belgian candi, and slight raisin/cherry notes.

M - Moderate/slightly lighter than moderate body, with mild carbonation.

D - Quite quaffable for a 7% beer, thanks to a not super-heavy body, and near zero alcohol presence in the flavor.

Overall - This is definitely one of NB's better offerings, possibly their best. For what a six pack goes for, and the quality here, this is a steal of a deal!

 609 characters

Photo of blackc5
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby brown, and a bit lighter than expected. Decent offwhite head and thin lace.

S - Sweet roasted malt and lots of dark fruit. Some spice and yeast.

T - Quite fruity - mainly raisin, dried cherry and fig, but also ripe banana, especially in the aftertaste. Some brown sugar sweetness with a touch of burnt caramel. Bready and spicy (clove) as well, and a bit of floral hops for bitterness. Complex.

M - Heavy body and thick. Moderate in carbonation, this leaves a nice creamy feel on the palate.

D - Great beer for the price, and smelled and tasted a lot better than it looked. Color me impressed.

 606 characters

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

pours a dark cola that is translucent and releases a ton of carbonation bubbles. head is thin and fades fast. not a whole lot of lacing

all sweet malts on the nose: figs, banana, raisin & bread dough.

taste much like it smells... mostly banana and a strong doughy. fruity yeast with a hint of alcohol on the end

medium body with carbonation on slighty on the high end. however, with the malty backbone does add a touch of smooth creamy feel as well. good balance.

overall, nice Dubbel that I will have to try again due to the fact that I had spicey Tai for lunch and may have singed my tastebuds a bit!

 607 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.