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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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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Photo of daliandragon
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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 -2.7%
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 -32.7%
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 +15.5%
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 +6.7%
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 -4.2%
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 -3.2%
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 +8.7%
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 -11.5%
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 +9.2%
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 -29.7%
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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Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper, clear with a khaki 1 1/2 finger head that settles like clouds and leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

Aroma is characterized by Belgian yeast and spices, with a bread and alcohol waft that's constant. Banana, cloves and maybe star anise.

Sweet off the bat, sweet toffee malts, taffy and some fruit. Evolves with more fruit character and spices finishes with a mild hoppiness and dry. Some bread and spice on the after taste.

Rather light body and appropriate carbonation, smooth and elegant.

The flavor improves noticeably when warming. A rich flavorful brew, likely NB's best.

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Photo of cnally
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bravely attempt an unexpected style from one of the country's most overexposed craft breweries. And it's pretty good? Whoa...

This is a mahogany brown body, not transparent but a little watery looking. Frothy off white head that remains sticky.

Aroma is bready, very mild Belgian yeast quality. A little banana.

The flavor is magnificient. Starts nice and spicy from the yeast, but upon a little marination shows a subtle caramel malt flavor. Bready like in the aroma, and finishes just a little bitter from the hops. Yes.

An even carbonation and not overly so, good for a Dubbel. Almost watery but maintains enough body to avoid that label.

Sweet, tasty, even keeled, pretty, and completely unexpected. Surely this beer makes me respect New Belgium more than any of their offerings have ever made me do so.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass; great big off white head that clings greatly to the glass, nice deep amber color, light carbonation.

Smell is a nice balance of malt, caramel sweetness and a hint of banana and clove.

Taste is caramel malt, light alochol/ester note followed with a mix of spice and flavors like banana and clove.

Mouthfeel is well done, sweetness is not cloying and spices are just right.

Very drinkable, for a beer with a chance at having off flavors and spices this is very drinkable.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a very handsome deep garnet color, crystal clear, with a thin off white head that laces a bit on the way down. Strong scent of banana. The taste is fruity and malty. There's a touch of dryness from roasted malts, which is a little dissapointing, I don't think those belong in abbey style beers. Still, this is an easy to find and very enjoyable abbey style beer from a domestic brewer, what's not to love about that?

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Photo of weizenbob
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle received in a trade with jmkratt. Thanks John. Enjoy by October 23, 2011. Poured into a goblet. The pour yields two fingers of off white head. Retention is moderate. Sticky lacing awesomely lines the goblet. The beer is a deep ruby hue and very clear. A small amount of carbonation is visible through the glass.

The smell is quite alcoholic and very sweet. A paint thinner fume tickles the nose hairs. Aromas of bubblegum waft from the goblet. It seems a little yeasty and mildly smokey as well. Mostly though, it just smells like a rum-soaked gumball.

This is a very sweet brew. Clove and banana taffy flavors dominate the palate whilst swimming in a prominent woody smokiness. This leaves an impression in the mouth not unlike that of smoked honey ham. Subtle cocoa and woodiness bleeds in and out. Mild spruce hints blend into lingering toffee sweetness.

This medium bodied brew is pleasant in the mouth. Carbonation is medium. Alcohol is hardly noticeable on the tongue and in the mouth. Upon exhaling after a sip however, one experiences the mild sensation of fire breathing. It's not often that this is a pleasant sensation, but such is the case with this brew. Perhaps it's the smokiness.

I found this to be an interesting brew, and quite drinkable to boot. It is flavorful and complex. The 7% alcohol content remains dangerously stealth in the taste and feel. This beer could catch up to you very quickly. It is an excellent dessert beer.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
Geef ik twee Schlitz voor New België Abbey.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Deep amber/red color, very thin head that disappeared quickly. Smells hit me as soon as I started the pour. Sugary toffee and banana jump out. Reminds me of a good sticky bread pudding. Taste follows the line started by the aroma. Just a little bitterness up front but then the sweetness sets in quickly. Toffee with an almost rum like molasses being most prevelent. Just barely taste and feel the alcholol as well. That surprised me a bit at 7% I figured it would be hidden fairly well. Pleasant mouthfeell as well, nice carbonation up front, with a nice smoothness without being heavy. Could see having one or two of these in a sitting, but beyond that the sweetness might become a bit much.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Deep reddish amber in color. Head is foamy, light beige, and dissipates leaving really nice lacing.

S: Alcohol and grain with hints of caramel and roasted bananas.

T: An aggressive bitter approach falls immediately into roasted bananas and intense caramel (bananas Foster). Bright but rich at the same time.

M: Highly carbonated on the start; smooth, thick and mellow on the finish.

D: Very drinkable. I really like this interpretation of the style.

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Photo of renolayton
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, considering I am not a huge fan of New Belgium's flagship, Fat Tire. Smokey deliciousness.

It had exceptional appearance and smell. It had better-than-good mouthfeel and drinkability. It had good taste, like I said, smokey and delicious.

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