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 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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Photo of RubbaDuckE
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For my first review I decided to do my beer of choice this winter. NB's Abbey is a sleeper hit for me. It pours into a leather brown with two fingers of a tan head. It smells of holiday spice. At first tasting are hints of banana's paired with these spices. This beer is great for a sipper or knocking back 5 or 6. Mad props to NB. This is the beer that opened my eyes to the craft.

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

Pours transparent brown with generous thick head. Nose is very aromatic of brown sugar bubble gum (in a good way), fresh brown breads, and yeasty esters. Extremely appetizing before the taste. On the palate is a complex spice & dark roasty sweet flavors, again with brown sugar sweetness and a good bubble gum component. Finish is medium with more malt sweetness, fresh breadiness, and leaves with a teasing note that makes you want another sip. Very good!

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Photo of mpcrump
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice clear light brown with a nice sized white head that lasts for a while.

S: Strong fruit smell. I get a good amount of banana. Hops as well.

T: Malty banana. Light fruit sweetness.

M: Dry but creamy. Moderate carbonation:

D: Very nice drinkability. Some alchohol taste but a bit sneaky. Different from other beers in this class but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of iSip
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amazing what those monks in Belgium came up with. My first intro to Belgian style ales was Leffe Brune in Brussels. What an experience! Amazing richness in a glass. The New Belgium Abbey Ale is the most accessible US brew to re-create that experience. It is my standard "dessert beer". Literally, when I skip the chocolate cake I treat myself by pulling out the Leffe glass I brought back from Belgium and pour in the deep dark elixir brewed in Ft. Collins. It has a wonderful malty aroma and superior head. The flavor is a deep malty sweetness to be savored slowly. There is a touch of bitter that adds complexity to the mix. Not your every day beer, but a wonderful treat when a treat is in order.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean amber ale with a huge head of creamy tan foam. Imparts beautiful and intricate lacing that's about 4" deep on my ale glass.

Scent is spicy, with clove and coriander among a yeasty, bready undertone and hints of ripened banana, fresh berries, and candy sugar.

Taste is bold and complex, with a sweet presence and a sharp alcohol sting that gives way to a another wave of rich spice.

A deliciously drinkable treat that's going to be repeated, for sure.

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

Bought at Shop N' Save in a 12 Pack (Best By: 02OCT11). Poured into an old English Mug I bought up in Oban, Scotland.

Appearance- Almost no head (1/4 a finger at first but died off quickly), lacy with bubbles on top and a VERY dark amber color.

Smell- I smelled Vanilla at first but then a hint of bananas reached my nose at the end.

Taste- Yeasty as hell but I dig it. I also taste the vanilla flavor. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel- Great amount of carbonation, Medium Bodied, but didn't have any affects on my palate.

Drinkability- Awesome beer from New Belgium! They have always had great beers but this one really put them out there as an A+ for me.

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Photo of tapman
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany with fawn colored head that reaches as high as you are willing to pour. Head is rocky and creates mountains and canyons as it deflates. Appears filtered and there is no yeast sediment in the glass.

Banana cream pie, bubblegum yeast, a little phenolic belgian character.

This beer tastes like the top six fruits in the world rolled into one and then turned into beer. I get 'fruit roll up' fruitiness without the sugar. Mixed with some banana and vanilla makes for a splendid treat. No alcohol. That phenolic character has melted into a light licorice like twang in the finish which is really god, and this is coming from someone who hates licorice.

Rich, yet a little spicy and effervescent.

One of the best Dubbels I have had in a long time.

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

12oz. brown bottle into stemless snifter.

A: mahogany with a sticky white head.

S: alcohol, caramel, dark fruit of some sort, spicy

T/M: sweet and spicy, with slight bitterness that doesn't linger. Brown sugar-type flavor, along with some dark fruit and caramel. Carbonation is tight and cuts the sweetness a bit.

D: Dangerously easy-drinking.

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Photo of BatDaddy
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light brown with hints of ruby. A delicate pour still yields a bubbly fluffy white head that settles down to a wispy lace.

S - Fruity and floral with a bit of bubblegum. Touch of ripe banana. Trademark Belgian yeast aromas and a hint of alcoholic spice.

T & M - A bit of ripened fruits - light sweetness but not overpowering. Some powdery yeast. Bready. Some peppery spice, touch of hoppiness, and some noticeable but pleasant alcohol. Mouthfeel is dry but creamy and a little bubbly.

D - Good but abv will impede a session for sure. Still, quite delicious.

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

Poured into a pint glass. No bottled on date, but best buy Oct 2nd 2011.

A- Poured and a nice think brown ale came with a large 2" light tan head that is fluffy and has stood for almost 5 minutes.

S- A nice spicy ale that has malt, and light hops but mostly a spice and malt. Like the bottle says, with 6 different types of hops.

T- Definitely a different type of abbey than some others i've had. I get a nice big malty character and a dry and alcohol flavor to finish.

M- A big and full beer that delivers on taste and texture. A heavy brew on the tongue and a very warming feel.

D- I would love to drink this beer on nice winter nights and it so readily available which makes it great for anytime.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear butterscotch color with a fluffy white head. Delicate lacey web all along the glass left by a thick collar and swirling skim.

Aroma is surprisingly floral...surprised me at least. More expected aromas like raisin, plum, and buttered rum are there too.

Taste is light and bouncy rather than rich and decadent. Orange blossom and steely caramel. A little buttery. Effervescent, small bubble carbonation doesn't impede creamy mouthfeel.

Makes me think of Rochefort meets Fat Tire. I like it.

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Photo of GBB
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of NB's staple beers and used with BJCP classes. Pours a darker a amber color with a egg shell white head that remains throughout the drink.

The nose has a malty aroma with noticeable caramel notes. Some light biscuit notes as well. Some noticeable NB yeast with some phenols mostly bananas. Next to no cloves or any way. Very clean.

The taste is similar. Sweeter malt up front with some grainy and caramel notes. A mostly candy like caramel flavor with hints of bready/biscuit flavors. The yeast comes out a bit more but still limited for style. Bananas, cinnamon, apples and slight plums.

The body is a bit sweet but isn't full bodied. Overall I would like more esters/phenols but an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my NBB snifter. Best by date of Oct 2011. It was a light ruby color with no visible carbonation even with laser etching. It had a small fizzy head that quickly settled into a collar. Some slow sliding sheeting with a little sticking.

The aroma was banana, spicy yeast and sweet, darker fruits. Really good aroma for a dubbel. The tastes closely follows the aroma with the sweet fruit and banana out front and the yeast flavor coming soon after. The yeast at the end keeps it from being too sweet and sets it up nicely for the next drink. The mouthfeel is towards full but is lacking a bit in carbonation. Good aftertaste.

Overall, a really good dubbel that I highly recommend. One of the best American versions out there. Avail here in TX. Rotation - in more of a hop bomb mode this days but this one deserves a couple a year for sure. [O;Y]

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in a mixed six. Poured from the bottle a medium hazy brown, with a good, rocky off-white head. Aromas of light toffee, brown spices and Belgian yeast. Medium bodied, spicy and well-carbonated. Flavors of light brown sugar, bubble gum, yeast and cardamom.

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

A: A very clear dark brown with yellowish highlights and a finger width of off white head.

S: Toasted malt and some clove,banana and bubble gum, molasses, and dark fruit aromas.

T: More of the same....a nice smooth malt flavor with clove, banana and a belgian sugar and alcohol flavor. The finish is sweet and warm from the alcohol.

M: the mixture of clove spice, alcohol and carbonation give a warm, spicy mouthfeel.

D: Not as heavy as some Dubbels. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a deep copper color that is transparent. There is a one finger tan head that has average retention. There is some slight lacing.

S - Smells of yeast, brown sugar, and apple. Sticks around during the whole drink. Nice.

T - The alcohol in this is WAY too overpowering. It fusses with a sweet syrupy taste that inst very pleasant. There is some slight brown sugar and yeast. I hope this is a bad batch.

M - Not enough carbonation helps bring out that awful alcohol fusion.

D - I'm really disappointed in this. My friend had this a few weeks ago and loved it. I also see I am in the minority among my fellow BAs. Again I hope this is a bad batch, as it wasn't easy to finish.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a slightly dense but glowing red garnet body with a thick creamy head that turns into a cobweb soon after the pour. There is a sea of tiny bubbles popping to the surface. S- The soft circus peanut phenols give way to a dry candy sugar note and a dry toffee hint pops through as the beer opens up. T- The dry candy sugar note leads to some blended dark toasted malt notes with dried fruit flavors underneath. The finish is pretty clean and dry with a slight malt note lingering for just a moment.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft fizz prick on the tongue and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The yeast character is very nice and it blends with the malt flavors and dried fruit. There is some very nice depth but it is subtle and flows together.

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

I enjoyed this beer!!

A: Dark brown and clear. A minimal amount of head.

S: Starts off with the sweet smell of dark fuits, bready, and slight hints of spice mixed in as well.

T: Sweet up front...hints of abv at the end...

M: Minimal amounts of carbonation. Easy to dring

D: Not very complex, but a very good session beer. -Cheers

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Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a light tan head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of cherry and candy sugar notes, as well as some toffee, Belgian yeast and chocolate notes. The chocolate is faint and is only present occasionally. The flavor is heavy on the toffee and dark fruit. The cocoa is also more present in the flavor than it was in the aroma. The beer is a lot drier than I expected and I think this is a little bit of a turn off. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice American-made dubbel.

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