Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Abbey Belgian Style AleAbbey Belgian Style Ale
BA SCORE
4.01/5
2,229 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
Ranking:
#3,351
Reviews:
776
Ratings:
2,229
pDev:
12.22%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
229
Gots:
356
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,229 |  Reviews: 776
Photo of wiescins
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of keithmurray
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - chestnut color with tan head

Smell - nuts, chocolate, pumpernickel, cherry, hint of cinnamon

Taste - nuts, cherries, figs, raisins, pumpernickle, tobacco

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront from the dark fruits, back end has a tobacco mustiness

Overall - nice iteration of a belgian style dubbel. Worth a shot for lovers of the style.

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

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

Photo of dsutt26
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phillipsri
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AGust82
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jhlosito75
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mklmcgrew
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle in pint glass.

L: Pours a deep amber color with a 2-finger head. The head went down fairly quickly, but it left a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Very nice nose. Caramel tones, with some fruit and bread notes.

T/F: Very nice and balanced flavor, with a strong malt presence, but not overly sweet. Good carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel, but without that yeasty feel I get with some Belgians.

O: Excellent beer. I could see this becoming a regular in my rotation, to balance out some of my hop heavy choices.

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Photo of lic217
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a reddish amber color with an off white head with good retention
S-caramel, dark fruit, no hop presence
T-lots of caramel, with a bit of dark fruit/raisin flavor, nice hop balance, some dry biscuit balance in the finish
M-medium bodied with slightly above carbonation
O-very solid dubbed with great balance

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Schlafly tulip glass. Pours a nice, rich brown with a thin tan creamy head. Wonderful Belgian taste, creamy with medium feel. A very nice representation of the style. Only bought a single bottle this time, but will be buying six next time.

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Photo of B-rett
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hughwoattmeigh
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of C_Pel
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MooseBoose
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jtall78
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to tulip beer glass

Look - pours dark amber with a medium head and decent lacing

Smell - little plum, bready, toasted malt

Taste - again, the toasted malt hits me first, pleasently followed by carmel and plum. Not overly complex, but a good mix of flavors that finish well

Feel - medium body. Perfect for me.

Overall - pleased with the beer, would buy again.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Yokohama's Antenna America.

L: Gorgeous amber with finger tan head and excellent lacing.

S: Strong malt character, plum, brown sugar, licorice and alcohol.

T: Smooooooth transition from ripe plum and banana to bread.

F: Very creamy and medium bodied.

O: Quite like a Chimay Red but the smell isnt as profound. Still an excellent beer.

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Photo of MrJuengling
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have found that my reviews don't usually stray too far from the Bros score, but I have to strongly disagree here with the "99" score they provide. While the beer claims to have an old Belgian yeast strain, it isn't one I recognize as someone who has partaken in Abbey Ales and dubbels for years. While the 3 finger head is beautiful, and the lacing obvious, there is a distinct lack of the bready yeast tones you would usually get in a true Abbey Ale. That isn't to say that this beer isn't flavorful. There is a nice creamy caramel maltiness and some hints of chocolate and fig. In fact, this ale is very potable, however the finish is lacking, as the carbonation is simply meh. A nice sizzling finish would be great--and this ale almost begins to remind one of a light and sweet porter or stout...But not an abbey ale, dubbel. It gets better with each sip, however, and by then end, I left with more positives than negatives. If I had my choice of US ales in this style, I am still going with Ommegang's abbey ale/dubbel.

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Photo of Act25
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium gets it mostly right, but too sweet, and not sharp enough.

A) Pours a clear cola body with bronze-ruby highlights. At first 1 finger of light tan froth that leaves a skim and quite a bit of lace.

S) Aromas are sweet - toffee, brown sugar going into black cherries and green apples. Adds some hints of white pepper, cedar wood, and coriander.

T) Follows the smell but frankly too sweet for me. Some complex flavors of dates, figs, and raisins give depth along with spices, like coriander, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. A bit too much fruit cake to be my steady. (Gets better when blended with an APA like Dales).

F) The body is malty and rich. It twists into a spicy finish that's cleansing of the otherwise sweet cola like experience. But not sharp enough for me to be a real Belgian.

Too much caramel sweetness for me, slightly prefer their dryer Tripel or in strong ale Flying Fish "Grand Cru".

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,229 ratings
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