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Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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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 car2052
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Belgian goblet. (Left in freezer a little too long)

A: Clear deep garnet, with a inch of light tan head.
S: Nice banana from the yeast, caramelization, dark sweet bread, slightly burnt aroma. A little vanilla too.
T: Reminds me of a sweet dark bread with a spice. A lot of caramel, raisin, vanilla, banana, and a whiff of bourbon/rum. Nice roasted malt.
M: Thick side of medium. Bitterness is low.
O: Great beer with a nice sweetness to it. I liked this better than the Ommegang. Easier-drinking.

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Photo of gmossii
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really wish I have tasted an actual Belgian Dubbel so I'd have a true benchmark of a Dubbel; however, I have to say that this is a very good beer. You can truly tell that there is a detailed blend of six different malts. It results in an incrediblely smooth beer that is almost like a malt ball in a glass. This is also a nice change to the IPA dominated market right now.

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

Dark copper color with a beige head.

Nose: Caramel malt, dried fruit, yeast, bread, resin and banana.
Taste: About the same as the aroma, dried fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, spice, cinnamon and bread.
Body: Medium, complex body with a beatiful softness. I really like this Dubbel!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 3/16/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 10 ounce pilsner glass.

Brew pours a dark amber in color with close to a 1-finger off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of spices and burnt brown sugar. Pretty much is said for the taste as with a hint of bready yeast with a light hint of floral hops also. Actually very smooth to drink with no bitter or hoppy finish. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, Fat Tire did a great job on this brew style.

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Photo of colingaiser
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into nonic pint glass...

L: A very attractive, transparent and light caramel-brown hue, with a sticky two-finger head.

S: A unique aroma with notes of burnt brown sugar, baking spices, some floral undertones (like a flower shop!), and lingering breadiness. Beautifully balanced.

T: Like the aroma, nice and complex -- the malt provides a warming, sweet booziness, and there's a spicy combo of pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. However, what's most surprising is the presence of the floral notes, like some kind of lingering lavender perfume. It's a taste that's admirable, yet it's not grabbing me.

F: A little thin, like a flat cola. There's a moderate amount of carbonation but the mouthfeel doesn't offer anything invigorating. Just fine.

O: I respect this beer more than I love it. There's a unique grab-bag of flavors and aromas here, but I think maybe the floral, perfume-like characteristics are a TAD too prominent. Overall though, a good, classy brew.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing American version of a Belgium beer. There is SO much that this beer gets right. The beer pours beautifully with at least a two finger head, it has a beautiful shade of redish brown liquid, and it has a GREAT mouth feel (it isn't watered down). It feels like an authentic Belgium beer (that costs about $6+ a bottle). This beer is priced perfectly, wow, so much bang for the buck! I can get it for $1.50 a bottle. It has 7% abv too! The alcohol is masked: you can feel the warmth of it but not really a taste of alcohol.

The taste is of malt, banana, bubble gum (you can taste it when you burp :-D ), pepper, and yeast.

This is one of the best bang for your buck beers in America. I'm in love with this stuff.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper pour with creamy clingy head. Aromas of caramel, bread, yeast, and esters. Flavor is somewhat alcoholic, with heavy malt presence balanced by delicate hops. Somewhat sweet finish has me sipping more...

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Photo of hokieguy95
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle in a snifter glass

Nice one finger head that quickly dissipates. Decent lacing but nothing to get overly excited about. Very clear reddish brown hues. No sign of Belgian yeast clumps. lighter in color than most Dubbels I've tried.

Wonderful strong nose with scents of cinnamon and dark fruits and a little banana creeping in. Belgian yeast is upfront and present.

Taste is all spicey up front cinnamon and peppery, with a hint of rumminess. Extremely fruity with a bit of warming alcohol on the finish. Very complex flavor.

mouthfeel is medium body and less dry than other Belgians I have sampled

One great American example of the Abbey/Trappiste style Dubbel. Being a Belgian fan, this is definitely a must try regularly. Now one of my go to Dubbel's.

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Photo of cellojon
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a large wine glass

Red-amber, pristinely clear, Foamy with good lacing

overripe fruit, bubblegum

That belgian yeasty flavor with a floral maltiness moves into not-overwhelming bitter on the sides of tongue together with a slight alcohol bite. Strong bread in the finish with the tartness hanging on a bit.

Initially sensation on the tongue is the carbonation, even before tasting. Crispy.

Overall: This one is definitely worth buying. Good beer for a good price.

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Photo of DeepBrew
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into chalice.

A: Dark amber color, clear. Medium-low foam, that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves behind some lacing.

S: Inviting spice and yeasty smell throughout.

T: Dark fruit and malt first, then spice and light bitter. The spice and bitter linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium with some creaminess. The booze creeps up toward the end.

O: Well executed dubbel, good and drinkable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with some ruby highlights and a small off white head of fizzy foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a nice big fruity smell of a darker fruit nature, with plenty of raisin, plum, and some cherry. Along with these aromas are a nice blend of a yeasty smell as well as some aromas of a more roasted malt smell with some aromas of a coriander and clove mixed in along side. A little bit of a boozy smell is there as well, creating a nice fruity and warming dubbel aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a good dark fruit flavor of raisin and plum predominantly, with some lighter hints of cherry as well. Along with the fruit there is a little bit of a roasted taste as well as a very light boozy flavor. As the taste advances, the booziness increases all while fruitiness decays a little bit. At the same time, some yeast and spice of coriander and clove and a hint of banana and bubblegum come to the tongue. Some boozy tastes and a resurgence of the dark fruit occur at the end, leaving one with a fruity and warming dubbel flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the mix of fruity, yeasty, and boozy flavor of the brew, the feel is rather nice and does a good job of balancing the booze with the sweet fruit, making for a good moderate pace drinking dubbel.

Overall – A rather nice Abbey style ale overall with a nice drinkability and a good blend of fruit, booze, and yeasty spice. A rather well done dubbel that is quite nicely priced. A good go to dubbel style ale.

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Photo of 2beersaday-stronglikebull
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark Amber like honey with creamy head and moderate lacing, smells fantastic, like banana bread. Taste clove, banana candy, breads. Mouthfeel carbonated, faint stickiness. Overall, I really enjoyed this, would go great with a bananas foster dessert.

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Photo of scootny
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly clear light red brown. Light tan head of decent size. Spots and streaks here and there. Clumps of yeast in the bottom of my glass. Nose is sublime. Lots of banana, dark fruits, sugary malted toffee. A boot of alcohol and pepper spice. Taste continues the excellent nose. Toffee flavored malt front. Figs and raisins flow next. Herbaceous biting bitterness gives a bit of a jolt but it works so well. A light coffee lingers with mocha notes as it fades to hops. Feel is to notch. Full and smooth with a creamy carbonation. Not a session ale but quite easy drinking. A superb dubbel period. Love this one.

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Photo of Johyka
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured into a pint glass, decent head (poured it too lightly) with a good amount of lacing. Very sticky lace, clings on for dear life! Color is dark brown, little bit of amber and gold, seeing a tinge of sienna maybe?

S: Delicious. Like a frozen banana mixed with caramel, with a handful of raisins. Just enough sweetness to make my mouth water.

T: Smoky, caramel, lots of candied banana (Laffy Taffy-esque). A good amount of bread, but very candy-like. Fantastic taste... But has a very slightly bitter, medicinal, finish.

F: Very smooth, hit of carbonation at the front of the palate and smooths out in the middle and end.

Overall: Very nice, smooth beer to drink on a cold night in Colorado. Smells fantastic, looks like a BEER, and it tastes too good to be mass produced from New Belgium. I love it, and will drink it until the springtime comes around!

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

A beautiful deep, dark golden-brown. Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles. Nice tan head with pretty nice lacing. Aroma is of fresh baked muffins, with hints of banana and candy. I am not a huge fan, nor an expert on this style of beer, but I will have to say, this is one nice brew. Taste is spectacular with fresh baked pastry and sweet malt notes. I also get some banana and molasses also. Feels, light on the palate with some minor alcohol twang, but that's ok, this is a nice beer and very drinkable !

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Photo of Pantalones
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second (and unfortunately, last) bottle of this from the Folly pack I picked up earlier. Poured into a standard pint glass, probably a bit quicker than I should have since the head came thiiiiis close to overflowing! Still managed to fit almost all of the beer in the glass... but just barely, there was a lot of head on this one.

Color is a nice dark brown, with a light tan head. With the help of a light I can see little bubbles streaming up from the bottom, though it's dark enough that I can't make them out without any extra light. I can actually hear the fizzing of bubbles, even a couple minutes after the beer is poured when the head is starting to shrink away a bit. Head shrinks into more of a thin "coating" on top after a while, but doesn't ever vanish entirely. As I drink more of the beer, wide bubbly trails are left behind on the inside of the glass. To put it simply, this is a very nice-looking beer.

Smells... good! Not in a "this is regular beer, but it's a good one" sort of way, but in a way that reminds me more of banana bread. Dark toasty banana bread. Actually, nearing the end of the glass I noticed just a bit of a coffee-like smell too. I don't drink coffee, but I do think some of it smells pretty nice, so there's another plus for tnis one there.

Taste is mostly toasty and bready to start with, but there's definitely a lot of banana-like flavor in there too. The banana seems to be kicking in earlier this time compared to the first one I had. There's also another interesting sweet flavor (or two?) that pops up sometimes; reminds me of tropical fruit flavored bubblegum or cotton candy or a mixture of the two. But interestingly, it never seems overly sweet to me. It's like... sweet flavors but without the "feeling" of sweetness, if that makes any sense. Also, it makes my burps taste like banana bread.

...And for the first time I think I'm starting to "get" the concept of mouthfeel. This feels both substantial and easy to drink all at once, somehow. It's not watery-feeling but at the same time there's no harsh fizziness or any other weird feelings, just a very slight warmth sometimes (from the 7% alcohol, I assume.) It's a beer I drink slow because I want to taste it for as long as possible, not because going faster would be unpleasant.

Basically... I can't think of anything I don't like about this beer. I don't believe in "perfect" (hence my unwillingness to hand out 5's...) and I'm sure I'll probably find beers I like more eventually, but this is one of the few beers that's really *amazed* me so far--and even better than that, it was still amazing the second time I had it! I look forward to trying more of the darker Belgian-style ales (and having this one again!) in the future.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper almost brown color with a thick head that dissipates to ring like lace. Great aroma! Maple syrup, bannanas, a boozy liqueur like feel and even a hint of coffee. Taste is fruity, malty sweet and with a dry boozy finish. Good feel. Lively carbonation that settles as the drink warms. This is my first foray into New Belgium Brewing co. and am thus far impressed. A good interpretation of Belgian Dubbel!

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Photo of Kastler
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Excellent Dubbel. Strong, dark and flavorful.
I love the belgian malt aroma and taste. The subtle yeast flavor gives it that classic dubbel feel. Definitely my favorite of the New Belgium brews.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Dark, murky brown with a reddish tinge. 2 finger head recedes to a foamy cap pretty fast, leaves some lacing here and there. Upon close inspection one notices little offwhite floaties in suspension.

Smell - Definitely all about that Belgian yeast, but in a light and refreshing way: fruity and spicy banana/clove action. This sounds weird, but getting kind of a "fishy" scent, but not in a bad way... More like ocean water and the beach.

Taste - Belgiany goodness right up front : yeasty candied dark fruits, a touch of bubblegum and banana, spicy with clove and other subtle spice notes, that strangely good ocean character takes on clean mineral water qualities, alcohol very well hidden, toasty sweet bready malts peek in towards the wonderfully dry finish.

Feel - Crisp, smooth, and creamy for its ABV. Carbonation is gentle yet ample. Medium-full body feels quite light and drinkable.

Overall - A wonderfully complex, tasty, drinkable dubbel - and what a bargain! New Belgian never ceases to amaze by putting out delicious, flavorful, year-round beers like this at amazing prices. $6.99 sixpacks of an outstanding dubbel? C'mon, man... That's unheard of.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent Belgian-style beer. Fast moving up my list of beers I'll seek out at the store. Very tasty dubbel, not too heavy, and available year-round. What's not to like?

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

This one has been staring me in the face every time I open my fridge. I said enough's enough. Time to review this sucka!

Serving style : 12 oz classic New Belgium Bottle poured into clear glass for appearance

Appearance (4.75) : Massive head. Like four fingers. Impressive, yo. Dense copper red body. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. (I'm counting five rings at the end of the review.) The head just stays for days. I mean it. Floats frothy on top and won't go away. I have to give this beer props for appearance.

Smell (4.5) : Very fruity. Clean water. Heavy on banana and cinnamon. Some extra spice. Plums, figs, more cinnamon. Slight, slight booze. Smells just like my wife's fruit salad. Lovely.

Taste (4.25) : Delicious. Delicious with an alcoholic bite. A fresh carbonated zip gives way to pineapple, banana, and raisin. A lot like drinking a cinnamon fruit salad. I love it. A tiny sour and yeasty malt character clashes just a bit but nothing overwhelming. If it wasn't there, it wouldn't be beer. A spiced banana flavor with cinnamon and cloves. Banana bread finish. Fruity hops. Hints of figs and raisin. Zippy. Delectable.

Mouthfeel (4) : Light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated, rich, a little prickly, and then smooth. Slight sour bitter on the finish but nothing cloying or otherwise offensive. Finishes sappy, dry. Excellent.

Overall (4.28) : I've actually tried this with ice cream. Apart from the slight alcohol off-taste, it makes a good float. Not kidding! I'm having a fantastic night with beers. This beer rocks my world. Abbey is worth a serious look. Thoroughly impressed here. I'm totally in a good mood now. See what great beer does to a man?

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium to dark amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light tan head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark and toasted malts with some dark fruits (plums/figs) and moderate to strong aromas of candi sugar. Light notes of spices as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark and toasted malts with a moderate amount of caramel + toffee sweetness and some light to moderate flavors of dark fruits (plums/figs). There are light to moderate flavors of candi sugar with light notes of cocoa and spices from the yeast.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of creaminess initially with a touch of spicy drying in the finish.

O: A very nice example of the style with really nice complexity of aromas/flavors without a lot of associated sweetness. Easy to drink and enjoy though this is much more of a sipping beer than a session beer.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured out dark maroon/basically brown in color (little red tint in the light) with a nice three-finger white head with good retention and some really nice lacing.

Smell is of nice Belgian yeast, bananas, the usual spices (I don't know what they are), and basically some really nice sweetness that we all know and love in this type of beer.

Taste is much like the nose although the yeast and spices are more prominent than the bananas but they are still there to light up this beer.

Mouthfeel is semi-thin/thick for the style as it should be. Not thick like a stout but thicker for the style due to the carbonation

Overall I really like Belgians and Belgian style beers and after steering away from this beer for a while I found it is really good and pretty darn close to style. Not sure what could be improved here. Just a really nice American take on the style to be sure.

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Photo of TangoMike
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet/chalice. Color is right on the money as it is a dark reddish amber. I thought the head was a little thin, and it didn't persist as long as I thought it should. It may be slightly under carbonated, and if I were to grade it down in one area in particular it would be mouthfeel. That said, it is very clear (don't think this beer is bottle-conditioned) and is in the right ballpark as far as the complexity of flavor you would expect from a Belgian Dubbel (raisin, clove spiciness, etc.). It leaves scattered lacing on the side of the glass. Maybe the slightest taste of alcohol but very subtle. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and will come back to it again (it was half the price of a Chimay Red 4-pack which, while superior, is not an everyday beer).

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper body with good head and lace ring along with an aroma of dark fruits and hints of caramel/candi sugar malt sweetness and touches of spice. Rather light bodied, maybe medium, with a smoothness that belies the dark fruit and sweet tastes b/c there are some raisins and figs in here, possible other fruits like tropical but can't get a handle on them, but there is also a great underlying sweetness to this beer that I can only describe as really sweet (caramel, the figs, toffee, candi sugar, sweet fruit...just can't pinpoint it). A rather light and easy to drink Belgian style ale that is quite enjoyable.

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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