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 | website

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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date of October 05, 2014 printed on the label. A new beer to me from New Belgium, acquired as part of the winter folly pack.

Poured into a Coca-Cola goblet / chalice.

A - Pours a ruby-ish plum colored body with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Very nice head retention and nice big sheets of white lacing.

S - Huge banana on the nose. It's hard for me to get past it. Some funky Belgian yeast detectable, candied sugars, brown breadiness / malt, clove spice, some other dark fruity notes like prune or fig. Alcohol fumes noticeable.

T - Taste follows the nose - lots of big banana, mild hints of roast / char, brown bread, mild nuttiness, and clove spice. Fairly traditional in it's approach, which is a good thing for a bigger brewery like New Belgium, and it hits it's mark, I'd say.

M - Feel is extremely smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with good, slightly prickly, slightly filling carbonation. Lightly sticky on the finish. Some lingering banana.

Overall, while these aren't my favorite style to begin with, this was a nice effort from New Belgium. Like others have said, it is nicely authenticated for being as widely available as it is.

New Belgium Abbey Belgian Style Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best before: "03Aug14." 7% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with simple appealing label art and iconic red/orange branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local grocery store and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 90 rating as well as the brewery, whose Trippel [sic] I quite like. Reviewed as a dubbel since the label's description identifies it as such.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of pale khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a nice soft complexion. Even smooth consistency. Head retention is pretty good for the above average ABV - about 4-5 minutes. Nice albeit inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. It's a supple appealing head overall.

Body colour is a dark translucent semitransparent amber of average vibrance. Clean; no floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for a dubbel and I'm looking forward to the first sip, but it doesn't hold a candle to the appearances of the best traditional beers in the style.

Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Has a definite Belgian yeast vibe. Candi sugar, plum, prune, Belgian amber malts, lovely banana notes, cream, and light bready malts. It's pretty impressive for a dubbel at this price point; I'm surprised. Definitely fits into style conventions.

No hop profile, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

A pleasant, inviting aroma of mild strength. Really solid for a dubbel. I'm craving the first sip. The subtle banana and luscious plum notes are simply fantastic.

Mf/T: Has a lovely creamy texture with an aptly medium body and comforting feel on the palate. Well-carbonated, with apt thickness and weight. Soft, smooth, and wet without feeling weak. Has good overall presence on the palate and the texture suits the taste quite well. Supple and almost refreshing. Very approachable.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Banana and plum dominate this surprisingly well-balanced flavour profile. The malty core is a great complement to the more refined notes, offering Belgian amber and brown malts alongside some light bready character and subtly integrated caramel. Has unexpected subtlety and some fair complexity, but in terms of complexity and intricacy relative to traditional examples of the style, it's lackluster.

Still, for a dubbel at this price point which is so widely available, I'm taken aback by its quality. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Build is cohesive but not gestalt.

Dr: Very drinkable; I'll have no trouble finishing this bottle and I look forward to doing so. Hides its ABV pretty well. A surprisingly good seasonal brew from New Belgium that I'll look forward to picking up again in the future. Probably the best widely available U.S.-brewed example of the style. Well worth trying. Amongst New Belgium's finest mainstream efforts - right up there with Trippel [sic].

Borderline B-/B

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

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of lite khaki foam, color is a translucent and brilliant amber orange/red, dwindles to a broken cap that leaves webbed lacing that covers the glass.

Smell - Big banana nose, belgian yeast, light clove and nutmeg, and a whiff of sweet vanilla

Taste - Very much like the nose, starts with really big banana esters and sweet yeasty wheat bread, almost immediately followed with belgian spiciness of nutmeg and light clove, I get some faint pears and white grape as as you swallow, with some sour pear and white pepper long into the finish. As this warms I almost get a slight amaretto flavor in the back with some very light heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, smooth silky carb that finishes with some nice edges that accentuate the slightly tart and dry/slightly chalky finish.

Overall - This is a pretty solid belgian that has bod flavors of banana, yeast, spices and pear and white grape. Really nicely complex and balanced, and a pretty impressive offering from New Belgium. Take your time with this one and enjoy the flavors that build and transition as it warms up a bit, recommend, and great price point.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says 05OCT14.

A- Pours a dark reddish amber color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before sinking down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Very sweet aroma of Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Lots of phenols and some clove notes plus some vanilla bean.

T- Taste is a little less exciting with more candi sugar and some bready malt. Smooth and flavorful and the alcohol is nicely concealed. Not as sweet as the aroma leads on.

M- Tangy and somewhat dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A pretty tasty dubbel which is saying something since it's hard for me to greatly appreciate the style.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a new belgium globe. Best by date is ovtober 2014. Pours a deep amber red. With a thick, lumpy two finger head that continues to slowly build from the bottom. Lots of carbonation visible if you look closely. Tons of lacing sticking on the glass.

Smell: Strong belgian yeast aroma. Bananas, phenolic, spices, clove. Very nice.

Taste: Bananas, clove, belgian spices and a touch of alcohol come together nicely.

Mouthfeel: Quite a bit of carbonation but body is a bit thin.

Overall, one of my favorite year round offerings from new belgium.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for Folly variety 12-pack
Purchased: Dec. 30, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 30, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a reddish amber clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of frothy khaki cream head. Almost poured the head over the top. Lots of bubbles coming up. Layered foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled bananas, cloves, Circus Peanuts, Belgian spices, kiwi and green grapes. Very nice on the nose.

Tasted wet bananas, cloves, apples, Belgian spices, peppery spices, faint Circus Peanuts, sour kiwi, pears and grapes.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Smooth finish.

Just a really great beer. I would definitely have it again. The only surprise is that it took me this long to try one. Nice.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am immediately reminded of the new Belgium trippel I had earlier today. Both of these beers have a huge Belgian yeast presence adding fruitiness to the beer. Unlike its brother Abbey doesn't have much tartness at all. The malt body reminds me of a dopple bock (makes sense seeing as this a Belgian dubbel) a lot of specialty grains went into the mash for this. Chocolate and sweet sugars are very prevalent. This is really smooth and drinkable especially for 7% abv. All the flavors come through cleanly and in full force. The hop presence is negligible.

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Photo of kenyattabush
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my first Abbey, it's great ale with lots of body. After my first sip, i thought that this was a typical ale, but after about three swallows, the flavor exploded and I immediately fell in love with this beer.I thoroughly enjoyed this drink. I highly recommend.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abbey Belgian Style Ale
New Belgium Brewing, Colorado
---from bottle to chalice---

Nice reddish/brown copper, three fingers of off white head, decent lacing. Pours beautifully.

Bananas, peppery, sweet bread, a touch of alcohol runs through – but not to its detriment.

Bananas come through, spicey clove, bready. Warming alcohol, which again, is not a bad thing with this beer.

Medium body, well carbonated, very drinkable, chewy vanilla malt comes out toward end of beer. Finishes dry.

Great beer. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this beer. Vast array of flavors and aromas make this beer fascinating; presence of alcohol is alluring… this beer evolves as you drink it.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance 2.75: Light brown initial pour faded to deep walnut as the glass filled. Just looked cheap to me until the glass was full. Fizzy CO2 head that did not rise above 1/4" and quickly faded into nothing. BIG letdown from the past few dubbels I have tried.

Smell 4.0: Pleasant and refreshing after the letdown regarding the pour. Malt forward notes with nice hints of spicy Belgian yeast. Subdued and balanced.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet, with hints of noble hops and smoked grains. Middle is dry with some notes of the Belgian yeast. Finish is pleasant with a nice barley sweetness, Belgian spiciness, very slight smoked grains flavor and a cloying dry grass flavor. Aftertaste is short and features more of the Belgian yeast elements.

Mouthfeel 3.0: Mouthfeel was just OK. Dubbels have a silky, smooth character that this brew misses out on completely. However, rather than mark them down on the standard, I think that the mouthfeel of the current brew does not accentuate the beer but does not negatively impact the enjoyment of it. Thus, my neutral rating.

Overall 3.25: Better than OK. That's the best way to describe it. This brew has a very nice nose, a far better than average taste, but the other elements...that's where the MACRO is obvious and throws the average score of the beer off. Appearance and mouthfeel were strictly amateur. Sorry to be so harsh, but those are the breaks.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out fairly dark brown but still clear to some extent. Not dark brown. But had a tiny half-finger head. I think the head was fairly white but missed it looking at the color of the beer. If I had to make an educated guess it was white with just a tiny tinge of brown. Smell is definitely Belgian sweetness that I haven't smelled in a while. Been a while since I drank Belgians. Really sweet, banana, yeasty smell that is just heaven to the nose. Maybe it's just cause I haven't drank a Belgian lately but just smells amazing. Taste is much like the nose. Definate Belgian yeasty taste like bananas and cloves. REALLY tasty. Mouthfeel is a lighter medium and definitely fits the style. Overall I am really surprised how much I like this beer. Just got a mixed 12er for session beer tonight and thought I'd give this a try. Glad I did because of this beer.

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Photo of zac16125
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into chalice
Best before:24Sept14

A: Dark copper with amber hues, less than 1/2 fingers width of light tan head. Head dissipates quickly, leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Yeasty, sweet, clove, doughy, sweet bread.

T: Darker malt flavors are the first thing I get, and I didnt get them in the aroma. Cocoa, roasted malt, lots of spice, black pepper, a touch of bitterness. Its not my favorite flavor profile for the style, but the flavors are very strong so it gets bonus points.

M/D: Moderate to heavy carbonation, light body. I would prefect a heavier mouthfeel. Drinkability is average.

O: Overall, a nice beer. Nothing special, but certainly worthy of a drink.

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Photo of tmm313
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brownish red with creamy 1.5 finger head. Excellent lacing and trailing. Dissipated into thick ring with the biggest bubbles I've ever seen in a head.
S- Big banana, coriander, clove, caramel, yeast, and a little cherry.
T- Follows the nose pretty closely with the addition of a dry, peppery finish.
M- Medium body with light, semi aggressive, carbonation. Drying with banana aftertaste.
O- I enjoyed this beer. The flavors and aromas were very well balanced. I'm not a hug fan of the style, but if I were, I would probably buy this from time to time.

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

I have always enjoyed the New Belgium beers and the Abbey (along with the Trippel) is my favorite of their regular line-up. It pours a deep transparent amber with a decent creamy head and a generous amount of carbonation. The aroma hits you instantly with the sweet Belgian yeast that follows through to the taste. There are also hints of banana, caramel, and fruity malt in the smooth full bodied mouthfeel. There is definitely a lot going on in this complex and well balanced beer especially for a regular offering from a brewer.

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

Served from the bottle into a goblet.

A- Poured a murky reddish brown color with big fulffy off-white head with big bubbles that left webbed lacing.

S- Big banana, clove, sunscreen lotion scent, honey, spicy yeast notes, and black cherry.

T- Big spicy yeast notes, clove, banana, honey sweetness, bready, black cherry, and light raisin notes.

M- Medium body, soft carbonation, dry,

O- Great balance of sweet malts and spicy yeast notes. A very flavorful and affordable Abbey style ale.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-deep amber or mohogany color with an off large off white head that laces the glass heavy
S-bubble gum, banana with a nice touch of spice
A-spice and banana with a sweet caramel malt with a warming, pepper like aftertaste that also gives you a little roasted taste that turns into a dry finish
M-very creamy with medium body
O-this was a complex beer that has many things going on. As the beer warms it seems to bring more flavors

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six of this tonight - not my first time. Poured into a goblet very much resembling the ones on the packaging. Just under an inch of head, on the first pour; majestic inch and a half on the second with good retention. It is a rusty brown clarified ale. Huge banana, spice, light barnyard-funk on the nose. Tastes like bubblegum, banana, spice, and earthy. The mouthfeel is medium leaning towards the heavier end, carbonation is light but not wimpy, and a slight bitterness is present on the back end.

One of the beers that got me into craft, I must say, and still so enjoyable. I'd recommend this to anyone that likes dubbels and Belgian styles.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A very pretty deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a single finger light tan head that dissolves into a coating. A great looking beer, the color is awesome!

S: Banana and clove from the Belgian yeast are big and bold up front. A little bubblegum, raisin and sweet bready malts are also present. Exactly what I'd expect from an Abbey Dubbel.

T: Very malty with the banana and clove flavors that dominated the aroma. Some toasted bread from the malt and a little black peppercorn at the end.

M: Medium body but creamy in texture with a slightly dry finish. Carbonation is moderately high and this beer goes down easy. A touch of alcohol bite as the beer warms but it's not harsh.

O: A very good take on the style, New Belgium was going for authentic with "Abbey" and they've succeeded in my opinion. I think it hits all of the right notes in terms of aroma and flavor for the style. Is it the best Dubbel I've ever had, no but it's one of the better examples outside of Belgium without a doubt. New Belgium is new to Delaware and from the handful of their brews that I've tried, this has been the best one.

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Photo of watermelon
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, then transferred to a brandy snifter. Date on the bottle says February 9th 2014.

A: Rich mahogany color. With a light tan two finger head that left a nice cap on top as well as ample lacing.

S: Banana is the dominate scent. Dark fruit prevail. sweet malts as well as bread and clove is also persistent. One of the best smelling beers ive tried.

T: Sweet candy malt. Banana and cloves Bubble gum aftertaste.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel. In my opinion it could use a bit less carbonation and a little more body. Slight alcohol burn was noticeable as this warmed up.

O: This is one of the best beers ive had by New Belgium. I almost always have a few in the fridge. I find this to be a great beer for friends who may be new to craft beer, its got a solid ABV and is really delicious. I paired this with cheesecake and the two couldn't have gone better together. This is an absolute must try

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan with a 1/2 inch creamy head. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet caramel malts, Belgian yeasts. Lots of spices, butter, toffee, brown sugar and molasses. A little of the classic dubbel cherry and raisin aroma also comes out near the finish.

Taste - This ale starts out with a nice mix of malts, spices and a mix of sweet cherries, and tart grapes. Malts have a nice toasty/buttery flavor and works well with the Belgian yeasts. Raisin and plum are the featured dark bold fruit flavor present in each sip. Near the finish, a nice sweet sugar/spice flavor rounds out this impressive ale.

Mouthfeel - Malts and sweet yeasts coat the tongue. The palate gets a lot of sugars, dark fruits and spices. The aftertaste is malty, spicey and a little tart.

Overall - Excellent beer. Balanced, smooth yet high flavored and easy to drink. Seriously you can put this American brewed ale right up against any Belgian brewed dubbel and it will hold its own. A pleasure to drink and worth seeking out.

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Photo of lancecenter
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Ruby brown with a bulging head. Lots of retention and sick lacing.

S - Super heavy on bananas followed by phenols, plums, and pepper.

T/M - The taste follows the nose with a little warming alcohol at the end. The mouthfeel is underwhelming and a bit on the watery side.

O - Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer. I just prefer my dark Belgians to have more of a dark fruit character to them and I just don't find that here. Also, would I buy it again? Probably not.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Belgian ale now thats the stuff.

Apperance is ruby red and amber with an off white head.

Smell is decent with spicy notes and yeasty not much on hops

Taste is amazing with initial spice and then deep malt flavor with slight bitter. Notes ofd dark fruit

Mouthfeel is pleasent and carbonated well

Overall this could be a daily drinker!

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

Pours a nice mahogany with noticeable carbonation, an amber-tinged head and plenty of lacing. Smells of complex malt, nice, but not something I seek out. The taste is really nice, even on a hot day this tastes good! This will be a great late Fall brew or after a day on the slopes. I'm not a Belgian Ale drinker, but this is a nicely done beer!

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful mahogany color that allows some light through, providing some reddish hues. The beer is capped with a finger of off-white foam for a head that quickly dissipated into a thin halo of foam that gripped the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic. Malty but very fruity too. Lots of dried fruit, such as cherries and plums, and dark bread and leather. Caramel and toffee appear too, and the Belgian yeast is very pronounced.

Taste: Malty, fruity, yeasty, and alcoholicy. Very characteristic to the dubbel style, with lots of depth of flavor and complexity. Maltforward, like freshly baked bread, followed quickly by the dried fruit and caramel notes. I taste some slightly sour cherries and plums and raisins, that’s balanced by the sweetness of the caramel notes. The beer finishes by the slight sour notes of Belgian yeast, that lasts for quite the long while. Damn good beer. One of the best American examples that I’ve had in fact.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thick, chewy. There’s some good carbonation to coat the mouth, but it isn’t at all cloying. Finally, even though the beer only clocks in at 7% ABU, there’s quite the alcohol finish that provides a good warming/tingle on the tongue.

Overall: Another damn good beer from New Belgium. It’s good to see that the brewery, while following the path blazed by a lot of the California and Oregon breweries with multiple IPAs and numerous other hop-forward beers, that when they turn back to their Belgium-inspired beers, they can still produce some of the best in the country. I love this dubbel!

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Photo of BSDA
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely ruby-mahogany color in a 16oz glass bell mug with a mid-range opacity. The head rose to a single finger, and as I drank, raced down a trail of departure to fine lacey candy on the side of the glass. Low visible carbonation, but easily revived by a small swig and swish in the mouth, more on that later.

Smell is complex, slices of warm banana on toasted bread. Caramel sugars abound. Need I say more?

Taste is full of those tell-tale bananas and darker candied fruits, possibly figs or plums. Lingers heavy on the center of the tongue with the caramel.

Lends a bit of alcohol bite to the general smooth feel of other darker Belgian ales, froths a little at the corners of the mouth. Feels very soft and lingers heavy on the center palate, as well as tingling the gums if you give them a pass. Swishing the beer once or twice among the teeth and lips gives a nice revival to the low carbonation, leaving the thicker candies to sit on the gums and tease the edges of the tongue, waiting for the next taste. The feeling of this beer is delightfully rich without the cream filling of darker ales like Chimay G.R., etc.

Overall a great beer for after a modest meal. 3 of these after-eats will put you in bed sooner than you expected, unless you are used to dubbels and trippels. Keep it coming, New Belgium Brewery!

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.
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