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Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
4.01/5
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2,241 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:
#3,484
Reviews:
779
Ratings:
2,241
pDev:
12.22%
Bros Score:
4.49
 
 
Wants:
229
Gots:
358
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,241 |  Reviews: 779
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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Photo of mike22ne
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrancisM12
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque color with a slight oft-tan head. Scents of apricots, apples, and pears on the nose. Many of New Belgian beers have a similar aroma which is slowly becoming classical. Quick dashes of Belgian candy on the front, with those same apricot and apple producing a nice sweet not cloying tastes. Washes down smoothly with very little aftertaste and some caramel and chocolate comes through also. Extremely drinkable and the alcohol is barely noticeable, if at all. I would not rate it better than some Belgian greats but not lagging that far behind.

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Photo of mikr
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Tulip, nice 2 finger tan creamy head, hangs around a while and gives off good lacing. Looks brownish amber in the glass. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt and some raisin, the sweetness on the nose reminds me of burnt sugar/molasses. Taste sweet malt on the front, leads in to the raisin, prune, slight bit of clove. Nice mouthfeel, and hides the ABV very good. I can't believe I have gone this long without trying this beer. Spur of the moment purchase, not regretting drinking the other 5. Next six pack NB Trippel

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

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

Photo of Tbulling
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a very dark brown with decent foamy head and lacing. Smells of some molasses, wheat, fruit, and chocolate undertones. Taste is a roasted coffee feel with some fruit mixed in and little bit of malt and a bitter finish. Overall a nice beer but a unique mix of flavors for an Abbey style, I would almost think of this as a hybrid version not typical by any means. Overall I liked it a lot, had a complex mix of flavors and was easy to drink.

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Photo of pat_mcd19
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dacubz
4.93/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KEH
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The NB Abbey Ale quickly became one of my favorite standby brews ever since they revamped the recipe. The original had too much of that artificial banana flavor going on. The new version, however, got rid of it (and also boosted the ABV!) A six pack runs under $10 at local grocery stores here, so the quality you get for the money really helps this brew stand out. Sure, I prefer imported Belgian ales, but imports are hard to come by in the UP. I'll gladly drink this up!

Pour: Deep reddish brown with a tan head
Aroma: Yeasty and malty
Flavor: Roasted malt, caramel, and a bit sweet

Typically enjoyed from a 12oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

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Photo of ControlVolume
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of NBs best shelf beers

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,241 ratings
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