Abbey | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Belgian 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:
#7,131
Reviews:
810
Ratings:
2,318
pDev:
11.97%
 
 
Wants:
234
Gots:
397
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,318 |  Reviews: 810
Photo of Lingenbrau
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Damn this is beautiful. Perhaps a little dark, but it's a lovely blend of liquid chocolate, cherries, and caramel, clean looking with a creamy foamed off white cap that laces moderately.

To my surprise, the aroma fits quite well with it's appearance. There is plenty of dark fruits such as fig and cherry, along with some esters combined with chocolate, cinnamon, and clove. Overall, it is very inviting.

Fig and chocolate continue the theme, but there is a very pronounced roasted flavor to it. Almost nutty as well, and very spicy. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon once again.

It feels rich and full of character, yet still tingly and light enough to be dangerously easy to drink. Its balanced, and fruity, but the carbonation is strong enough to lift the spices up and over the tongue, giving this a earthy dry finish.

This is much better than I remember, and proof that some beers demand another chance, even if it is years later. I grabbed this in a mixed pack, and I'm sure glad I did. I plan on picking up a few more of those packs after tonight. Cheers!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - pretty dark auburn color with very slight head and some sticky lacing
Smell - malty dark but sweet fruit
Taste - just like the smell, slight molasses
Feel - medium body, light carb
Overall- really fantastic dubbel

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Photo of Danieljm
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours nice dark brown with nice creamy beige head which was persistent leaving nice lacing on the glass through the entire beer. Aroma is of roasted malts with a touch of molasses. Taste is nice rich malty flavor with a hint of rich fruty sweetness. The taste also has a lingering aftertaste of a light, but not overpowering molasses sweetness. Very good beer for cold winters.

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Photo of nodder
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbundang9
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tem3175
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aj21
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wxb1111
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Smells of alcohol. Smooth, crisp, and warm. Malty with dark fruity notes. Every bit of a dubbel but porter drinkers might like this one if you are looking to expand. This is a great underrated beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djembeist
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Smells of alcohol. Smooth, crisp, and warm. Malty with dark fruity notes. Every bit of a dubbel but porter drinkers might like this one if you are looking to expand. This is a sophisticated beer.

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Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bunnmi
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of YoungMtn52
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one a lot...complex malty and fruity flavors with a smooth finish and mild but ample carbonation and a nice alcohol kick. Check it out!

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Photo of steverx8
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tucson_brewson
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

L - Pours a dark, hazy mahogany with a reddish-amber tinge in certain lighting. About an inch of tan head that coats the edge of the glass and leaves noticeable lacing. Their website describes it as "billowing."

S - A very smoky and salty quality at first, reminiscent of a smoked porter. Some roasted malt, burnt sugar, caramel, cocoa, and dark fruit.

T - Similar to the nose, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and spice. There's a slight alcohol presence toward the end but finishes with a familiar biscuit malt flavor, that of Fat Tire.

M - Medium bodied, very low carbonation, smooth and creamy with a slightly sticky, dry mouthfeel to finish.

O - A pretty good Dubbel as I've not had many, but this is a nice winter warmer sipper. A good value as well for the higher ABV %. Would try this again maybe at a holiday gathering.

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Photo of dethklokworkorange
3.07/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle, had a nice big head and dark amber color. I tasted a very roasty malt flavor, and some fruity flavors. Seems like it had a peculiar and off-putting smell. But it does cover the alcohol remarkably well. First beer I've had from this style, and can't say I'm excited to try others.

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Photo of MisledTitan
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of VABA
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A hazy dark brown with a slight head and lacing. Aroma has roasted malt hints. Taste is a belgian ale style with fruit hints. A well made light Belgian style beer.

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Photo of golf4collet
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brocktune
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Abbey from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,318 ratings