Abbey Belgian Style Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
2,210 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
Ratings:
2,210
Reviews:
773
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.19%
 
 
Wants:
224
Gots:
341
For Trade:
1
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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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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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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 2,210 ratings.
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