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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-02-2002

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Photo of aquatonex
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderfully interesting US made Belgian ale...

Pours deep brown with a small head. Good amount of carbonation. Caramel malts and a sniff of alcohol in the nose. Taste is much more interseting though! Starts with the creamy sweet malt, gets a little bitter from the alcohol and some mild hops. Then, comes fruity (banana) notes at the end, leaving you wanting more. A good, interesting beer.

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Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice orangy brown with a fluffy tan head, though it didn't stick around long

well carbonated and nicely dry. suprising banana and clove make themselves quickly apparent (this brew actually reminds me of a dunkelweizen i once brewed), with a nice, fruity, belgian yeastiness. though an abv of 7% is starting to get up there, the beer had no noticeable alcohol taste

good pick by my pops. too bad we left the rest of the sixer with relatives in dallas!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/05/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Pours a nice cloudy amber color. A nice inch head and great lacing. The only thing that kept this from getting a 5 was those cool little galaxy looking circles that form in good belguins.

Smell- Nice scents that include caramel and some fruityness. Maybe dates and raisins.

Taste- Nice malty and sweet fruity flavor. At first it seems very sweet, but when it hits the back of your tongue and goes down it is less sweet.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth going down. Can't really sence the alcohol. Nice carbonation level.

Drinkability- New Belgium does a terrific job with their beers. I haven't had any abbey style beers made in the US that come as close as they do to hitting the bullseye. Nice beer that anyone should give a try if they like this style.

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Photo of Troyone
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a 12 oz. bottle, pours a root beer color with a two inch head that dissipates to 1/4 inch.
The smell is malty sweet with caramel flavors.
The taste is a dark malty caramel with limited carbonation that goes down with a cabonated feel.
The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy with evidence of carbonation but not to bad.
Drinkability is good the dark malty feel combined with the carbonation will certainly not grant this a session beer.

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Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly malty with hints of banana and clove. The flavor is a little sweet, but nice and malty and has a nice subtle spice from the yeast. The alcohol is slightly apparent. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is good. Nice beer.

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Photo of Rio
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice brown color with a bit of an off-white head and nice lacing. Sweet smell of fruit, plum seems to come to the top for me.

Malty tastes of fruit heavy in this one, with a bit of the alcohol showing through in the taste. A bit dry, and finishes with a bit of a bitterness.

Very drinkable, and a nice shot at a Belgian style by an American brewer. While it doesn't measure up exactly to a true Dubble (IMNSHO), I imagine it makes a nice entry point to the style for the uninitiated.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is poured into a duvel tulip. The beer departs the bottle a brownish amber color with a very nice head, about 3 fingers, that falls to a finger over the head. The nose is some caramel covered banana, maybe a hint of cherry in there as well. Overall, its nice. The flavor is nice as well. The alcohol is a bit too aparent for me, but there is a subdued hint of banana, dominated by caramel and some roasted, somewhat nutty/earthy tones. Feel on this one is just moderate. Drinkability is not all that bad. This is a decent beer, and I would probably drink it again. Not a bad beer.

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

A mahogany color, transparent with lots of light co2. The head is full and off-white with a sticky lace. Aroma is of bread, bananas, caramel, and lightly metallic. Flavor is sweet and malty, and tart with some bananas -- slightly acerbic. Finish has a slow on-the-uptake bite. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and creamy with an acidic middle and a light hop finish. One of the better American, Belgian style beers I have sampled. A well-balanced interpretation of the style and defiantly more Belgian than Fat Tire.

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Photo of babydoc
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle dated Jun05- Maybe I'm drinking it a little young. Pours into a snifter (no chalice), a deep clear mahogany, with an ecru two-finger head that persists nicely. Nose is molasses, malt, and fruit... banana and prunes? Tastes fruity and malty,with plum and grape nuances. Moderate to light carbonation, nice mouthfeel and finish. Some subtle spices in the close, with fruit and molasses in the finish. Very drinkable. I'll set some aside and try in several months to a year.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep ruby copper with a gorgeously frothy head and lacing.

Rich, candied sugar leaves its track all over this beer.

The nose was like mulled cider with wildly Duvelian astringent carbonation, puckering the otherwise overwhelming sweetness. A toasty grain is the highway of this beer on which we ride the politely coherent hoppiness on-top of the warm smoothness of candied sugar and high gravity malts.

Alcohol is nowhere to be found here, except for in your brain as you polish off two of these A+ domestic examples of the style.

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Photo of rastaman
2.42/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. sweet candy sugar apple, brown sugar. This is a joke right? Poor effort, this isn’t a double. And despite some Belgian yeasty flavour (minimal), it doesn't even taste true to the Belgian style, just sweet, flat and dull. Quite sticky and one dimensional. Very dissapointing.

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Photo of zacharius
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an dark amber almost brown ale with a tight bubbled head sitting on top. Belgian lace on the sides of my glass. Intense smell of sweet candi sugar, spicy and fruitty yeast esters. Taste is esters of banana, pepper and spice. Has a sweet taste to it and you can taste the alcohol as well. Nice and thick bodied beer has a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initially thin with a gradual increase in body that displays, with meticulous detail, subtle, grainy, just barely phenolic Belgian yeast and dry, dusty cocoa. Hints of chocolate-covered frozen banana. Elegant, grassy hops in perfect proportion to the malt that brings out clean, full alcohol.

Ultimately hard to believe this wasn't made in Belgium.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish-brown, almost black color with about half a finger of head. There is only minimal lacing. The smell is malty with some sweet fruit like plum and grape, and a bit of a bready aroma. The taste is also malty. It's sweet at first, with plum and currant fruits coming through. In the middle you get a little bit of the yeast flavor in there. The finish has just a hint of roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong, yet smooth on the tongue. The drinkability is great for a 7% dubbel. A nice treat from New Belgium!

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Photo of Doppel07
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gorgeous ruby bronze body with loads of floating yeast and a rocky beige head. Aroma of allspice, nutmeg, figs, apples, leathery yeast, and pepper. So far so good. Flavor of dark fruits including plums and cassis. Slightly sour. Palate lacks expected richness. Good but not great like the previews (appearance and aroma) lead you to believe.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice redish brown. Into my Belgian glass it came with a two inch head. Goes down into a nice lace eventually. The taste is full with wonderful spicy Belgian yeast esters. This beer can stand up with all of the very good Belgian beers. For what it is trying to be, I cannot imagine an improvement on the taste. New Belgium Brewery really did a good job with this one. This beer is quite a pleasure, especially for an Eastern boy like me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy red brown colored beer with a medium head with average retention. I noticed lots of sediment floating in my glass. Aroma is quite sweet with a nice malty tone underneath. At first, I was surprised with the sweetness of this beer, which hides some of the floral malt used in this beer. The end is quietly bitter but lack some roastiness. Something is missing here, not the best dubbel I had…

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

This poured a deep reddish brown color with a slight light tan head. Even the head goes down to maintain a covering of bubbles that leaves nice sheets of lace decorating the glass with each sip. The smell is rich with rich sweet rip fruits a bit of light spicing and a touch of caramel. Very tasty aroma here that really gets you looking forward to that first sip. Ahhh the taste of fruit when this first meets your lips is excellent. There must be hops in there balancing this out because it never really gets too sweet. The finish is malty with a bit of spice. Full creamy mouthfeel lends to this great brew as it goes down very smoothly. This was one of the most drinkable Belgians I have ever had, I couldn't stop sipping it. Overall a good beer that I definitely would recommend trying. Thanks to bditty187 for the trade.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red color, a little hazy, with a sold, lasting head about a pinky finger's width. Nice lacing. Lightly malty nose, with a sweet, strongly fruity component. Excellent yeast character in the taste: clove-like phenols, lightly spicy, with a raisin, perhaps slightly cherry ester. Somewhat bread-like malt. Hop bitterness is moderate but no hop flavors. Lingering, ever so slightly astringent flavor. Creamy, moderately full body.

One of the great American interpretations of the style, and also one of the easiest to find.

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Photo of texashammer
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve-oz. bottle, freshness date of May 2005. Label tells me what glass and what temperature to use, which I appreciate even though I could have figured it out myself.

Upon pouring into a snifter, this beer shows a deep brown color until held to the light, which reveals a beautiful deep ruby red. Head is almost an inch thick, with active big and small bubbles. As I drink, it laces the glass and stays there. I appreciate this.

Aroma is at first very yeasty, bready. First taste is roasty malt, some coffee; I feel that it is rich and I don't know what that is that I'm tasting. While it is only medium-bodied, the mouthfeel really fills my mouth, bubbly and effervescent. Coats my taste buds and gives a long, sweet finish. I get lemon in both aroma and taste as it warms. Head is shorter now but seems permanent; still good lacing. I eventually taste some berries, apricot, and some chocolate, or no, maybe hazelnut. There is a lot going on. Sweet malt certainly, and yeast. I can feel the alcohol too.

Certainly drink this beer at a warmer temperature, is my advice; it was too cold coming out of my fridge and I was impatient. Very complex and good. I would really rather have a real Belgian but this is a really good buy for the price and a good beer.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a gorgeous ruby red with an off white head that is incredible to the eye. The smell is of fruit and nutty malts. A slight hop detected. The taste is to syrupy and sweety fruit for my liking, where is the hop counterbalance? Like drinking sappy fruit, not my taste, Medium bodied and creamy in the mouth, fills you up, won't drink again, not my style.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice ruby brown color with a big head - at first - made up of very fine bubbles. The smell is on the subtle side - can't tell if it is just weak or intentionally subtle. Mostly has smells of alcohol and flowery herbs.

Taste is actually quite nice. Starts off mildly with a fresh, spring flavor that is herby and has an light ale feel. The beer then starts to kick in to a full scale alcohol assault carried in on waves of malty flavor. Pretty fun to drink actually.

The body is a little thin, but for the price, it imitates an abbey alright.

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

Deep amber color with a thin tan head that leaves sticky lace behind. Malty aroma with caramel, some dark fruit, alcohol, and a touch of funky yeast. Fruity flavor, bannana and apple, with toasted grain, bubblegum, and caramel. The yeast adds some spice and a little funkiness. Alcohol is present and helps balance the malt sweetness. Finishes with a light fruitness and has a warming quality. Medium-full in body, smooth and creamy. Very drinkable and enjoyable. An excellent US brewed Belgian-style ale.

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Photo of DPMomutant
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown with a finger and a half head that retains well. Decent lacing is noted.

Smells very fruity. Banana is most noticeable here. Lots of ginger-like spiciness too.

The taste upfront is also spicy banana. The end brings out some bitterness and noticeable alcohol.

A bit of carbonation in the beginning, but not too much. Fairly thick consistency with warming alcohol at the end.

This would make a good after dinner/nightcap type of beer with the sweetness and warmth of the beer. Quite drinkable and at 7% you might get away with more than one bottle if you don't have anywhere to go.

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Photo of pnkermiz
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just finished a 12 oz. bottle that I cellared for 2 years (picked up six pack at the brewery in 6/02). Not surprised that the beer held up and actually improved over time. No change in the dark brown, chestnut-y color. The flavor has smoothed out even more so than when new. Of any of the original flavors, the chocolate and smokiness has come to the forefront and the banana, fruitiness has fallen off and/or mellowed out. Carbonation all but disappeared. I have to give a five for the drinkability as I couldn't stop sipping the damn thing - and then it was gone before I knew it... Five more sit in my closet. I'll try another next year and follow up.

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Abbey Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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