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

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 stevoj
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Albertsons. Nice looking pour, fluffy off white head on clear dark brown body. Taste follows the smell, both providing too much candy sugar sweetness. Some chocolate, some savory spice, too sweet, not enough fruitiness. Close but no cigar

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Photo of BB1313
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 11/27/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark auburn with solid clarity; fluffy light khaki head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of dark fruits and lots of malts. Some banana in the mix due to the yeast. The flavors are very nice. Lots of dark cherries. There's also some raisin, plum and fig in the mix. Hints of sweet caramel. Lots of malts. More banana. The yeast does its thing. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and creamy. Very smooth stuff.

This is a very enjoyable brew. New Belgium always comes through with the Belgian-style ales. Well done.

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Photo of jtwant
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up tonight because Belgian style ales are my all-time favorite beer. I didn't realize Fat Tire made this style. Boy was I surprised! It's malty, it's rich, it's flavorful. This is the best commonly available Belgian Dubel Ale on the market. I'm going to spare you the nerdy technical stuff. The point is, this beer is DELICIOUS!

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Photo of Tele
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle (Best By 9.11.16)
Consumed: 2.10.16

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, reddish-brown with a one-inch, light tan head.

S: 4.25 Impressive aromas, if a bit muted. Smells a lot like a classic dubbel with a good amount of toffee, caramel, spice and esters from the Belgian yeast, and a bit of roast from the malt.

T: 4 Taste is very similar to the nose, but even milder. A bit of sweetness and clove start things off before getting more esters from the yeast. A very light fruity bitterness lingers on the finish. It’s all nice, but a bit watery.

M: 4 Good carbonation, but feels too light and not quite substantial enough.

O: 4 Definitely a solid dubbel with good flavors and an excellent price. Flavors and body aren’t quite up to par with the Belgians, but it’s still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a maroon-purple color with a thin, white head. A crisp, dark fruit smell. Tastes great! Dark fruit abound, especially the cherries. Produces a nice Abby yeast/malt funk that puts all the fruit together. A thinner mouthfeel for an abbey, but I think makes more enjoyable. May need to revisit New Belgium!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice purple hue with 1 finger head. Beautiful in the glass. Smell is somewhat muted, but some yeast sweetness, breadyness and slight dark fruit smells. Taste is very good, with a nice bready, slight sweet taste with some dryness and hop crispness in the finish. Would prefer a touch more sweet dark fruit and less dry/hoppyness, but overall it's quite tasty none-the-less. A superb American made Belgian Dubbel.

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

Poured a dark reddish caramel, light fluffy off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly but left some nice lacing that held onto the glass well. Pretty strong aroma with banana, dark fruit, and caramel. The dark fruit is there in the taste with some spice, I would say pepper. Medium mouthfeel, the pepper spice hits with a dryish finish and a small late lingering bitter that not really my preference. Overall this was a surprising offering by New Belgian, outstanding Dubbel for a shocking price.

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Photo of K_schrim
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into tulip glass. Color is a very pretty dark red/Amber. Light tan head. The SMELL, THOUGH!!! It smelled like I was 19 years old in a German pub again! Taste-German pub! Maybe I've had this before? Feel-meh. Kinda thin. I'm in love, though, and will soon invest in a sixer.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a time, as I was still cutting my teeth, this may have been my favorite beer. Well since then, quite recently in fact, they have changed the recipe. That's okay, nothing lasts forever. I'm sure the new one will still be worthy of its name. I am currently reviewing the old recipe ("expires" 20th of September, 2015), but I intend to update this review for a comparison with the new ("expires" 19th of June, 2016 or later) very soon (and to do the same with NB's Trippel). I am hoping they will be close enough to where I won't have to get too creative with my number rating. Here goes:

Old recipe first. Poured into New Belgium short chalice that was gifted to me at a City Vineyard educational tasting here in Billings, Montana. Appears a mostly clear dark brownish copper, nearly ruby. It's quite bubbly with fine creamy tan head of decent retention. Lace is thick, but wet and heavy, doesn't stay for long. Smells like good banana nut bread. Also a bit phenolic, stewy, spicy, boozey, though hardly any vinegar. Taste has same robust phenolic presence and slight alcoholic edge to it, but both are tamed by strong flavors of caramel, dark fruits, overripe banana, bread crust, light toastiness. Retro-olfaction and aftertaste consist primarily of clove notes and secondarily of peppercorn. In any case, both are more powerful than the earthy, leafy, tea-like hops in the finish. Good balance here and an excellent introductory Belgian style ale. Fuller end of medium, very smooth, slick, and sloshy, with fair amount of gentler sudsy carbonation and cheek-heating charm.

Now for the new recipe, reviewing only about a day later. Looks the same. On the nose I can detect more of a rubber band or brewers yeast aroma, and less banana nut bread. Other notes are all present, but more subdued. Honestly, it's hard to tell the difference in the taste without doing a literal side by side comparison. Caramel base. Less fruit and banana and therefore more bread and toast. And then more alcohol and peppercorn shining through. Also faint Band-Aid or medicinal notes that I don't think were here before. Feels fuller and more heavily laden with carbonation, but on the whole about the same. Truly, there's not enough of a difference here, on my palate, to modify my number rating.

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Photo of ChicagoPartisan
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Standard pint glass

A – A beautiful dark redish color. Slight head, maybe a quarter of an inch. Moderate carbonation.

S – Rich plums shine through the rest. Hints of cherry. Fairly mute.

T – Cherries dominate with a strong chocolate presence on the back end. Subdued is notes of raisin and dried plum. Incredible.

M – Medium bodied. Fairly wet on the palate.

O – What an excellent selection. I am fairly unacquainted with the style, but an excellent beer overall. Drinks like a warmer. Perfect for a cold evening in late Fall.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cola color with a nice red tint when it hits the light. Khaki colored head was smooth with nice lacing but Didn't last. Smell was sweet, fresh, spicy... but not overpowering, very smooth. Taste was the same. Very smooth and balanced. Hints of cinnamon bread maybe. Spicy but sweet. Light malt, peppery aftertaste builds as you drink. Compared to other Belgians, this one had less banana yeast flavor (which is fine with me) although it was still present. Alcohol was warming but not overpowering. Not my favorite style, but this one was nice.

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Photo of sculls65
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice Belgian . deep amber color. Smells of banana raisin brown sugar. The yeast dominates the flavor. Banana, raisin, pepper before finishing with dry bread notes from the malts. An excellent choice.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

July 8, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip glass

A – Very deep amber, basically mahogany but extremely clear, though dark. Off-white moussy foam sits on top, with long retention, never fully dissipating.

S – Plums and raisins with some light chocolate and low, rich caramel and toffee. A minor touch of cherries. Some light herbal hopping.

T – Light chocolate and caramel, and subdued plums and cherries. Very low herbal-floral hopping. Only a bit of hop bitterness.

M – Medium to medium-full body with moderate, lightly sudsy carbonation. Somewhat juicy up front and mildly dry the rest of the way. Only light bitterness.

O – A valiant attempt to duplicate the style but overall a bit too subdued, unremarkable. Serviceable, but not a great beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant dark amber to brown under a 2” cream colored foam collar. Persistent and lacy.
S: Earthy hops, faint chocolate, hints of fruit cake.
T: Malty sweetness wrapped in a big moist chewy brown fruit cake with faint ginger, cinnamon and cardamom, some raisins, a hint of plum and pepper, finishes dry with a bit of grain. Layered and complex.
F: Very creamy, above average soft carbonation, medium body.
O: A very nicely done dubel.

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

Enjoyed in a Chimay snifter from the 12 oz bottle. This FINE dubbel pours a very clear dark reddish brown with a solid light tan head of dissipating foam that settles to a nice 1/2" thick pool of foam and nice lacing. Nose of brown sugars, raisins, strong banana notes from the yeast, light spice, and a moderate grain alcohol note. Flavors follow the nose with brown sugars and banana ester notes to all sides, raisins, plums, and a light nutmeg note comes through on the back and aftertaste making for a fantastic symposium of a Belgian done right in America. Warmth adds to the ester notes from the yeast with a moderately dry finish yet with a creamy smooth mouth feel from good carbonation. An A plus in my book!


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Photo of car2052
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Belgian goblet. (Left in freezer a little too long)

A: Clear deep garnet, with a inch of light tan head.
S: Nice banana from the yeast, caramelization, dark sweet bread, slightly burnt aroma. A little vanilla too.
T: Reminds me of a sweet dark bread with a spice. A lot of caramel, raisin, vanilla, banana, and a whiff of bourbon/rum. Nice roasted malt.
M: Thick side of medium. Bitterness is low.
O: Great beer with a nice sweetness to it. I liked this better than the Ommegang. Easier-drinking.

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Photo of gmossii
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really wish I have tasted an actual Belgian Dubbel so I'd have a true benchmark of a Dubbel; however, I have to say that this is a very good beer. You can truly tell that there is a detailed blend of six different malts. It results in an incrediblely smooth beer that is almost like a malt ball in a glass. This is also a nice change to the IPA dominated market right now.

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

Dark copper color with a beige head.

Nose: Caramel malt, dried fruit, yeast, bread, resin and banana.
Taste: About the same as the aroma, dried fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, spice, cinnamon and bread.
Body: Medium, complex body with a beatiful softness. I really like this Dubbel!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 3/16/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 10 ounce pilsner glass.

Brew pours a dark amber in color with close to a 1-finger off-white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of spices and burnt brown sugar. Pretty much is said for the taste as with a hint of bready yeast with a light hint of floral hops also. Actually very smooth to drink with no bitter or hoppy finish. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, Fat Tire did a great job on this brew style.

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Photo of colingaiser
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into nonic pint glass...

L: A very attractive, transparent and light caramel-brown hue, with a sticky two-finger head.

S: A unique aroma with notes of burnt brown sugar, baking spices, some floral undertones (like a flower shop!), and lingering breadiness. Beautifully balanced.

T: Like the aroma, nice and complex -- the malt provides a warming, sweet booziness, and there's a spicy combo of pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. However, what's most surprising is the presence of the floral notes, like some kind of lingering lavender perfume. It's a taste that's admirable, yet it's not grabbing me.

F: A little thin, like a flat cola. There's a moderate amount of carbonation but the mouthfeel doesn't offer anything invigorating. Just fine.

O: I respect this beer more than I love it. There's a unique grab-bag of flavors and aromas here, but I think maybe the floral, perfume-like characteristics are a TAD too prominent. Overall though, a good, classy brew.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing American version of a Belgium beer. There is SO much that this beer gets right. The beer pours beautifully with at least a two finger head, it has a beautiful shade of redish brown liquid, and it has a GREAT mouth feel (it isn't watered down). It feels like an authentic Belgium beer (that costs about $6+ a bottle). This beer is priced perfectly, wow, so much bang for the buck! I can get it for $1.50 a bottle. It has 7% abv too! The alcohol is masked: you can feel the warmth of it but not really a taste of alcohol.

The taste is of malt, banana, bubble gum (you can taste it when you burp :-D ), pepper, and yeast.

This is one of the best bang for your buck beers in America. I'm in love with this stuff.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper pour with creamy clingy head. Aromas of caramel, bread, yeast, and esters. Flavor is somewhat alcoholic, with heavy malt presence balanced by delicate hops. Somewhat sweet finish has me sipping more...

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Photo of hokieguy95
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle in a snifter glass

Nice one finger head that quickly dissipates. Decent lacing but nothing to get overly excited about. Very clear reddish brown hues. No sign of Belgian yeast clumps. lighter in color than most Dubbels I've tried.

Wonderful strong nose with scents of cinnamon and dark fruits and a little banana creeping in. Belgian yeast is upfront and present.

Taste is all spicey up front cinnamon and peppery, with a hint of rumminess. Extremely fruity with a bit of warming alcohol on the finish. Very complex flavor.

mouthfeel is medium body and less dry than other Belgians I have sampled

One great American example of the Abbey/Trappiste style Dubbel. Being a Belgian fan, this is definitely a must try regularly. Now one of my go to Dubbel's.

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Photo of cellojon
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a large wine glass

Red-amber, pristinely clear, Foamy with good lacing

overripe fruit, bubblegum

That belgian yeasty flavor with a floral maltiness moves into not-overwhelming bitter on the sides of tongue together with a slight alcohol bite. Strong bread in the finish with the tartness hanging on a bit.

Initially sensation on the tongue is the carbonation, even before tasting. Crispy.

Overall: This one is definitely worth buying. Good beer for a good price.

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Photo of DeepBrew
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into chalice.

A: Dark amber color, clear. Medium-low foam, that dissipates relatively quickly and leaves behind some lacing.

S: Inviting spice and yeasty smell throughout.

T: Dark fruit and malt first, then spice and light bitter. The spice and bitter linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium with some creaminess. The booze creeps up toward the end.

O: Well executed dubbel, good and drinkable.

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