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Winner of four World Beer Cup medals and eight medals at the Great American Beer Fest, Abbey Belgian Ale is the Mark Spitz of New Belgium’s lineup - but it didn’t start out that way. When Jeff and Kim first sampled the beer at the Lyons Folks Fest, reviews were mixed at best. One of founder Jeff’s first two Belgian style homebrews (along with Fat Tire), Abbey is a Belgian dubbel (or double) brewed with six different malts and an authentic Belgian yeast strain. Abbey is bottle-conditioned, weighs in at 7.0% alcohol by volume, and pairs well with chocolate (or boldly served by itself) for dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
Great color and flavor. Lots of malt and spice, banana, cloves and maybe fig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2003 Lathering atop the brown mass was pure cream..shrinking as I watched..
the aroma brought on memories of children skipping banana chips along the spicy sea...
warm acid carmel, figs..(I"m not trying to copy the commercial description here, but it is very accurate...)..A touch of cherry candy injected with a coriander/nutmeg blend... re-rate: yeasty, kinda like i remember the chimay red..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 The high alcohol content and extremely apparent fruitiness almost makes this beer taste like wine at times. An excellent beer nonetheless. (This was the first belgain ale I'd ever had, and seeing as how I was probably not only giving this a good rating for merit but for innovation as well, I would probably rate it lower if I were to try it again, but that day has not come yet.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
trappist12 (200) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2002
Great abbey style ale. I am more inclined to the trippel myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2002
Deep amber with a red hue. Big creamy looking Belgian head. Aroma is very appealing with some fruity esters of banana, fig, plum and raisin and a good helping of spice. Starts out a little sweet and finishes on a hoppy note. A pretty decent American made dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Beautiful nut brown color and creamy, tan head. Fruity aromas and flavors, with a little spice. Flavors are banana, plum, fig, grape. There’s a pleasant sweetness that is balanced by the dry, subtley hopped finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 8, 2002
Poured a pretty chestnut brown with a very thin head. Almost a smoky aroma with no hint of the ABV. This is a delicious beer. Another big thanks to Gusler for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2002
Hazed amber color with a smooth dark cream head. Head clings to the glass as you imbibe. Fig and over-ripe banana aromas, a bit overpowering. A lot of malt flavor. Bananas, earthy peat with a peppery spiciness loom in the rear. Alcohol is well hidden. Perhaps a touch to bitter for style, but I don’t mind it. Aftertaste of banana bubble gum... wait a bit and the slight smokiness lingers.. and then back to a Special B malt flavor. I think I need to try this with a good maduro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 31, 2002
Not a huge fan of NB brews, but this one is excellent. I agree, probably their best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
very good beer with a good alcohol kick. Probably the best from NB.

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