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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2002
Until someone can figure out how to make a beer that tastes like Westy, New Belgium is the best US/Canada maker of Belgian ales. I like the Grand Cru even better.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2002
Overall, a fresh cut fruit salad kind of aroma (canteloupe?) initially and then still as it warms. The same mouth freshness as well. Pretty clear alcohol presence, but not terribly so or that out of style. Less yeasty than other dubbels. Interesting take.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2002
The abbey is a pleasant beer, but it lacks complexity. Seems to get a lot of its oomph from candi sugar, which makes it sweeter and thinner than I enjoy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 9, 2002
A complex and pleasing dubbel. Unfortunately I drank mine too fast without getting some good notes. Ends sweet and was a joy to drink. Thanks Gusler!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2002
This is a hell of a brewery to visit - friendly folks, great layout - you can see right into the guts of the small classy operation. Anyway, this beer is big into esterness. Creamy banana and apricot with spicy edges. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Amber1 (32) - USA - MAY 23, 2002
spicy clove aroma and very nice yeast flavor. i think this is one of new belgium best (if not only)true belgium styles

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2002
Flavor is very wholesome, but a bit light. Alcohol taste is pretty apparent, but it is an ale and has the typical bite. Good overall for the price.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2002
Not thoroughly impressed. It pours nicely. Both hoppy and malty, but just not extremely impressive. It just doesn’t beat the Trippel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2002
Nice fruity yeast,with a dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2002
Spicy, with a very pronounced yeast presence. Pours out to a very dark ruby color. Definetely gets better as it warms. Very good, but not outstanding. I would’ve preferred just a little sweetness to balance out the spiciness.


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