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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 Belgiumís lineup - but it didnít 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 Jeffís 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
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2002
Extremely decent Dubbel. Thick, malty flavor, nice head. Great Aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2002
I second the íbanana nose to the maxí comment. Sweet, somewhat spicy and fruity taste, with less alcohol finish than I expected. Just picked this one up at the local beer store because I didnít want typical crap. Iím glad I did, and I will do it again, too. A good introduction to this kind of ale, at least for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
russnug (35) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2002
Banana nose to the max. This beer passes for a Belgian without any problem.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with strong notes of gum / overripe banana and brown sugar. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The aroma is almost headache inducing due to the strong sugary banana-gum smell...this smells more like bad soda pop than bad beer. Caramel/sugar and banana/gum and thatís pretty much it. Very sugary sweet, as promised by the nose. A little nauseating to be honest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2001
ílacyí head, floral perfumey aroma...sweet taste, but not TOO sweet..excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2001
A little too sweet for me...but I must admit this is a well-brewed beer. It has a sweet, spicy, fruitiness to it. With a bit of an alcoholic chaser. Its a dark semi-cloudy brown color. I guess after having a Fullerís Vintage Ale 2001 right before this didnít help its rating. Iíll have to try it again and re-rate it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Excellent gateway beer to the good stuff. Beautifully colored, a bit of an alcohol finish to it...nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 14, 2001
VERY good stuff, leaves you wanting to drink lots more. Sweet, fruity and hearty taste. I first drank it last night, it surely wonít be the last time!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 rerate 6/17/09: A light Coca Cola brown with a less than Belgian foam. Aroma of freshly peeled banana and dark sugars. Flavor of banana up front followed by various esters and slight alcohol. An enjoyable dubbel with all the expected flavours but could use a touch more body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2001
wonderful attempt at a belgian ale. one of the best american brews that you can get at the local quicky-mart

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