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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2002
very very nice, enjoyed a few by the river and pretty much enjoyed it all around

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2002
This is a great double. I highly reccommend seeking this one out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Nice dark brown colour, large creamy head. A complex aroma of fruit and nuts. Wonderful malty flavour, with a little added spice I can’t quite place. Overall a well done double.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3858) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2002
I felt a bit let down by this. The initial appearance is poetic. Vibrant and dense head, beautiful lacing, maintaining a healthy size for some time. Worthy of a poem, "Ode to a Belgian Head". The flavors, too, are nice, once it is allowed to warm up. The strength of the banana, with the charm of the dried fruit (raisins, I do agree that fig is there), some grape to me, and only the slightest undercurrent of spiciness--fleeting, and overwhelmed by sweetness. At times the sweetness was a bit too much. More important, there were moments when it was too mellow, even a hint of watery flatness. A pretty nice combination of flavors, but a bit disappointing overall.

   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.

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