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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
As nice to look at as to drink. A nice end with fruit and clove flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2002
I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, which really does a fair approximation of a true Belgian...nice fruity esthers, and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2002
An excellent and authentic Belgian-style double. There is nothing about this beer that misses the mark. A nice belly-warming sensation is noticeable. Subtle hoppy sourness. Yumm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2002
Very nice ale. Smells wonderful with notes of berries & figs. Pours up a nice head and retains a light foam. Best yet it tastes better than it smells. An incredible balance of malt and delecious yeast round out the package. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Good mixture of fruit and spice. A nice almost tangy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Re-rate 10/13/02: This bottle is a little over 2 years old, so I’m looking forward to the changes. The pour is a deep garnet color, the head insignificant, the lace is skeletal. Nose is malt, light hints of caramel, ’winish’, hints of fusel alcohol. Front is malt, thickly sweet, the top is intermediate, the finish is droughty, discreetly acidic, somewhat sour, unassumingly hopped. There is a bit of ’Tummy’ warming, and a beer I always have in my ’Beer Cellar’, and well worth your effort to try. Ranks #224 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2002
Great Americanized version of a Belgian Ale. Very appealing amber color with a very thick beige head and good lacing. As a matter of fact I had some spillage that may have been the result of shipping (thanks PhillyBeer2112!). Nice spicy and fruity aroma. Nicely complex flavor consisting of bananas, alcohol, and some other fruits. This is definitely a worthy effort at the Belgian style from a stateside brewer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2003 Enjoyed this quite a bit. Like the deScription says. Kind of spicy but I didn't pick up any smokiness. The bitterness makes me feel like I just drank some strong tea. Very malty as well, strangely like a bock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2002
Very fruity with a slight malt finish, and a very full head that sticks around. Another great brew from New Belgium.

   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

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