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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Nice banana aroma, mahogony brown colour. Somewhat spicy, sweet flavour. Not nearly as stellar as their tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Wow! If there were such thing as a ícomfort beerí this would be it. Smells like fresh baked banana nut bread, complete with butter. Some hints of brown sugar in there also. Not as spicy as some other belgian type brews, but thatís fine by me. Also, I like how the sweetness is toned down to a tolerable level. I like this better than New Belgiumís Trippel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2002
I wouldíve rated this one higher but the taste of banana kind of overwhelmed all the other flavors that I was looking forward to tasting...the fig, caramel, cloves, etc.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2002
I like brown ales and Iím getting a little more into Belgians, so you might think this would be right up my abbey. And, indeed, this is a fine, well made, very complex beer with lots of fruit and spiciness. And I really enjoyed my time at the brewery with Sean - itís well worth a pilgrimage! But the same feature I donít like in too many weiss beers creeps into this one, too - banana. Iím slightly allergic to the strange yellow fruits, so that may bias my writing here as well. In any event, I ended up appreciating the craftsmanship, but not the flavor combinations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2004 Spicy, somewhat dry, and dark and bitter in the finish. An great beer. I like the tripel more, but this isn't bad. Rerate, 10-04: Dark brown with a nice thin head. Candi sugar in the aroma. Malty palate defined with some nice bananna esters. Bitterness in the finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Great balance. Beautiful color and a thick, stable head. Fruity/clove aroma evident. Pears, banana, cloves, yeast all present in the taste; also slightly spicy. Alcohol content concealed well. Great beer once again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2002
This beer rocks. An extreme and complex aroma accompanies this ale. Very malty with notes of caramel, toasted nuts, coriander, allspice, yeast, pears, red wine, dates, ginger and ahhh, hell, they threw in the damn kitchen sink as well. This sparkling clear mohogany ale has a medium-sized, frothy, khaki head that is mostly diminishing. Decent lacing. The flavor is perfectly balanced with moderate helpings of malt and hops up front. Bursts of dark fruit on the backside. Very tasty. Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Medium-length, very dry finish with just a hint of spruce at the wee end. Very nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2002
A deep brown color with an impressive head. Some lacing. Noticeable clove aroma and corresponding flavor. Medium mouth feel. Spicy flavor with a very light bannana aftertaste.

   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.

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