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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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 31, 2002
Not a huge fan of NB brews, but this one is excellent. I agree, probably their best.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
very good beer with a good alcohol kick. Probably the best from NB.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUL 20, 2002
The tripple is better. The beer does not taste like it is finished. Can be a bit harsh.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The Etruscan (567) - Tuscany, ITALY - JUN 23, 2002
Drak amber color. Thiny beige creamy head. Aroma is sweet, fruity malty with a little alcohol accent. Flavor is fruity too with pleasant banana and caramel notes in the finish.Full bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2005 22 oz.: Aroma of raisins, fruity yeast, bubblegum, underlying chocolate, (nuts/caramel as it warms), and alcohol. Pours with a nitro looking whipped foam. Dense and sticky lacework. Juicy malts, which remind me of plums, raisiny chewiness/sweetness. Finishes long with same lingering fruitiness. This has aged gracefully for one year. This is evidence that big bottles age better. Too yeasty and sweet, all around, though. Nice introductory to the style.

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.


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