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RATINGS: 1164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2003) - - JAN 6, 2015
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with some ruby highlights and a small off white head of fizzy foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a nice big fruity smell of a darker fruit nature, with plenty of raisin, plum, and some cherry. Along with these aromas are a nice blend of a yeasty smell as well as some aromas of a more roasted malt smell with some aromas of a coriander and clove mixed in along side. A little bit of a boozy smell is there as well, creating a nice fruity and warming dubbel aroma overall. Taste – The taste begins with a good dark fruit flavor of raisin and plum predominantly, with some lighter hints of cherry as well. Along with the fruit there is a little bit of a roasted taste as well as a very light boozy flavor. As the taste advances, the booziness increases all while fruitiness decays a little bit. At the same time, some yeast and spice of coriander and clove and a hint of banana and bubblegum come to the tongue. Some boozy tastes and a resurgence of the dark fruit occur at the end, leaving one with a fruity and warming dubbel flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the mix of fruity, yeasty, and boozy flavor of the brew, the feel is rather nice and does a good job of balancing the booze with the sweet fruit, making for a good moderate pace drinking dubbel. Overall – A rather nice Abbey style ale overall with a nice drinkability and a good blend of fruit, booze, and yeasty spice. A rather well done dubbel that is quite nicely priced. A good go to dubbel style ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2415) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear reddish brown with a large khaki colored head. The aroma has dark fruit, raisin, fig, brown sugar, burned malt. The taste has plenty of sweetness, raisin, brown sugar, molasses. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMCtime (75) - Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Good. Similar to Spaten Optimator and Unibroue La Fin du Monde but, unfortunately for the Abbey Dubbel, those are better and more flavorful. Otherwise it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
geeklimit (252) - USA - NOV 22, 2014
Pours a dark reddish-brown. Plenty of carbonation on a wispy head. Strong yeast aroma. Strong yeast flavor on a floral & citrus back. Slightly bubblegum aftertaste on a reasonably clean palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1864) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle->trappist. Dark amber with big frothy offwhite head. A: sweet candied fruit, Belgian yeast, banana, cloves. T: raisins, clove, brown sugar, dark fruit. No real depth, and has some metallic notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Block (1706) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2014
I’m not sure. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer. It’s malty sweet with roasted malts and caramel notes. The finish was just a little weird to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (1364) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle.A: Borderline red with a thin creme colored head. Some lacing.N: Big raisin and toffee. Biscuit and clove. Massive banana. Esters. Some toast and peppercorn. T: Banana sweetness. Na? much bitterness. M: Medium body. Firm carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden . O: A solid beer. Nose is superior to taste, though if you have a banana fetish, this will...you know.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Namespayne (64) - - NOV 12, 2014
12oz bottle: maybe a hair below the best I’ve had in Belgium (westvleteren XII) and I’ve been five times. This is definitely on a par with Rochefort and I think even better. Extremely pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (1280) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Rich, dark fruit aroma. Layers of complexity. Clear brown with an off-white head. Taste is rich caramel and slight bubblegum, with layers of dark fruit. Slightly thinish mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikedevilsfan (225) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Descent example of the style, but definitely an American take. Smell of sweet fruits and dark fruit. Taste is slightly sweet and malty. Overall good dubbel

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