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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3695) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Taster at brewery. Pours brown with a khaki head. Leaves trace lacing. Nice malty sweet notes on the nose. Kind of sweetly malty on the tongue. Very quaffable. It goes down so easy. Finished clean. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Poured from 12oz bottle a dark copper hue, with a small to medium sized head and a little lacing. Aroma is yeasty ,fruity with lots of malt and banana accents along with some spiciness. Rich and complex in flavour: maybe a hint of fig, some raisins, a bit of a woods and earthy leaves. Still, a bit of a metallic unpleasantness in the aftertaste. A fair attempt at a dubbel, but nowhere near as good as the real thing. Decent enough, but not really my style either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Classic version of a classic style. The yeast character works nicely in concert with the malt to give the subtle fruitiness, without being overbearing. Delicious caramel/toffee quality, moderate dark aged fruit note. It’s no wonder that it’s won so many medals.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smallfry (164) - - SEP 14, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2014 (Bottle) Wonderful aroma: slight banana, some spiciness and other fruitiness. Certainly not the best dubbel but still quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aenima (307) - Askim, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2014
Belgian easters in the aroma together with caramel and raisins. The taste is caramel, raisins, plums and hints of chocolate. Also some belgian esters in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (502) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Tastes a little different for the style but still very good. A little bready with some banana. More British character and less of the sweet candi sugar than most dubbels. Some caramel too, but its a bitter caramel. The carbonation level is just right and it has a frothy, lingering head. A pretty easy-drinking dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1187) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle to plastic cup Banana, malt, caramel, brown sugar, and yeast. Reddish amber with a thin, very creamy tan head. Taste is caramel, molasses, malt, bread, cookie, and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crajun (1067) - , Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2014
bottle to glass; need to try again - aroma was good, but different for style - spices, malts, banana? nice darker cloudy amber pour. taste was good but not sure it was dubbel; will try again and give more details

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pkmd1 (41) - - AUG 25, 2014
Darker brown color with medium white head, flavor full with some bitter flavors with good balance. Would continue to be a New Belgium fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle: Rich chestnut & copper body with very mild clarity; chunky, voluptuous ecru cap slowly recedes & leaves some fat lacing spots behind. Aroma of musty bubblegum, doughy yeast esters, faint perfume, stale caramel, & a hint of some dark fruits. Taste is more clove-y & bubblegum forwards, lots of sharp yeast out of the gate. Prunes, red grape, caramel, toast, chunky yeast, & subtle esters linger into the finish. A touch of phenol with a mild medicinal astringency towards the back-end that I don’t exactly dig. A decent dubbel but hard to choose this when so many better, authentic examples are readily available.

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