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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Pours a deep ruby color with small head. Fruit, malt and spices in the nose. More spice and fruit flavors. Very nice beer. Surpised me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2003 One of my favorites. Excellent and inviting floral aroma with an overriding banana smell. Appearance is a wonderful brown. Flavor is also excellent: sweet fruity banana flavor over a deeper coffee-like flavor. Mouthfeel is very good and the beer seems to do something good to every part of your mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Mahogany hued beer with small head and some lace. Aroma is that of spicy fruit, toasted malt, oakwood, earthy grains, and phenolic nose as it warms. Bold spicy and sweet taste with a undertone of twangy yeast and wood. Not very heavy on the palate, the alcohol level does a good job of cleaning the taste buds. For it boldness and complexity, this beer remained easy to drink. I enjoyed this one a great deal. Yummy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Color of maple sugar,transluscent, pours with a moderate white head. Yeasty, bread aroma, flavor has both in addition to candi sweetness. Moderately sweet finish. Good Dubbel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 6, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 a head that is fairly think and dissapates slowly. the color is a medium brown. it smells like a trappist with a bit of fruit. the taste is very nice and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4106) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Sweet, yeasty, peppery, darkish malt aroma. Good bottle, questionable monk on the label that probably shouldn't be trusted around altar boys, mahogany brew with a big poofy head. Medium sweetness, some musky malt and veggie/grassy flavors over dark syrupy ones. Doesn't warm particularly well -- it gets grassier. Finish is medium length and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Good looking beer dark, reddish amber nice head. Spicy complex aromas I can’t seems to put a name to all the smells here. Slightly sweet tart and fruity. Not bad at all

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2003
A good double bock. Was a little suprised about the exceptionally high rating (95%), but I'm not disagreeing. A slightly nutty and fruity taste. Nice color and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Spicy and malty nose. The head is small bubbles and hangs out a while. Nice balanced sweet and toffe like. Like all NB beers this is nice to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Overall a nice bottle a beer....really notice the heavy malts that come through with a lot of carbonation to add to the spice. Gets sweeter as it warms and the phenolic notes are a lot more present at warmer temps. Caramel is evident in the finish and perhaps a yeast twinge is lingering after the swallow. Nice, but I don't think that I would drink more than one in one sitting.

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