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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 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 canít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Heavy malty aromas with a yeasty spiciness. Creamy off-white head. Hazy reddish-brown colored. Very nice flavors. Sweet with a touch of bitterness. Surprisingly short finish. Medium bodied and very dry with a chalky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2200) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2003
Deep brown in colour. Aroma of cherries, dark chocolate, and a bit of alcohol. The flavour is malty, yeasty, musty, and has some caramel and toffee. I finishes warming from the alcohol and bitter. Thanks PhillyBeer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Quick banana bread then spicy yeasty clove aromas.Medium chestnut appearance.Sweetish banana, bubblegum flavors followed by a drier yeasty nutty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2003
This was extrememly tastey, and I had it with dinner, so I would like to try it again because I think it would make a perfect session ale. Darker than I expected, with a great aroma, that yields strong fruity essences, along with that musty belgian smell that I have found with everyone that I have tried but in a good way. Nice complex flavor, that has a great balance, and a bit of a doughy malt y quality to it. Quickly dissipating head and lacing. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Dark amber color with a billowing head-looks great, with a yeasty flower garden aroma. Sweet, tangy and delicious with sort of an oriental spiciness to it. Dry and maybe even a little salty in the finish. Oh yea, good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Bronze colored with a carbonated body and frothy head. The aroma at first smelled skunked, but the musky denseness unfurled into a hearty yeast smell. Dull sweetness characterizes the body as well as a tin taste on the palate. There were some interesting, zingy flavors never identified. A semi sour vein runs through this beer. Oily evergreen essence and lemon cleaner also describe the taste. This beer would probably rate at least a 1/2 point lower if "New Belgium" was not attached to it.

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