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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2004
I was really shocked by this brew. I mean itís a hundreds of years old trappist style brew thatís brewed in Colorado and sold in six packs. In the past I have definitely seen this brewery as pretty hit or miss...I still think that is true, this brew though is excellent. Poured into a crystal goblet. Lovely dark brown dubbel hue topped with a nice white foamy head that really lingered, was also quit rocky. The nose on this beast is excellently complex...much more complex than some real trappist dubbelís iíve tasted. PErhaps this is because they add more candy sugars to this beast than they might be obliged to in Flanders country but nose is of, rum, raiisins, pecan pie, candied yams, and perhaps a cabernet...I know pretentious but its in there. On the tongue this brew is equally masterful. The mouthfeel is superb. Whereas some Dubbels seem to simply be too watery or paper like on the palate this one was really round and wet. Very refreshing. The tongue caught notes of Brown Sugar...lots of sweet...soo sweet. Others have mentioned bubblegum and that is certainly in there as well. Christmas Pudding, rum raisin cake, brandy and chocolate. Man this is my new standy sixer beer. So great! G-rat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 23, 2004
#100 Alot of flavor going on here. Bubble gum flavor, sweet. Smells like gum too. A friend recommended I drink this after drinking other beers. That was an excellent recommendation. This is how you want to end a good night of beer drinking. In the same way that an old song makes you feel good, this beer does too. This is my Mr. Roboto of beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biscuitbagger (16) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 I like many of the New Belgium beers, but this is my least favorite. That being said its still a worthly beer with many complex flavors. It had a great aroma and invites drinking. Ill have to try this beer again soon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Very sweet tasting, thought I was drinking liquified bubble gum. Overall I didn’t enjoy this one, however. Extreme carbonation. Somewhat one-dimensional flavor, not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 When took my 1st swig I was amazed by the taste. A sweet beer with a definate hint of bubble gum. Has a good bite to it for being sweet, and leaves a good aftertaste. The 1st time I had this I had bought two 6 packs to try and ended up drinking them all. It is very easy to find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Poured dark amber with diminishing white head. Fruity, fresh yeast aroma. Some clove in there as well. Slightly roasted flavors. Bananas, orange peel, and somewhat acidic. Nice lace all along the glass. Not bad, but not as satisfying as the tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 Reddish brown in coulor. Aroma is fruity with some yeast spicyness. Lots of complex fruit esters present with a rather dry but balanced finish. Alcohol comes through as it warms, but not in an obtrussive way. Overall quite delicous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Mahogany color with a small head. Aroma is malty with hints of plums and nuts. Yeasty with a dark fruit flavor, hints of pepper and corriander in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
Bottle. sweet candy sugar apple, brown sugar. This is a joke right? Poor effort, this isnít a double.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Caramel, coffee, citrus, hoppy initial sip. Nice head out of bottle. Complex mixing of flavors to give it an original flavor and full body. I like this one much better than the Chimay Red. Very nice beer. Thanks Phillybeer for this terrific substitution.

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