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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 1, 2004
I'm really starting to become a big New Belgium advocate. Not only have I enjoyed everyone of their brews I've tried, but they have the ability to make me enjoy their beers in the styles I'm not a big fan of. For example, I wouldn't call myself much of a Abbey Dubbel fan, but I loved this one. Usually I find this style to be a little overwhelming for my tastes (and aromas) but this one was just right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4346) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 2003 bottle. Nice dark, earth brown color. Says its bottle conditioned, but I’m not seeing any sediment. I’ll take their word for it, but it was fairly clear. Aroma has a slight hint of vinegar. I liked that, light malt sweetness. Flavor is pretty stereotypical (but good) for a abbey dubbel. Medium body, earthiness and some light brown sugar. Some slight brown bread and that New Belgium yeast flavor. Touches of spice on the finish. This is a very delicate beer. Elegant and well-made. Thanks for the bottle, Mike (BBB63)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 22, 2004
On Tap at Brewery. Pours a nice hazelnut color with a decent head that shows fine structure and that lingers on the odge of the glass. Complex nose--berries, yeast/bread aromas and a base maltiness. Tastes of fruit, nutmeg, hint of clove with a slight warming effect. Nice mouthfeel and body. All-in-all a very respectable abbey dubbel with 7% alcohol no less. Kudos!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2004
This is a nice drinkable Abbey Dubbel. Malty, Bannana, and spicy flavors. Finishes clean, crisp, and refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 Best before 20JUL04. Poured a rich burgandy color with a small off white head and nice lacing. Fruity aroma or licorice, toffee, and caramel. It reminded me of candy peanuts. Taste of chocolate, candy, banana, and yeast. Slightly carbonated. Better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 This brew poured a beautiful clear deep amber color with about an inch of head on top. The aroma is fantastic and is as aromatically pleasant as any Belgian ale I've had. Sweet malt and fruity with punctuating notes of banana which is surprisingly nice yet just as curious. Mouthfeel is effervescent and lively and very Belgian. This is an impressive brew for an American brewer. Flavor is fantastic, a nice malty sweet treat that hints at fruit, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. Overall one of the most impressive Belgian styles brewed in this country in my opinion. Thanks Shamster!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Dammit, I'm finally impressed by a beer from this brewery. Pours a dark amber. From glancing at the other reviews, everyone else seemed to get a nice head, but there was none with mine, nor was there any lace. It *could* be that mine was too cold, but I don't think that was it. Smells like a fruity malt, bananas are present. Tastes...too good to be from this brewery. The sweetness abounds, but it's not really malty. There's bananas and cloves floating around there. It's very pleasant, dammit. Mouthfeel is full and foamy, with a clean aftertaste. Drinkability is quite good. Okay, I still have the tripel to try. If it's as good as this one is, I may have to reconsider my hatred of this brewery. But you've got to admit, Fat Tire really lacks character. As popular as it is, if it had *half* the taste this has, the rest of the beer-drinking world would understand how good beer could be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5122) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Clear copper/bronze coloured body with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of bubble-gum, pit fruit, bananas, cloves and a light peppery essence. Medium-bodied; Mouth coating spiceyness of nutmeg, pepper and cloves. Aftertaste somewhat dry, but also very sweetened by the brown sugar/caramel presence. Overall, a nice beer-very good to try four months after getting back from the trip! A good beer to try in comparision to Chimay (Rouge)! I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Total Beverage in Thornton (Denver), Colorado and sampled it on 23-December-2003.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1562) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Deep, dark, somewhat cloudy ruby reddish color. Bubblegum lingers in the aroma. Malt, yeast, some hops maybe? Nice, light, smooth taste. Banana, caramel,and some assorted fruit. A definitely good brew!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2003
A bright burgundy, decent head and lace. Nose full of fruity esters, bubblegum, sweet malt, some yeast characer and more. Medium bodied, bubbly, fruity, sweet but not overly so, hints of caramel, banana, spices, slight yeasty dryness in finish along with a hint of sourness. So drinkable an tasty, the prominent estery notes remind me of a quad. Damn fine brew.

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