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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Nice deep copper color, long lasting small creamy head. Excellent aroma of raisins and port, with a fresh loamy smell on the finish. Flavor also centers on raisins, prunes, dried apricots, with a bit more bitterness on the finish than I expected. Well made beer. Thanks acrodizer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Large thanks to Indra for the trade a few months ago, You Rock!

Pours a smoky mahogany body beneath a blossoming creamy tan head, amazing sheets of lacing. Aroma of ripe berries: raspberries, both black and blueberries, thick with caramel malt… The flavor is leathery, musty saddlebags, plums, a smoky cedar & tobacco presents of a walk in cigar humidor…. A spicy peppery attendance, yeasty, a bit nutty, amazingly complex and delicious…finishes both tart and dry, Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2003
It looks really thin, with a light amber color. Not much of an aroma, after pouring the beer I wasn't really expecting much, just based on the appearance and the nose. But, I was pleasantly surprised, the palate of this brew seems far darker and thicker than I thought it should, judging by the way it looks in the glass. Complicated flavor, full of sweet syrupy notes, with hints of spices and fruit. Definatly worth a try.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2003
I've been waiting forever to try this. Like Chimay Grand but less fruit and more dark, pillow-soft bread. God, this is good. Deep, dark, opague walnut brown. Soupy, creamy, and finishes like velvet. I lament as I finish knowing it'll be a long time before I see any more of this terrific beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2003
Brown with a nice, lasting head. Sweet, slightly fruity nose. Biscuity, yeasty, some hints of dark fruits, but not as complex as I had expected. Alcohol was nicely masked and there was a pleasant bitterness at the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Medium brown color, with a sweet nose. Some good yeast, dough flavors. Mild hops in the end. Fairly good. Mostly sweet flavors. Medium finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Smelled strongly of yeast. The head was small. Had a good hoppy flavor and very strong tastes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Dark brown color with a small greyish head. The aroma was full of candy, bubblegum, and yeast. The flavor was very sweet, bubblegum, fruity, yeasty. Crisp, lively feel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 VERY NICE! aroma is of bubblegum with a hint of dried fruit, not sure what fruit. a bit murky, brown with slight yellow/orange appearance, rocky, slightly brown-white head that leaves itself as a very thin ring. dry nuts and dry fruits nicely and softly embedded within a great, animated, overall mellowing sweet flavor... THANK YOU tannertavernboy! i'm officially liking new belgium. UPDATE 9/23/04: i had this as dessert with some ice cream. the warmer it gets the worse of the bitter aftertaste it gets. it's an odd mix of banana, sugar, and a little bubblegum. a mix i don't quite care for. the palate is sharp. this is bitter. it tasted better with chocolate when it was at the very least cool - even better when cold. i don't care for this beer as much as i use to. (i've had this twice!) downrated.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Bottle - thanks Aubrey for this Colorado goodie! Pours clear brown with orange highlights. Small off-white head diminished quickly. The aroma is the best part of this brew, dark malts, dark dried fruits, dark molasses bread yeastiness, mapole syrup - very comforting smells. Flavors are complex, it seemed like every time I took a sip I'd find something different. Sweet and tart at the same time, cranberries, figs, bitter spices and a lingering hop finish. Medium body, round pleasant mouthfeel.


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