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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 Bottle. Unfortunately past best by date (Sept. 16, 2003). Poured a nice amber color, highly carbonated with a thick off-white head. Fruity aroma, slightly on the sour side (perhaps due to being past its date). Rich and complex in taste: maybe a hint of fig, some raisins, a bit of a woodsy taste. Still, a bit of a metallic unpleasantness in the aftertaste. A fair attempt at a dubbel, but nowhere near as good as the real thing. But, to be perfectly fair, I need to try one thatís in date. Still ... not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Bottle.BB OCT 22 04. Cloudy with sediment, dark brown/red, small/medium creamy thick lasting head. Seemed to be very lively in the carbonation department. Initial aroma of fresh spiced clove, yeast, banana, caramel apples, and sweet light alcohol. Flavor is wonderful, starts creamy on the tongue, slight dark/roast malt base, spices(cinnamon), banana, apple, pear, and finishes with a lingering yeasty fruity sweet twang. Body is medium/heavy creamy, smooth, and coating. Nice!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2004
dark amber in color with a small white head that stays and stays. aroma has a great spice smell with hints of apple. taste has a great spice with some tart flavors. smooth and leaves a little bitter taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Nice copper color with a beige head. Visually appealing. Aroma has hints of citrus and spice. Hint of alcohol in the flavor but mostly on the sweet side and very refreshing. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Pours a light brown in color with a slight off-white head. Aromas of light yeast, roasted malts and a little banana. Flavor is smooth and easy drinking. Yeast is not overbearing and the slight roastiness makes it go down easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2004
Thanks to TannerTavernboys for this one. Itís brownish red with a not quite white head. Aromas of yeast, wheat, carmel and other. The flavor started out slightly roasted but then became sweet and somewhat tangy. Noticable spice as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 18, 2004
12 oz bottle, tulip glass. Cookie, hay, caramel, chocolate malt aromas (M); flowery hops (L); red apple and clove aromas. Deep brown-red body with an active, creamy, off-white head that is slowly diminishing. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Medium-heavy body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: no matter the temperature, this one wasn't quite aromatic enough for me...that's about all I can really knock on it though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2004
bottle-pours a dark red with lots of yeast floaties. smokey, yeasty, banana ester and sugar on the aroma. great full body palate. lots of corriander on the flavors with hints of clove. Im starting to get into this type of brew more, but its still not my fav. a great dubbel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 13, 2004
Dark amber coloured potion hiding beneath a light-tan wispy head. This doesn't smell of banana, it smells of an entire bunch of bananas. Doughy yeast and alcohol notes as well. Noticeable flavor of fried banana, cinnamon and dates. A little thin on the palate, not watery but lacking in some way that prevents it from being full. Slight metallic taste, unintentional I'm sure. An excellent example of the style, I only wish this were readily available to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1622) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2004
The Abbey poured an amber with red highlights. It had a fizzy light brown head that quickly went to a thin film.

Its aroma is a yeasty malt with bananas, cloves and a hint of alcohol.

It has a creamy, full mouthfeel. The taste is sweet malt up front with a strong, musty, banana flavor and a slight alcohol finish.

Overall, it's a nice, well-made beer. I really don't like bananas, so that brings it down for me (perhaps unfairly).

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