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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 Dark plum-colored with minimal head. Very nice aroma, apple-cinnamon with a little bit of cherry. Lots of fruity flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 Gorgeous ruby bronze body with loads of floating yeast and a rocky beige head. Aroma of allspice, nutmeg, figs, apples, leathery yeast, and pepper. So far so good. Flavor of dark fruits including plums and cassis. Slightly sour. Palate lacks expected richness. Good but not great like the previews (appearance and aroma) lead you to believe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Upon pouring this one you can't help but immediately take notice of the sweet smell of bananas. Upon closer inspection also picked up on the aroma of yeast. Dark brown in color with a wonderful combination of carbonation and sweetness on the palate. Flavors of fruit, yeast, and a hint of chocolate and caramel all come through. Order me another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Truly made a gorgeous pour- rich garnet, winelike red with a frothy, creamy light tan head. Potent candi sugar and vinous notes in the aroma. Highly carbonated mouthfeel, with dark fruits and candi sugar rounding out the flavor with bananas and spice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (8232) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
(draught, FR) More red than brown; brown head, slim but reasonnably stable. Nose = bubblegum. Now I know what they mean by that term! Strange, sweet-sickly smell. Taste is bubblegum again. Sweet - full of fruity esters, banana-extract. Heavens! Medium-bodied. Aftertaste like some banana-based liqueur. Peter! You wouldn't get away with this in in old Belgium! (second tasting bottled) Reveals the same characteristics, only less outspoken. Apart from the bubblegum flavour, there's also a very outspoken earthy-mushroom taste. (third test - presumably draught) Special version for competition purposes? The bubblegum/banana is still very much there, but has had to yield the field to other and more different fruity esters. Still very aromatic, benzene-like, but with a lot more depth to it. Better, but it will never be my favourite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Pours a deep ruby color with small head. Fruit, malt and spices in the nose. More spice and fruit flavors. Very nice beer. Surpised me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2003 One of my favorites. Excellent and inviting floral aroma with an overriding banana smell. Appearance is a wonderful brown. Flavor is also excellent: sweet fruity banana flavor over a deeper coffee-like flavor. Mouthfeel is very good and the beer seems to do something good to every part of your mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Mahogany hued beer with small head and some lace. Aroma is that of spicy fruit, toasted malt, oakwood, earthy grains, and phenolic nose as it warms. Bold spicy and sweet taste with a undertone of twangy yeast and wood. Not very heavy on the palate, the alcohol level does a good job of cleaning the taste buds. For it boldness and complexity, this beer remained easy to drink. I enjoyed this one a great deal. Yummy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Color of maple sugar,transluscent, pours with a moderate white head. Yeasty, bread aroma, flavor has both in addition to candi sweetness. Moderately sweet finish. Good Dubbel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 6, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 a head that is fairly think and dissapates slowly. the color is a medium brown. it smells like a trappist with a bit of fruit. the taste is very nice and sweet.

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