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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1828) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2003
Lighter reddish-brown in color. Big head that stays around for awhile. Complex aroma of fruit and caramel. Similar tastes with a good sweetness to it. Big malt body. A darn good representation of the style. It's only drawback is that it seems to be a bit lighter than usual for this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 Golden red and brown, good head. Smells of sugar, caramel, and squash. Frothy at first, with a wonderful carbonation and palate. Alcoholic bite, but a nice balance of sour and bold. There must be some good people brewing in Fort Collins, as this is as good as any true Belgian I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Oh yes! When I can't get myself a Westmalle ... I look for this one. Great color - looks like mud. Heady aromas of spices, nutmeg or cinnamon. Malty and begging for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2546) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Tap @ Toronado. Nice full brown color with a ruby touch. A thick spice with ginger and cinnamon. A nice strong malt, slightly warming, and well balanced. A long spiced aftertaste. This would be great on a nice winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Clear light brown color with a thin fast fading head. Caramel, butterscotch and Belgian yeast aroma. Body is pretty fully carbonated with a touch of tartness. Sweet caramel malty undertones caress the tongue and finish dry and musky. Very good duplication of this Belgian style especially considering it's American.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Nose is slightly yeasty, slightly fruity, with good richness...Color is a clear brown-amber with a big canyoned head---copious lace---very handsome indeed...Flavor features sweet roasty malts in the foundation while apple-like fruitiness and light spiciness ride atop. Hops and light carbonation provide dryness and sparkle. The finish is lightly dry...The body is medium-full, and the layering of flavors is very impressive and adds to the fine balance...This is very well-constructed...The multiplicity of flavors and fine mouthfeel make this one of this excellent brewery's best offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Dark oarnge/brown with a big,off white,head.Settles to a soapy,mess.Damn interesting aroma,of dark fruit,toffee,cake, and musty/yeasty aromas. Good thickness and carbonation. Good fruity/sweet balance and depth in the taste. Overall not a bad beer,but at mid-bottle flavors had lost much potency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Floral fruity nose--sweet too, with lots of booze. Great banana, cherry and tropical fruit, held up with a body that's both bubbly and rich. Great structure. Lasting filmy head. A fine rendition of a Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Wow! The aroma tells me I'm in Belgium. Floral, fruity and alcohol head. Very cherry flavor - but true to the Belgiium style. Warms me up and has a great finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jayb0 (1002) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2003
A great brewery (and really nice to visit). The Abbey is dark orange to brown with a smooth, relaxed head. The nose hints at the pleasure to come, banana, honey, clove, apricot. Malt sweetness, milk chocolate, maybe roasted chestnut, and a nice spiciness. Long finish. Excellent.

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