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RATINGS: 1195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2004
Brown colour with nice lacing. Aroma is strongly malt bananas and alcohol. Flavour is malty and quite earthy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2004
Dark dark amber but clear. The head is frothy and tan. Head is short lasting and the nose is wow sweetness and malts. The taste is strong with lots of yeast and fruit. Not bad for an abbey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2004 bottle, 12 oz. Clear, dark brown, amber/copper color. Big beige head, lots of carbonation. European hops and creamy caramel aroma, slightly alcoholic tasting. Reminded me of Kahlua, but with most of the coffee flavor removed. I can't get into this beer. To me it tastes like tree sap. A cooked, herbal, medicinal remedy for some ailment. Sorry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2004
This oloroso colored beer has a quickly fading off-white head. The nose is heavy with burnt grains and toasted caramel. The palate is medium-bodied with notes of weak coffee and raspberries. A light fruit and malt sweetness lingers toward the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Deep mahahgonay, thin white head. Got notes of spicy banana bread, chocolate covered cherries, fig, prune, and fresh bread dough. Similar in flavor with a good malt and hop balance. Soft carbonation and smooth to the finish. Very good interpretation of the style. Drink at cellar temp. for best aromas and flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2004
bottled: pours dark amber color with bubbly head that disipated almost before i could take a sip. the rates are kinda all over the board with this one...i did enjoy this beer and the higher alcohol was hidden well. but it didnt really remind me of a belgium beer. too hopped for the belgiums and probably not aged as long or in oak. has a bitter aftertaste or hoppy. the yeast (although they claim its from belgium) is from colorado as is the water giving us an american version of the style. a good beer in its own class. i like the second fermentation in the bottle, not common to see in 12oz style unless your drinking weizen. im going to try this one again and see if i feel different. definately check this out, all new belgium brewing beers are rather tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Delicious blend of cherries and malt in a sour and rich balanced lambic delight. I am truly amazed by the availability of such a great Dubbel at my local grocery store!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2004
A very dark ruby color. Definetely gets better as it warms. Poured with a decent head. A nice fruity, malty taste to compliment this one. You'll feel it warming you head but it doesn't quite pack the punch that other dubbels have. A nice beer however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 This beer pours with a deep amber/red body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight spicy note and a touch of citrus. The flavor is sweet and spicy with a malty note and a touch of fruit. Full bodied and smooth yet warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1459) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Very good take on the style. Perhaps the only think "lacking" would be a bit of conditioning yeast. The first Belgian abbey (Chimay) that I had years ago bowled me over by having a flavor I had never experienced. Now I believe I am almost at a temporary burn out. Sure hope that's not the case. I would probably RAVE about this were it not for that sensation of not being excited about all the flavors in here that are dead on target. A definite job well done.

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