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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 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 (3597) - 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 (1669) - 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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2004
Caramel brown color, light fruity banana nose. Earthy, bready. Gets a little spicy with a semidry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2004
Great dark red color. Small head. Nice lacing. Nice yeasty banana/bubblegum nose. I taste a little fruit and slight sweet bubblegum finish. This is one of my stand by belgian style dubbels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 8, 2004
yeasty, banana aroma; dark carmelly malt flavor, with a balanced herbal hoppiness; banana and date/raisin fruit hints. Damn fine brew from NBB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 5, 2004
This reminded me of a Weizen Bock or a Dunkel Weizen. Pours dark caramel brown with a moderate tan head. Light banana aroma. The flavor is of banana. A nice beer but seems a little thin.

   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.

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