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RATINGS: 1200   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1639) - 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.

   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.

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