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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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Diablokev (152) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2003
The aroma is sweet an fruity (but not quiet as much as I expected). The apperance is a cloudy (Yest?) ruby/deep amber color. The flavor is a bubble-gummy, fruity delight. The beer is very smooth and leaves a nice light yeasty/hoppy aftertaste. Overall a very nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2003
This is one heavenly drink. Head is light tan and thick,lasting throughout. Color is dark reddish brown. Lace all the way. Taste heavy on the banana,also clove, brown sugar, nutmeg,slightly bitter hop and very sweet flavors combined. Medium to heavy body. Great aftertaste. Very filling.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Best beer from this brewery. Fruity, yeasty aroma and flavor, small head that even cascaded a little (Guiness effect). Flavor mentioned in thecommercial description were very evident. Great belgian style beer for my money. Smooth finish with an aftertaste almost identical to the original flavor of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Yeasty bubblegum aroma. Slightly malty. Plums. Very slight roasted flavor. Medium body. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2003
A beautiful burgundy colour, a bubblegummy, cherry and christmas fruitcake aroma, and a palate of dark fruits, malty and a warming alcohol finish. A complex, balanced, tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Brown mahogany, disappointing head formation and retention. Aroma is yeasty, fruity like raspberry jam with oak, clove and spice. Dark fruity malts at the front of the palate with oaky dryness and nutmeg spice. Mild chocolaty flavors as it warms. Palate is a little light and flavors don"t last too long. Pretty good abbey ale but my assessment probably suffers a little from the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danimal (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Very nice deep red with a tinge of cherry color about it. Mild coffee with strong yeast and fruit/pepper come out strong in the middle with Alcohol by-products throughout middle to end. Lasting goodness on this. A really impressive beer for the style. Would be a great Sunday night top-off.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Very good Beer. Dark brown with ruby edges. Nice carmel/spice nose. Very sweet start and the middle gets more complex with some of the fruits and spice poke through. Nice warm finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 A very fine belgian ale, definitely this brewers finest offering. Very well rounded, sweet, and warming. re-rate 12/26/02- Was this brewers best til I tried the trippel. Still a damn good beer for only $6.49/sixer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2002
Nice banana aroma, mahogony brown colour. Somewhat spicy, sweet flavour. Not nearly as stellar as their tripel.

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