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RATINGS: 1168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Quick banana bread then spicy yeasty clove aromas.Medium chestnut appearance.Sweetish banana, bubblegum flavors followed by a drier yeasty nutty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2003
This was extrememly tastey, and I had it with dinner, so I would like to try it again because I think it would make a perfect session ale. Darker than I expected, with a great aroma, that yields strong fruity essences, along with that musty belgian smell that I have found with everyone that I have tried but in a good way. Nice complex flavor, that has a great balance, and a bit of a doughy malt y quality to it. Quickly dissipating head and lacing. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Dark amber color with a billowing head-looks great, with a yeasty flower garden aroma. Sweet, tangy and delicious with sort of an oriental spiciness to it. Dry and maybe even a little salty in the finish. Oh yea, good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3520) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Bronze colored with a carbonated body and frothy head. The aroma at first smelled skunked, but the musky denseness unfurled into a hearty yeast smell. Dull sweetness characterizes the body as well as a tin taste on the palate. There were some interesting, zingy flavors never identified. A semi sour vein runs through this beer. Oily evergreen essence and lemon cleaner also describe the taste. This beer would probably rate at least a 1/2 point lower if "New Belgium" was not attached to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Rootbeer float type head. Sweet yeasty, fruity aroma. Hints of caramel in the initial taste. Sweetness gives way to a dry malty aftertaste. Nice for the casual Belgian beer drinker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Color is a gorgeous dark brownish red of deep, dark varnished mahogany, solid in the middle with glowing edges. Head is nice and compact of cream colored creamyness, about a finger high, with some bigger bubbles, faded within a minute or so, leaving drippy lace strings. Smell is all malt and dark fruits of banana, starfruit, citrusy a bit, with toffee notes and a note of spicy cloves, one nice nose on this. Taste is very smooth and subtle layers of complexity hindering mostly in malty sweetness and light dark fruits, banana, caramel, toffee notes and a bit of the cloves comes through in there as well. Flavors meld together quite excellent with a super nice little grab of dulled bitterly hops and yeast towards the end, giving it a little firm boldness thats very nice.Feel is pretty full medium embodyment with nice creamyness and a rich thickness, luscious and smooth, yet a tad thinning into the start. Extremely yummy dubbel made with care and respect to the orgin from which it came.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 Very good stuff. Pours a deep red color, smells like banana bread, which it also tastes like. Light tan head dies slowly, leaving a subtle ring aroung the top of the beer. Good creamy mouthfeel. Almost as good as the tripple by the same brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Reddish brown and color with little to no head.Sweet,fruity,yyeasty aroma of bread.Complex flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Appearance: Clear reddish-brown with a white head. Aroma: A sweet aroma that has some characteristics reminiscent of a hefeweizen along w/ the usual Belgian malty nose. Flavor: Light/medium tongue feel w/ a surprisingly refreshing spiciness to it. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2003
This is my introduction to the style. Sweeter than I prefer any brew to be but seems balanced well enough. Flavor was complex overall. Good mouthfeel, full body, and an appropriate level of carbonation.

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