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RATINGS: 1189   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 VERY NICE! aroma is of bubblegum with a hint of dried fruit, not sure what fruit. a bit murky, brown with slight yellow/orange appearance, rocky, slightly brown-white head that leaves itself as a very thin ring. dry nuts and dry fruits nicely and softly embedded within a great, animated, overall mellowing sweet flavor... THANK YOU tannertavernboy! i'm officially liking new belgium. UPDATE 9/23/04: i had this as dessert with some ice cream. the warmer it gets the worse of the bitter aftertaste it gets. it's an odd mix of banana, sugar, and a little bubblegum. a mix i don't quite care for. the palate is sharp. this is bitter. it tasted better with chocolate when it was at the very least cool - even better when cold. i don't care for this beer as much as i use to. (i've had this twice!) downrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Bottle - thanks Aubrey for this Colorado goodie! Pours clear brown with orange highlights. Small off-white head diminished quickly. The aroma is the best part of this brew, dark malts, dark dried fruits, dark molasses bread yeastiness, mapole syrup - very comforting smells. Flavors are complex, it seemed like every time I took a sip I'd find something different. Sweet and tart at the same time, cranberries, figs, bitter spices and a lingering hop finish. Medium body, round pleasant mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
nice dark amber color. Not very much yeast for a "belgium beer". On the sweet side but yet still malty. Very good and full of flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2003
12oz poured in a Leffe glass: Almond brown clear robe with a smallish off-white head that lasts, leaves lots of sediments to be found at the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is candy bananas, cherries and chocolate malty. In mouth, we find the same flavors than the nose anticipated as well as a lightly tart licorice festival. Medium bodied. Neat balance, nicely yeasty with a dry finish. Quite my type of beer! Thank you Ecrvich!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 Dark plum-colored with minimal head. Very nice aroma, apple-cinnamon with a little bit of cherry. Lots of fruity flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 Gorgeous ruby bronze body with loads of floating yeast and a rocky beige head. Aroma of allspice, nutmeg, figs, apples, leathery yeast, and pepper. So far so good. Flavor of dark fruits including plums and cassis. Slightly sour. Palate lacks expected richness. Good but not great like the previews (appearance and aroma) lead you to believe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Upon pouring this one you can't help but immediately take notice of the sweet smell of bananas. Upon closer inspection also picked up on the aroma of yeast. Dark brown in color with a wonderful combination of carbonation and sweetness on the palate. Flavors of fruit, yeast, and a hint of chocolate and caramel all come through. Order me another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2003
Truly made a gorgeous pour- rich garnet, winelike red with a frothy, creamy light tan head. Potent candi sugar and vinous notes in the aroma. Highly carbonated mouthfeel, with dark fruits and candi sugar rounding out the flavor with bananas and spice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (9050) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
(draught, FR) More red than brown; brown head, slim but reasonnably stable. Nose = bubblegum. Now I know what they mean by that term! Strange, sweet-sickly smell. Taste is bubblegum again. Sweet - full of fruity esters, banana-extract. Heavens! Medium-bodied. Aftertaste like some banana-based liqueur. Peter! You wouldn't get away with this in in old Belgium! (second tasting bottled) Reveals the same characteristics, only less outspoken. Apart from the bubblegum flavour, there's also a very outspoken earthy-mushroom taste. (third test - presumably draught) Special version for competition purposes? The bubblegum/banana is still very much there, but has had to yield the field to other and more different fruity esters. Still very aromatic, benzene-like, but with a lot more depth to it. Better, but it will never be my favourite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Pours a deep ruby color with small head. Fruit, malt and spices in the nose. More spice and fruit flavors. Very nice beer. Surpised me.

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