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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Sweet aroma with subtle hints of clove and banana with a trademart belgian malt smell. Dark copper color with a small to medium sized head and a little lacing. Flavor was light but complex, it had the subtlties of a blegian but not as deep. Overall it was very refreshing, my first good beer from new belgium!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
Copper color, big malt aroma. Very sweet, metallic flavor, soapy hints, a bit of citrus. Did we get a bad bottle?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (4761) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
(Bottle) Mahogany body. Tinny, malt aroma. Slight malt flavour with bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2003
Thin misty biscuits in somewhat cheap toffee...Dried caramel and a hint of bad cough syrup...This comparison with the Pater Lieven Bruin was quite boring, but I suspect this sample was a bit off...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2003
The Belgian style abbey dubbel pours a deep, ruby red color with a small, rapidly dissipating, off-white head. The aroma is yeasty and fruity with lots of malt and banana accents along with some spiciness. It has a medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor is malty sweet with a touch of spiciness and hints of yeast and fruits. The finish is long and sweet with full malt flavors and a hint of banana and caramel. Smooth. A good dubbel, one of the better American attempts at the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2062) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Wonderful looking beer when poured into the Chimay "chalice" fantastic aroma and a great taste sensation. Very palatable and a great American rendition of the classic Belgian Dubbel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weisinator (67) - USA - MAY 16, 2003
Very aromatic and flavorful (some caramel flavors coming through), deep brown-orange color, with a strong, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2003
From a 22 oz. bottle with a best-by date of 8mar03:Red/amber; not much head. weak brown ale aroma. smooth flavor, the better side of green bell pepper, honey and a slight oxidized/papper-y flavor, slight tho'....This bottle is OK but it hasn't aged in a "supergraceful" manner either. I'll bet it tasted awesome on march 8th....

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