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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorStr (1234) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2014
Hel del belgisk jäst i aromen. Rätt lätt i kroppen, del citrus i smaken, liksaså jäst.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2612) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours clear deep amber with a rather small frothy beige head that leaves some sticky lacing and trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, fruity, malty, estery and phenolic with dark bread, marzipan, baked pears, hay, black pepper corns, biscuits, oatmeal cookies, orange zest, cloves and hints of alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly bitter, tiny sour, malty, fruity, spicy, estery and phenolic with sweet dark bread, baked pears, red apples, hay, dried pine needles, dried apricots, wood, marzipan, bitter almonds, orange zest and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is round, tiny tart, tiny dry and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, tiny bitter and slightly sour with dark bread, dates, baked pears, apple skins, hay, soil, wood, bitter almonds, orange zest and lemon zest. Solid beer but a bit complicated without being complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stefannilssons (1455) - SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2014
Det här var en rätt skön sak, smaken var typisk belgisk med tydliga inslag av råsocker. Kroppen var stabil och balansen närvarande, trevlig sak helt enkelt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (4447) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear dark copper with a small head. Aroma and taste of malt, yeast, some banana, bread and light spices. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a clear amber body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma is thick with coriander and a touch of black pepper as well as thick sweet prunes, dried cherries and figs. In the background there’s something there and it smells a bit like melanoidin malts. The taste is full up coriander spices where the spice spikes of flavor are filled in nicely by brown sugar as well as firm notes of prunes and fig like fruity ester notes. It gets just a touch peppery about midway before it slides into a mildly dry pleasing finish. Dandy stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSkull (1234) - SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
(Bottle). Tart aroma and flavor of fruit, yeast and malt. The flavor is pretty balanced between tangy Caramell and fresh hops, very Belgian in tone which is probably the point of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (152) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2014
bottle @ home. Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Sweet of caramel & toffee, a nice pronouced balance of clove and banana, smoky chaucteries, spices, bread & nuts. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jorn69 (867) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2014
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (29:-). Fruktig med en ganska hög sötma, karamell, jästtoner, relativt torr.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (114) - - MAR 21, 2014
Pours a dark amber body with a thick head. Sweet and a bit funky aroma. A less than satisfying taste, good but couls be more interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMA (148) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2014
Dark copper color. Tanned head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Yeast. Taste is also of yeast. Low bitterness.

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