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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3026) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
I normally think of dubbels as being at least a bit cloudy but this is a crystal clear copper color. It’s got a big, rocky head of mixed-sized bubbles that clings to the glass in big chunks. The nose hits me at first w/ a bit of oranges--possibly from corriander--but over a banana note from the yeast comes more to the fore as well as some earthy cloves. This avoids the trap of being heavy that a lot of American Belgian styles fall in but does come off on the sweet side due to lack of bitterness. The nice thing about this is how well the slightly toasty malt character is expressed along the side the very prominent yeasty notes. This is medium bodied w/ pretty mild carbonation--especially for a Belgian--and finishes w/ quick medicinal cherry note which in not altogether unpleasant. This is really a good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (900) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2014
Clear dark copper with a small head. Aroma and taste of malt, yeast, some banana, bread and light spices. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DearBeer2013 (79) - - JUN 12, 2014
Pretty good. Nice blend of hops and malts...................................

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (314) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Tastes of caramel malt and Belgian yeast. Pretty generic for the style, but still good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Defreni (2649) - Husum, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2014
Flaske: Ravfarvet klar øl med et stort skumhoved. Duft af gærestere banan, og maltsødme. Hvinende sød men med et fint humlebid der gør det ikke tager over. Ok øl.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matty (218) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear ruby red color with a brief tan head. Aroma is nice - yeast, sweetness, raisins, clover (?), malt. Taste is of yeast, malt and a touch of sourness. Finish is fairly clean, a little of the yeast sticks around. Excellent!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thorongil2 (1394) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
(bottle) clear dark amber colour with a small tan head; aroma of carmel, spice; balanced and refreshing flavour

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cool_Bond (1586) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
Yeast and sweetness in the aroma. Malty flavor of yeast and butterscotch. A according to me, maybe not for good bitterness, but it remains a weak moment. Not impressive beer anyway. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4084) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: From Systembolaget, had at home.
Appearance: Clear rubybrown colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, spices, yeast, raisin.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, spices, yeast, estery banana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (1985) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle: clear red, cobbery colour, with a nice creamy head. Aroma is dominted of belgian yeasty fruitynes, and caramely, fruits, adn a bitter nes who is nice in this abbey! Flavor is dominated of a nice mix of caramelly, fruits, and chocolate, dry bitternes, and a nice medium body, with a medium fruity,sweet caramelly finish. Nice

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