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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3787) - 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 (1962) - 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLvr13 (17) - Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Possibly my favorite offering from New Belgium. The aroma is nutty, smoky, fruit. Pours an amber/red brown color, with medium thick, frothy tan head. Taste is surprisingly rich, with bananas, nuttiness, plum and smokiness coming through. Palate is sticky without cloying. A regular selection of mine at the mix and match beer cooler at the store.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doctahdj (8) - Newport, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2014 does not count
Mellow Mushroom-Gatlinburg, on tap, Tulip Glass. Nice thick head. Dark Amber color. Spicy and sweet, hints of nutmeg and banana. Good initial body with low carbonation and an alcohol finish. Overall a great beer. Slight alcohol finish detracts from its overall experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2690) - Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 9/21/2014. Pours lightly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, raisin, plum, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, raisin, plum, banana, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness and moderate yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, light chocolate, raisin, plum, banana, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malts; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (4644) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2014
Appearance: Cleat nutty color with a off white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Yeast, nutty and fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Slightly sweet and an ok bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Balanced fruity, some banana, bready and a some yeast.
Overall impression: Tasty nice ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget web order, Sweden.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
7stern (399) - Bromma, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2014
Walnut coloured with thick head. Raisins and banana aroma. Sweet fruity taste. Perhaps a bit to sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (2320) - FINLAND - APR 30, 2014
Bottle. Hazelnutty coloured, clear. Belgy abbey yeasty nose, estery- some banana sahtiness. Brown malty, slight ripe raisiny. Medium bodied, slick, bit oily. Dark bready malts, some herbs. The nose was pretty awesome, body a bit too clean, dull. Nice drink though.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Joakgust (920) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber copper beer with a moderate beige head. Aroma is fruity with notes of caramel, spices, raisins, pears and over ripe bananas. Flavor is spicy with notes of caramel, toffee, spices, earth and bananas. Very estery but enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2511) - Finspång, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2014
Eye: Clear, dark amber with a dense head.
Nose: Caramel, marzipan, berries and brown sugar.
Mouth: Clean and somewhat watery.
Tongue: Caramel, brown sugar, nuts, dried fruit and alcohol.
Brain: Clean, flawless and a little bit boring.

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