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RATINGS: 1169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 Belgiumís lineup - but it didnít 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 Jeffís 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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wetterhorn (6) - USA - NOV 24, 2004 does not count
Of all the New Belgium beers that the company produces regularly, I like this one the least. It is simply to sweet for my tastes. While it is complex, the sweet taste is simply too overpowering to enjoy with a meal or with a fine cigar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2004
I have not had this in a while so I thought now would be a good ime to rate it. Clear orange/brown color with big off-white head. Aroma is very fruity with bubblegum, raisin, and banana notes. Taste is fruity, malty in the middle, and finishes a bit dry, making me want to have another sip. Subdued Belgian flavors linger throughout, with the same characteristics of the aroma. It is clear why this wins at the GABF every year.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2004
I really like this beer. As biz82 said below, not as complex (or good) as itís Belgian brothers...but a very good beer that is available. might be my new refrig beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Lovely fresh caramel, woody aromatics. Nice, clear ruby color. Earthy, fruity flavor with some bubblegum notes. Clean and good, but not as complex as itís Belgian brothers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Pours amber/raw honey with a small amount of beige head that dissapates quickly. All sorts of wacky estery smells going on here. Banana, coffee grounds, rusted nail. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to thin body. All the wackiness of the aroma comes through in the taste, with some burnt sugar in there too. Strangely metalic. Like a penny, or maybe a little like blood. That Belgian yeast is up to some bizarre stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Hazy medium amber brown with a large frothy off white head. Musty aroma of plum, raisin, ginger, clove, banana, bubblegum, caramel, orange peel, and bread. Medium velvety body with lively carbonation. Flavor of plum, raisin, dried fruit, banana, caramel, clove, and other spices. Dry finish. Fairly complex, and very drinkable. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 26, 2004
A mahogany color, transparent with lots of light co2. The head is full and off-white with a sticky lace. Aroma is of bread, bananas, caramel, and lightly metallic. Flavor is sweet and malty, and tart with some bananas -- slightly acerbic. Finish has a slow on-the-uptake bite. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and creamy with an acidic middle and a light hop finish. One of the better American, Belgian style beers I have sampled. A well-balanced interpretation of the style and defiantly more Belgian than Fat Tire.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4631) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 Original Rating, October 26, 2004: Brown color with a thin head. Bready aroma. Thick feel with a good malt and bread taste along with a striking banana taste and aroma. This is quite nice. 8/4/7/3/16 Re-Rating, April 13, 2009: Brown, slight ruby color with no head. Strong aroma of grain, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, bread and yeast. The taste is more muddled than the aroma. Some grain and bread notes, a light yeastiness. Faint Noble hop bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Brown Coloring With Red Tints. Good Head. Very Nice...Liking the Dubbels...Bread Dough, Sweet, Malty...Some Raisins, Alcohol a Bit Noticeable.. Some Spices in There As Well. Mildy Thicker Then Average Brew...Goes Down Very Smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Aroma is nice and fruity with nice fresh cantelope and honeydew. Pours really nicely with a nice head brought on by the fizzy carbonation. Head retains nicely and can be refreshed with a gentle swirl. Flavor has raisin, bread , and spice. slighly sweet with a thin, watery body. Aftertaste turns a litlle dry, with a slight bitterness. Pretty good , but nothing great.


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