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RATINGS: 1200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear full amber color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. It is topped by a thin light brown head and has a persistent level carbonation. The aroma is full and rich with sweet notes of fruit, and alcohol. I get aromatic notes of raisins, dried plums, figs, rum, and brandy. The taste is light and fizzy up front with a fruity sweetness throughout, though the sweetness is light and in line with the light palate of this beer. This beer is predominantly fruity with notes of concentrated plum, raisin, and fig. The alcohol that was evident in the nose is nicely muted in the taste. This is a solid example of the Belgian Dubbel, it is perhaps a bit too clean, but that has itís niceties, no higher alcohols or off astringencies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Reddish brown body with a whispy white head. Wow, this ahs a lt of banana in the aroma. Light notes of fruit and carmel, too. Tasty brew. Fruity, yet malty and complex with a yesty tang. The banana is there in the flavor, too. Carbonation was a tad ísharpí for me. Overall a tasty beer, but in a blind tasting, I would have guessed it was a dunkelweissen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2005
I generally donít like New Belgium products but I have to give credit where credit is due. This one isnít completely overrated like their others. Really fruity aroma which I like. Spicy(cloves?) & slightly dry to the palate. Banana flavors. Some roasty malty flavors too. Basically it has everything I like so itíll score well but I seriously doubt Iíll drink it again unless I was in a pinch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2005
bottle...clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Big banana aroma as I was pouring, and after as well. Some yeast, some spiciness. Mostly banana though. Yeastly, banana flavor to start. Pepperiness kicks in toward the middle, and the end is a little sweet with some fruit. High carbonation, however I do not see the typical yeast floating around in this beer. I get too much banana or is it bubblegum for my liking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Dark bubbly amber color with a beige head. Aroma and flavor of yeast, peppery spices, fruit and some hops. Wow!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2005
deep amber with a full lasting head. spicy clovey malty yeast aroma--thick finish with lots of malt. very authentically belgian (at least compared to the belgians i have had here in the US). one of the more drinkable belgian style beers. thanks secret santa!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. Pours turbid ruby with aroma of malt, fruit, spices, and brown sugar. Tastes malty, fruity, with some merlot and spice at the finish. Firm, fairly dense palate, with more fruit as ti warmed. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Large, fluffy, slightly longer than avg. head. Clear brown body. Fruity aromas, pleasing flavor with notable malty finish. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
bottle. yeasty, fruity, and bubble gum aroma. colour is a brownish orange colour with a medium-size fluffy head. flavour is fruity, spicey, malty, etc..complex. a very nice dubbel. This is what New Belgium should stick to rather than the mediocre pilsner and wit that I had last week.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
The Abbey from New Belgium is much better at achieving the Belgian style than their Fat Tire. Very nice fruity aroma and flavor derived from the Belgian yeast strains. Nice body, good balance of malt and hops, and bit of spice.

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