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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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Amber brown with trace white head. Musty sour raisins on the nose. Flavors of black pepper, clove and banana. With a lingering banana bread for 60+ sec. Flavor starts to fall apart after 10 minutes in the glass. Nice dubbel, but didnít think that it held up well and I would like more maltybody.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 9, 2004
Deep amber brown with off-white head and sediment. Sweet cherry malt nose with toffee, carmel and roasted flavors. Med-to heavey mouthfeel with lingering biter sweet finish. Sweet with cherry, toffee, sweet banana, spice, nutmeg, and nutty roasted flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Poured dark ruby with a dense white head. Good retention throughout and lacing was certainly not as issue. A think lace left on the glass. The nose was full of sugars, yeast, dark fruits, cloves and apples. A variety of different flavors in this beer: raisins, clove, banana, pear, apricots, caramel and the alcohol was very well hidden. Overall very good for the style but with similar American interpretations like Ommegang and Allagash Dubbel this beer is simply not up to par.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle. Brownish beer with a good beige head. Understated maly sweetness, spice, and bubblegum in the aroma. Nice rich malt with banana and spice and yeast in the flavor. Wish there was just a little more richness to it. Fruit (grape and plum) with a bit of earthiness. Complex, but just lacking a bit to put it at the next level.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2004
iím not comfortable with the guy on the label. heís got a doughy face, a spacy countenance, a conniving sort-of simpering and puckered smirk-- which, along with those effeminate doe eyes suggests heís having unsavory and salacious thoughts. it just isnít an appealing image to depict a beer. i turned him toward the wall and instead appreciated the clear ruddy pour of ambergris and maple, the crown of ivory foam and lace as sinuous as the iron filigrees of a new orleans french quarter balcony. aroma is deep-fried banana in a graham cracker crust, and enough woody alcohol to bring to mind glues and solvents of industrial strength. itís akin to a thin banana-flavored barley wine, i tasted sweet caramel banana bread pudding with a watery orange tea-rum sauce. the heavy malts have the guttural accent of a doppel bock. i sensed a steamy cigar humidor, and then plum-chocolate candies melting in a tupperware bowl. the hops burst on the scene and blurted out a couterpoint of bitterness. itís big and covers a lot of topics in a loud voice, itís just not that convincing. bananas just arenít that compelling to me, no matter how theyíre served.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 14, 2004
bottle. pours a deep brown with a thick beige head. yeasty dirty spice smell that i like. creamy mouthfeel that has a banana dried apple flavor with some spice. there is an egg flavor in this that is ruining this beer for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Bottled. Lovely beer, and a lovely bottle, too. Pours a very big cream colored head that slowly settles into a coppry body. Smell has enough Belgian sugar for everyone. The usual Belgian yeast esters of coriander, and a slight hint of banana toward the finish. Thereís also a hint of horseblanket that becomes apparent the further down the glass you go.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
legion242 (2343) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2004
A really unispired version of the style. This palate and extract tasting dark fruits. Another huge dissapointment from the cult in Fort Collins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Bottle: Lasting light beige head on a fairly clear coppery brown body. Immediate nose is clove spice, then follows with hints of roast and woodiness and perfumey floral hop. Lightly solventy alcohol remeniscent of hairspray as it warms. Moderate grape/raisiny aroma as it warms as well. Malt is lightly nutty and bready. Flavor is well balanced, light alcohol fruitiness and flavor, hints of plums; malt character seems to be toasty. Finish is well balanced but seems to be slightly toward bitterness. Aftertaste is lightly burnt coffee and slightly hop flavored. Hints of yeasty clove, but itís very light. Medium body, higher carbonation, smooth m/f, and well hidden alcohol. A good beer, but IMHO, I would not really consider this a dubbel. I like the complexities, but Iíve had a few dubbels, and it seems a lot different from the oneís Iíd consider "true" dubbels.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Poured ruby brown with a thin tan head...smells like some sort of candy that I canít quite place, something with grapes in it perhaps...tastes quite overly sweet...sugary with nutty overtones...got some earth fruits, definately grape...disappointing...

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