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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Dark mahogany body with a fluffy white head. Smells like a package of sweet-tarts. Flavor is slightly sweet, with light fruits and a mild dry finish. Nothing special, or even too interesting for that matter, about this at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggie80 (808) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Nice dark brown with a bit of head and lacing. Aroma is typical of a Belgian, with a sharp bite to the aftertaste. Many fruit undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Pours a clear brown with a thin tan head that quickly diminishes. Nose is cherry, plum, date, all mish-mashed together. Banana and apple tastes mix with creamy caramel malt and a sharp hops bite. The carbonation is very strong and carries the strong alcohol with it, rather too much for my taste. Improves as it warms. Slightly oily mouthfeel. I enjoy it but prefer dubbels that have the alcohol less ascendant. Overall good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Slight head and a purely peachy color. Aroma is magical, delightful, a veritable fruit salad in the nose...tropical fruits, mango, banana. Great hop presence, and a delicious spark on the tongue. Light in texture and body, but full of flavor. Medium carbonation, and, again, a beautiful little ballet by hops on the palate. An excellent tripel, one of the best stateside versions I’ve ever encountered, if not the best!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 red body with a bit of white head.honestly all i really got out of the aroma and flavor was banana’s.i hate to say it but it wasnt really my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (4031) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Pour is a deep red with a nice sized white head. Aroma is fruity and spicey. Smell like Christmas! Flavor is excellent. Lots of yeasty and malty goodness. Lots of fruityness in this brew as well. Banana comes to mind. Over probably the best "Belgian" I have had that did not come from Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This poured a deep reddish brown color with a slight light tan head. Even the head goes down to maintain a covering of bubbles that leaves nice sheets of lace decorating the glass with each sip. The smell is rich with rich sweet rip fruits a bit of light spicing and a touch of caramel. Very tasty aroma here that really gets you looking forward to that first sip. Ahhh the taste of fruit when this first meets your lips is excellent. There must be hops in there balancing this out because it never really gets too sweet. The finish is malty with a bit of spice. Full creamy mouthfeel lends to this great brew as it goes down very smoothly. This was one of the most drinkable Belgians I have ever had, I couldn’t stop sipping it. Overall a good beer that I definitely would recommend trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniela (9) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004 does not count
copper-brown with rapidly fading head. fruity bubblegum flavor, tart finish, bitter ness that lasts at the front of the mouth. pleasant drinking, though not a particular standout ffrom new belgium.

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