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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3893) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
A pleasant - although somewhat light-colored - double, NB Abbey has a nose of fruity esters, yeast, and subtle spice. The flavors are more of the same, but with greater detail: the fruit resolves itself into a hint of cherry, citrus, and banana, malt and bread from the yeast, and an ever-so-slight and not-unpleasant bite from the alcohol. Glad I finally got hold this while visiting Seattle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 48°. Dark brown with an off white head that subsides quickly. Sampled in the New Belgium Worthy Globe. Yeasty smell. Sweet, citrusy, banana taste. The finish is somewhat tart. RE-RATE: I am starting to appreciate this one more, though as I am drinking it, all I can think of is banana bread, it tastes remarkably similar to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2004
(bottle) deep gold with hints of brown. Small head. Aroma of yeast and rust. Flavor is slightly sweet malt with some banana and raisins with hint of clove.

   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.

   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.

   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 it’s Belgian brothers...but a very good beer that is available. might be my new refrig beer.

   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 it’s Belgian brothers.

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