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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 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 (149) - 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 (1327) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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