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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4884) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 Original Rating, October 26, 2004: Brown color with a thin head. Bready aroma. Thick feel with a good malt and bread taste along with a striking banana taste and aroma. This is quite nice. 8/4/7/3/16 Re-Rating, April 13, 2009: Brown, slight ruby color with no head. Strong aroma of grain, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, bread and yeast. The taste is more muddled than the aroma. Some grain and bread notes, a light yeastiness. Faint Noble hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Brown Coloring With Red Tints. Good Head. Very Nice...Liking the Dubbels...Bread Dough, Sweet, Malty...Some Raisins, Alcohol a Bit Noticeable.. Some Spices in There As Well. Mildy Thicker Then Average Brew...Goes Down Very Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Aroma is nice and fruity with nice fresh cantelope and honeydew. Pours really nicely with a nice head brought on by the fizzy carbonation. Head retains nicely and can be refreshed with a gentle swirl. Flavor has raisin, bread , and spice. slighly sweet with a thin, watery body. Aftertaste turns a litlle dry, with a slight bitterness. Pretty good , but nothing great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
Nice deep burgundy brown color with a malty yeasty aroma. Flavor is malty yeasty spicy and a bit of banana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2813) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Large, rocky tan head, good retention and plenty of lace. Dark amber, red hued color. Spicey, fruity nose, faint citrus and sugar. Medium body, lightly creamy. Medium sweet maltiness, dark fruit flavors, overipe bananna. Malty. A fairly dry finish. Thanks to whaleman for this one.

   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 (568) - 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 (8557) - 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.

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