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RATINGS: 1151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Deep mahahgonay, thin white head. Got notes of spicy banana bread, chocolate covered cherries, fig, prune, and fresh bread dough. Similar in flavor with a good malt and hop balance. Soft carbonation and smooth to the finish. Very good interpretation of the style. Drink at cellar temp. for best aromas and flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2004
bottled: pours dark amber color with bubbly head that disipated almost before i could take a sip. the rates are kinda all over the board with this one...i did enjoy this beer and the higher alcohol was hidden well. but it didnt really remind me of a belgium beer. too hopped for the belgiums and probably not aged as long or in oak. has a bitter aftertaste or hoppy. the yeast (although they claim its from belgium) is from colorado as is the water giving us an american version of the style. a good beer in its own class. i like the second fermentation in the bottle, not common to see in 12oz style unless your drinking weizen. im going to try this one again and see if i feel different. definately check this out, all new belgium brewing beers are rather tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Delicious blend of cherries and malt in a sour and rich balanced lambic delight. I am truly amazed by the availability of such a great Dubbel at my local grocery store!

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2004
A very dark ruby color. Definetely gets better as it warms. Poured with a decent head. A nice fruity, malty taste to compliment this one. You'll feel it warming you head but it doesn't quite pack the punch that other dubbels have. A nice beer however.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 This beer pours with a deep amber/red body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight spicy note and a touch of citrus. The flavor is sweet and spicy with a malty note and a touch of fruit. Full bodied and smooth yet warming.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Very good take on the style. Perhaps the only think "lacking" would be a bit of conditioning yeast. The first Belgian abbey (Chimay) that I had years ago bowled me over by having a flavor I had never experienced. Now I believe I am almost at a temporary burn out. Sure hope that's not the case. I would probably RAVE about this were it not for that sensation of not being excited about all the flavors in here that are dead on target. A definite job well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
dark ruby color with a thin white head. tastes of sour cherries and sweet aftertaste of blackberries.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2004
a nice reddish brown color. Poured with a decent head. A nice fruity, malty taste to compliment this one. Didn't realize the kick of this one till after I felt a little drunk.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Thanks to whaleman for sending this! Pours brown with a medium tan head. Nice spiced and fruity nose, along with malt and some hints of sugar. Great taste! Light spices, nutty malt, some candy sugar, and maraschino cherry. Sweet but slightly bitter finish. Really nice surprise how great this beer was.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2004 does not count
This is a wonderful Belgium ale. It reminds me of an ever-so-slightly diluted Chimay Red. AND when you consider the price (which nearly all human beer drinkers do) is about 25% of the Chimay, it seems to be the overall winner when choosing a beer to have on stock. I especially liked the awareness of hops while not being blown away by them. Nice discovery for me.


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