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RATINGS: 1200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2004
A really unispired version of the style. This palate and extract tasting dark fruits. Another huge dissapointment from the cult in Fort Collins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Bottle: Lasting light beige head on a fairly clear coppery brown body. Immediate nose is clove spice, then follows with hints of roast and woodiness and perfumey floral hop. Lightly solventy alcohol remeniscent of hairspray as it warms. Moderate grape/raisiny aroma as it warms as well. Malt is lightly nutty and bready. Flavor is well balanced, light alcohol fruitiness and flavor, hints of plums; malt character seems to be toasty. Finish is well balanced but seems to be slightly toward bitterness. Aftertaste is lightly burnt coffee and slightly hop flavored. Hints of yeasty clove, but it’s very light. Medium body, higher carbonation, smooth m/f, and well hidden alcohol. A good beer, but IMHO, I would not really consider this a dubbel. I like the complexities, but I’ve had a few dubbels, and it seems a lot different from the one’s I’d consider "true" dubbels.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Poured ruby brown with a thin tan head...smells like some sort of candy that I can’t quite place, something with grapes in it perhaps...tastes quite overly sweet...sugary with nutty overtones...got some earth fruits, definately grape...disappointing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
Bottle: Poured a hazy red brown colored beer with a medium head with average retention. I noticed lots of sediment floating in my glass. Aroma is quite sweet with a nice malty tone underneath. At first, I was surprised with the sweetness of this beer, which hides some of the floral malt used in this beer. The end is quietly bitter but lack some roastiness. Something is missing here, not the best dubbel I had…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2004
A decent "fake" belguim, Had one in bottle, very fruity, nice head, nice milky yellow color with hints of peach, a bit bitter finish, but not bad!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 26, 2004
bottle. wow this gets some good scores for what i thought was a parody of a dubbel. light caramel in the aroma, very sweet and very thin, some peanut skin, brown sugar and metho

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - AUG 25, 2004
This is a really decent intrepration of this style. Lots of fruity aroma and spicyness in the nose. And the attack is not overpowering either. A decent beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Bottled. Deep mahogony in colour. A fair amount of thickish head on pour. Lasts about half through the drink. Laces well. Noise is spicy/fruity like you’d expecta belguim to be. Taste is yeasty, fruity, spicy. Not much of a hop presence in the west coast tradition, but that’s how a belgium should be. Finishes smooth. A fair example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 13, 2004
I think this is a good dubbel. It should be used as a standard to compare others by. This beer fits the style exactly. Nice yeasty nose and flavor, good smooth body, lively carbonation. Nothing stands out about this beer, but that’s what makes it so good. Very well balanced. Would definitely drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
Tasted in Colorado. Obtained from a beer store in Dillon. Pours with a very lively head. Colour is a deep amber / copper. Aroma is of sweet passion fruit, hint of banana and bubblegum. Flavour is a muted version of the aroma, slightly sweet with a malty start and finish.

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