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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 14, 2004
bottle. pours a deep brown with a thick beige head. yeasty dirty spice smell that i like. creamy mouthfeel that has a banana dried apple flavor with some spice. there is an egg flavor in this that is ruining this beer for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3009) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Bottled. Lovely beer, and a lovely bottle, too. Pours a very big cream colored head that slowly settles into a coppry body. Smell has enough Belgian sugar for everyone. The usual Belgian yeast esters of coriander, and a slight hint of banana toward the finish. Thereís also a hint of horseblanket that becomes apparent the further down the glass you go.

   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 itís 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 Iíve had a few dubbels, and it seems a lot different from the oneís Iíd 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 canít 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 (5950) - 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 hadÖ

   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

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