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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Very sweet tasting, thought I was drinking liquified bubble gum. Overall I didn’t enjoy this one, however. Extreme carbonation. Somewhat one-dimensional flavor, not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 When took my 1st swig I was amazed by the taste. A sweet beer with a definate hint of bubble gum. Has a good bite to it for being sweet, and leaves a good aftertaste. The 1st time I had this I had bought two 6 packs to try and ended up drinking them all. It is very easy to find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Poured dark amber with diminishing white head. Fruity, fresh yeast aroma. Some clove in there as well. Slightly roasted flavors. Bananas, orange peel, and somewhat acidic. Nice lace all along the glass. Not bad, but not as satisfying as the tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 Reddish brown in coulor. Aroma is fruity with some yeast spicyness. Lots of complex fruit esters present with a rather dry but balanced finish. Alcohol comes through as it warms, but not in an obtrussive way. Overall quite delicous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Mahogany color with a small head. Aroma is malty with hints of plums and nuts. Yeasty with a dark fruit flavor, hints of pepper and corriander in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
Bottle. sweet candy sugar apple, brown sugar. This is a joke right? Poor effort, this isnít a double.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Caramel, coffee, citrus, hoppy initial sip. Nice head out of bottle. Complex mixing of flavors to give it an original flavor and full body. I like this one much better than the Chimay Red. Very nice beer. Thanks Phillybeer for this terrific substitution.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Bottle: Pours a deep reddish brown. Head diminishes after a bit. Banana, Raisin and toffee notes are very apparent. If this beer were from Belgium we would all be paying top dollar for it for sure. Letís not take for granted our domestic gems, this beer is great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2007 Bottle. Unfortunately past best by date (Sept. 16, 2003). Poured a nice amber color, highly carbonated with a thick off-white head. Fruity aroma, slightly on the sour side (perhaps due to being past its date). Rich and complex in taste: maybe a hint of fig, some raisins, a bit of a woodsy taste. Still, a bit of a metallic unpleasantness in the aftertaste. A fair attempt at a dubbel, but nowhere near as good as the real thing. But, to be perfectly fair, I need to try one thatís in date. Still ... not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Bottle.BB OCT 22 04. Cloudy with sediment, dark brown/red, small/medium creamy thick lasting head. Seemed to be very lively in the carbonation department. Initial aroma of fresh spiced clove, yeast, banana, caramel apples, and sweet light alcohol. Flavor is wonderful, starts creamy on the tongue, slight dark/roast malt base, spices(cinnamon), banana, apple, pear, and finishes with a lingering yeasty fruity sweet twang. Body is medium/heavy creamy, smooth, and coating. Nice!!

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