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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 This brew poured a beautiful clear deep amber color with about an inch of head on top. The aroma is fantastic and is as aromatically pleasant as any Belgian ale I've had. Sweet malt and fruity with punctuating notes of banana which is surprisingly nice yet just as curious. Mouthfeel is effervescent and lively and very Belgian. This is an impressive brew for an American brewer. Flavor is fantastic, a nice malty sweet treat that hints at fruit, candy sugar and Belgian yeast. Overall one of the most impressive Belgian styles brewed in this country in my opinion. Thanks Shamster!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Dammit, I'm finally impressed by a beer from this brewery. Pours a dark amber. From glancing at the other reviews, everyone else seemed to get a nice head, but there was none with mine, nor was there any lace. It *could* be that mine was too cold, but I don't think that was it. Smells like a fruity malt, bananas are present. Tastes...too good to be from this brewery. The sweetness abounds, but it's not really malty. There's bananas and cloves floating around there. It's very pleasant, dammit. Mouthfeel is full and foamy, with a clean aftertaste. Drinkability is quite good. Okay, I still have the tripel to try. If it's as good as this one is, I may have to reconsider my hatred of this brewery. But you've got to admit, Fat Tire really lacks character. As popular as it is, if it had *half* the taste this has, the rest of the beer-drinking world would understand how good beer could be.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4770) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Clear copper/bronze coloured body with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of bubble-gum, pit fruit, bananas, cloves and a light peppery essence. Medium-bodied; Mouth coating spiceyness of nutmeg, pepper and cloves. Aftertaste somewhat dry, but also very sweetened by the brown sugar/caramel presence. Overall, a nice beer-very good to try four months after getting back from the trip! A good beer to try in comparision to Chimay (Rouge)! I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Total Beverage in Thornton (Denver), Colorado and sampled it on 23-December-2003.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1470) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Deep, dark, somewhat cloudy ruby reddish color. Bubblegum lingers in the aroma. Malt, yeast, some hops maybe? Nice, light, smooth taste. Banana, caramel,and some assorted fruit. A definitely good brew!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2003
A bright burgundy, decent head and lace. Nose full of fruity esters, bubblegum, sweet malt, some yeast characer and more. Medium bodied, bubbly, fruity, sweet but not overly so, hints of caramel, banana, spices, slight yeasty dryness in finish along with a hint of sourness. So drinkable an tasty, the prominent estery notes remind me of a quad. Damn fine brew.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a brownish color with a small creamy head. Has a complex flavor of raisins, plums, and nuts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 4, 2003
I like this more every time I dring it. Head was small but laced really well, kind of plum and caramel and fruitcake flavor, all in a good way. Less yeasty than some of the Belgians I've had, but a very very good dubbel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3303) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Nice deep copper color, long lasting small creamy head. Excellent aroma of raisins and port, with a fresh loamy smell on the finish. Flavor also centers on raisins, prunes, dried apricots, with a bit more bitterness on the finish than I expected. Well made beer. Thanks acrodizer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Large thanks to Indra for the trade a few months ago, You Rock!

Pours a smoky mahogany body beneath a blossoming creamy tan head, amazing sheets of lacing. Aroma of ripe berries: raspberries, both black and blueberries, thick with caramel malt… The flavor is leathery, musty saddlebags, plums, a smoky cedar & tobacco presents of a walk in cigar humidor…. A spicy peppery attendance, yeasty, a bit nutty, amazingly complex and delicious…finishes both tart and dry, Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2003
It looks really thin, with a light amber color. Not much of an aroma, after pouring the beer I wasn't really expecting much, just based on the appearance and the nose. But, I was pleasantly surprised, the palate of this brew seems far darker and thicker than I thought it should, judging by the way it looks in the glass. Complicated flavor, full of sweet syrupy notes, with hints of spices and fruit. Definatly worth a try.


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