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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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emartell (245) - Zapopan, Jalisco, - JAN 15, 2013
Aroma agradable que se peribe desde que se destapa la botella. Las notas que se perciben y destacan son a caramelo y levadura. En cuanto a su apariencia, color café claro, algo turbia, con notas rojas muy intensas a la luz. Corona de espuma ligera y de poca retención. Carbonatación media. En boca, notas intensas y complejas, principalmente una intensa sequedad y una amargura elegante al final. Al pañadar en principio es algo cremosa y ligeramente dulce. Posteriormente destaca una sequedad muy repentina, notas ligeramente futales en virtud de la levadura y un amargor moderado final. En reumen se tratan de sabores algo complejos pero bien integrados. En general es una cerveza agradable, diferente a la gran mayoria de cervezas elaboradas en el continente americano. Buenos aromas y cierta complejidad en el sabor, sin embargo aun está lejos de igualar las grandes cervezas de este estilo que por lo general y tal como lo señala el nombre de esta cerveza, son de Belgica. Entre las principales caracteristicas en las que deja algo que desear son en el dulzor agregado por el Azucar añadido en botella, así como su fortaleza alcohólica. Buena pero puede mejorar.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopsinator123 (9) - - SEP 29, 2014 does not count
Delicious beer.. Just spent a week in bruges and Brussels trying about 20 beers. This one almost tops them all.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3418) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Taster at brewery. Pours brown with a khaki head. Leaves trace lacing. Nice malty sweet notes on the nose. Kind of sweetly malty on the tongue. Very quaffable. It goes down so easy. Finished clean. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CelticBrew (801) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Poured from 12oz bottle a dark copper hue, with a small to medium sized head and a little lacing. Aroma is yeasty ,fruity with lots of malt and banana accents along with some spiciness. Rich and complex in flavour: maybe a hint of fig, some raisins, a bit of a woods and earthy leaves. 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. Decent enough, but not really my style either.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bob_w (321) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Classic version of a classic style. The yeast character works nicely in concert with the malt to give the subtle fruitiness, without being overbearing. Delicious caramel/toffee quality, moderate dark aged fruit note. It’s no wonder that it’s won so many medals.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smallfry (18) - - SEP 14, 2014
Wonderful aroma: slight banana, some spiciness and other fruitiness. Certainly not the best dubbel but still quite good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aenima (264) - Askim, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2014
Belgian easters in the aroma together with caramel and raisins. The taste is caramel, raisins, plums and hints of chocolate. Also some belgian esters in the background.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (446) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Tastes a little different for the style but still very good. A little bready with some banana. More British character and less of the sweet candi sugar than most dubbels. Some caramel too, but its a bitter caramel. The carbonation level is just right and it has a frothy, lingering head. A pretty easy-drinking dubbel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (973) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle to plastic cup Banana, malt, caramel, brown sugar, and yeast. Reddish amber with a thin, very creamy tan head. Taste is caramel, molasses, malt, bread, cookie, and yeast.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crajun (967) - , Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2014
bottle to glass; need to try again - aroma was good, but different for style - spices, malts, banana? nice darker cloudy amber pour. taste was good but not sure it was dubbel; will try again and give more details

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pkmd1 (23) - - AUG 25, 2014
Darker brown color with medium white head, flavor full with some bitter flavors with good balance. Would continue to be a New Belgium fan.


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