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RATINGS: 1203   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2014 This beer pours a brilliant reddish brown color with a medium white head, and the aroma blends banana esters, caramel and toasted malts, and a hint of clove. The taste is a mixture of slightly sweet (due to the banana flavor) and mildly sour (due to the malts); the palate fuses an average carbonation, medium body, slick and thick texture, and a malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KevinReddirt (17) - Midland, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2016
It has been rather awhile since I had had an Abbey. Wondering why I waited so long. I like the New Belgium roster generally but this is my favorite of theirs. Poured into a Belgian chalice and gave it a good inch of ivory colored foam. Great dark red body. Very nice aroma, earthy, musky, dark cherry. The taste is even better. I detect chocolate, raspberry, significant but pleasing sweetness, quite complex for an American brewed dubbel. So you can spend a serious amount for a bottle of Chimay Blue or you can get a six pack of Abbey for around ten bucks. I do both but also will take the Abbey much more often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Machoninja (4) - WESTMINSTER, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2016 does not count
Nice big 2 and a half finger head, foam is a medium tan. Looks to me like a dark amber though I dont really care how it looks and neither should anyone else. Decent nose, Malty, bit of Chocolate and I get dried Raspberry though I can see how others would get raisin. Taste of Roasted Malt, yeast, and I get a bit of a sweet port finish. Feels like a heavy dark Beer, you can tell by the way it feels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (3184) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2016
Pretty good stuff although I wouldn’t say it has the depth of a true Belgian. Cord with a dark brown Amber and a frothy head that slowly settle down. Aroma is malt yeast Red Green burnt sugar. Flavor is like aroma with carbonation to balance it very smooth and fresh nice beer. Very drinkable. But lacks depth. Nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnGalt1 (1672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Fridge clearing... Only was able to put away about half of this one.. Very nice long lasting head atop a crystal clear chestnut brew.. appealing cherry highlights. Aroma is raisins.. figs.. milk chocolate and big cloves .. Big Belgian spiciness.. medium caramel sweetness. Sorta disappointing.. I remember it being better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRenter76 (834) - Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Originally rated on 9/21/08. One of New Belgiums best offerings to date, Abbey delivers as promised. Aroma of dried fruits, and spicey cloves also lend themselves to the flavor which also has some slightly earthy and floral notes. The body is a reddish brown with a thick off white head. Overall a really good beer thats worth your time

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer_rookie (419) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Pours a clear dark copper color. Some little floaties in there, probably yeast. About one finger tan head. Okay retention, good lacing.

Aroma is medium roasted malt, smoky, dark fruits and nutty. There’s also a touch of banana.

Taste is well balanced. It leans sweet, not bitter, not sour. Dark fruits, maybe some caramel and chocolate in there. There is pecan in there.

Mouthfeel is not as heavy as I would expect, medium light at most. Can’t taste the alcohol at all. It’s creamy.

Overall, wow! This is great. It’s complex, it’s flavorful. Absolutely, I would recommend this. I would totally buy this again. Yes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with off white head. Nose and taste is dark fruit, raisins, Belgian yeast. Nice caramel taste as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorkenstein (433) - - JUL 6, 2016
Aroma of raisin bread, yeast, and sugar. Taste is raisin bread, subtle black pepper and clove, brown sugar, and honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
avantdagare (235) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2016
4 finger beige head, red-brown body. Nose: Figs, raisins, caramel and Madeira. Taste: Caramel, figs, raisins, oranges, plum and the slightest hint of Madeira (this bottle was best before 2014 according to the bottle). Semi-long ending with little bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
euniceradio (455) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2016
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours translucent ruby brown, white soapy head. Aroma of raisin, brown sugar, pepperoni?, bread and biscuits, Belgian yeast. Taste of semi-sweet bready malts, caramel and dark stone fruits..

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