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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2003
This is one heavenly drink. Head is light tan and thick,lasting throughout. Color is dark reddish brown. Lace all the way. Taste heavy on the banana,also clove, brown sugar, nutmeg,slightly bitter hop and very sweet flavors combined. Medium to heavy body. Great aftertaste. Very filling.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1457) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2013
With this beer, New Belgium has proven that their brewery name isnít a fluke. Their Abbey ale is a loving tribute to the style. Itís malty, spicy, and a bit fruity. It tends to have a neat head with good retention and imparts a fruit aroma. This is a world-class beer from a twelve ounce bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dewit2it (3) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2015 does not count
Great beer and love the taste. Just disappointed itís not brewed by them Belgium monks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bbrownz (2) - Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2010 does not count
A truly great example of an American brewed Belgian Ale. Smooth with a fantastic malt complexity. At 7% ABV itís very surprisingly drinkable. The official description says "boldly" served by itself but I can think of few beers better to drink on a crisp fall day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
felsenpils (156) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Very nice Belgian style ale. Dark amber color with great foam retention. Phenolic aroma, spicy Belgian taste. Glad to see that the brewers have not imparted an annoying hop aroma as many microbreweries do. This beer would sell very well on the shelf of a Belgian supermarket. To the brewers at New Belgium, you got this one spot on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lacho (74) - USA - DEC 3, 2010
Ahh, how can I count the ways in which I love thee! My favorite beer. Poured into my new MC Chouffe tulip, it pours beautifully, amber, brown, a little hazy with a nice frothy head. The aroma, complex, multiple tones such as caramel, banana, clove, ginger, licorice, and vanilla. It tastes lightly sweet, creamy, heavy with the ideal carbonation, and leaves a nice after taste. After a while the beer warms and "opens": licorice/banana with earthy toasty undertones, all working in balance. A great beer, liked it better than Chimay blue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2001
This stands among the best Dubbels on from this contenent. Complex with abalanced fruity plum flavor, íhead for the mountains ...and turn right for this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2338) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Wonderful looking beer when poured into the Chimay "chalice" fantastic aroma and a great taste sensation. Very palatable and a great American rendition of the classic Belgian Dubbel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Color is a gorgeous dark brownish red of deep, dark varnished mahogany, solid in the middle with glowing edges. Head is nice and compact of cream colored creamyness, about a finger high, with some bigger bubbles, faded within a minute or so, leaving drippy lace strings. Smell is all malt and dark fruits of banana, starfruit, citrusy a bit, with toffee notes and a note of spicy cloves, one nice nose on this. Taste is very smooth and subtle layers of complexity hindering mostly in malty sweetness and light dark fruits, banana, caramel, toffee notes and a bit of the cloves comes through in there as well. Flavors meld together quite excellent with a super nice little grab of dulled bitterly hops and yeast towards the end, giving it a little firm boldness thats very nice.Feel is pretty full medium embodyment with nice creamyness and a rich thickness, luscious and smooth, yet a tad thinning into the start. Extremely yummy dubbel made with care and respect to the orgin from which it came.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2004 does not count
This is a wonderful Belgium ale. It reminds me of an ever-so-slightly diluted Chimay Red. AND when you consider the price (which nearly all human beer drinkers do) is about 25% of the Chimay, it seems to be the overall winner when choosing a beer to have on stock. I especially liked the awareness of hops while not being blown away by them. Nice discovery for me.

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