RATINGS: 1217   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 Belgiums lineup - but it didnt 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 Jeffs 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
Copper color, big malt aroma. Very sweet, metallic flavor, soapy hints, a bit of citrus. Did we get a bad bottle?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
CapFlu (5123) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
(Bottle) Mahogany body. Tinny, malt aroma. Slight malt flavour with bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2003
Thin misty biscuits in somewhat cheap toffee...Dried caramel and a hint of bad cough syrup...This comparison with the Pater Lieven Bruin was quite boring, but I suspect this sample was a bit off...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2003
The Belgian style abbey dubbel pours a deep, ruby red color with a small, rapidly dissipating, off-white head. The aroma is yeasty and fruity with lots of malt and banana accents along with some spiciness. It has a medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor is malty sweet with a touch of spiciness and hints of yeast and fruits. The finish is long and sweet with full malt flavors and a hint of banana and caramel. Smooth. A good dubbel, one of the better American attempts at the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2474) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weisinator (67) - USA - MAY 16, 2003
Very aromatic and flavorful (some caramel flavors coming through), deep brown-orange color, with a strong, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2003
From a 22 oz. bottle with a best-by date of 8mar03:Red/amber; not much head. weak brown ale aroma. smooth flavor, the better side of green bell pepper, honey and a slight oxidized/papper-y flavor, slight tho'....This bottle is OK but it hasn't aged in a "supergraceful" manner either. I'll bet it tasted awesome on march 8th....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Medium brown color. Large head. Aroma is bready, bubble gum and cherries. A medium bodied abbey double. Malts are fruity, sweet and cokkish. Hops are citrus and spicy. Fruity, cherries, raisins, orange, banana, cloves and figs. Well balanced. Very drinkable. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. There is a touch of alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (843) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Hazy brown, Sweet Fruity aroma of brown surgar, clove, banana, and bread. Creamy and warming. A great deal and easy to find.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
GiddyBoy (121) - USA - APR 14, 2003
I think it is just my taste, but I found this brew to be awful. I think that I am not a Belgian style drinker, so take my words with a grain. I could not even finish this brew. Normally I am a big fan of New Belgium brews, but this was not one I could stomach.

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