RATINGS: 1212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 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 (842) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2003
good wheat/yeast aroma. Dark red cloudy body with good white head. wheat and yeast flavor. Meadium carbonation and creamy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2144) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2003
Lighter reddish-brown in color. Big head that stays around for awhile. Complex aroma of fruit and caramel. Similar tastes with a good sweetness to it. Big malt body. A darn good representation of the style. It's only drawback is that it seems to be a bit lighter than usual for this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9280) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 Golden red and brown, good head. Smells of sugar, caramel, and squash. Frothy at first, with a wonderful carbonation and palate. Alcoholic bite, but a nice balance of sour and bold. There must be some good people brewing in Fort Collins, as this is as good as any true Belgian Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Oh yes! When I can't get myself a Westmalle ... I look for this one. Great color - looks like mud. Heady aromas of spices, nutmeg or cinnamon. Malty and begging for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2003
Tap @ Toronado. Nice full brown color with a ruby touch. A thick spice with ginger and cinnamon. A nice strong malt, slightly warming, and well balanced. A long spiced aftertaste. This would be great on a nice winter night.

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