RATINGS: 1214   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Obfuscate (544) - Minneapolis, - FEB 6, 2016
Just not a style for me. The clove ruins anything for my tastes. Do get some nice banana notes though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skazhy (8) - LATVIA - JAN 24, 2016 does not count
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a light off-white head. Light flavor of dried fruit & malty aroma. Nothing too exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2678) - - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle shared. Toffee, dried fruit, dough, quite yeasty, bit of spice, fairly sweet finish with boozy notes. Not so impressive nor balanced for this classic style, seems they do a better job at hoppy and funky sour brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8284) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2016
(Bottle) Reddish brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with dried fruit, dark bread, ginger, some chocolate, hazel-nuts, orange peel and a touch of wort. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit, caramel, ginger, treacle-toffee, brown sugar, hazel-nuts, orange peel and a gentle spicy bitterness. Medium body, with a balanced sweetness. Really tasty and well made example of the style. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1417) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Clear brown pour. Thin white head. Basic Abbey dubbel style. Flavors of caramel, roasted nuts, Drinkable, but slightly artificial tasting. Does not hold a candle to authentic belgians. Thinking Westmalle, etc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
androman (2092) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015
1.5dl on tap at Craft & Draft, Amsterdam. Body is clear amber brown, head is big, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is light roasted malt, flavor is dried fruits, molasses, honey, brown sugar, light spices. Heavy sweet, medium roasty bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bittersweet. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessert beer, a bit too sweet for me but nice anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oskart (60) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Copper color with a thin head. Medium non-citrus fruit aroma. Earthy and slightly sweet. Slick Warming mouthfeel. Medium balanced sweet/bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9845) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2015
Bottle at Komachi. Finally got around to trying this Belgian-American classic. Pretty red-orange-brown, clear, with a tall, fine, off-white head. Yeasty nose, a bit roasted, miso, chocolate, spicy yeast. Flavor is quite spicy and full of umami, chocolate, soy. There is a rough yeastiness that I dont really dig. Not too sweet, but the malt flavors are unimpressive for a dubbel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrjaxson (535) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours to a beautiful, big head barely fitting in a tulip, releasing a yeasty blast detectable from across the kitchen. Upon closer examination, one might nose out a bit of dark cherries and raisins, too. Body is quite spry and balanced with a sharp finish that also has hints of sweetness. Very nice.

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