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RATINGS: 1197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 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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3.5
Dorkenstein (564) - - JUL 6, 2016
Aroma of raisin bread, yeast, and sugar. Taste is raisin bread, subtle black pepper and clove, brown sugar, and honey.

3.8
avantdagare (287) - 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.

3.4
euniceradio (562) - 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..

3
Ferris (16528) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
Draft - Dark malts, toffee and some dark fruit. Deep almost opaque Amber with a decent beige head. Dark malts, some muddy earthy notes, prune and a light fruity finish.

3.1
delnoche (516) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - MAY 27, 2016
12fl oz bottle poured into a Rochefort trappist chalice. Dark amber with plenty of bubbles, very little head. Lots of bubblegum in the nose (literally- I dipped my nose in it while sniffing it!), heavy on the candy sugar. Same mass of candy in the flavor, some banana and alcohol. Good but almost too sweet.

3.8
eruizgarcia (360) - - MAY 19, 2016
Deep amber pour with white foamy head. Lots of caramel and malt sweetness yet easy to drink and refreshing. Excellent beer for any occasion. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
KansaiBeerLvrs (5378) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 17, 2016
On the New Belgium tour. Geez, I thought I’d already rated this but it was the Tripel... Reddish bright brown color with a rich aroma and nice plum flavor. this is a classic dubbel. Apparently the yeast was hand imported from Belgium back when the guy was still a homebrewer after being given to him by a local homebrewer who’d cultivated it from trappist brews. Very cool and to style.

3.4
badhack (566) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Very malty, spice and dark fruit, but too much brown sugar and caramel. Still a good beer. Medium heavy palate, brown head.

4.3
superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2016
12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 10/23/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian dubbel style! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity/spicy yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

3
stevoj (5588) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle from Albertsons. Nice looking pour, fluffy off white head on clear dark brown body. Taste follows the smell, both providing too much candy sugar sweetness. Some chocolate, some savory spice, too sweet, not enough fruitiness. Close but no cigar


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