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. MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2013
With this beer, New Belgium has proven that their brewery name isn’t a fluke. Their Abbey ale is a loving tribute to the style. It’s 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. dewit2it (3) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2015 does not count
Great beer and love the taste. Just disappointed it’s not brewed by them Belgium monks. Hopper8 (178) - Holland, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2017
This beer is super good. What a great smell and amber red appearance. Yummy yummy. 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 it’s 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.
felsenpils (174) - 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. Lacho (95) - 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. 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, ’head for the mountains ...and turn right for this beer. Reid (2541) - 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. 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.