RATINGS: 1209   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2004
First whiff off the bottle is much the same as shoving a whole bannana up your nose.Nice brown/red color,small white head that faded quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was Bannana and maybe a little spice with possibly a touch of caramel as well.Nice sweet bannana flavor with a mild malty side some spice coming on in the middle.The taste gets just a hint of alcohol meaning that you can feel a slight warming effect,but its quite mellow.The end of the tasting has just a mild bitterness with a light bannana and spice after taste.This is a nice brew that is very easy to drink compared to some brews ive had of the style.Thanks go to Falconseye for sending this fine brew my way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11774) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2004
I picked a sixer up of this while visting a friend in Denver (how could I pass up a beer with a picture of a mond on it?). I was not disappointed. Poured a mahogony color with an averaged sized head. Aromas and tastes of malts, apples, and some yeast. I will have to buy this one again...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3479) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Mahogany color that an average sized head can be coaxed from with a good pour. Nice complex aroma of malt, dried fruit, and yeast. Full well rounded flavor. Not a bad Dubbel. Re-rate I dropped it a point each on palate for being thinner than some Ive tried since and a point overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1673) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2004
One of my favorite New Belgium beers. The yeast provides a nice underpinning to both the aroma and the flavor. There are combinations of apricot, apple, and banana to both. Tastes light and sort of sweet without being sugary. A very well-done bottle fermented double.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Brown, mostly clear with a fluffy tan head and good lacing. Sweet caramel, figs and spices (nutmeg?), vinous, a bit of chocolate, mostly dry finish - this is a very nice Dubbel!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1393) - Montana, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Nice off brown color with sun dried fruit nose. Great balance of flavors with hints of raisins and carmalized sugar. Not too much carbonation, nice clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2004
very tasty and refresking Belgian Ale, well balance aromatic brew with fruity smells and equally fruity taste. Brownish in color with and full bodied taste and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Looked like a Coke when it is in a mug. It has a soap sud head to it. A unique taste, I dont know whether I like it or not. I like New Belgiums Flat Tire better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Cloudy, red/brown. Sweet nose with some coffee, chocolate, yeast, and odd metallic notes. Interesting flavors come through that arent suggested in the nose--apples, some red wine, only a light sweetness. Some notes of chocolate, dry coffee. Medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 24, 2004
I was really shocked by this brew. I mean its a hundreds of years old trappist style brew thats brewed in Colorado and sold in six packs. In the past I have definitely seen this brewery as pretty hit or miss...I still think that is true, this brew though is excellent. Poured into a crystal goblet. Lovely dark brown dubbel hue topped with a nice white foamy head that really lingered, was also quit rocky. The nose on this beast is excellently complex...much more complex than some real trappist dubbels ive tasted. PErhaps this is because they add more candy sugars to this beast than they might be obliged to in Flanders country but nose is of, rum, raiisins, pecan pie, candied yams, and perhaps a cabernet...I know pretentious but its in there. On the tongue this brew is equally masterful. The mouthfeel is superb. Whereas some Dubbels seem to simply be too watery or paper like on the palate this one was really round and wet. Very refreshing. The tongue caught notes of Brown Sugar...lots of sweet...soo sweet. Others have mentioned bubblegum and that is certainly in there as well. Christmas Pudding, rum raisin cake, brandy and chocolate. Man this is my new standy sixer beer. So great! G-rat

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