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RATINGS: 1219   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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3.7
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2004
bottled: pours dark amber color with bubbly head that disipated almost before i could take a sip. the rates are kinda all over the board with this one...i did enjoy this beer and the higher alcohol was hidden well. but it didnt really remind me of a belgium beer. too hopped for the belgiums and probably not aged as long or in oak. has a bitter aftertaste or hoppy. the yeast (although they claim its from belgium) is from colorado as is the water giving us an american version of the style. a good beer in its own class. i like the second fermentation in the bottle, not common to see in 12oz style unless your drinking weizen. im going to try this one again and see if i feel different. definately check this out, all new belgium brewing beers are rather tasty.

4.4
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Delicious blend of cherries and malt in a sour and rich balanced lambic delight. I am truly amazed by the availability of such a great Dubbel at my local grocery store!

2.5
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2004
A very dark ruby color. Definetely gets better as it warms. Poured with a decent head. A nice fruity, malty taste to compliment this one. You'll feel it warming you head but it doesn't quite pack the punch that other dubbels have. A nice beer however.

3.6
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 This beer pours with a deep amber/red body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight spicy note and a touch of citrus. The flavor is sweet and spicy with a malty note and a touch of fruit. Full bodied and smooth yet warming.

3.6
fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Very good take on the style. Perhaps the only think "lacking" would be a bit of conditioning yeast. The first Belgian abbey (Chimay) that I had years ago bowled me over by having a flavor I had never experienced. Now I believe I am almost at a temporary burn out. Sure hope that's not the case. I would probably RAVE about this were it not for that sensation of not being excited about all the flavors in here that are dead on target. A definite job well done.

3.9
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
dark ruby color with a thin white head. tastes of sour cherries and sweet aftertaste of blackberries.

3.4
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2004
a nice reddish brown color. Poured with a decent head. A nice fruity, malty taste to compliment this one. Didn't realize the kick of this one till after I felt a little drunk.

3.9
TheBeerGod (6222) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Thanks to whaleman for sending this! Pours brown with a medium tan head. Nice spiced and fruity nose, along with malt and some hints of sugar. Great taste! Light spices, nutty malt, some candy sugar, and maraschino cherry. Sweet but slightly bitter finish. Really nice surprise how great this beer was.

4.6
donyboy (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2004 does not count
This is a wonderful Belgium ale. It reminds me of an ever-so-slightly diluted Chimay Red. AND when you consider the price (which nearly all human beer drinkers do) is about 25% of the Chimay, it seems to be the overall winner when choosing a beer to have on stock. I especially liked the awareness of hops while not being blown away by them. Nice discovery for me.

3.9
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
6/02, bottle. Nutty brown-amber-red color. Belgian-yeasty aromas, ckicklets and ambrosia, rice-pudding, cherry soda. The flavors are savory and fresh. Hints of marmalade, christmas ham, lemon pie, plum and mince pie. The spice is light and mild, but warmilngly present; the citrus and sour (like sourdough) yeast dominates making this pleasingly complex. A nice, affordable belgian double style beer I wish I had bought more of.


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