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RATINGS: 1208   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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3.6
GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Dark amber to brown in color with banana flavor. What Fat Tire aspires to be.

3.7
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 22, 2005
12oz bottle - pours a deep mahogany color, with a monsterous full head and lot’s of lacing. Aroma is fruity with nuances of malt, coffee and fresh bread. Flavor is semi-sweet and malty with a touch of hops. Mouthfeel is med/full and creamy, not too much fizz. Finish is nicely complex, with a touch of bitterness. This is an easy drinking beer, offering a host of flavor.

3.8
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Best thing I’ve had from New Belgium yet. Tasted like a mix of Fat Tire and Chimay Red. Not over-the-top phenols like you get in real Belgian beers, but on the way there. Most of New Belgium’s "Belgian" styles don’t taste Belgian at all to me, but this one does. Great value.

4.4
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2005
This is one of my favorite widely available (at least in my area) beers. Pours a dark amber with perfect half inch head that perpetuates until the glass is empty. Head adds a creamy taste to the already rich, sweet flavor. A hint of hops, but mostly malt and yeast, which makes the beer very easy to drink (and filling). When I want bold flavor, I head for this beer.

3.9
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Wow! Another breed altogether...Fruity, floral, and sweet to the extreme. Definitely nowhere near the bitterness I’m accustomed to - quite interesting and tasty nonetheless. Absolutely beautiful, pour, head, activity, and lacing. Medium body and nice balance; but once again, altogether to sweet for my admittedly relatively non-sophisticated taste. This one should have a warning on it; the alcohol presence is quite unobtrusive and I could easily imagine where several of these might sneak up on you in a very bad way. All in all, still the best New Belgium I’ve tried, in spite of what I’ve rated Fat Tire previously. Nice Belgian Double, but drink responsibly or pay the consequences.

2.9
Zamboni42 (10) - USA - OCT 10, 2005
While I’m a big fan of NBB’s beers, I’ve never been able to warm up to abbey. For some reason the banana esthers seem to make the whole flavor come crashing down. It just seems....odd to me.

3.7
GarrettB (1693) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Even the most chiseled erudite can sit down for an episode of the Simpsons. Fine, Italian opera librettos are sophisticated, but Homer’s vernacular humor appeals to everybody, not just the upper crust of educated muckity-mucks. My mother once told me that a truly admirable man of intellect can speak to anybody, whether it be Walter Russel Meade or the janitor. New Belgium’s Abbey is much the same way. It may not be as “advanced” as some of its Strong Belgian Ale cousins found in the higher price refrigerator, but it has the same basic taste and it appeals to a broader audience. It’s not quite a “working man’s beer”, but the Abbey has a dusky, lowdown feel while keeping a high brow aura. It pours a dark auburn, with a fantastic off-white head. The foam is thick and looks welcoming to an eager lip. The beer feels very muscular as well and “full” on the first sip before fully developing its flavor. As per the tradition of Belgian ales there is a lot of fruit to be found, but mostly apple. The Abbey also seemed sweeter than other Belgian ales I’ve had. Most importantly, the beer provides that “fruits of the earth” taste, and seems to be appropriate for drinking in a low lit room. Not necessarily a tavern mind you, but a settled and cozy room. I do like this beer. It is, so far, my favorite from New Belgium.

3.9
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 1, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Classic dubbel appearance. Yeasty aroma. Banana and bubblegum. Flavor is caramel, banana, fruit, bubblegum. Very tasty and sweet. Lots of flavor. Nice dubbel, and it’s fairly readily available at a good price. Cheaper doesn’t mean a lower quality brew in this case. I would honestly rather have this dubbel as any others that I’ve had. Including Chimay.

3.8
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2005
Pours amber brown with no head. Pleasant aroma of banana and raisin. Taste is similar, a bit of yeast, mild and fruity. Mouthfeel is good - not thick, not thin, and tiny bubbles tickle the tongue. Certainly worth picking up a 6-pack of this and giving it a try if you’re a fan of the Belgian styles. Thumbs up.

3.8
marcus (10871) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005
This brown ale poured with a large fluffy off-white head. There was a strong presence of roasted malt in both the aroma and the flavor, with noticeable banana esters and a slighty alcoholic finish. Overall, a very satisfying beer.


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