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RATINGS: 1216   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 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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Draught. Pours mahagony with a thin creamy tan head that moves to the glass edge; excellent spotty lacing. Banana yeast and clove malt with farm/grassy notes and citrus hop. Oak yeast and barn/leather flavor with banana and clove notes. Medium bodied and spicy.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5946) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 8, 2005
The head is great. Tastes like Belgian ales, but not overly strong. The flavor starts well but disappears too quickly, leaving a little something to be desired. Compared to the average Belgian price, however, this is excellent.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Pours a wonderful brown. Flavors are hints of fruit and roasted malt. Yeast is a hidden culprit on the tongue. A nice effort from a great brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierfinder (10) - College Station, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Red to brown clear pour with a great head. I found this a bit dry more simple, yet bold Belgian flavor. Tart yet not bitter. Not much of a fan of pale or amber ale, but would get this one again. It is worth a look.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1250) - Misawa, JAPAN - JUN 4, 2005
Clear deep Ruby color with massive foamy tan head. Nice lacing. Good Belgian flavor, not as complex as the top-notch Belgian ales. A bit thin feeling but still a nice US made Belgian.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 12 oz bottle. Pours reddish brown with a smallish head. Aroma is banana and bubblegum with candi sugars. Taste starts smooth with a caramel sweetness then the flavors of light, dried fruits and floral hops comes in. A very decent dubbel indeed. Aged a few years its even tastier.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Medium amber in color, with moderate head of large bubbles - full aroma of yeast, clove, banana, nutmeg, earthy tones - lively, mouth-tingling carbonation - grainy malt character - light character with some odd notes of vegetables I cant place - background hints of spices (mostly cinnamon) - subtle tartness, slight hops way in the back - very dry, not as sweet as I expect from the style - overall not too bad - thanks to Crosling for the sample.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Thanks to csbosox for sending this. Pours a clear brown color with a ring of offwhite lace. Aroma of smoked malt (?), caramel and alcohol. Flavor of caramel, malt and yeast. Light body, dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Its good but I consider that a Dubbel should be better than that.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2005
12oz - Solid nosefull of sweet yeast, banana, and bubblegum. Bubbly transparent brown with a nice huge head and great lacing. Flavor is subtle yet strong and hides the alcohol well. Again, sweet fruit and yeast common in a dubbel that New Belgium does very well. Palate is a little sour and sticky. Overall a good example of a Belgian for a fraction of the price.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Bottle-conditioned: 355 ml (i.e. 12 oz) bottle, as in the picture. Served at about 45 degrees, just a bit cooler than the 50 degrees recommended on the bottle. As the glass warmed, things got better and better. Dark red/brown, mahogany color with a smallish head that gives way to just a persistent light lace. Nice appearance. Smell is definitely fruity (raspberry and cherry?) with some chocolate and fig. Taste is chocolatey, sweetly dark and rich like figs, with a depth of toasted malt in the aftertaste. Also picked up some pepper and grapefruit (!). Not overly toasty, just warm and rich. Im sure there are some hops in there somewhere, but their presence is delightfully subtle. The alcohol is there but masked by the spicey fruit and pepper. Mouthfeel is where this beer delights! So smooth and round, you want to swirl it around in your mouth! Mmmm. Perhaps a bit too rich for drinking many of these --- two or three is the limit. The alcohol limits consumption a bit as well. I really enjoy the yeast in this beer -- its ALIVE! Overall, a really nice American example of the style.


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