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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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4.1
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Tasted at brewery and purchased on many occasions. Quite possibly NBB’s most consistent beer in terms of flavor from purchase to purchase. Slight cloudy brown color and wonderful banana/clove/bubblegum flavor. Nice smooth mouthfeel makes this easy drinking for such a flavorful beer.

3.6
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pours reddish brown with a large head that fades to a thin layer. Aroma is of dough, caramel, slight hay. Flavor of caramel, dough, slight hay, some banana, a slight alcohol in the back of the throat. Light to medium body and a smooth slightly thin palate. Slight roast comes in the aftertaste. Very solid beer.

3.4
mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Bottled. Pours amber in color. Aroma is dark and roasty with traces of yeast and a little fruit. Dark and somewhat roasty flavor. Some yeast and spice as well. A touch fizzy, but otherwise it is pretty good.

3.4
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Grainy malt aroma. Mahogany color with creamy head. Rich cola flavors with lots of that banana belgium yeast and some toasted malt. Very fruity but the toasted flavors balance. Leaves a nice impression.

3.5
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - 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
dwyerpg (6187) - 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
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
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
IslandHaole (1268) - 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
Eyedrinkale (3214) - 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 it’s even tastier.


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