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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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Clear dark brown in color with a good size amber head that sticks around. Aromas of banana and spices greet you. Flavors of banana, clove sweet malt, and yeast stand out in the complex flavor of this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 9, 2005
rated from a sample at the brewery...an OK beer with a massice nose of banana & bubble gum...and that yeast continues to overwhelm the beer as well...I try this about twice a year and always think the same thing about it...theres nothing that moves me here...but it does look pretty in the glass...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 8, 2005
The bottle poured a beautiful clear garnet-brown liquid with lively, tiny bubbles ascending to an ample off-white creamy head. The head lasted for ever and produced Elizabethan lace on the edge of the glass! The aroma was a heavenly fruity mixture of fresh banana, grapes and plums with notes of clove and pepper in the background. The mouthfeel was just a bit thinner than I would have expected but still quite smooth. The flavors were somewhat complex but primarily sweet malt at first. There was a slight hop bitterness in the middle ... more of a crispness. The finish was very long and had pleasant alcohol warmth to it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Poured a dark amber with a medium to large off white head. Aroma is sweet malt and fruity yeast. Flavor follows suit with a heavy sweet malt flavor and a very heavy bread yeast flavor. I cant explain all of the other flavors but this was a very nice dubbel..

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Bottle courtesy of csbosox: Clear copper/brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity yeast (cloves, banana, apple, pear), light spice, sweet malt, bread, light vinous dark fruits. Medium-full body, lively carbonation. Taste is nutty caramel, corriander, bread, spicy yeast, floral hops, banana, clove, licorice, subtle roasted malt. Finishes medium dry with hints of corriander, clove, and banana coated malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Dark amber-brown in color with an off-white head and good lacing. Fruty nose, with apple and then major coriander with a charcoal or earthy twist. Flavor is a sweet charred coriander and nutty malt. Leaves a slight burn in the very back of the throat. Medium body, watery texture and a dry, metallic finish. Thanks to Doppelganger for the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
This beer pours a rich copper color but stays very clear. The foamy tan head shrinks considerably in about a minute and leaves a nice frothy lacing along the top of the glass. Its aroma is fruity and sweet, not unlike bubble gum and banana. The first sip seems heavy for such a sweet-smelling beer. It has the typical Belgian chalk-like, yeasty mouthfeel but then evolves into a complex flowery yet malty aftertaste with a bit of dryness. I would not serve it too cold as it releases much of its flavor when it warms up. The 7.0% alcohol content definitely kicks in, even after just one of these. Overall this is a good brew from New Belgium which represents the Abbey Dubbel style quite well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2578) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2005
Large light tan head. HUGE carbonation keeps the head there for the duration. Roasty aroma with a bit of nuts and sour fruit. Dark amber/red in color. Very nice looking in the glass. Dry roasty and rich flavor. Little sour. Some fruit in there. Good belgian style. Nice and lively in the mouth. Finish is dry with a little bitterness. A good dubbel but I have had some that are better.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2005
I always hope to like this, each time I buy it. I am a huge fan of the local scene here in CO... but I am just not won over by this brew (or New Belgium in general, really). It does have a Belgian-esque flavor (that fruity banana like flavor) but its just not right. I cant quite put my finger on it, but after having loads of really good Belgian style brews this one is just kind of "blah" to me.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2005
Wowsers. I like this as much as any imported Belgian dubbel Ive had. It might be a little thinner in the palate, and it sure looks a lot clearer than the foreign stuff. But this is mighty tasty. Mighty fine stuff. Too bad I must travel the highways and byways to Denver to find this.


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