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RATINGS: 1207   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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3.8
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Deep brown with flashes of red and a small head. Aromas of spicy fruits, bananas and yeast come through pretty strong. Soft malty base with a sugary sweetness and a complex fruit flavor. Quick, clean, roasted finish leaves a good taste behind. Seems to be slightly thin and more fizzy than usual for a dubbel, otherwise really good.

3.6
Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2005
12 oz bottle Best before date 3/31/05. sampled on 8/27/05
Pours out opaque brown with a small tan head.
Aroma is fruity, (raisons, cooked banana) and a little doughy.
flavor is carmel, banana, prune, and some light hops.
tasty

3.9
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Nose is fresh and fruity, with lots of banana and cherry presence. Also, fig and spice. Medium body creates a nice transport for more banana and plum. The body has a nice depth, soft carbonation, fruit yeastiness and somewhat roasty finish. Really good!

3.4
shadey (2171) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Ruby red color. Smooth thin white head. Spicy and yeasty aroma. Flavor is big and spicy. Palate is well cabonated. Alcohol is evident. Not impressed.

3.9
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Bottle poured a dark amber with a nice thick white head. Dark fruit and yeast aroma. Flavor is clean and crisp with a medium body, yeast, ripe fruit, banana and a roasty finish.

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 (3204) - 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 (14018) - 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.


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