RATINGS: 1212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (267) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2562) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gmku (300) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 24, 2005
From bottle 2-22-05 Very clear amber color, white head with lots of lacing. Very fruity champagne-like aroma, lots of banana. Full bodied mouthfeel. Flavor of alcohol, sweetness, bananas, yeast. Low bitterness. Pleasant aftertaste. The first belgian style beer Ive tried and since this one is so good, Im looking forward to trying more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7620) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2005
12 oz bottle - Grapevine Market - Austin, Tx. Pours a medium to dark copper with a frothy khaki colored head with excellent lacing.Aroma is sweet and bubblegum like with notes of candied sugar. The essences of the aroma carry over to the flavor with some licorice added in for good measure. A little bit of yeast adds some balance. Mouthfeel is decent at first but turns a bit metallic near the end. Overall, a decent Dubbel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Wow,the aroma from this is sweet like bubblegum,fruity and delish.the flavor cant keep up with the aromas.I was expecting a wonderrful fruity flavor but is wasnt to be.still not bad.Thanks to csbosox.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2005
This beer pours a deep red color, relatively clear with a slightly tanned white head and a slight bit of lacing. The aroma was heavily bananish, grapefruit, cotton candy, raisins, licorice and perhaps strawberries. The flavor has a heavy raisiny sweetness up front followed by grapefruit. One trait here is the excellent balance between malt and fruity sweetness with this beer. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel, dry cottonmouth finish.

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