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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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3.6
kepano (278) - 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
Dorwart (2590) - 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
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 it’s just not right. I can’t 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
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2005
Wowsers. I like this as much as any imported Belgian dubbel I’ve 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.

3.8
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 I’ve tried and since this one is so good, I’m looking forward to trying more.

3.7
PorterPounder (7970) - 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.

3.4
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 wasn’t to be.still not bad.Thanks to csbosox.

3.7
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.

3.7
BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Very good. deep red/brown translucent. Banana is very forward as is clove and general spice. Nice full malt flavor. High quality ale. Reading through bkelley68 review made me think of how much it does remind me of Aventinus. Must drink one to be sure!

3.8
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 Bottle pours dark amber, caramel hues, slightly cloudy, large sand colored foamy head, with super sticky lacing.   Belgian yeast nose, bready with some dark pitted fruit notes.   Banana bread and fig/date on first sip.   Slightly rich, with a hint of dark pitted fruit and licorice.   Body and mouthfeel are full to medium.   Finishes like a wheaty banana bread with fig/date preserves.   Pretty damn tasty!



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