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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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Dark bubbly amber color with a beige head. Aroma and flavor of yeast, peppery spices, fruit and some hops. Wow!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2005
deep amber with a full lasting head. spicy clovey malty yeast aroma--thick finish with lots of malt. very authentically belgian (at least compared to the belgians i have had here in the US). one of the more drinkable belgian style beers. thanks secret santa!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (10441) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. Pours turbid ruby with aroma of malt, fruit, spices, and brown sugar. Tastes malty, fruity, with some merlot and spice at the finish. Firm, fairly dense palate, with more fruit as ti warmed. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Large, fluffy, slightly longer than avg. head. Clear brown body. Fruity aromas, pleasing flavor with notable malty finish. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2005
bottle. yeasty, fruity, and bubble gum aroma. colour is a brownish orange colour with a medium-size fluffy head. flavour is fruity, spicey, malty, etc..complex. a very nice dubbel. This is what New Belgium should stick to rather than the mediocre pilsner and wit that I had last week.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
The Abbey from New Belgium is much better at achieving the Belgian style than their Fat Tire. Very nice fruity aroma and flavor derived from the Belgian yeast strains. Nice body, good balance of malt and hops, and bit of spice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2004
Dark mahogany body with a fluffy white head. Smells like a package of sweet-tarts. Flavor is slightly sweet, with light fruits and a mild dry finish. Nothing special, or even too interesting for that matter, about this at all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Nice dark brown with a bit of head and lacing. Aroma is typical of a Belgian, with a sharp bite to the aftertaste. Many fruit undertones.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Pours a clear brown with a thin tan head that quickly diminishes. Nose is cherry, plum, date, all mish-mashed together. Banana and apple tastes mix with creamy caramel malt and a sharp hops bite. The carbonation is very strong and carries the strong alcohol with it, rather too much for my taste. Improves as it warms. Slightly oily mouthfeel. I enjoy it but prefer dubbels that have the alcohol less ascendant. Overall good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Slight head and a purely peachy color. Aroma is magical, delightful, a veritable fruit salad in the nose...tropical fruits, mango, banana. Great hop presence, and a delicious spark on the tongue. Light in texture and body, but full of flavor. Medium carbonation, and, again, a beautiful little ballet by hops on the palate. An excellent tripel, one of the best stateside versions Ive ever encountered, if not the best!


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