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RATINGS: 1187   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
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
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 I’ve ever encountered, if not the best!

3.1
Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 red body with a bit of white head.honestly all i really got out of the aroma and flavor was banana’s.i hate to say it but it wasnt really my thing.

3.9
thegreenrooster (4448) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Pour is a deep red with a nice sized white head. Aroma is fruity and spicey. Smell like Christmas! Flavor is excellent. Lots of yeasty and malty goodness. Lots of fruityness in this brew as well. Banana comes to mind. Over probably the best "Belgian" I have had that did not come from Belgium.

4.3
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This poured a deep reddish brown color with a slight light tan head. Even the head goes down to maintain a covering of bubbles that leaves nice sheets of lace decorating the glass with each sip. The smell is rich with rich sweet rip fruits a bit of light spicing and a touch of caramel. Very tasty aroma here that really gets you looking forward to that first sip. Ahhh the taste of fruit when this first meets your lips is excellent. There must be hops in there balancing this out because it never really gets too sweet. The finish is malty with a bit of spice. Full creamy mouthfeel lends to this great brew as it goes down very smoothly. This was one of the most drinkable Belgians I have ever had, I couldn’t stop sipping it. Overall a good beer that I definitely would recommend trying.

3.9
daniela (9) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004 does not count
copper-brown with rapidly fading head. fruity bubblegum flavor, tart finish, bitter ness that lasts at the front of the mouth. pleasant drinking, though not a particular standout ffrom new belgium.

3.7
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
A pleasant - although somewhat light-colored - double, NB Abbey has a nose of fruity esters, yeast, and subtle spice. The flavors are more of the same, but with greater detail: the fruit resolves itself into a hint of cherry, citrus, and banana, malt and bread from the yeast, and an ever-so-slight and not-unpleasant bite from the alcohol. Glad I finally got hold this while visiting Seattle.

3.4
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 48°. Dark brown with an off white head that subsides quickly. Sampled in the New Belgium Worthy Globe. Yeasty smell. Sweet, citrusy, banana taste. The finish is somewhat tart. RE-RATE: I am starting to appreciate this one more, though as I am drinking it, all I can think of is banana bread, it tastes remarkably similar to it.

3.6
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2004
(bottle) deep gold with hints of brown. Small head. Aroma of yeast and rust. Flavor is slightly sweet malt with some banana and raisins with hint of clove.

2.8
Wetterhorn (6) - USA - NOV 24, 2004 does not count
Of all the New Belgium beers that the company produces regularly, I like this one the least. It is simply to sweet for my tastes. While it is complex, the sweet taste is simply too overpowering to enjoy with a meal or with a fine cigar.


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