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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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murrow (100) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottled. Pours medium to deep amber with foamy light tan head, good retention. Sharp aroma of apple and grape. Flavor is mostly sweet malt with a touch of alcohol up front. There is a slight metallic note, as well. Develops into some darker, nutty flavors, finishing with some dry bitterness and tart fruit. Thin, smooth mouthfeel, light to medium bodied. An okay Belgian style ale that is lacking in complexity.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopper8 (123) - Holland, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2017
This beer is super good. What a great smell and amber red appearance. Yummy yummy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BadAprilia1000 (433) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2017
Pours a clear dark brown with an average but sufficient head. Aroma is nutty, yeasty, bread, sweet malts, caramel, and an almost burnt(pleasantly) chocolate finish. Taste is similar, yeasty bread and sweet malts and caramel dominate with nice subtler notes of earthiness and a nice slightly bitter bite at the end. Overall a great and very drinkable dubbel that hits a sweet spot on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (3095) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2017
P flaska. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, mrk torkad frukt, fikon, plommon, belgisk jst med toner av jord och madeira. Lite Bock-knsla, stor stma och kropp, fina aromer, bra balans, fin beska. Gott!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
meccahh69lol (121) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2017
After drowning in quads, trippels, and the indomitable Belgian Strong Ale, we finally found a genuine abbey dubbel to rate and its pretty good! New Belgium is a brewery I am usually kind of lukewarm on so I was pleased to find this pleasant and enjoyable. It has that distinctive beligan yeast taste but in a more robust malty body that is evidenced by the dark brown pour. It is like a belgian version of a brown ale. Good for nibblin on Popeyes while cuddling up your lover as a string laden Joe Walsh song plays.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1519) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Sold on our tour as one of the foundational beers of the brewery, I was pleasantly surprised by how balanced and drinkable it was for a dubbel. This style isnt one I seek out, but I enjoyed its nutty yeasty notes and sweet tones.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1912) - HONG KONG - DEC 31, 2016


355ml bottle bought at Q-Club in SoHo, Central.

Looks: Clearamber rubyOne-quarter finger head with soapy white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with very slight carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet, very Bock-ish amber malt, with strong banana, strong caramel, strong toffee, dark fruits, light vanilla, phenolic, floral, sugar, alcohol, light cloves, light earth, Bel yeast and light grass.

Taste: Mid sweet amber malt, with strong roastyness, strong nuts, strong Bock-ishness, strong red fruits, floral, fair molasses, phenolic, Bel yeast, dry biscuits, sharp lemon, close to strong bitter hops and grass.

Body: Medium body; Quite thick and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Solid amber maltyness in a fairly thick background, slick and quite smooth. Very Bock-ish, roast nutty with lots of red fruits. Flowery with fair sweetness, slightly phenolic and dry biscuit with hoppy lemon to round. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Floral, light earth and light grass in nose. Lemon, floral and grass in taste. Bitterness is fairly strong for a lasting, mid to high astringent neat bitter malty finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Bock-ish and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: This one has fragrant banana ester and caramel aroma, and a strong Bock-ish amber taste. Very hoppy bitter and well-rounded nutty maltyness. A Dubbel with many pluses. Recommended!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1970) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Single bottle from Nikkis. Poured into a tulip. A deep russet amber. Frothy light tan head settles to a foamy lace. Earthy-sweet aromas. Flavors of earthy spice some sugar and complex malts. Plum and raisin notes. Good balance. A little on the sweet side, but overall a very decent dubbel.

1.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (5699) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2016
From a bot this is an intriguing darker brew with a sweet yeasty aroma. First taste is rather rude for a dubbel, especially when compared to the old country civilized samples. Strong almost cloying sicky effects that affect. How could this even be in the same style as Corsendonk Pater / Abbey Brown or Bornem Dubbel or even our domestic version; East End Dubbel Trubbel. Rude nasty nellie strong throat kicking volatile brew, does not hide alky well. Some hints of smoke or peat near the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehaak26 (422) - - NOV 27, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful amber. Aroma of malt and yeast.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (2808) - Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle, thanks bluus. Pours a reddish brown with a small, beige head. Aroma is peach, apricot, yeast, marzipan, yeast, dark plum. Taste is dark plum, apricot, marzipan, caramel. Fairly light. A good approximation of a Belgian dubbel.


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