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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2013 A very sweet and balanced Belgian ale. Medium brown pour with a thick tan head. Taste is sweet and fruity up front, pear and yeast. Finish is smooth-oily and malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1512) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1826) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1923) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (5594) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehaak26 (315) - - NOV 27, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful amber. Aroma of malt and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (2737) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 20, 2016
Very good and enjoyable. Nice and thick in features. Great surprise from this brewery. Keeps getting better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (4542) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a ruddy semi-dark burnt red color with an ample amount of dark brown hues molding it slightly to a darker side. Good fingers worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Messy foamy lace. The aroma has sweet bready notes rolling over Belgian spices. Some sweet red delicious apple leans against some brown sugar, raisins and dates. The flavor was basically the same with a quick Belgian sweet sort of malty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. ABV seems to hit fairly low allowing this beer to be pretty easy going. Overall, pretty good Americanized Dubbel that I could have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Mildly warming flavor with a doughy and tongue drying coating of mild sweet raisin, cinnamon and hints of chocolate powder. Aroma is a bit muted, but shows some of these characteristics. Nice dubble.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KevinReddirt (104) - Midland, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2016
It has been rather awhile since I had had an Abbey. Wondering why I waited so long. I like the New Belgium roster generally but this is my favorite of theirs. Poured into a Belgian chalice and gave it a good inch of ivory colored foam. Great dark red body. Very nice aroma, earthy, musky, dark cherry. The taste is even better. I detect chocolate, raspberry, significant but pleasing sweetness, quite complex for an American brewed dubbel. So you can spend a serious amount for a bottle of Chimay Blue or you can get a six pack of Abbey for around ten bucks. I do both but also will take the Abbey much more often.

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