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RATINGS: 1218   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
DrnkMcDermott (3097) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Bottled. Lovely beer, and a lovely bottle, too. Pours a very big cream colored head that slowly settles into a coppry body. Smell has enough Belgian sugar for everyone. The usual Belgian yeast esters of coriander, and a slight hint of banana toward the finish. There’s also a hint of horseblanket that becomes apparent the further down the glass you go.


2.9
camillegege (9) - Cape town, SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 5, 2017 does not count
It was nice trying this one, I liked its yeasty taste and its amber red appearance. However, we do not see this old fashion bottle a lot.

3.8
Skrymir (5) - - APR 26, 2017 does not count
Love this beer when I can find it locally. Good bready, yeasty taste. Rich mouthfeel.

4.8
Hopper8 (161) - Holland, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2017
This beer is super good. What a great smell and amber red appearance. Yummy yummy.

4
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
Lilja (3140) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2017
På flaska. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, mörk torkad frukt, fikon, plommon, belgisk jäst med toner av jord och madeira. Lite Bock-känsla, stor sötma och kropp, fina aromer, bra balans, fin beska. Gott!

3.9
meccahh69lol (195) - 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 it’s 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
can8ianben (1538) - 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 isn’t one I seek out, but I enjoyed its nutty yeasty notes and sweet tones.

3.6
GoufCustom (1980) - 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
MaBeer1972 (2041) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Single bottle from Nikki’s. 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
cheap (5798) - 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.


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