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RATINGS: 1188   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.


3.3
higgsbison (233) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2017
A nice double. Strong Belgian yeast notes. Very malty and sweet. Notes of Carmel and banana. A light touch of hops in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
hauxe (860) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 14, 2017
Pours brown from the bottle and leaves a thick, creamy head. Aroma is roasted nuts, toast, hints of chocolate, cherry, a bit of spice — mostly clove. Taste is bitter, a touch sour, plenty of spice. A bit harsh. A touch of toffee sweetness to round this one out would raise it to the next level, but this is lacking entirely, leaving it feeling unrounded in places. Body is medium with a prickly carbonation. Okay, but not great.

3
hershiser2 (3533) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2017
Bottle from Total Wine, South Richmond. Pours clear brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is similar to an unspiced nut bread. Nothing special but inoffensive. Flavor is caramel, but not strong caramel. Browning leaves, kinda nutty. It reminds me more of a more brown ale than anything. It’s fine, but top 50 in the style? Really?

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

4
BadAprilia1000 (436) - 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 (3306) - 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 (288) - 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 (1561) - 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.


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