Review: New Belgium Brewing Abbey | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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New Belgium Brewing Abbey
96 out of 100
New Belgium Brewing Abbey

Style: Dubbel

ABV: 7.0 IBU: 20

96/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

New Belgium Brewing Abbey

What the brewers say

“Abbey is a Belgian dubbel brewed with five different malts and a Belgian yeast strain. It’s bottle-conditioned, weighs in at 7.0% ABV, and pairs well with chocolate (or boldly served by itself) for dessert.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Now this is how a dubbel should smell: bananas, cloves, a touch of caramel, and honey sweetness. A touch of floral hops. Light woody undertones. Moderate fruit medley up front with tons of pineapple, plum, raisin, banana, and a clove or spiciness in the background.”

Flavor: “The flavor is classic dubbel. All of the aromatics (banana, clove, caramel, and a kiss of honey) are there, along with just enough background hops bitterness to provide support. Alcohol is evident but not intrusive.”

Overall: “Great beer! A world-class dubbel with an almost Bananas Foster-like feel. A creative blend of ingredients with high fruity notes and a moderate hops character. Yummy, chewy, substantial beer. This has enough character to stand up to most rich meals without overpowering.”

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