Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Belgium Brewery Company's Abbey Belgian Style Ale

Behold! Crank thou this and let's get along with the damn review; shall we?

First of all, if you didn't click that link, you've missed the best part of this review. It's also distracting as shit when you are trying to write a beer review.

So this is a Belgian from New Belgium; makes sense right? This is one of their only year long Belgian available (Trippel); they have some released in the spring. We initially reviewed New Belgium here so go over there if you wanna get down with some knowledge. If not, that's cool and just read on.

This stuff has a nice amber color to it and is cleaner than Colombian cocaine. You get some serious oak tree effect on this mother and is complimented with a wicked ass tan head. A woman told me that the oak tree effect also means the glasses are clean but a woman did tell me that and how much can you trust them? Plus I don't think i was my glasses that well so I'm pleasantly impressed with my dish washing. Ladies, eat your heart out!

It has a sweet, chocolatey scent with hints of fruit.At first sip, it has a smooth, malty consistency mixed with a dry finish. It tickles your foliate papillae with a tart and leaves a oak, malty finish on your filiform papillae; so your tongue is going pretty bonkers. They use a handful of malts. Specifically, Pale, Chocolate, Carapils, C-80 and Munich. Mix that with the typical Belgian hops Willamette, Target and Liberty and Belgian yeast and you got this stuff; it isn't rocket science Poindexter.

So let's talk about your pocketbook Scrooge McDuck. This jazz has an ABV of seven which is nothing to scoff at. I picked up a variety pack for $14.99 for 12 so you'd have to be a total Bozo to pass that up.

There is some bad news about this beer and I was sort of waiting until the end to bring it up. This stuff, Abbey, isn't really that good. Will it do the trick? Sure. The thing is, is that this tastes more like a porter than a Belgian. I mean this works for me because I don't like Belgians (not counting the people). But most Belgians have an almost vinegar consistency. If I was blindfolded and beaten with a pillowcase filled with bars of soap I couldn't tell the difference.

This beer, overall, is okay. If you are looking for a Belgian I would suggest passing this up. It compliments the variety pack well just because it isn't like the rest of the stuff in there. The only thing Belgian about it is the after taste; but maybe that's what it's supposed to do. I wouldn't even consider buying a sixer of this but what the hell do I know?

Drinkability: 5/10
Taste: 4/10
Value: 7/10
Curb Appeal: 4/10

Overall: 5.0/10

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