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I'm really liking this ABBEY Belgian Style Ale from New Belgium Brewing;
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.
I can personally attest that ABBEY Belgian Style Ale also goes tremendously with a hunk of Stilton cheese... like they were made for each other. This may be my new favorite mass-market brew. I'm still hoping, of course, to make trips to the liquor store redundant by drinking mainly my own brew.
And just for fun, here is a link to the music video for the song New Favorite by one of my favorite bands ever, Alison Krauss & Union Station. This particular song is not that typical of her other work, but still great. For my money, she and her band are the best popular musicians going for the last 20 years.