It seems that a lot of breweries have been tweaking the recipes for their long-standing flagship beers here lately, and New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, Colorado) is getting into the mix by recently announcing updates to their Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel and Trippel Belgian Style Ale.
Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel and Trippel Belgian Style Ale came to be as homebrew recipes over 25 years ago, but the folks at New Belgium believe that it is now time to apply new developments in hop and malt manufacturing to give these two brews a little update. Both of these beers have received subtle, individual recipe changes to allow new malt and hop characteristics to be enjoyed. A new yeast strain was also used in both brews to “help balance the esters and phenol while emphasizing the Belgian character of these beers.”
The recipe for Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel consists of eight different malts including Caramel, Munich, Chocolate and now Oats for added mouthfeel. Caramunich and Special W malts were also added to impart “tones of chocolate and dark caramel with hints of dried cherries, burnt sugar and figs.” Abbey’s flavor profile starts with a bit of sweetness and roast, and then wraps up with a slightly bitter finish. Abbey now comes in at 7% ABV and 20 IBUs.
Trippel Belgian Style Ale has been given the addition of Munich and Pilsener malts, and Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops. This new hop lends the beer an “herbal and spicy Nobel hop nose.” Trippel remains true to style by displaying both complexity and smoothness in character “with notes of fruit and spice before a pleasantly warm and crisp finish.” The new Trippel weighs in at a slightly raised 8.5% ABV and 40 IBUs.
“As an American craft brewer founded on Belgian tradition, we have a deep respect for our history and our roots,” said NBB Specialty Brand Manager, Lauren Salazar. “And of course, there’s a ‘New’ in our name for a reason. As brewers of craft beer, we need to embrace growth and change and continue to push ourselves to make the best beers possible. We think these changes exemplify the very best of old world Belgium and new craft technique.”
The new versions of Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel and Trippel Belgian Style Ale are available now, and the new and old versions will both be on shelves together for a limited time. You can identify the new version of Trippel with a Best Buy date of 4.17.16 or later, and the newest version of Abbey has a Best Buy date of 6.19.16 or later. An internal sensory panel at New Belgium is confident in the changes they have made, but you should use this rare opportunity to do a side-by-side of both the new and old versions to see for yourself. Check out the newly updated Abbey and Trippel the next time you see them. Prost!