Arbor Brewing Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel - Arbor Brewing Company
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Reviews by optimistictour:
4.35/5 rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
First of all, I've become a recent convert to the wide range of style, depth, and taste of Belgian brews. Especially the dubbels, of which this one is a particularly vibrant example.
Poured into my pint glass there's a finger and a half of head, tops, which quickly receded into a slight ring and all but disappeared not halfway through. Normally this would take the visual score down a whole notch but the beautiful deep dark - yet inviting - texture really sets this one apart. Darker than most Belgians I've sampled, it's still nowhere near the black hole appearance of a stout or porter. This is pretty much what I could hope a beer of this sort to look like.
Smelling only faintly like it contains any bite at all, this brew gives off hints of fruit, spices, and the tiniest whisp of smokiness while actually masking the normally semi-pungent Belgian yeast odor. Not that that's a bad thing; it's actually more inviting than some half its strength.
When it hits my tongue the real magic starts. This one starts on the tip of my taste buds with the familiar citrus note of most Belgians I've tried, yet instantly moves on like some high-speed film, whisking my mouth through a cornucopia of textures and tastes from apples (especially green apples) to grapes to... well mostly on the sour end of the fruit spectrum. But that's fully balanced by the smoky, rich velvety texture coating my entire mouth - a texture that doesn't linger an inordinate amount of time; just enough to speak it's mind and move along.
All in all, Phat Abbot dubbel is a beer I'd gladly gulp down 2 or 3 or 6 of in one sitting. It's got a great balance of sour and hearty tastes, a nostril-opening smell and enviable looks. Thankfully the 8% abv becomes readily apparent after one bottle so I wouldn't actually make the mistake of draining a whole pack at once. Simply put, the taste feels refreshing enough to quench thirst. If only it could!
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2010 05:47:42 | More by optimistictour
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3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Phat Abbot is a thick dark brown with red hues. The light brown head is nicely creamy and fairly tight. It doesn't quite reach one finger, but comes close and holds itself pretty well. It remains as a strong foam that leaves solid creamy lacing after it.
Some candi sugars seem to be there in the aroma, but this doesn't quite have the sweetness most Dubbels seem to, either from those sugars or the nature of the yeast. What imparted instead is more of the earthy and spicy elements with lots of dark breads in the malts. A bit of clove and just a hint of bubble gun ease out as it warms.
The same goes for the flavor as to the overall nature. There's definitely some phenolic character on the tongue, and it tingles a bit. Lots of earth and breads hold it down for the spiciness, gentle but firm. Clove and pepper are assertive without biting too hard, and, while it takes some warming, some banana and maybe a ghost of dark fruits sneak out.
The body is medium, but the feel is missing some of the real richness and character that makes the great Belgians great. It has a little texture but not the full depth, though it's pleasantly crisp and smooth.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 14:31:24 | More by Brenden
3.16/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
I picked up a bottle of Arbor Brewing Company's Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel a couple weeks ago for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I've never tried this beer before, but I have had the Phat Abbot Tripel and I thought it was a really nice Tripel and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a my Belgian Goblet.
A- The label looks ok and it's pretty similar to the Tripel. It poured a very dark brown color that took on a slight ruby hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but I don't think I have ever seen a Dubbel that was this dark.
S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of sweetness that has a candied sugar like aroma followed by some yeast aromas up front that impart some banana, bubblegum, and spicy aromas with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes some dark fruits with a nice cherry and raisin like aroma seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by some malts that impart a very sweet malt like aroma, this some toasted and caramel aromas coming through. Up next comes a noticeable sweet and ethanol like alcohol aroma with a sherry like aroma showing up also. The aroma was fairly complex, but it seemed pretty rough around the edges some with some sweetness and alcohol coming through a little too much. The aroma seems to be going the right direction for the style but the sweet and boozy aromas were a little overwhelming.
T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma, but it's a good deal lighter and not as in your face as the aroma and it starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness that bordered on being highly sweet and it had a Belgian candied sugar like flavor to it followed by a lighter amount of yeast that imparts a light banana and spicy flavor. Up next comes a nice dark fruit flavor with no single fruit seeming to show up the most and it's followed by some malts which impart a sweet, toasted, and caramel like flavors. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a sweet and slight alcohol flavor that was just slightly warming with a sweet and dark fruit like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting Dubbel and it was better than the aroma but some of the flavors didn't blend together as well as they could have.
M- A little smooth, sweet, slightly boozy, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I think it could have been a little smoother.
Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was a fairly average example of the style, I started to loose hope for it when I got to the aroma, but once I got to the taste it wasn't as rough and it was more true to style, but i don't think all the flavors came together as well as they could have and it seemed like some of the aspects clashed a little. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, a little sticky and not that filling, but the taste couldn't hold my attention for long and I think one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and taste, they weren't bad and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty rough around the edges and some of the bold aromas clashed with each other. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not overly priced, but I think i would rather pay more for a more true to style and smoother Dubbel. I wouldn't recommend this to my friends as a good Dubbel. All in all i wasn't impressed with this beer, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great either, it was just kind of in the middle and I thought it had too many aspects that didn't blend together well which made this beer rough around the edges. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work.
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2013 04:52:01 | More by StoutHunter
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, banana, prune, clove, pepper, molasses, toast, caramel, candi sugar, dark bread, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt, fruity, and spicy ester notes; fairly strong on the spicy and earthiness. Taste of raisin, prune, banana, molasses, toast, caramel, clove, pepper, dark bread, candi sugar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, banana, molasses, toast, clove, pepper, caramel, dark bread, candi sugar, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt, dark fruit, and spicy ester flavors; with good complexity and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick, earthy, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good dubbel style. Nice complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2013 04:22:55 | More by superspak
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
reviewing a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. i have had it on tap before and bottled multiple times though.
appearance- a deep brown. very small tannish head that faded quickly left behind a lacing.
smell- strong maltyness, and a little bit of yeast and some raisons
taste- follows the nose pretty well. strong malts, the yeast and raisons come in stronger that the nose.
mouthfeel- medium body, not very carbonated.
overall- a good, but not great dubbel. i would certainly drink it again but am not going to search desperately for it. I paid ~$12 for a 6 pack and had it on tap for $4 for a 12oz serving at Arbor Brewing
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2013 15:54:34 | More by SportsandJorts
4.15/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The beer is a deep mahogany dark brown with copper and golden highlights. I poured the beer in a snifter to sample. It is clear but not brilliantly so, and it has a fairly quickly dissipating tawny head that clings to the glass.
There is a big dark malt aroma. Lots of dark ripe fruit like cherry and strawberry, along with strong raisin and even plum and a touch of prune come through along with notes of cocoa and a touch of caramel as it warms. There is a strong dark bread crust aroma and notes of toasted wheat bread. There are lots of inky clovey phenols, along with estery bubble gum and circus peanut like notes.
The beer is sweet and raisiny at the sip and moderately to strongly spicy without being hot. There is a strong graham cracker and caramel taste that is dried by the peppery spiciness. THe spicy dryness counters the malt sweetness well all the way back and the the beer is predominantly spicy at the swallow, with a bracing but not overpowering warmth and spicy bitterness in the finish.
The body is medium to medium full. The carbonation is actually medium, but seems lower because of the creamy nature and the bigger body. There is some alcohol warming but it is not hot or solventy at all.
I had every intentions of giving this a lower score when I opened it. Ive had it on tap at the brewery a long time ago and remember not being overly impressed I remember a fuller bodied, cloying and lower carbonated beer. This, I have to say, is tasty, balanced, and a pretty solid example of the style.
More importantly, the big malt and moderate creamy bitterness is screaming for food. This would be a great pair with everything from a peppery pork loin to steak to pot roast. Its body and carbonation would do well with sausage or even a saucy noodle dish like stroganoff. It would probably handle chili or stew pretty handily too.
I dont think this is a particularly extreme or classic example, but I am seriously impressed with this beer as a great rendering of a serviceable and tasty Belgian Dubble.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2012 03:48:07 | More by Biffster
3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
No Date on the bottle of this one. Does not really matter for the style but still would be nice.
A - It poured out a really dark brown with little head that died off fast. Head completely disappears after a minute or so. When held up to the light you can see it through the edges of this one. Not very appealing.
S - This one has dark fruit, figs, raisins, also some bready notes brown sugar. Smells like a typical dubbel without anything out of the ordinary.
T - This one is relatively sweet with the typical dark fruit and dark cherries. I do not detect the alcohol on this except on the back end of my pallet and in my belly. The flavors hit quit fast then leave relatively quick from the carbonation. Not as satisfying as most Dubbel's I have had.
M - The mouth feel is light bodied and has a nice bite of carbonation which fits the style. I wish it was not so watery. Relatively disappointing here.
O - This is a nice easy drinking Dubbel comming in at 8%. Goes down easy and would probably be nice one to get a feel for the style. However there is nothing here that stands out, and I wish Abor Brewing would date their bottles. Try it if you have not had to many Dubbel's, and want to see what they are like.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2012 21:17:02 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
Arbor Brewing Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel from Arbor Brewing Company
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