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Arbor Brewing Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel - Arbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Arbor Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2002

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Photo of Deuane
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear dark brown with a thin tan head that reduced to a ring and left spotty lace.

S-Faint sweet malt and a touch of Belgian sugar and yeast.

T-Complex sweet and sour dark fruit and with the teltale Belgian yeast spiciness. Dry woody finsih.

M-Medium-light bodied with decent lasting flavour and a dry afterbite.

D-Other than the lack of aroma this was a tasty and quite drinkable brew.

Photo of Shumista
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I haven't been too impressed with the last couple arbor brewing beers I've had, hopefully this one is better than the last few.

12 oz. bottle poured into my Chimay goblet.

A- Phat Abbott pours a dark brown, with some lighter highlights and very little head that disappears in a hurry.
S- They definitely succeeded in making this smell like a Belgian beer. Some yeastiness, lots of dark fruit and maltiness, and a little bit of alcohol perhaps.
T- Lots of ripe dark fruits and sweet malts. There is some spiciness that is becoming more prevalent as the beer warms. Not bad, but not that good either, there just inst that much depth here.
M- Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slightly warming alcohol presence.
D- I'm glad I bought two singles of this and not a full 6 pack. I won't be drinking the second one waiting in the fridge tonight.

Arbor Brewing has kind of let me down yet again. This is definitely not a bad beer, but as far as other Belgian beers I've had, this one just doesn't measure up. For example, there is really little comparison between this and the Ommegang Abbey Ale I enjoyed a couple of nights ago.

Photo of hopdog
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle bought directly from the Brew Pub a few months ago. Brewed on Sep '05.

Poured a dark, dark and murky brown color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of grapes, lots of prunes and raisins, some yeast, and apples. Tastes of strong tart grapes, prunes, raisins, and yeast. The tart and puckering finish took me by surprised but really grew on me as I drank more. Sweet with a stronger tart / puckering finish. Different than a lot of Dubbels...

Notes from 10/5/06

Photo of david131
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very murky brown with some rapidly rising streams of carbonation. The head is thin and white, but covers the entire surface of the liquid.

S- Lots of fruit, most notably apple. I also get some brown sugar and vanilla. Smells very good. I am impressed.

T- Much like the aroma, but has a definite smoky aspect to it. It is complex, but there is something a bit off here.

M- Pretty light, a tad over carbonated.

D- It is very good, but it does not stand up to the Belgian brethren. The alcohol is hidden well. I am impressed overall.

Photo of BMoney575
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 8-29-08

Pours a very deep brown, with just a few floaters. No real head, and thin, filmy lacing.

Smell is very fruity and super boozy, in a good way. Some sour apple in there too, with a little bit of raisin.

Taste is sour apple again, with lots of dark fruit in the end. The finish is big alcohol, with a light roasted/oaky character.

Mouthfeel is good, nice and thick.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, the strong alcohol smoothness is very enjoyable.

Overall, an very good beer. Lots of flavor, well-balanced, a perfect strong sessioner.

Photo of HopDerek
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy brown color with ruby highlights and thin bubbly tan head. Little retention and thin lacing. Smells of raisins, chocolate, nuts, lemon, and lactose. Tastes of raisins and plums up front followed by some nuttiness, chocolate, molasses, spices, and roasted malts with a slightly tart citrus hop finish. Medium in body but a little thin with low carbonation but some effervescence. Sweet and fruity up front with a nice chocolate and roasty backbone and a touch of tartness in the finish mixing with some spices. A drinkable attempt at a dubbel with good flavors and not too much ABV.

Photo of soupyman10
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a brown color with lots of lighter copper highlights, and a smallish head that dissolves fast. Nose is raisins, chocolate, and cookies. Taste is dried fruit, cherries, brown sugar. Molasses and some light sourness. It's also fairly unbalanced, in terms of the massive distinction between the early sweet malt and the later hit of bitter hops that sticks on your tongue. Body is a little thin, but with a good aftertaste. Not bad, but that divide in flavors is a little jolting.

Photo of GbVDave
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Pours a slightly reddish cola-brown. Very still and absolutely no head, just a small off-white ring and skim that left tiny dots of lace in the glass.

S: Nice aroma of chocolate, nut, raisin/plum/currant, roasted malt, and sweet cola nut.

T: Dark chocolate, pan roasted nut, ripe dark fruit, a hint of berry, black cherry, cocoa, roasted malt, and spicy/peppery hops. Tiny bit of berry tang in the finish.

M: Starts slightly sweet, becomes drier and peppery, and finally takes a miniscule tart upswing at the finish.

D: Not as creamy, sweet, or thick as I expected, but this kept my interest from beginning to end.

Photo of weasbri
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, ended up with no head to speak of. Still, a nice dark brown color, slight bit of yeasty haze in there too. Definite yeasty aroma quite present too.
I'm tasting raisin/prune of course foremost, quite sweeter than I expected, with a very slight hoppiness. Fairly clean finish, though a bit thin, if that's a criticism. That does make it more drinkable though, as I don't get hit with a heavy dose of alcohol.

Photo of Bierguy5
2.87/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. Dark brown pour with some ruby highlights. Thin white head disappears immediately. Disappointing.

Fruity up front, with notes of tropical fruits, dark ones, and some berries. A bit of chocolate and phenol notes.

Fruity at first, with some berries and a hint of raisin. Lots of phenols smack the palate then give way to an odd sour berry, cherry flavor that seems way out of place. Not much sweetness, or chocolate as the nose would indicate.

Some warming alcohol. Medium body, with a fair amount of carbonation. Sourness and phenols take over too much to make this enjoyable.

Photo of Mitchster
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Opening the cap reveals a mellow psssht, indicating low carbonation. As I pour it, it's barely able to achieve a head, let alone sustain one. The head is very flimsy and lasts a few seconds, receding into a thin scum of bubbles around the edges. No lacing. Very dark brown, near black, as dark as a typical schwarzbier and darker than a brown ale. Carbonation is very mild to absent. Having had some Arbor BC beers in the past that were not good at all, I'm surprised to say that this actually smells like beer. Does it smell like a dubbel, you ask? Not at all. If anything, it has a nose akin to a stout. There is burnt grains, coffee, distant chocolate, treacle, and sour milk when swirled. Medium bodied. The taste begins with a very odd fruitiness...like rotting black cherries and maybe a touch of clove spice. There is a very familiar taste that I now recognize...the burnt rubber and asphalt of the Bell's Wheat series. I wonder if this is the same yeast. It sure tastes like it. In the middle, there is some mild burnt chocolate, then a mild herbal bitterness, and the finish is of sour malted milk. Very mild, and mostly on the sweet side.

Hrmm, I don't even know where to begin with this one. It's not a Belgian Dubbel to be sure. I can't even categorize this one, but not in a good way. I guess the closest beer in style might be a funky scottish ale. The yeast is completely wrong for this beer, and the ingredients must have been what was left-over on the floor of the brewery. Ironically, and despite the complete disregard for style, it's the most drinkable beer I've had from the brewery. I could actually put about 3 or 4 of these away, they're so easy to drink. Obviously, not rated to style.

Photo of mentor
2.31/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours an almost still crimsoned brown liquid.

Wickedly oxidized. Smells chocolate, hint of nut, some coffee. Phenols are minimal. Chalk and coconut. Touch of cherry sour and clean alcohol.

Tastes chocolate with some underlying caramel sweetness. The end has a touch of phenol that starts to dry the finish. Caramelly and roast adds complexity. After the swallow the foul oxidation rises up nauseatingly. Hard to choke any of this stuff down. Md body.

Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,I didnt get to Arbor when I was AA last weekend but its nice to see I can still get a few of their wares here in the B-lo area.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep slightly hazed dark brown with almost no head to speak of sure it wasnt the proper glass ware but I would have liked to have seen more on top no doubt.Belgian yeasty aromas a touch of clovey-like spice and raisin to go along with small dose of candied sugar.Flavors are alot like the nose somewhat yeasty to start with that spice and dark fruit almost like a Xmas fruit cake,big and malty.Not bad granted its not my favorite style but it has flaws.I would say a bit above average.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found the Belgians here to be the pleasant surprise. The Dubbel was very dark brown with a yeasty head and yeasy aroma. The mouthfeel was thinner than I would expect but the taste was sweet with candy and complex dark fruity and yeasty and quite drinkable.

Photo of shivtim
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer from ABC. Served in a chalice, it's dark brown/black, nearly opaque, with a thin off-white head.
Nose is wheat and yeast, some malts, and citrus. Some alcohol comes through on warming. Taste is sweet oranges and deep maltiness, with hints of hops. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both above average.

Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for opening this...
Appears a dark brown with red edges when held to the light. Small, light tan head fades to a small cap. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of prunes, cocoa powder, grape juice, caramel, sweet fruits, tart apple, and vanilla. I'm guessing Westmalle yeast but I have no idea with the esters coming off...I'm guessing higher fermentation temp.
Mouthfeel is tart, sweet, bubbly, grapey, and plummy prunes.
This one actually grew on me a bit. It was sort of funky at first b/c it wasn't what I expected but it warmed up, got a little better and I would actually seek it out again.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin creamy white head over a black body. Poor head retention and lace. Light fragrance of malt and fruit, but overall very clean. Tastes of sweet malt, Belgian candi sugar, sweet fruit and some earthy undertones. Mild hop bitterness. Warming alcohol presence. Medium to thick body. Smooth mouthfeel with slightly bitter finish, but overall clean aftertaste. Light carbonation

A little too sweet and syrupy for the style, but a decent showcase of the beauty of Belgian malts.

Photo of marburg
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First, I have to say that the tripel variation on this beer is vastly superior -- not even in the same league (or in the immortal words of Jules from Pulp Fiction, "not even in the same fucking sport.")

Very little head, very little carbonation. Pours a deep, deep ruby red color that gives it a dark brown color. A very sweet herbal tea aroma -- imagine Mango/Apple tea -- with a very sweet, candy-like taste. Just the slighest hint of chewing on dandelions at the finish -- a light plant-like bitterness.

Not ABC's best beer, but it's certainly not bad.

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Arbor Brewing Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel from Arbor Brewing Company
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