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Dark Abby - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 165
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 36.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: on 10-01-2009

Meet Abby, Azrael’s darker twin. This Belgian beauty is mysteriously alluring with a sultry flavor combination of brown sugar, plum and spices in a dark burgundy hue.

Abby has a deep, rich flavor, and a serious strength but like her sister, hides behind a deceptively light fruity finish. On the surface she’s the sweetest girl you’ll ever meet, but one taste you’ll be trapped in her darkly alluring web.

Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Hop Bitterness (IBUs): 18
Malts: Pilsner, Dark Munich, Honey, Dark Crystal
Hops: Saaz
Sugar & Spice: Turbinado Sugar, Sorghum Syrup, Secret Spice Mix
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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 165
Reviews by obywan59:
Photo of obywan59
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark winey red in color with maybe a 2 finger head from a hard pour that disappears wihtin a few minutes No bubbles of carbonation. Pretty to look at, but once the foam disappears, it looks more like a glass of port or sherry.

Sweet malt with dried plums and a hint of spice. Smells like a Belgian. Esters from the alcohol lend an almost cherry like character to the aroma

Lightly sweet dark fruit with a light citric tartness as well. Belgian yeast in the aftertaste. A bit grapey at times.

I really like the mouthfeel. It's medium full and creamy except for a substntial prickly bite. Decently warming for this cold winter's night.

Maybe I was swayed by the 7.5% ABV, but this beer just hit the spot for me. It's not horribly complex, and yet it left me feeling utterly satisfied. I'd definitely try it again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JCarey
1.88/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looking at previous reviews I think I got a bad batch, or maybe just this first bottle. Let's hope its just that.

Pours like a coke. Aggressive carbonation that dissipates quickly. About as much head as a soda. Mouth feel of a semi flat soda. Smell is pretty rotten. Taste isn't 'bad', its drinkable, I guess. Just a pretty disappointing Belgian. I will amend if the other bottles turn out better.

No date on the bottle.

After finishing the 6 pack I think my review has to stand. I had a couple that were OK, but 4/6 being unpleasant isn't good enough to change the review. Inconsistent? Bad processes? Bad distributor or Store? Who knows, but I'll steer clear of this brew for a while.

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Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a goblet an amber hued chesnut brown with a thinner slight off white head atop.Maybe the cleanest aroms of any dubbel that I have come across,some light fige and raisin but it's really light.Lightly carbonated and a little thinner than most of the style I have come across.Flavors are on the lighter side with dark fruit and sweet alcohol notes,some phenol spiciness plays a small role.I have really liked the other DB offerings I have had,this not so much.

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Photo of Guden
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Deep garnet with just a thin ring of off-white bubbles for a head.

S- Surprisingly not much here. A touch of chocolate covered cherries and caramel malt.

T/M- Up front is lightly fruity with some cherry qualities. Middle and finish again show a light fruitiness and chocolate. Thin and undercarbonated throughout.

O- A surprisingly poor effort from DB. Not a lot here and the lack of body and carbonation makes it even more unimpressive.

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Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Loving this brew, looks like a Dubbel so we are squared away there. Sweet nose of dark malts, raisins, caramel, and spice with a kick of alcohol. Sweet palate, dried plums, slightly warming, balanced spicing, mild phenols, dark sugar, mild broth, & modest hopping show a quite complex brew ... well within the style and a great sipper.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Golden32
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of dmk91
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle..
Fine clear ruby red body with a very good head.
Malty aroma is rather simplecompared to the more spicy flavor.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of ChadA83
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of dengledove860
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kiserian
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good flavor. Very drinkable. Cant find it in a 12 pk. Looking forward to trying it at their brewpub soon.

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Photo of briancathy
4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thomas0790
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Swift989
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark chestnut color with a ruby hue, small fizzy head quickly dissapears, leaving no lace

S- dark cherry juice and sugared berry aromas, licorice, slightly phelonic with a bit of cherry coke

T- dark cherry flavors follow aroma and is slightly tart, sugary, Belgian yeast with some spicy notes, alcohol becomes noticeable mid-palate as it finishes light and dry.

M- medium body and carbonation, lively & foamy mouthfeel, alcohol warmth with a dry finish

O- some good flavors going on, but it seems to fall off at the end. I enjoyed the dark cherry notes, but wish they would have stayed to the finish

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Photo of Links41
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of dnclark
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BleauxLeaux
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of PaleAndBitter
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drummerguy
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeastLU
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Dark Abby from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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