Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Reviews by StarlightSeraph:
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear reddish-brown, with one finger of slightly off-white head that subsided quickly. Minimal lacing.
Smell: Sweet bready malt, a surprisingly strong scent of tangy fruit (cherries?), belgian yeast. The fruit is the dominant scent here, and it threw me off, initially.
Taste: The bready malt is the dominant flavor, backed by the taste of the flavor of the yeast. The tanginess of the fruit comes in afterwards. The whole thing tastes somewhat muted, though. There's a definite bitterness in the aftertaste that seems to clash with the other flavors of the beer.
Mouthfeel: Way too highly carbonated. I know Belgian and Belgian-style beers are usually high in carbonation, but this one was too much so. Odd, too, considering the lack of head on the beer, but the carbonation was way too sharp on the tongue, and probably served to mute some of the flavors.
Drinkability: All in all, it's mild enough that it goes down quickly, but the 7.3% ABV doesn't make that the best idea. I agree with some of the other review - it's just a little too muted, and simplistic. It's not a bad brew, and not a bad attempt at the style, but not what I would go to if I want a Dubbel.
12-24-2009 23:49:01 | More by StarlightSeraph
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev -0.6%
A - Pours amber with a minimal amount of quickly dissipating head. No. lacing.
S - Aromas of sweet caramel malt and maybe a bit of raisin. Very subdued. Not picking up any of the spice notes that I enjoy from this style. Still smells pretty good though.
T - Taste is similar to smell, .ostly caramel malts and some hint of raisin. Not getting much else.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.
O - A drinkable brew, but not a great example of the style.
07-25-2011 17:00:14 | More by warnerry
4.15/5 rDev +16.9%
A- Light brown with a weak tan head, a little hazy, not great but appetizing enough.
S- Cherries, brown sugar and raisins mingle with soft earthy components. Pretty appetizing.
T- Very much like the nose but with added subtle spice in the finish. Awesome.
M- Medium body and creamy soft carbonation lends to this one being a great sipper.
D- Pretty smooth but balanced, could have more now and will definitely have again. Good beer.
08-27-2011 18:22:03 | More by Guden
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date, Flying Fish logo on the label but nothing about the beer.
Appearance: Reddish amber with a light chill haze, better than decent off white lace which sticks on the glass like a champ.
Smell: Clean on the nose with quick aromas of roasted malt, light medicinal phenols and a burnt raisin fruitiness. Light caramel and bready aroma also.
Taste: Real smooth mouth feel lead with a creamy and subduing crispness. Medium body from the ample dose of malt. Big chocolaty malt flavour that has levels of roasted and toasted malt and flows into a light medicinal flavour. Roasted malt bullies the delicate palate around too much though does not get into any kind of burnt flavours. Bitterness of the hops rides the tide of roasted flavours to balance, malt flavours flex more middle to end. Nutty yeast complements the roasted flavours, upfront yet vague fruitiness with clean alcoholic esters. Drying effect and flavour take over the after taste with remnants of the medicinal phenols as well as some fruitiness.
Notes: Not a bad try, a tad too much roasted malt flavour with a close to over kill phenolic character that seems too clean. Say it again, not bad but not close to a real Belgian Dubbel whether abbey or trappist or just from Belgium.
11-07-2001 00:25:55 | More by Jason
3.55/5 rDev 0%
12 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours dark russet brown, low carbonation, minimal white, tiny bubble film, leaving some lacing. Makty candi sugar nose. Smooth malt body, sweet, with candi sugars, notes of rum, raisins. Thin body, a bit watery for a dubbel. Sort of a "Dubble lite" Pleasant stuff, but on the lite side as far as body and flavor go.
06-06-2004 14:04:58 | More by Billolick
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
This is from a sampler case from FF. Expiration date clearly marked on the case!! YEA!!
Pours a beautiful, clear, amber with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head falls quickly to islands and a ring. However, some lacing is observed throughout the drink. Carbonation evident.
Aroma is strong toasted caramel malts, some phenolics, not much else. Doesn't really have that Belgiany smell, you know? Alcohol comes through as it warms.
Flavor is pretty damn sweet. Is this a brown ale? Toasted caramel, medicinal a little bit. Some attempt to balance the sweetness with some hop bitterness. Warmth from alcohol is present, as well. Doesn't really have that Belgiany taste, either! Aftertaste is sweet/hot.
Mouthfeel is sweet, with soft carbonation across the tongue. Long finish is lip-smacking sweetness.
As for drinkability, as a Belgian Style Dubbel, it fails, but as a strong, I don't know, Newcastle Brown Ale, it's pretty damn yummy! It even LOOKS like Newcastle. Maybe Flying Fish should call this something else. It would definitely appeal to lovers of brown ales.
07-25-2005 21:03:55 | More by jakester
2.98/5 rDev -16.1%
Appearance: Very much brown ale esque with a ruby brown hue and tan head leaves nice scattered lacing not bad. Aroma: Biscuit malt sweetness low hop presence some undertoned fruit notes produced by their house yeast not bad. Taste: Toasted malts biscuit sweetness rolls nicely not a bad dubbel just not a true dubbel for me finishes very sugary and cereal in nature not like it's Belgian brethran at all. Mouthfeel: Becomes cloying midway through a bit sticky and syrupy with a rough carbonation in the mix wow not a fan of this one. Drinkability: Medocirty in some of it's glory right in front of me not a dubbel definitely an American Brown ale.
11-23-2004 18:14:04 | More by WVbeergeek
3.59/5 rDev +1.1%
12 oz bottle of re-formulated(?) 7.2% ABV ale called "Abbey Dubbel". Consumed from a snifter near the best by date on the label: 30 March 2013. Pours a nice orange-mahogany color, clear despite a tiny amount of sediment, The head is small, short-lived, and leaves little lacing.
Aroma/Taste: nice and true to style; sweet with plenty of dark fruit; brown sugar, toffee/caramel. The flavor largely follows the nose. Still sweet, and a tad too sweet, but not as sweet (or yeasty) as the nose indicates.
M: not bad but a bit too asteingent and thin.
O: Not up with the finer Belgian dubbels but certainly respectable and far less expensive in the US
04-17-2013 23:20:05 | More by chinchill
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
Aroma and start are sweet and yeasty (ribena and apple skins that have been lying in the sun for a while), some plums, grapes and a touch of nuttyness and caramel. I dig the malts, caramelly, nutty, slightly smoky and roasty, plummy, some grapes, light acidity and tartness. Belgian yeast is obvious, nice dry finish to counter the sweetness in the start. In a wierd way i wasn't expecting too much, but i was pleasantly surprised. I dig the lingering nuttyness in your mouth after every sip.
06-21-2003 05:42:22 | More by rastaman
3.23/5 rDev -9%
(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a big clear garnet body with a thin wisp of big bubbles making a head. There is a sea of big bubbles popping to the surface.
S- This beer has a clean aroma with a soft dry sugary malt note ans some honey malt notes come through as the beer opens up.
T- This beer has a soft dry malt flavor with a bit of a dark malt note and some toasted qualities. The soft dark caramel taste comes through in the sweet finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a big fizzy bite in the finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.
D- There is not much flavor to this beer with a hint of malt and no real yeast characteristics.
09-04-2010 13:04:37 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev +12.7%
This Belgian style dubbel is brewed right nearby in Cherry Hill, NJ. Flying fish is a classic brew co that has some good stuff on tab.
Can't hate on the dubbel ale. Its a bit stong registering at a 7.0% but thats a Dubbel. It had great mouth feel and a descent amount of carbination.
06-25-2011 03:38:05 | More by Ryanm1
2.48/5 rDev -30.1%
Poured from bottle into New Belgium tulip glass. Pours a dirty brown rain water color, very little head retention. some head pools into the middle of the glass. I guess it looks like a Dubbel, but not one of the better examples. Smell- caramel syrup, raisins, a buttery aroma as well. Decent, but points detracted because it reminds me of what melted milk drops smell like when in a movie theater next to buttery popcorn. Chemically in some ways. Taste- chocolate cherry cough syrup. raisins, butter. This is a stylistic miss, and the chemically syrupy nature of this is present even more. This is not a good dubbel, below average. Mouthfeel is syrupy thick. Not good. This would be a strike out.
06-26-2012 23:31:26 | More by lnashsig
3.55/5 rDev 0%
Old notes, not dated - Maybe Jan. 09.
Poured into a chalice-style goblet, sporting a semi-tan ring of head which dissipated quickly back down into minimal lacing. Color is a ruddy brown hue. Smells of fruit and toasted malts in the nose are most evident breaking down into aromas of banana, caramel and some yeasty esters.
The taste is similar to the smell with those dark malty flavors taking the front seat followed up by some mild sweetness. As it warms in the mouth you get a bit more burn of the alcohol and can pick out it's light carbonation, or lack thereof, contributing to it's soft feel on the palate.
More easily drinkable than you might expect from a Dubbel as it has a fairly mild body.
05-06-2009 17:06:28 | More by epk
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
DATE TASTED: May 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... OCCASION: another Friday begins... APPEARANCE: dark, opaque ruby body; off-white, slightly creamy head that settles quickly; nicely lacing as the glass drains; a handsome bottle, as well... AROMA: Plum! sweet, sugary confections--some caramel and toffee--the raisin also presents late--not a plum/raisin guy myself, but this does deliver what it promises... PALATE: medium-bodied, chewy and significant--a formidable body--still drinkable without need of resolve...TASTE: big, sweet and dry--a wine's base that marries a brown ale's flatter profile--plum and malt strike an attractive balance... OVERALL: Its 7.2% ABV is well masked, as a wine-like profile is apt to do; a nice offering from the Flying Fish brewery--a great nightcap to a good day.
05-07-2014 00:59:38 | More by dacrza1
Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.