Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company
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4.9/5 rDev +38%
From the first pour of the deep brown liquid that forms a long-lasting tan head to the last swallow, this beer comes as close to perfection as any American beer I have tried. Opening the cap reveals a fruity aroma, which is followed by a wonderous first sip. Both sweet and bitter at the same time, caramel, dates, and biscuit flavors come forward. The brew finishes long and clean, though a little thin in the mouth. Biggest drawback is that it does not go well with snack foods.
07-23-2001 15:05:32 | More by DrDocRudge
4.88/5 rDev +37.5%
Presentation - Though I have a Flying Fish pint glass, this offering from same company called for a Chimay goblet
Appearance - Dark ruby red, head does not last long and I see no lacing
Smell - Like yeast and fruit, with a little bit of sugar
Taste - Follows the smell
Mouthfeel - Lighter and less complex version of the style, a good intro dubbel
Drinkability - Delivers really well, probably one of the most sessionable dubbels
Overall - A great intro to the style, and hey, I am supporting local beers
02-03-2010 02:45:14 | More by tjd112
4.63/5 rDev +30.4%
This beer poured out beautifully. A perfectly clear copper brown color with a big white head. The smell is right on with a nice sourness and spiced fruit character. Pleasant sweetness from the malt. The hops blend well because I can barely detect them ( or much bitterness for that matter ).This is one of the most drinkable beers I have had in this style. Very good and one to look out for.
03-08-2003 23:08:11 | More by pezoids
4.38/5 rDev +23.4%
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A: Pours with a two-finger thick tan head. Subtle cascading effect. Head quickly dissapates but leaves slight lacing down the sides. Murky brown in color.
S: Brown sugar up front with a hint of spice. Sweetness in there too.
T: Mmmmm. Just the right touch of alcohol with a strong, but not overpowering, coriander component. Brown sugar sweetness apparent.
M: Great drinking beer. Carbonation on the lighter side (as it should be!) with a rich silkiness for the style. Medium body and seems to simply disappear from the glass...
O: Great job guys. An excellent easy drinking, but high quality beer for the ages. I will buy this again and again. I just wish it were colder
08-29-2011 00:45:46 | More by KyleVick4
4.33/5 rDev +22%
Appearance: This beer pours darker than I expected for a double. It is purplish brown (I guess you could call it a dark amber). It has a small head that disappears immediately; but it is a very attractive color sitting in my goblet.
Smell: Plums, black cherries, brown sugar, caramel, candied malts, maybe a bit of cloves and nutmeg. WOW! The aroma of this beer is extremely enticing! It reminded me of Three Philosophers which is a quad.
Taste: As exceptional as the aroma is, it was a small let down that the taste is 'only, really good'. Since when has really good been a let down? The first thing that came to mind in the taste was yeast and a bready attribute. The malt character is so rich and smooth it is incredible. There is also a subtle suggestion of chocolate. Then there is an interesting almost orange tart hop character that maybe English hops, anyway it is very mild and pleasantly tart.
Mouthfeel: Medium body smooth and slightly chewy. Almost no carbonation. A bit syrupy.
Drinkability: This is one of the most drinkable doubles I've ever had. It is easy and could nicely pair with a wide variety of foods; from cheeses, hourderves, entrees or desert. I had some chocolate and it was great. Boy this when down so quickly and easily. The 7.3% ABV will catch up to you eventually but this beer still sits very lightly in your stomach. I got this in a trade so I only have one and I would certainly like another.
Hope this is helpful.
Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!
Heres to finding good beer in Lancaster PA :) Cheers!
03-10-2006 07:22:33 | More by Phatz
4.33/5 rDev +22%
Poured a medium amber color with modest white head. Smell is very enjoyable, with a nice combination of fruitiness, spice, and candy sugar. Taste improves on the smell with the candy sugar predominating and a light spiciness in the background. Alcohol is completely hidden and it goes down smooth as silk. A very pleasant beer, with great drinkability. A good example of the style.
02-12-2006 22:06:55 | More by tgbljb
4.33/5 rDev +22%
Prologue: One of the first beers I tried after deciding to expand my beer horizons was their ESB. I was very disappointed as I felt it had an off flavor and so was quite skeptical about their other beers. Since then I've had their summer saison and grand cru, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I decided to give this one a shot.
Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a frothy head that thins to a slight lace and eventually to a collar that lingers.
Smell: This has a lovely aroma. Some fruit present with cherries leading the way, bread and bubblegum also noticed.
Taste: Very tasty, not as complex as other belgians but that is okay with me. Follows the aroma as bubblegum, bread, biscuit, and some spicing carry though into a sour cherry finish. There is a moderate amount of spices noticed which is a plus in my book as some belgians seem too spicey. Medium bodied and very easy on the palate.
Overall: I was very happy with this purchase. It was very drinkable and I am looking forward to the next six pack. Their ESB must be the odd one out of the lot.
04-15-2004 02:21:49 | More by joshlara
4.28/5 rDev +20.6%
Im sure this will be one of the highest ratings I have given so far. This is my favorite style of beer so I am usually pretty tough when I drink a new beer. In this case I was totally impressed and delighted to have this beer.
App: It pours like a real belgium giving a haze and light malty color. The bottle has Flying Fish distinctive airplane fish. I always enjoy any product from Flying fish and this one looked like I would.
Smell: Great smell comes from this beer. Malts, sweet bread smell, with the yeast hint of a belgium style beer. Very inviting smell.
Taste: I was shocked to taste this beer and the taste it gave. Perfect roast of the malts giving it a good sweet taste without the overcooked taste that most american belgium often commit. The connection of belgium yeast and malts truly activate your taste buds.
Mouth feel: Smooth and powerful are the words on this beer.
Drink: If you are a Belgium fan than you have to give this beer a try. I Can assure you you will, like me, have at least one bottle of this beer in the fridge at all times.
03-23-2007 19:01:32 | More by Beertroop
4.28/5 rDev +20.6%
This pours a dark amber color. Not a whole lot of carbonation to speak of, but is to be expected with this style.
Nose is sweet malt.
Taste is mostly malt with a nice blend of spice, grape, and licorice.
A very nice brew, with a unique licorice taste.
06-17-2010 03:19:19 | More by gromis
4.25/5 rDev +19.7%
Came in a 12 oz brown long neck bottle. I didn't notice a freshness date, but a description on the side of the bottle was rife with information about the brewery and a contact number/website, etc.
Appearance: Amber color. Not much of a head formed upon the initial pour, granted I poured this one cold. Had it been a room temp., perhaps a bit more head would have been present.
Smell: Yeasty, bready smell with malt overtones.
Taste: I opened this brew cold, and let it warm to open it up a bit. It did. Nice dense taste with alot of malt. I personally enjoy this alot and I feel this indeed captured the true belgian dubble style. I would love to put this up against a Meredsous 8 or a Chimay red to get a good side to side comparison. Sadly, I only had one bottle and really wanted to experience this one alone. The only weakness is the strength: Malt. It appears to be very present while at the same time a bit out of balance.
Drinkability: For a "local brew" (i.e. Cherry Hill, NJ) this is an outstanding find. Well worth using as a good representation of a dubbel style. Pass me another, and another!
01-10-2007 00:33:07 | More by Nesued
Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.