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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 276
Hads: 661
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 20
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 07-23-2001

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Photo of Urk1127
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-Dark brown, semi clear, almost purplish hue
- spice, belgian yeast, alcohol, licorice, plum
- immediately there's like a cake spice, think carrot cake, anise, raisin, plum, estery yeast, char grain
-Easy drinking, somewhat creamy

-the beer that got me into belgian styles. Great beer.

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Photo of Girouxsalem
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite amazing, *complete* beer. Roasted Malt, cake-like bread, and toffee come together to make one of the most complete beer's I've ever tasted.

I call it "Chocolate cake in a glass"

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Photo of MacMalt
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into snifter. The color is dark ruby red/brown with a very light, almost non-existent head and no lacing to speak of. Very little discernible smell. Rather disappointing. Taste is disappointing: malt with some green apple, and a little bit of spice. This is a light-bodied ale with little carbonation. Overall, it's okay but not memorable. I'm a Jersey guy and wanted to give this a higher rating but there's just not enough "there" there.

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Photo of Moneypenny
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not Your Father's Root Beer. Not your father's anything. Not your Brother's either, as in Monastic. Not remotely like a Belgian dubbel, aside from the name. Double malt maybe? I don't think you should get to name things for how you want them to taste. They should actually have to taste that way. How crazy would that be? Would save me from pouring beer down the drain at any rate.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Light caramel brown in color, barely any white head (poured from a bottle).

S: Some under-roasted malts with hints of dark fruit and some breadiness. Hints of caramel and brown sugar underneath.

T: Slight fruit with some roasted grain and coffee notes. Somewhat watery on the finish through, it's like the flavor just didn't follow through to the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with a light carbonation. Flows smoothly across the palate, with a moderately creamy texture. Nothing to write home about, average drinkability.

O: Not my favorite, although I will admit to not being a huge fan of dubbels.

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Photo of Beejay
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown in color, and a nice dark tan head.

S: Brown sugar, a hint at alcohol, fruit, and a slight Belgian spice note.

T: Slight fruit with some roasted grain and coffee notes. Somewhat watery on the finish through, it's like the flavor just didn't follow through to the finish.

M: Medium light, high carbonation, and dry finish.

O: Overall tasty, but lacking refinement. The dryness feels right, but I think it is part of the problem I have with the finish seeming watery.

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Photo of gatorlove
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong cloves flavor. It was a fairly spicy dubbel. I did a blind taste test next to other much highly ranked dubbels and this one came in second for me only behind rochefort 6. My only complaint was a little thin on the body, but it had amazing yeast characteristics.

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Photo of dfconnor
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Texture was on the heavy side and was slightly flat. Had a solid malt foundation and the clovey flavor was pretty subtle. The flavor lacked fullness in my opinion. It finished watery. I would not go out of my way to get this one again.

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Photo of Rutkiller
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown Belgian ale. Beautiful brown color with a thin, tan head. Smells of roastiness, caramel, malts and ripe fruit. Good mouth feel. Tastes like it smells, very pleasant. Decent all-around beer.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great, and under-rated beer from Flying Fish. I have had this on multiple occasions, and I think it's one of the most drinkable doubles I've had. Maybe because the ABV isn't so "extreme". Just great, complex flavor, body, and feel.

It tastes similar to Unibroue La Terrible to me, which is a quad, that for some reason is much more highly rated, and priced.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to BA Carlos for sharing this, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a goblet

The color is dark brown, practically black with thin off white head with no lace sticking and retention is good. The smell is prune-like with spice and lots of yeast esters that carry a somewhat phenolic odor with mild toast and slight hint of cocoa earthiness. The feel is semi-dry with medium high carbonation and light spice with a nice warming dry finish.

The taste is very good with malt up front and yeast cohesion in the light spice and hint of dark fruit in the taste. The light toasted grain and subtle dried plum character enhanced by subtle caramel and mild peppery quality lead to a gentle alcohol flavor in the finish. Overall a solid example of the style with very drinkable dry quality -Thanks to JC for sharing!

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Photo of hopflyer
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/15/15

Dark brown, 2 finger off white head. Retains.

Smells yeasty with straw/farmhouse mixed in. Some raisin

Taste is yeast with some of the raisin picked up in the nose. Some sweetness, almost like children's cough syrup. Dates and other dark fruit also.

Medium carbonation and medium body.

First real go at a dubbel. The yeastiness is certainly different for me but this was good enough for me to try others

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a dark brown with a relatively pedestrian foamy off-white one inch head that settles into a swirling thin layer that remains just about all the way through. Good amount of lacing on the glass. Smell is grainy, sweet--hints of candy, dried fruit, raisin. Taste is also sweet, slightly malty with a very good amount of carbonation -- a slight black licorice hint to things. This is a very enjoyable winter beer. For the price (about $8 for a six pack), I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable dubbel. For the 7.20% ABV, this is VERY smooth.

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Photo of TimmyMac11
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Just started dabbling with the abbey dubbel and it is fantastic. Been drinking Smithwicks, Killians, the oktoberfests and winter lagers and the flying fish abbey has been the best i have tasted. I've tried a lot of the darker microbrews but nothing can touch the abbey.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance: a light brown to garnet color. a small foamy head that fades pretty quickly but leaves a lacing almost as strong as the original head. fairly dark but still shows some clarity and brightness in color. 3.75/5

Smell: slight roast, raisins, lots of phenols, some cloves. 3.25/5

Taste: opens up with creamy bready to darker caramel malts. raisins, hints of other dark fruits and spicy phenols. ends with a fairly acrid roasted taste. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: creamy, but ends a bit bitter and dry. medium full mouth feel. 3.5/5

Overall: Its not bad to drink but far from what it should be. I don't enjoy the strength of the roastiness, or the power of the phenols. a bit bitter ending as well. not quite what I would look for as an abbey dubbel or even a more liberal interpretation of the style. but overall I'd say its still decent and drinkable.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich mahogany color with some garnet highlights on the edges when held up to the light. The color is darker than anticipated and actually has me more excited for the beer.
A frothy eggshell white head foams up .5 cm and fades to an edge layer pretty quickly after the pour.
The aroma is rich malt with toffee and brown sugar and some spicy hits as well. Light yeast notes and a little bit of dark fruit.
NO hints of the booze on the nose.
The first sip reveals an average body with very fine tingly carbonation. Texture is smooth and silky and coats my palate nicely after each sip.
Flavor is malty brown sugar and some spicy notes. Some dark fruit, with plums and raisin mixed in and then the finish dries out.
I do get just a little herbal tea hop note on the finish and just the faintest hit of peppery booze.
But this is a sweeter malt forward beer that is very enjoyable as I finish the bottle pretty quickly.
This is worth a shot and is interesting and not too complex.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- A reddish amber color that is clear. really no head and minimal lacing.

S- Vinegar malts and roasted nuts. I get some sugary hints as well maybe molasses. Smell is very inviting.

F- dark chocolate roasted malts dominate the mouth. molasses or some sort of dark candied sugar fruit. I cant put my tongue on it.

M- malty and creamy. It gets to be struggle as you get closer to the bottom. The malts tend to over dominate.

O- not a bad brew but not sure I would have it at a bar. It is worth a try but nothing more.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a persistent film on the surface of the beer.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is a nice blend of fruits and some other aromas of a more roasted malt, yeast, candy, and spice. The fruits, which are the biggest, are of a raisin and plum smell predominantly but have a good deal of banana as well. The roasted malt is lighter overall but complements the fruit nicely. The yeasty smells carry the spice smells of coriander and clove nicely with the candied sugar smell rounding out all the aromas nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a blend of darker fruits of cherry and plum along with a moderately strong candied sugar taste. Upfront the taste is rather sweet, with it losing some of the sweetness of candied sugar, but intensifying in darker fruits as the flavors advances, with the flavor remaining overall on the sweeter side. After the initial taste some light roasted malt and a good dose of yeast comes to the tongue. The yeast brings with it tastes of spice with coriander, clove, and a little bit of pepper. A little bit of a boozy and warming flavor comes to the tongue at the very end, leaving one with a decently sweeter and fruitier dubbel flavor with linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. For the most part, fairly decent but also noting too fantastic. OK for the blend of yeast, spice and fruit.

Overall – A pretty enjoyable dubbel overall. Rather easy drinking and affordable in comparison to more renowned dubbels. It is at least worth a try.

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Photo of dank203
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

good local beer, on sale at the local bottle king. pours darkish brown, some fig and nutmeg aromas, hint of vanilla. flavor, hints of plum, chocolate, raisin. a bit of spicy bite. medium to light bodied, really not very thick, not a whole lot of carbonation. smooth drinking though and balanced

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Photo of dacrza1
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of nasharm
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Great taste with citrus, cloves and roasted malt. Pleasant smell with fruity aroma. But leaves a little not so great aftertaste leaving one with a feeling that this is not the real thing. Still a great substitute for the real thing brewed in Belgium. Offers a great variety and contrast to other types (IPA, Stout etc. ) when having multiple drinks in a single sitting.

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Photo of watermelon
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Translucent ruby brown body, with a bone white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Typical dark fruit smell, along with brown sugar and

T: Dark fruit, along with banana, clove, and some mild citrus

M: Body is a bit light for a dubbel, also the carbonation is a bit high.

O: Its a decent dubbel, I would recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Unusual Belgian Dubbel, dark color with a persistent light foamy head. Aroma of fresh cut walnut wood. Taste is nuttiness and caramel with an aged wine barrel finish. Not much sweetness or bitterness, just a light pleasant nutty taste. Payday bar comes to mind.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter—serving as a replacement for my broken goblet.

A: A deep-reddish amber hue, close to a mahogany, but not quite. An off-white, slightly khaki colored one-finger head starts off looking nice, but eventually fades to nearly nothing. A legion of pen-dot sized bubbles remains on top with a ring of equally tiny bubbles around the edges. One or two instances of lacing left down the glass.

S: Some under-roasted malts with hints of dark fruit and some breadiness. Hints of caramel and brown sugar underneath.

T: Lots of roasted malt upfront, giving this a slightly burnt profile with some chocolate-covered raisin flavor underneath. A little bit of nuttiness and earthiness from the yeast comes through in the finish, but is short-lived due to being overtaken by those burnt characteristics.

M: Medium-bodied with a crisp carbonation. Flows smoothly across the palate, with a moderately creamy texture. Nothing to write home about, but definitely above-average drinkability.

O: Flying Fish definitely didn't make a bad brew here, but it's just slightly underwhelming. The roasted profile is a bit too pronounced, which makes for a very burnt/smoky experience. This might be good at the pub, or paired with some food, but it didn't exactly impress me as a sip-at-home brew. Worth a try; not worth a re-buy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/17/13.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that still tastes fine almost 2 months after the best by date.

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Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.