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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

493 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 07-23-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Some fruit in yeast, yeasty and bitter aftertaste. Underachieving Belgian. Modest carbonation and medium mouthfeel. The soap must be from their washing of glass. Had at The Standard Tap. I am not sure I will ever love flying fish, but I must try again elsewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2005 03:27:05 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 04:27:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-12-2012 20:03:31 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ferric oxide orange with bright tangerine highlights when morning sunshine is permitted to slant through the glass. An increasingly high-altitude pour produced two fingers of golden ecru foam that is both tight-bubbled and long-lived. A sudsy collar of lace is the only glass decoration.

The nose is underpowered... except for more peppery spiciness than one usually finds in a dubbel. The dark maltiness of the beer needs to make an appearance with warming or the score won't rise higher than 3.5. Maybe the taste buds will have better luck.

Flying Fish Belgian Style Dubbel is a decent enough effort that does nothing to put fear into any Belgian brewery worth its salt. The basics of the style are there, but they're just that... basics. There's no depth and breadth and punch to the flavor profile, which might be at least partly due to a less than impressive mouthfeel.

The rundown includes brown bread, dark caramel, hints of cocoa, medium-dark fruit and the same clove and pepper spiciness foreshadowed by the aroma. It tastes like a pretty capable yeast strain was used, I just wish they had built a better beer around it. It isn't bad, it just isn't special.

The mouthfeel improves just enough by the middle of the bottle to be rewarded with an above-average score. It's nowhere near Belgianesque, but it's good enough, and the bubbles settle into a groove before too long.

For the most part, Flying Fish brews better than average beer that is never quite as good as I hope it will be. Belgian Style Dubbel is more of the same. It's still an enjoyable way to start off a sunny Tuesday... and I have jwc215 to thank for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 12:14:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear mahogany red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving a few small patches of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of dark, sweet malts are present in the nose along with notes of dark fruits.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also seems to have some slight hints of spices towards the finish, which negate nearly all of the sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with just under a medium amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little lighter compared to other dubbels and doesn't seem to have enough flavors of dark fruits.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 20:45:02 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Sweet perfumy aroma; very floral

Taste: Bready, up front, with a peppery Belgian yeast aspect; after the swallow, the perfumy element from the aroma joins the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a subtle dubbel that is not bad but is far too understated to compete with the Belgian brewers

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 02:31:54 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a nice medium amber in color. Nice dark highlights throughout the mostly cloudy body of the glass. A small head of white peaked out over the top of the glass and settled down nicely into a thin, but firm coating across the top of the glass. Aroma is loaded with bready malts. Tons of rich bready notes that just would not quit. Really nicely laid out, but as it warmed it became evident that it was slightly one dimensional and the light notes of grapes and pears could not save it from being over run by the malts. The flavor was about the same as the huge malt and grain bill dominated all that was around it. Nice and full feel to it though and the carbonation was nearly spot on, the only downside here was that the caramel and fruit that lay underneath was just not given enough room to really flourish.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 22:32:20 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some sweet Belgian style malt and some light alcohol. Taste is a nice enough mix between some fruity ester some candi sugar and nice Belgian malt. Body is about average with good carbonation but light alcohol burn was slightly disappointing. Not bad overall but I have seen better form this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:55:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. I enjoyed the bourbon barrel-aged version some years ago, so, let's finally give the standard version a try.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dark amber body with a smallish, faintly beige-colored head.

Smell: Sugary sweet-scented aroma of candied dried fruits sprinkled with a scattered smattering of well-ground spices and, then, subsequently drowned with caramel sauce. The notes of spice and alcohol help to break up the staunch sweetness of the nose.

Taste: Sweetness of brown sugar stirred up with refined white sugar atop spiced, particularly yeasty nut bread. Brightly fruity accents of golden raisins, figs, and, though lighter, banana and even orchard fruits embody the middle. Spiciness akin to ground cloves and cinnamon provides some counterpoint to the sweetness and fruitiness. Some alcoholic heat on the spicy, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium albeit tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Sufficiently so-so for a stateside dubbel! A decent beer at a decent price, though I'd prefer something a bit more refined and on the dry side.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 19:32:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The one impressed me a bit. This beer poured out as a murky looking brown color. The head was a little soapy looking while it lasted. The smell of the beer was pretty close to the real thing, there were some earthy aromas along with dark fruits and Belgian yeast. The taste brought the smell to life with the same basic elements. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side. Overall its not a bad dubbel in my opinion at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 04:10:34 | More by Knapp85
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, russet brown with a fair-sized off-white head that's lightly creamy. Although it doesn't hold real well, it does leave a good collar and some light lace. The aroma offers dark fruit, caramel malt and a subtle spiciness. The flavor follows suit with some additional candyish sugariness and more spice. It's very well balanced and the alcohol is nicely cloaked. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation giving it a lightly tingly, creamy mouthfeel. It finishes with a gently lingering sweet maltiness. It's been argued that this beer is too light for the style, but that's not true. It ranks admirably side by side with many Belgians. A very nicely done, and quite enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2002 20:26:20 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from NeroFiddled, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spice, apples, dark fruits, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced, with flavors of apples, caramel, Belgian yeast and some spice. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There’s a mild hops presence but it’s very complimentary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, it’s a beer well worth drinking for an evening. This is the fifth of five beers from Flying Fish Brewing that NeroFiddled traded to me and I’ve been quite pleased with all of them.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 02:22:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark but clear brown that has a lot of ruby tint to it when held to light. Nose is mild. Small touch of smoky wood to it. Slight sweet edge. Obvious yeast, but still not overpowering at all. Flavor is caramel like sweet. Apple tones, and a lot of them. I am not sure how dubbel-ish it is, but it isn't that bad really. Being judged against the style though, it isn't exactly working. Feel is nice. Fairly smooth liquid feel and a real full carbonation that bites a little bit. Like I said, I don't think this stands up against other dubbels. It just isn't a dubbel IMO. But as a beer standing alone, I think it is pretty good actually. And it goes down really smooth. If this were on tap, I'd go for it.

An after thought: this reminds me of a beer I recently tried - Riverwest Stein Beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 20:05:25 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2001 00:25:55 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark garnet hue, with a slight, almost greenish head.
Aroma: small, but still spicy, fruity...a bit shy at first, but increasing in complexity as we go...
Taste: nice, tasty, neat little bounce on the palate, good hoppiness, bright fruit.
Sadly, though, it lacks the greater complexity I'd need in a true abbey dubbel, one of my favorite types of beer. A nice try, though.
Thanks to jcalbi for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 18:59:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 18:14:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/ruby color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that is enhanced with it's Belgian yeast aroma. It has light liquorice smell that is quite pleasant. The taste is good. It has a smooth plum/ crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes creamy. It has a nice fruity yeast flavor that adds to the beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good dubbel; full of flavor and great mouthfeel. The best Flying Fish beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 19:16:27 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Poured orange brown with a quickly-receding white head. Fruits and light sugars in the nose. Similar fruits and sugars in the taste, sweet malts, with some yeastiness coming through. Light to medium body, smooth, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 17:51:49 | More by Rifugium
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite carbonated; as I pour it, it generates a three-finger thick pale tan head. The beer is a deep amber color that shows brilliantly clear ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is rich, fruity and accented by notes of smooth brandy; I get notes of rich raisins, concentrated sweet plum and a bit of fig. The fruitiness is really what stands out in the aroma, quite sweet, and quite noticeable.

The taste has a light sweetness to it up front, which only grows as the beer slips down my throat. The beer finishes with a concentrated, sweet note that is a mix between figs and raisins, though quite a bit sweeter than either is naturally. The beer is somewhat light on the palate, but it does have a bit of heft to it from the sweetness. I am really quite surprised by the intense fruitiness that is found in this beer; there is also some sort of note that reminds me of concentrated pulpy plum flesh, almost has a hint of astringency to it as well. There is a bit of hot alcohol in the finish, but not any more than a subtle note reminiscent of rum and brandy. Overall this is pretty tasty, but like many Dubbel's it seems to be lacking a certain something.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 04:32:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with dark cherry hues. A thin swirling patch tops it off, with some trailing lace left behind by a thin ring.

The smell is of caramel/toffee - some molasses. A touch of herbal spices are there, but subdued. Some bready yeast is there as well, but very subtle. Nice overall - but very mild.

The taste is malty - caramel/toffee - with a touch of herbal spicing and some candy sugar. A touch of scotch-like peat smokiness seems a bit misplaced here at first, but then blends in well enough. The maltiness dominates. A touch of alcohol comes through in the finish.

Light-bodied, though not as thin as some other offerings from this brewery.

Not sure that it fits the style so well, but not a bad brew if you are looking for a mild, malty drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 16:43:48 | More by jwc215
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium brown with a medium white head, good retention, light lace. Looks the part.

S: Some weird lemon fruitiness initially but blows off to reveal a nice brown maltiness.

T: Brown sugar with a bit of acidity. Some lemon, nice ending flavour.

M: Soft Belgian carbonation, a very Belgian mouthfeel for an American dubbbel which is impressive, medium-bodied.

O: It gets a little fermentation crazy at times, but the mouthfeel is excellent and the flavour is solid. The price is right, so worth a pickup.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 05:26:43 | More by Halcyondays
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-22-2011 03:37:53 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent brown toned amber with a small off white cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa dosed sugar(ala Special B/Belgian Chocolate Malts) with a tiny bit of a wheat smell in there...mild off corn husk aroma buried in the background that is barely noticeable.
Taste is of the aromas although it strikes me more of a dunkel weizen that's been brewed with some candi sugar and fermented with the Chimay yeast.
Mouthfeel is fizzy at first, smoothing out into a sugary cocoa brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 11:54:18 | More by weeare138
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man, I think this is pretty on the mark for the style. Reminds me a lot of Chimay Red, but without the natural carbonation. It has a dark fruit and herb aroma with more of the same in the flavor. It finishes with a touch of hops and the slightest bit of alcohol heat. I think all that's holding this back is the carbonation. Otherwise you've got yourself a dubbel here.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 03:29:26 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 14:04:58 | More by Billolick
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Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.