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Abbey Dubbel | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 07-23-2001

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Alright enough, but kind of boring for a dubbel. Missing all the good and tasty sugars and yeasts I like about dubbels. Pours a nice and dark amber in color with no head. Nose is malts and I [ick up some alcohol. However, I cannot taste that alcohol at all. Some Belgian sugars come through in the flavor, but they are rather dull, flat and uninspiring. Also, picking up some brown sugar and is very sweet. Mouthfeel is rather watery. Fine in a pinch, but this beer is not doing it for me.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a light coating of foam over top. The nose is interesting. I get a nice brown sugar sweetness and a dose of spiceyness from the yeast. There is a slight orangeyness from the malt as well. The flavor is okay, with a light borwn sugar and spiceyness being most prevalent. This one is surprising me. Better than I expected. The feel is right at thick with a moderate carbonation. I'm digging this one. The spiceyness is helping carry it through. Good show.

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Photo of clvand0
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a small head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy and has hints of specialty malts, but it's a fairly mild aroma. The flavor is also much more mild than expected. Very smooth and non-spicy. There are some hints of the spices, but they just aren't present enough. Finish is slightly dry. This beer needs more character for a Belgian Dubbel style. It's a rather tasty beer, but it's way too "normal" and smooth and without spicing for the desired style. Mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is ok. Don't get me wrong, this is a fine and dandy beer and I'd drink it all the time if it were available here, but it's just not even close to what I want from the style.

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Photo of jakester
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Dark bodied with decent head.
Smell: caremel malts an
Tastes: This has that Belgian flavoring (yeasts I suppose), very sweet with light bitterness. Finishes with very light alohol flavor.
Mouthfeels: medium body, almost watery.
Drinkability: A bit too caremelly sweet for my tastes. One is good, maybe two.

Overall this isn't bad at all. I haven't tried too many doubles to compare, but it way sweet, but not like Triples or Quads. Just different.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice clear amber colored beer with a lot of carbonation, and a huge tight head. It smells pretty good, there is a good fruity smell, a little bit of yeast. There is a bit of a sour smell. The taste is good, fruity and yeasty. A bit of that Belgian funk, and almost no bitterness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a tasty, easy to drink beer. I'd love to find it on draft some time.

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Photo of HopMaster
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not a Belgian expert, but I would not seek out this beer. It seemed like a cross between a dubbel and a brown ale.

Appearance - Brownish, deep amber color with a foamy head that died quickly. The head seemed more force carbonated and less natural than most microbrews.

Smell - It smelled like a dubbel should - phenol, alcohol, and caramel malt aromas were predominate.

Taste - Medium body with slight fruit overtones. The phenol and roasted malt flavors dominate. A definite alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Slightly thin for a dubbel, but still pleasant.

Drinkability - Fairly drinkable, especially for a dubbel with 7+ percent alcohol.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While I am not sure it fits the profile it is a drinkable brew, more of an entry level Dubbel. Aroma is funky sour sweet. Slightly malty taste - slightly sweet with some buttery diacetyl notes. Some oats some yeasty vinous taste. A hard beer to pin down with respect to what to like or dislike. Drinkable for sure but not one I will seek out again. More like a brown ale than a dubbel to me.

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Photo of maek228
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber/Mahongany. This beer displayed excellent foam clingage.

Smell: Ehhh...sour fruit candy, hops...and faint barley

Taste: Sour fruits, malts that whisper toffee, and some serious esthers. Great flavor but it somehow fails to leave a major impression.

Mouthfeel: Totally average. Could have been creamy or crisp...yet it is neither.

Drinkability: Due to the poor drinkability, I have to give an average rating

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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep coppery brown with a volumnous tan head into a 16 oz. American shaker pint. Mild yeasty/fruity quality about the aroma with some lesser roasted malt and candi sugar smells. Sugary and fruity, some chocolaty maltiness in the middle, with a mild, leafy astringency near the finish. Not bad, but not what I'm used to in a U.S. brewed dubbel interpretation. It seems to lack a little complexity, which in turn doesn't aid it's drinkability.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out with a light caramel color that was hazy with little to no head. The head dissolves into a thin white ring around the sides, good carbonation though.
Smell is sweet maybe some fruit and malty.
Tastes good, maybe a little too sweet for me though. I like the malt.
Mouthfeel is sort of sharp up front then light, not really impressive I guess I was expecting something more.
This was not a very easy drinking beer for me but it's kind of hard to give this style a fair evaluation, I'm just starting to try Belgians. Perhaps I'll be editing this down the road when I experience more of them. Oh well... you have to start somewhere.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: A copper colored body crowned with a short sticky head of white that laces the glass. Low levels of carbonation.

Smell: Whew. Sweet malts, heavy on the alcohol. Some fruity esters creep out of the nose; cherries, plums, bananas.

Taste: This is a very heavily malted beer, even for a dubbel style. I found it to be cloying about halfway through, which turns me off from everything. The taste is initially sweet and fruity, again with the banana and nutty flavors presiding. Nuts lead to some chocolate and alcoholic flavors, that give way to a spicy phenolic finish. The aftertaste is of all the resiudal alcohol from the malts. I just felt this was overdone and lacked the refinement of the real thing.

Mouthfeel: Full, sweet, rich, then finally cloying and sickly viscous.

Drinkability: One is enough, and a pint may have been a few ounces too many. Get the real thing, and then if you still crave them, give this a shot.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out dead in the glass, mildly active dark amber brown body but nothing accumulating. Mostly clear.

Smell is a noseful of brown bread, or gingerbread really, caramel and molassas and hints of apples. Not too spicy or sweet; mellow and nice.

Big wallop of carbonation in the mouth on intake, then dropping off into a mildly spicy, rich gingerbread taste--the type of gingerbread I like. Lasting gingerbread malt aftertaste but sort of thin. Chewy malts. Seemed to get sweeter as I drank it, as it got warmed. Didn't like that too much.

Heavy in the mouth, compounded visually by the stillness in the glass, and overall perhaps towards the thin side on flavor. I'd go back for this on occasion, but one would do me fine for a sitting.

Alcohol hidden nicely.

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Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of kegerator
1.76/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

possibly the worst beer i have had to date.
looked good when i poured it out, it was a nice deep brown color but no head was present, it was almost flat...
it smelled fairly spicey a little malt and some burnt smokiness was detected.
taste - awful, it just didn;t taste like anything but it tasted like everything, kind of like when you blen all your crayola crayon colors together and they make that dusgusting muddy brown balck color...
i will leave it at that

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belgian into my FF tulip glass. Perfect pour. Gotta be a 5/5! What a sight! Hard to beat! Ruby russet dark, clear, solid cake-like off white ecru head retained and lattice laced. Delectible.

Vegetable & pumpernickel aroma, sundried tomatoes, and sticky awl-kee-hawl brown sugars.

Vinous, smoked character, [roasted malt] not smokey, mind you. A lighter than most Belg. Mildly sweet. Little carbonations nap, while full bodied and foamy.

Last swigs: Holds a candle to a true Abbey or Belgian, and from Cherry Hill, NJ this is a local treasure. Sweet roasted malt Belg. Have ya seen the $30 price tag??? Beer bargain alert to satiate your fancy foreign flair with a latent local likeness.

Beer is good. Happy Beligian beering.

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Photo of joshlara
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear amber brown. The head was off white, but fell back quickly and barely laced the glass.

The aroma was a distinct Belgian yeast aroma. Some higher alcohols, but pleasant. Slight fruitiness in the aroma, but I expected more.

The flavor was malty and nice, but very bland. Slight Belgian character, but nothing to note.

The finish was dry with a slight fruitiness. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. The bottle said bottle conditioned, but nothing was in the bottle or my glass as far as sediment, so I doubt it is bottle conditioned. A nice drinking beer, but a not a great Dubbel...kind of boring in that regard.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of thefireman
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish copper with a head that leaves, like now. No bubble action at all. Smells a little hoppy, taste starts sweet, like carmel, and finishes sort of bitter fruity. Not a bad beer, but I would prefer a little more substantial action. Can't quite put a handle on it, but seems to come up a little short.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flying Fish- Belgian Style Dubbel

Appearance- Copper/ dark red with a medium head of tiny bubbles. The head quickly dissapated.
Smell- bittery with some spices detected.
Taste- starts off sweet with a slight spicy taste and ends bitter and yucky.
Mouthfeel- watery turning to bitter.

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Photo of BCMan
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring this fish produced a frothy head that went right back where it came from in a real hurry. This beer is dark brown in color and looked basically as I expected it would. The initial taste of the beer started out sweet which was a bit surprising since it had a bitter nose to it. Then flavor did not stay sweet, it turned bitter as it settled on the tongue. F.F. needs to develop some new beer. I've grown bored with the selection they have even with the couple seasonals. They started off great but need to develop some more refined beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, red-tinged brown color with a respectable, small-bubbled head. Aroma is malty and slightly phenolic. Some plum flavors in the foretaste. Malty through most of the beer, with a nice spicy finish. Medium to light bodied, which seemed out of place. I would have preferred a bit more heft….in fact, most of the characteristics seemed a little muted. Still, it’s an enjoyable, tasty beer. With a little more flavor and bigger ester and phenol punch, it would have gotten higher marks.

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Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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