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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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498 Ratings

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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of LeftyEtc

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light amber with a very thin white head that quickly dropped back into the body.

S - Sweet malts with a light fresh fruit aroma, mainly apricot and citrus, quite yeasty.

T - Light malts and brown sugar, orange peel and a sweet yeast aftertaste.

M - Very little carbonation and a pleasant crisp feel lend a refreshing character to this beer. Not as malty as many doubles i have had yet well balanced and enjoyable down to the last drop.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 00:58:02 | More by LeftyEtc
Photo of xllfonzollx

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a short slightly tuliped chalice glass.

A: Very Pleased with the appearance, slight haziness. Like a medium caramel / apricot color. pinky sized head.

S:A bready /yeasty note. Sweet candy, slightly caramel smell. A little roasty malt note.

T:Kinda close to the smell, a candy like taste. A nice suttle yeasty spice. delightful.

M:Medium mouth feel. Nothing off putting at all. Light-Medium carbonation

D:I would consider this quite drinkable. It masks the alcohol very well. For the price, unbeatable. I purchase 1 single bottle. Next time I go out I would at least purchase a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 04:08:48 | More by xllfonzollx
Photo of cmq103

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just tapped a 1/6th keg last week. I poured this one into a standard pint glass. The color reminded me of a copper/amber lager. There was very minimal, if any, head which quickly dissipated to a thin ring around the edges. No lacing at all as my glass was emptied. The smell was sweet, which matched the taste. I sensed a bready brown sugar-raisin taste in the beginning and end. Very little carbonation. A good, easy to drink NJ beer that can't quite match a real Belgian Dubbel though. I was surprised that the 7.3% ABV was well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 23:03:40 | More by cmq103
Photo of Bendurgin


3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one as an extra in a trade with IDrinkGas a while back. Thanks again for this one! Poured into a goblet. Pours a dark hazy amber with a thin white head that fizzes away quickly with thin lacing. The smell is rich and malty with a nice fruit profile for the background. The aroma is really sweet. Similar flavor profile to the aroma. Sweet and malty with a bit of a dark fruit flavor to it. If I were to pinpoint it I'd probably say cherries. The mouthfeel is decent, full but I feel like the carbonation could be toned down. Overall this is kind of sweet and full making it a bit of a sipper for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 01:36:41 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours hazy brownish color with a foamy medium lasting white head. Good amount of carbonation. Aroma is bready, Belgium yeast, floral spicy hops, some fruit and brown sugar. Medium body with some tartness. Flavor is caramalt, brown sugar and spicy hops. Finish is sweet, but not cloying, with some spicy hops balance. Simple, but tasty and inexpensive dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 21:33:38 | More by mikeg67
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of mooseisloose


3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This caught my eye as I entered TW as a great price on a sixer of dubbels! Let's give it whirl and see if it pans out. Popping the top I get that great Belgian smell of yeast, spices, some brown sugar and cinnamon. Pours into a chalice to a hearty translucent brown with a wispy head. Taste is also classic Belgian with an up front sweetness from the double malts and a tartiness in the middle as the carbonation and hops take over the sweetness. Finish is mildly bitter and clean. This is an easy drinker and the 7.3% ABV is barely noticeable except for attributing to a silky smooth mouthfeel. This is a good brew and a great value.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 18:10:00 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of CampusCrew


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: brown tinted, decent head retention
smell: fruity caramel aroams

taste: nice belgian dubbel, pretty traditional

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. great food beer. prety good example of a blegian dubbel, not fantastic but good and I would buy often. fantastic price.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 01:54:30 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of mdwalsh


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

A: Medium tan head, lots of big bubbles. Light brown/Amber. Perhaps a little too light. 3.5

S: Robust, slightly sour, nice roast. Just a slight "Belgian-ness" 3.5

T: Same as the aroma really, somewhat boring, but not bad. 4

M: It's a little thin. 3.5

D: Overall not bad, just not great. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 13:53:05 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of david131


3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy orange/ brown/ amber liquid with a splotchy white head.

S- Apple juice, brown sugar, smoke, vanilla, and just the slightest hint of citrus. There is a bit of spiciness and alcohol floating around as well.

T- Sweet caramel, brown sugar, apple juice, and vanilla. Complex and tasty. Not as "Belgian" as some other Dubbels out there, but it is tasty.

M- The carbonation is just right. The finish is a little dry.

D- A well made beer that hides the alcohol well. Not one of the best Dubbels out there, but worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 03:33:39 | More by david131
Photo of speter

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber with a very slight head that quickly faded to nothing, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Biscuit malt and very little else.

T: This is a powerfully dry beer. Very little sweetness up front, while the middle is a bit roasty and slightly bitter. The finish is puckeringly dry, and the aftertaste is a burning bitterness that isn't appropriate to the style. As the beer warmed, the dryness increased.

M: Medium bodied, but with very minimal carbonation. Quite warming on the back of the throat.

D: Given that Flying Fish makes one of my favorite Trippels (Exit 4), I had high hopes for the Dubbel, but alas, it's simply not my glass of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 23:23:26 | More by speter
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 13:04:37 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of number1bum


3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown color with one finger of beige head. Keeps a thin but full lace, and leaves a bit of webbing on the sides.

Smell is fruity and lightly sweet, with cherries and plums and some caramel standing out. There is a subtle Belgian yeast aroma but it's not very distinctive or complex.

Ditto on the taste. Some nice fruity flavor, cherry in particular again, but it lacks complexity and depth. There is some caramel sweetness but it's very simple, not deep and complex like the best dubbels. Minimal character from the yeast as well. Not bad flavor, just not very interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty slick, a bit sticky sweet in the finish. Gets a touch cloying.

This is decent but really nothing special. Lacks any real character, although it does have some nice elements. There are better dubbels out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:48:19 | More by number1bum
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ouunce bottle into a snifter. It pours a deep caramel brown with a nice white head, quickly receding. The aroma is sweet and has a phenolic quality. The flavor is rich and malty. It finishes sweet with a light alcohol and some fruitiness. It is medium in body and a nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 01:38:53 | More by bonkers
Photo of Bouleboubier


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

Likely my favorite of Flying Fish's year-round offerings. Consistent in quality and flavor from bottle and draft.

Rich, burgundy-amber color topped with an appropriately dimensioned off-white head.

More than many domestic versions I can recall (and it's a small number), this dubbel smells like a true Belgian dubbel.

The flavors: dry cherry, moderate malt, and clove are subtle and well-balanced if falling short in the complexity and depth of the true Belgian abbey greats. The alcohol is wonderfully obscured. Combined with a medium-light body and nice clean finish, the sum of the parts make for a very drinkable dubbel that can be enjoyed even by those who don't prefer "heavier" beers.

Excellent American version of a dubbel I can see myself going back to often. That is, if I wasn't attempting to try every other beer in existence.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 22:47:20 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of GarrettMD

New York

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the 4th beer in Blind Beers BIF. I reviewed this beer without knowing what I was drinking, here are my notes before finding out what it was.

A - Pours a nice clear amber with half a finger off white head that dissipates very quickly leaving just a few bubbles on the surface. Carbonation bubbles are everywhere.

S - Smells like light roasted malts. Some brown sugar, slight yeasty smell. Some light citrus notes.

T - Taste is very similar to the smell, nice malty taste, slightly bready as well. This is probably another type of belgian, maybe a dubbel.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Finish is only slightly dry.

D - Good drinkability, I would put this at 6%. Very easy to drink, rounds itself out fairly well.

I wasn't surprised to see the style, even though I hadn't tried a dubbel before I knew what it was supposed to taste like and I thought this fit it fairly well. The ABV was slightly higher than I expected but I usually guess low.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 20:02:30 | More by GarrettMD
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin, clear amber brown color with a small tight tan head that quickly settled into a light ring. The aroma is of brown sugar and honey with some nuttiness. There is a light perfumey phenol from the yeast. The taste is sweet with brown sugar flavor, some light caramel or honey notes as well. There is a light spice from the yeast, nothing distinct. Some nut flavors as well as lemon finish out the flavor. The feel is light to moderate with tingly carbonation. Sweet overall on the palate but does finish a tad astringent with a light earthy bitterness. An average American made dubbel. There are some nice flavors but not very deep. The feel seems to be a bit off. Ok in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 01:53:03 | More by Gmann
Photo of gromis


4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 03:19:19 | More by gromis
Photo of Seanibus


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

Pours a pleasant deep copper, almost opaque but not quite, with a slight tan head. The aroma is sweet and fresh, with a bit of caramel and a slow-developing phenolic quality. The flavor is carmelly, with an overripe apple note. The phenolic, spicy edge is muted, in the background behind the apple ester. For a beer of this strength, the alcohol is surprisingly muted. The mouthfeel is quite slight, thought there is a decent prickle of carbonation.

This is not a deep beer, but it is pleasantly drinkable, despite the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 17:06:16 | More by Seanibus
Photo of AdamMY


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a nice reddish amber, but it poured basically no head, which faded quickly.

The smell is quite nice, its a bit yeasty, and smells like raspberries and oranges.

The taste is interesting, Lots of yeast, and it tastes almost like a fruity soda. Which fades into a bread like finish which just lingers ever so gently.

The mouth feel is interesting and nice and welcome, a bit sparkling.

But the drinkability is strictly average, almost bordering on slightly hard to drink with all its flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 23:23:51 | More by AdamMY
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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
Photo of tzieser


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: poured from a 12oz bottle. Deep amber/copper color, crystal clear with a very thin head with little retention.

s: very subtle nose. big malt character, with hints of dried fruits and Belgian candi sugar. slight alcohol notes.

t: similar to aroma. sweet bready malts, followed by subtle hints of fruits and raw sugar. not bad, but lacks the complexities found in a true Belgian dubbel.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability.

far from true to style, but stands on its own legs very well. a good beer, but not what I'd go for if I want a true Belgian dubbel

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:34:55 | More by tzieser
Photo of mrhiccups


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on a whim, was in the seasonal aisle in my favorite beer joint. Smells kind of like baked bread, a bit of malt, some caramelized sugar, nothing overly distinctive or offensive. The abv of 7.3 percent is well hidden, tastes pretty much like it smells. Tastes like baked bread to me, not the most overwhelming Dubbel I have ever had for sure, a good session beer. Just make sure someone will be the designated driver...Overall, a nice Dubbel with no big surprises tastewise.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 04:29:02 | More by mrhiccups
Photo of ClassicBrad


4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the bottle into a nonic pint glass and showed no attempt of head retention just a fizzled down, thing ring of a head. Looks rather defeated and cause for concern.

Smell of phenol and dark fruit with hints of spice. Very appetizing and according to the style.

Taste is great! The dark fruit is there; cherries. A nice spice presence is also there. Very full flavor!

Mouthfeel is great. Carbonation almost tickles the tongue.

Drinkability is insane for 7.3% I'm a fan of this beer and I would definitely get it again. Interested to get my hands on some more of this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 04:23:38 | More by ClassicBrad
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 02:45:14 | More by tjd112
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