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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

550 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 16
Gots: 38 | 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 mdillon86
3/5  rDev -15.5%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After a horrific episode with Alexander Keith's, I'm going to "dubbel" or nothing with Flying Fish. On to the beer:

Light chocolate brown with smudges of orange mixed in. The head forms ½ inch thick on top, but slowly dwindeles to a small lace. While mild, there is some good in the nose; raisins, vague chocolate, a pleasant fume of alcohol which gives it a wine-like character. There's also a noticable sour character that gives it an aroma similar to vomit.

Some pear and dates to start off the taste. Mild doses of chocolate covered raisin helps stave off mediocrity. The longer the sip, the more chocolatey it becomes. The body is light-medium and flabby.

Not bad, though very run-of-the-mill by dubbel standards.

DoubleJ, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3/5  rDev -15.5%

jmdrpi, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Tpsauer
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Tpsauer, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +12.7%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jackrodgers77
3/5  rDev -15.5%

jackrodgers77, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of victory4me
3/5  rDev -15.5%

victory4me, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Agold
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Agold, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +12.7%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of vicsju1991
3/5  rDev -15.5%

vicsju1991, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice hazy orange copper color with a tall and thick off white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted and roasted malts, hints of sweet and slightly sour fruits, and then a slight yeast aroma at the end.
T: Tastes of a nice sweet toasted and roasted malt backbone, followed by a myriad of fruit flavors, a hint of alcohol, and some yeast flavors.
M: Smooth, rich, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, slightly warming.
D: Very drinkable, overall this was actually one of my favorite Dubbels.

erosier, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the super-hazy, fog-choked bronzed brown liquid, which hosts an off-white head that, while not huge, clings to the sides of the glass like a tree frog.

Decent enough smell, a mingling of mineral, alcohol, sweet spices, Belgian (or Belgian-esque) yeast, and light notes of milk chocolate. There's something lingering that's kind of strange, a damp, musty smell somewhere between basement and seaweed.

Flavor is indeed dubbel-ish, bringing in all those basic traits detected in the smell (mineral, alcohol, spices, yeast, chocolate) with an additional herbal component, fruit (generic fruit, because I can't come up with a particular one this reminds me of), a dab of black tea, toffee, and a slightly minty kick that I'll guess is the hops.

Just slightly over-carbonated for my liking, but not an impediment either. Still soft enough, and with a slickness that makes it go down very easy.

Maybe not 100% authentic, but then this is a New Jersey dubbel, and they've come up with a cool twist on the style. My third Flying Fish offering, and the brewery is "good" to "excellent" in my book so far.

Metalmonk, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
2/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Given to me by InebriatedJoker, thanks Mike!

Appearance
Not really that pretty of a beer. Its murky looking. It's at about an 85% cloudiness it seems; some parts of the glass seem like they want to be clear. The head was tough to coax out, and had no retention.

Aroma
There is a predominate dark fruit aroma; its not fresh, but rather rotty and odd. There is also some cocoa here and there as well as grass hop notions.

Taste
A little bit of the cherry fruitness that I attribute to a good dubbel is here, but again, its an old and rotting fruitiness. Odd nips of cocoa and root beer or cola come around. The finish showcases more of those mushed up cherry notes, a little bit of cherry stem and some alcoholic notions.

Mouthfeel
Carbonation isn't running rampant, but it still manages to be very sharp. Aside from that the body does nothing. There's no good rich fullness to it, once you swallow its all gone.

Overall
I'm an Abbey Ale purist and this is another fine example of American brewers not having a damn clue how to brew them. Not a disgusting beer, but way, way off the mark.

MbpBugeye, Oct 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

American brewed dubbels tend to make me skeptical. This rendition keeps me wary. Kinda coarse and hamfisted all around. Drinks more like an amber ale to me than a dark ale. The sugars just don't seem right for the style, neither does the quality of the bitterness. Sweet black tea notes, not particularly well brewed black tea at that.
I'd be curious to see what this is like on tap but as it stands I am unlikely to pick up a six pack of this anytime soon.

ommegangpbr, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of KyleVick4
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

KyleVick4, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Guden
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Light brown with a weak tan head, a little hazy, not great but appetizing enough.

S- Cherries, brown sugar and raisins mingle with soft earthy components. Pretty appetizing.

T- Very much like the nose but with added subtle spice in the finish. Awesome.

M- Medium body and creamy soft carbonation lends to this one being a great sipper.

D- Pretty smooth but balanced, could have more now and will definitely have again. Good beer.

Guden, Aug 27, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Ruby brown with about a fingers worth off-white head, settles pretty quickly with little to no lacing at all.

S: Sweet caramel malt, alcohol and a touch of brown sugar.

T: Following up the nose... there is that pleasant smelling caramel, good sweet malt and a touch of raisin and brown sugar in the finish. The ABV is showing up also...

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied and good carbonation.

D: Very good tasting brew here... the 7% ABV is all there... Hell it feels like more than 7%.... Due to this this is a one and done for me. Worth looking for.

mralphabet, Aug 15, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: nice amber reddish color with half finger of head that disappeared quickly.

S: raisin, caramel and toasted aroma.

T: raisiny with slight dark fruity flavor and a hint of spiciness. fair amount of malt flavor coming through.

M: medium body with low to moderate carbonation.

O: nice malty beer with sweetness and raisiny flavor standing out.

kenatbeerswap, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of MrOH
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown, hazy, very little head. No lace.

Very malty, raisins, treacle, pastry, caramel. Great aroma, hope there is more of this in the palate.

Bready malts, raisins, caramel. Sweet and vinous. I just wish it was a bit more intense.

Medium bodied, low carbonation.

Pretty decent. Not my favorite dubbel, but I've had worse.

MrOH, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

kinda light for the style but with a nice dense beachsand colored head that sticks around a while at one-fingered height and leaves just a bit of lacing.

lots of leather and dark fruits (raisins, dates, figs) as well as some yeasty spice.

pretty smooth malty flavor with dark fruits and a touch of peppery spice. thats kind of it. lacks the complexity of the authentic examples of the style.

slightly velvety mouthfeel with a syrupy feel. carbonation is good, but doesn't come close to the Belgians.

its good, easy drinking, and has some decent flavors, but nothing to make me revisit.

silentjay, Aug 11, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent brown with no head at all. Aroma of malts, malts and more malts. Taste follows the nose, no hop presence, sweet with dark fruit notes, a little too sweet. It's smooth and hides the alcohol very well. Not bad but certainly not the best dubbel, very good considering that it's an American brewery's take on the style.

jcartamdg, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber with a minimal amount of quickly dissipating head. No. lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet caramel malt and maybe a bit of raisin. Very subdued. Not picking up any of the spice notes that I enjoy from this style. Still smells pretty good though.

T - Taste is similar to smell, .ostly caramel malts and some hint of raisin. Not getting much else.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.

O - A drinkable brew, but not a great example of the style.

warnerry, Jul 25, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mirky pale brown with a 1-2cm bubbly tan head. Low retention and no lacing.

Dark malty sweetness, candy sugar, dark fruit and yeasty bread on the nose.

Flavor is a little bit of a flat version of the Dubbel style. Doesn't have near the depth and complexity of many actual Belgian dubbels. Mild dark fruit notes and Belgian candy sugar are pretty much the extent of the flavor.

Full bodies with med-high carbonation.

Overall this a pretty much just a boring representation of the style. It's not bad overall if you haven't had great Belgian dubbels.

MrVonzipper, Jul 25, 2011
Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.