Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
11-27-2010 18:10:00 | More by mooseisloose
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
11-21-2010 01:54:30 | More by CampusCrew
3.73/5 rDev +5.1%
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
10-21-2010 13:53:05 | More by mdwalsh
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
10-05-2010 03:33:39 | More by david131
2.68/5 rDev -24.5%
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.
09-15-2010 23:23:26 | More by speter
3.23/5 rDev -9%
(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.
09-04-2010 13:04:37 | More by rhoadsrage
3.45/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
08-31-2010 00:48:19 | More by number1bum
3.9/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-28-2010 01:38:53 | More by bonkers
3.55/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-11-2010 22:47:20 | More by Bouleboubier
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
07-20-2010 20:02:30 | More by GarrettMD
3.43/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-23-2010 01:53:03 | More by Gmann
4.28/5 rDev +20.6%
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.
06-17-2010 03:19:19 | More by gromis
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
05-16-2010 17:06:16 | More by Seanibus
3.58/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-09-2010 23:23:51 | More by AdamMY
3.5/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
05-04-2010 12:14:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
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
03-23-2010 01:34:55 | More by tzieser
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
02-23-2010 04:29:02 | More by mrhiccups
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
02-12-2010 04:23:38 | More by ClassicBrad
4.88/5 rDev +37.5%
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
02-03-2010 02:45:14 | More by tjd112
3.15/5 rDev -11.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Deep dark red. Transparent when held up to light. Minimal carbonation.
S: Yeast, Caramalized sugar and dried fruit dominate the smell.
T:Taste is very similar to the smell. Slighly more dried fruit flavors and yeast more upfront when sipped.
M: Medium body for the style. This beer drinks a bit thinner than other dubbles. I prefer them a bit thicker.
D: This beer drinks good. For an american version of the style it works.
01-24-2010 21:37:31 | More by dondeez21
3.85/5 rDev +8.5%
The last time I drank FF's Dubbel, I was drinking them with ease from the bottle. With that, I suppose it deserves a closer look.
A: Dark amber in appearance, with a moderate tan, creamy head that stays around shortly, leaving some lacing.
S: Barely perceivable. Some malt and candi sugar with that Belgian yeast funk. I nearly snorted the beer trying to detect anything.
T: As dubbel interpretations go, this one is on the lighter side in both complexity and in taste. Even so, this is one tasty brew with notes of brown sugar and light malt with a sweet finish. Seems like a "safe" dubbel, but for the price, it's a good introduction to the style. Not really a comparison to Chimay Premiere, but still a good lighter, less complex version.
M: Nothing too special, but decent carbonation, and a subtle oily finish. Otherwise, as plain as vanilla.
D: To me, not too many dubbels are session beers, or brews that can be drank without really enjoying the beer. This one can be drank in that manner, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Still, a good beer that doesn't venture too far out of the realm of the style, but doesn't stand out either.
01-09-2010 02:31:47 | More by irishking1977
2.9/5 rDev -18.3%
a - i poured this into a chimay chalice. comes out a pretty shade of ruby brown. had very minimal head just a tiny white ring around the top which left minimal lacing.
s - a very nice mixture of sweet malts mostly caramel and fruit esters. i pick up hints of apples and cherries. if it tastes as nice as it smells i'll be in for a real treat.
t - well it is very sweet. maybe a little too sweet. i get a big cherry flavor followed by some alcohol warming and a dry finish.
m - seems right for the style, medium bodied with maybe a bit too much carbonation.
d - all in all it is a drinkable beer. probably not something i would not seek out again but i wouldn't turn it down if someone gave it to me.
01-06-2010 06:26:07 | More by Teleweizen2
3.35/5 rDev -5.6%
Poured into a pub glass.
A: Caramel brown in color with a quickly dissipating off white head that leaves very little lacing behind.
S: Herbal hops, bready yeasts and some dark earthy fruit.
T: Over-ripened cherries, rasins and caramel malt sweetness. Mild herbal hop presence with an alcoholic finish...
M: Medium/light with mild carbonation.
D: The abv prevents this from being a session type of brew. I would be reluctant to buy a case for gatherings due to the fact (based on those around me while drinking) that many casual drinkers may be put off by the abv.
12-27-2009 01:31:29 | More by ujsplace
3.05/5 rDev -14.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear reddish-brown, with one finger of slightly off-white head that subsided quickly. Minimal lacing.
Smell: Sweet bready malt, a surprisingly strong scent of tangy fruit (cherries?), belgian yeast. The fruit is the dominant scent here, and it threw me off, initially.
Taste: The bready malt is the dominant flavor, backed by the taste of the flavor of the yeast. The tanginess of the fruit comes in afterwards. The whole thing tastes somewhat muted, though. There's a definite bitterness in the aftertaste that seems to clash with the other flavors of the beer.
Mouthfeel: Way too highly carbonated. I know Belgian and Belgian-style beers are usually high in carbonation, but this one was too much so. Odd, too, considering the lack of head on the beer, but the carbonation was way too sharp on the tongue, and probably served to mute some of the flavors.
Drinkability: All in all, it's mild enough that it goes down quickly, but the 7.3% ABV doesn't make that the best idea. I agree with some of the other review - it's just a little too muted, and simplistic. It's not a bad brew, and not a bad attempt at the style, but not what I would go to if I want a Dubbel.
12-24-2009 23:49:01 | More by StarlightSeraph
3.1/5 rDev -12.7%
Thanks to jwc215 for this one.
Poured a 12oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a browned cherry with a decent-ish, tawny head, which leaves a ring around the glass and little to no lacing. The aroma is Dubbel light. Mild dark fruits, prune, apple and a bit of cherry. Light toffee, and toast also make an appearance. The flavor to is rather light only offering wisps of the typical flavors associated with a Dubbel. The one thing different about the aroma then the flavor would be a definite yeasty spiciness that is very detectable in the finish of every sip. Also the 7.3 percent alcohol is very well hidden which shocks me. The mouthfeel goes along with everything I've said about this brew. Its really light, doesn't linger on the palate, and has a very mild carbonation to it. This is a decent attempt at a Abbey Dubbel. Honestly, I wish this beer were amped up a bit. Need a heavier aroma, a bigger flavor and much, much more body.
12-12-2009 19:40:19 | More by hwwty4
Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.