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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 17
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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Flying Fish Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 07-23-2001

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with red hues and a minimal fizzy beige head. Sweet caramel and chocolate nose with some dark fruit, just some light notes of plum and raisin. Big chocolate taste with a hint of coffee. A good dose of caramel sweetness with some slight fruity esters, raisin and grape. Finish is rather crisp and dry. This really doesn't seem like a dubbel to me, just a bit too much roasted character and not enough yeast profile. A tasty offering, mind you, but a bit to clean. I always have trouble picking out flavors in most Belgians, but this was pretty cut and try. Tasty, though, and very drinkable. An overall solid beer.

Photo of grover37
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this bottle is about 1.5 years old but there's no bottling date.

Appearance (3.5): Clear, ruby brown with a finger of off-white head which reduces to a ring and a big patch. No lacing.

Smell (2): Boozy and sweet. Ethanol and brown sugar.

Taste (4.5): Taste is much more pleasant than the aroma. A creamy caramel up front with some sweetness in the back. A lingering raisin flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied and medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability (3.5): The taste and feel is very enjoyable but this smells and feels more like 9% than 7%. I also feel like the flavors are melded so well because this one has some age on it.

Photo of JohnnyS17
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer review on Beer Advocate, so bare with me.

Appearance: A moderate to deep brown with a hazy tint.

Smell: A sweet aroma, it had a smell like prunes or berries with a little bit of spice. It reminded me of the scent of a root beer. I was drawn to the beer immediately.

Taste: Delightfully sweet but not over powering. A short and slight hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A very delicious beer for casual consumption.

Photo of VMWhelan
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangeish ruby color with very little head and average lacing.

Smells like dark fruits and cherries with some burnt wood/earthy undertones. Very malty and sweet smelling.

Taste is just like the smell. Sweet malty dark fruit followed by some subtle woody flavors. Excellent.

Medium body with a good bit of carbonation. Slightly drying.

Drinkability is pretty good, I could have another.

Photo of avalon07
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a copper color and a completely clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Virtually no head to speak of.

S: Not a lot of smell, but some some traces of malt, fruit, and a grainy quality.

T: Tasted of apples, malt, and a grassy/grainy component that seemed to dominate the flavor. Fairly watery and thin and not particularly pleasant.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not a very well made beer. A pale version of Belgian beer. Not very drinkable.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a six pack bought at Total Wine in northern VA.

Appearance: Clear reddish, but with very little head. Very little. It does leave some lacing in the snifter.

Smell: Blindly smelling, I would easily tell you this is a dubbel, and a good, but not great smelling one. Some toast, caramel, and the phenolic fruitiness characteristic of a dubbel.

Taste: Medicinal phenolics, some dark fruit, again toast and caramel. Alcohol and a little bitterness in the finish with some lasting sweet malty flavor.

Mouthfeel: The body of the beer is medium to full and very well done, but the lack of foamy head takes away from the overall feel.

Drinkability: This is a perfectly good American dubbel that as I thought at the beginning comes across as good, not great.

Photo of tchenery
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very deep russet brown body with not much head - very un-Belgianesque in that regard. Pretty hazy with some visible carbonation.

Very unfragrant right upon pour, but it must have been too chilled. At that point if I had to I would give it some slight pepper, raisins, dark fruit notes. Once it warms up a bit it takes on more of a toasty bread aroma.

Taste is sweet. It basically went sweet (like brown sugar), brad, raisin, grape, spice/pepper on the finish.

Mouthfeel was sweet all the way through with lingering residual brown sugar/syrupyness on the end. With all that It still had a medium body.

Very drinkable but just not very complex

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear, dark copper, body with red highlight topped with an off white head. The head is small, fizzy, recedes quickly, and although it's sticky at first, it leaves no lace.

S: Not a too complex, but a decent nose of fruits, brown sugar, roasted caramel malts, spices, and a hint of citrus hops.

T: A pretty standard dubbel. Flavors of brown sugar at first with strong notes of sweet caramel malts, spices, and hints of Belgian yeast. Not a long lasting aftertaste.

M: Medium body with light carbonation, smooth and light texture.

D: A very good beer and intro to those who have never had a Dubbel. Very easy to drink, although I think there are better Flying Fish beers. I would definitely drink this again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this one.

Photo of LeftyEtc
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of xllfonzollx
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of cmq103
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of david131
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of speter
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of number1bum
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of GarrettMD
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.