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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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581 Ratings

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 54 | 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 gromis
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of AdamMY
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of tzieser
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of mrhiccups
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of ClassicBrad
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of tjd112
4.88/5  rDev +37.1%
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

Photo of dondeez21
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of irishking1977
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Teleweizen2
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of ujsplace
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of hwwty4
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of nickd717
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. I found this one to be more or less average for the style, and easily recognizable as an American dubbel.

A - Dark reddish-brown in color with a medium off-white head that lasts.

S - Aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits, spices, and Belgian yeast.

T - Flavor is fairly sweet and malty, lacking the balance that actual Belgian dubbels tend to have, but not bad. Some spices, roast, brown sugar, red wine, and alcohol. Interesting that the description says, "More like a wine than a beer." Despite the red wine flavor, I disagree with this statement, and think anyone who knows anything about beer would also disagree. Sort of an affront to Belgian beer IMO.

M - Finishes a little dry despite the sweetness. A little thin on the body with average carbonation.

D - Not bad, the light body helps.

Photo of bbeane
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Cloudy copper colored beer with 1/4 inch of white head that mostly recedes and leaves a ring of lacing behind. Doesn't appear to be very active

S- Sweet smell of plum, black cherries, and maybe molasses accompanied by strong alcoholic aroma

T- Tastes sweet... malty with fruity plum, raisin, and black cherry flavor. Detect some alcohol taste, but not as much as the smell leads you to expect

M- Light to medium bodied, with little carbonation. Leaves an alcoholic malty aftertaste in your mouth

D- I would and will drink more


Photo of UDbeernut
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap poured into an oversized wine glass

a: dark amber beer, small head with very little retention minimal lacing

s: dark fruit aroma of plum and raisin. light caramel

t: similar in smell but with the addition of very light bitterness and hop presence. Alchohol shows up as it warms but is warm and inviting

m&d: medium to full bodied, very drinkable for 7+ ABV.


Photo of donniecuffs
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber into a tulip. Very little head, with spotty lacing. The aroma was a tease..sweet cherry, plum, sugar, molasses, and a slight hint of citrus. The individual aromas weren't as prominent in the flavor, with an overriding malty sweet alcoholic feel. Medium-bodied, yet easily drinkable. Got the impression that this was a good Belgian-style beer for beginners. Wouldn't expect Belgian fanatics to give this one a second chance.

Photo of 1santore
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first experience with this style of beer. It pours amber red with a nice amount of head. The smell is of bananas and spice. Taste is sweet and smooth. The style doesn't suit me but it is still a good beer, as an alternative to what I like or a change of pace I would recomend this one.

Photo of schmitter
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, tea colored amber. Nice head, bright white and bubbly. I'm always impressed with lacing, and this one has it. Smells alright, almost like its trrrryyyiinnnggg to be a belgian, but not quite there yet. Tastes slightly like banana with some maltiness. I can enjoy most beers and have only recently begun to enojy belgians, but I feel like this one has cross-over appeal for the average pilsner drinker.

Photo of matty
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is spicy.Taste is rum,dark fruit and sugar cane.A pretty good overall beer with a tiny warmth at the end of the glass.Smooth and drinkable.I recommend this beer and would gladly purchase again!!

Photo of yelterdow
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for providing this bottle for review. Served at about cellar temperature in an Ommegang chalice.

Appearance- This beer pours a medium caramel brownish red, completely clear of any sediment. Astonishingly, the head fails to do anything more than crackle away loudly within the first 20 seconds, never reaching even a finger in thickness. There isn't any lacing left behind either... quite the letdown on the eyes.

Smell- Brown sugar, a little rum cake... the malts seem lightly toasted and there's just a suggestion of alcohol. Hops are fleeting and clear the nose.

Taste- Malty and sweet, with a hint of fruit, the Belgian Abbey yeast is the stage for the wonderful flavors in this beer. Almost like a cake in its overall character, this is a great dessert in and of itself, as well as being a terrific choice for pairing with hearty sausages or beef. The finish is exceptionally long and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Right at the start, the texture just blankets itself all over and around the tongue, softly foaming and rolling around in the mouth. It gets better and better as it comes to room temperature, as does the flavor. It's a big enough beer to keep me at just a single serving, but I'd be happy to have this again in the near future.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some sweet Belgian style malt and some light alcohol. Taste is a nice enough mix between some fruity ester some candi sugar and nice Belgian malt. Body is about average with good carbonation but light alcohol burn was slightly disappointing. Not bad overall but I have seen better form this style.

Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear dark reddish amber/brown with an off-white 1" head that has a lot of fine small bubbles giving it a creamy appearance, The head recedes fairly quickly leaving a ring around the liquid and some patches of foam. Sipping leaves light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is quite nice with some dark fruit (plum and raisins), a light touch of sweet caramel and a hint of some sort of spice.

Taste: The taste is a well balanced combination of dark fruits (plums, raisins), sweet caramel, light spice. I don't really find much in the way of hop bitterness here but alcohol does show up tasting a bit like dark rum

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a soft creamy feeling from the light carbonation. The finish is medium in length with sweet malt and dark fruits gradually disappearing in a lightly sweet finish with still no hops really showing.

Drinkability: Although I like some dubbels, they are not one of my favorite styles. But I think this one is a good well-made example. I am enjoying drinking this one but I also have to admit I have had a few I liked better. Still, I'd be quite comfortable buying more of this beer. Also, this would also be nice to serve at a party where people are sipping and chatting.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Pours a slight hazy amber color with a decent white heading which left very little lacing globs throughout the tasting.

Smell is very fruity,sweet maltiness a tad spicey mostly cloves maybe a bit of banana.

Taste is also fruity and spicey. Cloves kind of overpower the tasting but a type of brown sugar comes into play.

Mouth is thick with good carbonation. Medium bodied.

Drink is good for 7.3 ABV I could definetly enjoy a few more of these.

This one caught me off guard. I bought a variety pack and this one by far was the best. Well worth it.

Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.