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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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520 Ratings

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | 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 ajr24


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

A- 12 oz bottle poured into a glass. Good copper/golden color with little head and very little lacing.

S- Smells of a deep and rich malty character-- It kinda smells like a marzen

T- Similar to the smell, it tastes of rich malts

M- Enjoyably malty and doughy.

D- Goes down the hatch nice and easy.

12-14-2007 22:49:20 | More by ajr24
Photo of Biscuit033


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Slightly hazy brownish-amber with one finger head that dissipates to a ring around the top of the beer. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet malts and dried dark fruits and dates. There is also the belgian yeast flavor.

T: Dark sweet maltiness, dates, caramel, and a little roasted flavor but not quite smokey. The yeast is present as well. There is also a off apple skin flavor that is strange.

M: Full, good carbination, and a long malty finish.

D: This is a good American Dubbel. I will definately have a few of these. The heartiness of the malts equals the sweetness.

12-14-2007 01:17:01 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of superswing123

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +7%

Nice golden brown color in pint glass - good head, but little retention. Swilled a bit and it does rejuvenate.

Smell: Malty, charateristic of the style, raisens, bready, rich and with a bit of alcohol coming through.

Taste- "Nice", smooth, a bit biting but okay none the less. Style well respected.

Mouth: Falls a bit short on "depth," but still a nice session beer.
Not much lacking, just not truly exceptional.

Drinkability: Couldn't be much better, especially as this warms. A lot going for this one, so I'm rating it at (4.)..

Overall, Flying has created a fine brew here to be enjoyed as a serious representation of a Belgium Dub. Not too thick, or heavy, and with plenty of flavor to satisfy.

I'll be back for another, real soon..


12-11-2007 04:46:17 | More by superswing123
Photo of jwc215


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours amber with dark cherry hues. A thin swirling patch tops it off, with some trailing lace left behind by a thin ring.

The smell is of caramel/toffee - some molasses. A touch of herbal spices are there, but subdued. Some bready yeast is there as well, but very subtle. Nice overall - but very mild.

The taste is malty - caramel/toffee - with a touch of herbal spicing and some candy sugar. A touch of scotch-like peat smokiness seems a bit misplaced here at first, but then blends in well enough. The maltiness dominates. A touch of alcohol comes through in the finish.

Light-bodied, though not as thin as some other offerings from this brewery.

Not sure that it fits the style so well, but not a bad brew if you are looking for a mild, malty drink.

12-08-2007 16:43:48 | More by jwc215
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

Was looking for an decent, low-priced sixtel, and the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA delivered big time with this $48 beauty. Have had it previously from the bottle, so I knew I could count on it...

A: Nice cream colored, 3 finger head with great retention

S: Grape Jolly Rancher, sweet raisins, yeasty bread. Definitely enjoyed this aspect.

T: Rich, cherry filled chocolate candy, with some hints of a Tastykake lemon pie. Lightly spicey flavor lingered as well.

M: A little thin with a slightly tart/tangy mouthfeel, not much carbonation

D: Pretty enjoyable overall - not the top representation of the style, but an outstanding value for a nice, high quality beer.

12-08-2007 04:15:04 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of BWH3


2.45/5  rDev -31%

Dubbel Flying Fish Brewery
12 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F
Appearance: Average for an American Dubbel. Clear, light caramel brown with no red hues. Head is too meager for the style and dwindles rapidly. The effervescence is spot on though not from bottle conditioning. (3.0)

Smell: Slight sweetness with some rich scents reminiscent of dark fruit. Nothing spectacular from the hops contributions. No spicy phenols or fruity esters wafting up from this brew. (2.5)

Taste: Simply, not rich enough in terms of malt character, spiciness, or dark fruit flavors. The taste is good but just not robust enough to be a dubbel (2.0)

Mouthfeel: Far too thin for style. No body, it has the weight of an English mild. (2.0)

Drinkability: Using caramel malt plus Special B does not necessarily make a great Dubbel, however, the product is highly potable and easy to drink. No adventuresome enough for the connoisseur, but tasty enough to through back a couple with a casual beer drinker. (3.5)

11-05-2007 19:08:42 | More by BWH3
Photo of tempest


3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

Man, I think this is pretty on the mark for the style. Reminds me a lot of Chimay Red, but without the natural carbonation. It has a dark fruit and herb aroma with more of the same in the flavor. It finishes with a touch of hops and the slightest bit of alcohol heat. I think all that's holding this back is the carbonation. Otherwise you've got yourself a dubbel here.

11-01-2007 03:29:26 | More by tempest
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

Faintly hazed amber brown with a frothy, loose head of pale beige. Average lacing and retention.

Aroma is sweet and fruity with a bit of Belgian yeast spice and stewed raisin.

Flavor is quite nice and a good American example of this style. Dark fruits dominate with ample Belgian yeast flavor and a hint of clove.

Body is on the lighter side for this style and drinkability is excellent. I drank this after yard work was done and it was very rejuvinating.

09-12-2007 21:51:01 | More by AlexJ
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%

Acquired via trade from NeroFiddled, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spice, apples, dark fruits, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced, with flavors of apples, caramel, Belgian yeast and some spice. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There’s a mild hops presence but it’s very complimentary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, it’s a beer well worth drinking for an evening. This is the fifth of five beers from Flying Fish Brewing that NeroFiddled traded to me and I’ve been quite pleased with all of them.

08-23-2007 02:22:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

3.48/5  rDev -2%

I've had this one a few times, but this is my first attempt at a formal review.

The beer pours a ruby reddish brown with a thick Belgian collar of lacing. Smells of apricot, raisins and a hint of plum. As it warms the alcohol makes itself better known. Sipping reveals more raisins a bit of apricot and a sweet candy background. As in the nose the alcohol pokes out more after warming. A little too much carbonation in this one which detracts from the mouthfeel, but still a drinkable dubbel.

A solid, but not great attempt to bring Belgium a little closer to home.

08-16-2007 00:37:28 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of klewis


3.08/5  rDev -13.2%

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.

A: Pours a ruby color when held to the light with a moderate bubbly head. Lacing quickly slides down the glass without a trace.

S: Aromas of caramel and raisins. A slight alcoholic smell. Overall, a bit less aromatic than other Belgian style beers.

T: Flavors of candy sugar, toffee, and an overall fruity taste with a noticable phenolic character. A slightly oxidized taste.

M: Moderate-full bodied with an oily texture. Carbonation is moderate and a bit less than expected for the style.

D: Yet another American brewer fails at making a decent dubbel. Not a surpise. This one is drinkable, but not worth buying, IMO.

07-19-2007 23:40:43 | More by klewis
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +12.7%

Thanks goes out to NeroFiddled for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, some islands and sticky lacing hang around. The nose is pretty nice of malts, yeast, some spices, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, bready, nice touch of spices, and some caramel thrown in. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice dubbel, glad to have had a chance to try it out, definitely would recommend.

04-29-2007 21:37:39 | More by Wasatch
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.13/5  rDev +16.3%

This beer pours a dark amber with a nice violet hue that’s slightly cloudy. The head is just wisps of off white and a narrow collar.

Smells strongly of concord grapes, honey and creamy bread dough with a nice, slightly spicy, creamy yeast that’s nestled in with a hint of alcohol and a light ginger.

Tastes of a light but sweet woody barley with a touch of red grapes. There’s a little dry, sour coffee here but comes out much more sweet in the finish. Nice dynamics.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a tiny carbonation.

Considering how much this one sells for, this could be in the running for the most cost efficient dubble ever.

04-21-2007 14:15:20 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a light reddish hue. A mild tan head forms and recedes. Mild lacing on the glass.

Mild caramel malty aroma with a light nuttiness. Very slight fruity smell. No detectable Belgian yeast aroma characteristics.

Lightly sweet caramel malty taste upfront with a mild nuttiness. Finishes with very mild fruitiness. A pleasant tasting beer, but really lacking the Belgian yeast characteristics. The low score I'm giving doesn't reflect the quality of the taste, but rather that it tastes little like a Belgian Dubbel.

Medium bidy, nice carbonation.

Make no mistake, this is a decent beer and easily drinkable. However, it's no dubbel.

04-01-2007 00:51:00 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of Beertroop

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +20.6%

Im sure this will be one of the highest ratings I have given so far. This is my favorite style of beer so I am usually pretty tough when I drink a new beer. In this case I was totally impressed and delighted to have this beer.

App: It pours like a real belgium giving a haze and light malty color. The bottle has Flying Fish distinctive airplane fish. I always enjoy any product from Flying fish and this one looked like I would.

Smell: Great smell comes from this beer. Malts, sweet bread smell, with the yeast hint of a belgium style beer. Very inviting smell.

Taste: I was shocked to taste this beer and the taste it gave. Perfect roast of the malts giving it a good sweet taste without the overcooked taste that most american belgium often commit. The connection of belgium yeast and malts truly activate your taste buds.

Mouth feel: Smooth and powerful are the words on this beer.

Drink: If you are a Belgium fan than you have to give this beer a try. I Can assure you you will, like me, have at least one bottle of this beer in the fridge at all times.

03-23-2007 19:01:32 | More by Beertroop
Photo of kernalklink


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clean crisp dark hue, with some bubbly head and a slight aroma of belgian yeasty tang. Light chocolate presence, some estery fruits. Taste is big on the sweetness, some roasted flavor but not as big and bready as most dubbels. Nice mouthfeel and the alcohol is covered well by it. Belgian flavors are somewhat fleeting here, but if you find those unique yeasts cloying to the tongue this is a good version to start your tastebuds on.

03-07-2007 14:02:49 | More by kernalklink
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Served a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a mostly amber-brown color with about a finger of head. No real lacing, and the head faded fairly fast. Fairly mild aroma that came off as mostly caramel malty. Taste was fairly strong, dubbel taste, although falling fairly closely in with an ESB type taste. Mostly caramel malt, just a little fruit and spice in the mild hops, and lots of salt, especially in the aftertaste. Feel was fairly thin to medium body, taste that slid off the palate with a pretty good, slow pace (although nothing out of control). Overall, it's a pretty good beer; it's a little salty for my liking (and might even be better categorized as an ESB), and was pretty mild, but it did pretty well for what it did. No real complaints, and I'd try in again (although maybe not if another dubbel was available).

03-03-2007 20:53:10 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev 0%

It pours a deep amber, coppery at the edges. A surprisingly thin finger of off-white head dissolves soon to frothy surface stria. Lacing is a saving grace, with a delicate scrimshaw on the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a caramel and candy sugar sweetness to the fore, then nods to a malty berry note. The vague yeasty esters and a soft nuttiness lose out to a rather punchy alcohol jab.

Upon tasting, the malt is dense and sweet with sugar and caramel, along with lesser notes of nuts and dark cherry. A mild yeastiness slides through with a thin earthiness that harkens to dry cocoa. The alcohol is again very prominent and hot. A quick flash of residual malt sweetness is mitigated by an upward-trending bitterness, drying and numbing the finish. It has some nice qualities, but it's halting and rather sparse in its delivery.

Medium bodied, the malt coats quite well, and the carbonation perks the buds with a lively presence.

I want to like this beer more than I do for its localness. It's got some assets, like the poignant malt presence, but the seeming lack of a real blend is a distraction, and the yeast just doesn't ester up as I'd like for the style. And that ABV, while not at all extreme, is presented as one hot number, and that keeps the quantity to the middle tier, at best. I'd think maybe pushing that yeast a bit might yield some more typical character and style, but what do I know? I won't turn it down, but I won't seek it out either.

01-17-2007 14:55:02 | More by Foxman
Photo of Nesued

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Came in a 12 oz brown long neck bottle. I didn't notice a freshness date, but a description on the side of the bottle was rife with information about the brewery and a contact number/website, etc.

Appearance: Amber color. Not much of a head formed upon the initial pour, granted I poured this one cold. Had it been a room temp., perhaps a bit more head would have been present.

Smell: Yeasty, bready smell with malt overtones.

Taste: I opened this brew cold, and let it warm to open it up a bit. It did. Nice dense taste with alot of malt. I personally enjoy this alot and I feel this indeed captured the true belgian dubble style. I would love to put this up against a Meredsous 8 or a Chimay red to get a good side to side comparison. Sadly, I only had one bottle and really wanted to experience this one alone. The only weakness is the strength: Malt. It appears to be very present while at the same time a bit out of balance.

Drinkability: For a "local brew" (i.e. Cherry Hill, NJ) this is an outstanding find. Well worth using as a good representation of a dubbel style. Pass me another, and another!

01-10-2007 00:33:07 | More by Nesued
Photo of IceAce


3.48/5  rDev -2%

Pours a clear mahogany body with a foam collar which dissipates into a ring around the top of the brew in a tulip tasting glass. Nose is malty with hints of caramel and candi sugar.

Entry is spritzy with carbonation dancing of the top of the tongue and the inside walls of the cheeks. Midtaste is sweet with caramel malt and slightly heavy sugars. Virtually no hop presence in the finish, but the malt/sugar fade laced with a tinge of Belgian yeast is good.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin for a dubbel, but drinkability rises for the same reason. This is a good example of the style and might help cushon newbies taking the plunge into Belgian styles.

12-27-2006 07:30:48 | More by IceAce
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Sweet perfumy aroma; very floral

Taste: Bready, up front, with a peppery Belgian yeast aspect; after the swallow, the perfumy element from the aroma joins the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a subtle dubbel that is not bad but is far too understated to compete with the Belgian brewers

10-12-2006 02:31:54 | More by brentk56
Photo of SuperSpy


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

This beer poured up a nice orangey brown color, with a large but quick to die off white head. Not at all the big rocky Belgian head I would expect.

The smell had tones of cherry and a slight nuttiness.

Taste was a bit one dimensional with some roasted malt and not much else. Not as diverse a flavor as you would expect from a true Dubbel.

Mouthfeel was smooth and the beer didn't have as much body as I expected.

Overall this is a beer that could use some improvement, and although it wouldn't be my first choice it is something that I would definitely order again.

09-30-2006 20:13:49 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of Jredner


3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

Sweet malt dominated aroma with mild hints of candied nuts. Mahagony colored with a diminishing thumb thick tan head. Fore is sweet malts with nutty accents and a dry finish. Lacks the body of a true Belgian dubbel as well as the range of flavor. Pretty basic and up front, but tasty enough. A session dubbel?

05-07-2006 15:45:07 | More by Jredner
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

Bought a couple bottles of this while in NJ.

Dark orangey brown with a nice big, beige head. Fades a bit, but leaves quite a lot of lacing. Fairly clear beer.

Aroma is malty, yeasty, with some elements of strawberries or other field berries, and cotton candy.

Thick creamy mouthfeel. Tart, slightly sour flavour up front, and then the bready, toasty malts kick in giving it the typical dubbel warmth. Mild fruitiness remains, as well. Sweetish, yeasty aftertaste.

Not bad.

05-04-2006 18:59:06 | More by crwills
Photo of weeare138


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

Appears a transparent brown toned amber with a small off white cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa dosed sugar(ala Special B/Belgian Chocolate Malts) with a tiny bit of a wheat smell in there...mild off corn husk aroma buried in the background that is barely noticeable.
Taste is of the aromas although it strikes me more of a dunkel weizen that's been brewed with some candi sugar and fermented with the Chimay yeast.
Mouthfeel is fizzy at first, smoothing out into a sugary cocoa brew.

04-22-2006 11:54:18 | More by weeare138
Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.