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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: 37 | 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 treehugger02010
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Standard Tap in Philadelphia, PA. It was served in a snifter.
Appearance: The body is a clear dark amber color. The head is tan, very small, poor retention and lacing. It is very flat.
Smell: The aroma is very empty, sweet.
Taste: The flavors are spice, apple and plum.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very crisp and carbonated.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

App- amber brown, with white foam head thinning and a noticeably low carbonation

Smell- Malts, almonds, nuts, bitterness, and a touch of caramel

Taste- Strong yeast beer, sweet, orange and citrus notes, very flavorful, slight chocolate, and esters

Mouthfeel- very soft mouth and low carbonation

Drinkability- decent not really my cup tea but worth a try and gets tad sweet as you go

Stunner97, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of jsanto
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

s - 12oz 6 pack, served in a small Chimay glass.

a - copper, small head that disappear fast.

s - caramel and raisins and alcohol.

t - it does not taste like it smells. i thought it had a vanilla and almond taste which i enjoyed.

m - a slight carbonation with a finish that differs from the smell and taste. i thought it had a liquor finish like a that of a hazelnut.

d - the price is right, and that makes this even a better break from the more expensive occasional celebration beers

jsanto, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap.

Poured a light amber, ruby body with virtually no head that quickly reduced into a cakey ring. When I say quickly, I mean quickly. I think it was white. Lacing is minimal, if any. Not too appealing at all.

Smell is pretty weak as well, especially for a "dubbel." Sugared candy, sweet caramel, slight molasses... very faint aromas.

Taste is of sugared dark fruits (plums mostly), melted caramel, and a slight yeasty, lemony kick. Cloves are also all over the place, with a tiniest hop presence in the finish. Very sweet... too sweet, actually. Wears on me after a few sips.

Mouthfeel is slick, although not very creamy. Medium bodied. Extremely sweet, not very well-balanced at all. Drinkability suffers because of this. I can't see myself having another glass of this.

Note: As this warmed, the sweet, dark fruit flavors are joined by a tartness and sourness. The lemon I sensed before really came through. No more enjoyable, however.

TMB0424, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of mynie
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty limp pour for a dubble. Looks filtered. Like, seriously is that even possible for this style? No head. It's a pretty, rusty red, but man this ain't what a dubble's supposed to be.

Smells like lots of malt an alcohol. Big caramel, big ethanol. Oddly decent, but not really good. Certainly not what I look for in the style.

Tastes, amazingly enough, like a solid dubble. Not a good dubble, mind, but a solid one. Big malty caramel starts things off, moving into some more peppry malt nodes and ending on a strong note of alcoholic, aggressive Belgian yeast. No huge complexities here, nothing worth really discussing in depth, but still not bad.

Meh.

mynie, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a transparent ruby, rusty brown color with a small foamy white head and some visible slow rising carbonation. Brown sugar and caramel malt make up the average nose. The cinnamon and brown candy sugar return while tasting, tons of over sweet malts and notes of caramel, butterscotch and a hint of lime. Subtle waves of alcohol give the beer a slightly medicinal feel. Strange indeed. This is in no way traditional in style but alas it makes for a damn good American brown ale IMO. Medium light in body, weak carbonation and no where near enough bready yeast to give the dubbel the chew it deserves. I love supporting the local guys but this one just didn't do it for me based on the style.

ATPete, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a czech lager pilsner.

4.0 A: Amber brown color. Two fingers of thick head from an aggressive pour. Pretty good retention and lacing

3.5 S: Roasted malt. A bit of a burnt smell. Esters of dark fruit.

4.0 T: Big raisin character with spice and caramel. Toasted malts. Hops for balance only, though there is a hint of hop flavor.

4.0 M: Medium body. Creamy and a tad syrupy makes for a very nice MF. Great carbonation level

4.5 D: I really like this. This is my first dubbel, so maybe I think it's better than it actually is, but I'm hooked now. I could drink this all night.

DavoleBomb, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of templar316
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shines a ruby amber when held to the light almost like an irish red. The nose hits alcohol to candy sugar, hitting the taste right on. A nice puney opening to a bitter candy finish with an alcohol reminder in the aftertaste. Better and better as it warms and actually the best USA(3pistols) version of the style I've had yet.

templar316, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An amber colored beer with a decent head that vanished amazingly fast and left little lacing. The aroma is malt, ripe dark fruit, and sweet. A roasted husky flavor on the palate mixes with more ripe fruit sweetness. A little bit of medicinal character as well. Smooth and medium to full bodied on the palate. Pretty middle of the road I think. Not near the ditch, but nothing extraordinary.

BeardedBoffin, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of DIM
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear coppery amber color. It pored with a short lived fizzy light tan head.

s: Sweet fruity notes of apricot with a little cherry. Pleasant enough, but not very complex. As it warms some sugary vanilla emerges.

t: Not bad, but maybe too sweet for the style. Artificial sweetner, vanilla, and some flowery dark fruits. The sweetness gets a little chalky at the end.

m: Fizzy but fairly gentle carbonation, nice body as well.

d: This was okay, but the sweetness was distracting.

DIM, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottlecap plays on the name "flying fish" for the Flying Fish logo: a white sketch of a fish with wings and turbine engines, on a red field. Pours a dark amber color into a pint glass. Thin head of a light tan color dissipates early on with a bit of stringy lacing. Smells of malt, banana, sweet caramel. Savory grilled chicken comes to mind. Mouth is a little gritty due to the aggressive carbonation. Medium-full body is not complemented by the carbonation, which is too up-front for my taste, for the smooth flavor. Tastes of burnt caramel, malt, autumn spices are up front. Savory beginning with a sharp, slightly bitter, hoppy finish, which enhances the caramel undertones.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, probably something I would revisit once the trees turn.

ljbrisson, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich mahogany color with a thin tan head that departs from us as soon as it came.

S: Somewhat sweet, dark fruits, plum and cherry. Touch of alcohol, smells faintly like a rum and coke.

T: Tart jam, plum, fig, date. Marsala wine.

M: A bit watery. Carbonation lacking. Something about it is making my mouth salivate.

D: Worth a try if you get a chance, but not a standout.

phantomwyse, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of shertz
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice from 12oz bottle dated best by Sept 14 2008. Grabbed a case of this for $32 at local distributor.

A- Poured a caramel color with about 2 finger head. Quickly goes away. Some small bubbles running around.

S- What's nice about a chalice is that it gives off a great nose. This one has many nice smells with it. I get whiffs of belgian yeast,spicy cloves, sweet malts, some floral hop, and last but certainly not least, alcohol.

T- Belgian yeast grabs my buds first, followed by that sweetness of the malts. A little clove and banana next. Lastly, the alcohol cleans up. Damn good taste on this one.

M- Lightly carbonated and a little on the thick side.

D- Taste is wonderful, but the alcohol will get ya. It has sneaked up on me a few times with this case. But very drinkable, even on a hot day.

Afterthoughts- For the price, a damn good belgian in my view. If your looking for something along these lines, this will do.

Enjoy and cheers,
shertz

shertz, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of loosey
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a pretty caramel color (maybe some crimson) with a nice thick cloudy head, dissipates quick with some heavy lacing

some roast, sugary malt, caramel smell.. maybe even like someone left a banana peel in your car on a hot day but remembered and took it out at lunch while you were stuck in a meeting so you're really not sure

sits heavy but sweet, taste french vanilla coffee, toffee, some burnt roast but hardly.. leaves a slight bitter and oiliness, almost buttery or nutty... a frothy feel with above average carbonation

if you throw out your neck...put this in a goblet, spoon out a bowl of chili with a hunk of wheat bread, ask your girlfriend to get naked and bring them to you on a tray with a healthy dose of muscle relaxer and a bib... now your living

loosey, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark copper color with off white colored head that dissipates to a light cover, no clinging on the glass.

Smell is of sweet malts and a light banana type finish.

Taste is of malts and banana with a hint of some spices on the finish. tough to identify for me.

Mouthfeel is just about right, enough to keep the flavors present after the finish.

Quite drinkable for a dubbel.

mvanaskie13, May 24, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish Belgian Style Dubbel
12oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. Nice clear mahogany color, with a slightly off-white head. Good retention level and very nice lacing.

S: sweet malty aromas of cloves, bananas and raisins. Some harsh alcohol aromas are present as well. I am also pulling the aroma of peanut butter.

T: Some cinnamon, and still that weird peanut butter characteristic. Light hints of clove and bananas. This is so weird.

M: higher carbonation than my liking. medium body. crisp and creamy(must be the peanut butter)

D: it is a good representation of style, but I do pull some off flavors to me...ie peanut butter. Worthy of a shot, not a repeat for me.

paulthebeerguru, May 14, 2008
Photo of praufs01
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear dark amber color with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Light caramel smell.

Palate - Moderate carbonation.

Flavor - Light toffee like flavor.

Final thoughts - It was an OK experience for me. Kind of one dimensional. Maybe its just the style.

praufs01, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle that was poured into a Flying Fish pint glass. This Dubbel was a dark amber with no head of foam whatsoever. There wasn't even a sign that there was going to have a head of foam on this beer. There were plenty of bubbles, but no head of foam. I served it at room temp, so this beer has no reason why it didn't have a head of foam. It had an aroma of tobacco, burnt malts, a pinch of dark cherries, and ended with a smll touch of burnt citrus hops. The aroma just loved the smell of something being burnt. It had a pretty much average taste of dark fruits, sweet yeast, sweet caramel, and then the taste ended with some roasted citrus hops. There wasn't much to the taste, but at least the flavors weren't burnt like they were in the aroma. It was a medium bodied beer with a short lived aftertaste of yeast and sweet dark fruits. I do have to hand it to them because they were able to mask the 7.3% ABV. I would like to give this beer another chance. I sure hope that the next bottle doesn't taste like this. If it does, I wouldn't touch this beer again.

AltBock, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for the bottle

Bottle poured reddish copper with a light layer of lace in my Ommegang Chalice

Aromas of Belgian yeast (bread) and sweet malts fill your nose

Flavors of candy sugar honey and malt sweetness with some spices

Light to medium bodied not much carbonation so smooth on the tongue

Decent beer and easily drinkable good American try as a Dubbel.

joepais, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to leftmindedrighty

poured a copper color with very little head. not alot of lacing

smelled of sweet malt, candy, bready yeast.

taste was the typical bready belgian yeast with lots of sweet candi sugar and maltiness. not alot of hop presence.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and easy to drink. I could have had a couple, but overall pretty sweet.

tayner, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of ergodyne
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very skeptical of this beer, i have seen before and i decide to try it out. I pour this beer in a sniffer glass. After the first few sips, i thought how similar it tasted to a chimay, not exact. The important thing is that this beer is an actual beligan style dubbel in a six pack, and it taste pretty close to the genuine thing.

ergodyne, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: Cloudy brown/ amber color, 1 finger head that stayed a while
S: amazing smell, caramel, chocolate, cream soda
T: caramel, lots of malts, good alcohol taste
M: smooth all the way through, good aftertaste, no bite
D: great, no trouble at all

Great beer. I only had one of these but I wish I had more, definitely try this beer.

nrpellegrini, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap and I thought that it would hold its own as a Dubbel, but it was lacking something that the big dogs have.

The appearance was good. It had the typical reddish brown pour with an off white head that fades quickly into the beer. It smelled of dried fruits prunes, raisins, and hints of honey and molasses. When I took the first sip I caught everything but it was lacking something. Maybe not enough brown sugar or molasses, but it struck me as funny. The mouthfeel was there for a dubbel, I will give them that, but whatever it lacked, spoiled its drinkability. Would I drink it again? Well after two pins just to be sure, I may want to try it bottled. Should I?

ROMER79, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the better beers that I've sampled from Flying Fish - a well-known brewery in my home state... their Belgian Style Dubbel was a winner... nice dark-brown, slight purple hue with minimal frothy head that soon dissipated... smell was such as expected from a Dubbel... dark, brown, sugars, sweet caramel and malts... taste paid homage to the aroma, with dried fruit, figs, prunes, malts, sugars, honey, and molasses... good, rich flavor, with a nice mouthfeel and good drinkability for a 7.3% ABV... no alcohol detected, a great combination of flavors without being overbearing or extreme... Flying Fish did well with this one... A good depiction of the style... Recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of sjohansen
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium to dark clear amber color. Hint of dark cherry when held up to the light. Poured with a one finger white head that disappears quickly. Lots of spotty lacing.

Nose is candy, apple pie, caramel.

Fruity candy, strong thick malt.

Smooth, sweet, syrupy mouthfeel.

I say… not bad, but not fantastic either. Not a great example of a Belgian Dubbel, yet still good in its own right. Definitely worth a try.

sjohansen, Jan 20, 2008
Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.