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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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533 Ratings

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | 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 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
Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark clear cranberry color, thin off white head.

S: Some dried fruit on nose, raisins, plums and caramel.

T: Some dark fruit for flavor (dried raisins, plums, cherries). Body is light, with light toasted bread notes at best with some alcohol warming and candi sugar sweetness. Some creamy caramel, dark bread, and alcohol tingle that resembles watered down scotch, along with the dried fruit makes for an unbalanced beer with moderate flavor.

M: Body was light and watery and lacked typical Belgian spicing, before finishing dry with a spicy alcohol hotness that distracts from overall flavor.

D: decent drinkability but was not what i was expecting style wise.

beerthulhu, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a beautiful dark reddish amber with a small tan head that faded quickly. Crystal clear. No lace whatsoever. I expected a lot more carbonation.

Smells of candied sugar and caramel hit first. Slightly fruity and spicy.

Caramel malts and an herbal spice. Alcohol warming finish.

Light an medium bodied on the tongue.

Very easy to drink, goes down smooth.

Not an overly special dubbel, but a decent take on it. Worth a try.

ColForbinBC, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of rsyberg01
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz bottle, no date, or maybe I forgot to write the date down. (from notes)

A - Burnt caramel color, off white head that isnt very impressive.

S - burnt malt, roast, slight caramel twinge, estery to a certain extent, alcohol sting, nice.

T - Fruity, malt well spoken for, caramel, slight chocolate, refreshing.

M - For the style it is above average.

D - I could burn through a few of these in a night no problem.

rsyberg01, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a crystal-clear, iced tea-ish brown with a half finger head that settles into a thick collar. Quite active carbonation, lots of bubles rising to the top. Aroma is sweet & fruity with a hint of peaches! Taste is initially sweet & fruity, giving way to a dry maltiness in the middle with some alcohol bitterness on the swallow (but nothing unpeaasant). Mouthfeel is mediuim, neither heavy nor watery, with a bit of fizziness from the bubbles. No trace of any yeasties in the bottle or glass, odd for a bottle conditioned ale. All in all, pretty good stuff, well worth the investment of the price of a sixer. I've bypassed this brew on many a beer run in the past, but I won't make that mistake again! This one's a winner!!!

CJfromPhilly, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark but clear brown that has a lot of ruby tint to it when held to light. Nose is mild. Small touch of smoky wood to it. Slight sweet edge. Obvious yeast, but still not overpowering at all. Flavor is caramel like sweet. Apple tones, and a lot of them. I am not sure how dubbel-ish it is, but it isn't that bad really. Being judged against the style though, it isn't exactly working. Feel is nice. Fairly smooth liquid feel and a real full carbonation that bites a little bit. Like I said, I don't think this stands up against other dubbels. It just isn't a dubbel IMO. But as a beer standing alone, I think it is pretty good actually. And it goes down really smooth. If this were on tap, I'd go for it.

An after thought: this reminds me of a beer I recently tried - Riverwest Stein Beer.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of ajr24
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ajr24, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of Biscuit033
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Biscuit033, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of superswing123
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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..


superswing123, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jwc215, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerImmediately, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of BWH3
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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)

BWH3, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

tempest, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

AlexJ, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jmamay22, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of klewis
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

klewis, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Wasatch, Apr 29, 2007
Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.