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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Abbey DubbelAbbey Dubbel

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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 622 | Reviews: 270
Photo of trappistlover
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours slightly hazy amber color with tan head. Moderate carbonation and really no lacing. Aroma has some belgian sugar, apricot, and a bit of caramel. Taste is semi-sweet malt and light bittering hops. Medium bodied with slick texture. Finish is a bit harsh. This is an ok beer, but a poor dubbel.

Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My local trader, tone77, and I did another pick-up/drop-off the other day and this time our roles were reversed - I dropped off while he was at work. More bottles for me to keep the numbers aligned with The CANQuest (TM). So be it!

Happily, this is my 1,700th review! I have known Gene (the owner) nearly since the company's inception and I remain friends with Casey Hughes, their head brewer.

More and more, I am finding it helpful to look at style characteristics, especially after the preponderance of AALs in the early stages of The CANQuest (TM). I had (shamefully) forgotten the color of a Dubbel and was moderately surprised at what I was seeing coming out of the bottle. I got a fluffy two fingers of light-tan head that slowly fell like a souffle. Color was a beautiful copper, the color of an ex-girlfriend's hair (miss you, LindaLou), with NE-quality clarity. Nose evidenced notes of dried dark fruits, caramel and a slight yeasty mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching creamy, with a lot of caramel flavor on the tongue. This was quite sweet (for my tastes) and yet highly drinkable, given the way it seemed to evaporate from my glass. Finish was equally sweet with the caramel simply lingering. Wow, but this was way too easy to drink! It is a good thing I stay in practice.

Photo of Ryanm1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian style dubbel is brewed right nearby in Cherry Hill, NJ. Flying fish is a classic brew co that has some good stuff on tab.

Can't hate on the dubbel ale. Its a bit stong registering at a 7.0% but thats a Dubbel. It had great mouth feel and a descent amount of carbination.

Photo of LaCoursiere
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Centennial for this extra in a recent trade.

No bottled on or best by date.

A - Poured in a NB globe; it has a dark red-brown color and formed a fluffy half-finger head. Lacing slides back down into the glass. The head retention is good. Holding to the light exhibits good clarity.

S - Belgian yeast aroma; spicy notes of clove, nutty notes of almond and fruit notes of banana and plum.

T - The flavors are very light. Spicy clove and faint pepper up front. Lots of fruity esters in the middle; plum, raisin, banana and apple. Very muted toasted malts are present underneath the fruit and spice. The malts become a bit more pronounced in the finish.

M - Light-bodied with smooth and creamy texture. There is not much carbonation though, which left it feeling a bit thin and dull after the initial creaminess. No alcohol presence.

O/D - The appearance and nose of this beer had me anticipating more from the flavor and feel. The flavors are milder than I would have liked. The mild flavors with the low carbonation left something to desire in the finish.

Photo of searsclone
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a bottle into a New Belgium goblet

caramel/copper color with very little head or lacing.

smells like butter, sour fruits, alcohol and whiskey

taste is a bit sour with hints of raisin, alcohol, malt, dark chocolate and a smokey aftertaste

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy

overall a really good beer

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The one impressed me a bit. This beer poured out as a murky looking brown color. The head was a little soapy looking while it lasted. The smell of the beer was pretty close to the real thing, there were some earthy aromas along with dark fruits and Belgian yeast. The taste brought the smell to life with the same basic elements. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side. Overall its not a bad dubbel in my opinion at all.

Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, some yeast and spice. Taste has fruits and spices, some yeast and malts, good flavor but not overpowering.Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Poured orange brown with a quickly-receding white head. Fruits and light sugars in the nose. Similar fruits and sugars in the taste, sweet malts, with some yeastiness coming through. Light to medium body, smooth, and quite drinkable.

Photo of stckhndlr
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- orange amber color with a little haze. 1 inch head that recedes quickly. fast moving carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Looks like a little bit of yeast sediment floating around in it.

S- Some dark malt with some fruit like notes. Apricot and some yeast notes as well.

T- Has a sweet flavor to it. I can taste the malt mostly. The fruit flavor comes in midway. Rich flavor but the flavors don't stick around to long

M- This is smooth and mellow. goes down really easy with a clean short finish.

O- Good flavor and smooth but the flavor is gone so fast from the finish it's kind of disappointing. But overall this is a great tasting beer.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep orange or amber color with a small head that doesn't stick around very long. Smells of fruits, maybe oranges or apricots. No hint of alcohol or much of anything else.

Taste is good, just not great I guess. Like its lacking somewhere in the character. Dried fruits hit the taste buds first, followed by sweet maltiness, a small hit of hops, and then slight twinge of that 7 percent ABV. Feels neither creamy or crisp in the mouth, giving it an almost water sort of impression that affects the whole experience.

Overall a decent beer, just not one that I was thrilled with. Probably wouldn't pick it up again.

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

A - Nice ruby red/amber body giving a nice red glow. Thin off-white head fading to a nice sticky lacing. The head sticks to the side of the glass, nice.

S - Similar yeasty nose comprable to a wheat beer. Tangy fruit rind scents and some malty notes as well.

T - Some smooth chocolatey malt in the mouth. Malt sweetness and some roasted grain tastes. Some nutty brown ale notes.

M - Smooth and silky on the tongue. A pretty nice body to this brew but on the milder side.

O - More like a nice mild brown ale. This one is nice for an easy drinking night. Not overpowering in any regard.

Photo of dstc
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy ruby-brown color with a light tan head. Head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest if lace.

Wow, not sure what that smell is. Burnt malt? Interesting but not sure about this.

Sweet malts in the taste but with that burnt quality you pick up in the nose. Ends sweet and better than the original taste.

Medium bodied and rather low in carbonation.

Not bad but the Doubles should be left to the Belgians. This misses.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to bbeane for the super cool extra.

a - Popped the bottle and pouring into an ommegang chalice. Classic dubbel purple but the head was a bit weak and vanished somewhat quickly. Murky and foggy. pretty subtle lacing.

s - Yum. Candy and nutmeg. Way sweeter than I had expected. Has a bit of a syrupy quality. Very malty.

t - Very sweet...like plum candy. interesting take on the dubbel style, but a bit heavy on the sweetness. malty grape jam/preservatives.

m/d - I can really feel the alcohol tingle. malty and somewhat thick tasting. this could be a good gateway dubbel. VERY easy drinker. I tend to prefer a more classic dubbel, but I did enjoy this beer very much.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer has a clear ruby-amber coloring, with a skinny, bubbly, sparse head that quickly disappears. Semi-sweet malt flavors with coriander spicing. Also, some darker fruit notes to the aroma. The beer has sour and tart malt flavors, with a light spice that doesn't fully balance. Light flavors on a round and oily/slick body. The beer has a roasted and slightly sour aftertaste, with the sour characteristics lingering into the slick finish. Not overly impressed on this one, and the mouthfeel makes me want to seek other Dubbels to spend my money on.

Photo of cooch69
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glossy ruby red with some brown highlights and a tight one inch white head.

Nose has more alcohol than anticipated. Sweet malts and raisins as well.

This beer is pretty low in body for it's strength. It has a light syrupy texture. Hops shine through a bit more than usual for a Dubbel and the yeast adds a fair bit of spice. Also dark fruit and a warming alcohol.

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.

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