Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

271 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 271
Hads: 643
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 20
Gots: 94 | 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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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to tulip. Sampled 10/30/11.

A: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy light brown head. Semi long lasting. The body is a medium-dark shade of amber brown. An off-putting amount of particulate can be seen suspended in solution. Lacing is spare.

S: The nose is pretty empty at first - and opens slowly, but still lacks the depth/complexity that better versions of the style exhibit. Grain, bread, toasted caramel and spices. Light alcohol is evident.

T: The flavor is slightly more complex than the nose suggested bringing about notes of dried banana chips, clove, a mixture of prunes, dates and apple, light tobacco, plus a little brown sugar towards the back end. Perhaps a little chocolate.

M: Medium body with a semi thick texture. Nice and lively carbonation.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink, and better than expected - but still comes across as a cheap American interpretation. (894 characters)

Photo of Thingus
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved as part of a trade with nas4atu... Thanks Eric!! Live review, bottle into Duvel Tulip

Appearance; pours a cloudy mahogany reddish brown color, with maybe a half finger of bubbly brown head, that dissipates exceptionally quickly leaving no lacing and a very thin film... 

Smell; has a bready quality, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and spices... Definitely has the "Belgian Yeast" smell going as well... The best I can describe that is muted notes of raisins and other similar dark fruits...

Taste; has a definite bready backbone, hints of raisin, nutmeg, cinnamon... Plenty of other spices I can't discern, slight notes of caramel and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel; effervescent in the mouth, with a juicy finish, I'd put this on the lighter side of medium body...

Overall; my fondness for the Belgian style has unfortunately faded quite a bit since the start of my craft beer journey... This was a very enjoyable beer of a style that I don't spend time with. (963 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a smallish off white head that dissipates all to quickly. Smells of brown sugar and sweet fruity malt mostly. Raisins and prunes with a fair amount of caramelized sugars and hints of spicy yeasty esters. Taste is sweet and fruity up front with dark caramelized sugars coming next. Yeasty funk finishes as well a a lingering burnt sugar sweetness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Not bad for an American interpretation of a dubbel. I enjoyed this one. (595 characters)

Photo of jhartley
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Reddish brown body with a light brown/tan head which quickly dissipates. Nice bead.

S-Sweet sugars and raisins and malt.

T-Tastes the way it smells. Not overly sweet with carbonation that is not too strong, but typical for a Belgian style.

M-Refreshing carbonation feel. Malty sweetness. No prevalent hops that I could detect. Nice sweet finish.

O-Not overly impressed but this does not mean it is a bad beer at all. I received this as a gift and I would like to try this again. (512 characters)

Photo of keanex
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce bottle, no freshness date. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear red/amber with very little tan head.

S: Light banana and cloves, Belgian yeast and spices on the nose. Very true to a real Belgian beer.

T: Flavor is really lacking, a bit off even. Slight sweetness of sugar and malts with a slight floral hops at the end. Taste doesn't really match the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with good amounts of fresh carbonation.

O: This hits some marks of a real Belgian, but falls short in comparison to real ones. It's easily available though with a good price. (585 characters)

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 1 finger off white head. Copper to toffee color.

S: Rich caramel sweet, Belgian yeast and slight soy sauce.

T: Carmel and sweet. Just like it smells. Alcohol is not present in flavor.

M: Nice and full bodied.

O: Good dubbel but I think I'm not the biggest fan of the style. Gotta give it a few more times. (312 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After a horrific episode with Alexander Keith's, I'm going to "dubbel" or nothing with Flying Fish. On to the beer:

Light chocolate brown with smudges of orange mixed in. The head forms ½ inch thick on top, but slowly dwindeles to a small lace. While mild, there is some good in the nose; raisins, vague chocolate, a pleasant fume of alcohol which gives it a wine-like character. There's also a noticable sour character that gives it an aroma similar to vomit.

Some pear and dates to start off the taste. Mild doses of chocolate covered raisin helps stave off mediocrity. The longer the sip, the more chocolatey it becomes. The body is light-medium and flabby.

Not bad, though very run-of-the-mill by dubbel standards. (724 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice hazy orange copper color with a tall and thick off white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted and roasted malts, hints of sweet and slightly sour fruits, and then a slight yeast aroma at the end.
T: Tastes of a nice sweet toasted and roasted malt backbone, followed by a myriad of fruit flavors, a hint of alcohol, and some yeast flavors.
M: Smooth, rich, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, slightly warming.
D: Very drinkable, overall this was actually one of my favorite Dubbels. (556 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the super-hazy, fog-choked bronzed brown liquid, which hosts an off-white head that, while not huge, clings to the sides of the glass like a tree frog.

Decent enough smell, a mingling of mineral, alcohol, sweet spices, Belgian (or Belgian-esque) yeast, and light notes of milk chocolate. There's something lingering that's kind of strange, a damp, musty smell somewhere between basement and seaweed.

Flavor is indeed dubbel-ish, bringing in all those basic traits detected in the smell (mineral, alcohol, spices, yeast, chocolate) with an additional herbal component, fruit (generic fruit, because I can't come up with a particular one this reminds me of), a dab of black tea, toffee, and a slightly minty kick that I'll guess is the hops.

Just slightly over-carbonated for my liking, but not an impediment either. Still soft enough, and with a slickness that makes it go down very easy.

Maybe not 100% authentic, but then this is a New Jersey dubbel, and they've come up with a cool twist on the style. My third Flying Fish offering, and the brewery is "good" to "excellent" in my book so far. (1,106 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.04/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Given to me by InebriatedJoker, thanks Mike!

Appearance
Not really that pretty of a beer. Its murky looking. It's at about an 85% cloudiness it seems; some parts of the glass seem like they want to be clear. The head was tough to coax out, and had no retention.

Aroma
There is a predominate dark fruit aroma; its not fresh, but rather rotty and odd. There is also some cocoa here and there as well as grass hop notions.

Taste
A little bit of the cherry fruitness that I attribute to a good dubbel is here, but again, its an old and rotting fruitiness. Odd nips of cocoa and root beer or cola come around. The finish showcases more of those mushed up cherry notes, a little bit of cherry stem and some alcoholic notions.

Mouthfeel
Carbonation isn't running rampant, but it still manages to be very sharp. Aside from that the body does nothing. There's no good rich fullness to it, once you swallow its all gone.

Overall
I'm an Abbey Ale purist and this is another fine example of American brewers not having a damn clue how to brew them. Not a disgusting beer, but way, way off the mark. (1,095 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

American brewed dubbels tend to make me skeptical. This rendition keeps me wary. Kinda coarse and hamfisted all around. Drinks more like an amber ale to me than a dark ale. The sugars just don't seem right for the style, neither does the quality of the bitterness. Sweet black tea notes, not particularly well brewed black tea at that.
I'd be curious to see what this is like on tap but as it stands I am unlikely to pick up a six pack of this anytime soon. (458 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium brown with a medium white head, good retention, light lace. Looks the part.

S: Some weird lemon fruitiness initially but blows off to reveal a nice brown maltiness.

T: Brown sugar with a bit of acidity. Some lemon, nice ending flavour.

M: Soft Belgian carbonation, a very Belgian mouthfeel for an American dubbbel which is impressive, medium-bodied.

O: It gets a little fermentation crazy at times, but the mouthfeel is excellent and the flavour is solid. The price is right, so worth a pickup. (532 characters)

Photo of KyleVick4
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours with a two-finger thick tan head. Subtle cascading effect. Head quickly dissapates but leaves slight lacing down the sides. Murky brown in color.

S: Brown sugar up front with a hint of spice. Sweetness in there too.

T: Mmmmm. Just the right touch of alcohol with a strong, but not overpowering, coriander component. Brown sugar sweetness apparent.

M: Great drinking beer. Carbonation on the lighter side (as it should be!) with a rich silkiness for the style. Medium body and seems to simply disappear from the glass...

O: Great job guys. An excellent easy drinking, but high quality beer for the ages. I will buy this again and again. I just wish it were colder (715 characters)

Photo of Guden
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Light brown with a weak tan head, a little hazy, not great but appetizing enough.

S- Cherries, brown sugar and raisins mingle with soft earthy components. Pretty appetizing.

T- Very much like the nose but with added subtle spice in the finish. Awesome.

M- Medium body and creamy soft carbonation lends to this one being a great sipper.

D- Pretty smooth but balanced, could have more now and will definitely have again. Good beer. (436 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Ruby brown with about a fingers worth off-white head, settles pretty quickly with little to no lacing at all.

S: Sweet caramel malt, alcohol and a touch of brown sugar.

T: Following up the nose... there is that pleasant smelling caramel, good sweet malt and a touch of raisin and brown sugar in the finish. The ABV is showing up also...

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied and good carbonation.

D: Very good tasting brew here... the 7% ABV is all there... Hell it feels like more than 7%.... Due to this this is a one and done for me. Worth looking for. (611 characters)

Photo of kenatbeerswap
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: nice amber reddish color with half finger of head that disappeared quickly.

S: raisin, caramel and toasted aroma.

T: raisiny with slight dark fruity flavor and a hint of spiciness. fair amount of malt flavor coming through.

M: medium body with low to moderate carbonation.

O: nice malty beer with sweetness and raisiny flavor standing out. (390 characters)

Photo of MrOH
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brown, hazy, very little head. No lace.

Very malty, raisins, treacle, pastry, caramel. Great aroma, hope there is more of this in the palate.

Bready malts, raisins, caramel. Sweet and vinous. I just wish it was a bit more intense.

Medium bodied, low carbonation.

Pretty decent. Not my favorite dubbel, but I've had worse. (332 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

kinda light for the style but with a nice dense beachsand colored head that sticks around a while at one-fingered height and leaves just a bit of lacing.

lots of leather and dark fruits (raisins, dates, figs) as well as some yeasty spice.

pretty smooth malty flavor with dark fruits and a touch of peppery spice. thats kind of it. lacks the complexity of the authentic examples of the style.

slightly velvety mouthfeel with a syrupy feel. carbonation is good, but doesn't come close to the Belgians.

its good, easy drinking, and has some decent flavors, but nothing to make me revisit. (590 characters)

Photo of jcartamdg
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent brown with no head at all. Aroma of malts, malts and more malts. Taste follows the nose, no hop presence, sweet with dark fruit notes, a little too sweet. It's smooth and hides the alcohol very well. Not bad but certainly not the best dubbel, very good considering that it's an American brewery's take on the style. (335 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber with a minimal amount of quickly dissipating head. No. lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet caramel malt and maybe a bit of raisin. Very subdued. Not picking up any of the spice notes that I enjoy from this style. Still smells pretty good though.

T - Taste is similar to smell, .ostly caramel malts and some hint of raisin. Not getting much else.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation.

O - A drinkable brew, but not a great example of the style. (473 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mirky pale brown with a 1-2cm bubbly tan head. Low retention and no lacing.

Dark malty sweetness, candy sugar, dark fruit and yeasty bread on the nose.

Flavor is a little bit of a flat version of the Dubbel style. Doesn't have near the depth and complexity of many actual Belgian dubbels. Mild dark fruit notes and Belgian candy sugar are pretty much the extent of the flavor.

Full bodies with med-high carbonation.

Overall this a pretty much just a boring representation of the style. It's not bad overall if you haven't had great Belgian dubbels. (556 characters)

Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium to dark brown
Smell: roasty and sweet
Taste: undertones of caramel and raison without a harsh hop bite
Mouthfeel: Creamy and heavy
Overall: Thoroughly enjoyed this beer with a nice meal, but do not think I would enjoy it as much independently. Overally just good, not great.
Serving type: On Tap (314 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a large wine glass from a standard capped 12 oz. bottle. A clear brown pour with orange highlights offers a half inch of foam. Retention is a bit brief and I notice a lack yeast in the bottle, noting that bottle conditioning is unlikely here.

Nose is slightly sweet and pleasant, though a bit subtle as for depth of character. Touch of chocolate and some light notes of dried fruit, along with some background spice.

Flavor follows the same line but comes up a bit short overall. Spice notes are a bit too strong yet do balance an underwhelming flavor. More of a spiced brown ale than anything really. Offers a spritzy feel with some sweet caramel and bits of raisin and prune on the finish.

Overall an interesting brew though surely not yeast driven at the heart of things. A bit forced in the end with an improving aroma with warming at the expense of feel and finish.

Edit - 03/2013
New single with new label. Duped? Perhaps, perhaps not. 7.2% on label. Pour is clear and mediuim deep copper, light head with good stickiness. Nose is decent, malty though light, touch of yeast. Flavor is simple yet offers a lingering malt sweetness. Light, brown sugary and quite light in color and offering little nuance. More caramel than complex with a touch of hope on the finish. Not a bad beer, but not a good Dubbel. A check of thier website confirms that this is a current label and fresh product. App. minus 1.0, Smell minus .5 and Overall minus .5 The trend continues... (1,485 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured chestnut color with garnet highlights and a thick off white head that settled fairly quickly with very little lacing. Aroma is rich and appealing, molasses, dark fruits, chocolate-covered cordial cherries perhaps. Yeast is only mildly present to the smell. Flavor is sweet and fruity with a maraschino cherry touch, chocolate notes. Yeast, umami and cider on the long finish. Some tanic notes on the finish: not pleasant. Medium body. Texture is slightly sticky with medium carbonation. A good dubbel. (516 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (341 characters)

Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.