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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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531 Ratings

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 17
Gots: 25 | 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 Hefe
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Tasted from Bottle on 10/29/03

Appearance: Slightly cloudy auburn, bronze color with a heads that gradually fades to nothing.

Smell: Malty and a little sweet, with touches of fig and candied apricot.

Taste: Much like the aroma, with a hint of yeastiness. No real discernable hoppiness but still seems to be well balanced.

Mouthfeel: I was hoping for a little more body from this one. A little light to be honest.

Drinkability: What do you mean my six-pack is gone already?

Overall an enjoyable drink. I think in this brew, the whole is better than the sum of the parts

Hefe, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

12 oz bottle. Thanks jcalbi! Poured a hazy copper color with a decent head, that slowly receded, and no real lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty. Decent carbonation, not overly fizzy. Taste is sweet, and ends smooth and very clean. I liked this beer, however I don't think it is particularly close to the proper style. overall not a bad beer!

Indybeer, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of silks636
3.48/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date observed.

Deep red amber color. Slightly hazy with an adequate head. Good retention and lacing. Light nose of fresh fruit, dates, and raisins. A distinct medicinal scent is present as well. Very fruity flavors to start with. Undertones of bready malt. Spicy and sweet with a gentle hop twang that accompanies it to the finish. Fades to a nutty aftertaste with spice and grassy notes. Mouthfeel is crisp with vigorous carbonation.

This one hides it’s alcohol very well... in my opinion, a little light for the style, but still a very drinkable offering. A valiant effort, but better representations are out there.

silks636, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%

This is another solid brew from Flying Fish. The color is brown with some amber hues around the edges. The most interesting thing about this beer is the different tastes which mingle together, only to be finished with a strong, pleasant aftertaste. Very pleasing. My head dissipated quickly but since the bottle was jostled a bit before drinking it I'm cutting it some slack.

GeoffFromSJ, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of beernut7
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

This ale pours a deep hazy copper hue under a creamy head with a delicate malt and Belgian yeast aroma. The smooth body supports a malty, fruity, tangy yeast flavor with a bit of latent delicate bitterness. The finish is crisp and clean with a fruity flush leaving a bit of tang on the palate. Very flavorful and balanced brew.

beernut7, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of Loki
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle that indicated it was Bottle Conditioned, yet gave no dates of any kind, nor did it give any other information about the beer. I sampled in a wine, bowl like wine glass that tappered in slightly toward the top.

Poured a cloudy, dark caramel brown with a huge, huge billowing head. I could not decant the entire bottle in one try.

Aromas of sweet malt, toffee, raisin fruit, and dough/wheat. A little sweeter than I expected and to dominated by malt.

Tasted of sweet, toasted malt that was almost slightly burnt. Toffee, caramel, raisin, and other fruit flavors mingle together. Very sweet, a bit to sweet and a little too much malt again. Medium body, that finishes clean.

A good beer, but I've had better. All-in-all another good offering from Flying Fish. But they need more info on their labels and DATES. To clearly state that it is a Bottle Conditioned beer and provide no dates is unacceptable.

Loki, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%

Presentation: A 12 fluid ounce amber-brown glass bottle. The front label is generic in design. For the Belgium Style Dubbel, the neck label has a large ‘D’ inside the brewery decal. The main label has a silver background and is a rather colorful affair which has a twin-engine aircraft formed from a fish skeleton on a copper colored background with the breweries name around the edge in a red circle. No freshness or strength indicated.

Appearance: A tight off-white collar like head settles out of a large head that envelops the top of the glass when poured, settles down with some seriously loud effervescence, that can also be heard when the beer is swirled. A lovely clear dark amber brown color, rather classic looks for a Dubbel.

Nose: Soft toffee caramel in the immediate aromas eventually allow the malts, dark fruits and some light spices to come through in the back end.

Taste: It starts with that lovely dark fruity introduction that so many Dubbels have. Fresh, sometimes floral like malts that exhibit spices and a toffee-caramel middle. The ending is fruity as well as having a light nutty flavor. The malts started to exhibit a grainy aspect as the beer warmed. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Solid and wholesome. High carbonation and a feeling of exploding effervescence, gives a big boost to the backbone of the beer.

Drinkability: The 7.3% alcohol is very well hidden but still contributes to the beer. Easily dispatched, and I found that the time between drinks was diminishing as I worked though the beer. Quite the session beer, which is unusual, for a beer of this strength and can lead one to think that it may be a little thin – I do not think that this is the case though; it’s just a well-balanced beer that drinks easily.

Overall: Lacks a little of the complexity of some of the better Belgian Dubbels - but this is a very solid attempt that has all the right ingredients and one that I enjoyed. Thanks to NeroFiddled for the putting one of these to one side for me.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Medium brown color. Malty and slightly sweet. Complex flavors, raisins, fruit and spices. Reminiscent of typical Belgian Dubbel, but its not as sweet. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet. Very nice beer.

beerguy101, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of nomad
3.23/5  rDev -9%

Poured an almost purple color with a cream colored head that kicked up fast, but fell fast and thus created no real lace. Smelled of strong grape scents, musty wood, a small bit of alcohol. Seemed like it was struggling to give whiskey notes. Taste was strongly of grapes, while also starting with moderate sweet, chocolatey malt notes. Middle was reminiscent of cheap red wine, and the finish was creamy. Smooth and easy to drink but too much so. Very easy to throw back, a pounder not a quaffer.

nomad, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a dark rust color with a tall and thick white head that slowly dissipates into a sticky lace. Nose is lots of toasted malt and grain with additional notes of some dark fruit. Medium in body with a very smooth texture. Taste starts off with some caramel malt and a touch of candied sugar followed by a roasted nuttiness. Some biting notes of grape skin tannins are present towards the end leaving a very dry finish. A decent stab at the style but nothing special. Thanks to jcalbi for the sample!

Morris729, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of letsgoMets
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

Light caramel brown, thick head settled to a quarter inch after a few minutes with strong lace. Oddly - seemed to lack any aroma - while it was cold - as it warmed a sweet malty note was evident. The initial sweet taste slowly fades into a slight alcohol warming feeling. Very drinkable - I have to admit the first one went down so quickly I had to open another to verify if it actually had any smell - as it approached around 55 degrees it did release some aroma. This is a fine beer overall - one that makes me miss the Philly/NJ/NY area and all of the beer enjoyment opportunities.

letsgoMets, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of aaronh
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

This beer pours a deep brown color with amber highlights. The cream colored head is intense and thick, and displays excellent retention and good lacing. Strong malty and fruity aromas with just a slight alcohol note. The taste is interesting. Bready, roasted flavors bring to mind sun dried tomato bread with olive oil. This is a very rich tasting brew that has a moderate body. There's a slight sweetness, but it is not dominant at all. A bit of coriander spice meets the hop bitterness on the dry finish. Mouthfeel is good with fine carbonation. Drinkability is very good. This is a really enjoyable beer.

aaronh, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Aroma and start are sweet and yeasty (ribena and apple skins that have been lying in the sun for a while), some plums, grapes and a touch of nuttyness and caramel. I dig the malts, caramelly, nutty, slightly smoky and roasty, plummy, some grapes, light acidity and tartness. Belgian yeast is obvious, nice dry finish to counter the sweetness in the start. In a wierd way i wasn't expecting too much, but i was pleasantly surprised. I dig the lingering nuttyness in your mouth after every sip.

rastaman, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

Reddish-brown hue, skimpy off-white head, poor retention, no lace. The nose is weak, malty with hints of fruit, spice and alcohol but the aroma is empty and clean, especially for a Belgian-styled beer. Decent palate, rather roasty at first… the mesh of spice, alcohol, fruity hints, candy-sweetness and chewy malts work well together. Unfortunately the finish is curt and clean. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and very enjoyable. This is very average beer and rather lackluster for the style. I won’t bother with this one again.

bditty187, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Tastes like a souped up brown ale to me....some nutty characteristics take the forefront along with some roasted maltiness...avery small dry hop finish keeps the maltiness in line....Pours a medium brown with little head...nutty notes are big on the aroma too....body is about medium...slides down very easily and is tasty....a little different than some of the other dubbles I've had but enjoyable none-the-less...Not one that has me doing cartwheeels but a decent brew...

ZAP, May 31, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

Dark amber/ruby in color with a thin, diaphanous head. Aroma is malty, lightly spiced and a bit nutty. Flavor is sweet, nutty, a bit peppery, with a light roasty finish and a mild chocolate aftertaste. Decent flavor, but seems to be missing a certain something -- a bit of spiciness or complexity. Lack of head renders the mouthfeel less creamy than it might have been; as it is the beer feels rather dead in the mouth. Nonetheless, a pretty tasty beer and pretty easy to drink. Would make a decent intro to Belgians for the timid.

mzwolinski, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
3.48/5  rDev -2%

A decent stab at the Belgian Dubble stlye. This beer, from the flying fish brewery, poured out a dark brown colour with a nice whispy head and almost no sediment. The aromas were of nuts, dark fruits, alcohol and sugar. The taste was too sweet for me, and for the style, but good none-the-less. Some nice dark fruit flavors were present as well as some belgian malty goodness. The mouthfeel was pretty thin on this beer, which is also not par for this style, but the drinkability remained average. A decent stab at this style, IMO.
not bad.

francisweizen, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.63/5  rDev +30.4%

This beer poured out beautifully. A perfectly clear copper brown color with a big white head. The smell is right on with a nice sourness and spiced fruit character. Pleasant sweetness from the malt. The hops blend well because I can barely detect them ( or much bitterness for that matter ).This is one of the most drinkable beers I have had in this style. Very good and one to look out for.

pezoids, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of HopheadEd
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a nice, dark brown, slightly reddish highlights. Fairly big head at first, then fades to a 1/4 inch and holds well, with spotty lacing throughout. Nice aroma of dark fruits and roasted malts, some slight coffee. Tastes of plum, maybe raisins, and roasted malts prevail, leaving a nice aftertaste on the tongue. A big, creamy mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Very drinkable, as I had three or four. Personal note, a change in brewers was evident a while ago, then a recent change brought back the trademark taste that made this beer my "house beer".

HopheadEd, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of cbl2
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

Appearance: Crystal brown

Smell: Sweet & malty

Taste: Nutty & sweet; caramel flavor lingers with finish

Drinkability: I had this one for the first time at Mahar's in Albany while working on my beer tour (I was taking a class for three weeks this past summer, and still managed to get my 50 beers for the t-shirt, due to a little sucking up to Bill the bartender). If I hadn't been limited to only one of each type of beer, then I definitely would have had a few more of these. A highly enjoyable easy to drink brew that's worth checking out.

cbl2, Jan 31, 2003
Photo of Reverand
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

this dubbel pured to a really nice brownishish amber color with a nice frothy head that quickly dissappeared. Malty aroma with a hint of fruit.

Taste wise this didn't quite measure up to a true dubbel. A good try it just seemed to be missing something. Maybe a little too thin in body for his style.

Reverand, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%

A brown with red highlights body. Head starts out lively and frothy, but very quickly settles into a smooth taple top. Though it states "bottle conditioned" on the label, I have no "floaties", nor any yeast sediment in bottle or glass. Aroma is a lot of yeast, surrounded by some very sweet fruity notes. Taste features some nice deep malt sensation, some candy, then a big splash of alcohol. There is a somewhat unusual aftertaste, which impairs both taste abd drinkability. Overall disappointing.

RonfromJersey, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -7%

Acquired this fine Dubbel via trade. Pours a deep ruby/amber with a thin light beige head (no retention). Minimal lacing. Aroma of malt, and brown sugar toward the end. Flavor was somewhat strong, predominantly malty but with a nut and cherry presence as well. Finish was slightly flat but it did not detract from the beer much at all. I am not an expert on the style but I didn't think this was too bad at all.

Dogbrick, Jan 23, 2003
Photo of Mick
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

Brown and almond color. Malty and phenol nose with yeast aromas present. A creamy good body. Malty flavor accompanied by a high hop presence. Too much hops for this one. Not an impressive beer. Palatable but not exciting.

Mick, Dec 12, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

This beer had an almond sort of color to it & medium body, a lot of co2. The aroma was a complex fruitiness as expected. The finish was a bit dry. Overall an average slightly about average Belgian style Dubbel.

WilliamPhilaPa, Sep 19, 2002
Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.