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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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581 Ratings

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | 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 Beertroop
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im sure this will be one of the highest ratings I have given so far. This is my favorite style of beer so I am usually pretty tough when I drink a new beer. In this case I was totally impressed and delighted to have this beer.

App: It pours like a real belgium giving a haze and light malty color. The bottle has Flying Fish distinctive airplane fish. I always enjoy any product from Flying fish and this one looked like I would.

Smell: Great smell comes from this beer. Malts, sweet bread smell, with the yeast hint of a belgium style beer. Very inviting smell.

Taste: I was shocked to taste this beer and the taste it gave. Perfect roast of the malts giving it a good sweet taste without the overcooked taste that most american belgium often commit. The connection of belgium yeast and malts truly activate your taste buds.

Mouth feel: Smooth and powerful are the words on this beer.

Drink: If you are a Belgium fan than you have to give this beer a try. I Can assure you you will, like me, have at least one bottle of this beer in the fridge at all times.

Photo of kernalklink
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean crisp dark hue, with some bubbly head and a slight aroma of belgian yeasty tang. Light chocolate presence, some estery fruits. Taste is big on the sweetness, some roasted flavor but not as big and bready as most dubbels. Nice mouthfeel and the alcohol is covered well by it. Belgian flavors are somewhat fleeting here, but if you find those unique yeasts cloying to the tongue this is a good version to start your tastebuds on.

Photo of soupyman10
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a mostly amber-brown color with about a finger of head. No real lacing, and the head faded fairly fast. Fairly mild aroma that came off as mostly caramel malty. Taste was fairly strong, dubbel taste, although falling fairly closely in with an ESB type taste. Mostly caramel malt, just a little fruit and spice in the mild hops, and lots of salt, especially in the aftertaste. Feel was fairly thin to medium body, taste that slid off the palate with a pretty good, slow pace (although nothing out of control). Overall, it's a pretty good beer; it's a little salty for my liking (and might even be better categorized as an ESB), and was pretty mild, but it did pretty well for what it did. No real complaints, and I'd try in again (although maybe not if another dubbel was available).

Photo of Foxman
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep amber, coppery at the edges. A surprisingly thin finger of off-white head dissolves soon to frothy surface stria. Lacing is a saving grace, with a delicate scrimshaw on the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a caramel and candy sugar sweetness to the fore, then nods to a malty berry note. The vague yeasty esters and a soft nuttiness lose out to a rather punchy alcohol jab.

Upon tasting, the malt is dense and sweet with sugar and caramel, along with lesser notes of nuts and dark cherry. A mild yeastiness slides through with a thin earthiness that harkens to dry cocoa. The alcohol is again very prominent and hot. A quick flash of residual malt sweetness is mitigated by an upward-trending bitterness, drying and numbing the finish. It has some nice qualities, but it's halting and rather sparse in its delivery.

Medium bodied, the malt coats quite well, and the carbonation perks the buds with a lively presence.

I want to like this beer more than I do for its localness. It's got some assets, like the poignant malt presence, but the seeming lack of a real blend is a distraction, and the yeast just doesn't ester up as I'd like for the style. And that ABV, while not at all extreme, is presented as one hot number, and that keeps the quantity to the middle tier, at best. I'd think maybe pushing that yeast a bit might yield some more typical character and style, but what do I know? I won't turn it down, but I won't seek it out either.

Photo of Nesued
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came in a 12 oz brown long neck bottle. I didn't notice a freshness date, but a description on the side of the bottle was rife with information about the brewery and a contact number/website, etc.

Appearance: Amber color. Not much of a head formed upon the initial pour, granted I poured this one cold. Had it been a room temp., perhaps a bit more head would have been present.

Smell: Yeasty, bready smell with malt overtones.

Taste: I opened this brew cold, and let it warm to open it up a bit. It did. Nice dense taste with alot of malt. I personally enjoy this alot and I feel this indeed captured the true belgian dubble style. I would love to put this up against a Meredsous 8 or a Chimay red to get a good side to side comparison. Sadly, I only had one bottle and really wanted to experience this one alone. The only weakness is the strength: Malt. It appears to be very present while at the same time a bit out of balance.

Drinkability: For a "local brew" (i.e. Cherry Hill, NJ) this is an outstanding find. Well worth using as a good representation of a dubbel style. Pass me another, and another!

Photo of IceAce
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mahogany body with a foam collar which dissipates into a ring around the top of the brew in a tulip tasting glass. Nose is malty with hints of caramel and candi sugar.

Entry is spritzy with carbonation dancing of the top of the tongue and the inside walls of the cheeks. Midtaste is sweet with caramel malt and slightly heavy sugars. Virtually no hop presence in the finish, but the malt/sugar fade laced with a tinge of Belgian yeast is good.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin for a dubbel, but drinkability rises for the same reason. This is a good example of the style and might help cushon newbies taking the plunge into Belgian styles.

Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Sweet perfumy aroma; very floral

Taste: Bready, up front, with a peppery Belgian yeast aspect; after the swallow, the perfumy element from the aroma joins the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a subtle dubbel that is not bad but is far too understated to compete with the Belgian brewers

Photo of SuperSpy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured up a nice orangey brown color, with a large but quick to die off white head. Not at all the big rocky Belgian head I would expect.

The smell had tones of cherry and a slight nuttiness.

Taste was a bit one dimensional with some roasted malt and not much else. Not as diverse a flavor as you would expect from a true Dubbel.

Mouthfeel was smooth and the beer didn't have as much body as I expected.

Overall this is a beer that could use some improvement, and although it wouldn't be my first choice it is something that I would definitely order again.

Photo of Jredner
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet malt dominated aroma with mild hints of candied nuts. Mahagony colored with a diminishing thumb thick tan head. Fore is sweet malts with nutty accents and a dry finish. Lacks the body of a true Belgian dubbel as well as the range of flavor. Pretty basic and up front, but tasty enough. A session dubbel?

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

Bought a couple bottles of this while in NJ.

Dark orangey brown with a nice big, beige head. Fades a bit, but leaves quite a lot of lacing. Fairly clear beer.

Aroma is malty, yeasty, with some elements of strawberries or other field berries, and cotton candy.

Thick creamy mouthfeel. Tart, slightly sour flavour up front, and then the bready, toasty malts kick in giving it the typical dubbel warmth. Mild fruitiness remains, as well. Sweetish, yeasty aftertaste.

Not bad.

Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent brown toned amber with a small off white cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa dosed sugar(ala Special B/Belgian Chocolate Malts) with a tiny bit of a wheat smell in there...mild off corn husk aroma buried in the background that is barely noticeable.
Taste is of the aromas although it strikes me more of a dunkel weizen that's been brewed with some candi sugar and fermented with the Chimay yeast.
Mouthfeel is fizzy at first, smoothing out into a sugary cocoa brew.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Small one finger head that vanished very quickly leaving some patchy lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. The color is a clear deep amber. There are bubbles about the bottom of the glass. I find it hard to believe that this is bottle conditioned.

S - It has the smell of rubbing alcohol without the pungent alcohol odor. It smells like skin that was disinfected. Over that there is some carmel and coffee malts with a bit of fruity ester backing, bananas and currants.

T - Alcohol. It isn't even that potent, but it still dominates the flavor. Underneath that is a light malty flavor meshed with currants. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and alcoholic.

M - Very thin and harsh. Moderately refreshing though.

D - It isn't offensive enough to be very difficult to drink. Overall, it's characteristics are mild, so it doesn't do much damage. It isn't very good, but it isn't awful either. It could be sessioned fairly easily for a nice change from macro styles. All and all, I'd avoid this one. I can say with confidence that this is probably the last FF Dubbel I will ever have.

Photo of Phatz
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours darker than I expected for a double. It is purplish brown (I guess you could call it a dark amber). It has a small head that disappears immediately; but it is a very attractive color sitting in my goblet.

Smell: Plums, black cherries, brown sugar, caramel, candied malts, maybe a bit of cloves and nutmeg. WOW! The aroma of this beer is extremely enticing! It reminded me of Three Philosophers which is a quad.

Taste: As exceptional as the aroma is, it was a small let down that the taste is 'only, really good'. Since when has ‘really good’ been a let down? The first thing that came to mind in the taste was yeast and a bready attribute. The malt character is so rich and smooth it is incredible. There is also a subtle suggestion of chocolate. Then there is an interesting almost orange tart hop character that maybe English hops, anyway it is very mild and pleasantly tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body smooth and slightly chewy. Almost no carbonation. A bit syrupy.

Drinkability: This is one of the most drinkable doubles I've ever had. It is easy and could nicely pair with a wide variety of foods; from cheeses, hourderves, entrees or desert. I had some chocolate and it was great. Boy this when down so quickly and easily. The 7.3% ABV will catch up to you eventually but this beer still sits very lightly in your stomach. I got this in a trade so I only have one and I would certainly like another.

Hope this is helpful.

Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!
Heres to finding good beer in Lancaster PA :) Cheers!

Photo of ppoitras
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle via trade from jcalbi, against his better judgement. Thanks for the opportunity anyways.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light tan head above the slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Head quickly fades down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average bubbly lacing. Aroma is worty grain, not much else. Taste is the same wortish malt, with a fruitiness in the middle, and a slight alcohol close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both ok as well. Certainly not what I would want/expect from the style, and overall just kind of average. Could drink it now and again, but wonder why I would.

Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber color with modest white head. Smell is very enjoyable, with a nice combination of fruitiness, spice, and candy sugar. Taste improves on the smell with the candy sugar predominating and a light spiciness in the background. Alcohol is completely hidden and it goes down smooth as silk. A very pleasant beer, with great drinkability. A good example of the style.

Photo of UncleFlip
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dangit, I just can't remember who sent me this one! If you know who you are, thanks a bunch!

Pours dark honey-orange with a copperish hue in the right light. Tan off-white head falls somewhat rapidly. A little wet lace left behind.

Smell is malty.spicy with a hoppy overtone. Second sniff seems more yeasty than the first.

First sip reminds me more of a barley wine. Second sip, I get some deep orangey flavours along with a pungent maltiness. The hop and spice builds toward the end.

A bit too carbonated for my tastes. Just as I'm getting a feel for the slightly thick liquid, the carbonation deep-sixes any sensation of it as if it were the Titanic in April. Not bad, but takes a slight hit.

I'd find this more drinable if the carbonation were toned down just a bit. An enjoyable beer, though.

Be well

Photo of UnionMade
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Jim and Allie. Thanks!
Beautifully clear mahogany. Thick puff of eggshell white head, settling down to a tightly beaded film. Lonely carbonation bubbles rise slowly. Blotchy lacework. Great gead retention. Really quite attractive. The nose is mostly candied, doughy malt. Vague cocoa. Caramel, with mild estery fruit. Pronounced banana and pear, with a hint of something tropical, maybe pineapple. Somehow a bit english feeling. Maybe english hops? It could be the doughy malt character. The flavor starts out on the timid side. Light, fluffy, cocoa tinted malt up front, caramel and softer candi sugar sweetness, moving into golden pear and banana fruit. Fruitiness continues throughout the finish, joined by plasticy, slightly smoky phenols. Very interesting. No real hop flavor, maybe a light herbal touch, some yeast spiciness adding bite. Distinct banana bread feel in the finish, a bit doughy and grainy, finishing quite dry. Lingering dry cocoa powder aftertaste, with a bit of sugary sweetness. No trace of alcohol. Much lighter body then I expect of a dubbel, with a considerably drier character. Finely tuned, active carbonation.
Obviously very well attenuated, which may not work especially well for this style. I like a little weight behind this kind of malt. Almost a cross between a dubbel and an english brown ale, mostly because of the malt. All around a delicate beer. Nicely put together, obviously a quality product, but not something I'd think of immediately when selecting a beer. Something about the malt doesn't quite jive, and the attenuation doesn't exactly have me reaching for another bottle. Still, it's a nice little nightcap after slaving over drawings all day.

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

Brown bottle purchased at the brewery last week. Savored several ways--by itself and with different types of food. Dark, cloudy amber that either erupted with a large head or had a restrained one. Great lacing after a rather weak retention. (None of the FF brews appear to have much retention to them...)

Sugary aromas with some breads and raising tossed in.

Sugary bread malts take the cake. There are some random flashes, depending on the sip, of yeast, cloves, and sweet alcohol.
Comes of as a solid medium mouthfeel with just a touch of ETOH warmth.
I find this one to be drinkable. I won't knock someone over for it (like say, a Brewer's Art dubbel) but it is solid.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is quite carbonated; as I pour it, it generates a three-finger thick pale tan head. The beer is a deep amber color that shows brilliantly clear ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is rich, fruity and accented by notes of smooth brandy; I get notes of rich raisins, concentrated sweet plum and a bit of fig. The fruitiness is really what stands out in the aroma, quite sweet, and quite noticeable.

The taste has a light sweetness to it up front, which only grows as the beer slips down my throat. The beer finishes with a concentrated, sweet note that is a mix between figs and raisins, though quite a bit sweeter than either is naturally. The beer is somewhat light on the palate, but it does have a bit of heft to it from the sweetness. I am really quite surprised by the intense fruitiness that is found in this beer; there is also some sort of note that reminds me of concentrated pulpy plum flesh, almost has a hint of astringency to it as well. There is a bit of hot alcohol in the finish, but not any more than a subtle note reminiscent of rum and brandy. Overall this is pretty tasty, but like many Dubbel's it seems to be lacking a certain something.

Photo of jed
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Brown, 12 oz bottle with normal Flying Fish logo scheme. "053 P1 14:42" brewing code near bottom right side of bottle.

Appearance: Pours a rich amber with a small, one finger-sized head. Weak head retention, but a solid amount of lacing as the head dissipates.

Smell: Restrained sugary aromas with some toasted grain and dark fruits.

Taste: Mild gloves and grain nose with occasional contrasting sour notes. Restrained sweet alcohol gives way to lingering yeasty notes. Aftertaste alternates between alcoholic sweetness and more sour flavors.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced — smooth mouthfeel with pleasant heft.

Drinkability: FF Dubbel suffers from the same problem that hits many "Belgian style" craft brews. It lacks the complexity of a Trappist Ale or some of the stronger, more flavorful Belgian beers, but it has enough flavor to make it too heavy for a session beer. Instead, it ends up trapped between the two.

A slightly disappointing introduction to Flying Fish's beers. Certainly not a bad beer, FF Dubbel is a solid — but not amazing — take on the dubbel style. I'm probably not going to try this again, but I'll give some of the other FF beers a shot.

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Alright enough, but kind of boring for a dubbel. Missing all the good and tasty sugars and yeasts I like about dubbels. Pours a nice and dark amber in color with no head. Nose is malts and I [ick up some alcohol. However, I cannot taste that alcohol at all. Some Belgian sugars come through in the flavor, but they are rather dull, flat and uninspiring. Also, picking up some brown sugar and is very sweet. Mouthfeel is rather watery. Fine in a pinch, but this beer is not doing it for me.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a light coating of foam over top. The nose is interesting. I get a nice brown sugar sweetness and a dose of spiceyness from the yeast. There is a slight orangeyness from the malt as well. The flavor is okay, with a light borwn sugar and spiceyness being most prevalent. This one is surprising me. Better than I expected. The feel is right at thick with a moderate carbonation. I'm digging this one. The spiceyness is helping carry it through. Good show.

Photo of clvand0
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a small head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy and has hints of specialty malts, but it's a fairly mild aroma. The flavor is also much more mild than expected. Very smooth and non-spicy. There are some hints of the spices, but they just aren't present enough. Finish is slightly dry. This beer needs more character for a Belgian Dubbel style. It's a rather tasty beer, but it's way too "normal" and smooth and without spicing for the desired style. Mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is ok. Don't get me wrong, this is a fine and dandy beer and I'd drink it all the time if it were available here, but it's just not even close to what I want from the style.

Photo of jakester
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from a sampler case from FF. Expiration date clearly marked on the case!! YEA!!

Pours a beautiful, clear, amber with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head falls quickly to islands and a ring. However, some lacing is observed throughout the drink. Carbonation evident.

Aroma is strong toasted caramel malts, some phenolics, not much else. Doesn't really have that Belgiany smell, you know? Alcohol comes through as it warms.

Flavor is pretty damn sweet. Is this a brown ale? Toasted caramel, medicinal a little bit. Some attempt to balance the sweetness with some hop bitterness. Warmth from alcohol is present, as well. Doesn't really have that Belgiany taste, either! Aftertaste is sweet/hot.

Mouthfeel is sweet, with soft carbonation across the tongue. Long finish is lip-smacking sweetness.

As for drinkability, as a Belgian Style Dubbel, it fails, but as a strong, I don't know, Newcastle Brown Ale, it's pretty damn yummy! It even LOOKS like Newcastle. Maybe Flying Fish should call this something else. It would definitely appeal to lovers of brown ales.

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

Appearence: Dark bodied with decent head.
Smell: caremel malts an
Tastes: This has that Belgian flavoring (yeasts I suppose), very sweet with light bitterness. Finishes with very light alohol flavor.
Mouthfeels: medium body, almost watery.
Drinkability: A bit too caremelly sweet for my tastes. One is good, maybe two.

Overall this isn't bad at all. I haven't tried too many doubles to compare, but it way sweet, but not like Triples or Quads. Just different.

Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.