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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Abbey DubbelAbbey Dubbel

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614 Ratings

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 70 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 07-23-2001

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich mahogany color with a thin tan head that departs from us as soon as it came.

S: Somewhat sweet, dark fruits, plum and cherry. Touch of alcohol, smells faintly like a rum and coke.

T: Tart jam, plum, fig, date. Marsala wine.

M: A bit watery. Carbonation lacking. Something about it is making my mouth salivate.

D: Worth a try if you get a chance, but not a standout.

Photo of shertz
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice from 12oz bottle dated best by Sept 14 2008. Grabbed a case of this for $32 at local distributor.

A- Poured a caramel color with about 2 finger head. Quickly goes away. Some small bubbles running around.

S- What's nice about a chalice is that it gives off a great nose. This one has many nice smells with it. I get whiffs of belgian yeast,spicy cloves, sweet malts, some floral hop, and last but certainly not least, alcohol.

T- Belgian yeast grabs my buds first, followed by that sweetness of the malts. A little clove and banana next. Lastly, the alcohol cleans up. Damn good taste on this one.

M- Lightly carbonated and a little on the thick side.

D- Taste is wonderful, but the alcohol will get ya. It has sneaked up on me a few times with this case. But very drinkable, even on a hot day.

Afterthoughts- For the price, a damn good belgian in my view. If your looking for something along these lines, this will do.

Enjoy and cheers,

Photo of loosey
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a pretty caramel color (maybe some crimson) with a nice thick cloudy head, dissipates quick with some heavy lacing

some roast, sugary malt, caramel smell.. maybe even like someone left a banana peel in your car on a hot day but remembered and took it out at lunch while you were stuck in a meeting so you're really not sure

sits heavy but sweet, taste french vanilla coffee, toffee, some burnt roast but hardly.. leaves a slight bitter and oiliness, almost buttery or nutty... a frothy feel with above average carbonation

if you throw out your neck...put this in a goblet, spoon out a bowl of chili with a hunk of wheat bread, ask your girlfriend to get naked and bring them to you on a tray with a healthy dose of muscle relaxer and a bib... now your living

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark copper color with off white colored head that dissipates to a light cover, no clinging on the glass.

Smell is of sweet malts and a light banana type finish.

Taste is of malts and banana with a hint of some spices on the finish. tough to identify for me.

Mouthfeel is just about right, enough to keep the flavors present after the finish.

Quite drinkable for a dubbel.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flying Fish Belgian Style Dubbel
12oz. brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. Nice clear mahogany color, with a slightly off-white head. Good retention level and very nice lacing.

S: sweet malty aromas of cloves, bananas and raisins. Some harsh alcohol aromas are present as well. I am also pulling the aroma of peanut butter.

T: Some cinnamon, and still that weird peanut butter characteristic. Light hints of clove and bananas. This is so weird.

M: higher carbonation than my liking. medium body. crisp and creamy(must be the peanut butter)

D: it is a good representation of style, but I do pull some off flavors to me...ie peanut butter. Worthy of a shot, not a repeat for me.

Photo of praufs01
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Clear dark amber color with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Light caramel smell.

Palate - Moderate carbonation.

Flavor - Light toffee like flavor.

Final thoughts - It was an OK experience for me. Kind of one dimensional. Maybe its just the style.

Photo of AltBock
2.99/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of joepais
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of tayner
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of ergodyne
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.09/5  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.

Photo of ROMER79
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
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?

Photo of dsa7783
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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...

Photo of sjohansen
3.24/5  rDev -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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of rsyberg01
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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!!!

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of ajr24
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Biscuit033
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of superswing123
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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..


Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.84/5  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.

Photo of BWH3
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
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)

Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.