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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

571 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 16
Gots: 49 | 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 weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

weeare138, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.23/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

mrasskicktastic, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.33/5  rDev +22%
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.
Cheers!

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

Phatz, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

ppoitras, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +22%
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.

tgbljb, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of UncleFlip
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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
-UF

UncleFlip, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

UnionMade, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Dithyramb, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev +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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of jed
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

jed, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

MuddyFeet, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

kmpitz2, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.3/5  rDev -7%
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.

clvand0, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of jakester
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

jakester, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

NiceGuyMike, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of bigbubba
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice clear amber colored beer with a lot of carbonation, and a huge tight head. It smells pretty good, there is a good fruity smell, a little bit of yeast. There is a bit of a sour smell. The taste is good, fruity and yeasty. A bit of that Belgian funk, and almost no bitterness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a tasty, easy to drink beer. I'd love to find it on draft some time.

bigbubba, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of HopMaster
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not a Belgian expert, but I would not seek out this beer. It seemed like a cross between a dubbel and a brown ale.

Appearance - Brownish, deep amber color with a foamy head that died quickly. The head seemed more force carbonated and less natural than most microbrews.

Smell - It smelled like a dubbel should - phenol, alcohol, and caramel malt aromas were predominate.

Taste - Medium body with slight fruit overtones. The phenol and roasted malt flavors dominate. A definite alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Slightly thin for a dubbel, but still pleasant.

Drinkability - Fairly drinkable, especially for a dubbel with 7+ percent alcohol.

HopMaster, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While I am not sure it fits the profile it is a drinkable brew, more of an entry level Dubbel. Aroma is funky sour sweet. Slightly malty taste - slightly sweet with some buttery diacetyl notes. Some oats some yeasty vinous taste. A hard beer to pin down with respect to what to like or dislike. Drinkable for sure but not one I will seek out again. More like a brown ale than a dubbel to me.

Citadel82, May 25, 2005
Photo of maek228
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber/Mahongany. This beer displayed excellent foam clingage.

Smell: Ehhh...sour fruit candy, hops...and faint barley

Taste: Sour fruits, malts that whisper toffee, and some serious esthers. Great flavor but it somehow fails to leave a major impression.

Mouthfeel: Totally average. Could have been creamy or crisp...yet it is neither.

Drinkability: Due to the poor drinkability, I have to give an average rating

maek228, May 21, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Some fruit in yeast, yeasty and bitter aftertaste. Underachieving Belgian. Modest carbonation and medium mouthfeel. The soap must be from their washing of glass. Had at The Standard Tap. I am not sure I will ever love flying fish, but I must try again elsewhere.

Sammy, May 15, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep coppery brown with a volumnous tan head into a 16 oz. American shaker pint. Mild yeasty/fruity quality about the aroma with some lesser roasted malt and candi sugar smells. Sugary and fruity, some chocolaty maltiness in the middle, with a mild, leafy astringency near the finish. Not bad, but not what I'm used to in a U.S. brewed dubbel interpretation. It seems to lack a little complexity, which in turn doesn't aid it's drinkability.

crookedhalo, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of Chadbrew
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out with a light caramel color that was hazy with little to no head. The head dissolves into a thin white ring around the sides, good carbonation though.
Smell is sweet maybe some fruit and malty.
Tastes good, maybe a little too sweet for me though. I like the malt.
Mouthfeel is sort of sharp up front then light, not really impressive I guess I was expecting something more.
This was not a very easy drinking beer for me but it's kind of hard to give this style a fair evaluation, I'm just starting to try Belgians. Perhaps I'll be editing this down the road when I experience more of them. Oh well... you have to start somewhere.

Chadbrew, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very much brown ale esque with a ruby brown hue and tan head leaves nice scattered lacing not bad. Aroma: Biscuit malt sweetness low hop presence some undertoned fruit notes produced by their house yeast not bad. Taste: Toasted malts biscuit sweetness rolls nicely not a bad dubbel just not a true dubbel for me finishes very sugary and cereal in nature not like it's Belgian brethran at all. Mouthfeel: Becomes cloying midway through a bit sticky and syrupy with a rough carbonation in the mix wow not a fan of this one. Drinkability: Medocirty in some of it's glory right in front of me not a dubbel definitely an American Brown ale.

WVbeergeek, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: A copper colored body crowned with a short sticky head of white that laces the glass. Low levels of carbonation.

Smell: Whew. Sweet malts, heavy on the alcohol. Some fruity esters creep out of the nose; cherries, plums, bananas.

Taste: This is a very heavily malted beer, even for a dubbel style. I found it to be cloying about halfway through, which turns me off from everything. The taste is initially sweet and fruity, again with the banana and nutty flavors presiding. Nuts lead to some chocolate and alcoholic flavors, that give way to a spicy phenolic finish. The aftertaste is of all the resiudal alcohol from the malts. I just felt this was overdone and lacked the refinement of the real thing.

Mouthfeel: Full, sweet, rich, then finally cloying and sickly viscous.

Drinkability: One is enough, and a pint may have been a few ounces too many. Get the real thing, and then if you still crave them, give this a shot.

99bottles, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out dead in the glass, mildly active dark amber brown body but nothing accumulating. Mostly clear.

Smell is a noseful of brown bread, or gingerbread really, caramel and molassas and hints of apples. Not too spicy or sweet; mellow and nice.

Big wallop of carbonation in the mouth on intake, then dropping off into a mildly spicy, rich gingerbread taste--the type of gingerbread I like. Lasting gingerbread malt aftertaste but sort of thin. Chewy malts. Seemed to get sweeter as I drank it, as it got warmed. Didn't like that too much.

Heavy in the mouth, compounded visually by the stillness in the glass, and overall perhaps towards the thin side on flavor. I'd go back for this on occasion, but one would do me fine for a sitting.

Alcohol hidden nicely.

donnebaby, Aug 11, 2004
Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.