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Abbey Dubbel - Flying Fish Brewing Company

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546 Ratings

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 35 | 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 Billolick
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours dark russet brown, low carbonation, minimal white, tiny bubble film, leaving some lacing. Makty candi sugar nose. Smooth malt body, sweet, with candi sugars, notes of rum, raisins. Thin body, a bit watery for a dubbel. Sort of a "Dubble lite" Pleasant stuff, but on the lite side as far as body and flavor go.

Billolick, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of kegerator
1.65/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

possibly the worst beer i have had to date.
looked good when i poured it out, it was a nice deep brown color but no head was present, it was almost flat...
it smelled fairly spicey a little malt and some burnt smokiness was detected.
taste - awful, it just didn;t taste like anything but it tasted like everything, kind of like when you blen all your crayola crayon colors together and they make that dusgusting muddy brown balck color...
i will leave it at that

kegerator, May 11, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belgian into my FF tulip glass. Perfect pour. Gotta be a 5/5! What a sight! Hard to beat! Ruby russet dark, clear, solid cake-like off white ecru head retained and lattice laced. Delectible.

Vegetable & pumpernickel aroma, sundried tomatoes, and sticky awl-kee-hawl brown sugars.

Vinous, smoked character, [roasted malt] not smokey, mind you. A lighter than most Belg. Mildly sweet. Little carbonations nap, while full bodied and foamy.

Last swigs: Holds a candle to a true Abbey or Belgian, and from Cherry Hill, NJ this is a local treasure. Sweet roasted malt Belg. Have ya seen the $30 price tag??? Beer bargain alert to satiate your fancy foreign flair with a latent local likeness.

Beer is good. Happy Beligian beering.

blitheringidiot, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of joshlara
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prologue: One of the first beers I tried after deciding to expand my beer horizons was their ESB. I was very disappointed as I felt it had an off flavor and so was quite skeptical about their other beers. Since then I've had their summer saison and grand cru, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I decided to give this one a shot.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a frothy head that thins to a slight lace and eventually to a collar that lingers.

Smell: This has a lovely aroma. Some fruit present with cherries leading the way, bread and bubblegum also noticed.

Taste: Very tasty, not as complex as other belgians but that is okay with me. Follows the aroma as bubblegum, bread, biscuit, and some spicing carry though into a sour cherry finish. There is a moderate amount of spices noticed which is a plus in my book as some belgians seem too spicey. Medium bodied and very easy on the palate.

Overall: I was very happy with this purchase. It was very drinkable and I am looking forward to the next six pack. Their ESB must be the odd one out of the lot.

joshlara, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear amber brown. The head was off white, but fell back quickly and barely laced the glass.

The aroma was a distinct Belgian yeast aroma. Some higher alcohols, but pleasant. Slight fruitiness in the aroma, but I expected more.

The flavor was malty and nice, but very bland. Slight Belgian character, but nothing to note.

The finish was dry with a slight fruitiness. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. The bottle said bottle conditioned, but nothing was in the bottle or my glass as far as sediment, so I doubt it is bottle conditioned. A nice drinking beer, but a not a great Dubbel...kind of boring in that regard.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/ruby color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that is enhanced with it's Belgian yeast aroma. It has light liquorice smell that is quite pleasant. The taste is good. It has a smooth plum/ crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes creamy. It has a nice fruity yeast flavor that adds to the beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good dubbel; full of flavor and great mouthfeel. The best Flying Fish beer I've had.

WesWes, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of thefireman
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish copper with a head that leaves, like now. No bubble action at all. Smells a little hoppy, taste starts sweet, like carmel, and finishes sort of bitter fruity. Not a bad beer, but I would prefer a little more substantial action. Can't quite put a handle on it, but seems to come up a little short.

thefireman, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flying Fish- Belgian Style Dubbel

Appearance- Copper/ dark red with a medium head of tiny bubbles. The head quickly dissapated.
Smell- bittery with some spices detected.
Taste- starts off sweet with a slight spicy taste and ends bitter and yucky.
Mouthfeel- watery turning to bitter.

NJpadreFan, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of BCMan
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring this fish produced a frothy head that went right back where it came from in a real hurry. This beer is dark brown in color and looked basically as I expected it would. The initial taste of the beer started out sweet which was a bit surprising since it had a bitter nose to it. Then flavor did not stay sweet, it turned bitter as it settled on the tongue. F.F. needs to develop some new beer. I've grown bored with the selection they have even with the couple seasonals. They started off great but need to develop some more refined beer.

BCMan, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, red-tinged brown color with a respectable, small-bubbled head. Aroma is malty and slightly phenolic. Some plum flavors in the foretaste. Malty through most of the beer, with a nice spicy finish. Medium to light bodied, which seemed out of place. I would have preferred a bit more heft….in fact, most of the characteristics seemed a little muted. Still, it’s an enjoyable, tasty beer. With a little more flavor and bigger ester and phenol punch, it would have gotten higher marks.

Suds, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
1.88/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I should know better, but this was advertised as being Flying Fish's best effort. It is not. Their Grand Cru is much better. The best thing going for the beer is its appearance and smell. They are the only thing this beer has going for it. It's funky taste, oily feel in the mouth, and metallic aftertaste make this one to stay away from. I fought my way through the beer but should have just ask the bartender to pour it out.

rdrummer, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of PSUDREW
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with little head and slight lace. some carbination. Peppery understones mixed with the typical beligian sweet-sour mix, fruity to be sure, with a nice mix of malt for a compliment. The hop factor is there, but more as a sub-taste, not to dominating. While sweetness in some batches can be overwhelhming, the stlye the shoot for is distringuisable, and, while not the most maazing beer of the catagory, def, drinkable, and can be good for more then one occasion

PSUDREW, Dec 24, 2003
Photo of Nytemare
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brownish red. Rusty if you will. Pillowey off white head. Light carbonation throughout, some lacing. This smells quite nice. Smells peppery, bubblegummish, lightly fruity, and bisquity malts. For all the flavor in the smell, not much in the way of taste. Rather subdued. Not bad, but I really thought from smelling it, that it would be much more flavorful. Peppery yeast, with a nice malty backbone, but not much else. Very smooth mouthfeel. Almost velvety. No bite whatsoever. Another strong suit there. And above all, definately drinkable. I'm glad I got a chance to try this beer. Quite a nice one. Wouldn't rush out a buy it, but would pick it up if I had some spare cash.

Nytemare, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of pheurton
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i'll preface this by saying that out of the variety case i bought, 4 of the 6 dubbels were no good. by this i mean that they opened with a loud hiss, and even the most gentle of pours yielded a glass full of foam. these beers had the mouthfeel of seltzer water - *way* overcarbonated. don't know what happened.
on to the ones that made it....dark ruby brown with a quickly disappearing white head. soft sweetish aroma. sugary sweet with a huge phenolic kick. too much. nice mouthfeel, smooth and drinkable. the flavors are all over the place, and tend to go too much to the sweet side, but drinkable nonetheless. not really a dubbel, but still somewhat worthy.

pheurton, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark garnet hue, with a slight, almost greenish head.
Aroma: small, but still spicy, fruity...a bit shy at first, but increasing in complexity as we go...
Taste: nice, tasty, neat little bounce on the palate, good hoppiness, bright fruit.
Sadly, though, it lacks the greater complexity I'd need in a true abbey dubbel, one of my favorite types of beer. A nice try, though.
Thanks to jcalbi for it.

feloniousmonk, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of Hefe
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 23, 2003
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 20, 2003
Photo of beernut7
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.