Pike Tandem - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 100
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-19-2009

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Photo of mempath
4.6/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

someone needs to update the pic...orange label, right? like on the 'retired' listing?

picked this up at Total Wine claymont DE.

pours and looks like a cola but much slower head rise. settles slowly, no lacing, just frothy ring...dark reddish-brown color that looks more like strong tea when held to light. nose is the familiar belgian yeasty dubbel with sweet hints of spices, dried dark fruits. this already makes me think of deep fall and the end of a tortuous cyclocross race :)

very nice taste. not what i expected. rich but subtle sweetness with a long finish that hints of holiday spices. and not at all out of place on this rather mild summer day. sweet coriander remnant still persists. another swallow and i get maybe muscadine or something, as if stewed then fermented. reminds me every swallow of DFHead's Midas Touch in some akin sense.

mouthfeel is actually luscious yet at the same time seems thin, watery (in the finish)...visible carbonation is low as is the sense. sort of wish it was more crisp, but that could get in the way of all the other fine points of the taste....nonetheless, QUITE drinkable and quaffable...recommended for year-round celebration and rehydratiion rituals. (1,202 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red, almost brown color. A small bubbly white head forms, and leaves little lace.
S: Malty sweet with some yeast. Dark fruits of plums and raisins. A light banana and citrus aroma. Dry wood. Lots of subtle complexities.
T: Similar to the nose. Malty sweet. Some caramel. Dark fruits and dry wood.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Crisp and dry. Not a session beer. The alcohol shows a bit. Though this is a good beer to sip on.

A good Dubbel. One of my favorite styles, and Pike does it right. Something I would recommend. (553 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber at TW, it wasn't thrown to to me like a big fat salmon, but that's ok, if I would have dropped it, I wouldn't get to review it! Ok then, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a huge malt smell, not many hops, mostly fruity esters, banana mostly, and backbone. Poured into a 20 ounce chalice, the brew is a barely translucent dark red with a light tan head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is great, for this ABV, I would think so. On the taste, the big belt of malt continues, big backbone, some cloves come through, with some late caramel and still later pumpkin. The mouthfeel is excellent, good carbonation and viscosity a hint before syrup. This is a beer my friends, and for the price, it's a weener. (733 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jophish17 - thanks!

Pours an orange-copper color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated light fruits - pears mostly with hints of scuppernongs - and good amounts of spices. As the description notes mostly coriander but there are hints of nutmeg as well.

Tastes good. Sweet malts are augmented by light fruit flavors almost immediately - pears and light grapes as with the smell but also with hints of darker fruits, mainly figs and raisins. Spices hit midway through the sip and carry through to a sweet ending leaving brown sugar flavors on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a pleasant surprise - a solid version of a spiced dubbel. Well worth a shot. (906 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Pike Brewery on 3/23/2010.

A= This ale poured a clear cola-brown color with a 3/4" light tan head. The head settled to a skim quickly, but was easily renewed with a swirl.

S= I found caramelly sweet malts, sugar, raisins, figs, and estery Belgian yeast in the aroma.

T= Much like the aroma but even better. Started off sweet and stayed that way without any cloying notes. Caramel and treacle in the malty start, followed by rich raisin, plum, and a hint of molasses in the middle. The yeast threw just the right amount of fruity esters and along with the njip of alcohol added a lot of complexity. Finished lightly sweet and delicious.

MF= Medium bodied with a solid but not quite effervescent carbonation level.

D= This was a really enjoyable dubbel. Other than Westmalle and a few other classic examples I have never been a big fan of this style. I could and would drink this one all the time if I lived in Seattle though. (954 characters)

Photo of Norfawkers
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another highly drinkable offering from Pike. This is a good starter for Belgian beers in order to get used to the belgian-style spices and flavors

Appearance: Dark brown and opaque with minimal head

Smell: Malty grains; some yeast

Taste: Almost Belgian, coriander, yeast, and malt

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a lingering finish

Drinkability: Very flavorful and drinkable for a dubbel; mild and balanced (402 characters)

Photo of corylew
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy-ish brown that isn't transparent until you reach the bottom of the glass. Finger-thick foam that sits atop the beer until the beer is finished. Good amount of lacing on the glass when it's gone.

Smells fruity and estery, in a typical belgian fashion. Sweet and roasty. Small amount of hops.

Tastes great. Sweet and malty, very low hops subdued by fruity yeast characteristic.

Mouthfeel is sweet but not overly thick. Normal carbonation, which for the style makes it a tad undercarbonated.

Overall I liked this beer a lot. Sucked it down a little too fast with dinner. I wouldn't say it follows the Belgian dubble style perfectly but it is certainly a good beer. (679 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very good, if not outstanding dubbel.

Darker red-brown amber, it has a smallish pale tan head soon thinning and leaving a weak hint of lace.

Aroma is candied fruits, banana yeastiness, hint of clove, faintly woody. Overall, it smells like a dubbel.

Taste is woody-clove fruitness, hint of toasty grain and sweet wine, slightly on the sweet side but pretty balanced. The flavours, though not too complex, hold up well and it is a lot more flaovurful and complex than quite a few abbeys that I've have had, far too many seeming rather one-dimensional. (562 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pike brewery. Pours hazy brown hue with an off-white head and light lacing. Aroma is of dark fruit, caramel, some Belgium yeast and hints of hops. Taste is of brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel and Belgium yeast. Medium, balanced finish. Nicely made dubbel. (265 characters)

Photo of jhammel01
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Dubbel pours a deep ruby red with little head retention. The head when its around though is a light tanish color and rather creamy. The beer keeps a nice ring of lacing around the top.

Smells of citrus, Mild Hops, slight twang of dark fruits.

Tastes great with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Very carbonated and bubbly. True to the style!
Dark rich fruits, Roasted malt, dark berries, and Belgian yeast are most prominent in this brew. Well balanced, inishing with a nice alcoholic burn with hoppy spiceyness and the dark fruits still lingering.

Serving type: bottle (568 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

By early Spring of '09, Pike had reconfigured their Tandem ale and re-released it as a Belgian dubbel (i.e., Tandem = dubbel). This is perhaps for the best as the previous Tandem didn't project an easily grasped identity. The new Tandem has classic Belgian styling and is brewed with candi sugar, coriander, and organic malts. It sustains a bright head of white lather on a body of deep chestnut and turns up peppery and sharp where and when it ought to. An echo of distant sweetness lingers in the background.

Tandem isn't long on assertiveness or sustain. A quick bite of vanilla cream cake easily overtook the beer for flavor. But Tandem is still worth the ride. (670 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a modestly hazed, medium-to-dark brown body with a finger or two of creamyish, light khaki foam, though it lacks staying power.

Smell: Aroma smelling of crusty, crunchy toast, chocolate powder, and pungent spices, with a waft of cooling cookies and ripe, plumped up dark fruits.

Taste: Toasty, faintly roasty malts with a touch of crystal malt and candi sugar sweetness. Predominately, there's a plum-skin fruitiness backed by a small hint of blackberry. Light bitterness in the middle along with a moderate mingling or clove and coriander spiciness. Teensy pinch of cocoa. Drying, spicy finish with an enduring toasty accent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: While far from being a dumpy dubbel, it just lacks the vibrant maltiness and subtle complexities of its betters. Still, at a modest $3.99 per bomber, I'd say it's worth a go. (951 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a ½ inch head that retains a bit before retreating to a thin ring around the glass leaving tufts of lacing and some surface foam.

S- Sweet and hoppy. Not the typical smell of a dubbel.

T- Mildly roasted malt with herbal hop bitterness. No Belgian yeast characteristics as the style would imply. Tastes good but is nothing like I expected. Odd twang in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-high carbonation and a semi-heavy body.

O- This is not a dubbel. It’s a hoppy brown ale. Good, but not what I look for in the style. (627 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy mahogany with a thin tan head that retains OK, not really impressive on this front but few dubbels are. The aroma has a bunch of dark fruits upfront (notes of black cherry, raisin, plum, date) along with a little chocolate, some caramel and toffee, yeasty esters, and a little alcohol. The flavor also has big dark fruit notes intially (raisin, plum, pomegranate), along with some chocolate, molasses, toffee, funky yeast, burnt bread and some alcohol The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is good. A decent stab at a dubbel, but lacking the complexity of the best iterations of the style. (609 characters)

Photo of spree92
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this and has the look of Coca-Cola. Heavy brown that is not transparent. Thin head with a film covering. Malts and toffee are noticeable. Flavor is deep with character. Warm alcohol, toffee and an oakiness. A little bit of spiceness. A full bodied ale that is chewy in the mouth. Overall, a good, heavy beer that is worthy of another purchase. (350 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, the label practically indistinguishable from that of the former Pike Tandem, the strong ale.

This beer pours a hazy dark reddish cola colour, with one fat finger of thin foamy pale beige head, which leaves a few low streaks of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of spicy, yeasty Belgian yeast, and sweet caramel malt. The taste is sweet bready grain, coriander and clove, a diminished yeastiness, and ashy, earthy hops. The elevated ABV is well integrated, hardly even noticeable. The carbonation is moderate, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes mostly sweet, with some latent spice and earthy hops as well.

A decent dubbel, actually drier than the usual offerings from the old country. Nicely spiced, with the yeast kept well in check - good and drinkable, especially as the Yankee Juniors get their asses handed to them in Buffalo, Ontario... (899 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into Piraat tulip 1.27.10.

Half-finger of very light tan head, pretty quick dissipation with a thin layer of head retained. Clear brown body with some purple highlights, visible carbonation rising from bottom of glass. The Belgian yeast is quite prominent in the nose, dry bready malts, hops are well hidden. Pretty sweet taste profile, dark treacle, figs, pears, a hint of smoke and leather. Nice carbonated mouthfeel and a fairly dry finish. Not too heavy, pretty drinkable. (525 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little strange, but quite enjoyable. Why this one is listed as a dubbel is not clear to me. I would think it was more of a brown ale, albeit slightly hoppy, and slightly more carbonated than typical.

Flavor and aroma were nice, brown sugar, dark fruits, a little bit of yeast, and some floral hops. With a good smooth, medium body, I found this beer quite enjoyable and would certainly buy it again. (403 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not strong, but fruity with an undertone of malt and a hint of caramel. It pours a nice dark translucent mahogany with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled, pale tan head that sticks around and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Flavor is fruity and malty with caramel and nutty hints and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is smooth but just a little fizzy, not particularly distinguished. Worthy of at least a try. (411 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale--2006 Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--25 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0)--Amber Ale--Imperial--Lacy tan head. Cloudy dark amber color. Malt spice mild hop front. Crisp malty mild sweet toasted caramel apple Barleywine mild fruit body. Crisp mild tangy citrus malt hop end. Needs hops! Belgian hints? Sampled 11/16/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale--2009-A Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.00% ABV--1.064 OG--25 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Dubbel--Thin lace white head. Clear deep dark claret red color. Sediment hint. Toasted molasses mild Belgian ester front. Rich mild sweet toasted dark candy doughy Belgian toffee brown ale black cherry creamy body. Smooth mellow malt spice clean end. Tasty, Complex, but Dull. Sampled 1/16/2010. $4.75 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale--2009-B Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--25 IBU's. (4.1 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Dubbel--OG 1.070.Thin tan mild lace head. Cloudy dirty brown color. Bottle Conditioned (BC) Sediment. Toasted toffee mild nutty hop Belgian yeast ester front. Crusty doughy mild sweet dark wheat bread toasted toffee creamy smooth mild Belgian fruit body. Mild hop EtOH hint end. Tasty Belgian Brown Ale. Sampled 1/17/2010. $4.49 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale. 7.00% ABV. 24 IBU's. Clear bright brown color. Toasted Belgian raisin fruit front. Creamy mild sweet brown ale fruit ester body. Mild hop sweet Dubbel end. Mellow Belgian Brown. (3.5 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Seattle, WA Pike Pub & Brewery 5/9/2010. (1,553 characters)

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

Looking through my reviews recently, I realized I hadn't reviewed this, one of my favorites from Pike, the next day I saw a bottle at the store and grabbed one.

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear ruby-brown color, with about 1/2 inch of light tan head that had low retention and medium lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style, malty, yeasty and a little spicy. The flavors were also about what you expect from this style. Rich, earthy fruits, a nice touch of spice and a hint of yeast.

The body was nicely full and well-rounded. Drinkability was very good. I've had a lot of these on tap and enjoyed all of them. Overall, a nice little take on the style. Worth trying when you see it. (710 characters)

Photo of dstc
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with a tan head. Head falls to nothing. Not much lace.

Aroma is of candied malts and mild alcohol. Some fruit notes. Does smell a bit like a Double.

Starts off with the sweetness of the malts quickly followed by a mild alcohol taste. Ends with a hop flavor that lingers on.

Smooth mouthful quickly gives way to a sharp bite. Mildly carbonated.

Fairly easy drinking and s nice attempt at the style. Worth trying. (445 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Leaving deciding what to drink next to VDubb's discretion has made emptying the fridge all the easier. I suspect, though, he's having me get rid of the ones he doesn't want me to bring to mutual tastings...

This guy pours a dark ruby brown topped by a couple layers of light tan foam. The nose comprises rye bread, brown sugar-cinnamon, light red grapes, and a touch of orange flesh. The taste is nearly identical, with a bit more rye bread, a dash of pepper, and a smattering of greens. The body is a fair medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a decent dubbel, nothing special, but a nice, tasty, inexpensive option. (677 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like wild yeast and roasted barley, with bready wheat and a bit of raisin and salt.
T: It tasted like wild yeast and dry roasted barley and earthy wheat, with a little brown sugar and lemon zest. It had a somewhat dirty bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation.
D: This was an OK beer, but not a great example of the style. It had a boring scent and taste, and weak body. It was easy enough to drink, but it just wasn't rewarding. (522 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a style I go to often but I like the Pike stuff I have had to date.Poured into a goblet a slight hazed russet brown with a thinner quick to fade off white head.Dark fruit and phenolic spice are the main components in the aromas,slight sweetness from the alcohol as well after the beer warms alittle.Big dark fruit flavors,raisin and fig like others have notes are the domianate flavors,some phenolic clove-like spice and even a hint of smoke.A little prickly at first in the mouth but it settles down after a bit,its not bad but not anything to go search out in my opinion. (577 characters)

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