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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Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 100
Photo of kingcrowing
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a deep brown with a small creamy slightly brown head. Nose bis malty, dark fruits and some mellow fruit undertones.

Taste is candi sugar, dark fruits, caramel and there's a very smooth slightly sweet finish, light carbonation and a fruity finish make is very well done. (316 characters)

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Saved this about 5 months after purchasing it. Pours a nice dark mahogany color with a little light tan/off-white head that will leave a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

On first smell it gives off a nice bit of aroma from the dark malts: caramel with a bit of toffee and raisins and some citrus. It continues into the flavor of the beer with the dark malts that contribute a toffee/caramel/bready taste to it. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but smooth overall.

A fairly decent beer all-in-all, it may not be exactly to style but is worth a taste if you want something close to it. (632 characters)

Photo of rel
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy with an espresso color. Light toffee head.

Smells sweet and malty, with heavy roasted accents, altough this was the weakest part of the beer.

Tastes like a dark chocolate with some fruit flavors.

Overall, I really enjoyed this with a rich chocolate cheescake for dinner. (287 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Dark malts, a bit fruity with some citrus and raisins with toffee on the finish.

T - The caramel malts come off the top complemented by some leafy hops. The spices are what seem to dominate the finish with the coriander leaving a unique flavour lingering alongside some roasted and nutty malts.

M - A tad watery and thin, though it does go down smooth and finish nicely on the palette.

O - Overall a tasty offering and worth taking for a spin. Offers some unique flavours and is quite drinkable. The bitterness that lingers alongside the spices might be a bit much for some people, but I quite enjoyed it. (701 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle served in pint glass -- 2010 bottle (new version)

Appearance: clear reddish brown with orangish highlights; a short off-white head that has weak retention.

Smell: floral; Belgian style yeast. mild malt.

Taste: As advertised, a Belgian style ale. Sweet but with a detectable bitterness in the finish. [IBU = 25] Other flavors include caramel, wheat/bread, vague fruitiness, roasted malt, coriander and a hint of coffee. Subtle rather than bold or for style.

Mouthfeel: smooth for style. Light/Medium bodied. Low but adequate carbonation. Dry finish with a bit of astringency.

Drinkability: good, and likely to pair well with a variety of foods. (663 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a 2 tulip glasses
Pours a deep mahogany brown pretty cloudy with a huge almost out of control head that is lacing quite a bit. Smell is of caramel malt a bit of tastiness and a touch of spice. To me a little on the light side. Taste is of the caramel malt and some dark fruit. Malt may go as far as being slightly roasty. Little if any yeast notes maybe just a touch of ester but it is limited. Mouthfeel is quite lively with only a bit of hop bitterness but enough to balance the slightly sweet finish. Overall not a bad dubbel not my favorite example but it is quite accessible and enjoyable. (616 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had a 4 oz taste sample in greenville, sc Total Wine

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, sublte fruit, and typical belgian yeast

Taste: sweetish flavor of amber malts. taste like a english brown ale with belgian yeast. no candy sugar flavor at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: decent beer, but I would probably not try again. (412 characters)

Photo of Soonami
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike is not a brewery that I am familiar with, but now that Total Wine carries them and for cheap too--bombers for $4, I thought I'd give them a shot.

Tandem is supposed to be an abbey dubbel, but it doesn't really do a good job. There are the raisin, jammy flavors, and some orange, but it doesn't quite have the spicy clove, intense fruitiness and overall impact that good dubbels have. The aroma is a lacking the complexity and caramel malts, but appearance is fine and the mouthfeel good. (493 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a thin, limp off-white head. Large bubbles in the foam fade rapidly to just a little bit of a sheen and leaves scant lacing on the glass. Not exactly a inspirational appearance on this one.

Smell is caramel covered green apples, raisins and blackberries. Leans fruity in the aroma, but has notes of tropical-esque hops and bready yeast.

The flavor has a pretty nice hop presence, a touch tropical and a bit piney but the caramel maltiness lacks any kind of creaminess or depth. The flavor is not bad by any means, but it feels a bit watery and just generally not very inspiring. One nice thing about this beer though is that it is very drinkable and hides the ABV well. Maybe the sum is greater than the parts on this beer because my glass emptied pretty fast! (792 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a dark, beautiful brown in color with a modest head that nevertheless deposited come nice lacing on the inside of my chalice.

Smell - The herbal nature of this nose hit me first. After a bit I caught some candied smells and a hint of medicinal alcohol. The promised coriander is here in spades.

Taste - I liked smelling this beer more than drinking it. The coriander that I enjoyed at the nose was heavy-handed at the taste. The booze went from noticeable to offensive, and it takes a lot to get me offended at booze. There's a light woody character that I enjoyed but overall I thought the flavors were unbalanced.

Mouthfeel - This is a big medium-bodied with some righteous carbonation and a surprisingly bitter finish.

Drinkability - The individual components of this ale were enjoyable but taken together I thought they missed their mark. (867 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

Reincarnated into a Dubbel, this brew is dark and opaque. The lacing is sufficient enough to resemble a beer. My nose wafts charred wood, medicinal herbs and vague tropical fruit. It is creamy and smooth, with a big body. Unsweetened dark chocolate, highly toasted bread and a thick biscuity layer appear in the finish and really show what the malt is about. Warming fruity alcohol in the middle with an herbal phenol character throughout. Bitterness from the coriander helps to balance this beer. It ends with a bit of burnt, bitter and malty flavor. A pretty good go at the Dubbel style, but a bit Porter-like. (670 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw a bomber at my local discount beverage market for a very reasonable price, so gave it a try. Poured into a standard pint glass, it has a nice ruby color and average tan head which dissipated quickly .

The smell is a slightly roasted camel.

Taste is sweet, but not extremely so. Caramel with just enough roasted malt and hops to balance, but lacks some complexity. Mouthfeel is ok.

Very drinkable for a double, would pair well with food, particularly cheese. (466 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ashley for sharing this at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors for an American take on the style. (602 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Poured a clear brownish-amber with a finger of off-white head. Mild nutty caramel aroma with hints of spice and raisin.

Slightly low carbonation and a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Flavor of gentle toffee and biscuit up front with a bit of dark fruit, coriander, and earthy spice on the finish.

Some nice potential here, but the beer came across a little watered-down -- would have been very good with a little more body. (441 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at whole foods here #inthecouve...

- Super dark caramel, ruby-red, brown....quick fizz down to a swirls of very thin bubbles... Looks like a Scotch ale, or brown... slightly clear.. not cloudy, but can see through it...

- Fig, fruity character... plum... grain, sweetness... oats, light alcohol... sugars... brown sugar... light molasses..

- Interesting malty and estery brew.... grains, oats, wheat.. fig, plum.. prune... sugars... light bitterness.... smooth character... different.

- Light to medium bodied.... lightly creamy.... .. tart..

- Overall a very interesting brew.. drinkable... but just blah... not something I would probably buy again. (674 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with tons of cloudiness. Head is one finger of tan foam; personally, I like a little more head and apparent effervescence in my dubbels. Still, not a bad looking beer at all.

Smell: mild nutty, bready, yeasty aroma. The composition is alright but the intensity leaves quite a bit to be desired. While not bad at all, I like my dubbels to deliver a helluva lot more in this arena.

Taste: this beer is a slightly tart, yeasty affair. There is some cherry and plum flavor here, but it's not as dark and fruity as a lot of dubbels. All in all, it's not too bad, but it doesn't strike me as particularly genuine.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation. It doesn't blow me away, but it yields enough creaminess for me to be happy.

Drinkability: this is not a bad beer, but I think it falls short compared to a lot of other dubbels. I'm going to finish this bottle without complaint, but I won't seek this beer out again. (1,000 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange brown. Small fine off-white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of sweet bready malt, dark fruit. Light flavors of caramel malt, light and dark fruit. Very light hop finish. Light to medium bodied. Rather subdued and not too exciting. (314 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at the brewpub.

A - Pours very dark brown and cloudy. Good carbonation coming up and a silky light brown head. Good thick lace

S - Rich dark fruit and strong yeast with some sweet spice.

T - Alot of the same with some fairly strong spice. Dark fruit, yeast, and strong spice. Not sweet in the sense a dubbel should be. After a while the spice peels back and more brown sugar and fruit flavours come through.

M - Strong carbonation, creamy medium to full body and a spicy/dry finish.

O/D - Way too spicy for me. For a Dubbel this doesn't seem to work at all. Yet after some time the fruit and sugar flavours came through more. But still, if I wasn't bored I would have poured this out pretty quick. Off for a dubbel. (737 characters)

Photo of thatruth
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from the Safeway near the Junction in West Seattle. poured into pint glass.

A: pours a little darker than expected, 1/4" inch creamy head, hella lacing, dark golden brown with ruby tint.

S: strong coriander and wheat, citrus and maple aroma.

T: figs, maple definitely prevalent - reminds me of a maple sweet bacon. coriander doesn't hide itself, either.

M: smooth, bright, fresh, no complaints in this department whatsoever. great, subtle aftertaste.

O: an odd little dubbel. Pike did a pretty good job, though...I suppose. (542 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep chestnutt color with low carbonation and a very small dirty white head. Nose is belgian yeast with candy sugar, dark fruiits and light boze. Taste is fig, raisin, plum and candy sugar half way through but the beginning is pretty flat. I did find some blackberry, maybe even green apple and orange peel.I got soome booze and maybe even a grape juice/grape soda flavor on the end. Mouthfeel is booze, sticky and flat. Not appealing. (444 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Pike stuff making its way into North Carolina, and I had to pick a couple different ones up. Seattle is so great.

Head is a lightly toasted tan color, soapy and big-bubbled, holds well for a couple minutes before thinning to a soapy film. Leaves lots of dots of lace. Color is milk chocolate brown.

Aroma is predominantly herbal/spicy meets earthy/mineral. Faint shades of chocolate and grilled meats further back. Coriander is obviously kickin', so is the yeast.

Flavor is pretty heavy on the spice (coriander) and the malts have a charred character that I don't think works. They may not be charred grains at all, but something in here tastes burnt. Watery cola; mineral; cloves. Juicy dark fruits are here, but they're pushed down by everything else. Finishes burnt and dry.

Feel is on the thin side, although just creamy enough to save it, and some prickly carbonation injects a little life into it.

A bit rough. Definitely not on par with the best Belgian dubbels. Thin of body and uneven in flavor...I know Pike can do better, but this was still interesting and satisfying enough that it was worth buying. (1,129 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an ice tea brown color with a rather modest head for a Belgian; leaves a few strands of lace here and there

Smell: Caramel and maybe some golden raisins

Taste: Caramel with a developing subtle tobacco tone; brown bread after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another rather clumsy attempt at a Belgian by Pike; I have had some good beers from them but they are way out of their element with Belgians; this beer would be better classified as a somewhat hoppy brown ale - it is certainly drinkable but lacks the complex flavors I would expect in a dubbel (610 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear dark reddish brown with thin offwhite head, spotty lace. Smell: sweet, a little brown sugar but mostly nondescript and grainy...why do I smell a lot of pale malt?, light banana and pear, spice. Smells like a dark tripel. Taste: again sweet, caramel - overcarmelized, spicy, pear, import graininess (ehh?). Mouthfeel: way undercarbonated for the style and a little thin as well. The local giant liquor store was pushing Pike with prime shelf space and ads, but Pike has done nothing well here. (513 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz. served in a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a garnet hued dark brown. Thick cream colored head forms a razor thin pattern of micro-bubbles. Thick lacing around the glass.

S - Wow this smells just like Golden Grahams! Sweet toasted wheat bread, honey sweetness, plums, grapes, alcohol, phenolic yeast, brown sugar.

T - Tart plums, thin vinous fruit, brown sugar, cocoa, bready yeast, slight oxidation.

M - Medium thin bodied, low carbonation, slightly tart finish.

Great aroma but the fruit tartness, while nice, seems to take away from the malt. Nothing complex but has an interesting character. (599 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours into a chalice a reddish brown color, not much head at all, what little head there was however laced down the glass.
S: Smell is of dark fruits (fig/rasin etc). Slight Belgian yeast scent in there as well.
T: Dark fruits up front, earthy finish.
M: Mouthfeel is very thin. Very low carbonation, almost borderline flat.
D: This beer isn't bad but it really isn't that great either. (391 characters)

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