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Pike Tandem - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 100
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-19-2009

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Photo of 2xHops
1.44/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't know, but this bottle was just plain terrible. I poured a bottle into couple of snifters for myself and a friend. He warned me that Pike is known for being unreliable in their quality control, and that people are saying that bottles seem to be infected too often.

We both think the bottle I got may have been infected, or it's simply a real bad beer. It's my first time drinking something from this brewery, so that's a disclaimer I'll have to make.

There was a strong and unpleasant funky aroma that's unlike anything I have smelled ever. The taste was terrible. I couldn't even comfortably drink a sip without grimacing. It was so bad that the rest of the beer was poured down the drain.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep opaque brown with a dense off white head. The aroma is malty and the flavor is more porterlike than anything. Roasted, chicory, unsubtle. There is a flatness on the finish. The label promises coriander, but I don't see it. The mouthfeel is prickly.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Now this is depressing me already, but I will try not to continue with any preconceived notions. The beer pours a somewhat cloudy brown color that was practically lifeless. There were a few islands of tannish foam when I was pouring the daylights out of it...at least for a Dubbel. I poured the whole bomber in about 15-20 seconds. I can't really see any bubbles rising, and when held to the light. There isn't any more lace than you get from a Coke.

Aroma: Some dark fruit notes in the aroma, along with some sweet "burnt candy" notes. There is already a decent amount of floral hops coming out. The malts are a big player in the aroma, giving some caramel and a few toasty notes to round out the ensemble. This is really weird for a Dubbel.

Taste: The flavor is much more Belgian than anything the aroma had to offer. There is still a huge dark malt presence with sweet caramel, toffee, and toasty burnt bread crusts, but there are a WHOLE LOT more fruity esters in the flavor than I ever would have dreamed from the aroma. The beer is medium bodied with very low carbonation, so it is coming across the palate really lame and uneventful for this style.

Opinion: Overall, this is unusual for a Dubbel, that's for sure. It isn't a disgusting beer or anything, and may pass for some version of an American Brown Ale in the aroma, while really just ending up as an estery unbalanced mess in the flavor. I haven't cared for this beer to say the least. I really think that it is just an American Brown Recipe stepped up with some two-row and fermented with Belgian yeast. I have been pretty disappointed with this beer. You would think that if they were going to go through the trouble of putting out a Belgian style beer like this, that they would want to come remotely close to the style. I guess this is a beer brewed for some off-the-wall category in the GABF with no intention of ever holding water to any of the real classic examples of this style. Stay away from this beer if you like Dubbels. If you like hotly/estery fermented American Brown Ales...give this a shot.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a large goblet

Pours a dark mahogany brown, very slightly translucent, doesn't appear to be cloudy. White head and very little of it. Slight, fine continuing carbonation. Smell is raisin-y and date-y primarily, sweet and dark fruity, a little wet forest smell.

Taste is very mild, a little watery. Dominated by date sweetness which is not entirely pleasant. A little bit of holiday spice flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel is thin and relatively light. Drinkable, but not impressive.

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Photo of Liverpool08
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brownish orange. Aroma is biscuity-malt, a little must. Flavor is more rich malt, but not much of that Belgian funk or spice you expect from a Double. There are hints of bakers chocolate and maybe some died fruits, but its more malt and biscuit. Its not a bad beer, it drinks well and can be sessioned. Just not a great example of the style.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I managed to find multiple types of Pike at a local liquor store. How or why they got this label so far into the east coast is a surprise to me.

I poured this into a nice, Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass. It left a few fingers of foam and the coloring is a deep brown.

I smell a ton of caramel off the top. It is pretty sweet.

The flavor is not very good. I get some of the caramel, but the roast doesn't pair well with this. The lingering funk of this beer isn't very good.

I really like the brewery, but this bottle really didn't hit the spot.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice. Pours a murky dark brown color with a light tan head with decent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark fruits, coriander, dark candied sugar and yeast. The aroma is a little disappointing, pretty faint for the style.

T- The taste like the aroma is pretty average. Dark fruits up front, a hint of peppery spiciness and a touch of hops with a yeasty finish. A little bland for the style.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Belgian-style Dubbels are one of my favorite beer styles so I always get excited to try one I haven't before. This one was a letdown. Not horrible, but it does not hold a candle to some of the top beers within the style.

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Photo of loren01
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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

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Photo of babaracas
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of thatruth
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Docer
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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!

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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.

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