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Pike Tandem - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-19-2009)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev 0%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
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

brentk56, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -14%

GRG1313, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

oberon, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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...

biboergosum, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

oriolesfan4, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of drewone
3/5  rDev -14%

drewone, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

chinchill, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -14%

harpus, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

beertunes, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

glid02, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

flagmantho, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

twiggamortis420, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Cyberkedi, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  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.

RoyalT, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

champ103, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

cjgator3, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.35/5  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.

tbeckett, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +14.6%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
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Pike Tandem from Pike Pub & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.