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Pike Tandem - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 01:31:48 | More by RedDiamond
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Pencible

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 18:55:54 | More by Pencible
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jophish17

Georgia

2/5  rDev -42.7%

12-11-2011 06:23:56 | More by jophish17
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cdwil

Texas

3/5  rDev -14%

12-28-2011 17:43:34 | More by cdwil
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 21:35:13 | More by Metalmonk
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 00:32:42 | More by andrenaline
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

03-15-2012 13:39:33 | More by oldp0rt
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:33:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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buckyp

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -14%

05-05-2012 01:02:24 | More by buckyp
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Offa

California

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 04:15:18 | More by Offa
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:32:26 | More by Immortale25
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

03-31-2013 04:06:10 | More by schopenhauerale
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 13:41:39 | More by CampusCrew
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 22:00:03 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

09-15-2012 00:06:10 | More by Hopmodium
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 23:09:58 | More by ummswimmin
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

09-13-2013 00:00:17 | More by buzzy
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 21:34:23 | More by kingcrowing
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jdense

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 01:59:10 | More by jdense
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 06:14:54 | More by SkeeterHawk
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 05:32:29 | More by StaveHooks
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grittybrews

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 02:38:49 | More by grittybrews
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

03-24-2013 13:54:49 | More by MacStinson
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

03-29-2013 23:44:39 | More by BigTrubble
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babaracas

Florida

3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 02:24:41 | More by babaracas
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