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Pike Tandem - Pike Pub & Brewery

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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
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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 gdhawley
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of projhex
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of ummswimmin
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of thatruth
3.35/5  rDev -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.

Photo of grittybrews
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.

Photo of rel
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of PCampbell
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of fank2788
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of spree92
3.77/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Liverpool08
2.96/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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...

Photo of loren01
3.07/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Soonami
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Pike Tandem from Pike Pub & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.