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Pike Tandem - Pike Pub & Brewery

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57 Reviews
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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 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 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 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 oberon
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (577 characters)

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 Pencible
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of dstc
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with a tan head. Head falls to nothing. Not much lace.

Aroma is of candied malts and mild alcohol. Some fruit notes. Does smell a bit like a Double.

Starts off with the sweetness of the malts quickly followed by a mild alcohol taste. Ends with a hop flavor that lingers on.

Smooth mouthful quickly gives way to a sharp bite. Mildly carbonated.

Fairly easy drinking and s nice attempt at the style. Worth trying. (445 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev +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. (710 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale--2006 Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--25 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0)--Amber Ale--Imperial--Lacy tan head. Cloudy dark amber color. Malt spice mild hop front. Crisp malty mild sweet toasted caramel apple Barleywine mild fruit body. Crisp mild tangy citrus malt hop end. Needs hops! Belgian hints? Sampled 11/16/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale--2009-A Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.00% ABV--1.064 OG--25 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Dubbel--Thin lace white head. Clear deep dark claret red color. Sediment hint. Toasted molasses mild Belgian ester front. Rich mild sweet toasted dark candy doughy Belgian toffee brown ale black cherry creamy body. Smooth mellow malt spice clean end. Tasty, Complex, but Dull. Sampled 1/16/2010. $4.75 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale--2009-B Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--25 IBU's. (4.1 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Dubbel--OG 1.070.Thin tan mild lace head. Cloudy dirty brown color. Bottle Conditioned (BC) Sediment. Toasted toffee mild nutty hop Belgian yeast ester front. Crusty doughy mild sweet dark wheat bread toasted toffee creamy smooth mild Belgian fruit body. Mild hop EtOH hint end. Tasty Belgian Brown Ale. Sampled 1/17/2010. $4.49 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale. 7.00% ABV. 24 IBU's. Clear bright brown color. Toasted Belgian raisin fruit front. Creamy mild sweet brown ale fruit ester body. Mild hop sweet Dubbel end. Mellow Belgian Brown. (3.5 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Seattle, WA Pike Pub & Brewery 5/9/2010. (1,553 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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... (899 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy mahogany with a thin tan head that retains OK, not really impressive on this front but few dubbels are. The aroma has a bunch of dark fruits upfront (notes of black cherry, raisin, plum, date) along with a little chocolate, some caramel and toffee, yeasty esters, and a little alcohol. The flavor also has big dark fruit notes intially (raisin, plum, pomegranate), along with some chocolate, molasses, toffee, funky yeast, burnt bread and some alcohol The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is good. A decent stab at a dubbel, but lacking the complexity of the best iterations of the style. (609 characters)

Photo of spree92
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of jhammel01
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Dubbel pours a deep ruby red with little head retention. The head when its around though is a light tanish color and rather creamy. The beer keeps a nice ring of lacing around the top.

Smells of citrus, Mild Hops, slight twang of dark fruits.

Tastes great with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Very carbonated and bubbly. True to the style!
Dark rich fruits, Roasted malt, dark berries, and Belgian yeast are most prominent in this brew. Well balanced, inishing with a nice alcoholic burn with hoppy spiceyness and the dark fruits still lingering.

Serving type: bottle (568 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (562 characters)

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Pike Tandem from Pike Pub & Brewery
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