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Pike Tandem - Pike Pub & Brewery

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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 loren01
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
4.23/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (733 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 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. (493 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 Docer
3.47/5  rDev -2%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (727 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)

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 Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (259 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 snaotheus
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (466 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 mempath
4.6/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

someone needs to update the pic...orange label, right? like on the 'retired' listing?

picked this up at Total Wine claymont DE.

pours and looks like a cola but much slower head rise. settles slowly, no lacing, just frothy ring...dark reddish-brown color that looks more like strong tea when held to light. nose is the familiar belgian yeasty dubbel with sweet hints of spices, dried dark fruits. this already makes me think of deep fall and the end of a tortuous cyclocross race :)

very nice taste. not what i expected. rich but subtle sweetness with a long finish that hints of holiday spices. and not at all out of place on this rather mild summer day. sweet coriander remnant still persists. another swallow and i get maybe muscadine or something, as if stewed then fermented. reminds me every swallow of DFHead's Midas Touch in some akin sense.

mouthfeel is actually luscious yet at the same time seems thin, watery (in the finish)...visible carbonation is low as is the sense. sort of wish it was more crisp, but that could get in the way of all the other fine points of the taste....nonetheless, QUITE drinkable and quaffable...recommended for year-round celebration and rehydratiion rituals. (1,202 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 babaracas
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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. (513 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 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 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 Norfawkers
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another highly drinkable offering from Pike. This is a good starter for Belgian beers in order to get used to the belgian-style spices and flavors

Appearance: Dark brown and opaque with minimal head

Smell: Malty grains; some yeast

Taste: Almost Belgian, coriander, yeast, and malt

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a lingering finish

Drinkability: Very flavorful and drinkable for a dubbel; mild and balanced (402 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)

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Pike Tandem from Pike Pub & Brewery
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