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Abbey Dubbel - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in the style of a Belgian monastery. This mahogany ale has the sweetness of dark Belgian candi sugar paired with a distinct aroma of plum and pears.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 12-14-2003)
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

mquinn919, Oct 20, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle corked & caged with a nice label that features the Belgian flag. It pours a slightly hazy, dark russet brown body beneath a fair-sized off-white head that's lightly creamy. The head retention could be slightly better, but this is also not quite as carbonated as many examples and that's a trade-off in that it's quite smooth and creamy in the mouth. The body is medium with a very fine-bubbled carbonation that gives it a lightly tingly, creamy mouthfeel. And although it doesn't hold real well, it does leave a good collar and some light lace.

The aroma offers dark fruit (lots of plum and raisin), caramel malt, brown sugar, and a distinct spiciness (could this be Chimay yeast?). The flavor follows suit with some additional candyish sugariness and more spice. The fruity and spicy aftertaste is quite nice, and beckons you to take another sip as it softens to reveal a lingering, sweet maltiness. And although the alcohol does make it's presence known in the finish, it's otherwise very well balanced and nicely cloaked.

Enjoyable to say the least!

NeroFiddled, Jan 29, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

DustinSWB, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Jamesthebrit, May 07, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Slightly murky in a nice brownish, organish color. Looks inviting...

Smell - A bit sweet with a mildly abundant banana smell. Intoxicating. Attractive spice note, fresh and sweet overall.

Taste - Excellent. Alcohol presence noticable, but not too much so, which makes this very sippable. Much of the flavor comes from the smell, banana, with almost a clove/coriander finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick without being syrupy, more velvety. Very, very nice.

Drinkability - Would I have another? Absolutely. Had two the first was so good. Served in a 12-oz glass since it's on the tougher side, but it presents with a drinkability that makes it quite sessionable. I switched to the their ESB (brilliant!) after number 2, as the snow was starting to fall, and I was in charge of getting us home safely.

BeerBishop, Jan 13, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a hazy deep amber colored beer with moderate off-white head.
Smell has nice notes of candy sugar combuned with apricots and dates.
Taste expands on the smell, with the addition of raisins.
Very smooth and refreshing at the finish. No alcohol detected.
An easy to drink dubbel. Might be a nice beer to introduce your novice friends to.

tgbljb, Jan 14, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Iron Hill Abbey Dubbel is described on the menu as being brewed with dark Belgian candy sugar and balanced with notes of plum, pear and spice. At 7.3% alcohol by volume, it fits right in with the Belgian category. Probably my favorite from the sampling menu - despite my mild feelings towards Belgians in general - this one has a lovely head that retains excellent lacing throughout. It's a rich and clean and clear amber.

The smell is composed of candy, burnt malts, pear, and some spice - maybe coriander? Needless to say, the description comes through the nose. The taste follows it, although the pear in the nose doesn't hang in there as much as I was hoping for. It's spicy at the back end, which leaves you wanting to have more. Beyond that, you don't notice the booze, which is nice for a change.

A well-composed medium body with good carbonation makes this an enjoyable and drinkable brew. If they do it again at Iron Hill, and I can let go of their Pig Iron Porter, I may be back for it.

afksports, Dec 29, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Caged & corked 750 ml, poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is murky amber with a small stone/khaki-colored head.

S: Raisins and candied sugar. Plums and basic fruitiness as well. Brown sugar rounds out the sweet nose. Pleasant.

T: Sweetness dominates, though not in a bad, cloying sort of way. Raisins, plums, dark fruit and sugar - candied and brown - and caramel malt are the primary flavors. Finishes with a touch of alcohol; it's more noted when it warms.

M: Body is medium with a very fine-bubbled carbonation that gives it a good, creamy mouthfeel that's fizzy on the palate.

D: Good. Went well with mussels steamed in beer (SN Kellerweis) with some heavy cream, shallots and garlic. But drinking it on its own after dinner, the sweetness gets to you.

Kendo, Jan 17, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a pretty nice dark amber with a tad of off white head and a little lacing
S- malt, sugar, some ripe fruit smells
T- a little sweet, but very refreshing, very well balanced, havent had too many dubbel's, but this one is pretty damn tasty
M- really smooth, nicely carbonated, it was like 10 degrees out, so the beer seemed really cold ..but I think it was served cold too
D- could not taste the extra alcohol, a very nice domestic interpretation of a Belgian dubbel

gdfan47, Jan 01, 2009
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4.02/5  rDev +5.5%

Brewhaha83, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

jackplane, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

avisong, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

PaBeerLover, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy deep amber, bordering on light brown. Two fingers of light tan head construct and stay molded for some time. Stereotypical Belgian lacing is readily apparent.

The aroma is a happy mélange, aptly lending banana, clove, earthy grain, candy sugar, currants, and tangy touch of wheat. There's also a mellow but viable air of hop spice. Lurking quietly is a thin strain of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is prevalent, carrying caramel, dark dried fruit, and apricot. A solid dark candy sugar sweetness is dotted by an estery current of banana and a more muted spice note. The merest tinge of hops is soon lost to a warm but sneaky blush of alcohol. A bready yeast and grain combo is more earthy than sweet, but a little residual sugar is notably mitigated by a crisp, green apple dryness that lingers through the finish. It's busy, and not seamless, but it is pleasing.

Medium bodied, the malt feels soft and slick, and the sugar rounds the body and gives it some legs.

It's got plenty of interesting components, and while they're not so much blended as aligned, they still deliver an enjoyable degree of complexity that is easy to drink, if not really smooth. The hops give just enough notice to render a unique touch to the overall presentation. The ABV is craftily worked in, coming off more as warmth than flavor, so it is worth being cautious. Still, it drinks happily. Would I be a broken record if I said I'd welcome this in South Jersey any day?

Foxman, Mar 05, 2008
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red and kind of hazy. It was served with little foam, just some fine bubbles ringing the glass. Spotty lacing. Very fruity aroma, plum and ripe skins, bready and a bit vinous. Very mild bitterness with plum and a bit of cocoa up front. Malty and bready, apple skins, delicate tartness. Light spicy tingle in the finish with lingering fruity sweetness. Medium/light bodied with considerable carbonation, a bit dry, good texture that's easy on the palate. Quite a nice take on a dubbel. Very enjoyable.

DrJay, Mar 31, 2008
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in about a 12oz. snifter at the brewery in north Wales. Brown iced tea color with a tiny amount of off white head that disappeared quickly.
On the nose there is lots of banana,cloves and other spices with a strong Belgian yeast presence.
Taste is same as the smell with the addition of some dark fruits like figs and raisins. Also a noticable alcohol warmth.
Medium bodied and somewhat chewy with a nice alcohol burn. Seems to be more then the advertised 7.30%abv.
I was suprised by this beer. A verygood stap at a Belgian Dubbel from Iron Hill.

Notes: Reviewed from notes taken on 4-14-10

BigMike, Jun 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5%

gr0g, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

starrdogg, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

VaTechPhilly, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice smooth beer. From start to finish it has a smooth taste and feel. It's surprising how quickly this beer fills you up but even when you feel full, you still can't help but want more.

There is a nice sweet underlying flavor that reminds me a little of a fruit beer. By no means is the flavor overpowering and don't let my mention of a fruit beer scare you away.

I would definitely drink this beer on tap again whenever I'm back in West Chester.

audirs4s, Apr 10, 2008
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4/5  rDev +5%

THECPJ, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

TheDarkKnight, Dec 04, 2011
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Abbey Dubbel from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.