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Abbey Dubbel - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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86
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Thorpe429, Jan 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Bikeboy1, Jun 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

pat_usher, Jul 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

curlybird, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of BravoTwo
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Smooth brown, with just a hint of reddish-orange appricot coloring. Could have looked a little cleaner, but overall good.

S - Good smell with hints of sweetness and malt without being oerpowering.

T - Good taste with just the right amount of sweetness to style, slight plum taste in the background, with good malty sensations.

M - Just average here. Not bad, mind you, but not anything spectacular. Not the most important factor here though.

D - A good drinkable Dubbel, which has good flavors and is balanced.

Overall, this Dubbel is a good representation of the style, and a good seasonal for the brewery. Easily drinkable, and an easy transitional beer to introduce people to belgian style beer.

BravoTwo, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cool into a goblet from the growler purchased the day before.
A - A murkey caramel brown w/ a full inch of tan foam after a vigorous pour. The head collapses slowly leaving minimal lace.

S - Nutty, dry flavors w/ yeast scents and a light wheat spice note.

M - Moderate carbonation, plenty of yeasty creaminess w/ a subtle dry wheat aspect and subtle acidity from an herbal hop spiciness.

T - A smooth quaffer that is sweet, but not cloying w/ enough spice from both hops and gentle wheat notes. The flavor is subtle and tasty w/out being overdone, a nice easy nutty flavor w/ gentle graininess and the slightest hint of hops.

D -A beer that is what it is, a no frills Dubbel. Satisfying, but nothing to separate it from the rest of the American versions out there.

Slatetank, Dec 02, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Mudawg, May 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

IdrinkGas, Jan 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

GreatPumpkin, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

InspectorBob, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

spycow, Oct 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

touchmeimsac, May 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

J_Ross, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An orangish resiny amber color with honey highlights... A small whimsical off white head quickly fades leaving a very faint lacing with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass... Just the slight amount of moderate paced carbonation can be seen rising throughout... Leaves a slight syrupy film on the glass as the session proceeds...

S - Sweet fruit... Buttery caramel... Yeast... Some minor spicy notes... Apricot... Most sweet, a tad bit fruity...

T - Slightly sweet caramel... Apple... A faint yeasty presence... Raisins... Wheat... Peaches... Honey... Some candied sugars...

M - Medium bodied... A tinge of prickly carbonation... Ever so slightly sticky... A tad on the dry side...

D - A solid offering from Iron Hill... It's nice to see brew pubs that pay ample attention to the Belgian styles... Not bad, but far from best in class... This was enjoyable, but far from memorable... If at Iron Hill again, I wouldn't mine quaffing one back, but not before trying some of the other beers on the menu...

philbe311, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, coppery amber color. It was served to me with a short, fizzy white cap.

s: Sweet aromas of candied sugar and raisins for the most part, along with some faint floral bitterness. There was also a little heat wafting off of this.

t: Sweet up front with rum soaked raisins taking center stage. There was a hint of something medicinal next that was very fleeting but unpleasant. The finish was drier and a bit bitter.

m: Maybe a little thin with long lasting, fizzy carbonation.

d: Pretty good dubbel, but there is usually something much better on-tap at IH.

DIM, Dec 17, 2009
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3.56/5  rDev -6.3%

harryhops, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of AltBock
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at the North Wales, PA Iron Hill location on 11/1/2008. They served it to me in a small goblet/snifter looking glass.

This Dubbel poured a very hazy cranberry orange color with a small 1/4 of an inch head of white foam. This small head of foam had decent retention that left behind foamy white rings and just a few spots of lace.

This Dubbel loved the banana and cloves. There was so much banana and cloves in the aroma that only thing behind them was a small trace of malted wheat.

The taste was also all about the banana and cloves, but they were crispier in the taste. There wasn't much after those two. All I got after those two was a subtle touch of yeast, a hint of roasted wheat, and a drop of alcohol.

This was a medium bodied beer with a crispy aftertaste of bananas, cloves, yeast, and malted wheat. After a few sips, I could feel the strength of alcohol kick in a little bit.

I liked how it wasn't overly yeasty, but this beer just loved the bananas and cloves. Sometimes even that can get a little boring. Would I drink it again? I probably would if it was on tap. I wouldn't drop the major $$$ for a bottle.

AltBock, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of gpcollen1
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown into my Troubador tulip. Head rises a bit quickly and is quick to settle. Aroma is mildly sweet with hints of brown sugar.

Hits the mouth with a wallop of sweetness that is quickly detoured by some carbonation giving time for the mouth to absorb the sweetness and pick up some rich caramel notes and a finish that I cannot describe - kinda chewy/sticky.

Mouthfeel kinda nice off the chewy/sticky finish with a decent amount of carbonation and decent body. This is a decent dubbel but not top of the heap. I would not mind dropping in for some of this now and again.

gpcollen1, May 04, 2008
Photo of FoolCircle
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As far as the Dubbel style goes, this beer was incredibly easy drinking.

It first arrived in a 12oz. short-stemmed goblet which bewares the drinker of a higher alcohol content. It appeared to be a ruby-walnut color with a half inch light white head. The smell was sweet and satifactory but not overwelmingly suductive. As the first taste reached my tongue I was impressed by it's smooth sweetness followed by its sharp bite. It felt slightly port like to me, a little syrupy, in a good way. This Dubbel easily went down to quickly when it was originally acquired to be pondered.

Nice beer.

FoolCircle, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- Served in a chalice. 1-16-10.

A: Poured a nice blend of rich mahagony and candy-apple red with a good clarity and thin whispy topping that was light beige in color that unfortunately was not as sturdy as advertised. Visible carbonation was extremely soft with a very sparse density of lonely micro carbonation bubbles that lazily made their way to the surface in no hurry. The coloring was really nice but a much sturdier head would of added to the visual appeal here.

S: The nose was fruity of fresh grapes and freshly coated caramel apples but was sorely missing that complimentary maltiness that really defines the style. Maybe if the beer was left unfiltered it would of left some more residual malt character, with only a faint presence of semi-dry caramel barely making its presence known. The nose was defined mostly by the fruitiness and alcohol spiciness but wished it had more malt presence.

T: The flavor was more promising then the nose offering a smooth but noticeable malt character along with a sweet twang of alcohol and fruity notes of apple peels, pears, and warm ripe fruit. There was a bit of a light coffee/black malt lacing that was present upon the swallow as well. The alcohol was sweet with Belgian candy notes while still providing a decent level of warmth. Overall the flavor was smooth while offering a fair of complexity filled with fruitiness, spiciness, and alcohol warmth, though only wished the malting was more promising.

M: The mouthful did provide a good tingle and creaminess swelling up in the mouth. Medium bodied, with a slight oily texture the beer flowed beautifully off the tongue upon the swallow. Again a smooth experience but was looking for that mouth coating maltiness signature.

D: Drinkability was good. Spicy, with a bit of alcohol it was easy enough to handle packing its fair share of warmth. Enjoyable, smooth and a easy re-order.

beerthulhu, Jan 16, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Griffith, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

salthemonster, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BeerMick, Sep 17, 2013
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Abbey Dubbel from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.