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Arbor Brewing Phat Abbot Belgian DubbelArbor Brewing Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2002

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by DMarlinJ:
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,I didnt get to Arbor when I was AA last weekend but its nice to see I can still get a few of their wares here in the B-lo area.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep slightly hazed dark brown with almost no head to speak of sure it wasnt the proper glass ware but I would have liked to have seen more on top no doubt.Belgian yeasty aromas a touch of clovey-like spice and raisin to go along with small dose of candied sugar.Flavors are alot like the nose somewhat yeasty to start with that spice and dark fruit almost like a Xmas fruit cake,big and malty.Not bad granted its not my favorite style but it has flaws.I would say a bit above average.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Shovelbum
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin creamy white head over a black body. Poor head retention and lace. Light fragrance of malt and fruit, but overall very clean. Tastes of sweet malt, Belgian candi sugar, sweet fruit and some earthy undertones. Mild hop bitterness. Warming alcohol presence. Medium to thick body. Smooth mouthfeel with slightly bitter finish, but overall clean aftertaste. Light carbonation

A little too sweet and syrupy for the style, but a decent showcase of the beauty of Belgian malts.

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Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Phat Abbot is a thick dark brown with red hues. The light brown head is nicely creamy and fairly tight. It doesn't quite reach one finger, but comes close and holds itself pretty well. It remains as a strong foam that leaves solid creamy lacing after it.
Some candi sugars seem to be there in the aroma, but this doesn't quite have the sweetness most Dubbels seem to, either from those sugars or the nature of the yeast. What imparted instead is more of the earthy and spicy elements with lots of dark breads in the malts. A bit of clove and just a hint of bubble gun ease out as it warms.
The same goes for the flavor as to the overall nature. There's definitely some phenolic character on the tongue, and it tingles a bit. Lots of earth and breads hold it down for the spiciness, gentle but firm. Clove and pepper are assertive without biting too hard, and, while it takes some warming, some banana and maybe a ghost of dark fruits sneak out.
The body is medium, but the feel is missing some of the real richness and character that makes the great Belgians great. It has a little texture but not the full depth, though it's pleasantly crisp and smooth.

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Photo of weasbri
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, ended up with no head to speak of. Still, a nice dark brown color, slight bit of yeasty haze in there too. Definite yeasty aroma quite present too.
I'm tasting raisin/prune of course foremost, quite sweeter than I expected, with a very slight hoppiness. Fairly clean finish, though a bit thin, if that's a criticism. That does make it more drinkable though, as I don't get hit with a heavy dose of alcohol.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found the Belgians here to be the pleasant surprise. The Dubbel was very dark brown with a yeasty head and yeasy aroma. The mouthfeel was thinner than I would expect but the taste was sweet with candy and complex dark fruity and yeasty and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Shumista
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I haven't been too impressed with the last couple arbor brewing beers I've had, hopefully this one is better than the last few.

12 oz. bottle poured into my Chimay goblet.

A- Phat Abbott pours a dark brown, with some lighter highlights and very little head that disappears in a hurry.
S- They definitely succeeded in making this smell like a Belgian beer. Some yeastiness, lots of dark fruit and maltiness, and a little bit of alcohol perhaps.
T- Lots of ripe dark fruits and sweet malts. There is some spiciness that is becoming more prevalent as the beer warms. Not bad, but not that good either, there just inst that much depth here.
M- Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slightly warming alcohol presence.
D- I'm glad I bought two singles of this and not a full 6 pack. I won't be drinking the second one waiting in the fridge tonight.

Arbor Brewing has kind of let me down yet again. This is definitely not a bad beer, but as far as other Belgian beers I've had, this one just doesn't measure up. For example, there is really little comparison between this and the Ommegang Abbey Ale I enjoyed a couple of nights ago.

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Photo of Acuity
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Danielr26
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Rostie
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Black with a small tan head. The head drops kinda fast to a thin layer. Doesn't look that impressive.

Smell: Dark sweet fruits and alcohol. The alcohol dominates the smell as it warms.

Taste: Some sweet figgy taste with alcohol.

Overall it was ok, but I was hoping for something more complex.

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Photo of Jared326
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Bierguy5
2.87/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. Dark brown pour with some ruby highlights. Thin white head disappears immediately. Disappointing.

Fruity up front, with notes of tropical fruits, dark ones, and some berries. A bit of chocolate and phenol notes.

Fruity at first, with some berries and a hint of raisin. Lots of phenols smack the palate then give way to an odd sour berry, cherry flavor that seems way out of place. Not much sweetness, or chocolate as the nose would indicate.

Some warming alcohol. Medium body, with a fair amount of carbonation. Sourness and phenols take over too much to make this enjoyable.

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Photo of optimistictour
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I've become a recent convert to the wide range of style, depth, and taste of Belgian brews. Especially the dubbels, of which this one is a particularly vibrant example.

Poured into my pint glass there's a finger and a half of head, tops, which quickly receded into a slight ring and all but disappeared not halfway through. Normally this would take the visual score down a whole notch but the beautiful deep dark - yet inviting - texture really sets this one apart. Darker than most Belgians I've sampled, it's still nowhere near the black hole appearance of a stout or porter. This is pretty much what I could hope a beer of this sort to look like.

Smelling only faintly like it contains any bite at all, this brew gives off hints of fruit, spices, and the tiniest whisp of smokiness while actually masking the normally semi-pungent Belgian yeast odor. Not that that's a bad thing; it's actually more inviting than some half its strength.

When it hits my tongue the real magic starts. This one starts on the tip of my taste buds with the familiar citrus note of most Belgians I've tried, yet instantly moves on like some high-speed film, whisking my mouth through a cornucopia of textures and tastes from apples (especially green apples) to grapes to... well mostly on the sour end of the fruit spectrum. But that's fully balanced by the smoky, rich velvety texture coating my entire mouth - a texture that doesn't linger an inordinate amount of time; just enough to speak it's mind and move along.

All in all, Phat Abbot dubbel is a beer I'd gladly gulp down 2 or 3 or 6 of in one sitting. It's got a great balance of sour and hearty tastes, a nostril-opening smell and enviable looks. Thankfully the 8% abv becomes readily apparent after one bottle so I wouldn't actually make the mistake of draining a whole pack at once. Simply put, the taste feels refreshing enough to quench thirst. If only it could!

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Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Arbor Brewing Company's Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel a couple weeks ago for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I've never tried this beer before, but I have had the Phat Abbot Tripel and I thought it was a really nice Tripel and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a my Belgian Goblet.

A- The label looks ok and it's pretty similar to the Tripel. It poured a very dark brown color that took on a slight ruby hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of patchy lacing lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but I don't think I have ever seen a Dubbel that was this dark.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of sweetness that has a candied sugar like aroma followed by some yeast aromas up front that impart some banana, bubblegum, and spicy aromas with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes some dark fruits with a nice cherry and raisin like aroma seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by some malts that impart a very sweet malt like aroma, this some toasted and caramel aromas coming through. Up next comes a noticeable sweet and ethanol like alcohol aroma with a sherry like aroma showing up also. The aroma was fairly complex, but it seemed pretty rough around the edges some with some sweetness and alcohol coming through a little too much. The aroma seems to be going the right direction for the style but the sweet and boozy aromas were a little overwhelming.

T- The taste seems to be a little similar to the aroma, but it's a good deal lighter and not as in your face as the aroma and it starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness that bordered on being highly sweet and it had a Belgian candied sugar like flavor to it followed by a lighter amount of yeast that imparts a light banana and spicy flavor. Up next comes a nice dark fruit flavor with no single fruit seeming to show up the most and it's followed by some malts which impart a sweet, toasted, and caramel like flavors. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a sweet and slight alcohol flavor that was just slightly warming with a sweet and dark fruit like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting Dubbel and it was better than the aroma but some of the flavors didn't blend together as well as they could have.

M- A little smooth, sweet, slightly boozy, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I think it could have been a little smoother.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was a fairly average example of the style, I started to loose hope for it when I got to the aroma, but once I got to the taste it wasn't as rough and it was more true to style, but i don't think all the flavors came together as well as they could have and it seemed like some of the aspects clashed a little. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, a little sticky and not that filling, but the taste couldn't hold my attention for long and I think one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and taste, they weren't bad and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty rough around the edges and some of the bold aromas clashed with each other. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it's not overly priced, but I think i would rather pay more for a more true to style and smoother Dubbel. I wouldn't recommend this to my friends as a good Dubbel. All in all i wasn't impressed with this beer, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great either, it was just kind of in the middle and I thought it had too many aspects that didn't blend together well which made this beer rough around the edges. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some work.

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Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for opening this...
Appears a dark brown with red edges when held to the light. Small, light tan head fades to a small cap. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of prunes, cocoa powder, grape juice, caramel, sweet fruits, tart apple, and vanilla. I'm guessing Westmalle yeast but I have no idea with the esters coming off...I'm guessing higher fermentation temp.
Mouthfeel is tart, sweet, bubbly, grapey, and plummy prunes.
This one actually grew on me a bit. It was sort of funky at first b/c it wasn't what I expected but it warmed up, got a little better and I would actually seek it out again.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Giggy
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a redish hue. Darker than what I expected. Similar appearance to a stout. Very little head.

S: Smells of dark fruits, prunes, & raisens. Dark sugars, brown and mollasses. Fruit bread.

T: Tast is much more mild than what I expected, especially in comparison to the appearance. Slight citrus and roasted malts. Chocolate dominates with a sour finish.

M: Medium body. Creamy. Little carbonation.

O: Not impressive as a Belgian

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Photo of GbVDave
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Pours a slightly reddish cola-brown. Very still and absolutely no head, just a small off-white ring and skim that left tiny dots of lace in the glass.

S: Nice aroma of chocolate, nut, raisin/plum/currant, roasted malt, and sweet cola nut.

T: Dark chocolate, pan roasted nut, ripe dark fruit, a hint of berry, black cherry, cocoa, roasted malt, and spicy/peppery hops. Tiny bit of berry tang in the finish.

M: Starts slightly sweet, becomes drier and peppery, and finally takes a miniscule tart upswing at the finish.

D: Not as creamy, sweet, or thick as I expected, but this kept my interest from beginning to end.

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Photo of uno99
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured hard into my goblet and tried my best to get a head, but nothing at all. Dark cherry colored beer. Looks quite dark for a double.

S: acidic on the nose. a little burnt, nutty malt. definitely below average for the style.

T: Very sweet upfront, Malt and hops come through to help control, but ultimately finish is sweet and sticky. Not impressed here either

M: Sticky and a little thick/flat

D: Im not a big fan of this, but it does hide the 8% well (if it is, in fact, 8%). Some off flavours with the uncontrolled sweetness but you could do worse I suppose.

I was really interested in trying this one because im a belgian fan, and the name is really cool :) This is a decent beer, but there's so many better choices in this category

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Photo of soupyman10
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a brown color with lots of lighter copper highlights, and a smallish head that dissolves fast. Nose is raisins, chocolate, and cookies. Taste is dried fruit, cherries, brown sugar. Molasses and some light sourness. It's also fairly unbalanced, in terms of the massive distinction between the early sweet malt and the later hit of bitter hops that sticks on your tongue. Body is a little thin, but with a good aftertaste. Not bad, but that divide in flavors is a little jolting.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap December 09.

Pours a dark chestnut with a garner hue and an off white to tan head that leaves some sticky lace rings. Nose brigs a bit of dark fruit but is fairly faint. Taste brngs much more, adding in raisins, brown sugar, and a bit of booze. Feel is bit light and hot, but overall this drinks pretty well.

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Photo of YCantWeNotBeSober
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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