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Dark Abby | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
dbbrewingcompany.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Meet Abby, Azrael’s darker twin. This Belgian beauty is mysteriously alluring with a sultry flavor combination of brown sugar, plum and spices in a dark burgundy hue.

Abby has a deep, rich flavor, and a serious strength but like her sister, hides behind a deceptively light fruity finish. On the surface she’s the sweetest girl you’ll ever meet, but one taste you’ll be trapped in her darkly alluring web.

DARK ABBY FACTS:
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Hop Bitterness (IBUs): 18
Malts: Pilsner, Dark Munich, Honey, Dark Crystal
Hops: Saaz
Sugar & Spice: Turbinado Sugar, Sorghum Syrup, Secret Spice Mix

Added by on 10-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,137
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
172
pDev:
13.74%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
38
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed on 1/10/2011

A: opaque, bright chestnut with a bubbly head. after dying down, fine bubbles begin to sporadically escape to the surface.

S: alcohol, figs, brown sugar reduction. smells sweet enough to pour over some vanilla ice cream.little bit of chalky Belgian yeast towards the end.

T: initially starts with baked apples, peaches, almost like fresh pie. then moves into molasses, caramel, clove, cinnamon with some alcohol heat in thte finish.

M: medium to full body withy some ight lingering carbonation.

with Belgian breweris being the benchmark for this style, this is a great example from the other side of the pond. well done!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JCarey
1.88/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looking at previous reviews I think I got a bad batch, or maybe just this first bottle. Let's hope its just that.

Pours like a coke. Aggressive carbonation that dissipates quickly. About as much head as a soda. Mouth feel of a semi flat soda. Smell is pretty rotten. Taste isn't 'bad', its drinkable, I guess. Just a pretty disappointing Belgian. I will amend if the other bottles turn out better.

No date on the bottle.

After finishing the 6 pack I think my review has to stand. I had a couple that were OK, but 4/6 being unpleasant isn't good enough to change the review. Inconsistent? Bad processes? Bad distributor or Store? Who knows, but I'll steer clear of this brew for a while.

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Photo of oberon
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a goblet an amber hued chesnut brown with a thinner slight off white head atop.Maybe the cleanest aroms of any dubbel that I have come across,some light fige and raisin but it's really light.Lightly carbonated and a little thinner than most of the style I have come across.Flavors are on the lighter side with dark fruit and sweet alcohol notes,some phenol spiciness plays a small role.I have really liked the other DB offerings I have had,this not so much.

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Photo of generallee
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guden
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Deep garnet with just a thin ring of off-white bubbles for a head.

S- Surprisingly not much here. A touch of chocolate covered cherries and caramel malt.

T/M- Up front is lightly fruity with some cherry qualities. Middle and finish again show a light fruitiness and chocolate. Thin and undercarbonated throughout.

O- A surprisingly poor effort from DB. Not a lot here and the lack of body and carbonation makes it even more unimpressive.

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Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Loving this brew, looks like a Dubbel so we are squared away there. Sweet nose of dark malts, raisins, caramel, and spice with a kick of alcohol. Sweet palate, dried plums, slightly warming, balanced spicing, mild phenols, dark sugar, mild broth, & modest hopping show a quite complex brew ... well within the style and a great sipper.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Golden32
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of dmk91
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle..
Fine clear ruby red body with a very good head.
Malty aroma is rather simplecompared to the more spicy flavor.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of ChadA83
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of dengledove860
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kiserian
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good flavor. Very drinkable. Cant find it in a 12 pk. Looking forward to trying it at their brewpub soon.

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Photo of briancathy
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thomas0790
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Swift989
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark chestnut color with a ruby hue, small fizzy head quickly dissapears, leaving no lace

S- dark cherry juice and sugared berry aromas, licorice, slightly phelonic with a bit of cherry coke

T- dark cherry flavors follow aroma and is slightly tart, sugary, Belgian yeast with some spicy notes, alcohol becomes noticeable mid-palate as it finishes light and dry.

M- medium body and carbonation, lively & foamy mouthfeel, alcohol warmth with a dry finish

O- some good flavors going on, but it seems to fall off at the end. I enjoyed the dark cherry notes, but wish they would have stayed to the finish

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of PaleAndBitter
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drummerguy
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Dark Abby from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 172 ratings
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