Abbey Dubbel | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Abbey DubbelAbbey Dubbel

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 07-23-2001

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Photo of gcamparone
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks Joanne for buying a sixer for me.

Pours a clear amber body with a white one finger head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing and a layer of retention.

Aromas are fruity and estery, bananas and wheat, spices, sweet caramel. Taste is sweet dark fruits, banana, belgian yeast, candied sugar and toffee. Mouthfeel is lacking, this is undercarbonated.

Pretty good, lacking in the mouthfeel category but the taste is there and on par with other dubbels.

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Photo of opierce
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pretty mediocre. Drinkable but has a weird soda flavor to it. Almost as if its a flat coke. Very thin, little carbonation when I poured it in the glass. It tastes like it was trying to be more complex but didn't quite get there.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Red/brown color,the aroma is real light and subtle .oddly it looks a bit like cola in color and at first it almost tastes the same.After a while the different tastes come out of spice and malt.if you hold to tried and true Belgians you may not care for this one. I really liked it and thought it was a nice attempt at the Belgian style but unique in its own way.sorry I only got one bottle

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Photo of Tohibii
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm actually getting this for $8 a 6-pack, so I really wasn't expecting much, but this is quite passable.

It's an easy-drinking mild and dry malty sort of number with a slight sweetness and - while by no means a great dubbel - it's less than half the price of many of the quality entries. There really isn't anything offensive about it, being well balanced if lacking in complexity.

I see some reviews saying that they're getting it for $10 a 6-pack, so I wouldn't recommend it there, but I'm struggling to come up with a large number of better options at $8. Many times I'll start with something cheaper like this and then cap it at the end of the evening with a higher quality beer - this will undoubtedly be called upon again for duty under those circumstances.

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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Semi-opaque mahogany pour. Thinner than expected off-white head. Only modest lacing.

S: Caramel and dark sugars... raisin bread and spice.

T/F: Toasted candy sugars and some dark fruits... off-sweet to start but not cloying. A little bit of spice. Slightly medicinal and yeasty. Well carbonated... zesty in mouthfeel. Leaves a bit of stickiness on the tongue.

O: A fair stab at the style and easily drinkable, but doesn't approach the complexity of a real Belgian Dubbel. I'd have it again but can't say that I would seek it out.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

$ 10.55 (Including tax)/ six pack ($ 0.146/oz) at Denny’s Beer Barrel
Bottle dated 12/28/16 at 40 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – weak dark fruit and cinnamon (?)
Head small (< one cm, aggressive pour), light tan, fizzy, gone in seconds leaving an irregular one to two mm ring and some scummy-looking bubbles
Lacing – none
Body – red-amber, clear
Flavor – sweet and cloying, some dark fruit, again with a hint of cinnamon; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate mediium, watery, fizzy

A below average attempt at a dubbel but at that price point not unexpected. After Flying Fish’s excellent Exit 18 Baltic Porter it was still somewhat of a disappointment. The best thing about this beer is the color and clarity of the body!

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 2.75

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Dark brown color. Nice sweet plum and raisins flavors in this Belgian style Abbey ale. If you like Belgian ales, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of scschory
4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Color & clarity are as expected.
I really like the tast of this beer it has the malty spicy notes expected from the style but with a lightness that makes it easier to drink.
Perhaps more carbonated than expected, but still with good body.
Overall, a satisfying dubbel that begs you to have another.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid brown color typical of the dubbel style. Unlike the style, the head is not large and soon disapates completely.
In the aroma; hint of faint chocolate, dark fruit, toasted malt and caramel.
Mostly sweet, bubblegum like and with a more subdued spiciest that I'm a costumed to from dubbels. I would have liked it better if the latter was present for balance.
Cola like mouthfeel. A bit light for a dubbel.
Easy to drink and tasty enough, however, not the best example of the style.

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Photo of Act25
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hoping for a bargain I bought 6 but I'm done at 1 (this is going towards my next party).
Heavy on the malt!

Appearance: Pours a hazed muddy chemistry experiment color with a slack head that leaves a bit of lacing behind. Not a fun color.

Smell: Best part. Sweet perfumy aroma; floral, abundant, grassy. Slightly medicinal.

Taste: A lot going on, and definitely let it warm. Bready, with a peppery Belgian yeast mid play; then after the swallow, it's perfume and flowers. (too floral, malty, sweet, and flattish for me)

Mouthfeel: Thin, flattish body with low carbonation.

O: OK. Not terrible, probably good for a blend. But nothing like say a Bronx Belgian Pale Ale for same price.

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Photo of hman43
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours dark amber with ruby hues. It has a light brown head.

Smell: It has a malty sweet aroma that is rich and complimented by dried cherries and apple aromas.

Taste: It is malt forward rich with raisins, dried fruit, bits of cherries; that finishes sweet.

Feel: It has a light-heavy feel to it with low alcohol warmth.

Overall the balance it slightly towards the malt with a full range of dark fruit flavors with the raisins being pronounced.

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Photo of dshiplet
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased June 2016, says best by 8-10-16 (hard to read).

Pours easily without much head or head retention. Color is very dark brown but clear.

Smells of caramel and malt. Mild and not boozy.

Taste is very mellow with just a slight sweetness. The caramel really comes out. Not much in the way of flavor complexity. I was hoping for some dark fruit but none is detectable.

Very smooth across the back of the tongue. Very easy to drink for such a dark beer. Pleasantly refreshing for the style.

Overall I think this is a good beer but not a great example of the style. It could definitely use some raisin or other dark fruit character to bring it up in complexity. I'd drink it again and again but probably wouldn't go out of my way to get one.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from dberger624 in a great trade... Thanks Dan! Pours standard clear walnut brown.. short lived light khaki head.. raisin and light clove.. hints of cola on the finish.. dark dry toast... A little metallic on the finish.


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Photo of stanzy1
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The color is a beautiful reddish brown, fairly similar to many of this kind. Not a lot of head or lacing which I don't care about personally. Smell is mostly yeast with some prune and brown sugar, but in general not very odoriferous.

I like the taste the best. It has a satisfying baked good with cinnamon and brown sugar taste. Deep but not too syrupy. A bit spicy.

The feel is a bit bland. Reminds me of a flat cola. Some more carbonation would add to it in my opinion.

Overall this is a very nice, approachable abbey dubbel - good for new triers of the style and those not trying to spend a lot. A 6 pack (not 4), came to only $9 which gives a boost to the overall rating. I would buy again.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated best by 5-5-16 into pint glass. Pours a clear amber-brown with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is a little malt sweetness, with a hint of dark fruit. Flavor improves slightly as it warms, but still not a highly flavorful brew. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium; carbonation is on the heavy side of medium. Neutral, slightly bitter finish.
Perhaps this is too subtle for my jaded American tastes, but it doesn't light up much on my scoreboard.

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Photo of gautch726
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an auburn brown with a slight head. Smells of malt and plums. The taste starts of on the sweet side but gives way to an almost acidic bite that had me confused. Turns out it was the alcohol unmasked and isolated. Could have been better presentation. Overall, an average Dubbel.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good to be venturesome.
I'd like to think my taste buds are open-minded enough to allow interpretation of the Belgian masters. But, this ale defies me getting close to it... and I wish I could explain why.
Maybe I'm used to bigger doses of brown sugar. Maybe a small tweak gives me a "That's it."
I should not intellectualize the subtlety of taste.

Listed in the "1001".

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Photo of q33jeff
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to tulip glass, clear brown color, medium off white head. Aroma is fig, cranberry, clove, apple, brandy. Very nice warming smells. Taste is yeasty, wangy, but tasty. Also light winter Spices and ash. Feel is a bit flat. Side by side with ff grand cru.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper to amber in color with a fingernail of tan covering the majority of the middle of the glass. Aroma is of sweet moderately dark malt and caramel. The flavor closely mimics the aroma and is sweet dark malt and caramel. I also detect hazelnuts and raisins. The mouth is moderately chewy lightly warm with alcohol.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark ruby with white head. Nose of fruits, nuts and malt. Tastes of dark fruits, banana and some sweet malt. Low on bitterness, if any at all. Light body.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 7.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a ruby tint. Two finger head fast to dissipate. Pretty clear.

Smell- Sweet sugary malt. Hints of Belgian yeast. Dark fruit.

Taste- Belgian-esque yeast blends with the sugary taste. Big notes of dark fruit like plums and some licorice flavor. Some grassy hoppiness taking to a slightly roasted grain finish.

MOuthfeel- Medium in body. Mild carbonation. Smooth

Overall- A good take on a dubbel. Had the key elements of this style. An easy drinking version.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-Dark brown, semi clear, almost purplish hue
- spice, belgian yeast, alcohol, licorice, plum
- immediately there's like a cake spice, think carrot cake, anise, raisin, plum, estery yeast, char grain
-Easy drinking, somewhat creamy

-the beer that got me into belgian styles. Great beer.

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Photo of Girouxsalem
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite amazing, *complete* beer. Roasted Malt, cake-like bread, and toffee come together to make one of the most complete beer's I've ever tasted.

I call it "Chocolate cake in a glass"

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Photo of MacMalt
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into snifter. The color is dark ruby red/brown with a very light, almost non-existent head and no lacing to speak of. Very little discernible smell. Rather disappointing. Taste is disappointing: malt with some green apple, and a little bit of spice. This is a light-bodied ale with little carbonation. Overall, it's okay but not memorable. I'm a Jersey guy and wanted to give this a higher rating but there's just not enough "there" there.

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Photo of Moneypenny
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not Your Father's Root Beer. Not your father's anything. Not your Brother's either, as in Monastic. Not remotely like a Belgian dubbel, aside from the name. Double malt maybe? I don't think you should get to name things for how you want them to taste. They should actually have to taste that way. How crazy would that be? Would save me from pouring beer down the drain at any rate.

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