Abbey Dubbel | Flying Fish Brewing Company

Abbey DubbelAbbey Dubbel
BA SCORE
36.9%
Liked This Beer
3.57 w/ 738 ratings
Abbey DubbelAbbey Dubbel
BEER INFO

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 07-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,116
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
738
Liked:
272
Avg:
3.57/5
pDev:
13.17%
Alströms:
3.36
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
158
Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -72%

Photo of Shade1951
1.76/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not sure what this is a "Dubbel" of.

The color is nice. Kind of an amber-red. No head to speak of. The smell does nothing for me. A bit bitter and medicinal.

It tastes watery, and the flavor is vaguely unpleasant. I don't get any "Belgian" qualities. The flavor doesn't invite additional drinking.

Maybe it's a palate thing. Maybe it's a bad batch. Maybe it would be okay with pizza or some other heavy food. But on its own, it's not working for me.

Fact is that of the 3 or 4 beers I've tried from this brewery, I haven't found any that I genuinely like. And this one... I may or may not be able to finish.

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Photo of kegerator
1.76/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

possibly the worst beer i have had to date.
looked good when i poured it out, it was a nice deep brown color but no head was present, it was almost flat...
it smelled fairly spicey a little malt and some burnt smokiness was detected.
taste - awful, it just didn;t taste like anything but it tasted like everything, kind of like when you blen all your crayola crayon colors together and they make that dusgusting muddy brown balck color...
i will leave it at that

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Photo of rdrummer
1.95/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I should know better, but this was advertised as being Flying Fish's best effort. It is not. Their Grand Cru is much better. The best thing going for the beer is its appearance and smell. They are the only thing this beer has going for it. It's funky taste, oily feel in the mouth, and metallic aftertaste make this one to stay away from. I fought my way through the beer but should have just ask the bartender to pour it out.

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2/5  rDev -44%

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2/5  rDev -44%

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2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.04/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Given to me by InebriatedJoker, thanks Mike!

Appearance
Not really that pretty of a beer. Its murky looking. It's at about an 85% cloudiness it seems; some parts of the glass seem like they want to be clear. The head was tough to coax out, and had no retention.

Aroma
There is a predominate dark fruit aroma; its not fresh, but rather rotty and odd. There is also some cocoa here and there as well as grass hop notions.

Taste
A little bit of the cherry fruitness that I attribute to a good dubbel is here, but again, its an old and rotting fruitiness. Odd nips of cocoa and root beer or cola come around. The finish showcases more of those mushed up cherry notes, a little bit of cherry stem and some alcoholic notions.

Mouthfeel
Carbonation isn't running rampant, but it still manages to be very sharp. Aside from that the body does nothing. There's no good rich fullness to it, once you swallow its all gone.

Overall
I'm an Abbey Ale purist and this is another fine example of American brewers not having a damn clue how to brew them. Not a disgusting beer, but way, way off the mark.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

extremely malty with a kick in the pants taste of alcohol. this was damn near undrinkable. i had liked previous belgian-style brews, but this one was just to malty for me.

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2.25/5  rDev -37%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.25/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Small one finger head that vanished very quickly leaving some patchy lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. The color is a clear deep amber. There are bubbles about the bottom of the glass. I find it hard to believe that this is bottle conditioned.

S - It has the smell of rubbing alcohol without the pungent alcohol odor. It smells like skin that was disinfected. Over that there is some carmel and coffee malts with a bit of fruity ester backing, bananas and currants.

T - Alcohol. It isn't even that potent, but it still dominates the flavor. Underneath that is a light malty flavor meshed with currants. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and alcoholic.

M - Very thin and harsh. Moderately refreshing though.

D - It isn't offensive enough to be very difficult to drink. Overall, it's characteristics are mild, so it doesn't do much damage. It isn't very good, but it isn't awful either. It could be sessioned fairly easily for a nice change from macro styles. All and all, I'd avoid this one. I can say with confidence that this is probably the last FF Dubbel I will ever have.

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Photo of lnashsig
2.46/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

#BOTG 76!

Poured from bottle into New Belgium tulip glass. Pours a dirty brown rain water color, very little head retention. some head pools into the middle of the glass. I guess it looks like a Dubbel, but not one of the better examples. Smell- caramel syrup, raisins, a buttery aroma as well. Decent, but points detracted because it reminds me of what melted milk drops smell like when in a movie theater next to buttery popcorn. Chemically in some ways. Taste- chocolate cherry cough syrup. raisins, butter. This is a stylistic miss, and the chemically syrupy nature of this is present even more. This is not a good dubbel, below average. Mouthfeel is syrupy thick. Not good. This would be a strike out.

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Photo of BWH3
2.48/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Dubbel Flying Fish Brewery
12 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F
Appearance: Average for an American Dubbel. Clear, light caramel brown with no red hues. Head is too meager for the style and dwindles rapidly. The effervescence is spot on though not from bottle conditioning. (3.0)

Smell: Slight sweetness with some rich scents reminiscent of dark fruit. Nothing spectacular from the hops contributions. No spicy phenols or fruity esters wafting up from this brew. (2.5)

Taste: Simply, not rich enough in terms of malt character, spiciness, or dark fruit flavors. The taste is good but just not robust enough to be a dubbel (2.0)

Mouthfeel: Far too thin for style. No body, it has the weight of an English mild. (2.0)

Drinkability: Using caramel malt plus Special B does not necessarily make a great Dubbel, however, the product is highly potable and easy to drink. No adventuresome enough for the connoisseur, but tasty enough to through back a couple with a casual beer drinker. (3.5)

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2.48/5  rDev -30.5%

Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a single bottle from a Spirits Unlimited so it's probably pretty old (You can never find a fresh beer at a Spirits Chain in NJ, just a warning) but I figured since it's a dubbel it should hold up. (Also the only beers that ever make it to a spirits mix-a-six section is old beers and seasonals so)

Clear brown color with a head that quickly dies. Faint nose of dark belgian candy sugars, beets, caramel and toffee.

Ripe fruit flavors, on the lighter end of being medium bodied and crisp. Faint dark fruit bowl up front, followed by a sweet belgian candy sugar taste and then finishes clean with a faint lingering sweetness. The flavors are right but barely and almost undetectable (and for once it tastes kind of fresh) touch of alcohol heat. Simple light and drinkable. But that's not how I want my dubbels. This tastes more like a crossover beer as if AB-inbev made a friendly 7.99 six pack dubbel for people to try. The flavors are right if you dig for them, unoffensive, and light. Kind of like "My-First-Dubbel" kind of thing.

This is not a bad beer.
Though it Doesn't embody a true dubbel in my opinion, just an intro to one.

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Photo of avalon07
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a copper color and a completely clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Virtually no head to speak of.

S: Not a lot of smell, but some some traces of malt, fruit, and a grainy quality.

T: Tasted of apples, malt, and a grassy/grainy component that seemed to dominate the flavor. Fairly watery and thin and not particularly pleasant.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not a very well made beer. A pale version of Belgian beer. Not very drinkable.

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.64/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flying Fish- Belgian Style Dubbel

Appearance- Copper/ dark red with a medium head of tiny bubbles. The head quickly dissapated.
Smell- bittery with some spices detected.
Taste- starts off sweet with a slight spicy taste and ends bitter and yucky.
Mouthfeel- watery turning to bitter.

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Photo of speter
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber with a very slight head that quickly faded to nothing, leaving minimal lacing.

S: Biscuit malt and very little else.

T: This is a powerfully dry beer. Very little sweetness up front, while the middle is a bit roasty and slightly bitter. The finish is puckeringly dry, and the aftertaste is a burning bitterness that isn't appropriate to the style. As the beer warmed, the dryness increased.

M: Medium bodied, but with very minimal carbonation. Quite warming on the back of the throat.

D: Given that Flying Fish makes one of my favorite Trippels (Exit 4), I had high hopes for the Dubbel, but alas, it's simply not my glass of beer.

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Photo of ppvora
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle. The bottle itself looks really attractive -- the labelling is alluring and harkens back to the days of piracy.

Appearance: A dark brown beer, almost looks like cola with 3 fingers of head. Nowhere near the aeration in cola though.
Aroma: Lots of caramel and malts.
Taste: Malts, molasses, caramel, a bit of cinnamon and cloves in the background.
Mouthfeel: OK, nothing stood out really.

Many years ago, this was my introduction to Flying Fish and I had loved it then. However, either my tastes have changed or I have tasted better dubbels in the meantime. So, thank-you Flying Fish for introducing me to Belgian-style beers, but you probably need to up your game to continue to grow like you did in your early years.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.75/5  rDev -23%

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Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 36.9% out of 100 with 738 ratings
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