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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1.76/5  rDev -50.6%
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 -45.2%
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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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.04/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Given to me by InebriatedJoker, thanks Mike!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 -41.6%
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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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
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 -30.9%
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 -30.3%
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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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
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 -29.8%
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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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.64/5  rDev -25.8%
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 -24.7%
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%
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 MuddyFeet
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Alright enough, but kind of boring for a dubbel. Missing all the good and tasty sugars and yeasts I like about dubbels. Pours a nice and dark amber in color with no head. Nose is malts and I [ick up some alcohol. However, I cannot taste that alcohol at all. Some Belgian sugars come through in the flavor, but they are rather dull, flat and uninspiring. Also, picking up some brown sugar and is very sweet. Mouthfeel is rather watery. Fine in a pinch, but this beer is not doing it for me.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A brown with red highlights body. Head starts out lively and frothy, but very quickly settles into a smooth taple top. Though it states "bottle conditioned" on the label, I have no "floaties", nor any yeast sediment in bottle or glass. Aroma is a lot of yeast, surrounded by some very sweet fruity notes. Taste features some nice deep malt sensation, some candy, then a big splash of alcohol. There is a somewhat unusual aftertaste, which impairs both taste abd drinkability. Overall disappointing.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. best by: 05.17.13.

A: a beautiful chestnut hue. relatively clear. carbonization is streaming to the surface. slightly off-white head is solid. retention is moderate. some spotted lacing.

S: sweet. brown sugar. a slight figgy aroma. a little flat.

T: much more on the malty side than I expected. a little fishy. much too one note in my opinion. nutty and grain lingers into the finish.

M: carb is mellow. a bit silky. medium bodied.

D: meh, there are a lot of better dubbel's out there as well as a lot of better flying fish brews out there. pass on this one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear ruby color. It really is a beautiful pour - too bad it's clarity makes me a bit wary. The head isn't too impressive, either. It's a one finger light brown affair, without much in the way of retention or significant lacing. The pretty-looking body ticks its score up a notch or two.

S: The aroma definitely suggests something bready and peppery. Beneath the (bog-standard) yeast character, there's a character of fruit esters, and some *very* sweet caramel. I can't say I'm finding the nose to be impressive...

T: There definite wisps to suggest it's a dubbel - for example, it opens with a fairly bready tone - but even on the first sip, I know this one isn't going to be Rochefort 6. The finish is almost generically sweet: there really isn't much in the way of defined character. It doesn't seem like that much of a problem, but defined subtlety is what can make or break a dubbel - and that generic finishing sweetness (along with the lack of depth) keep it in Mediocreville.

M: Pretty thin, and also pretty light in terms of carbonation. The wet finish leaves behind a lot of lingering sweetness, but this doesn't really harm the drinkability too badly.

O: Not much of a proper dubbel, but not BAD. I'd recommend this to a beginner drinker: the yeast profile is both subdued and very basic. That, and it's easy to drink. It's lowish score stems from the fact that it's vapid and unfulfilling to someone who enjoys this style done well.

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Photo of dfconnor
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Texture was on the heavy side and was slightly flat. Had a solid malt foundation and the clovey flavor was pretty subtle. The flavor lacked fullness in my opinion. It finished watery. I would not go out of my way to get this one again.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with ruby red in the middle and brown along the edges. There is a little sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is very faint there is a little aroma at all there is a hint of caramel and that is about it. The taste is a little bit better, there is a caramel backbone with a dark fruit flavor as well as a hint of licorice. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and a touch watery. Overall it is an average beer, the smell is a disappointment but the taste picks the beer up some.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Brewed with Two-Row Pale, Munich, Special B, Chocolate malt and Demerera Sugar. Hopped with Styrian Golding. Fermented with Belgian Abbey Ale .
OG=16.8P, 9.1 IBU's, 7.2% ABV

Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep brown, forming a limpid off white head with por retention and lacing, carbonation is low, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose opens with hot asphalt and burnt rubber, brown bananas, no hop nose. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, medium light bodied, definite cola mouthfeel. The taste is a recap of the aroma. I am getting lots of burnt rubber and asphalt, much more so than I prefer for the style...this is more like burnt bananas instead of brown bananas. The mouthfeel is limpid and cola like. I think they used too much sugar to the grains and ended up with this thinner/watery body. No fusels, not hot. Bitterness is very mild. The finish is a bit ruddy.

Not a very good dubbel. Lacks complexity, very one dimensional, thin bodied.

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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 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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Photo of Teleweizen2
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - i poured this into a chimay chalice. comes out a pretty shade of ruby brown. had very minimal head just a tiny white ring around the top which left minimal lacing.

s - a very nice mixture of sweet malts mostly caramel and fruit esters. i pick up hints of apples and cherries. if it tastes as nice as it smells i'll be in for a real treat.

t - well it is very sweet. maybe a little too sweet. i get a big cherry flavor followed by some alcohol warming and a dry finish.

m - seems right for the style, medium bodied with maybe a bit too much carbonation.

d - all in all it is a drinkable beer. probably not something i would not seek out again but i wouldn't turn it down if someone gave it to me.

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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 HalfFull
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a large wine glass from a standard capped 12 oz. bottle. A clear brown pour with orange highlights offers a half inch of foam. Retention is a bit brief and I notice a lack yeast in the bottle, noting that bottle conditioning is unlikely here.

Nose is slightly sweet and pleasant, though a bit subtle as for depth of character. Touch of chocolate and some light notes of dried fruit, along with some background spice.

Flavor follows the same line but comes up a bit short overall. Spice notes are a bit too strong yet do balance an underwhelming flavor. More of a spiced brown ale than anything really. Offers a spritzy feel with some sweet caramel and bits of raisin and prune on the finish.

Overall an interesting brew though surely not yeast driven at the heart of things. A bit forced in the end with an improving aroma with warming at the expense of feel and finish.

Edit - 03/2013
New single with new label. Duped? Perhaps, perhaps not. 7.2% on label. Pour is clear and mediuim deep copper, light head with good stickiness. Nose is decent, malty though light, touch of yeast. Flavor is simple yet offers a lingering malt sweetness. Light, brown sugary and quite light in color and offering little nuance. More caramel than complex with a touch of hope on the finish. Not a bad beer, but not a good Dubbel. A check of thier website confirms that this is a current label and fresh product. App. minus 1.0, Smell minus .5 and Overall minus .5 The trend continues...

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Photo of AltBock
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle that was poured into a Flying Fish pint glass. This Dubbel was a dark amber with no head of foam whatsoever. There wasn't even a sign that there was going to have a head of foam on this beer. There were plenty of bubbles, but no head of foam. I served it at room temp, so this beer has no reason why it didn't have a head of foam. It had an aroma of tobacco, burnt malts, a pinch of dark cherries, and ended with a smll touch of burnt citrus hops. The aroma just loved the smell of something being burnt. It had a pretty much average taste of dark fruits, sweet yeast, sweet caramel, and then the taste ended with some roasted citrus hops. There wasn't much to the taste, but at least the flavors weren't burnt like they were in the aroma. It was a medium bodied beer with a short lived aftertaste of yeast and sweet dark fruits. I do have to hand it to them because they were able to mask the 7.3% ABV. I would like to give this beer another chance. I sure hope that the next bottle doesn't taste like this. If it does, I wouldn't touch this beer again.

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