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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 07-23-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Some fruit in yeast, yeasty and bitter aftertaste. Underachieving Belgian. Modest carbonation and medium mouthfeel. The soap must be from their washing of glass. Had at The Standard Tap. I am not sure I will ever love flying fish, but I must try again elsewhere.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/17/13.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that still tastes fine almost 2 months after the best by date.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The one impressed me a bit. This beer poured out as a murky looking brown color. The head was a little soapy looking while it lasted. The smell of the beer was pretty close to the real thing, there were some earthy aromas along with dark fruits and Belgian yeast. The taste brought the smell to life with the same basic elements. The mouthfeel is a little on the light side. Overall its not a bad dubbel in my opinion at all.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear mahogany red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving a few small patches of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of dark, sweet malts are present in the nose along with notes of dark fruits.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also seems to have some slight hints of spices towards the finish, which negate nearly all of the sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with just under a medium amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes a little lighter compared to other dubbels and doesn't seem to have enough flavors of dark fruits.

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Photo of brentk56
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Sweet perfumy aroma; very floral

Taste: Bready, up front, with a peppery Belgian yeast aspect; after the swallow, the perfumy element from the aroma joins the flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a subtle dubbel that is not bad but is far too understated to compete with the Belgian brewers

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of fruity ester with some sweet Belgian style malt and some light alcohol. Taste is a nice enough mix between some fruity ester some candi sugar and nice Belgian malt. Body is about average with good carbonation but light alcohol burn was slightly disappointing. Not bad overall but I have seen better form this style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, russet brown with a fair-sized off-white head that's lightly creamy. Although it doesn't hold real well, it does leave a good collar and some light lace. The aroma offers dark fruit, caramel malt and a subtle spiciness. The flavor follows suit with some additional candyish sugariness and more spice. It's very well balanced and the alcohol is nicely cloaked. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation giving it a lightly tingly, creamy mouthfeel. It finishes with a gently lingering sweet maltiness. It's been argued that this beer is too light for the style, but that's not true. It ranks admirably side by side with many Belgians. A very nicely done, and quite enjoyable beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle of re-formulated(?) 7.2% ABV ale called "Abbey Dubbel". Consumed from a snifter near the best by date on the label: 30 March 2013. Pours a nice orange-mahogany color, clear despite a tiny amount of sediment, The head is small, short-lived, and leaves little lacing.

Aroma/Taste: nice and true to style; sweet with plenty of dark fruit; brown sugar, toffee/caramel. The flavor largely follows the nose. Still sweet, and a tad too sweet, but not as sweet (or yeasty) as the nose indicates.

M: not bad but a bit too asteingent and thin.

O: Not up with the finer Belgian dubbels but certainly respectable and far less expensive in the US

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from NeroFiddled, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spice, apples, dark fruits, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced, with flavors of apples, caramel, Belgian yeast and some spice. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There’s a mild hops presence but it’s very complimentary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, it’s a beer well worth drinking for an evening. This is the fifth of five beers from Flying Fish Brewing that NeroFiddled traded to me and I’ve been quite pleased with all of them.

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

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

Poured orange brown with a quickly-receding white head. Fruits and light sugars in the nose. Similar fruits and sugars in the taste, sweet malts, with some yeastiness coming through. Light to medium body, smooth, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. I enjoyed the bourbon barrel-aged version some years ago, so, let's finally give the standard version a try.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dark amber body with a smallish, faintly beige-colored head.

Smell: Sugary sweet-scented aroma of candied dried fruits sprinkled with a scattered smattering of well-ground spices and, then, subsequently drowned with caramel sauce. The notes of spice and alcohol help to break up the staunch sweetness of the nose.

Taste: Sweetness of brown sugar stirred up with refined white sugar atop spiced, particularly yeasty nut bread. Brightly fruity accents of golden raisins, figs, and, though lighter, banana and even orchard fruits embody the middle. Spiciness akin to ground cloves and cinnamon provides some counterpoint to the sweetness and fruitiness. Some alcoholic heat on the spicy, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium albeit tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Sufficiently so-so for a stateside dubbel! A decent beer at a decent price, though I'd prefer something a bit more refined and on the dry side.

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

Ferric oxide orange with bright tangerine highlights when morning sunshine is permitted to slant through the glass. An increasingly high-altitude pour produced two fingers of golden ecru foam that is both tight-bubbled and long-lived. A sudsy collar of lace is the only glass decoration.

The nose is underpowered... except for more peppery spiciness than one usually finds in a dubbel. The dark maltiness of the beer needs to make an appearance with warming or the score won't rise higher than 3.5. Maybe the taste buds will have better luck.

Flying Fish Belgian Style Dubbel is a decent enough effort that does nothing to put fear into any Belgian brewery worth its salt. The basics of the style are there, but they're just that... basics. There's no depth and breadth and punch to the flavor profile, which might be at least partly due to a less than impressive mouthfeel.

The rundown includes brown bread, dark caramel, hints of cocoa, medium-dark fruit and the same clove and pepper spiciness foreshadowed by the aroma. It tastes like a pretty capable yeast strain was used, I just wish they had built a better beer around it. It isn't bad, it just isn't special.

The mouthfeel improves just enough by the middle of the bottle to be rewarded with an above-average score. It's nowhere near Belgianesque, but it's good enough, and the bubbles settle into a groove before too long.

For the most part, Flying Fish brews better than average beer that is never quite as good as I hope it will be. Belgian Style Dubbel is more of the same. It's still an enjoyable way to start off a sunny Tuesday... and I have jwc215 to thank for it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a nice medium amber in color. Nice dark highlights throughout the mostly cloudy body of the glass. A small head of white peaked out over the top of the glass and settled down nicely into a thin, but firm coating across the top of the glass. Aroma is loaded with bready malts. Tons of rich bready notes that just would not quit. Really nicely laid out, but as it warmed it became evident that it was slightly one dimensional and the light notes of grapes and pears could not save it from being over run by the malts. The flavor was about the same as the huge malt and grain bill dominated all that was around it. Nice and full feel to it though and the carbonation was nearly spot on, the only downside here was that the caramel and fruit that lay underneath was just not given enough room to really flourish.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to BA Carlos for sharing this, enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a goblet

The color is dark brown, practically black with thin off white head with no lace sticking and retention is good. The smell is prune-like with spice and lots of yeast esters that carry a somewhat phenolic odor with mild toast and slight hint of cocoa earthiness. The feel is semi-dry with medium high carbonation and light spice with a nice warming dry finish.

The taste is very good with malt up front and yeast cohesion in the light spice and hint of dark fruit in the taste. The light toasted grain and subtle dried plum character enhanced by subtle caramel and mild peppery quality lead to a gentle alcohol flavor in the finish. Overall a solid example of the style with very drinkable dry quality -Thanks to JC for sharing!

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Photo of Jason
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date, Flying Fish logo on the label but nothing about the beer.

Appearance: Reddish amber with a light chill haze, better than decent off white lace which sticks on the glass like a champ.

Smell: Clean on the nose with quick aromas of roasted malt, light medicinal phenols and a burnt raisin fruitiness. Light caramel and bready aroma also.

Taste: Real smooth mouth feel lead with a creamy and subduing crispness. Medium body from the ample dose of malt. Big chocolaty malt flavour that has levels of roasted and toasted malt and flows into a light medicinal flavour. Roasted malt bullies the delicate palate around too much though does not get into any kind of burnt flavours. Bitterness of the hops rides the tide of roasted flavours to balance, malt flavours flex more middle to end. Nutty yeast complements the roasted flavours, upfront yet vague fruitiness with clean alcoholic esters. Drying effect and flavour take over the after taste with remnants of the medicinal phenols as well as some fruitiness.

Notes: Not a bad try, a tad too much roasted malt flavour with a close to over kill phenolic character that seems too clean. Say it again, not bad but not close to a real Belgian Dubbel whether abbey or trappist or just from Belgium.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My local trader, tone77, and I did another pick-up/drop-off the other day and this time our roles were reversed - I dropped off while he was at work. More bottles for me to keep the numbers aligned with The CANQuest (TM). So be it!

Happily, this is my 1,700th review! I have known Gene (the owner) nearly since the company's inception and I remain friends with Casey Hughes, their head brewer.

More and more, I am finding it helpful to look at style characteristics, especially after the preponderance of AALs in the early stages of The CANQuest (TM). I had (shamefully) forgotten the color of a Dubbel and was moderately surprised at what I was seeing coming out of the bottle. I got a fluffy two fingers of light-tan head that slowly fell like a souffle. Color was a beautiful copper, the color of an ex-girlfriend's hair (miss you, LindaLou), with NE-quality clarity. Nose evidenced notes of dried dark fruits, caramel and a slight yeasty mustiness. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching creamy, with a lot of caramel flavor on the tongue. This was quite sweet (for my tastes) and yet highly drinkable, given the way it seemed to evaporate from my glass. Finish was equally sweet with the caramel simply lingering. Wow, but this was way too easy to drink! It is a good thing I stay in practice.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very much brown ale esque with a ruby brown hue and tan head leaves nice scattered lacing not bad. Aroma: Biscuit malt sweetness low hop presence some undertoned fruit notes produced by their house yeast not bad. Taste: Toasted malts biscuit sweetness rolls nicely not a bad dubbel just not a true dubbel for me finishes very sugary and cereal in nature not like it's Belgian brethran at all. Mouthfeel: Becomes cloying midway through a bit sticky and syrupy with a rough carbonation in the mix wow not a fan of this one. Drinkability: Medocirty in some of it's glory right in front of me not a dubbel definitely an American Brown ale.

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

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a smallish off white head that dissipates all to quickly. Smells of brown sugar and sweet fruity malt mostly. Raisins and prunes with a fair amount of caramelized sugars and hints of spicy yeasty esters. Taste is sweet and fruity up front with dark caramelized sugars coming next. Yeasty funk finishes as well a a lingering burnt sugar sweetness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Not bad for an American interpretation of a dubbel. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark but clear brown that has a lot of ruby tint to it when held to light. Nose is mild. Small touch of smoky wood to it. Slight sweet edge. Obvious yeast, but still not overpowering at all. Flavor is caramel like sweet. Apple tones, and a lot of them. I am not sure how dubbel-ish it is, but it isn't that bad really. Being judged against the style though, it isn't exactly working. Feel is nice. Fairly smooth liquid feel and a real full carbonation that bites a little bit. Like I said, I don't think this stands up against other dubbels. It just isn't a dubbel IMO. But as a beer standing alone, I think it is pretty good actually. And it goes down really smooth. If this were on tap, I'd go for it.

An after thought: this reminds me of a beer I recently tried - Riverwest Stein Beer.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice ruby red/amber body giving a nice red glow. Thin off-white head fading to a nice sticky lacing. The head sticks to the side of the glass, nice.

S - Similar yeasty nose comprable to a wheat beer. Tangy fruit rind scents and some malty notes as well.

T - Some smooth chocolatey malt in the mouth. Malt sweetness and some roasted grain tastes. Some nutty brown ale notes.

M - Smooth and silky on the tongue. A pretty nice body to this brew but on the milder side.

O - More like a nice mild brown ale. This one is nice for an easy drinking night. Not overpowering in any regard.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with dark cherry hues. A thin swirling patch tops it off, with some trailing lace left behind by a thin ring.

The smell is of caramel/toffee - some molasses. A touch of herbal spices are there, but subdued. Some bready yeast is there as well, but very subtle. Nice overall - but very mild.

The taste is malty - caramel/toffee - with a touch of herbal spicing and some candy sugar. A touch of scotch-like peat smokiness seems a bit misplaced here at first, but then blends in well enough. The maltiness dominates. A touch of alcohol comes through in the finish.

Light-bodied, though not as thin as some other offerings from this brewery.

Not sure that it fits the style so well, but not a bad brew if you are looking for a mild, malty drink.

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

Appearance: dark garnet hue, with a slight, almost greenish head.
Aroma: small, but still spicy, fruity...a bit shy at first, but increasing in complexity as we go...
Taste: nice, tasty, neat little bounce on the palate, good hoppiness, bright fruit.
Sadly, though, it lacks the greater complexity I'd need in a true abbey dubbel, one of my favorite types of beer. A nice try, though.
Thanks to jcalbi for it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness dating. Pours dark russet brown, low carbonation, minimal white, tiny bubble film, leaving some lacing. Makty candi sugar nose. Smooth malt body, sweet, with candi sugars, notes of rum, raisins. Thin body, a bit watery for a dubbel. Sort of a "Dubble lite" Pleasant stuff, but on the lite side as far as body and flavor go.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass, the beer has a clear ruby-amber coloring, with a skinny, bubbly, sparse head that quickly disappears. Semi-sweet malt flavors with coriander spicing. Also, some darker fruit notes to the aroma. The beer has sour and tart malt flavors, with a light spice that doesn't fully balance. Light flavors on a round and oily/slick body. The beer has a roasted and slightly sour aftertaste, with the sour characteristics lingering into the slick finish. Not overly impressed on this one, and the mouthfeel makes me want to seek other Dubbels to spend my money on.

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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man, I think this is pretty on the mark for the style. Reminds me a lot of Chimay Red, but without the natural carbonation. It has a dark fruit and herb aroma with more of the same in the flavor. It finishes with a touch of hops and the slightest bit of alcohol heat. I think all that's holding this back is the carbonation. Otherwise you've got yourself a dubbel here.

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