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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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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Photo of Ksmoove27
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Light caramel brown in color, barely any white head (poured from a bottle).

S: Some under-roasted malts with hints of dark fruit and some breadiness. Hints of caramel and brown sugar underneath.

T: Slight fruit with some roasted grain and coffee notes. Somewhat watery on the finish through, it's like the flavor just didn't follow through to the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with a light carbonation. Flows smoothly across the palate, with a moderately creamy texture. Nothing to write home about, average drinkability.

O: Not my favorite, although I will admit to not being a huge fan of dubbels.

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Photo of Beejay
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown in color, and a nice dark tan head.

S: Brown sugar, a hint at alcohol, fruit, and a slight Belgian spice note.

T: Slight fruit with some roasted grain and coffee notes. Somewhat watery on the finish through, it's like the flavor just didn't follow through to the finish.

M: Medium light, high carbonation, and dry finish.

O: Overall tasty, but lacking refinement. The dryness feels right, but I think it is part of the problem I have with the finish seeming watery.

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Photo of gatorlove
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong cloves flavor. It was a fairly spicy dubbel. I did a blind taste test next to other much highly ranked dubbels and this one came in second for me only behind rochefort 6. My only complaint was a little thin on the body, but it had amazing yeast characteristics.

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

Nice brown Belgian ale. Beautiful brown color with a thin, tan head. Smells of roastiness, caramel, malts and ripe fruit. Good mouth feel. Tastes like it smells, very pleasant. Decent all-around beer.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great, and under-rated beer from Flying Fish. I have had this on multiple occasions, and I think it's one of the most drinkable doubles I've had. Maybe because the ABV isn't so "extreme". Just great, complex flavor, body, and feel.

It tastes similar to Unibroue La Terrible to me, which is a quad, that for some reason is much more highly rated, and priced.

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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 hopflyer
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/15/15

Dark brown, 2 finger off white head. Retains.

Smells yeasty with straw/farmhouse mixed in. Some raisin

Taste is yeast with some of the raisin picked up in the nose. Some sweetness, almost like children's cough syrup. Dates and other dark fruit also.

Medium carbonation and medium body.

First real go at a dubbel. The yeastiness is certainly different for me but this was good enough for me to try others

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a dark brown with a relatively pedestrian foamy off-white one inch head that settles into a swirling thin layer that remains just about all the way through. Good amount of lacing on the glass. Smell is grainy, sweet--hints of candy, dried fruit, raisin. Taste is also sweet, slightly malty with a very good amount of carbonation -- a slight black licorice hint to things. This is a very enjoyable winter beer. For the price (about $8 for a six pack), I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable dubbel. For the 7.20% ABV, this is VERY smooth.

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Photo of TimmyMac11
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Just started dabbling with the abbey dubbel and it is fantastic. Been drinking Smithwicks, Killians, the oktoberfests and winter lagers and the flying fish abbey has been the best i have tasted. I've tried a lot of the darker microbrews but nothing can touch the abbey.

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Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 729 ratings.
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