Abbey Dubbel | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pezoids on 07-23-2001

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293
Ratings:
707
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
20.51%
 
 
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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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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance: a light brown to garnet color. a small foamy head that fades pretty quickly but leaves a lacing almost as strong as the original head. fairly dark but still shows some clarity and brightness in color. 3.75/5

Smell: slight roast, raisins, lots of phenols, some cloves. 3.25/5

Taste: opens up with creamy bready to darker caramel malts. raisins, hints of other dark fruits and spicy phenols. ends with a fairly acrid roasted taste. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: creamy, but ends a bit bitter and dry. medium full mouth feel. 3.5/5

Overall: Its not bad to drink but far from what it should be. I don't enjoy the strength of the roastiness, or the power of the phenols. a bit bitter ending as well. not quite what I would look for as an abbey dubbel or even a more liberal interpretation of the style. but overall I'd say its still decent and drinkable.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich mahogany color with some garnet highlights on the edges when held up to the light. The color is darker than anticipated and actually has me more excited for the beer.
A frothy eggshell white head foams up .5 cm and fades to an edge layer pretty quickly after the pour.
The aroma is rich malt with toffee and brown sugar and some spicy hits as well. Light yeast notes and a little bit of dark fruit.
NO hints of the booze on the nose.
The first sip reveals an average body with very fine tingly carbonation. Texture is smooth and silky and coats my palate nicely after each sip.
Flavor is malty brown sugar and some spicy notes. Some dark fruit, with plums and raisin mixed in and then the finish dries out.
I do get just a little herbal tea hop note on the finish and just the faintest hit of peppery booze.
But this is a sweeter malt forward beer that is very enjoyable as I finish the bottle pretty quickly.
This is worth a shot and is interesting and not too complex.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- A reddish amber color that is clear. really no head and minimal lacing.

S- Vinegar malts and roasted nuts. I get some sugary hints as well maybe molasses. Smell is very inviting.

F- dark chocolate roasted malts dominate the mouth. molasses or some sort of dark candied sugar fruit. I cant put my tongue on it.

M- malty and creamy. It gets to be struggle as you get closer to the bottom. The malts tend to over dominate.

O- not a bad brew but not sure I would have it at a bar. It is worth a try but nothing more.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and a persistent film on the surface of the beer.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is a nice blend of fruits and some other aromas of a more roasted malt, yeast, candy, and spice. The fruits, which are the biggest, are of a raisin and plum smell predominantly but have a good deal of banana as well. The roasted malt is lighter overall but complements the fruit nicely. The yeasty smells carry the spice smells of coriander and clove nicely with the candied sugar smell rounding out all the aromas nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a blend of darker fruits of cherry and plum along with a moderately strong candied sugar taste. Upfront the taste is rather sweet, with it losing some of the sweetness of candied sugar, but intensifying in darker fruits as the flavors advances, with the flavor remaining overall on the sweeter side. After the initial taste some light roasted malt and a good dose of yeast comes to the tongue. The yeast brings with it tastes of spice with coriander, clove, and a little bit of pepper. A little bit of a boozy and warming flavor comes to the tongue at the very end, leaving one with a decently sweeter and fruitier dubbel flavor with linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. For the most part, fairly decent but also noting too fantastic. OK for the blend of yeast, spice and fruit.

Overall – A pretty enjoyable dubbel overall. Rather easy drinking and affordable in comparison to more renowned dubbels. It is at least worth a try.

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Photo of dank203
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

good local beer, on sale at the local bottle king. pours darkish brown, some fig and nutmeg aromas, hint of vanilla. flavor, hints of plum, chocolate, raisin. a bit of spicy bite. medium to light bodied, really not very thick, not a whole lot of carbonation. smooth drinking though and balanced

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Photo of dacrza1
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: May 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay chalice... OCCASION: another Friday begins... APPEARANCE: dark, opaque ruby body; off-white, slightly creamy head that settles quickly; nicely lacing as the glass drains; a handsome bottle, as well... AROMA: Plum! sweet, sugary confections--some caramel and toffee--the raisin also presents late--not a plum/raisin guy myself, but this does deliver what it promises... PALATE: medium-bodied, chewy and significant--a formidable body--still drinkable without need of resolve...TASTE: big, sweet and dry--a wine's base that marries a brown ale's flatter profile--plum and malt strike an attractive balance... OVERALL: Its 7.2% ABV is well masked, as a wine-like profile is apt to do; a nice offering from the Flying Fish brewery--a great nightcap to a good day.

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Photo of nasharm
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Great taste with citrus, cloves and roasted malt. Pleasant smell with fruity aroma. But leaves a little not so great aftertaste leaving one with a feeling that this is not the real thing. Still a great substitute for the real thing brewed in Belgium. Offers a great variety and contrast to other types (IPA, Stout etc. ) when having multiple drinks in a single sitting.

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Photo of watermelon
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Translucent ruby brown body, with a bone white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Typical dark fruit smell, along with brown sugar and

T: Dark fruit, along with banana, clove, and some mild citrus

M: Body is a bit light for a dubbel, also the carbonation is a bit high.

O: Its a decent dubbel, I would recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Unusual Belgian Dubbel, dark color with a persistent light foamy head. Aroma of fresh cut walnut wood. Taste is nuttiness and caramel with an aged wine barrel finish. Not much sweetness or bitterness, just a light pleasant nutty taste. Payday bar comes to mind.

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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 ThePaintedGrey
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter—serving as a replacement for my broken goblet.

A: A deep-reddish amber hue, close to a mahogany, but not quite. An off-white, slightly khaki colored one-finger head starts off looking nice, but eventually fades to nearly nothing. A legion of pen-dot sized bubbles remains on top with a ring of equally tiny bubbles around the edges. One or two instances of lacing left down the glass.

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

T: Lots of roasted malt upfront, giving this a slightly burnt profile with some chocolate-covered raisin flavor underneath. A little bit of nuttiness and earthiness from the yeast comes through in the finish, but is short-lived due to being overtaken by those burnt characteristics.

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

O: Flying Fish definitely didn't make a bad brew here, but it's just slightly underwhelming. The roasted profile is a bit too pronounced, which makes for a very burnt/smoky experience. This might be good at the pub, or paired with some food, but it didn't exactly impress me as a sip-at-home brew. Worth a try; not worth a re-buy.

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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 JCarey
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A previous reviewer cited 12-15 dollars for a 6-pack. I get this for 7.99 at my local store. Definitely not sessionable(okay, so, I may drink two or more, but this will get you drunk). I drink them warm, mid-to-high 50's in to the low 60's. I love the grainy, malty, almost wild rice flavor I get. Somewhat nutty, but completely smooth and balanced. The alcohol is way too sharp when chilled in to the high 30's and low 40's, so the low reviews are reasonable if serving at low temperatures.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says 7.2% but it's not bourbon barrel aged. Paid 3 dollar for the single.

A - A nice deep cherrywood brown with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head that pulls back to a thick sticky lace ring.
S - Very fruity yeasts and somewhat apricot preservative smell. Not much hops must be mixed in well.
T+M - Not much sweetness or fruity flavor from this. Body is light to medium and the taste is overall crisp with a well hidden ABV. If anything it does have some dark fruit flavor mostly raisins.

Overall this beer is easy to drink but because of the high price (12-15 dollars a six pack) it's really not worth the revisit or session. Pity because their "Exit 4" triple rocked my taste buds.

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Photo of KajII
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium chestnut brown with a small (less than 1 finger) off white frothy head that quickly diminished, leaving behind a light scattered film and having fair spotty lacing.

The aroma had a bold fruity ester (raisons and prunes) right off the bat along with a dark bread malt and a musty Belgian yeast with a touch of brown sugar and a mild vinous scent.

The taste was malty sweet with a slight yeast presence from the start and pretty much was the case throughout, with the finish being rather fruity and mildly tart with light alcohol presence at the end. The flavor faded quickly off the taste buds with just a hint of dried fruit and a mild alcohol warming sensation left behind.

Mouthfeel was almost medium in body with a mildly dry texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall this was a very enjoyable yet mild Dubbel, with an avid aroma and a somewhat subdued yeast intensity in the flavor...

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Photo of dheacck11
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a deep dark brown, with some hints of chocolate and amber. No real head.

Nose is pretty soft. Has a little roastiness. Nice gntle sweet malt and caramel notes. Little bit of oak.

Taste is pleasant and mild. Nice fig flavors, some green raisin. Little bit of bready sweetness on the finish. Little too mild and soft overall though.

Feel is on the medium thick side. Leaves a nice coating.

Decent Dubbel. Not epic by any means, but pleasant. Could definitely drink a couple on a cold night.

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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 JerzDevl2000
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a few weeks back, as this was one of the few offerings from Flying Fish currently available that I had yet to enjoy. While this beer had a lot going for it, it was clearly not as good as the Dubbels from Belgium that this would inevitably bound to be compared to. This was just a bit lighter in mouthfeel and not as complex but on its own, it stood up fine and was strong enough to remind me that it was still not to be taken lightly!

The pour to this was a dark brown, bordering on plum. The head and aroma were sufficient but not overpowering and there was hardly any lacing to be seen. A fair amount of candied sugar and dark fruits would be found in the taste but it was muted relative to its counterparts from overseas. Not a very full mouthfeel either and there wasn't a lot of bread and "chew" to this as well. This could have been more complex and only faint plum and currant could be detected before sliding down with the rest of the watery consistency of each sip. The yeast was hard to find as well and only a hint of sugar stuck around long enough before I took another swig of this.

There was enough alcohol here, to be sure but not enough to make me think that this was purely a Dubbel. It just didn't feel like a Trappist Ale and almost felt like an Imperial Brown Ale, because of the stickiness and plain nature that this had. This just didn't quite measure up but Dubbels are full, complex beasts while this was more of an introductory beer to that style. If you've never had one of these before, this would be good to start with since more than one could be enjoyed in a sitting without be overwhelmed. Had this warmed me up a bit, I knew that it would have been more on target.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper brown color with a white head.
Aroma of doughy bread, caramelized malt and Belgian yeast.
In the taste, malty sweet with some light dark fruits and earthy hops. Nutty and hoppy, definitely has a raisin, plum, pecan thing going on. Firmly malty, but nicely balanced. Caramel, raisin toast, almond, pretty complex dubbel. Medium bodied feel with a fairly aggressive carbonation. Overall, a classic American version of a dubbel, and frankly, better than most.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So, I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. The color was great, but I could tell from the pour that this was going to be a thin dubble. I know there's no solid numbers for ABV for the Belgian styles, but 7.2% seems respectable. The beer looked like a Coke in terms of color and viscosity. The nose was OK- nothing really jumped out at me other than the yeast, but the taste was pretty decent- dark fruit (figs, raisins). It was very carbonated but thin. Would I have this again? Probably not.

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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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Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 707 ratings.
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