LoveFish | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopheadEd on 02-16-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by mkobes:
Photo of mkobes
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Andy's. This years batch was even better than last year. Its their dubbel fermented with cherries. Clean tasting.

Dark red in color with a nice red head. Sweet tasting. Very fruity. It is
well balanced with the taste of cherries. Its very good. One sip of this and it will be love.

This comes out on Valentines Day every year. It was so smooth tasting.

Very good. Finishes clean and smooth.

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Photo of Phatz
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting sweet cherry fruit beer. It is like eating candy. Pleasant enough but certainly unique.

Appearance: Served an amber copper color with ruby hues and an ivory head with some lace.

Smell: Sweet confection sugar candy, cherry, sweet dark cherries with out much tartness to it.

Taste: Sweet. Dark cherries and some toasted caramel, but it leans more towards the jolly rancher type flavored than toward the sour cherries I love. Clearly a fruit beer, but I would love to see more. Anyway it is approachable and marketable for the Valentine Holliday.

Mouthfeel: A smooth medium body beer leaves a slight dryness after the sweet fades. Seems a bit watered down at spots.

Drinkability: I think my wife would really like one of these. It is approachable but not impressive. It is simple and one or two will drink easily but then it may be too sweet to drink any more.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of stirgy
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes! This is one hell of a beer. Complex and down to earth all at the same time. This beer poured a deep brown-burgundy color into a Chimay goblet glass. The tannish-pink head was lively and had some holding power. The aromatic complexities this one gives off are many. Rich and dark bittersweet chocolates and sweet fruity malts.

I detect some apples, cherries, strawberry, chocolates, caramel and cocoa in the flavor. This beer could be the best of all worlds, and almost could be described as a hybrid beer. Somewhat part lambic, part brown ale, part dubbel, part winter warmer. The alcohol in the beer never showed itself during the drink. Light to medium body, this beer is an enjoyable one. One to swirl and savor all of special things this beer has to offer. I wanted more when it was gone.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Foxman
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a fetching ruby color, with little head by the time it got to me at the table. There's sticky lacing adorning the sides of the glass as the beer ebbs.

More than anything else, the aroma is cherries, but hops bleed through, as do some other berry notes. Lurking beneath the fruit tones is a genuine current of malt.

There is no question, from first sip, about the star of this show. The cherry flavor asserts immediately, with a tart, sweet fruit bite, reminiscent of, for those who recall, Frank's Black Cherry Wishniak. While the cherry never gives ground, it co-exists nicely with lesser but still solid essences of berry, malt, and hops. And there is indeed a fleeting reference to chocolate among the swirling flavors. The hops play a very limited role until the end, and even then lose the finish to the cherry backbone. Overall, while decidedly poignant, the cherry never overpowers, and it ends up being truly interesting and enjoyable.

Medium bodied, the mouth and tongue are veritably coated by the sweet elements of this beer. It lingers well, and leaved fine memories of itself for some time after each taste.

OK, then, I'd have to agree with the name. Sampled on Valentine's Day with She Who Much Be Obeyed, we both led the night at Standard Tap with this beer, and we were both very well pleased. It's qualities add up to a flavorful, sensual mix of sweetness and tanginess that tantalizes all of the senses, and leaves you wanting more. Moreover, in spite of the muscular fruit presense, it can be enjoyed with any course of food, or simply on its own. I've never been the biggest fan of fruit beers, but give me a few more of this quality, and I'll gladly dive back into that pool for more samplings.

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Photo of sjbarleywine
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour into a tulip at Union Jacks Pub for $5.

Slight scents of rosted malts.

Flavors are of caramel malts and a milky dubbel style. Similar to a dubbel style, but watered down somewhat.

Nothing that I would seek again. Their regular dubbel is much better. Not the best Flying Fish beer by far.

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Photo of HopheadEd
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A "limited edition" available around Valentine's day, it is the Belgian Style Dubbel with cherries added. One of two kegs available, this one was at the Grey Lodge here in Phila. Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights, and a nice creamy head, slowly fading to a thin collar, with spotty lacing. The first aroma to greet my nose was a slight smokey, roasted malt smell with dark, black cherries right behind. Tastes of cherries, roasted malt, and slight tart finish. Creamy mouthfeel, with nice carbonation, makes it very drinkable. This keg won't last. Very nice.

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Photo of Scoats
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hophead Ed already gave the history of this beer, so I'll just say that is a very drinkable beer.

The cherries do not overpower. They are assertive; but not the main taste, rather one of a complimentary mix of flavors. There was less carbination than a regular barrel of Abbey Dubbel.

Fun fact; There was over $30 worth of organic cherries in that barrel, which came from Philadelphia's Italian Market.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this was good. Flying Fish, brewery in of my backyard, is continually putting out tasty, really good beers. This was a homerun. The only negative was the smell. The batch I got didn't really smell. So it gets a 2. However, It's not the important.

It tastes like their normal abbey dubbel (of course, its based on that beer). Their abbey is a tasty beer with a subtly complex malt profile. Add a great cherry aftertaste, which is derived from a bunch of expensive organic cherries.

This is an incredibly drinkable beer. More is the order for the day. The cherry taste is contained in the aftertaste and it is great. The cherries don't overwhelm and that makes this very good.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to an amber color, and the head is small, but it stays in its original form for a bit. The aroma is nice and fruity with a lot of cherries.

Smooth and crisp with a much heavier body than a lot of other fruit beers. The flavor was nicely balanced with a good solid backround of malt to compliment the big cherry flavor. Some hoppy hints were also very nice. The drinkability was excellent, and I had no idea it was hanging in there at 7.3%. If you can get your hands on this one, get it. It only comes around for a very short time each year. This is a fruit beer with some balls, and you just may love it.

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LoveFish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 11 ratings