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Pike Tandem | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike TandemPike Tandem

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedDiamond on 10-19-2009

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 102
Photo of snaotheus
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a large goblet

Pours a dark mahogany brown, very slightly translucent, doesn't appear to be cloudy. White head and very little of it. Slight, fine continuing carbonation. Smell is raisin-y and date-y primarily, sweet and dark fruity, a little wet forest smell.

Taste is very mild, a little watery. Dominated by date sweetness which is not entirely pleasant. A little bit of holiday spice flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel is thin and relatively light. Drinkable, but not impressive.

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Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very good, if not outstanding dubbel.

Darker red-brown amber, it has a smallish pale tan head soon thinning and leaving a weak hint of lace.

Aroma is candied fruits, banana yeastiness, hint of clove, faintly woody. Overall, it smells like a dubbel.

Taste is woody-clove fruitness, hint of toasty grain and sweet wine, slightly on the sweet side but pretty balanced. The flavours, though not too complex, hold up well and it is a lot more flaovurful and complex than quite a few abbeys that I've have had, far too many seeming rather one-dimensional.

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Photo of babaracas
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear dark reddish brown with thin offwhite head, spotty lace. Smell: sweet, a little brown sugar but mostly nondescript and grainy...why do I smell a lot of pale malt?, light banana and pear, spice. Smells like a dark tripel. Taste: again sweet, caramel - overcarmelized, spicy, pear, import graininess (ehh?). Mouthfeel: way undercarbonated for the style and a little thin as well. The local giant liquor store was pushing Pike with prime shelf space and ads, but Pike has done nothing well here.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little strange, but quite enjoyable. Why this one is listed as a dubbel is not clear to me. I would think it was more of a brown ale, albeit slightly hoppy, and slightly more carbonated than typical.

Flavor and aroma were nice, brown sugar, dark fruits, a little bit of yeast, and some floral hops. With a good smooth, medium body, I found this beer quite enjoyable and would certainly buy it again.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had a 4 oz taste sample in greenville, sc Total Wine

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, sublte fruit, and typical belgian yeast

Taste: sweetish flavor of amber malts. taste like a english brown ale with belgian yeast. no candy sugar flavor at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: decent beer, but I would probably not try again.

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Pike Brewery on 3/23/2010.

A= This ale poured a clear cola-brown color with a 3/4" light tan head. The head settled to a skim quickly, but was easily renewed with a swirl.

S= I found caramelly sweet malts, sugar, raisins, figs, and estery Belgian yeast in the aroma.

T= Much like the aroma but even better. Started off sweet and stayed that way without any cloying notes. Caramel and treacle in the malty start, followed by rich raisin, plum, and a hint of molasses in the middle. The yeast threw just the right amount of fruity esters and along with the njip of alcohol added a lot of complexity. Finished lightly sweet and delicious.

MF= Medium bodied with a solid but not quite effervescent carbonation level.

D= This was a really enjoyable dubbel. Other than Westmalle and a few other classic examples I have never been a big fan of this style. I could and would drink this one all the time if I lived in Seattle though.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Poured a clear brownish-amber with a finger of off-white head. Mild nutty caramel aroma with hints of spice and raisin.

Slightly low carbonation and a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Flavor of gentle toffee and biscuit up front with a bit of dark fruit, coriander, and earthy spice on the finish.

Some nice potential here, but the beer came across a little watered-down -- would have been very good with a little more body.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pike brewery. Pours hazy brown hue with an off-white head and light lacing. Aroma is of dark fruit, caramel, some Belgium yeast and hints of hops. Taste is of brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel and Belgium yeast. Medium, balanced finish. Nicely made dubbel.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz. served in a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a garnet hued dark brown. Thick cream colored head forms a razor thin pattern of micro-bubbles. Thick lacing around the glass.

S - Wow this smells just like Golden Grahams! Sweet toasted wheat bread, honey sweetness, plums, grapes, alcohol, phenolic yeast, brown sugar.

T - Tart plums, thin vinous fruit, brown sugar, cocoa, bready yeast, slight oxidation.

M - Medium thin bodied, low carbonation, slightly tart finish.

Great aroma but the fruit tartness, while nice, seems to take away from the malt. Nothing complex but has an interesting character.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a deep brown with a small creamy slightly brown head. Nose bis malty, dark fruits and some mellow fruit undertones.

Taste is candi sugar, dark fruits, caramel and there's a very smooth slightly sweet finish, light carbonation and a fruity finish make is very well done.

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Photo of jdense
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into Piraat tulip 1.27.10.

Half-finger of very light tan head, pretty quick dissipation with a thin layer of head retained. Clear brown body with some purple highlights, visible carbonation rising from bottom of glass. The Belgian yeast is quite prominent in the nose, dry bready malts, hops are well hidden. Pretty sweet taste profile, dark treacle, figs, pears, a hint of smoke and leather. Nice carbonated mouthfeel and a fairly dry finish. Not too heavy, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Now this is depressing me already, but I will try not to continue with any preconceived notions. The beer pours a somewhat cloudy brown color that was practically lifeless. There were a few islands of tannish foam when I was pouring the daylights out of it...at least for a Dubbel. I poured the whole bomber in about 15-20 seconds. I can't really see any bubbles rising, and when held to the light. There isn't any more lace than you get from a Coke.

Aroma: Some dark fruit notes in the aroma, along with some sweet "burnt candy" notes. There is already a decent amount of floral hops coming out. The malts are a big player in the aroma, giving some caramel and a few toasty notes to round out the ensemble. This is really weird for a Dubbel.

Taste: The flavor is much more Belgian than anything the aroma had to offer. There is still a huge dark malt presence with sweet caramel, toffee, and toasty burnt bread crusts, but there are a WHOLE LOT more fruity esters in the flavor than I ever would have dreamed from the aroma. The beer is medium bodied with very low carbonation, so it is coming across the palate really lame and uneventful for this style.

Opinion: Overall, this is unusual for a Dubbel, that's for sure. It isn't a disgusting beer or anything, and may pass for some version of an American Brown Ale in the aroma, while really just ending up as an estery unbalanced mess in the flavor. I haven't cared for this beer to say the least. I really think that it is just an American Brown Recipe stepped up with some two-row and fermented with Belgian yeast. I have been pretty disappointed with this beer. You would think that if they were going to go through the trouble of putting out a Belgian style beer like this, that they would want to come remotely close to the style. I guess this is a beer brewed for some off-the-wall category in the GABF with no intention of ever holding water to any of the real classic examples of this style. Stay away from this beer if you like Dubbels. If you like hotly/estery fermented American Brown Ales...give this a shot.

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Photo of Docer
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at whole foods here #inthecouve...

- Super dark caramel, ruby-red, brown....quick fizz down to a swirls of very thin bubbles... Looks like a Scotch ale, or brown... slightly clear.. not cloudy, but can see through it...

- Fig, fruity character... plum... grain, sweetness... oats, light alcohol... sugars... brown sugar... light molasses..

- Interesting malty and estery brew.... grains, oats, wheat.. fig, plum.. prune... sugars... light bitterness.... smooth character... different.

- Light to medium bodied.... lightly creamy.... .. tart..

- Overall a very interesting brew.. drinkable... but just blah... not something I would probably buy again.

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Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep opaque brown with a dense off white head. The aroma is malty and the flavor is more porterlike than anything. Roasted, chicory, unsubtle. There is a flatness on the finish. The label promises coriander, but I don't see it. The mouthfeel is prickly.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber at TW, it wasn't thrown to to me like a big fat salmon, but that's ok, if I would have dropped it, I wouldn't get to review it! Ok then, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a huge malt smell, not many hops, mostly fruity esters, banana mostly, and backbone. Poured into a 20 ounce chalice, the brew is a barely translucent dark red with a light tan head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is great, for this ABV, I would think so. On the taste, the big belt of malt continues, big backbone, some cloves come through, with some late caramel and still later pumpkin. The mouthfeel is excellent, good carbonation and viscosity a hint before syrup. This is a beer my friends, and for the price, it's a weener.

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Photo of dstc
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with a tan head. Head falls to nothing. Not much lace.

Aroma is of candied malts and mild alcohol. Some fruit notes. Does smell a bit like a Double.

Starts off with the sweetness of the malts quickly followed by a mild alcohol taste. Ends with a hop flavor that lingers on.

Smooth mouthful quickly gives way to a sharp bite. Mildly carbonated.

Fairly easy drinking and s nice attempt at the style. Worth trying.

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Photo of loren01
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours into a chalice a reddish brown color, not much head at all, what little head there was however laced down the glass.
S: Smell is of dark fruits (fig/rasin etc). Slight Belgian yeast scent in there as well.
T: Dark fruits up front, earthy finish.
M: Mouthfeel is very thin. Very low carbonation, almost borderline flat.
D: This beer isn't bad but it really isn't that great either.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy mahogany with a thin tan head that retains OK, not really impressive on this front but few dubbels are. The aroma has a bunch of dark fruits upfront (notes of black cherry, raisin, plum, date) along with a little chocolate, some caramel and toffee, yeasty esters, and a little alcohol. The flavor also has big dark fruit notes intially (raisin, plum, pomegranate), along with some chocolate, molasses, toffee, funky yeast, burnt bread and some alcohol The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is good. A decent stab at a dubbel, but lacking the complexity of the best iterations of the style.

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Photo of philbertk
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale--2006 Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--25 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0)--Amber Ale--Imperial--Lacy tan head. Cloudy dark amber color. Malt spice mild hop front. Crisp malty mild sweet toasted caramel apple Barleywine mild fruit body. Crisp mild tangy citrus malt hop end. Needs hops! Belgian hints? Sampled 11/16/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale--2009-A Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.00% ABV--1.064 OG--25 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Dubbel--Thin lace white head. Clear deep dark claret red color. Sediment hint. Toasted molasses mild Belgian ester front. Rich mild sweet toasted dark candy doughy Belgian toffee brown ale black cherry creamy body. Smooth mellow malt spice clean end. Tasty, Complex, but Dull. Sampled 1/16/2010. $4.75 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale--2009-B Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--25 IBU's. (4.1 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Dubbel--OG 1.070.Thin tan mild lace head. Cloudy dirty brown color. Bottle Conditioned (BC) Sediment. Toasted toffee mild nutty hop Belgian yeast ester front. Crusty doughy mild sweet dark wheat bread toasted toffee creamy smooth mild Belgian fruit body. Mild hop EtOH hint end. Tasty Belgian Brown Ale. Sampled 1/17/2010. $4.49 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale. 7.00% ABV. 24 IBU's. Clear bright brown color. Toasted Belgian raisin fruit front. Creamy mild sweet brown ale fruit ester body. Mild hop sweet Dubbel end. Mellow Belgian Brown. (3.5 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster @ Seattle, WA Pike Pub & Brewery 5/9/2010.

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Photo of Soonami
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike is not a brewery that I am familiar with, but now that Total Wine carries them and for cheap too--bombers for $4, I thought I'd give them a shot.

Tandem is supposed to be an abbey dubbel, but it doesn't really do a good job. There are the raisin, jammy flavors, and some orange, but it doesn't quite have the spicy clove, intense fruitiness and overall impact that good dubbels have. The aroma is a lacking the complexity and caramel malts, but appearance is fine and the mouthfeel good.

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Photo of mempath
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

someone needs to update the pic...orange label, right? like on the 'retired' listing?

picked this up at Total Wine claymont DE.

pours and looks like a cola but much slower head rise. settles slowly, no lacing, just frothy ring...dark reddish-brown color that looks more like strong tea when held to light. nose is the familiar belgian yeasty dubbel with sweet hints of spices, dried dark fruits. this already makes me think of deep fall and the end of a tortuous cyclocross race :)

very nice taste. not what i expected. rich but subtle sweetness with a long finish that hints of holiday spices. and not at all out of place on this rather mild summer day. sweet coriander remnant still persists. another swallow and i get maybe muscadine or something, as if stewed then fermented. reminds me every swallow of DFHead's Midas Touch in some akin sense.

mouthfeel is actually luscious yet at the same time seems thin, watery (in the finish)...visible carbonation is low as is the sense. sort of wish it was more crisp, but that could get in the way of all the other fine points of the taste....nonetheless, QUITE drinkable and quaffable...recommended for year-round celebration and rehydratiion rituals.

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Photo of Liverpool08
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brownish orange. Aroma is biscuity-malt, a little must. Flavor is more rich malt, but not much of that Belgian funk or spice you expect from a Double. There are hints of bakers chocolate and maybe some died fruits, but its more malt and biscuit. Its not a bad beer, it drinks well and can be sessioned. Just not a great example of the style.

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Photo of fank2788
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a 2 tulip glasses
Pours a deep mahogany brown pretty cloudy with a huge almost out of control head that is lacing quite a bit. Smell is of caramel malt a bit of tastiness and a touch of spice. To me a little on the light side. Taste is of the caramel malt and some dark fruit. Malt may go as far as being slightly roasty. Little if any yeast notes maybe just a touch of ester but it is limited. Mouthfeel is quite lively with only a bit of hop bitterness but enough to balance the slightly sweet finish. Overall not a bad dubbel not my favorite example but it is quite accessible and enjoyable.

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Photo of spree92
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this and has the look of Coca-Cola. Heavy brown that is not transparent. Thin head with a film covering. Malts and toffee are noticeable. Flavor is deep with character. Warm alcohol, toffee and an oakiness. A little bit of spiceness. A full bodied ale that is chewy in the mouth. Overall, a good, heavy beer that is worthy of another purchase.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another highly drinkable offering from Pike. This is a good starter for Belgian beers in order to get used to the belgian-style spices and flavors

Appearance: Dark brown and opaque with minimal head

Smell: Malty grains; some yeast

Taste: Almost Belgian, coriander, yeast, and malt

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a lingering finish

Drinkability: Very flavorful and drinkable for a dubbel; mild and balanced

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