Pike Tandem | The Pike Brewing Company

Pike TandemPike Tandem
BA SCORE
31.4%
Liked This Beer
3.51 w/ 102 ratings
Pike TandemPike Tandem
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
pikebrewing.com

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RedDiamond on 10-19-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,434
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
102
Liked:
32
Avg:
3.51/5
pDev:
15.1%
Alströms:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like wild yeast and roasted barley, with bready wheat and a bit of raisin and salt.
T: It tasted like wild yeast and dry roasted barley and earthy wheat, with a little brown sugar and lemon zest. It had a somewhat dirty bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation.
D: This was an OK beer, but not a great example of the style. It had a boring scent and taste, and weak body. It was easy enough to drink, but it just wasn't rewarding.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a thin, limp off-white head. Large bubbles in the foam fade rapidly to just a little bit of a sheen and leaves scant lacing on the glass. Not exactly a inspirational appearance on this one.

Smell is caramel covered green apples, raisins and blackberries. Leans fruity in the aroma, but has notes of tropical-esque hops and bready yeast.

The flavor has a pretty nice hop presence, a touch tropical and a bit piney but the caramel maltiness lacks any kind of creaminess or depth. The flavor is not bad by any means, but it feels a bit watery and just generally not very inspiring. One nice thing about this beer though is that it is very drinkable and hides the ABV well. Maybe the sum is greater than the parts on this beer because my glass emptied pretty fast!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not strong, but fruity with an undertone of malt and a hint of caramel. It pours a nice dark translucent mahogany with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled, pale tan head that sticks around and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Flavor is fruity and malty with caramel and nutty hints and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is smooth but just a little fizzy, not particularly distinguished. Worthy of at least a try.

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Photo of buzzy
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a dark, beautiful brown in color with a modest head that nevertheless deposited come nice lacing on the inside of my chalice.

Smell - The herbal nature of this nose hit me first. After a bit I caught some candied smells and a hint of medicinal alcohol. The promised coriander is here in spades.

Taste - I liked smelling this beer more than drinking it. The coriander that I enjoyed at the nose was heavy-handed at the taste. The booze went from noticeable to offensive, and it takes a lot to get me offended at booze. There's a light woody character that I enjoyed but overall I thought the flavors were unbalanced.

Mouthfeel - This is a big medium-bodied with some righteous carbonation and a surprisingly bitter finish.

Drinkability - The individual components of this ale were enjoyable but taken together I thought they missed their mark.

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Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

Reincarnated into a Dubbel, this brew is dark and opaque. The lacing is sufficient enough to resemble a beer. My nose wafts charred wood, medicinal herbs and vague tropical fruit. It is creamy and smooth, with a big body. Unsweetened dark chocolate, highly toasted bread and a thick biscuity layer appear in the finish and really show what the malt is about. Warming fruity alcohol in the middle with an herbal phenol character throughout. Bitterness from the coriander helps to balance this beer. It ends with a bit of burnt, bitter and malty flavor. A pretty good go at the Dubbel style, but a bit Porter-like.

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Photo of buckyp
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ummswimmin
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I managed to find multiple types of Pike at a local liquor store. How or why they got this label so far into the east coast is a surprise to me.

I poured this into a nice, Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass. It left a few fingers of foam and the coloring is a deep brown.

I smell a ton of caramel off the top. It is pretty sweet.

The flavor is not very good. I get some of the caramel, but the roast doesn't pair well with this. The lingering funk of this beer isn't very good.

I really like the brewery, but this bottle really didn't hit the spot.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

By early Spring of '09, Pike had reconfigured their Tandem ale and re-released it as a Belgian dubbel (i.e., Tandem = dubbel). This is perhaps for the best as the previous Tandem didn't project an easily grasped identity. The new Tandem has classic Belgian styling and is brewed with candi sugar, coriander, and organic malts. It sustains a bright head of white lather on a body of deep chestnut and turns up peppery and sharp where and when it ought to. An echo of distant sweetness lingers in the background.

Tandem isn't long on assertiveness or sustain. A quick bite of vanilla cream cake easily overtook the beer for flavor. But Tandem is still worth the ride.

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Photo of snaotheus
2.95/5  rDev -16%
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 Metalmonk
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Pike stuff making its way into North Carolina, and I had to pick a couple different ones up. Seattle is so great.

Head is a lightly toasted tan color, soapy and big-bubbled, holds well for a couple minutes before thinning to a soapy film. Leaves lots of dots of lace. Color is milk chocolate brown.

Aroma is predominantly herbal/spicy meets earthy/mineral. Faint shades of chocolate and grilled meats further back. Coriander is obviously kickin', so is the yeast.

Flavor is pretty heavy on the spice (coriander) and the malts have a charred character that I don't think works. They may not be charred grains at all, but something in here tastes burnt. Watery cola; mineral; cloves. Juicy dark fruits are here, but they're pushed down by everything else. Finishes burnt and dry.

Feel is on the thin side, although just creamy enough to save it, and some prickly carbonation injects a little life into it.

A bit rough. Definitely not on par with the best Belgian dubbels. Thin of body and uneven in flavor...I know Pike can do better, but this was still interesting and satisfying enough that it was worth buying.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of babaracas
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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 DamienI
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
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 MacStinson
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +1.4%
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 +16.8%
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 thereal_adam
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Pike Tandem from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 31.4% out of 100 with 102 ratings
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