Stoudt's Abbey Double Ale | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Stoudt's Abbey Double AleStoudt's Abbey Double Ale
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Stoudt's Abbey Double AleStoudt's Abbey Double Ale

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mitchster on 09-23-2001

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by DOCALYN:
Photo of DOCALYN
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i enjoyed this beer very much. One of the few breweries in US to try and succeed with a belgian doubel which are complex to brew. I liked the spicy overtones and the rich character. A great cold weather brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ppurs a medium to dark brown with some orange hues,the head was somewhat dissapointing was gone in a flash,aroma was lightly chocolaty and medicinal.Taste wasnt as rich as alot of the beers of the style,there is some sugary sweetness but seemed somewhat watered down with real subdued flavors.Very easy to drink for a dubbel but thats because it seems a bit thin.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Capped 750ml brown bottle, vintage date of 06/04/03 … this is the packaging date.

Appearance: Creamy thin lace, the deep murky brown leaves the rest of the sense intrigued.

Smell: Brown malt in the nose, hints of cake and vanilla with a touch of spicy yeast in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Long lasting twang of fermented toasted malt, faded sourness barley meets the threshold of flavour. Meek hop bitterness is met by a light yet ready spicy phenol, more sweetness is followed by a ripe fruitiness with black currants in the back. Dry and a tad husky, even in the sweetness, in the finish.

Notes: A tasty double, @ $6 a pop it is certainly worth it … a perfect pairing with a hearty beef stew or a gamy meat.

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Photo of merlin48
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large 765 ml bottle, served slightly chilled. Pours a slightly hazed, orange/brown body with a large, beige head. Very little lacing. I went through three pours because of the size of the bottle(my goblet must have been too small). Final pour revealed considerable, brown sediment which settled to the bottom.

Aroma is nice, but doesn't seem like a Belgian style Abbey Double. Lots of malt notes, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses. Some spicy coriander and clove are barely noted in the background.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and has lots of explosive, Belgianesque, carbonation.

Taste begins with spicy clove, which opens the door for a roasted malt assault of toffee, molasses, and rum soaked raisins. Overripe bananas emerge midway through. Vague hops bitterness balances the sweet malty character. Warming alcohol is present most of the way through. Finishes with a danky, yeastiness.

This wasn't, at all, what I expected. The taste is likeable and complex, but seems closer to a spiced dopplebock than an abbey double.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 750ml w/ my brother in law and could not resist a review...on New Beer Sunday, I am ashamed to say I have not tried this brew.
Pours a dark rust color w/ a full finger of off white head...hangs around a bit, but very little lace forms.
Very nice aromas, filled with sweet malt and raisins...
The taste is very enjoyable...more raisins and some vanilla mixed in...this offering is a malt bomb w/ some lingering bitter hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied...could be a little less carbonated.
Either way, this is one fine offering from Stoudt's and glad to have finally tried this one....would have no problem having a few pints of this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 7/18/02. A hazy brown body is topped by a full and foamy tan head that holds quite well and leaves some nice lace. The nose is welcoming with sweetish notes of caramel, dark fruit, and a lightly tart note. The body is medium/light with a very fine and gently effervescent carbonation that's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor emphasises a lightly tart fruitiness over maltiness, although some gently sweet caramel and mild toastiness comes through as it crosses the palate. The bitterness is well restrained. It finishes with an interesting spiciness that comes out of nowhere and adds to it's complexity; as well as a crisp and gently tart apple-like fruitiness that's followed by some lingering, sweet, caramel and fruit notes. Very nice finish! However, I don't recall the tartness being such a large aspect of this beer, and I've had it a few times in the past... I wonder if this bottling is a bit "off"? Regardless, there's more character and complexity to the beer in front of me than the one I remember. Nicely done.

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Photo of Mpenders
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beerluvr
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an average light tan head settling over clear brownish/deep amber/reddish liquid (until the second pour from the 750ml.bottle, when it turns a turbid and murky brown). Sweet malty and brown sugary nose with spicy yeast esters and slight chocolate aroma. The taste is lightly chocolately and delicately roasty maltiness with nice a Belgian yeast characteristic that lends authenticity to this ale. Finishes up rich with a nice long bittersweet malty fadeout.
Thanks Ev (blitheringidiot) for the bottle!

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Photo of Imbiber
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4th June 2003 according to the label. Very cloudy to the extent that there's no way of seeing through it, however thin the glass is. Colour is brown with a tan head which settles down quickly. Aroma is fruity, yeasty and perfumed to an extent. Nice caramel, fruit and malt flavours on the tongue, with hints of candi sugar. Long, malty aftertaste with a sweetness reminiscent of dried fruit.

A good beer to sip and savour (and I'm glad it tastes far better than it looks!).

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Photo of bierman2000
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malty fruity abbey double with a dark brown deep copper color with a creamy head. The malt is overwhelming and makes this a delicious yet sweet ale with a nice finish that is great for dessert. The smell is sweet too many aromas too distinguish but a very drinakable beer with a good alcohol kick at the end especially as it warms.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dayton, OH AleFest:The appearance of this beer was that of a small sized tan head with fine sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.This beer's hue was mahogany and the nose was malty and fruity.It had a fruity flavor and a smooth mouthfeel that was thin and somewhat watery.This beer had a fair amount of lacing.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and capped 750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery just before Christmas.

A: The bottle opens with a loud pop and pours with a bubbly black tea color. As the ale settles, it takes on a dark brown hue that has enough sediment that clarity is thrown out the window. The head was never sizeable and sits as a small pool atop the glass.

S: The aroma is a delectable blend of raisins and plums, some dry cherry and plenty of candi sugars that have a fuller, darker aroma.

T: Fruity, dry, slightly funky. This dubbel offers it all. The first flavors to register are dark alefruits: the raisins and plums and dates. A Belgian yeast strain adds a distinct dryness, an almost but not quite tart flavor. Candi sugars come in near the end and give a dark sweetness to the beer that nicely combats the yeasty dryness.

M: Sweet and full of flavors, this beer does the dubbel style right. I hadn't had this one in years but it is as good as I remember.

D: The alcohol is low but also well hidden. The full flavors make for a very enjoyable bottle. I;m gonna have to nab a couple more of these.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, dark caramel brown with an off-white head tht ebbs away quickly. Leaves very minor lace on the goblet.
Aroma of caramel, dried plums, fructose with some bread and light yeast notes.
Flavor of sweet, sticky caramel dominates with a little bit fo brown sugar, dark fruits and a touch of spicy yeast.
Mouthfeel is sweet, in fact cloyingly sweet. Not enough alternative notes to cut through the sticky sweetness and balance the beer.
Drinkability i above average but too sweet and one dimensional for style. Decent beer just isn't top-notch.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, vintage date of 8/02. Pours a dark brown cloudy liquid. Thick tan head disappeared pretty quickly. Not much lace in the goblet. Smells of candy fruit, some spices. Fruity flavors, estery, dry with some spices, maybe some orange peel. Faint chocolate flavor in the finish. Slight warming from alcohol. Moderate carbonation. Overall, not bad. Not one of my favorite styles, but a bargain for the price. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy brown, monstrous light brown head, and oodles of thick lace to coat the glass. Nose is fruity sweet, cinnamon, plums, quite a complex nose and as you would guess "Sniffable". Begins sweetly malt, and that touch of cinnamon in the start, the top is reedy; the finish is sparsely hopped, sparingly acidic, droughty aftertaste. A very interesting beer with melded flavors that seem to change with each sip and one decent American Abbey Double.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 10/17/01

Deep rich nose with a hint of spice. Cloudy brown look with a dark tan head and lace. Very smooth mouth. The taste lacks real bang, but does warm you with slight yeast and alcohol notes. Wonderful smooth finish. Overall quite good, but lacks the "malty, nutty, chocolate" taste for this style. If you have to choose buy the triple, but as stated earlier this beer has a wonderful silky smooth mouth... great feel for those who have an oral complex...

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dirty brown (dark chocolate milk) body, cloudy, diminishing light brown head. Aroma of bold chocolate, light notes of yeast, but mostly about malt. Earthy, dirty with light alcohol peaks and mostly a weird unexpected fruitiness along the line of oranges. In mouth, it's pretty tart, like an apple/orange/grapefruit juice to which you'd add earthy caramel. Quite off as far as flavor balance is concerned and definitely not up to Stoudt's standards as I've experienced them. Body is creamy, okay fitting if a little overcarbonated. Lots of room for improvement.

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Photo of mcslain
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at the brewery.

Pours with a nice head and some sticky lacing.

Color is a gorgeous mahogany brown red.

Taste is fruity and smokey: plums, brown sugar, raisins, clove. Quite sweet and malty. Spicy fruity yeast.

Nice full almost syrupy body. This one is a real smooth drinker. Not my favorite style but clearly a well made brew.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage '04 bottle...
Appears a dark mahogany with a small tan head. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty bread, toasted nuts, warm caramel, mild cocoa, vanilla, black plums, raisins, and perhaps a hint of cherries.
Taste is of yeasty bread, along with the aforementioned aromas.
Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and yeasty along the tongue. Sweet & bready brew. Pretty well balanced.
Please...bring this style back! Even if it's only once a year!

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Photo of jholland
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed ruddy bister hue. Fluffy, airy, tan head yields frothy, sparse lace. Underbaked sweet biscuit and sour plum hints waft to the nose upfront. Ensuing are subtle, perfumed rose like hints and mild carob. Trace clove. Understated and clean aromawise. In flavor, incipient dark toffee sweetness is followed by a contrasting combination of raisin and underripe fig. Mellow clove phenol along with black licorice hints arise mid palate. Simple, bready, slight musty yeast undertone. A dilute, bland, pecan like impression surfaces as the beer breathes. Comparatively lightly bodied for style, but with adequate dextrins for a gentle, smooth mouthfeel once the initial carbonic bite diminishes. Finishes with a brief cidery snap, but otherwise clean, with fading phenol and simple maltose sweetness. A tame, but well rounded dubbel that lands softly on the palate. Excellent drinkability, but limited savorability.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

765ml (1pt, 9.87oz) bottle from unknown source, maybe Yankee/Sturbridge. Vintage date 6/4/03.

Poured into a large glass chalice, with little to no head over the clear reddish amber brew. Brew is leggy, but no lacing to be had. Aroma is deeply malty, with dark fruits present and accounted for as well. Taste follows the nose, starting the rich grains, then omving nicely into the dark fruit character, and the combo fades away upon the close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, still plenty of carbonation, and drinkability is great. Age hasn't hurt this one a bit.

6/23/04 - 4/4/4/4.5/4.5
765ml (1pt, 9.87oz) bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1/2" beige head over the reddish amber brew. Laces excellently. Nose is quite malty, with some bits of fruit and alcohol present as well. Taste is the grain backbone upfront, but quickly segues into a tangy fruit flavor. Well balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good to excellent, with the only limiting factor being the fruit character could get a bit overpowering, possibly.

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Photo of Hefe
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 6/1/04 from a 765ml bomber with a bottling date of 10/1/03.

Appearance: Pours a slightly murky brown with orange highlights and an aggressive tan head that fades eventually to some nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy clove and orange marmalade right away, followed by a whack o' toffee, blackstrap, and malt.

Taste: Dryer than expected from all the sweet aromas. Prunes, toffeeish malts, caramel, clove and cardamom.

Mouthfeel: Huge, from alcohol and carbonation, silky smooth.

Drinkability: Great main course beer. Drinks great on it's own but really wants something alonside of it.

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Photo of aracauna
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby brown with a good head that lasts awhile. A little bit of melon in the nose, but not a whole lot else other than a slight bit of almost chocolate malt. The flavor is nicely complex, although there’s an unusual tartness involved that I’m not sure I like or not. It does improve as it warms, but the tartness doesn’t go anywhere.

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Photo of tikk
2.59/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle dated 11/12/01. Found at the rt 59 beverage in nyack today.

Vigorous pour, produced some head on a reddish brown beer.

Smells kind of smokey, a tad bit fruity, hard to placecould be the ten years.

Taste like it smells. Must be past it's prime and broken down. I get tart cherries, smoked malt, but at the end it is just off, almost to a sour level. Im not a fan of sours,but i dont hate this.

Mouthfeel, something is off, it feels a little bit grainy.

That being said I'm not going to dump it, and i'll keep on trying this.

I wish i had a fresh one to compare it to, but if i had a shot at another I'd pass it up.

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Stoudt's Abbey Double Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 71 ratings