Stoudt's Abbey Double Ale | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 09-23-2001

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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 56
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 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 IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark ruby color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts and a refreshingly fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a rich malty flavor with a creamy, yet really tart finish. It goes down quick and has great mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an unique brew. It has a really tart aftertaste. It drinks well for the style; very refreshing.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 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 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 Suds
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle with a crown cap. A gift from a friend, the bottle was dated 11/12/01, but it seems to have held up okay. The beer poured an dark amber-brown color with a respectable tan head. It has moderate carbonation and a malt and alcohol aroma. Slight fruit in the background, but also a vinous, winey quality. The beer wasn’t quite as sweet as I anticipated. There is a burnt chocolate and plum and raisin flavor as well. The dryness continued into the finish. Medium body. On the whole, this is a respectable, drinkable beer, but certainly not outstanding. I’d hoped for a little more complexity and depth.

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Photo of ZAP
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Maroon colored...just a whiff of a white lace....big yeasty nose....sour fruits and vinegar....feels pretty smooth and silky in the mouth...body is carbonated high...and on the thicker side of medium...flavor is big on the sour apples...Some sweet plums are also in the mix, laying on top of an almost caramel backdrop... This is a little tart, but definitely complex...a bit of an artificial flavor on the finish....overall not a favorite of mine, but certainly not a horrible dubbel..

02 vintage

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Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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 OWSLEY069
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, sweet dark fruit, primarily cherry and a hint of alcohol. In the taste, sweet to dry plum and dark cherry, hints of alcohol as well. A malty and smooth mouthfeel and a dry dark fruity aftertaste. Big alcohol presence, and a not a good representation of style.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark red, muddy brown brew with a nice tan head of foam. Aromas are across the board and consist of red wine, candy sugar, yeast, various hops and malts, and dark fruits! The taste is a bit boozy, very vinous, spicy, and highly quaffable. This reminds me of Chimay Premiere very much. The mouthfeel is just right, and this stuff is like liquid silk in your mouth. The drinkability is pretty good as well....nice!

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: Guest Beer @ Northampton Brewery: This one pours an opaque lighter brown color. There was almost no head to it at all. The aroma mainly a caramel sweetness, along with notes of raisins and plums. The taste was akong the same lines, except with a touch of clove to the taste. A hint of bitterness also comes through at the end. Quite nice!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A very distinctive looking, and rather uniquely sized bottle at 1 Pint, 9.87 fluid ounces, or 765ml if you’re into metric units. A single obverse label has a gold & copper coloring with the words ‘Stoudt’s Abbey Double’ above it. Labeled as Bottle-Conditioned Ale. A smudged bottom right hand corner of the label states, ‘Vintage Date 6/4/03’.

Appearance: A turbid caramel-brown body, perfectly demonstrating the fact that this beer is unfiltered. A tan colored head quickly forms when poured, and soon settles to a thin collar. Above average carbonation means that the head is easily replenished when the beer is quickly swirled.

Nose: Caramel malts, spices, yeast, dark fruits and some sweet molassic hints at times when the beer is swirled. Average in strength.

Taste: A lovely spicy introduction, that is so typical of the Belgium Dubbel style, is immediately wrapped in a smooth, slightly warming, caramel malt middle. The spices rise in strength towards the middle. I frequently got a tart, sour hint – making me think this could be on the turn. With the smudged date – it’s hard to tell. The ending has a slightly sweet-bitter angle, with a dry yeast aspect – the characterful spice is still there though. Astringent at the death.

Mouthfeel: Above average, smooth and often creamy – but also mildly warming. The tartness I mentioned above puzzles, one minute its there, the next it’s gone.

Drinkability: Very nice, it’s mild warming effect, and spicy aspect lends a fruity dimension to the beer and aids its Drinkability.

Overall: An accomplished example of the style and a decent attempt – the spicy hints from the Belgian yeast makes all the difference I think. Cheers Nero!!

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Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of WanderingFool
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoudt's Abbey Double poured into my glass a murky brown color with a creamy tan head on top. The foam faded quickly leaving only a few spots of lace behind. A sweet malty aroma with notes of sugar, nuts and yeast greeted me before each sip.

The flavor of this smooth medium to full bodied beer is mainly sweet malt. It begins with some brown sugar, before some earthy notes of nuts and caramel malt move in. It finishes with a touch of clove. A somewhat sticky palate with a sweet brown sugar taste is left behind.

This is a nice smooth and malty beer, but does not seem to have many of the spices I've experienced in other dubble's. Still, it's quite drinkable and hides the 7% alcohol well.

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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 Mitchster
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Vintage date 5-6-02. 7.0% ABV.

Pours out to a clear deep ruby, forming a spongy and creamy dark tan head with excellent retention and average lacing. Adding the yeast gives it a chocolate milk appearance, like murky apple cider and milk mixed together. Carbonation is medium-strong. Aroma can be smelled from an arm's length...Ripe and delicious with a ton of brown bananas, raisins, prunes, black cherries, clove, vanilla...very, very nice. Mouthfeel is tart, clean and lightly dry with a deceavingly light and airy body. Taste is very interesting...begins with immediate clove and banana and dark fruity, then is immediately followed by a surprising sourness...Belgian Funk with a bit of musty dankness, followed by leather, wood and a hint of metal. The finish is dry, clean and fruity/earthy. This is a wonderful brew! The sourness is pleasant, but towards the end of the bottle, the combination of acidity and metals is a little too much, like aluminum foil and lime juice. As it warms, the flavor profile remains constant.

Quite satisfied with my first brew from Stoudt's! I am excited to try their other offerings if and when I can find them. This is an very good and truly unique brew. Kudos to the Stoudt team for making this stuff. Would gladly buy this again. Recommended!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

Bottle at 40 degrees into a snifter
Aroma none cold or warm
Head small (< 2 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2mm ring and broken layer
Body dark amber, chill haze
Flavor as it warms sweet, dates; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl; alcohol becomes evident after
Palate full, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.0625. Final weighted score 3.2.
The lack of aroma over a wide range of temperatures is definitely a detriment. Not very complex. An OK example of the style but not the best.

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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 RonfromJersey
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

765 ml bottle, aquired at the brewery.

A cloudy brown body, topped by a tan frothy head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with some apricots and a hint of orange. Taste also features fruits, some dark, some dried, an assortment of spices and a strong yeastiness. Fairly full mouthfeel, but with a shade too much carbonation. Interesting to try, but not one of my favorite Stoudt's brews.

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Photo of Durandal_777
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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