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Stoudt's Abbey Double Ale | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 72
Photo of Jarod
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned, vintage date of 6/4/02
Served in a 765 ml bottle from the brewery

This beer poured a very cloudy chestnut brown that had orange edges when held to the light. Through the thick cloudiness you could still see the carbonation bubbles coming to the surface. It produced a moderate head that was a creamy beige color, semi thick and dense. Lace was produced, spotty and watery in nature. The aromas that came from the glass, were of caramel, dark fruits, toasted malt, sweet malt, brown sugar, root beer, yeast and some spices. The flavors that rolled across my tongue when first served were of a bitter hop, caramel, dark roasted and toasted malt, yeast, dark fruits, some alcohol, sour fruit (in the middle), spices and a barky kind of dry taste. It finished with a slightly creamy roasted malt taste then a tart taste. These flavors seemed to disappear fairly fast after the sip. It was medium to light heavy bodied. The flavors seemed to blend more and the malt seemed to stand out as it warmed, but not last as long as I would have wished. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet and tart all around. The only problem is that the flavors left the pallet too fast. Did not allow any flavors to settle and become pronounced. Also the last pour was pure yeast sediment, which made it non-drinkable at the end of the glass. Too much bottle conditioning, I usually enjoy a bottle conditioned beer to the last sip, but not this one. But over all a decent beer and representative of its style.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 merlin48
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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 donnebaby
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rosy red purple color, dark and clear. Active in the glass yet nothing more than a clear bubble ring.

Served very cold, it took time for the smell to emerge. When it did, it was spicy, with lots of alcohol. However, my mother claimed simply that it: "smelled like beer".

Taste began with a spicy shot to the throat. Creamy carbonation otherwise in an overall medium body. Taste was on the thin side, with structured, light sweet plums and alcohol, with notes of cinnamon and raisins. Cleanish aftertaste with some chewy grains arriving late.

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Photo of thain709
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mastracchio's

A - Served with a deep copper body that showed some ruby highlights...the head was white and creamy and stood two fingers tall...it fell to a full cap and left some lacing

S - Rather sweet on the nose...caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, dates, cherries

T - First sip reveals a high sweetness level again with caramel and brown sugar leading the way...the transition into the middle of the beer was subtle and pleasant...the dark fruits take over and really stand out...the dates and raisins can be picked out right away...cherries and plums are more subtle, there's even a hint of grape...some sweetness comes back and joins the fruit for the finish

M - Medium bodied...smooth and creamy...semi-sweet

O - I'm not sure if Stoudts is brewing this again or if this is a vintage keg...either way this Dubbel showed a nice balance of flavor, but one pint was enough for me

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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 beergeek279
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the 765 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is a dark tawny brown, with a wispy white head. The smell is a nice fruity, plumish, malt. The taste is very fruity, estery, plumy, with only a bit malt sweetness behind it readily noticable. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Not a bad beer, but not a world-class double either...mostly too much emphasis on the esters/fruits and not enough maltiness. Still, definitely enjoyable and hopefully this (along with the tripel) will make their appearance in Stoudt's new 12 oz. bottles.

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Photo of mcslain
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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 aaronh
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a tan head that fades quickly. The aroma is surprisingly nutty, with a nice roasted malt sweetness and a bit of hops. The roasted component also shows in the flavor. A bit of fruity sweetness mixes in as well. The finish displays decent bitterness. The carbonation is very fine and helps the mouthfeel, which otherwise is a bit thin and astringent. The drinkability is good, but not great. A decent beer, but not one I would stock up on.

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Photo of marc77
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 ManekiNeko
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

765 mL bottled on 10/31/02 served lightly chilled in a Maudite glass.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown topped by a dense dark tan head that fades to a thick ring of foam. Small specks and bubbles were left on the glass.

Smell: Rich dark malty aromas of caramel and honey. Nicely spicy with pepper, clove, and coriander notes. Occasional bits of cherry and bananas.

Taste: Grainy, cereal malt sweetness overall. Caramel malts and with a Belgian-style hop twang on the finish. Kind of peppery. Not as polished as the nose.

Mouthfeel: The bottle was drained quite easily. This would be great with hearty and/or beefy stews. Worth getting if local or semilocal, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a nice light tan head that left some lace. Some carbonation present. The aroma was of spices, but tough to decern a particular one. The flavor was of spices. The finish was a bit tangy. An alright beer for this style, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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 frank4sail
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 jahred
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to procman for the trade that brought this beer to me. I think the 765 mL bottle says vintage 10-31-02, though the year is rubbed out and it very well could be 10-31-03 instead. In any case, consumed on 4-15-04.

Pours with a huge amount of fizz and carbonation. My non-beer drinking girlfriend described it as "like cola fizzy." The beer is a milk chocolate brown color, and the large off-white head disappeared rather quickly.

The scent is nice - sweet belgian-style yeast and maybe some brandy notes, too. The taste is rather odd. The beer is sweet and fruity, and I largely detect figs and bready malts. There are some raisin notes as well, and I'm led to believe that this is some form of fruity bock beer (not sure what that means).

The huge carbonation I detected earlier was obvious in the mouthfeel. Combined with the sweetness of the beer, it made me think I was drinking an odd, generic-brand cola, and not beer. Quite complex, but the sweetness and extra carbonation didn't balance or fit perfectly together. Maybe it needs to age another year or two?

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a true mud brown, with no head. Also, while the carbonation was not present to the eye, it was quite fizzy once it hit the mouth. The aroma is like sticking my nose into the spice drawer: cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, ginger. There were also hints of lemon in the beer. The mouthfeel was a bit overcarbonated, but it mellowed out quickly. However, the spices and cloves formed a layer in my mouth which stuck around. Not sure it was all that bad, but different.

PS: The girlfriend likes this beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 oberon
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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 Bierguy5
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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 bjohnson
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to zrrbrrt for including this in my ba anniv. package. Appreciate the opportunity. Vintage 04 champagne bottle, capped.

Pours a dark hazy plum color with hints of brown. A thin one finger off white colored head holds nicely towards the edges of the glass leaving a hole in the middle. Bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass are making me think this one is a bit carbonated. We'll see. Deep dark fruits. Figs and juicy purple grapes laced with thick molasses and caramel. Real sweet malt.

Figs and prune drenched in caramel. Burnt brown sugar notes are quite hefty. Slight nuttiness underneath the sugar notes. Belgian esters are there, but are a secondary part of the mouthfeel. Mouthfeel takes on a yeasty bready characteristic that adds to the thickness of the body. Dry and a tad chalky towards the back of the mouth. Slight nestle cocoa powder taste on the tongue also. Thick and too sweet for my taste buds. I'd rather just suck on some rock candy.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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 aracauna
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
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 joshlara
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented in a 750 mL champagne bottle. Poured into a Corsendonk chalice. An extremely dark ruby color, a creamy thin lace lingers after sitting for quite awhile. Opaque. Aroma of belgian yeast, slightly spiced but not overwhelmingly so. Not huge in the aromatics. Not sensing much dark fruit, more candy sugar and biscuity malt than anything else. Some spicing evident in the flavor, hints of biscuit break through, dark fruit and spices throughout. A somewhat dry spiced finish. A little astrigent
but not overly so. Smooth mouthfeel. I really didn't love this beer. You can definately find better offerings out there.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

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 hotstuff
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
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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