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: 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
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Poured a very nice deep brown reddish color, with a decent amount of carbonation. The aroma is of slightly sour fruit. The taste however, is much sweeter than the smell. Rich luscious fruit comes through… think fruitcake (cherries, raisins, figs) but without the negative connotations. There’s a hint of sourness to contrast the brown sugar taste that also is present. Even a little winter spice… cinnamon and cloves… comes through in a very mellow way.

All said a very enjoyable and easy drinking dubbel-style… not as distinctive as its Belgian counterparts, but a worthy approximation of the style. I liked it even better pairing it with this year’s Thanksgiving meal. It paired very well with the dark meat of the turkey, the cinnamon sweet potatoes and the sausage & apple stuffed squash. In other words, a great compliment to the hearty flavors of Fall.

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Photo of BierReise
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

765ml capped bottle with bottling date of 2>27>03 Poured a dark cherry red with a tan head that diminished to almost nothing. Aroma is a bready malty one with a good amount of fruit most notibly plums. Mouthfeel is very effervescent and crisp yet finishes soft and smoothly. Flavor is malty with plums really coming through. Some burnt sugar in there as well. Overall pretty good stuff.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big ole 750 from last year’s old skool style.

Goes into me tulip with a dark russet cat brown bottle matching pour topped off with an impressive tan khaki frothy head cap, leaving behinf some small sediment particles in the glass.

Spicy aromas of cinnamon and slight bananas

First swigs: Bananas and rum raisin ice cream. A tad of metallic notes. Lingering bready yeasty wheat bread and rye notes. Fruity middle of plum and pear. Almost reminds me of a little quad. Ice cream notes of rum raisin. Wheat cracker.

Full bodied dubble.

Last swigs: Raisins and cinnamon waffles. Hidden ABV %. A fine interpretation of the style.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of harryhops
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ChappyCubsFan
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to Pisskynights for sending me this one in the BA holiday beer exchange.

This one poured a dark brownish-red with a nice head. Shared the bottle with two others. The taste had some resemblance to a merlot wine but with a nutty flavor that I've tasted in certain brown ales like Newcastle. It was a bold, robust ale, tasting to me almost like a barleywine. It's the kind of ale meant for sipping, like a fine wine.

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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 beernut7
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This nice brew pours into a deep amber-brown color with a decent foamy head. The aroma is light and yeasty with just a hint of sharpness. The flavor is light and has obvious berry-like undertones. Clean and refreshing with hints of chocolate, this is worth a try. The body is not overly carbonated and the brew goes down smoothly.

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Photo of Jarod
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +1.1%
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 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 donnebaby
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 -0.5%
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 beergeek279
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -0.8%
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 Mpenders
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Durandal_777
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beertardis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of aaronh
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -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 ManekiNeko
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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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