Abbey Dubbel | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Abbey DubbelAbbey Dubbel

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in the style of a Belgian monastery. This mahogany ale has the sweetness of dark Belgian candi sugar paired with a distinct aroma of plum and pears.

25 IBU

Added by NeroFiddled on 12-14-2003

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of stevoj
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Iron Hill - Maple Shade. Dark and fruity, but a little light bodied. Prunes, raisins, a hint of anise and coriander. Flat and sticky finish.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of BravoTwo
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Smooth brown, with just a hint of reddish-orange appricot coloring. Could have looked a little cleaner, but overall good.

S - Good smell with hints of sweetness and malt without being oerpowering.

T - Good taste with just the right amount of sweetness to style, slight plum taste in the background, with good malty sensations.

M - Just average here. Not bad, mind you, but not anything spectacular. Not the most important factor here though.

D - A good drinkable Dubbel, which has good flavors and is balanced.

Overall, this Dubbel is a good representation of the style, and a good seasonal for the brewery. Easily drinkable, and an easy transitional beer to introduce people to belgian style beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cool into a goblet from the growler purchased the day before.
A - A murkey caramel brown w/ a full inch of tan foam after a vigorous pour. The head collapses slowly leaving minimal lace.

S - Nutty, dry flavors w/ yeast scents and a light wheat spice note.

M - Moderate carbonation, plenty of yeasty creaminess w/ a subtle dry wheat aspect and subtle acidity from an herbal hop spiciness.

T - A smooth quaffer that is sweet, but not cloying w/ enough spice from both hops and gentle wheat notes. The flavor is subtle and tasty w/out being overdone, a nice easy nutty flavor w/ gentle graininess and the slightest hint of hops.

D -A beer that is what it is, a no frills Dubbel. Satisfying, but nothing to separate it from the rest of the American versions out there.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of buzzy
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An orangish resiny amber color with honey highlights... A small whimsical off white head quickly fades leaving a very faint lacing with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass... Just the slight amount of moderate paced carbonation can be seen rising throughout... Leaves a slight syrupy film on the glass as the session proceeds...

S - Sweet fruit... Buttery caramel... Yeast... Some minor spicy notes... Apricot... Most sweet, a tad bit fruity...

T - Slightly sweet caramel... Apple... A faint yeasty presence... Raisins... Wheat... Peaches... Honey... Some candied sugars...

M - Medium bodied... A tinge of prickly carbonation... Ever so slightly sticky... A tad on the dry side...

D - A solid offering from Iron Hill... It's nice to see brew pubs that pay ample attention to the Belgian styles... Not bad, but far from best in class... This was enjoyable, but far from memorable... If at Iron Hill again, I wouldn't mine quaffing one back, but not before trying some of the other beers on the menu...

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Photo of DIM
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, coppery amber color. It was served to me with a short, fizzy white cap.

s: Sweet aromas of candied sugar and raisins for the most part, along with some faint floral bitterness. There was also a little heat wafting off of this.

t: Sweet up front with rum soaked raisins taking center stage. There was a hint of something medicinal next that was very fleeting but unpleasant. The finish was drier and a bit bitter.

m: Maybe a little thin with long lasting, fizzy carbonation.

d: Pretty good dubbel, but there is usually something much better on-tap at IH.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.56/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of AltBock
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at the North Wales, PA Iron Hill location on 11/1/2008. They served it to me in a small goblet/snifter looking glass.

This Dubbel poured a very hazy cranberry orange color with a small 1/4 of an inch head of white foam. This small head of foam had decent retention that left behind foamy white rings and just a few spots of lace.

This Dubbel loved the banana and cloves. There was so much banana and cloves in the aroma that only thing behind them was a small trace of malted wheat.

The taste was also all about the banana and cloves, but they were crispier in the taste. There wasn't much after those two. All I got after those two was a subtle touch of yeast, a hint of roasted wheat, and a drop of alcohol.

This was a medium bodied beer with a crispy aftertaste of bananas, cloves, yeast, and malted wheat. After a few sips, I could feel the strength of alcohol kick in a little bit.

I liked how it wasn't overly yeasty, but this beer just loved the bananas and cloves. Sometimes even that can get a little boring. Would I drink it again? I probably would if it was on tap. I wouldn't drop the major $$$ for a bottle.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany brown into my Troubador tulip. Head rises a bit quickly and is quick to settle. Aroma is mildly sweet with hints of brown sugar.

Hits the mouth with a wallop of sweetness that is quickly detoured by some carbonation giving time for the mouth to absorb the sweetness and pick up some rich caramel notes and a finish that I cannot describe - kinda chewy/sticky.

Mouthfeel kinda nice off the chewy/sticky finish with a decent amount of carbonation and decent body. This is a decent dubbel but not top of the heap. I would not mind dropping in for some of this now and again.

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Photo of little_star
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FoolCircle
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As far as the Dubbel style goes, this beer was incredibly easy drinking.

It first arrived in a 12oz. short-stemmed goblet which bewares the drinker of a higher alcohol content. It appeared to be a ruby-walnut color with a half inch light white head. The smell was sweet and satifactory but not overwelmingly suductive. As the first taste reached my tongue I was impressed by it's smooth sweetness followed by its sharp bite. It felt slightly port like to me, a little syrupy, in a good way. This Dubbel easily went down to quickly when it was originally acquired to be pondered.

Nice beer.

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Abbey Dubbel from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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