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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 ferrari29
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a stemmed wine glass

A - Cloudy body; beer poured with a one finger beige colored foam; slight amount of lacing formed on the sides of the glass; molasses or brown syrup in color

S - Yeasty and malty; deep whiffs produce scents of fruits, especially banana; typical Belgian style in smell, subtle hints of spices; not very overwhelming

T - Yeasty; slight sweet almost bourbon flavors, mostly caramel though, probably from high ABV formed from excessive amount of malted barley; malty biscuit backbone; fruit - like banana

M - Filling and moderately heavy feel; tangy feeling on the sides of the tongue from the carbonation

D- Not bad and a nice beer; could be considered a well-balanced dessert or after dinner beer; I'd be willing to try more from Iron Hill

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Photo of Kendo
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Caged & corked 750 ml, poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is murky amber with a small stone/khaki-colored head.

S: Raisins and candied sugar. Plums and basic fruitiness as well. Brown sugar rounds out the sweet nose. Pleasant.

T: Sweetness dominates, though not in a bad, cloying sort of way. Raisins, plums, dark fruit and sugar - candied and brown - and caramel malt are the primary flavors. Finishes with a touch of alcohol; it's more noted when it warms.

M: Body is medium with a very fine-bubbled carbonation that gives it a good, creamy mouthfeel that's fizzy on the palate.

D: Good. Went well with mussels steamed in beer (SN Kellerweis) with some heavy cream, shallots and garlic. But drinking it on its own after dinner, the sweetness gets to you.

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Photo of afksports
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Iron Hill Abbey Dubbel is described on the menu as being brewed with dark Belgian candy sugar and balanced with notes of plum, pear and spice. At 7.3% alcohol by volume, it fits right in with the Belgian category. Probably my favorite from the sampling menu - despite my mild feelings towards Belgians in general - this one has a lovely head that retains excellent lacing throughout. It's a rich and clean and clear amber.

The smell is composed of candy, burnt malts, pear, and some spice - maybe coriander? Needless to say, the description comes through the nose. The taste follows it, although the pear in the nose doesn't hang in there as much as I was hoping for. It's spicy at the back end, which leaves you wanting to have more. Beyond that, you don't notice the booze, which is nice for a change.

A well-composed medium body with good carbonation makes this an enjoyable and drinkable brew. If they do it again at Iron Hill, and I can let go of their Pig Iron Porter, I may be back for it.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Wilmington brewpub, 6-Dec-08.

A: The dubbel is a dark, hazy brown-amber color, a shade that could almost be called 'dull brown'. A small, off-white head rests precariously, doomed to disappear before the mid-point of the glass.

S: The nose is deep with dark fruits and candi sugars. Raisins and beet sugars mix with candi and the yeast strain with nice results.

T: The ale is rich, sweet with sugar. Dark fruits: raisins, plums amd figs are sweet with a dry finish. Brown sugar and breadiness linger throughout, pairing nicely with the fruits. A nice, welcome Belgian offering.

M: The mouthfeel is robust, warming without betraying too much booze. The flavor profile, mostly yeast driven, is nice.

D: The dubbel provided a nice counterpoint to the Old Tom, sweet and fulling with a nice integration of flavors.


A 10 oz glass served at the newest Iron Hill location in Lancaster, PA, 30-Nov-07.

A: The dubbel is brown and dirty, looking like apple cider with a great deal of sediment suspended throughout. There wasn't much head atop this beauty.

S: The nose is caramel malty with candi sugar and raisins adding a sweet darker note.

T: Candi sugars abound in the ale, creating a sweeter body that stands up against the formidable malt presence. Dark fruits emerge from the ale, with raisins and apricots leading the way. The alcohol is well hidden and can catch you off guard. The sweetness of the candi sugar, somewhat lacking when cold, really shines as the ale warms.

M: The mouthfeel is solid, long on candi sugars and thick malt. If IH Lancaster's specialty is Belgian-style ales, I'm really gonna enjoy being 25 minutes away!

D: As with all Belgians, you have to appreciate the subtle blend of unusual flavors. Me? I could drink this stuff all day long.

3.5, 4, 3.5, 4, 4 = 3.70

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

Served in about a 12oz. snifter at the brewery in north Wales. Brown iced tea color with a tiny amount of off white head that disappeared quickly.
On the nose there is lots of banana,cloves and other spices with a strong Belgian yeast presence.
Taste is same as the smell with the addition of some dark fruits like figs and raisins. Also a noticable alcohol warmth.
Medium bodied and somewhat chewy with a nice alcohol burn. Seems to be more then the advertised 7.30%abv.
I was suprised by this beer. A verygood stap at a Belgian Dubbel from Iron Hill.

Notes: Reviewed from notes taken on 4-14-10

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

- Served in a chalice. 1-16-10.

A: Poured a nice blend of rich mahagony and candy-apple red with a good clarity and thin whispy topping that was light beige in color that unfortunately was not as sturdy as advertised. Visible carbonation was extremely soft with a very sparse density of lonely micro carbonation bubbles that lazily made their way to the surface in no hurry. The coloring was really nice but a much sturdier head would of added to the visual appeal here.

S: The nose was fruity of fresh grapes and freshly coated caramel apples but was sorely missing that complimentary maltiness that really defines the style. Maybe if the beer was left unfiltered it would of left some more residual malt character, with only a faint presence of semi-dry caramel barely making its presence known. The nose was defined mostly by the fruitiness and alcohol spiciness but wished it had more malt presence.

T: The flavor was more promising then the nose offering a smooth but noticeable malt character along with a sweet twang of alcohol and fruity notes of apple peels, pears, and warm ripe fruit. There was a bit of a light coffee/black malt lacing that was present upon the swallow as well. The alcohol was sweet with Belgian candy notes while still providing a decent level of warmth. Overall the flavor was smooth while offering a fair of complexity filled with fruitiness, spiciness, and alcohol warmth, though only wished the malting was more promising.

M: The mouthful did provide a good tingle and creaminess swelling up in the mouth. Medium bodied, with a slight oily texture the beer flowed beautifully off the tongue upon the swallow. Again a smooth experience but was looking for that mouth coating maltiness signature.

D: Drinkability was good. Spicy, with a bit of alcohol it was easy enough to handle packing its fair share of warmth. Enjoyable, smooth and a easy re-order.

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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 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 BeerBishop
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Slightly murky in a nice brownish, organish color. Looks inviting...

Smell - A bit sweet with a mildly abundant banana smell. Intoxicating. Attractive spice note, fresh and sweet overall.

Taste - Excellent. Alcohol presence noticable, but not too much so, which makes this very sippable. Much of the flavor comes from the smell, banana, with almost a clove/coriander finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick without being syrupy, more velvety. Very, very nice.

Drinkability - Would I have another? Absolutely. Had two the first was so good. Served in a 12-oz glass since it's on the tougher side, but it presents with a drinkability that makes it quite sessionable. I switched to the their ESB (brilliant!) after number 2, as the snow was starting to fall, and I was in charge of getting us home safely.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a murky brown color with a finger of white head. Tons of lacing as well.

S: Super tight nose on this beer. Got some hints of the yeast with some bready notes. Not much else.

T: A solid beer but nothing really made it stand out. You got the malt and the yeast but you really did not get any hints of dark fruit till it was really warmed up. Then you got a slight hint of plums.

M: Very nice and smooth mouthfeel.

D: Very good drinker. For a dubbel it was easy drinking. I would have liked to of seen a different yeast used maybe to bring out the dark fruit some more.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a pretty nice dark amber with a tad of off white head and a little lacing
S- malt, sugar, some ripe fruit smells
T- a little sweet, but very refreshing, very well balanced, havent had too many dubbel's, but this one is pretty damn tasty
M- really smooth, nicely carbonated, it was like 10 degrees out, so the beer seemed really cold ..but I think it was served cold too
D- could not taste the extra alcohol, a very nice domestic interpretation of a Belgian dubbel

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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 audirs4s
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice smooth beer. From start to finish it has a smooth taste and feel. It's surprising how quickly this beer fills you up but even when you feel full, you still can't help but want more.

There is a nice sweet underlying flavor that reminds me a little of a fruit beer. By no means is the flavor overpowering and don't let my mention of a fruit beer scare you away.

I would definitely drink this beer on tap again whenever I'm back in West Chester.

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

Deep red and kind of hazy. It was served with little foam, just some fine bubbles ringing the glass. Spotty lacing. Very fruity aroma, plum and ripe skins, bready and a bit vinous. Very mild bitterness with plum and a bit of cocoa up front. Malty and bready, apple skins, delicate tartness. Light spicy tingle in the finish with lingering fruity sweetness. Medium/light bodied with considerable carbonation, a bit dry, good texture that's easy on the palate. Quite a nice take on a dubbel. Very enjoyable.

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

It pours a hazy deep amber, bordering on light brown. Two fingers of light tan head construct and stay molded for some time. Stereotypical Belgian lacing is readily apparent.

The aroma is a happy mélange, aptly lending banana, clove, earthy grain, candy sugar, currants, and tangy touch of wheat. There's also a mellow but viable air of hop spice. Lurking quietly is a thin strain of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is prevalent, carrying caramel, dark dried fruit, and apricot. A solid dark candy sugar sweetness is dotted by an estery current of banana and a more muted spice note. The merest tinge of hops is soon lost to a warm but sneaky blush of alcohol. A bready yeast and grain combo is more earthy than sweet, but a little residual sugar is notably mitigated by a crisp, green apple dryness that lingers through the finish. It's busy, and not seamless, but it is pleasing.

Medium bodied, the malt feels soft and slick, and the sugar rounds the body and gives it some legs.

It's got plenty of interesting components, and while they're not so much blended as aligned, they still deliver an enjoyable degree of complexity that is easy to drink, if not really smooth. The hops give just enough notice to render a unique touch to the overall presentation. The ABV is craftily worked in, coming off more as warmth than flavor, so it is worth being cautious. Still, it drinks happily. Would I be a broken record if I said I'd welcome this in South Jersey any day?

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was drinking this as more of a calibration beer than anything else. Their brewer, Paul Rutherford, has made a seasonal that he is calling "Abbey's Fault" - an homage to one of their waitstaff, which is the recipe for this beer, plus an addition of hops. Think of Urthel Hop-It as a reference. I wanted to drink a glass of this beer before reviewing its offshoot.

It arrived with a finger's worth of deep-tan head. The color was a hazy medium-amber. The nose was just like a banana split - very estrous! The mouthfeel was medium with a very sweet banana-like flavor on the tongue. The finish was equally sweet and very banana candy-like. It probably would not be my bag on a regular basis, but I am anxious to try it with the addition of a load of hops.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a hazy deep amber colored beer with moderate off-white head.
Smell has nice notes of candy sugar combuned with apricots and dates.
Taste expands on the smell, with the addition of raisins.
Very smooth and refreshing at the finish. No alcohol detected.
An easy to drink dubbel. Might be a nice beer to introduce your novice friends to.

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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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Abbey Dubbel from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 82 ratings
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