Dear Abbey Dubbel | Legacy Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Legacy Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jdaelhousen on 07-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by edchicma:
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich caramel with a good initial head that dissipates to a nice clinging quality to the edge of the glass. Smell is rich with malt sweetness and sugary presence. Taste maintains this rich quality, coating the tongue. Mouthfeel goes from initially coating the tongue and finishes with a nice slightly tart finish. Easy on the palate, smooth, very drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a wine glass.

Appearance: Darker amber color with a frothy off-white head, not much lacing or retention, however, which isn't good here.

Smell: Bubblegum and malt sweetness at the forefront. With some citrus in the back. Not extremely complex, but very aromatic and fragrant, and something I keep going back to. Mild phenolics start to make their way into the nose as it warms, along with more hops.

Taste: Certainly not a Belgian, meaning one that's not a domestic. However, there are enough quality flavors going on here to make it worth your time. Big bubblegum and banana at first, with mild phenolic medicinal flavors, backed by the sweeter malt side, mild fruit flavors, and hops to start to balance things out by the end. Again, nothing overly complex, but enough for me to really enjoy it and start developing flavors as it warms.

Mouthfeel: More heavy-bodied though it stays manageable as far as cloying goes; the carbonation is there and prominent enough to balance everything out very well.

Drinkability: The prices are always good for Legacy, and I thought many more would've reviewed this. Don't expect a Belgian out of the gate, but it's definitely flavorful and balanced and worth the time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I grabbed this as an extra recently and was quite interested in trying it to be honest. I love new things. This one served chilled and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 06/04/2009.
The pour was awash with over carbonation. Tons of foam everywhere with really just a mess right after the cap was popped. Once it settled it left a somewhat clear garnet color that offered some shimmer of ruby. Interesting and yet average aroma. Honey, hints of prunes, and a touch of grain, but again average at best. As I take a sip it is clearly over carbonated and loses my interest quickly. Very sweet, but thin and not really the most drinkable of dubbel for that matter either.
Overall average, it was not bad but a lot of work needs to be done to bring this one into a category that I would enjoy again. Just not what I was looking for,

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent dark tone of amber with a decent sized, off-white head that slowly fades out.
Smell is of raisins, caramel, candi sugar, with some estery notes of baseball card gum.
Taste follows where the aromas stopped with notes of raisins, fresh yeast, mild herbs, and caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary up front, with a mildly bitter bite in the finish.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of jdaelhousen
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored body, wispy white swirling head that has a soapy appearance.

Aroma contains strong notes of candy sugar, honey, mint, clove, and pepper.

Taste contains sweet candy sugar notes initially; honey and clove are mixed upon the palate. The candy sugar and sweet honey qualities up front disappear quickly as earthy and spicey tones take hold.

Finish brings about pepper, mint, and a grassy hay-like hop bitterness through into the aftertaste. Overall, a tastey and spicey dubbel by Legacy.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber in color and quite clear. Decent head with great lace retention.

Honey and malt aroma. Slightly alcoholic.

Rich and malty with a light sweetness that doesn't overwhelm. The alcohol is present but not distracting. There is a low level of sourness in the swallow. Full bodied with a low level of carbonation. Not overly complex, but flavorful.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised to see this on tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a solid amber color with fair head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty interesting, consisting of cola, rootbeer and sweet ice tea. Except for the ice tea part, flavors on the palate replicated the nose. Also got a hint of citrus and chocolate, on a moderately sweet frame. This beer is really pretty light on the palate and is surpringly drinkable given the abv.

Mahaffey's had both this and the Euphoria on tap last night and I much preferred this beer from Legacy. A very nice beer; one I wouldn't hesitate to order again.

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Photo of bamadog
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a coppery color (almost looks like iced tea) with some hints of amber around the edges; head is disappointing for something calling itself a Dubbel as it's less than a finger in depth and fades almost immediately to a thin skim that doesn't cover the surface; body is clear and shows mild carbonation;

Smell: Smell is of caramel malts and some deep toasty malts as well (reminds me more of a doppelbock) and slight hints of alcohol...

Taste: Bit of a letdown here too - taste is more toasty/biscuity malts and a grassy/earthy presence than anything else -- no hints of fruitiness or yeastiness or really anything beyond that malt presence.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is much stronger than it appears and is even a little sharp; mouth is left moist and the aftertaste is reminiscent of straw with slight hints of alcohol.

Drinkability: Oh, you can drink it, but I don't know why you would want to when there are sooo many other examples out there that do the style much more justice.

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Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice dark amber body...a thin cap head...not much lacing

S - Very sweet nose...notes of caramel malts and some honey

T - Taste is much of the same...your caramel malts dominate but are rounded with more sweetness from the honey...there are some other underlying characteristics here but I can't pinpoint them

M - Medium...coats the palate nicely...very smooth

D - I enjoyed this beer...a nice representation of the style...very sweet and well rounded in flavors

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Photo of NEhophead
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a goblet.

Deep amber with thin auburn highlights. Carbonation-intensified, off-white head that evaporates on impact to a half-intact film. Faint traces of pin-dropped lacing, but no real strength.

Candied-sugar and honey sweetened malt with light toffee and caramel notes. Somewhat vinous fruit: cherry, red apple, plum. Also, deep raisin with light notes of pear and apricot. Rich brown sugar and nutmeg as well.

Somewhat rich, toffee flavored malts with a distinguishable honey and vanilla sweetness. Aged, vinous fruit: red apple, cherry, and light grape that meld rather well together. Following an unwelcomed burst of carbonation is a dry array of spices: corriander and pepper. The spiciness adds to a wheat flavored base which makes for a bland, adjunctory flavor tasted throughout the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; dry and overly active. The carbonation is overdone foreshadowing certain heartburn.

A Dubbel that is more grain-based than most and lacks the typical richness that I desire in the style. Not recommended.

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Photo of TheMistler
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pleasantly bright and clear orange copper - lighter than I expected. Pretty effervescent, producing a big bubbled champagne-like white head.

Lots of honey to the nose. Some dough malt. Raisins. Spices - anise, licorice, cardamon.

The spice in the nose... wow, just doesn't give any fair indication of how much spice is in the taste. Whew. Some honey sweetness brings up the rear and is left behind on the palate. Raisins. A bit of hops can be detected. Distinct malt flavors can't really be detected, they're blanketed by the spicing.

Lots of carbonation, very prickly. Rather light bodied. A soda-like feel.

Love the name. Do not love the beer, and am disappointed.

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Frisco Grille and Cantina in Columbia, MD.

Poured into a pint glass, the appearance is a bright amber with a thin head. I had expected a dubbel to pour a darker color.
The smell was sweet, some fruit present. The taste was sweet as well, but light and not overpowering or rich as some dubbels may be. Mouthfeel is pleasant, as noted previously, the carbonation is very much present. Drinkability is good, an interesting interpretation of a dubbel from Legacy Brewing outta PA.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark amber with a half inch head of off white.
Retention is short and only a few whisps remain on the surface along with some errant lacework.

Plenty of caramel, figs, and raisins lead off the nose. Hints of honey, peppercorns, grape jam, and cherries follow through.
Quite fruity and lightly spicy.

Medium bodied and a bit creamy. Smooth mouthfeel with a crisp edge.

Juicy malt, ripe dark fruits, caramel, and jam lead start the palate. A rounded honey note pulls through along with a cedar-like earthiness.

Finishes with some faint warming alcohol, lingering caramel, peppery shadows, and an earthy bitterness.

A very good Dubble! A bit small and clean for my taste, and some cocoa overtones would be nice, but there's a decent complexity here if you let the brew warm up.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: A very nice dark amber. No significant head.

S: Full caramel malt aroma. Lots of apple character with fig as well. Lacking strong spice notes. I note some booziness as well.

T: Malty sweetness with caramel character is the main note here. I'm picking up a touch of honey, clove, and raisins as well. Virtually not bitterness. Some booziness.

MF: Medium body. Lighter carbonation than style suggests. Smooth. Alcohol warming. Dry finish.

D: I think dubbels are a tough beer to do well. This one is a good shot.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Translucent dark amber/brown with a large fluffy light tan head that slowly dissipates to a film with little lacing. Fairly complex malt aroma, very sweet, candied sugar, raisins, honey, some peppery spiciness and light alcohol presence. Medium body with very sharp carbonation and a lingering caramel and mild honey flavor. Flavor is largely malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and a little honey. Nothing overly complex, not a excellent Dubbel but a nice try from an American brewery.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 22 ounce bomber bottle picked up at Shawan Liquors in MD. Silly me to think I could easily find this and other Legacy offerings in PA, you know, where it's brewed! Poured into a Maredsous chalice, the dubbel appears a hazed amber brown color with about an inch of off white foam. Kinda sweet, honey, caramel, fruits such as pear, somewhat biscuit-like. A tad thin bodied with more than ample carbonation. Not the best dubbel you'll find on the shelves.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.03/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Dear Abbey Dubbel is a dark amber/light wood colored beer with above average amounts of visible carbonation and a thin lacey head

S - the first element i notice is clover honey, some distinct but indistinguishable spice amalgams, and a bit of a biscuity/bready

T - very sweet honey, sickenly sweet, some ginger, and green spices, clover, rosemary, this beer drinks almost soda-like, way to sweet to be very tsty

M&D - this beer is syrupy and not very drinkable, its too sweet, with spices tacked on, its actually difficult to finish

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Photo of pershan
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

A: Poured a deep, honey-amber into a pint glass, with a thick white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Hops and sweet malt, with a faint sour aroma as well.

T: Initial sweetness and hop bitterness, but with an ever-increasing sourness in the finish - not at all pleasant - definitely seems to be a flaw.

M: A bit watery, but decent carbonation and lacing.

D: The sourness seemed to become more pronounced over time - I'll have to try it somewhere else to see if maybe this keg was just bad. Very disappointing since I've always been impressed with Legacy's other offerings.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle in my first BIF from Jw347. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Corsendonk tulip glass.

A- Beautiful amber with tints ruby mixed throughout. Two fingers width of off white was produced.

S- Got a huge whiff of boozy, earthy aromas mixed with spices and honey. A very nice combination.

T- Roasted malts reveal a bread like taste. Also hints of caramel and spices are definitely noticed throughout. There are subtle hints of sweet honey on the finish.

M- Crisp and clean. Leaves a semi-dry mouthfeel after each sip.

D- Highly drinkable. The alcohol was virtually undetectable. Light feel with a great nose and decent taste make this a go to beer.

Overall, a nice quality brew. I had no problem putting this bottle away in a single setting. I love trying new beers and this is a perfect example of why.

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Photo of deereless
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Serious foam over from a cold beer on a somewhat easy pour, the head drops to a sea froth like layer and leaves some sticky patches of foam along the sides of the glass, dull brown with a hint of peach color - 2.75, S: A very dry and crisp nose, alcohol is evident but restrained, some fruits such as apples and bananas as well as some spices that I am unable to place, very subtle sweetness, slightest hint of honey - 3.25, T: Quite tart and dry, candied sugar is noticeable, Trappist yeast provides a somewhat earthy and gritty palate, like the nose the alcohol is present but not disruptive, some raisin and aged date flavors - 3.00, M: Heavy carbonation - almost champagne like, a touch thin - 3.00, D: Dear Abbey Dubbel misses the mark in my opinion as a dubbel, decent but not one to which I'd return - 2.50

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice to give this beer the best chance of scoring well, though I still have my doubts about a 'Abbey Dubbel', new to a brewery in rural Pennsylvania.

Pours a tarnished gold color and brown in the glass with a big two finger fizzy head that falls back to a 1/4 inch off-white foam that seems to stick around and a fair amount of rejuvenating champagne-like bubbles.

Smell is weak all around but there's some ripe fruit, honey and yeasty bread.

Taste is very much like the ripe fruits in the smell. A little banana and a neutral fruit like pear. There is a small degree of the Belgian sugar, common to most abbey ales but much less here than in many, especially the Belgians. This Americanized version is more to my palate while still keeping true to style. I'm impressed. Must be the glass.

The carbonation is almost disturbingly sharp, distracting from the taste in the front and very end. If you get by that then the mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium to light body with a clean finish.

If the carbonation were just a bit less, I could see this as a very drinkable beer.

I may get this one again to share with others as a decent example of an Americanized Belgian Dubbel and perhaps a gateway to Belgians in general.

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Dear Abbey Dubbel from Legacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 23 ratings