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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Winner of the silver medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival, this Belgian-style Abbey Dubbel is an exceptionally complex beer with many interwoven flavors. This classic-style Abbey beer features an immense head with a fruity nose and a generous body. Malty in the middle, the beer features a clean, almondy dry finish and a slight alcohol warmth. More like a wine than a beer—it has a lot of the qualities of a fine Burgundy.

Beer writer Michael Jackson has praised the Flying Fish Dubbel as “a wonderful example of the style.”

Malts: Two-Row Pale, Munich, Special B, Chocolate, Demerera Sugar
Hops: Styrian Golding
Yeast: Belgian Abbey Ale
Original Gravity: 16.8 Plato

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Cask, dry hopped with fresh Cascades: Same color. Aroma is very green and freshly grassy, and the maltiness blends nicely with the hops, hiding any hints of Belgian fruityness. Flavor is much the same, with the big malt blending in nicely with the fresh dose of green grassy hops. This is delicious, and way better than the standard version, IMHO. The only problem is that you would never think this a Belgian, but who cares?
Bottle:Nice red brown color. Not enough carbonation for the style. Thin tanish head. Get a little diacetyl? in the aroma, and definitely not fruity enough. Nice malty flavor with a gentle fruitiness. Not bad and can be improved easily. Very drinkable, but the flavors may be in need of a little oomph. 6-4-7-4-13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
A very good drinking beer I liked this one a lot. It had a very malty aroma and flavor. It didn't have the stronger phenolic flavors that I was expecting in a Belgian Dubbel, but I actually liked the taste more this way. A very good beer that I have drank before and will drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Amber brown with a foamy white head that settles with a nice lace. Sweet apricot spice aroma. Flavor is rich and smoth with a faint alcohol presence. Aggresive carbonation did not compliment, though I don't think it took any thing away. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Aroma is reminiscent of a spicy banana with a slight alcohol smell. Appearance is a dark brown with large, quickly dissapating head. Flavor seems to fade quickly and is hard to nail down. Sweet and carmely up front with an alcohol-dominated, watery finish. Palate seems thin overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8982) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Pink head. Slightly murky appearance. Spicey peppermint aroma. Very smooth. Prickly up front, quite carbonated but still with a nice small-bubbled smoothness. A little alcohol in the nose, with some caramel, but weak as far as flavor goes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3981) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Foaming, soft cream head on a red/brown/pinkish? body. I wasn't sure of the head; it seemed too much. Juicy Fruit (chewing gum) and caramel aroma, then vanilla. The flavor faded quickly, being slightly watery in composition. A titch of the alcohol shines through the caramelly body, and there is a bit of spice as well. this didn't really add up, to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Tasted at Eric & Wendy's "Go to Hell, Isabel" Party 2003. Sparkling clear, mohogany ale. Small, fizzy, khaki head. Quickly dissipating. The nose is beefy with notes of horse blanket and leather, straw or hay. Nothing at all special. Some brown sugar, caramel and chocolate notes in the flavor... maybe even dates. Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Good attempt at a difficult and wonderful style, but this example falls way short of my expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Very Belgian in character to be a hard-working lad from NJ. Smallish off-white head. Very aromatic. Wonderfully complex on the palate with a good solid medium body. Alcohol is hidden well. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Smells like the other three beers in this "gift" set.Looks pretty nice w/ little floaties and all.Good deep amberish color.Tastes a bit fishy to me.Not bad not great.Goes down smooth,kinda sweet,slight bite.I'll stick to the porter or the grand cru.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2003
Less fruit than expected. Mild aroma. Nice malt profile though and a good mouthfeel.

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