Flying Fish Beligian Style Dubbel

Flying Fish Belgian Style Dubbel
ABV: 5%
IBU: ?
Calories: 150
Volume: 12 fl oz
Glass: tulip
Purchased at: Sherwood Liquors, Ewing, NJ
Price per fl oz: $8 / 72 fl oz = $0.11 per fl oz
Consumed on/at: home on March 19th, 2008

sensory first impression: I’ve had this many times at Firkin Tavern on Tap, and enjoyed it as one of the best crafty tap beers there. I enjoy this every time. I realized recently that it’s the beautiful dark mixture of hops coffee and banana that I enjoy so much. It’s nice that it takes it easy on the ABV, too. It’s not a golden monkey style brew – more balanced, more refined, and more easily drinkable than the monkey, though there are times only Victory’s brew will do. Thin head. A beautiful deep red to golden color. Bottle conditioned, yet very clear. A yeasty, hoppy, fruity enjoyment.

Malt flavor is: coffee and nuts
Hop flavor is: resinous, thick and luscious. Very floral, darkly grapefruit citrusy.
Yeast flavor is: thoroughly doughy, moldy, and dirty.
Other flavors include: alcohol, banana, raisin, vanilla, walnut. Heavy cherry sourness in the aftertaste.

Color is: pale, amber, orange, red and fiery. Darth Maul’s Lightsaber.
Liquid is: clear
Head and lace are: thin, slightly off white, and lace is very nice.

Maltiness or Sweetness level is: heavy
Hoppiness or Bitterness level is: medium
Sour level is: medium

Body or Mouthfeel is: full
Texture is: creamy, sticky, thick, tissue paper
Carbonation is: average
Finish is: long

Overall experience: A beautiful and wonderful beer. A fruity joint, with serious dark and sour undertones. This is easily one of my favorite beers, though average in its consumability, price, and availability on tap. A winner all around.

beercritic asks: beer of the month clubs in central NJ?
05/09/2008, 5:31 PM
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Craft beers are on the rise.

Most wine stores who have web sites and shipping options also have a wine club. I’m really intrigued by the idea of a craft beer club. Suppose I gave you $30 a month, like many wine club starter levels, and you find a way to deliver me 3 great 22oz craft beers a month with no repeats for at least a year?

The first month could be a Bear Republic Hot Rod Rye, a Victory Baltic Thunder, and a Ommegang Witte, since you might already have those in stock. After that you could branch out or do themes, like hoppy ales of the Northwest, followed by Double IPAs from the East, followed by European Chocolate Stouts. There’s so many great beers out there, and so few ways to get the special ones, that I think I’m not alone in wanting this service.

I’d also love a six pack sampler option, where you buy 12 special cases of 12 fantastic beers, then mix and match them into 12 packs for $20-30. You could go wild with your sampling options, themes, and pricing there. You could throw in a really special ale or two and offset the cost by way of the method of distribution.

It would mean at least $30 a month you’re not getting right now, but probably a lot more. We want variety, availability, and service, and those are all things you can offer.

Best of luck.