June 27, 2009

Flying Fish Belgian Style Dubbel

Before I get in to the beer review, let's review this past week. What a week it was. I was out Wednesday night with a friend in NYC and he told me Michael Jackson had died. I'd been in a meeting all day, with no access to what was going on in the real world. At first we thought it was a rumor, but we quickly realized that it was true. Add to that the fact Farrah Fawcett had also died and you had a pretty surreal day (although, given how sick she was, it wasn't as surprising about Farrah). I have to admit, I felt badly that Farrah's death was so completely overshadowed by MJs. I know that happened once before, but I forget who it was. If anyone can remember the last time two celebs died on the same day - and one completely overtook the airwaves, with barely a mention of the other - post a comment and remind me.

No matter what you thought of Michael in recent years there is no denying the fact that he was an amazing talent and absolutely worthy of the title "King of Pop".

So, the beer. I went to the Royal Tavern (which I really need to write about - it's one of my favorite bars in the city - and not just because it's so convenient to where I live!) for dinner last night. Decided to try the Flying Fish Belgian Style Dubbel. I enjoyed it with my meal - a vegan sloppy joe (mmmmm!). It wasn't hoppy, but as I'm trying different beers, I'm realizing the incredible variety I really like.

It pours a nice amber color, with a pretty thick head that disappears fairly quickly. It's on the stronger side at 7.3% ABV. The smell is fruity and faintly spicy. You can taste the fruit when drinking this, as well as a bit of the spice (cloves?). It's definitely more malty than hoppy, meaning it's more sweet than it is bitter (hops add bitterness, and I love bitter beer!). While drinkable, I think two or three is the most I could have, mostly because of the maltiness. It's not terribly heavy, and would go well with a variety of foods.

Flying Fish Brewery
is my neighbor, just over the bridge in Cherry Hill, NJ. I need to get myself over there for a brewery tour! Anyone want to join me? They do them almost weekly on Saturdays.


  1. As we said last night, I'm pretty sure it was John Ritter who overshadowed Johnny Cash b/c Ritter was so surprising. That's one I remember, anyway. I'm up for the Flying Fish Tour, keep me posted! :)

  2. I don't think it was the same day, but I believe Princess Diana and Mother Teresa died around the same time. Looking forward to your next review.

  3. Here are some others:
    John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Even weirder -they died on July 4!
    Sammy Davis Jr and Jim Henson
    Orson Welles and Yul Brenner

    I found those on a site that listed the top 10 famous same-day celeb deaths, but they didn't have John and Johnny. They did, however, have a bunch of people I've never heard of. So either I don't know the definition of the word "celebrity" or I just don't know enough international celebs.

  4. Oh, and Princess Diana died on August 31 and Mother Theresa died on Sept. 5. So yep, they were close.