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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,555 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,555
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 49
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

Allagash Dubbel boasts a deep red color and a complex malty taste. The finish is dry with subtle hints of chocolate and nuts. The yeast asserts itself by lending a classic Belgian fruitiness.
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Ratings: 1,555 | Reviews: 765
Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks nice and appetizing in my new Rochefort chalice that my girlfriend got me for Christmas. She scored some major points with this fine piece of glassware! But ahh,...the beer. Deep chestnut brown with garnet highlights and very little head development.

S - Toffee and caramel are the major aromas, with caramelized sugar and some lovely yeast notes.

T - Pancake syrup, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, and caramel add up to a wonderfully sweet and malty brew. Gentle hop notes keep things from getting too sweet and add a bit of dryness to the finish. Excellent sipping desert beer.

M - Full bodied with full dextrin textures on the tongue. Carbonation is nice, and the finish is quite dry. My mouth feels the way it does after eating pancakes with syrup, only drier.

More User Reviews:
Photo of emerge077
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep auburn with some foam that subsides quickly. Maintains a skim and some lacing.

A burnt malt dominates the smell, moving into cereal territory. Unpleasant stale tobacco quality about it, felt very out of place.

Taste is coarse roasted malt, grain of paradise maybe. Tobacco again, not as rough as the smell. Some bitter hops in the finish, drying toward the end.

Mouthfeel doesn't redeem this one.

Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger or so of off-white head that fades quickly into a thin layer of foam.

S: Quite bready but there's a lot of toffee and caramel here as well. Some mild spice notes along with a touch of chocolate. Might be some dark fruit notes in there as well.

T: Seems to have a metallic flavor which is not very enjoyable. Luckily, some good chocolate and bread on the finish. A mild spice and some brown sugar. As I drink this, the metal actually becomes more and more pronounced.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is sort of lacing here.

D: Pretty disappointing, but I have to say, I'm not entirely surprised. I've only really enjoyed a couple of Allagash beers, and this is not one of them.

Photo of yarnbomb
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

I just don't like this beer. Every bottle I've had tastes like rubber tires and disappointment. The drafts haven't been much better. I love Allagash but this beer makes me sad.

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some reddish tints with a light head that is gone in a flash.The aroma really sweet and slightly nutty with some alcohol notes.Taste is is sweet with some roasted nut flavors with a light hooy note not in the background.A really drinkable beer for the style I have to say,a decent brew for the style but there are better for sure out there.

Photo of RoyalT
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one showed a sporting head that went down rather quickly as most Dubbel heads seem to do. The body was dark for the style though and mysteriously murky.

Smell – The malt base here is very rich. You can pick up the strong Belgian yeast even when it’s refrigerator cold. The sweet part of the nose is like brown or table sugar with lots of chocolate.

Taste – Yes, this is a very dark and yeasty Dubbel. The dark chocolate flavor of the malts is very well done. The yeast steps back a bit from the nose but is still there. The sweets are even with the malts. They are very table sugary and granular. The only fruit I can readily identify is the banana.

Mouthfeel – This is in between medium and full-bodied with some wonderful carbonation and a lasting bitterness at the finish.

Drinkability – This is one of the better American efforts that I’ve had of the style. It lacked complexity for sure like a lot of the other reviews pointed out, but overall it was far superior to some of the half-witted hoppy efforts that I’ve had the displeasure of trying from the US over the years. Allagash can be proud of this one.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light brown with a thin lame head that does manage to last a bit. Smells sweet like candied caramel sugary frozen mixed berries. A touch of earth, a hint of nut, and a pinch of wood come into play too. Watery front that gets a little better as it warms. Coffee and toffee grow in the flavor aspect of things too. ABV is well hidden, this comes across as sweet and light, not strong. I am disappointed but utterly. This does not compare to any of the great or even good Belgians. Nice attempt but lacking body and complexity. I want more, more nose, more head, and definitely more body.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 7-26-10.

A: Brownish-amber in color; more amber emerges when held to light. Wild, speedy, linear carbonation bubbles stand out to my eye. A 1/2 finger head resulting from a fairly light pour retains well. The lacing is great- like the waters of the ocean stirred by a terrible tempest. Also, it is sooo sticky.

S: A complex, sweet malt bill greets my nose. Two scents that stand out the most are brown sugar and cappuccino. Hiding behind those aromas are vanilla, caramel, plum, and fig. This is a decently big and quite pleasant aroma. I would use this as an air freshener.

T: There is a spiciness to the taste that I did not detect in the smell. little pepper and coriander at the beginning of the ship support the sweet malts. Like the smell, the brown sugar and cappuccino flavors are most prevalent. There is not much complexity in the flavor of this beer, but it is a pleasant dubbel and it does have a nice dry, earthy hop finish that washes the sweetness of the malts off of my palate.

M: Fairly creamy, but just a bit on the thin and watery side for me. All of the surfaces of my palate are engaged, but the MF just seems to be missing a tangible ummph.

D: This is a nicely drinkable brew. It is not the most complex dubbel out there, but it is a pleasant sipper with a reasonable price tag.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown with a thick, foamy head. The aroma yields an earthy, yeasty smell. It has a strong malt taste with raisin and date tones, without a great deal of sweetness, but a slight hint of sour. The tartness of the alcohol is also apparent from a deep sniff. Not very hoppy nor bitter, but a thick mouthfeel lingers on the tongue and the back of the throat. Nice drinkability if you don't mind the yeast coating your tongue. It goes very well with Mediterranean food.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I see the positive reviews, but this beer just did nothing whatsoever for me. In fact, I even kind of disliked it.

Not too much to say about the look or smell. It's dark amber, and smells sweet & very malty.

The taste was the big letdown. Just not much happening at all. Too sweetish, and surprisingly devoid of complexity. You take a sip, the taste quickly washes over your tongue, and just as quickly, the flavor is gone without a trace.

A disappointing, boring, and forgettable beer. I wont be having it again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Batch #77, poured into a goblet. A golden brown color with a thick, tan, sticky head. A sweet aroma, sometimes like molasses, sometimes like maple syrup. The taste was sweet and malty, and I think a bit of fig. The beer was a bit on the thin side, but nevertheless enjoyable.

Photo of Guden
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium brown with a few small specks of a head.

S- Cherry, fig, prune, toffee, cardamom, allspice, toast

T- Like the nose, pronounced fruit, toffee sweetness and spice. A bit of a sour, roasty, dry moderately bitter finish.

M- Fairly dry with moderate, prickly carbonation.

O- A decent dubbel, though far from my favorite. The yeast character comes off similar to Chimay Red but something about the finish seems muddled, with the combination of dry, roast and sour flavors. One of the better American version, but not as good as any of the true trappists.

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle ... corked and caged. Batch #8. No freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark amber brown with an ever so healthy off white lace that clings all over the glass.

Smell: Some medicinal, herbal and light coffee in the nose.

Taste: Rich with a well structured mouthfeel, very smooth and turning dry in the end. Hints of anise, juniper and liquorice ... herbal and phenolic. Hint of coffee with a candy sweetness in the middle ... long lasting dry finish with more hints of coffee and earth.

Notes: Allagash seems to be giving the Belgians a run for their money ... very drinkable for such a complex and big beer. An amazing American brewed dubbel. Great with grilled steaks, steamed asparagus and roasted new potatoes.

Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml dark brown bottle, "Batch 29", bottled on March 5, 2002, according to a prompt and courteous email reply from the folks at Allagash. Corked and caged presentation, served at about 55 degrees into a goblet. Clear ruby amber color when held to the light, and a bountiful tan head that stayed the distance. Lots of attractive lacing all over the goblet. Fruity nose at first, then a touch of orange blossom honey, spicy hops, and hints of apricot and pineapple. Complex and inviting nose! Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sufficient carbonation, and good hop balance to the many malts that cry out. The aftertaste, which is my only dislike, is distinctively of a port wine.

Dark fruits dominate the initial taste, as roasted Kona coffee, toffee, and some dry biscuit arrive to take part in the interesting mixture. Hops hold their ground throughout the long sipping exerience to lend a nice balance to all the malts. Alcohol warmness adds a pleasant touch halfway through the bottle, especially on a cold December night. I don't like the aftertaste which seems yeasty or astringent, and lasts forever. This was my only beverage, other than bottled water, the evening tasted and reviewed(Dec 11, 2003).

Overall, this is a very fine Belgian style dark ale with a complex, mostly malt, profile with a pleasant punch of sweet dried apricots and enough hops to bitter it out just about right. Excellent pairing for a sharp cheddar or quality blue cheese. Not an everyday ale, but one that I would love to keep on hand in the cellar. I bet these will be even better at 2.5 to 3 years from the bottling date.

Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked. I cannot believe the low review numbers for this brew...it pours a dark, murky and mysterious shade of darker brown, head is tan, pillowy, then a 1/8 inch of foam, and it leaves very nice lacing with some sheets of lace as well. Nose is raisins, yeast, rum, alcohol, varnish,horse blanket. This is a smooth as silk, big, large, complex,tasty, buttery double, that is pure taste, refinement and pleasue on the tongue. Notes of rum soaked raisins, vanilla, cookie dough, spices, cininimon toast, yeeha this stuff is tasty. go get some, NOW.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small one finger off white head. Reddish orange body.
Smells of clove, banana, sweet malts, some fruity notes.
Tastes of clove, some fruit banana and some others, sweet malts, finishes medium dry.
Medium carbing, med body, drinks fairly easily, I'd take this one any day of the week.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, dark orange/brown in color

Smell: figs, cloves, and bread

Taste: bread, cloves, dark woods--like juniper, and figs

Mouthfeel: sweet at very beginning, then a bitter spike that mixes with the sweetness as the beer goes down, high carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability: A good dubbel that gets better as it warms. Not my favorite in the style, but the bitter spike does enough to keep this one on the edge. I could have a couple of these especially on a cold night.

Photo of badbeer
2.34/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a muddy dark brown color with a white-ish head with good retention. Smell was spicey with a bit of clove, seemed different. Light taste of brown sugar and spice, and a little clove, just seemed bland. Light bodied, high carbonation. Really light and dry on the tongue, I was looking forward to trying this, just a little let down. I may try it again sometime to see if I was missing something, but I really didn't care for this.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 58. Poured into an Allagash goblet. Appearance is brown with a rich, creamy head. Smell is of malt and dark fruits. This beer tastes like it smells, with a slight hop bitterness but mainly raisins and plums. The beer was very carbonated. This is what I am looking for in a Belgian Dubbel.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. squat amber bottle. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Cloudy dark amber in color on the pour. Initial fizzy tannish-colored head leaves a patchwork of lace on my glass. Lots of yeast in this one.

Smell: A dark sugar-sweet fruity smell mixed with an "earthy" scent makes for quite a different smell on this beer.

Taste: As per the bottle, the 7 malts make for quite the malty flavor. Kind of a caramel-roasted toffee flavor with a dark fruity-lemon zesty profile lurking in the background. Finish is very nice, with a malty-sweet smoothness that occupies the palate for a spell.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, and very smooth.

Drinkability: Beware the 7.6% ABV! Hidden very well within the flavors. The pleasingly smooth aftertaste makes this one quite drinkable.

Photo of deebo
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 750 ml bottle that is a couple years old, picked up on a trip to CA. Batch 100.

Poured into a widemouth glass, a couple fingers of a beige creamy head emerge topping a relatively clear brown brew with ruby red highlights. Great lacing. As I get the yeast out in the 2nd glass the murkiness is as expected.

Aroma cold is dubbelish-sweet malts with plenty of ripe fruit. The malt character is a little stronger than most Belgians with a stronger roasted note. The fruity esters are strong with definite notes of prune and chocolate covered raisins.

Initial taste is at about 35-40F and very smooth. The malt and fruity esters from the yeast dominate. I should let this warm up to let more flavors come out but this is damn tasty cold.

Nice mouthfeel, slight carbonation tang in the finish. Dry. Slight warming, but doesn't hit you until its way down deep.

This dubbel is a little heavier in the roasted barley malt than most. The fruitiness is definite but lacks the flavor complexity of the greats such as Westmalle. A super easy to drink dubbel with plenty of good stuff going on. Well done. Wish I could get Allagash easier here in MN, would be drinking the hell out of there beers-especially the white.

Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Prune and dark dried fruit aromas, toffee and a hint of chocolate
Pours deep reddish brown under a thick, persistent, off-white 2" foam cap that produces classic cathedral window lace.
Dark malt toffee flavors that approach chocolate, dried fruit - primarily prune and fig, a touch of sweetness but on the dry side for a dubbel
Creamy smooth medium body with above average fine soft carbonation.

Photo of mattffrost
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Beer is cloudy dark brown with a tint of some orange. Foam is a very light brown that leaves some good lacing. Foam is lasting quite awhile. This beer looks of good quality.

S Malty grain smell. Also I get some spicy fruit flavor smell.

T A hint of sweentness up front. Finishes just a little bit bitter but not much. I would say it has a general spicy taste with a hint of sweetness. Not super complex but very nicely balanced.

M Very mild and creamy. This is a high quality beer.

D Easy to drink for me but the alcohol can sneak up on you.

Photo of Thrasher
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash is an underrated brewery and this is an underrated dubbel. As far as quality US produced versions of Belgian brews, Allagash is at the top of the heap, alongside Ommegang and New Belgium, perhaps even surpassing them. This is a sugary dubbel that pours with a huge frothy head and enticing aroma of wood and grasses. Big caramel bite with sugar, lemon, and spice flavors. Subtle finish, a big blast of sugar; as beer mellows in glass, becomes more wine-like and slippery, almost watery. Best enjoyed alongside a hearty meal; on its own it can be too candylike. Had a thick beef stew with this and it was incredible. Burgers, steak, lamb, this beer will go with them all. Could conceivably go with dessert as well. Perfect for the budget-minded Belgian lover.

Photo of far333
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a crystal brandy snifter alongside a heaping bowl of Belgian style steamed mussels. Unfortunately the mussels were the closest thing to Belgian style on the table.

This beer pours an attractive toasted caramel color, but the head never fully materializes. No chance for enhanced aromas or lacing around the glass. Aroma is mainly of Belgian yeast funk, faintly highlighted by some fruit and cinnamon.

Flavor is yeasty upfront with a distinct peppery bite. The 7 malts allegedly used in the brewing process do not make themselves known, and the candy sugar adds just a tiny bit of sweetness that is overwhelmed by spice and a lemon peel bitter that lingers long.

Mouthfeel is undercarbonated, a little slick. Not very drinkable, not very enjoyable.

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,555 ratings.