Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +29.7%
Burgundy, mahogany with a nice light brown head and subdued carbonation but leaves nice lace. Raisiny fruit-cake aroma with light peppery spiciness. NIce chocolate, malty, raisin mix in flavor and not too sweet. Medium-full bodied with spicy alcohol tones ... nice ! A dry finish.
An excellent value !
Label states: "Belgian Style Ale" & "Seven malts, a special sugar, and our own Belgian Yeast" & "Methode Champenoise"
Per A.B.Co. website: Original Gravity: 1064
Batch #12 (hand numbered) (aged a few years maybe)
Tasted: 05/18/05 (with consistent notes)
($4.99 / 25.4 oz. / 750 ml corked tall straight bottle with a wire cage)
08-25-2003 16:29:49 | More by RBorsato
4.88/5 rDev +28.4%
An example from Batch #46, this has been cellared for at least two, possibly three years. 750ml bottle served between fridge and cellar temperature, allowing to come to room temperature at the end of the tasting.
Served in a wide mouthed Westmalle chalice and paired with two sausages and Raclette cheese from France.
Appearance- On a traditional pour, this beer glows light brown with a trace of cognac, even cherry red in the light. Beautifully light in body, it supports a pale bisque three finger head that reduces over a few minutes. It's soft and delicate, lacing sporadically in long horizontal bands.
Smell- The fragrant, full aromas of dark fruit (plums, prunes, figs, and especially dates) take hold immediately... this is a luscious malty treat for the nose. Some light phenols are in the air, and I'm getting the most subtle whiff of hops. Definitely similar in smell to an Ommegang Dubbel at its prime.
Taste- This is a *perfect* example of what a properly cellared, bottle conditioned Belgian style beer is capable of becoming. Malty and sweet from the start, but the sweetness is immediately complemented by a gentle spiciness and the luscious overtones of dark, ripe fruits. The finish is the epitomy of a perfect dubbel, where the fruits concede to a malt infused palate of musty, old books and leather... and then that spritz of modest hop bitterness completes the swallow. Outrageously perfect.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Liquid velvet in the mouth. Unbelievable... it's impossible to discern the bubbles in this beer's texture. Sip after sip, I'm marveling at the balance and eloquence from start to finish. One of the best beers I've enjoyed over the last twelve months.
05-17-2008 01:39:54 | More by yelterdow
4.83/5 rDev +27.1%
Very drinkable, fresh version of a Belgian. I actually liked it better than a Westmalle I had yesterday, which may have to do with the fact that the Allagash is made close by. True to style in smell and taste.
Brown, slightly cloudy, thin but persistent head. Nice candy, fruit ester taste. No off aftertaste at all. It's just a wonderful beer!
12-31-2008 22:22:22 | More by DudleyRose
4.78/5 rDev +25.8%
Similar in aroma to an Ommegang, this dubbel hits you like a ton of bricks. Incredibly malty, you might think you are drinking a doppelbock...A few sips will tell you otherwise as you enjoy this sweet yet distinctly Belgiun dubbel. Hoppy aroma yet smooth...
The seven different malts in this lead you in several pleasant directions, chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee....the list goes on. Incredible balance around this.
Amazing, pls try it!
02-16-2005 02:12:49 | More by BierManVA
4.72/5 rDev +24.2%
Bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange... great appearance... dark, ruby-red, off-color brown with modest head... a prune-colored beer... smell is sweet, reminiscent of figs, prunes, and fruits... Allagash White is one of my favorite Witbier's, so had high hopes for this well-respected brewery... didn't disappoint... really good taste... tastes very sweet with fig flavors... some cinnammon sweetness with added fruity tones... similar to a doppelbock... good depiction of the style.. good mouthfeel and easy to drink... would never notice teh 7%ABV behind a palate of thick, rich sweetness.. Definitely recommended...
01-03-2008 23:58:20 | More by dsa7783
4.72/5 rDev +24.2%
Brown 750 ml bottle, corked & caged. Batch #35 - bottled on 12/27/02 (according to the nice lady at the brewery), sampled on 12/6/03.
Lovely mahogany colour, clear, medium sized bubbles move quickly to the top. Large off white head retains very well & leaves plenty of lace behind.
Deep & rich aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, & other less definable Belgian aromatics.
Yummy! Very port/sherry like character. Spicy with notes of allspice & cinnamon. The middle is big, round, and fruity with hints of raisins. A complex, & dry finish. Medium bodied, racing carbonation. A wonderfully aged masterpiece.
12-08-2003 18:12:04 | More by xgrigorix
4.65/5 rDev +22.4%
Color is hazy amber with a thin layer of fine, light tan bubbles.
Yeast is the dominant smell plus pear and some spiciness, even a light note of coffee.
A gentle sweetness and some dextrins compliment the bready and chocolatey malts in this medium bodied beer.
I'm enjoying this more and more!
Leaves a bit of warmth as a perfect amount of carbonation and an ample hopping finish it off
12-04-2011 02:12:31 | More by musicman575
4.63/5 rDev +21.8%
This poured a hazy brownish/red, tan frothy head that hugged the glass, and left thick foam on the sides of the glass all the way through.
smell was of raisin, and plums?..definitely dark fruit.
taste was absolutley fantastic, again dark fruits, I can detect a yeasty flavor, mild hops, nice malt, bit of spiciness...extremely well balanced.
mouthfeel was full and creamy, slight dryness toward finish.
drinkability is great! a very well-done beer, on par with the "true" Belgians, I enjoyed this very much, and highly recommend!
11-25-2005 20:57:44 | More by steinlifter
4.58/5 rDev +20.5%
Wow smell the cork... its like a sweet hop field in your hand. Sweet (candi sugar) nose with hops. Rich brown/ruby look in the goblet with a tan head. The head is dense creamy and lasting ... and lasting... and lasting... Very smooth silk mouth and also in the initial taste. Subtile smooth well rounded taste of sweet roasted malt,flavor with hints of chocolate and a slight hop bitterness in the finish. A little more hops than the style would dictate but I love hops and this is an awesome dubble for my taste. An awesome American product! Wonderfill retention to the end. This is the best Dubble I've had in a long time. If you find it buy two.. one to drink and one to cellar. Bravo Allagash!
07-11-2002 18:59:46 | More by frank4sail
4.55/5 rDev +19.7%
Ruby-like color with a head that doesnt quit.Like a layer off cool whip on top better get a spoon!!!Nice aroma-malty,spicy,yeasty.Has that "belgian" aroma going.Nice earth like scent to it.Great flavor-chocolate/coffee notes dominate.Good mouthfeel.A highly drinkable beer.I like the fact that its on the "lower" end of the scale for a Belgian double.This was my first Allagash product-very nice indeed.I could see going thru a few of these in a sitting.All around wonderful for sure.
12-24-2003 02:04:35 | More by lackenhauser
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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