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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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very good

1,332 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 31
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Photo of harrymel


3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

Browk with cherry hues, some central foam. Smells of traditional belgian yeast: sweet, some malts, some cheery, almond and a touch of shock coller. Medium bodied with thigh, higher carb and forward carb with a semi dry fnish. I'd drink aggain but 'I'm not likely to order again in a pub.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 08:15:51 | More by harrymel
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle from " batch 50 ". Leaves less than a 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates into just surface skim that does actually remain until the end. Not really much lacing at all. The little bit of head is beige in color, sitting on top of a brown, sort of weakly-brewed-coffee looking body. Can see tight columns of carbonation here and there.

Aroma - Bready, yeasty malt. Dried plums. Slight alcohol odor. Some raisins.

Taste - Just like the aroma. Sweet raisiny, dried plums, yeasty bread. Some alcohol warmth that almost tastes too strong or harsh, but then comes back from the brink. Dry, very dry, actually, aftertaste, of sweet dried fruit, and bread. Not really anything in the way of hop flavor at all, and of course, none was expected. The overall taste of this can very delicate, that is, very faint at times. It's pretty good when you've got it, though.

Mouthfeel - tending towards the thin, and surprisingly large amount of carbonation ( something of a turn-off to me ). A non-hop dryness after downing sip ( and, eventually, the whole thing ) .

Drinkability - this goes down decently. But it's far too subtle for my tastes, I would only get this occaisionly, and just one bottle at that ( or two bottles if it ever came in 12 oz. form ) .

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 18:35:01 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of flexabull


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer pours a dull cloudy brown color with a faint head.

Aromas are bready, sweet, yeast like, and with a bit of tart apple.

Taste is dry, and lean. There is a slightly tart apple like character, there is also a sour and dusty flavor on the finish. This is nothing special... it's a pretty average tasting Dubbel.

The mouthfeel is way too lean. This has a really thin and watery character.

Drinkability is not bad. It's not a bad tasting beer, but it's pretty boring and underwhelming. I'd probably pass this one by in the store.

Thanks for the chance jpagewatts.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 02:08:48 | More by flexabull
Photo of ManekiNeko


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served slightly chilled from a 750 mL bottle into a wide mouthed wine glass. Batch #37.

Appearance: Nice russet liquid, hazy but not cloudy. Nice light tan head with moderate lacing. I suspect the lacing would have been better with a different glass.

Smell: Strong malt and alcohol presence with hints of clove and spice.

Taste: Dark malt flavors with splashes of juniper, apple, and raisin flavors slinking across the palate. Bitter, slightly smoky flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Strong alcoholic feel with a bit of astringency and a drying sensation.

Drinkability: Great for late fall, early winter. Warms the belly. This beer screams out for food like chocolate or sausages. Not very drinkable by itself, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 16:23:59 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of bskrtz


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, served cold in glass challis.

A) Cloudy cola with off-white head.

S) Musty basement, sweet & sour mash. Baked bread, nutmeg and mild alcohol esthers

T) Sweet beginning with bitter finish. Dark cherry, cooked dark fruit. Crisp and refreshing.

M) Some effervescent bottle conditioned fiz but a bit flat. Sort of thick, syruppy, sticky

O) Lets face it, this is one tough category. Competition includes the authentic Belgians themselves and thus even an average score is an achievement.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 05:17:21 | More by bskrtz
Photo of bashiba


3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice medium shade of brown with a thin light head.

Slight caramal and malt sweetness are present.

Taste is dominated by a toffee and slight coffee flavor with a bit of earthy hops as well. Very smooth, but flavor is a little lacking overall.

Mouthfeel is slick and light.

Drinkability is pretty average on this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 01:17:31 | More by bashiba
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Only a decent attempt at a double. There is nothing wrong with the beer, just seems a bit lackluster for a double. This was fairly clean with a bit of maltiness that was accompanied by a hint of fruit and just a tad of the characteristic spicy Belgian notes. I wonder if I got an old bottle, though with a double one would think that it would age well.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 22:08:48 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Oxymoron


3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch #38. But who’s counting?

Pours a thick, mostly cloudy burnt brown color with red (and slightly orange) hues around the edge. Decent head that is pretty creamy but some bigger bubbles remain. Good lacing as well.

The smell is noticeable with a Belgium yeast smell. I noticed first apricots and other tropical fruits. Some bananas too. Other notes of sweet malt, with a touch of roasted and Belgium, and somewhat of a tart aroma. Limited spice smells and no real phenols esters either.

The taste is not very Belgium at all. It has a woodsy taste with a good roasted flavor mixed with a light black malt at the end. A burnt after taste mostly. A creamy texture with touch of caramel and a sharp acidic taste that reminds me of sour apples. No sweetness here. I would have expected this beer to be drier, but maybe if I would have aged it more.

The beer is smooth with a mild body. I would have liked more flavor overall. The acidic aftertaste washes most remnants of flavor away. Although very easy to drink, no strong phenol tastes, it needs more to make it better. Tell that to the bean counters.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 01:41:49 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of jrallen34


3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a murky brown with a tan light head, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is a little matly and some hops.

The taste is ok, nothing special, its pretty simple just a little malt not much else.

The feel is medium, ok drinkability.

Overall, a less than average dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 02:40:29 | More by jrallen34
Photo of philbe311


3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Unique appearance that varies greatly on lighting and line of sight... One angle portrays a dark top and lighter amber bottom... Another a hazy redish amber... Makes the beer seem complex and mysterious...

S - Strong malt aroma... Slight yeast... Very subtle dark cherry scent... A little overpowering...

T - Wheat and grain characteristics dominate... Very little of the malt flavor makes it way through... A slight bit of hops at the finish...

M - Light bodied for a dubbel... Doesn't coat the palette as well as I would like...

D - Not terrible, but not a Dubbel that I would ever seek out again or even recommend...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 02:23:57 | More by philbe311
Photo of ckeegan04


3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nut brown color typical to Belgian Dubbels. Thin brown head with no retention and just a little bit of lacing.

S - Way too much alcohol. A little sweet, nutty maltiness.

T - A bready malt sweetness. Alcohol is not near as strong in the taste as it is in the aroma. A surprising bitter bite sneaks in for a quick second as well.

M/D - A little on the thin side but overall a nice smooth creaminess. A passable dubbel, but not one of the better examples.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 14:14:40 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of GolgiIPAratus


3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled: 11.12.05

Puffy off-white froth forms the head, light and airy and fades fairly fast leaving moderate lacing that washes off with each sip. The liquid is dark reddish brown.

The aroma is funky. Unfortunately, it’s not the good funky. Has a sever chemical smell, almost like chlorine(!). Beneath that, I picked up Belgian yeastiness.

I’d almost written off this as a bad bottle, but the flavor wasn’t nearly as bad as the nose. Strangely (and fortunate) enough, none of that chemical smell carried into the taste. It’s nutty off the bat, light and malty with a slightly bitter finish. Still, this did not live up to other brews from Allagash, so I was a little disappointed. The beer sits light in the mouth and is mid carbed.

It’ goes down easy, so it’s good drinker, but maybe someone who likes it a bit more would find that to matter more to them.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 19:07:31 | More by GolgiIPAratus
Photo of Minotaur


3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Dubbel pours a cinnamon stick brown with very orange-copper highlights. The head is thick and beige and evaporates to a skim across the medium-dark beer leaving an attractive lacing that clings for a long time.

The aroma is surprisingly non-descript. A bit of bread aroma and a bit of pear or apple tang.

The taste is unlike most other Allagash I've tried in that it is not at all deep. There is a bitterness across the flat of the tongue and surprisingly little malt sweetness. The malt is predominantly dry and biscuit-like. There is a definite floral-herbal flavor which I find a little off-putting with the dry bitter nature of the beer; it isn't what I typically encounter or want in Belgian Dubbels. Perhaps this bottle is a bit young but the flavors are not as superbly integrated as I generally find from this brewer. I would even venture to use the term "flat" in taste.

It has an incredibly smooth and bubbly mouthfeel that is satisfying like a bite of bread. It is very drinkable despite the strangely bland taste and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:52:07 | More by Minotaur
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle was about 4 months old. Poured half into a stubby fluted glass to start and, as detailed below, after drinking the first half, poured the rest into a snifter-contoured glass.

Moderate-low volume of head and some decent lacing throughout. The color is a blandish rust hue and flickers with a tea-like dullness.

Confused to detect the presence of cigarette butts in the aroma. Really, should have stopped there. It dominated the smell until I poured the remainder of the bottle into the snifter-shaped glass and the tobacco and chemicals eased off a good bit. Still left the essence of an old man's Pall Mall-soaked corduroys but something similar to raisins lingered underneath. Maybe even some malt. Improved over time.

The flavors feel artificial. Luckily, were spared of ashtray but instead find really sugary fruity qualities, artificial almond/pecan extract, and some buttery/nutty candy over a moderately malty backbone. The best of these flavors start up front and like a high roller-coaster drop dive quickly down into a spoiled prune juice funk. I shudder to think how I'd react if the alcohol were higher and/or more detectable.

Surprisingly here the mouthfeel is smooth and fairly enjoyable - not much carbonation. Just to finish it, I found it scarily easy to take this in big gulps. I don't know what's going on here, but I'd be willing to give this a shot on tap, however. Never from bottle again, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 18:55:33 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of corby112


3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark mahagony color with thin white head. Pleasant aroma of cherries and raspberry. Flavor is similar to aroma with hints of cherry and raspberry but also contains an awful syrupy medicinal robitussin taste that left a nasty after taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 08:48:04 | More by corby112
Photo of Ynextmc

3/5  rDev -21.1%

09-14-2012 20:42:46 | More by Ynextmc
Photo of pwoods


3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a Leffe over sized wine glass. No dating.

A: Pours a deep shoe leather brown, opaque. About a finger worth of light khaki head forms and holds nicely. Decent lacing.

S: Caramel malts and light candi sugar. Has a large, raw yeast smell that's a bit off.

T/M: Caramel malts with toffee and light chocolate undertones. Hops are way down. A small touch of yeast spice but not enough for me. No fruity esters or phenols. Body is medium full, smooth and lacking a bit in carbonation.

D: Pretty average ABV and decently easy to drink. Just not very impressive. I'll probably look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 05:03:50 | More by pwoods
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