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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

1,407 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 33
Gots: 90 | 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:
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 rarevos
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Very dark brown with a hint of red at the edges. Loads of tan head that dissipated pretty quickly, leaving good lacing and a bunch of sticky trails.

S: Not as fruity in the nose as other Dubbels. This one has a load of caramel and malt up front with just a hint of figs. Some molasses as well, with some milk chocolate and some earthiness.

T/M: Sweet malt up front with a hint of caramel and cocoa. Finish is malty (again), has a hint of dust/sand, and it's abrupt: all of the malty aftertaste is gone quickly and is replaced by a mild warming sensation from the alcohol. Slick mouthfeel.

D: Not my favorite Dubbel. It's not trying to simply copy the Westmalles and Chimays of the world, but the result isn't terribly complex. Lots of malt, lots of burnt sweetness, and barely any yeast contribution at all. I'm glad I tried it, but I'll be sticking with the Trappists on this one, price be damned.

rarevos, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good brown appearance with decent sized head and a little lacing. Good dubbel head. Fruity with a little alcohol, some yeastiness. The taste is a little lacking. Simliar taste to a good dubbel but it's lacking some of the in your face attitude that the Belgians have. Give this one a try but don't expect it to kick the shit out of your favorite dubbel.

timtheenchanta, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of rodrot
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy brown color with a 1 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma was malty with a bit of spice in the nose. Other than that, not much smell to this one. Taste was of sweet caramel malts, spices(clove maybe?), chocolatey notes and almond. The body was light to medium in the palate. Drinkability was slightly better than average. Not a bad Dubbel, but not a great one either. Given other choices, I'd probably pass on this one in the future. Served from a 12 oz bottle, 7.0 abv noted on the label.

rodrot, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of mikereaser
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky chestnut brown with no foam

S - Brown sugar, sweet malt and bready yeasty aroma

T - Sweet malt upfront with a bit of alcoholish flavor

M/D - Medium bodied and very sweet, a little too much for my taste. Although not a bad beer, I just don't find it pleasing to me.

mikereaser, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of mistermonkey
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Dark ruby/copper tone with nice off-white head about a thick. Mostly fruit in the nose, taste of nuts and raisins, but thin and almost watery. I was expecting more from this from all the hype. Not that I couldn't put back a few, but, I'd probably reach for something else. Had the fluxus at the Brickstore and was much more inpressed.

mistermonkey, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: With a pop of the cork, the highly carbonated beer flowed into the glass. Ruddy mahagoney brown with loads of haze, the towers creamy oatmeal colored head perches like a dallop of cream on a pie.

S: I could smell the beer when the cork came out. Very nutty, with low lying chocolate, red apple, coffee, cinnamon and fresh yeast.

T: Sort of a subdued flavor....coffee is in the fore front with minor caramel, alderberries and brown sugar. Gets sweeter after the swallow. Finishes with mellow caramel and red fruits.

M: Medium but really fluffy and overcarbonated

D: Not really sure how this gets categorized as a dubbel except that is loaded with sugar. Gets a bit sticky after a while

Westsidethreat, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of DNICE555
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%

DNICE555, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Didier
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%

Didier, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper with 2 fingers head that dissipates slowly. Moderate carbonation.

N: Strawberry, coriander, pear and dish soap.

T: Dish soap, flowers, earth, citrus, coriander, grains, burnt toffee and cocoa.

M: Medium bodied, frothy, creamy and smooth.

D: Decent drinkability. Somewhat bitter and slightly cloying.

justintcoons, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Jesstyr
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally tried Allagash Dubbel for the first time, and served in a Westmalle chalice.

Appearance is dark brown with a significant reddish hue - almost makes this brew look burgundy. Head is a perfect 2 cm, but dissipates and is pretty fizzy (small bubbles). Smell is mild - not of the fruit overtones I'm used to with a dubbel. Coffee and chocolate are both in there.

Taste is where this was disappointing - didn't have the strong belgian sugar or dark fruits. There was a mild chocolate and heavy malty flavor to this. Light carbonation and strong medium body - makes this mouthfeel very nice.

Jesstyr, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Hazy russet brown with a modest off-white head that doesn't leave much lacing. Aroma is pretty faint but I get notes of dark breads, stone fruit, and clove. Flavor is more robust than the aroma but it's still not as deep or complex as most authentic Belgian dubbels. Figs, burnt toast, raisins, pepper, clove. Mouthfeel is a touch watery with somewhat rough carbonation. Lacking in aroma, flavor, finesse, and fullness.

illidurit, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Myk
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour vigourously to give about 1/4 inch head, which almost instantly died leaving a thin ring. think amber/light brownish color which i was unable to see through clearly. smell was high in alcohol and malt. cold : earthy malt with just the slightest hint of hop kick. good tart. sweet and simi-thick mouthfeel. medium bodied. warm : malt. malt malt. slightly roasted, slightly floral

Myk, Sep 17, 2002
Photo of Riggsy
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pored into snifter.
A: Pours a brownish brown into glass. Ever so slightly hazy with a thin white head.

S: A bit citrusy with some brown sugar sweetness. Dark fruit is evident. A bit lacking in the Belgian phenolic I would expect out of a dubbel.

T: Malty as a dubbel should be, and with some hop bitterness. Tastes more like a brown ale due to the lack of any Belgian character. Still a good tasting beer but I would expect more.

M: Medium to medium-full with medium carbonation.

D: Very approachable and drinkable just not really as complex as I would care for.

Riggsy, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of Goldorak
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one sitting in my cellar (aka closet) for about 2 years now, and after chatting with somebody at the Allagash booth at NEBF who said it was starting to push it, finally decided to share it with a few Montreal BAs. Batch number: 38

Appearance: Dark brown caramel, with a crown of salt and pepper.

Smell: Quite madeirized, with plenty of cork in the nose, subtle alcohol fumes.

Taste: Mid carbonation, caramel malt, but that "aged cork" taste took a little too much space, I'd have to give this one another shot with a fresh sample in order to enjoy it's subtleties.

Goldorak, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of cdizinno
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown amber with light tan head and mild lacing.

S: Tartness(citrus scents) and a little sweet alcohol scent.

T&M: Malt with a little tartness. Slight sweetness. The after taste is slightly oily and dry. Warming alcohol taste that lingers.

decent dark belgian style. Not my favorite style but very drinkable. This is now called 'dubbel' ale. Not reserve and is slightly different than earlier rating with a 7.0% abv.(as opposed to 7.6%) Seven different malts and a special sugar help to make this a very complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

cdizinno, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #68.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a small, tight off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of tart, ripe fruits, spices, and floral hops. Faint whiff of tobacco and cocoa, too.

Taste: Dark maltiness with notes of chocolate and toffee. All the while there's a pervasive tart fruitiness. Hint of tobacco. Gentle floral hops. There's a light spiciness near the end which lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid take on the style.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of grub
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a trade with johnnnniee. thanks!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch #62. sampled dec 31/07.

pours deep red with a small dense tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. alcohol. date and dried cherry. nice fresh and slightly floral hops. bit of dark chocolate. hint of roast.

taste is nice, but not very dubbel-ish. comes across more as a brown ale. bit of dark chocolate. light roast. very light dark fruit, but certainly not to the level i'd expect in a dubbel. no nice belgian yeasty character either.

mouthfeel is good. medium low very fine well integrated carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. this was a balanced and enjoyable beer. if you blindfolded me i'd swear it was a brown ale, and a nice attempt at it. misses the mark for a dubbel, but still enjoyable. perhaps this one needs some time to age and develop?

grub, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of zen
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer was a little disappointing after have some of the other allagash line. it smelled really good and looked really good. but as i took a taste of it it was just bland. not what i though it was going to be. maybe i just had my hopes too high. i might just try another 4 pack just to see if maybe like i said before my hopes were too high.

zen, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of saltydog
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, thin head, but good retention. Aroma; some malt, but also a surpisingly heavy amount of spiciness, perhaps including coriander. Taste: Also heavily spicy, and in addition the malt flavor is very one-dimensional. Mouthfeel: thin for style. Drinkabilty: Not hard to drink, but not particularly close to style.

saltydog, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of PintOHops
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Snifter

A - Ruby red/brown color with a soapy 1-2 finger head, it dissipated shortly after pouring. It left splashy/soapy lacing but nothing big.

S - Prune & plum notes, fig, bready with clove & peppery notes. There's a nutty, caramel like maltiness that reminds me of a Payday bar, it's like that nougat center in allot of candy bars. Interesting aroma. A bit of alcohol in there as well.

T - Dark fruity flavors upfront, unfolding into nutty, nougat like flavors. I definitely get a bit of clove and alcohol towards the finish. There's a Tootsie Roll like quality in here, very different from anything Ive had, bitterness mild but noticeable.

M - Smooth & a bit oily. Soft to almost absent Co2, medium-full bodied.

D - This one had a flavor & smell profile that I hadn't experienced before. Overall it was a little strange to me but certainly not off putting, I liked it but I probably wouldn't buy this one again. Not highly drinkable to me, I could finish a bottle or two. Worth a try maybe as a single if possible.

PintOHops, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium brown haze with a huge head that stood throughout the whole drink. Scent of a spiced ale, lots of Malt on the nose, and a peppery belgian scent.

Taste of bitter maltiness , It says 7 malts on the label. Mellow flavor. Not extremely belgian tasting, nor too hopped, decent balance, with a bitter afterkick.

Thick mouthfeel, drinkable, yet I wouldnt necessarily want to drink a whole bunch of these over another beer.

alpinebryant, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of hero27
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. 7% abv

Dirty brown color with an off-white foamy head. Aromas of Belgian yeast and a wide array of various malts. The flavor is predominantly spices with a surprisingly soft malt profile. Not sure of the year, since there is no date on it, but I'm assuming it's less than 2 years old. Overall, it's a better than average dubbel, but certainly not standout in my book.

Bottle courtesy of mynie.

hero27, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of Ikilledbill
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass, (only big mouth glass i had)

A- A clear light red, dark orange color...almost like a sunset beer

S- When cold you can pick up the malty chocolate notes and the yeast at the end of the smell. As i was drinking it and the beer became warmer you could smell the dark fruits and sweetness of the beer and a dull chocolate smell. I can honestly say it smelled more appealing cold rather than warm for me.

T- I enjoy the taste of this but it does not blow my socks off. Right off the bat you get the malty notes and then you are hit with a sweetness that is a bit over the top. I get a bit of more of a burnt chocolate or wood taste right before the dry finish. The dry finish does helps by diminishing the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is not thick and creamy which for the taste profile is a good thing for this beer. If this beer coated my palate I would probablly not enjoy it much. Refreshing and dry finish.

O- I would definitley drink this and recommend it to freinds and family. I would not seek out this beer in stores though. A bit sweet for me. I like it because of the malt profile and the belgian yeast spice...but again the sweetness did not do it for me...I would give this a solid B

Ikilledbill, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of marc77
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Garnet in hue w/ a light haze, topped by a head that quickly recedes into a thin ring that manages to leave lace. The understated aroma is comprised of bubblegum esters, hints of chocolate and unripe fruit esters. Light and pleasant butterscotch surfaces as the beer breathes. Surprisingly, a whiff of solvent - like fusel alcohol emerges, and is unusual considering the relatively low strength. Although absent aromawise, clove asserts itself in flavor and is the dominant yeast derived characteristic. Esters are subdued, with very subtle bubblegum discernible. The malt profile consists of raisiny Special B and hints of biscuit, but is unremarkable otherwise. Thin in body, and borderlining on watery. Hop bitterness is a bit above the norm for style and when coupled w/ the well attenuated, dry finish, the overall balance is left askew. Allagash Double is enjoyable, but unremarkable. It's reminescent of an American brown ale fermented with a Trappist Ale yeast. Although not an outstanding dubbel, it is quite a drinkable stylistic hybrid.

marc77, Aug 29, 2002
Photo of gonzo000
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a. Nice brown color, cloudy, with 1.5 finger tan head. Disappears quickly into a trace skimming the top.

s. Spicier than expected - malt coriander, cinnamon

t. Coriander from the spice or the yeast, alcohol on the finish

m. For a 7% ABV it does not hide the alcohol well. Dry, alcohol finish hurts mouthfeel.

o. OK Beer - Coriander kills it for me, but if you like coriander, give this a try.

gonzo000, Jul 12, 2014
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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