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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

1,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 102 | 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 Dag48
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Dag48, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of yeagerbm
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark amber color and thin white head
Smell- Medicinal and dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste- light bodied dark fruits and alcohol with a earthy dry finish
Mouthfeel- thin but smooth with active carbonation
drinkability- average
Not so impressed by this one. Maybe the fact that my first dubbel was a Westmalle will prevent me from being satisfied with anything else. This is an average beer but nothing that I enjoyed much.

yeagerbm, May 31, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dpgoblejr, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jfcaa193, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Three fingers of light brown head topping a dark brown body with copper highlights. As the head settles it leaves nice lace.

S - Coriander with dark caramel and a light raisin note.

T - Malty caramel flavor up front, followed by a roasted grain note. Spicy yeast character in the middle, notes of coriander and some fruit as well. The finish consists of a lingering roasted note with hints of tobacco.

M - Medium body, high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Drinkable, but not particularly complex; the flavor comes off as a bit weak and watery. The roasted flavor is a bit too strong for my taste and it lacks some of the rich caramel and fruit notes I would like to see in a dubbel.

nickfl, Mar 10, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

LOCAL, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Casey3236, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

AaronOp, Dec 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jeffwright, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Giantspace, Sep 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ummswimmin, May 18, 2013
Photo of Flyer
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black-cherry red with a fair head. Classic fruity ale aroma. The taste is malty but clean, with some dried fruit (maybe a little peach) and more fruit creeping in at the end, only to be washed away by a solid, but not particularly intense hop finish. I would love to try this after it's had a chance to mature, because right now it's a good, solid dubbel, but it's just not distinctive enough to grab my attention.

Flyer, Jun 19, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet glass.

Pours a light brown color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves light lacing. Aromas of sweet maltiness, alcohol, dark fruit and a hint of banana. Smokey, alcohol up front taste leading to the fruity, yeasty flavor finishing with a burnt coffee/bitter chocolate. Moderate carbonation, a bit watery in the mouth. Average drinkability, if it finished a little smoother, would be higher.

scottg, May 14, 2008
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown/reddish color. A large white head forms, and sticks around. Some light lace is left behind.
S: A sweet malt aroma. Not much dept though, some raisins and a woody character. Not very aromatic.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of malt and yeast flavors. Smokey and woody (almost burnt flavor).
M/D: Medium body and a bit watery that is very dry. Relatively easy to drink considering the high ABV. Though the dry mouthfeel really makes this a sipping beer.

Not a bad Dubbel, but fairly typical. A good example of the style by an American brewery.

champ103, Aug 02, 2008
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Pilsner glass

A: Two finger head that stuck around at a finger's width for a sip or two, but kept nice lacing throughout. Nice mahogany coloring.

S: Sweeter smell, woody aftertones.

T: Slight wood elements to the taste, but not much going on otherwise. Subtle but not great.

M: Feels very light, almost as if I'm sipping on foam, but with the smaller head, I know it is just the texture of the beer.

O: The bitterness is offset by the wonderfully light mouthfeel and aroma. Nice beer, but not my favorite.

Murrhey, Oct 15, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dull cider notes in a murky brown body, cloudy. No head, and no lacing. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Initial sourdough and yeast, followed by a sweet toffee and raisin nose. Pleasant, but a little sweet.

Taste: Dry, slightly bitter fennel finish. Dried plums, raisins, and a little orange peel. Some caramel in the middle with a brief cocoa bristle.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but refreshing and drinkable. Low carbonation, bitter finish and a good malt aftertaste.

Drinkability: Ok, but lacks the sweet/sour development characteristic of dubbels and abbey ales. Easy drinking at a good price, but not a great example of the style.

expatsteve, Aug 14, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubbie bottle. This is not the abbey dubble of the 750. This pours a dark chestnut brown with a off white head. Aroma is of rich coffee and roasted malts. Taste is of Caramel and coffee.There is a hint of spice in the finish as well. No hops so to speak.. This seems more like a porter gone belgian than a dubble as the style says. Light carbonation. Drinkability is OK.. Once again not my style. Could not have more than one.. Please do not confuse this one with the 750. Different animal all together..

TinusTime, Mar 07, 2005
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly rich brown with a reddish tinge. Good head and retention. Smell is fruit (cherry & plum), malt, hops and dark chocolate. Taste is malt, hops, dark chocolate, fruit, a hint of spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied, a bit rougher than expected, effervescent all over the mouth. Drinkability is good but noticeable ABV keeps the score down a bit.

PorterLambic, Mar 01, 2005
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

getkrunkhoe, Aug 20, 2014
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3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy amber with almost no head. Moderate bubbles.

S - mild aroma of Belgian yeast and soft spice. Nothing much from the hops.

T - soft citrus and caramel malt. Tangy and slightly dry.

M - low-medium body, creamy, moderate carbonation and low bitterness.

O - not the greatest example of the style, but not bad either. Flawless, smooth and quaffable.

GuzzLah, Mar 14, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour here from a 750ml bottle. Dark hazy golden/burgundy with a very nice white frothy head. The aroma is strong of salted peanuts, with some pear frutiness in the background. The taste is also nutty, with a very mild fruitiness. Alcohol is almost non-existent, but this brew has a somewhat watery mouthfeel....which makes it very drinkable. A nice change up from your typical belgian ale, but somewhat lacking in overall character. The theme here is definitely peanuts.

avylover, Apr 06, 2003
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish amber with a momentary one-finger head.

Nice aroma. Slightly funky Belgain yeast and complex malt aromas.

Decent flavor. Somewhat complex malt character. Toasty malt. Belgian yeast in the middle. And a crisp, clean, bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is not fantastic. Medium bodied, a little on the thin side. But it's hard to tell with so much carbonation. This is a Belgian style beer, so I guess the high carbonation is acceptable.

This beer is pretty decent. Nothing outrageous. A nice representation of the style.

UnderPressure, Nov 20, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dubbel Allagash Brewery
750mL bottle from a Goblet at 50 degrees F

Belgian dubbel brewed with 7 malts and Belgian candi.

Appearance: Gorgeous amber brown ale with tan bubbly head atop. Clarity is slightly cloudy. Head lasts and lasts but doesn't pour so big as to dominate the glass. Flawless appearance as Allagash beers typically are. (5.0)

Smell: Dark fruit and sour notes dominate the nose. The hops or malt add an earthy or mineral like aroma. There is little to no yeast spiciness or banana esters discernable to me. The aroma is pleasant but not complex enough for my liking. I prefer a dubbel to have an intimidatingly complex aroma that makes me question what the taste will be like. This is not one of those types of bouquets, but it is still acceptable. (3.0)

Taste: Not very bold is my first impression. The dark fruit is very subdued. The malt sweetness is not very impressive either. A tart sour flavor does come through fairly strong. The hops contributions are appropriately minimal. The flavor is alright but nothing fabulous. The most perplexing flavor is the bitterness of the grist dominating the aftertaste. (3.0)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied which is right. The gas is also good for the style. (4.5)

Drinkability: Enjoyable. This is a good introduction to the style for an individual who may not appreciate the excess complexity of the better examples of this style. I recommend picking one up to enjoy with a friend. (4.0)

BWH3, Nov 13, 2007
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes are from bottle and from 5/27/04. I've had this a few other times since then, but don't see too much of a difference from back then.

Poured a dark brown color with almost no head. Chocolate coffee tasting with a slight bitter after taste. Some light yeast. I wrote down that this was somewhat 'different' from most Dubbels I've had.

hopdog, Nov 19, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured with almost no head, except for a hint of white capping the dark orange cloudy body. Mild carbonation was visible on the brew. The nose had hints of spices and dark fruit. A bit of the typical Belgian smells, but pretty subdued. The taste was definite dark fruits with some booze. I also got some spice and breadiness to it. The other odd thing I got was a bit of a metallic taste. A bit of brown sugar and caramel comes out towards the end. The metallic taste really lingers with the finish. This brew was a bit of a let down. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

mgironta, Sep 17, 2012
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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