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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

1,389 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,389
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 87 | 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 grub
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of hero27
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of NODAK
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

Smells sweet, with brown sugar and perhaps caramel to it. Asking with this is a nice spiciness....cloves. There is also a roasted note, maybe coffee.

Pours light brown in the glass...little head.

Has a sweet malty taste upfront with caramel and bananas, which quickly fades to a earthy, almost roasted taste. A hint of coffee maybe. I'd dare say it is a bit odd for style for what I've had before. Smattering of bitterness on the finish....very slight.

Not my favorite in style. Has some stout characteristics. I'd perfect a little sweeter or spicier in a beer of this style.

NODAK, May 29, 2011
Photo of Kuromaru
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

Appearance--Pours a hazy caramel/ amber with a creamy 1 finger head that only dissipates slightly and remains throughout. There is some modest lacing. This beer is a real beauty; it looks rich, satisfying and inviting. The appearance is definitely this beer's strong point.

Smell--Immediately, the heavy, wet mushroom yeastiness fills the nose and will not let go. As the beer warms up, it gives way to some good solid toasted malts. I also got some notes of fig, plum and spices, though this was mild. Dense, sourdough bready yeast is most definitely the identifying characteristic.

Mouthfeel--This offering is lightly carbonated, with a good presence in the body. It's not too heavy, but still a tad sticky. It finishes with an unexpectedly sharp, clean bitterness. Next to look, the mouthfeel is what makes beer a complex, interesting standout.

Taste--Again, bready yeast dominates. In fact, it's almost completely overpowering. Until the bitter hop finish kicks in, and even afterward, the yeast is just too penetrating. A lot of the complexity in the nose is lost in the taste because of it.

Overall--Even as this beer warms up and the spices and malts have a chance to shine, the yeast just doesn't allow it. Combined with the hop finish, which is nice, I picked up a lasting note of--this is going to sound nuts--asparagus. This is an interesting offering, though not as drinkable and balanced as I usually find in a dubbel.

Kuromaru, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Citadel82
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

750 Ml bottle bought at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank.

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that left streaks of thick tan lace as the beer was consumed.

Not as aromatic as I was hoping for. Some sweet malt, nominal hops and and a little fruity yeast scent.

The taste was sweet and malty, but not as rich as one would hope for in a Dubbel, more like an English Brown IMHO. Still good still well balanced and full bodied, but not rich and complex as I had hoped.

This is a drinkable brew which I will try again and soon. I hope i can find more complexity as in the other Allagash Reserve beers.

Citadel82, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of beernbbq
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

In its 25.4 oz bottle with a cork and wire hood. Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. Smell is slightly burnt chocolate. Taste is very thin, I keep looking for something to happen with each swallow, but nothing doing. Certainly very inexpensive but with more flavorful offerings from Ommegang and Unibroue available, I'll spend up for the taste. Allagash Wit and Summer Ale seem to be the ones that are winners for me.

beernbbq, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of BeerThirty21
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured into 16oz. pilsner glass.

Pours amber in color with orangish-red hue resulting in about a 1/2 inch white head that quickly dissipated. Minimal lacing throughout. I've had the dubbel prior to this review and this was not the case.

Smells primarily of bananas and clove. Reminds me of an extract homebrew made with stale extract (twang/banana esters). Although the bananas are a nice fruity smell, I still am reminded of poorly constructed homebrews. Good malts with a nice hop finish. Would definitely drink again, but not my top beer from Allagash.

BeerThirty21, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of ksimons
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

A-a slightly hazy medium amber with a gorgeous fingers worth of creamy looking head

S-dark fruits, caramel, malt, and a spicy clove finish

T-taste is similar to the smell, brown bread like malt, caramel, light raisins, and spices. I am getting a high amount of carbonation that is very overpowering and also a slight metallic taste.

M-medium body, high carbonation, dry finish

Overall the look was perfect, smell was good, but the taste I just couldn't get into. Too much carbonation, too light on flavors, and has a very off putting metallic taste. I have had this beer before and it did not taste like this, hoping its just a bad batch.

ksimons, Jan 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

TheMsnLink, Jul 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Seaba, Feb 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Sspeer1, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of johnwarne
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

A beer haiku for you:

"Short of a Belgian;
Better than some, but not 'tops'--
Single use serving."

Hopeful--as I am with all domestics when comparing to our Belgian standards--and again one that falls just shy. This category has some of the world standards, so can't be too hard on it. Worthy of trying, not heavy imbibing.


johnwarne, May 10, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

jt2488, Jul 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

lic217, Mar 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Focusf111, Mar 24, 2013
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,389 ratings.