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Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Reviews: 781 | Ratings: 1,658
Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; brown with a little orange at the edges; 1 finger light khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: Belgian yeast, sweet malt, brown bread, spicy; a hint of clove; a little apple pie;

T: sweet dark fruit up front; yeast gets added in at the middle; finish is dark fruit and milk chocolate - like a Cadbury Fruit and Nut bar;

M: medium to full bodied; creamy carbonation;

O: complex aromas and flavors;

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2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I've loved every offering from Allagash until I tried this one. I love Dubbel's so this disappointed me. After it washed down I had to make sure I didn't bite my lip or cut it on my glass because all I could taste was a metallic medicine aftertaste.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark ambery-red with a dense white head

Smell-Yeast and dark fruits

Taste-malty and yeasty sweetness gives way to dried fruit and finishes with some Esther banana flavor.

Mouthfeel-medium body with medium to medium-high carbonation.

Really good dubbel that gives some Belgians a run for their money

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Photo of delta490
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy ruddy brown with a very small amount of cream colored head. Even smaller retention leaves no lacing. The aroma is like brown bread and spices. The taste though is a little muddled and lacking. No off flavors but just slightly dull. The body is a little lighter, smoother with just a little carbonation.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Deep Red/brown/mahogony in color. Pours just under a one inch head, which is surprising given the typical carbonation in a belgian dubbel.

Aroma- Dark fruits, sweet malts, and candi sugar.

Taste- Lighter tasting dark fruits at first followed by mild belgian yeast "twang", and finishing with dark fruits and sweet chocolate.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, and a clean finish.

Overall- Great dubbel with all the characteristics you'd want and expect.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 7% abv

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown/mahogany red. Two finger head that has the slightest tint of tan to it. Murky.

Smell- Caramel, dark fruit, sweet bread.

Taste- Starts of with a sweet slightly Belgianesque yeast, along with a nutty and sweet malt. The grainy flavor turns into a medicinal phenolic taste which is taken into the finish along with sublte notes of cherry and plum. The finish is sweet, with very minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall- A fairly complex dubbel. Could have used a bit more fruit notes and less of a phenolic flavor but this does not detract too much as it still is well balanced. All in all pretty snooth and it does not seem near as heavy as this beer actually is.

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Photo of SteamSka
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

It looks, smells, and tastes great! This is completely subjective, but my main problem is how carbonated the beer is. What is described as "dry," very much is, because it doesn't hit the tongue well. Overall it is a very solid beer given this one complaint. That said, I'd love to try it off tap!

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky dark ruby pour (brilliant in the sunlight), with a couple fingers of dense off-white foam that lingers. Aroma is mild malt and some spices. Flavor is similarly boring - some malt and slight tang of yeast, but overall watery with no really distinct flavors. Very smooth, and fairly clean finish, but just too weak/boring.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into 2 tulips.

a: Dark reddish brown body. Two finger off white bubbly head.

s: A bit medicinal, Ricola-like herbs. Slight spice and alcohol.

t: Spicy, herbal and yeasty. Mulling spice balanced out a bit by the malt. Dry and earthy finish.

mf: Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

o: Not a bad double. Certainly not Allagash's best but, then again, better than most.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a murky walnut brown with a large head that poofs. nose; bread, pear & hops. taste; sweet malt, brown sugar, fig, pear, gum and light earthy hops. finish is a touch dry and spicy, with some cherry showing up. medium carbonation and mouthfeel. despite the tasting notes, this is overall a tame example of the style and not overly complex. it's almost like a spicy brown ale with a fruit sweets character.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into an Allagash pint glass. Pours a chestnut with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Thin head that remains throughout and provides a bitter balance to the caramel and malt flavored taste. High level of carbonation that fills the mouth with flavor.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, ruby color with a huge foamy, white head. Lovely and clean. Retention is moderate and lacing is very heavy.
Smell - bready malt. Some dark fruit notes, but subtle. A bit of spiciness too.
Taste - sweet, estery flavors as well as a bit of fruitiness.
Feel - medium body,nice carbonation.
Overall - pretty nice dubbel. Wasn't spectacular but hit the spot for a craving.

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Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing a brew ive inadvertantly "cellared" in the back of my fridge for years. Bottle poured into a matching allagash cervoise. The brew appears a fairly clear deep burnt copper color with a finger of khaki head that fades leaving a full wall of lace.

Smells of belgian phenolics, raison and mild oxidation. It tastes herbal with faded yeasty phenolics and mild oxidation giving a somewhat papery feel. Ive clearly not done this brew any justice by aging it as long as I did but its still pretty good and I get the feeling this is a quality brew while fresh.

Its medium in body with modest carbonation. Well done and fairly typical for style.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark Ruby-mahogany color with an off-white head that settles to a thin layer of foam on the edge of the glass. Smell and aroma are of figs, raisin, earthy foliage, and some hints of caramel/brown sugar. It's a great dubbel that paired excellently with a cheese plate, especially with Vermont extra sharp white cheddar. Allagash are consistently excellent and this is just about the best and most affordable dubbel readily available on the market.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 5/22/12

L: A dark, hazy reddish-brown.

S: Deep Belgian aroma of dark malts, dates, and rum. Malty but not too spicy. Not bad.

T: Malty Belgian character upfront. Somewhat spicier than aroma lets on. Dark fruits, with a fairly clean finish. Rather unidimensional I gotta say. No significant aftertaste save a very slight bitterness.

F: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Slight alcoholic warmth, but pretty mellow for the abv.

Overall Impression: This was not an outstanding Dubbel; not terrible, but far from excellent. For my money there are much better ones available. As for Allagash, I think their pale Belgian beers are more on point.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright brown beer with a fluffy tan head. Nutty, doughy flavors with a mouth coating yeast flavor, soft biscuity malt and gentle hop backdrop. Excellent dubbel.

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Photo of squonk45
1.64/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This the second time I have opened a beer and said BLaaaaaaah who put a cigarette but in my bottle. just not a fan of the smokey tasting beers Did not care for the spice flavor either ..

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an opaque reddish/purple color when held up to the light. There is a one finger off white head and light lacing. The head dissipates quickly but some of it hangs around as a collar.

The smell is very malty, and yeasty, sweet and some lightly roasted malts. Nutty and fruity, plums and pears as well as brown sugar. The smell improves as the brew warms up.

The taste thankfully follows the nose with sweet malts dominating. They are followed by lightly roasted malts, yeast, nuts and fruits then finishing with brown sugar. There are some very light spicy hops on the backend but this is a malt forward brew.

Overall, a damn find Dubbel.

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Photo of JWU
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, batch #114, poured into a chalice.

A- a murky dark amber, with red hues. Very off white head that doesn't lace much.

S- Big belgian sweetness and esters, with some hints of tobacco/coffee

T- A quick bite of earthy hop is met with a big, bold onslaught of belgian candy sweetness, dark fruits, tobacco and light roast coffee. Compex to say the least.

M- Medium, tons of carbonation, and dry on the finish.

O- I love me a good dubbel, and this one is a good one.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been meaning to try Allagash for a long time and so I finally grabbed some from the shelf. This one is a Dubbel Ale with strong Belgian and Abbey Ale styles. This brewery is based in Portland, Maine and this variety has a solid 7.0% ABV.

Look-It has one of the most beautiful colors that I have seen in a long while. It has an amber color that blushes red like a cute shy girl in front of her crush. I’d also describe it as a deep copper color that is reminiscent of reddish-brown leaves in autumn. The head is thick and foamy with a vigorous pour and is an off-white color. Brilliant beer so far!

Smell-It smells of caramel and dark fruits. This malt-forward brew relies on the plentiful smells and flavors from the dynamic malt base.

Taste-I taste dark fruits like dark chocolate-covered raspberries and the lighter clementine mixed with a smoky oak, cedar, rum, cracker, bread pudding, and some yeast and buttered biscuit. I get a lot of variety from the malts which are delicious and also the miniscule hops that come through are primarily citrus and grass. I’d be impressed if you notice the hop content.

Mouthfeel-This beer is smooth, effervescent, and medium-bodied with enough sweetness to keep your attention, but is not syrupy. The carbonation is medium/low, but ambient and persistent. There is a lingering coating on the tongue which feels like a moist buttered biscuit and is absolutely pleasant. I look forward to that sensation as much as the taste itself! And that is saying something.

Overall-I’d say that this beer is a must try for anyone. The color is beautiful and the lacing is delicate and diminished. The flavor is complex and entertaining and the mouthfeel is silky smooth and zingy from the persistent carbonation. I’d say that I’m a new fan of the Allagash brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from total wine in Charleston. Poured into snifter.
A: pours a +2 finger dense off white foam head, subtle stringy lacing, dark copper red body, carbonation
S: some dark fruits, camel, slight tart rasberry, Belgian candy sugar
M: medium dense body, with some creamy resin that stays on the tongue
T: roasted malt, dark fruits, hint of raisin, a slight burnt malt flavor, hence of subdued hops in the finish that give a slight piney resin
O: solid double ale with rich flavors

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darkish red, with a big billowy head that lingers awhile. Smells like plum, raspberry, and a bit of caramel. Taste is toffee, along with some dark fruits, including lots of raspberry. A really delicious dubbel.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The classic dubble. I would actually put this one a bit behind Ommegang's Abbey Dubbel. It's a bit fruity and sweet with a hint of spice, but it's surprisingly light for Allagash. Was expecting more oomph in this one.

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Photo of classixIII
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazy deep amber/brown. 1 finger head that hung around for awhile. Aroma - fruity and yeast some caramel. Smooth feeling, carbonation just right. Taste dark fruits, hops some alcohol. Worth a try.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark amber producing 3 fingers of foamy, light tan, moderately lasting head that leaves a nice wash of thin of lace. Aroma is dark Belgian malt, yeasty dark fruit notes, a little caramel & a hint of roast. Taste is dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, roast, some yeast, subdued dark fruit esters (prune/raisin), hints of butter & earth. Some hoppiness in the aftertaste along wit roast & a burnt hint. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, silky & smooth.

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