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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,326 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,326
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 31
Gots: 76 | 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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philipt

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash...at last we meet!!! I've heard so much but experienced so little from this raved about Maine brewery. Purchased the Dubbel Reserve, Tripel Reserve, and a 6 pack of Grand Cru from a store in VA.

Batch # 32, 750 ml bottle.

Deep brownish-garnet in color, and quite clear. Initial huge, pillowy off-white head that persists for a while. Smells doughy, fruity, with some nutty qualities. Hints of the yeast are captured in the aroma too. The taste is well blended and balanced. Malt and Belgian yeast are apparent. Fruit and yeast notes thoughout, but somewhat subdued. Some alcohol warming (not overpowering). And, I really hate to compare beer characteristics to wine, but this ale resembles a red wine some respects. Finishes rather dry.

This is a quality beer in Belgian style. Allagash has, thus far, lived up to all I anticipated. I can't wait to try the tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 16:46:19 | More by philipt
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a spritzy brown color with a nice fluffy tan head on top...Nose has those wild Belgian notes...I identify it with mustiness and leather....body is juiced up but about perfect...very drinkable...sweetness dominates this but the charged up mouthfeel keeps it at bay...the taste is relatively complex...sweet dark fruits...some cotton candy like sweetness...finishes musty and leathery....I rate the drinkability high because I'd love to have another bottle of this....a very good dubbel

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 22:29:19 | More by ZAP
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mickeymac

California

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 ml bottle, it's an eye-pleasing brown with a foamy off-white head that settles down a bit after a few minutes. The smell is bits of spice, malty sweetness, and traces of orange. This is not the most complex tasting dubbel in the world. Despite that, it's a great tasting dubbel that's eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 00:44:02 | More by mickeymac
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koopa

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #79 750ml caged and corked bottle.

Appearance: Iced tea / bronze body with off white 2 finger foam head. This one will really foam up without an experienced gentle pour. Lots of head retention and gobs...thats right I said gobs of lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet fruity notes along with a bready malt and clove note. The belgian yeast dominates the nose though.

Taste: Loving the flavors here...bready malt, dark fruits, beligan yeast, clove, etc. Really works well and is extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: closer to medium than light bodied with a nice creamy quality found in the crown.

Drinkability: I could knock a couple 22oz's back in a night.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 03:04:33 | More by koopa
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught.

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights and a big, tan head. Aroma is cocoa, roasty, a bit nutty and molasses.

Taste is sweet and malty, molasses and brown sugar, a bit spicy, roasty and cocoa. Nutty. Fantasrically complex and unconventional.

Finish is a bit dry. Fairly crisp carbonation, creamy and full bodied. Very unique take, delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2009 13:55:51 | More by JohnQVegas
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ruleof72

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden caramel color. Head is medium thick and sticks around. Lacing is nice

Smell is bready fruit with a hint of citrus. Very nice

Taste is excellent with citrus, dried apples/cider and a hint of the bready yeastiness that make dubbels so good

Mouthfeel and drinkability are very good. This is a very good beer and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 21:13:48 | More by ruleof72
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Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked. I cannot believe the low review numbers for this brew...it pours a dark, murky and mysterious shade of darker brown, head is tan, pillowy, then a 1/8 inch of foam, and it leaves very nice lacing with some sheets of lace as well. Nose is raisins, yeast, rum, alcohol, varnish,horse blanket. This is a smooth as silk, big, large, complex,tasty, buttery double, that is pure taste, refinement and pleasue on the tongue. Notes of rum soaked raisins, vanilla, cookie dough, spices, cininimon toast, yeeha this stuff is tasty. go get some, NOW.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 05:45:57 | More by Billolick
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe how surprised I was by Allagash's double offering. After being totally underwhelmed by Allagash's White, I wasn't expecting much from Allagash's Double. Boy was I wrong. I bought a single of it as a throw-in with a purchase of Westmalle Doubele and St. Bernardus Abt 12 and it definately held its own. Deep burgundy hue, excellent floral aromas, I was in love. I just bought a log of it for my home bar, can't wait to try it on draft! Anyone looking for a lower-cost alternative to that Chimay or Westie, check this out!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2003 18:18:43 | More by ChrisBowers
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Duff27

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 72, probably 3 to 4 years old.

A- One inch off white head atop a hazy copper beer. Good head retention and great! lacing.

S- Spiciness, but not in a macho, jerky kind of way.

T- Belgian yeast but very subdued. Tasty, real smooth. Would guess right around 7%abv, well balanced.

M- Plus side of carbonation. Smooth, easy mouthfeel.

D/O- Yum. Big thanks to TATURBO for this and the rest of the beer sampled today. I would love to try this fresh but I don't know if its possible to be better than this. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 21:37:20 | More by Duff27
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 24
First indication this is highly charged was the cork that rattled off the ceiling. The second sign was the ever-so-ginger pour that literally exploded in the glass and quickly had me scambling to find the nearest towel. Everything is under control now...
Picturesque dark golden amber. Mountainous beige head recedes slowly, leaving cloud-like piles of foam. This is one to lay your head down upon.
Herbs and medicine on the nose. Nothing jumps out as far as specifics go, just a well meshed and relatively quiet aroma.
Earthiness hits the palate right off the bat. Seems ancient and cryptic. Woody and dusty. Faint candied sugar. Very subtle chocolate hues drift in and out of perception. Rosemary spicing. Slightly sweet and entrancing. Faint but humid smokiness. Yeast adds some sweet dough, but seems to affect the texture more than the taste. Subtle but sizable hops impart a drying magic with spicy and floral qualities.
Obviously hugely carbonated. But feels good as a sipping elixer. Lively.
The medium-light body makes this a treat to drink. My favorite dubbel to date.

As a note: I picked up the only two bottles I could find (traded one, kept one and planned to age it). Out of the blue, a friend dropped by with an addtional bottle (same batch) as a gift. He knows little of beer, just that I like to try "different stuff". Is that harmonic convergence or what? The other bottle will be cellared.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2002 23:30:06 | More by cokes
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks nice and appetizing in my new Rochefort chalice that my girlfriend got me for Christmas. She scored some major points with this fine piece of glassware! But ahh,...the beer. Deep chestnut brown with garnet highlights and very little head development.

S - Toffee and caramel are the major aromas, with caramelized sugar and some lovely yeast notes.

T - Pancake syrup, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, and caramel add up to a wonderfully sweet and malty brew. Gentle hop notes keep things from getting too sweet and add a bit of dryness to the finish. Excellent sipping desert beer.

M - Full bodied with full dextrin textures on the tongue. Carbonation is nice, and the finish is quite dry. My mouth feels the way it does after eating pancakes with syrup, only drier.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 02:38:02 | More by pmcadamis
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle. Carefully poured it delivers a surprisingly clear, mahogany with amber-orange highlights and a short cap of creamy off-white foam. The retention is good and it leaves some thin lacing about the glass. The aroma is delicate but fresh, clean and fairly complex with notes of earth and wood, spice, grass, dried straw, mild chocolate and a subdued note of vanilla. In the mouth, it's very fine carbonation lends a gentle caress to the tongue against its medium/light body. The flavor starts with an earthy malt as the spiciness tries to work it's way through. It displays a short note of chocolate and then becomes a bit toasty, woody and biscuity before finishing with a flash of dark fruit and a flourish of drying spiciness. The alcohol is well-hidden but does reveal itself a bit towards the end of the glass. Quite nice

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 14:09:24 | More by NeroFiddled
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mrcarterxxl

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Dubbel

A= a brownish copper hue between amber and brown with a medium sized head

S= very malty smell sweet , maple syrup.

T= bitter yet slightly malty with bitter orange/grapefruit , figs,grapes,rasins, dried fruit notes.

MF= medium bodied with faint carbonation, finnish lingers.

This Allagash would go well with a steak or a beef stew, game meat, pork, curried/spicey foods.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:42:53 | More by mrcarterxxl
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy. Mix of dark reds, browns, yellows and oranges. Much darker than I expected. Smell is pretty mild. Maybe some pine? Taste is exceptional. The best balanced beer I have tried. Malty, fruity(cherries, plums), sweet, earthy, rich, complex and smooth. Feels good in mouth. Beer has some hidden kick. Very Drinkable. Very solid beer that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 12:55:42 | More by wcudwight
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours beuatifully into my goblet, an opaque, mahoghany brown topped with creamy foam and luxurious lacing. The nose on this Dubbel is equally intoxicating with numerous scents, the strongest of which are spice, yeast, and alcohol. There is also a bit of citrus peel and clove as well.
The taste is no less exquisite. The chocolate/coffee flavors of the start give way to roasted malt, with a calm hop balance and a smoky texture. This is a strong beer but the alcohol is well masked and just provides a pleasant backround. Mouthfeel is not quite silky but still very smooth. This is a nicely warming beer, I could see another during our first big snowstorm of the year. The taste also changes in character as it warms, which is terrific.
Wow..strong performance by Allagash, I'll definitely be picking up more of their stuff in the fairly near future.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 07:59:34 | More by daliandragon
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL Bottle, marked as batch #50

Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a tan head that thins, but doesn't fade. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt and yeasty fruitiness. Nice aroma of dark fruits with a slight breadiness.

A sweet malt taste upfront followed by a wave of yeast inspired fruitiness. Finishes quite clean with only a trace of malt on the backend.

Nice full body and creamy texture.

Extremely easy to drink. I could drink one of these bottles every day.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 01:00:20 | More by MaltyGoodness
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #51

This beer poured a small tan head with a hazy brown body.

Nose was a mix of alcohol, yeast, chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, plums and even some tropical fruit.

Taste was very clean, up front and muted. Mild dark chocolate, dark fruit and dark malts. Yeast phenols, plums, raisins, coffee and mild chocolate. A mild bitterness with almost a coffee like bitterness. The beer really become much more tannic and bitter as it warms. Medium bodied and earthy. Really an amazing beer as it warms.

A classic Belgian dubbel, yet it’s from Maine. A really perfect example of a dubbel. Rich flavorful, my kind of beer. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 17:15:35 | More by taez555
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice solid murky brown color with a 3 finger head that falls slowly to a solid coating over top, leaving some big lace on the glass. The nose is nice and spicey. I get a good brown sugar sweetness underlying the spiceyness. I like it. The flavor is much the same. Base of brown sugaryness overlayed with yeasty spiceyness. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I like the interplay of the flavor and the feel/carbonation. Overall, a very nice brew. No hint of the alcohol in the nose or flavor. I like hte flavor and the feel. Nothing to knock in this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 02:57:47 | More by kmpitz2
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Xadoor

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 750ml bottle with cork. Poured a dark rich brown into the glass with a thick creamy head. Sweet smelling with caramel and chocolate aromas. Flavour is much of the same with a bit of spiciness and earthiness. A very good full, rich tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 16:25:10 | More by Xadoor
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mobyfann

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid around $1.79 for a single (12 oz.) at the Jungle...

The beer pours a cloudy chocolate base with a thin white head, head retains throughout and specks of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a well-blended sweet malt variety although a touch of alcohol on the nose to tell you what is coming.

The taste is mellow coupled with low carbonation, the sweet malt sustains with a nice creamy head, no alcohol on the tongue; reminds me of a well-crafted beer from Belgium. The M&D is perfect, this is both perfect in the mouth and an ideal session beer.

Final Thought: A very nice showing again from Allagash! I would love to sample their beers on tap someday.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 02:36:21 | More by mobyfann
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TPoling

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Dubbel starts out dry and crisp and finishes with a port and nougat character. Brewery workers say they have been cellaring different years since they first bottled the dubbel a few years ago and found that it peaks between one and two years. I found less of the port of and nougat and more the crisp fruit hints that probably come from being a younger bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 17:22:50 | More by TPoling
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diamondc

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found a dusty bomber of Allagash Dubbel in the back shelves of the local liquor store. I'm starting to take a liking to Dubbels. I recently had a 3 year old bottle of Maredsous 8 which was the beer 'highlight' for me from last year. This one is Batch #51.

Appearance was very good. Dark brown with some red highlights. A nice fluffy head. Already some nice lacing on the Chimay chalice.

Smell was of milk chocolate covered raisins. On second sniff I got some Macadamia.

Taste was very much like the aroma. Chocolate, raisins, walnuts. Some kola nut flavor lurking on the aftertaste. Not much hop flavor. I think the hops have mellowed out after sitting on the shelf for so many years. Virtually no alcohol taste.

Lots of flavor on every gulp, making this one a sipper. Still a lot of carbonation going. This one would go great with some beef stew or oysters.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 08:47:41 | More by diamondc
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lpayette

Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #52 on this 750ml bottle. Poured into a Hefeweizen glass....

Pours a Hazy Brownish/Amber color, with plenty of off-white colored head. The head lasted right down to the last sip. Smells of malt and banana. Subtle tastes of banana and caramel. Quite surprisingly smooth for a 7% abv, with only a hint of 'boozyness' at the end of a sip, which increases as the beer warms. Overall this beer is incredibly easy to drink, and well worth giving a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 01:58:51 | More by lpayette
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 3411-10:18. Sampled on Leap Day - Feb 29, 2012. The pour is a slightly cloudy medium amber with a generous fluffy tan head. It leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is alive with sweet malts, yeast, coriander and other spices, with a slight hop coating. The body is medium. The flavor is of candied malts and pepper. It ends fairly dry. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 01:13:39 | More by puboflyons
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown/black color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma is comprised of slightly roasted malt, light funky yeast and exotic spices. Warm alcohol taste with subtle cherry/figs with full body and light carbonation. Wow! I didn’t expect this to be this good. Probably better then most original Belgian Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 17:33:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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