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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,456 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,456
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 105 | 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 santoslhalper
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of a few dubbel's I enjoyed this evening, and another great example. Allagash can nail the belgian styles like very few breweries in North America can. This is the third beer of theirs I've had and I must say I feel spoiled to have tried these. This beer is an absolute luxury, and one I will be getting much more of very soon.

santoslhalper, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good American representation of a belgian style. Thanks to mentor for supplying the bottle.

The beer pours to a nutty brown color with a slight ruby hue and a nice thick off-white head. Laces very well to the glass.

The smell is good. A light candiness to it with a nice mild roasty malt aroma. A feint bit of the hops even.

The taste is just as good. A good medium between sweet and dry. The same nice candy flavor and the same mild roast and hops. Has a distinct belgian character to it while at the same time it seems like a crisp and clean american ale.

I liked it quite a bit, but it seems a little bit different from dubbels I've had in the past. Maybe my palate is becoming more discernable, but this beer didn't taste quite as foreign and esoteric as most authentic belgians, but rather it seemed like a good american ale with dubbel characteristics.

neonbrown82, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of BadRockBeer
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 750ml corked and caged brown bottle. Features batch number (58) and serving instructions.

Appearance: Burn copper in color slight haze. Very tight tan head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Some what of an estery yeast lingers in the nose. Malt is quite pronounced, biscuity.

Taste: Belgian yeast is first to greet you. Phenolic notes run throughout. Several dried fruits cherries, plums. The finish is quite dry with a large roasty malt complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, light well balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. This is an easy drinker for such a complex beer. As most know Allagash Brewing is one of the best American/Belgian breweries in the states. The beer is a great example of their abilities and quality.

BadRockBeer, May 02, 2007
Photo of DavidST
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet, no freshness date, but from batch 88.

Pours a nice slightly hazy tea color with a bubbly off white head which quickly dissipates. The smell is a little musty, a little belgium funk, with some sugar and grape. The taste is pretty great, this might be aged, but I get some caramel malts, some grape all very dry on the way down along with some almost roasted malt / hop bitterness, this beer taste wise is fantastic. Feel is very carbonated, with a medium thickness.

DavidST, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of jaluria
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-brown color with a thick tan colored head that has staying power and leaves behind some lacing. Faint aromas of dried fruit, grapes, honey, and bread seem to come out. Somewhat expected for this style, but interesting nonetheless. The taste is great with a fruity sweetness paired with a hop profile that fluctuates as the beer warms. A variety of flavors dance across my tongue and leave behind a sweet coating that is really very nice. The aftertaste develops into a rather sour flavor in the back of my throat, hence a deduction in points for mouthfeel. I think this would be alleviated by aging. The drinkability is good for this beer despite it's high ABV because of it's distinct flavor spectrum and it's complex texture.

jaluria, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque, dark maroon body with juuuust a haze and a ring of foam, overall pretty still-looking. Nose has lots of citrus/coriander witbier character (must be that Belgian yeast ;) with a dry wheatiness that portends smooth flavor. Spots of vanilla and mint--quite yummy smelling.

Taste is complex sweet and woody malts. Some toasty graham and dry nuttiness, mild citrus. A bitter layer of flavorful toffee streaks through the mouth into the aftertaste and changes to be more and more bitter, coming to dominate the whole palate.

There's a spritzy carbonation mouthfeel that I didn't love--but I felt that it lightened the brew significantly, taking the burden off the malts and the booze. Nice brew that I'd buy again in a jiffy.

donnebaby, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of JackStraw22
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, Batch #48

Appearance: Deep mahogany body with a big tan head. Head retention was good, pretty good lacing too.

Smell: Light candi sweetness, but it's not cloying. Nice herbal/eathy tones, yeasty and gingery. Very nice.

Taste/Feel: Lots of carbonation, quite crisp. Flavors are not too intense, this could be a session belgian if it weren't so expensive. Good flavors from the yeast and some hoppy bite as well. Just malty enough to not be too sweet.

Drinkability: I'd definately have this again. This would make a great beer to start off somebody on Belgians.

JackStraw22, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of uustal
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mahogany with a red hue shining through. A pearl white head absorbs some of the red color. Laces all the way down the glass. Real nice looking. Aroma of pepper, spices, yeast and dark fruits. Smooth and malty flavor profile. Starts off with just a hint of Belgian spice and pepper, before the sweet dark fruit malts take over. This beer had nearly 2 years of age on it and it really smoothed it over. More malt on the finish, a bit of candied sugar, sweet bread and caramel. Nice sticky mouthfeel.

uustal, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at a beer tasting out of a bottle.
A--Good cloudy brown color with a thick, foamy head and lacing.
S--Beautiful floral and nut oak scent.
T--The taste is very true to the scent: Nutty oak with a mild floral undertone. Very beautiful. Very good balance of flavor and malt/bitter.

Amalak, May 28, 2010
Photo of illpass78
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a murky amber with a finger-width off-white head. Leaves spotty lacing behind. Carbonation a little more than average.

Aroma: Smells of dark fruit, especially figs, along with orange marmalade, woodiness, and malt.

Taste: Follows the nose, with figs and prunes leading the way, and some molasses and toffee present as well.

Mouthfeel: Great depth. Perfect for a slow sip.

Overall: Really tasty Belgian-style ale. Tons of flavor, nice sturdiness. Somewhat wine-like in its complexity. Allagash can do no wrong.

illpass78, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I took VENOM's advice from his review and have had this cellaring for just about a year. I would like to try it compared to a fresh bottle, but that'll be for another time.

Pours a deep amber mahogany and the lacing left is fairly thick...good after this amount of time. The nose is thick with spices, the varied malts used to brew it, distinctly Belgian yeast, and alcohol.

The mouthfeel, I am guessing due to the aging, is nearly perfect. Just a hint of spiciness on the palate leaves this fairly dry and wonderfully smooth. Not too thin but not syrupy...oh so nice. Flavors don't assault the senses with complexity, but it is rather well balanced. Nice malty profile that leads to a bittersweet, Belgian-candylike finish. Alcohol hides itself well. This is one I wouldn't mind having a few of on the porch when its about 60 degrees in October. Looking forward to a comparison against a fresh version.

IrishRedRock, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of njbcmatt
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Despite a medium brown color, was obviously quite clear. Cream colored head mostly dissipated quickly, but still laced the glass all the way down.

S - Something piney, woodsy beneath the stronger caramel notes. A little bit of burnt sugar in there too, and I don't mean that negatively. Dried, dark fruits, maybe prune-like. A little bit of coffee in the back there too.

T- Lovely balance of alcohol, carbonation, malt and hop. I can clearly taste each of their impacts on the overall flavor. Slightly metallic, bitter aftertaste is the only negative I can even mention.

M - Lingers nicely, as I would expect in a medium-heavy medium-dark beer. Has the body I like in this style of beer.

D - Certainly the type of beer I like to drink on a regular basis, but that's more personal preference than anything else.

njbcmatt, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #59, no other date mentioned. However, probably new since Allagash has only recently made a return to Texas. Served in a Chimay glass. This pours out a dark, hazy reddish brown with a large creamy tannish head (and very long-lasting) on top. The nose is somewhat faint, with some fruity yeast notes and a touch of cocoa-tinted malt. Very nice malt profile for a dubbel, with a hint of roasted malt in the dryness, a tasteful (but restrained--this is no porter) chocolateness. Yeast character is fruity, though not overly so, with some light vanilla character. Finish lingers around the malt. Smooth texture, but the carbonation remains unusually high despite my vigorous pour that left an enormous amount of foam.

Understated, with less yeast character than most Belgians, but very tasty. A subtle offering, which I think stands out more because of its tastefulness than most American interpretations of the style.

allengarvin, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of jman892
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a one finger light tan head. Looks just like apple cider

S - Smells nicely of yeast and pears

T - Taste has toffee/caramel malts, balanced off with some apple sweetness. There is a bit of earthiness to it as well

M - Strong carbonation on this one, alcohol is very well hidden throughout

O - Tasty, easy drinker. Glad to have tried it and would definitely have this again

jman892, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of spiffysamurai
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When I first poured this beer I was expecting a nice amber. What I got was a pretty good,dark amber. The thing I remember the most about it was the tan head. Overall the aesthetics of the beer were charming and very nice.

Smell: This beer smelt good. One could tell the seven herbs they used were used with careful thought and process. The smell that comes most to by brain was dark sugar.

Taste: When I first took a sip of this beer all I could think of was drinking like a pure sugar drink. Which was right up my alley for what I was aiming for at the time.

Mouthfeel: This drink is rich in the mouthfeel. For the vision of thickness I was a little worried but in the end, it was easy to drink.

Drinkability: This drink is very drinkable. It goes very well with steak. This is the type of beer that is good for catching up with a good friend and want to get beyond the macro brews and keep it local.

spiffysamurai, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the end of the bottle so it poured out cloudy, with the yeast. The head was big and foamy, and receded, although it left little lace. The smell is a bit fruity, with hints of chocolate and spice with a raw malty and yeasty subtone. The flavor is a mildly burnt earthy flavor, with the fruitiness still there, and subtle hints of malt, and hops that bite the back of the tongue. THe aftertaste is again the burnt woodsy flavors. The mouthfeel is full of sharp carbonation bubbles and the bite at the back of the throat. Quite balanced and drinkable, all together.

FranklinPCombs, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash is an underrated brewery and this is an underrated dubbel. As far as quality US produced versions of Belgian brews, Allagash is at the top of the heap, alongside Ommegang and New Belgium, perhaps even surpassing them. This is a sugary dubbel that pours with a huge frothy head and enticing aroma of wood and grasses. Big caramel bite with sugar, lemon, and spice flavors. Subtle finish, a big blast of sugar; as beer mellows in glass, becomes more wine-like and slippery, almost watery. Best enjoyed alongside a hearty meal; on its own it can be too candylike. Had a thick beef stew with this and it was incredible. Burgers, steak, lamb, this beer will go with them all. Could conceivably go with dessert as well. Perfect for the budget-minded Belgian lover.

Thrasher, Oct 30, 2002
Photo of jackndan
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Dubbel Reserve: Belgian-Style Ale: In the big 750 ml bottle with the corked top. I really enjoyed this beer, I thought it had a very nice balance and was not dominated by the raison sweetness I’ve seen in other Belgian doubles. Looked great in the glass, excellent retention of the tan head, that left a huge coating of lace down the sides. The aroma was very rich with traces of espresso and chocolate.

The taste was very impressive, complex with any element of the brew dominating the others. The traditional sweetness in this beer did not take that all to fatal step into cloying/raison sweetness that to me makes it hard to enjoy this style with food. The Allagash had a very crisp finish that left me wanting more. Very nice.

jackndan, Dec 26, 2002
Photo of dgallina
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged brown bottle labeled "batch 59."

Pours opaque copper-tinged brown with small but persistent creamy tan head. The smell is entirely appropriate for the style; full of candi sugar, cherries, caramel, and alcohol-laced tropical fruit. In flavor, the beer tends more towards fruity softness and toasted malt. Pineapple and pear notes lead to a semi-sweet caramel and cocoa powder center. Finishes with drying toasted biscuit and coffee malt notes and some warming spicy alcohol fruitiness. The medium-rich body is heavily slanted towards creaminess, becoming increasingly smooth and luxurious as the beer warms. A very good dubbel!

dgallina, May 19, 2007
Photo of byrd
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #39
Big pop when removing cork. Very dark mahogany brown in color with a slight haze. Huge foamy light tan head that recedes quite slowly. The head eventually becomes a thick, bumpy lace – thick in spots and thin in others with lots holding on around the edges. Some carbonation rising from the sides of the glass. Nice spicy aroma with a tiny hint of citrus. Good mouthfeel. Not overly full - maybe a bit on the light side, yet it still goes down remarkably well. Nice spicy brew, yet there’s also a good distinctive malt start that is bready and a bit yeasty. Becomes smoother when additional yeast is poured in from the bottle. Spices come in along with a prickly carbonation towards mid swallow and last through the finish. The malt is sweet but is never overly so or cloying. The sweetness peaks through again in the aftertaste. Not surprisingly, this is yet another superb brew from the fine folks at Allagash.

byrd, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my third brew from Allagash and I have to say that they are doing something right here. They have put a very interesting spin on some great traditional styles. I have to applaud them. Now onto the beer.

It poured a deep scarlet almost purplish color with almost no head. The smell was deep with a full array of sweet fruity smells, especially those of grapes, currants and raisons. The taste was full bodied with hints of red wine, raspberry, smokey notes and a little bitter hop flavor. It definitely had some typical Belgian flavors in the background, but they did not in any way overshadow the inventivness of this beer. This is another excellent effort from The Allagash Brewing Co.!

GreatPondBrewer, Feb 25, 2003
Photo of funkengruven
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured into my Chimay chalice a nice dark brown, disappointingly with little head, most dubbels I've had are exploding with head, not this one. Smell is sweet, malty, and fruity. Taste is like that too, Alcohol is undetectable in this one too. Nothing suggests even in the least that the ABV of this stuff is 7.6%. There is very little in the way of Belgian style dubbels that even come close to the drinkability of this brew. It's quite good, and considerably less expensive than the genuine article. I'd recommend it.

funkengruven, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a very tight, creamy head that sticks around. The aromas are beautifully balanced with a slight sourness, slightly sweet malt, and dark fruit, a touch of almond and hazlenut all intermingling. Very nice. The taste is very nice, but a tad too subtle. Gentle flavors dark dry malt, quite attenuated. Apple brandy flavors with a touch of sweet fruit as well. Slightly tannic finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and this is extremely easy to drink.

Georgiabeer, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Do these folks make a bad beer? This went great with steak and shrimp tonight. Tangy, smooth, not too sweet. One of the more enjoyable dubbels I've had. Similar to thier other beers, and excellent as always. I've enjoyed every Allagash beer I've had, and I'm very grateful that they send 'em way down here!

JohnnyDuvel, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of 1fastz28
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yum yum yum, another belgian, is it worthy? we shall see

pours a very dark ruby red color with a small head into my chalice, what little head there is stays around for a while. the smell is absolutely fantastic, vanilla, raisins, sweet malt, yeast, an over abundance of wonderful aromas. taste is good, but not up to the level of the aroma, it is a good beer, has a good full taste to it, but isn't nearly as complex as it smells. very good beer, could of been great

1fastz28, Jan 31, 2008
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