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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,512 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 40
Gots: 124 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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.
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Photo of jessealmlie
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pbrian
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #17. Based on other's reviews, it seems this beer varies from batch to batch. Mine poured with low carbonation, small head. Light sweet malt, raisiny aroma. Hit the mouth spritzy, which was odd given the low carbonation in the glass. Nice fruity flavors with notes of caramel and rasins. Very little yeast presence, in fact the yeast was pretty well packed and only with a good amount of agitation did I get some in my last glass. Overall, it was a light style Dubbel, albeit extremely smooth and drinkable, making for a good summer-time Belgian ale.

Photo of TLove
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

750ml, Batch 82, bought at World Market for $6!

Appearance: Dark amber with light head and creme lace.

Smell: Caramel and raspberries that runs up nose with strong carbonation.

Taste: Well-carbonated and beautifully structured with a bit of spicy anise and dark fruits. Has a touch of sweet maple syrup on the end, which balances the strong front.

Finish: Acidic and hard in the mouth, but really flows well to the finish with a touch of sweetness and a dark complexity.

Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #34: Ah the beauteous color of a well brewed double, a deep translucent bruin, the head impossible in size, spumescent in texture, a nice winsome tan in color, with the resultant lace a thick glutinous sheet that welds itself to the glass. Lots of malt in the nose, hints of yeast, cotton candy sweet, magnificent in its freshness, what a treat for this old schnozzle. Begins malt and sweet, the top is middling, the finish has a delicate acidity, but the hops are unremitting in their spicy bite, aftertaste is droughty and long lasting, another winner from a most magnificent brewery that just recently came back into my life.

Photo of xgrafcorex
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice creamy light tan head, smells of delicious yeast and malt. also has some hints of sweetness, fruit maybe. the taste is a little different...theres a bitterness to it that isn't in the smell. to be perfectly honest, my first thought was "doh! i wish it tasted more like it smells." not to say its bad..just a tad let down after finding out how good it smells. i guess i can kinda smell the bitterness more now..could all be in my head. can't decide if i can taste the alcohol, or if its spices or even carbonation. could be carbonation, there are plenty of little bubbles still going up to the top as with many beers of this and similar styles. the sweetness seems more bitter in the taste. have warmed up to the taste a little since i started drinking it..still have to say my hopes were set a little higher after having the allagash white. head is still sticking around..some lacing too. fairly complex taste overall..i'm sure i'm missing something in there.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pumpernickel/banana nut bread crust hybrid in color - cloudy dark mahogany. Thin yeasty head that has some strength.

Subtle malt and yeast with cinnamon and maybe some cloves and coriander in a smaller dose. Slightly stewy ambiance. Crisp roasted malt. I have no idea why but I smell something stalky - maybe asparagus?!

Mild and pleasantly earthy. Definitely a warm beef stew quality to it. Carbonation helps cut thinkness. Grassy hops, very mellow malt and yeast. Alcohol is hidden.

I'm not a fan of earthiness but the malt, yeast and slight spice backbone mellows it out nicely. Very full finish with minimal aftertaste.

This is quite drinkable for a style I need to explore in further depth - I am used to the bolder flavor profile of Trippels and Quads but this is very enjoyable.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am starting to sense a pattern with these corked and cage bottles that I have been buying lately. They all have a delicious woody-earthy flavor. A dark brown body, with a sizable light tan head. An ok beer, if not overly flavorful. OK malty flavor with some muted hops. I bought this bottle, which was probably 2 years old, but it didn't have any ill effects on the beer.

Photo of Doppel07
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-bronze body with a frothy white head. Aroma of Belgian candy sugar, bubble gum, chocolate, and a hint of leather. Nice crisp bitter flavor. Full and smooth palate. This is an excellent and very drinkable beer. One of my favorite dubbels.

Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light brown, good head with fluffy lacing.

Smells of soft spices and fruits, apple, pear, cinnamon.

Taste subtle, but very nice. Dark fruits, malts, and spices. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel carbonated, goes well with the taste.

I liked this. Very solid and drinkable.

Photo of heyitsbyron
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a single bottle ($1.35) into a tulip glass.

Poured medium brown with a large 2cm+ head that dissipated quickly. Darker than expected, pretty opaque.

Smelled not as strong as I had hoped. Smells sort of remind me of the porter/stout styles, though certainly Belgian yeast and malt flavors abound.

Standard Belgian flavors, but substantially more bitter than I would have thought-- I like that. This bitterness hides a bit of fruit that's there and in general I think it's a bit watery for me.

A little heavy on the carbonation, but for the most part smooth without being syrupy.

Good alcohol content. Nice beer for introducing others to the style. It's certainly nothing special, but I found myself enjoying it nonetheless.

Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle from batch 75 into a tulip glass. The beer pours a dark brown with a nice white head. If you hold it up to a light it almost appears orange. The smell is bready with a hint of cough syrup. The beer is very smooth, a slight bready taste with a light phenolic finish. The beer is medium bodied with adequite carbonation. I imagine it would match well with most foods, as it is not an overpowering brew. Overall, an enjoyable Belgian ale.

Photo of Flounder57
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a Chimay goblet. I have been holding onto this bottle of batch 99 for a few years now. I think it was about time now to open it up.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy reddish brown with some clarity when held up to light and bubbles are seem coming up through the glass.

Smell: Spicy yeast, caramel malts, Belgian candy, dark fruits, alcohol, apples, and pear.

Taste: Spicy, a little boozy, raisins, caramel, apples, pears, Belgian candy, yeasty esters

Mouthfeel: A little dry, medium to high carbonation, medium bodied, a little tingly, and a little boozy.

Overall: I have had this before, but I think the bottle aging for a few years made it better. I should held onto it for a few more. Oh well, still an awesome beer.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Vin 909 in an Allagash glass

A-Pours a burnt orange red color, with one finger of head. Decent lacing.

S-Aromas are full of dark fruits including dates, figs, raisins, also some toffee and other sweet malts.

T-Taste is of dark fruits, now i get cherries, figs, raisins, and a slight nuttiness.

M-Mouthfell is well balanced great carbonation. Has a finish that is clean and smooth with very good drinkability.

O-Overall, this is a great brew away to go Allagash!

Photo of Pencible
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy dark brown with tan head. It smelled like malt and yeast with a bit of perfume and alcohol. It tasted bland at first with malt and slight wild hops flavoring. The taste grew stronger and better as it warmed, and it had a nice somewhat bitter aftertaste. It was watery and carbonated, and easy to drink. Overall it started out boring but then became pretty enjoyable.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small one finger off white head. Reddish orange body.
Smells of clove, banana, sweet malts, some fruity notes.
Tastes of clove, some fruit banana and some others, sweet malts, finishes medium dry.
Medium carbing, med body, drinks fairly easily, I'd take this one any day of the week.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy ruby-brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of biscuity malts with solid amounts of figs and raisins. Also present are mild spices and hints of brown sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Smooth lightly toasted biscuity malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark fruit flavors - figs and raisins mostly. Hints of muted clove enter into things midway through the sip along with a bit more nutmeg and brown sugar. The ending is dominated by fruit flavors. To reiterate, the flavors imparted from the spices do a nice job of being part of the supporting cast and letting the malt and yeast shine.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall I thought the nose gained a bit from the cask pour but the flavor suffered a bit. Still, a solid beer and well worth a shot.

Photo of chocomaltsalate
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Mesa Liquors on Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara, CA. It's a decent place to find the occasional rare microbrew for the area, but the selection is very small and so it's not worth a long trip.

A - Brown body with a slight orange tint. Medium head with good lacing and great staying power.
S - Yeasty scents. Mushy old grapes. Malty sweetness.
T - Quite spicey in a general kind of way. I can't pin point any one flavor, just an overall spice flavor like a winter warmer.
M - Moves over the entire tongue smooth and pleasantly.
D - A good melding of flavor and fairly subtle masking of the alcohol content makes this a very drinkable brew.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip, batch 67. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with a nice and dense 2 finger light khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big raisin, apple, caramel, grape, candi sugar, molasses, and cherry. Some very nice and complex aromas here. Taste of grape, raisin, caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and yeast spiciness. Fairly dry finish, but there is some lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, and spices on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all in the taste or finish. Very nice drinkability for 7%. Overall this is definitely an excellent Dubbel from Allagash. Very balanced and drinkable.

Photo of SnowGoon99
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into Stella Artois glass

Appearance was a medium to dark amber. I poured the yeast in with it so it was cloudy most likely due to that. Probably would've been clear if i hadn't. Smell was spicy with some pronounced Belgian yeast characteristics (esters). Could've used a little bit more nose but still was very nice.

When i tasted it might've been a little cold so flavors were subdued. Notes of spice and alcohol were apparent. Also some caramel in the background. Body was awesome and for such a high alcohol beer it was very drinkable. Could've probably had a couple of these and then fallen down afterward.

Overall a very tasty beer but i'd like to try the classic Dubbels from Belgium to compare.

Photo of Goliath
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked bottle batch #65

Beer pours a deep brown and appears opaque with one finger of frothy tan head.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of fruit. A light yeastiness is present, but caramel malt dominates. Also a subtle alcohol aroma present.

Taste shows big malt character. Dark malts produce caramel and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is lively due to good carbonation, and is fairly full.

Drinkability is medium to high due to great flavors.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish-brown color with half a finger of head that dies away quickly. No lacing left on this one. The smell is rich and malty, lots of sugary sweetness. Brown sugar, honey, and caramel all mix together for a great aroma. A hint of hops in there too. The taste is also fairly malty and sweet. Some molasses and toffee flavors in there under the roasted malt. The mouthfeel is just a little light. The drinkability is really good for a 7.6% brew. Another nice offering from Allagash.

Photo of beersarang
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge head that dissapates quickly it seems but never quite goes away. Easy to see that this is a very vinous brew.

Very sweet toasty alcohol aroma. So aromatic and wonderfully fruity, I'm getting hints of raisins here and there.

Light roasted malts phenols up front with a sweeter huge malt background leads up to a minimal hop character. Good dosage of bitterness plays with plums and raisins and other fruit peels. Finishes a touch alcoholic with a dab of apple peel at the finish. Not overly yeasty at all, but a little spicy if anything.

Medium to syrupy bodied, with heavy carbonation, appropriate to style.

Not bad at all, very complex.

Photo of rwrk42
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: A dark brown murky cloudy look with a nice foam head
Smell: Sweet caramel with a wonderful malty smell. Slight citrus aroma
Taste: Very smooth and malty. Nice mouthfeel. Sweet malt flavor and caramel undertones
A very good dubbel....would recommend.

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.