Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,479 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 108 | 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 SnowGoon99
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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 SheepNutz
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Bdc
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy chestnut in color with an ample, lasting, off-white head. Mild, spicy aroma with hints of plum. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor is rich malt with notes of chocolate, fruit, earth, nuts. Slightly alcoholic with a dry finish. An enjoyable interpretation of the style.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a fluted pilsner glass at the Saltwater Grille in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Poured a mahogany amber color with tawny edges and a creamy head of ivory foam. Lacing was nice and carbonation seemed adequate.

S: Smells slightly nutty and fruity, with a bit of an alcohol aroma too. Figs, dried dates and walnuts go hand in hand with the spicy, fruity floral aroma.

T: Taste is fairly smooth and fruity. There's some alcohol bite, but not much. It has a bit of that dark Belgian sugar flavor to go with the dried fruits and slight hop spiciness. Tastes like an American Dubbel, not that that's a bad thing here.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, a bit sticky and spicy with a smooth finish.

D: Quite drinkable at a robust 7.6%, but it masks its strength very well. I wouldn't session this one, but it's good for a deuce, and would probably pair well with a roasted meat or red-fleshed fish.

It was lacking a bit of that Belgian punch I've come to expect from a Dubbel, but the variety of specialty malts and dark Belgian sugar made for a tasty and interesting Dubbel.

Photo of Litterbean
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #48.

Gorgeous beer. Pours a deep brown-red, like a hearty goulash gravy sauce. Huge fluffy head that settles into a pillowy film and leaves traces behind.

My initial whiff hit me with a very vinous grape smell. Upon further sniffs, I found a very hearty yeasty character, with a very sweet and sugary fragrance. Ample amounts of maple-syrup pull through, with a somewhat minty/menthol coolness in the nose. Fruity esters present throughout, with hints of prunes, raisins, and some citrus.

Alcoholic and warming taste, there is a definite hidden smokey character underneath the more up-front tastes. Tart flavors up front but oh-so-sweet on the intake. Fruity and very mature tasting, chewy at the end because I can taste the hop oils and it is very earthy and vegetable-like. I can't pinpoint what it is but there is a specific floral flavor at the end.

Good carbonation and a thick body, you must sip this one. Gulping it wouldn't be just difficult, but it would do it a disservice. It is enjoyed in little sips. Awesome beer!

Photo of Ben4881
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Dubbel Reserve
Allagash Brewing Company

This beer is a thick, murky, brown with very faint suggestions of orange when held to the light. A healthy, thick, tan head forms with great retention and no lacing.

Not a very strong smell, rather elusive. I can smell bread from the yeast and a sweet malt caramel odor.

A flavor of roasted malt is surprisingly consistent throughout the drinking experience. Sweet and toasty flavors hit the palette first, then a very smooth transition to an almost untraceable alcohol flavor which leads to a wet finish of bitter coffee and roasted nuts. The finishing flavor lingers in the aftertaste with the slight addition of alcohol flavor. This unique flavor has characteristics of both Belgian ales and nut brown ales, delicious.

This brew has a very still medium to heavy body with very little carbonation.

7% ABV is on the lower end of the spectrum for a dubbel, but it makes this beer much more drinkable. The subdued alcohol flavor also makes it drinkable. The balance between yeast and malt makes it drinkable. The only thing slowing this beer down is the hefty thickness of its body.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #62. Blood orange with a weathered bronze-like glow. The sandstone colored crown filled the majority of the glass initially and is still mammoth in size several minutes later. As it slowly melts away, a beautiful array of tacky lace finds its way to the glass and gives the beer a gorgeous, authentic look.

The nose is classically dubbel-like as well; never a certainty when it comes to the American-brewed versions (but then Allagash is in a league of their own as far as I'm concerned). The aroma is primarily brown fruity and brown bready with a complementary amount of clove yeastiness. The ability to use quality yeast well is one of this brewery's keys to success.

I'm surprised at Dubbel Reserve's... reserve. It isn't as bold or as flavorful as most of what Allagash brews, but that doesn't make it bad beer, not by a long shot. If you want subtlety and drinkability in a beer of this style, I can't think of too many domestic dubbels that are better. In fact, change 'too many' to 'any'.

The flavor profile features the same quasi-dark fruitiness found in the nose (brown apples and figs), along with a pleasing amount of ground clove and mild tobacco notes on the finish. A light molasses quality leads me to think that some amount of dark candi sugar was used. Complex it ain't. Delicious it is.

Given the less than aggressive nature of the flavor, the mouthfeel is very well done. I thought it was a trifle light at first, but the passage of time has resulted in a sneaky suppleness and a minor amount of mouthcoating that makes drinking a pleasure. The only thing keeping the mouthfeel from the next highest score is that it could be a bit more expansive.

Dubbel Reserve isn't the equal of most of what these guys brew, but then Allagash's best is some of the finest beer in the world. Anyone looking to dip a toe into the dubbel style could do a whole lot worse than to start right here. Forget toes, once this review is completed, I plan to plunge into the rest of this '750' with reckless abandon.

Photo of Pencible
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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 nomad
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to longpondbeerman for the big bottle of this one!

Poured a nice reddish wood color, but alas I don't know what to call it. Opaque but humming with hue from my chalice, the beer had good lace, thin ribbons of stain, and a soft and even foamy tan-colored head.

Smelled of apples, figs, and black cherries wrapped in an oak scent. The malt came in smooth and slow with a mix of chocolate and spice. Taste was woody, creamy, and with a little bit of a fruity flavor. Drinks nicely but not very interesting - the malt is obvious and pleasant but not engaging. A quiet and almost sour flavor also popped up toward the end. Had a fairly dry and woody tasting finish, and an earthy sort of spicy taste in the burp.

Watery but not too thin of a mouthfeel, this beer was real easy to drink because of its mild but equitable character. To me, this is a lighter version of a dubbel, for its not as thick, malty, and spicy as others. Good nonetheless and would probably go very well with game and subtle autumn vegetables.

Photo of fx20736
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice at cellar temp.

Look: Turbid honeyed Ochre with a thin Beige head, scant lacing.

Smell: bruised fruits; overripe apples, peaches, raisins, sultanas

Taste:fruity like aroma with a touch of sage like bitterness

Feel: supple, slippery, smooth

overall: very good American Dubbel. I miss a strong Belgian yeast presence which holds this one back a little.

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml dark brown bottle, "Batch 29", bottled on March 5, 2002, according to a prompt and courteous email reply from the folks at Allagash. Corked and caged presentation, served at about 55 degrees into a goblet. Clear ruby amber color when held to the light, and a bountiful tan head that stayed the distance. Lots of attractive lacing all over the goblet. Fruity nose at first, then a touch of orange blossom honey, spicy hops, and hints of apricot and pineapple. Complex and inviting nose! Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sufficient carbonation, and good hop balance to the many malts that cry out. The aftertaste, which is my only dislike, is distinctively of a port wine.

Dark fruits dominate the initial taste, as roasted Kona coffee, toffee, and some dry biscuit arrive to take part in the interesting mixture. Hops hold their ground throughout the long sipping exerience to lend a nice balance to all the malts. Alcohol warmness adds a pleasant touch halfway through the bottle, especially on a cold December night. I don't like the aftertaste which seems yeasty or astringent, and lasts forever. This was my only beverage, other than bottled water, the evening tasted and reviewed(Dec 11, 2003).

Overall, this is a very fine Belgian style dark ale with a complex, mostly malt, profile with a pleasant punch of sweet dried apricots and enough hops to bitter it out just about right. Excellent pairing for a sharp cheddar or quality blue cheese. Not an everyday ale, but one that I would love to keep on hand in the cellar. I bet these will be even better at 2.5 to 3 years from the bottling date.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This wonderful dubble pours a off brown. Almost the color of a home made root beer. There is a fantastic head produced from the pour! The laceing never goes away. It is at least 1/8 of an inch think to the end of the glass. The aroma is a bit roasted then earthy and tones of bread make way to the nose. The flavor, not too over powerful bit a pleasant in-between is almost a match with the aroma. I did find there is more of a bread flavor to it.
According to fellow BA JohnnyP, batch #38 was brewed on 1 May 03. Cant wait to age this sucker a few months!

Overall: A very nice and enjoyable brew from Allagash. Even if you are not a fan of this style of brew, you must give this one a try!

Photo of TLove
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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 jwff
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 44 in a chalice. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a creamy offwhite head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Smell is bread, sugar, molasses, and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell except with a burnt toast flavor and grittiness that coats the tongue. This flavor is a little overwhelming, but the brown sugar, molasses and alcohol all come in reinforcing what I already got from this brew from the smell.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very creamy and gritty at the same time. Nice touch of carbonation at the end. This beer is minorly sweet, but I would have no problem finishing this myself or sharing it with a friend.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown with a thick, foamy head. The aroma yields an earthy, yeasty smell. It has a strong malt taste with raisin and date tones, without a great deal of sweetness, but a slight hint of sour. The tartness of the alcohol is also apparent from a deep sniff. Not very hoppy nor bitter, but a thick mouthfeel lingers on the tongue and the back of the throat. Nice drinkability if you don't mind the yeast coating your tongue. It goes very well with Mediterranean food.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared about 9 months. Served at cellar temp.

Pours a lovely dark ruborous brown. When backlit looks candy apple red. Huge tan tinged head rises up the sides of the tulip glass.

Smells very yeasty in that special belgian kind of way. Mmmm... Little bits of spice and apple permeate.

Tastes like it just got off the boat. Has a very fruity bouquet, followed up by lots of dry malt and that yeast. Finishes dry with a flavor that lingers and lingers.

Chewy, big, smooth, lovely describe the mouthfeel.

Yea, I liked it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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