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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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very good

1,431 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,431
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 34
Gots: 95 | 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 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
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #51
Appearance: Initially pours a partially clear deep reddish brown color with a thick 1/2" head of fluffy tan foam. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it looks like it is going to be around for a while anyway. There is some pretty thick lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of bready yeast and a dry cracker-like smell along with quite an assortment of ripe fruit aromatics. There is a mild floral character to the aroma that is as deeply hidden as some subtle spicing in the background.

Taste: The flavor is much richer with more chocolate than the aroma suggested. There is still a very assertive yeasty flavor that you notice in the beginning, but this seems to be a carry-over from the aroma that leads into the flavor. It definitely starts off with some sweetness, but this is quickly obscured by the carbonation and the fruity flavors. Just as you get to pick out some of the fruit in particular, you get led into the finish which gives the impression of being dry and well attenuated. There is a little spiciness that you get late in the finish that I assume is due to the alcohol...though it isn't TOO high being 7%. The alcohol coexists with the roast from the chocolate and other dark grains to make the throat sensation in the end feel a little dry and almost balanced toward the bitter. A very complex beer, I must say.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer! It has a very well rounded flavor. There is a bit too aggressive of a roast profile in the flavor for my taste, but the beer still remains balanced with that flavor at play. I will definitely be drinking this beer again.

SkeeterHawk, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of tdm168
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thin layer of loose, white head

S - faint caramel, faint baked apples

T - baked apples, caramel, bread, faint spice

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth

This is a delicious beer. The flavor is complex, yet drinkable. I will definitely have this again.

tdm168, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of TheDoctor
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dusty brown that looks amber in the light. It is pretty cloudy and has three fingers of perfect tan head creamy that rockily settles to a fat half finger. Very good; some strings of clumpy lacing.

Warm and spicy. Dark fruits, wine, hard water, cloves, some yeasty phenols.

Soft, smooth, and slightly nutty. Chocolate, rum, raisins, nuts, bubblegum, brown sugar, clove. Very good.

Almost-coating and medium to full bodied. There is a lot of prickly carbonation and a really lush, velvety feel to it. Slight, clean finish.

Very, very good dubbel.
This is a nice drinking, Belgian-tasting beer that is a pleasure to quaff. I think it tastes a lot like a brown in some respects, but the Belgian yeast characteristics, head, cloudiness, smell, etc. is all there.
Beautiful and pleasing in just about every aspect. Very solid version of possibly my favorite style.
This is the first beer I have had from these guys and I am definitely looking forward to trying more.
Will have again; well worth looking for.

TheDoctor, May 09, 2014
Photo of StrongOakOnTheFront
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

StrongOakOnTheFront, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Stephenkdunphe
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

Stephenkdunphe, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of griffey123
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

griffey123, Monday at 11:54 PM
Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle - Batch 70.

Allagash Dubbel Reserve is a medium brown color with good clarity. The head is thick and lasts quite a while. As it settles, some nice chunky lace is left behind.

Aroma is sweet and malty. There is a bit of winey oxidation smell but it's mild. I may even smell some rootbeer.

Flavor is spicy, fruity, sweet and enjoyable. Chocolate covered raisins, cloves, and cinnamon. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

Overall a very tasty dubbel! A great American version.

GilGarp, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of jcoulighan
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jcoulighan, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cherry brown, cloudy fizzy which foams atop and fades into a light top layer. Dark fruit smell. Rich complex malty taste, candi sugar. Some yeast. Bubblegum too, but just a little.

Tasty, blended well. Quite good.

KTCamm, May 28, 2012
Photo of Tarps68
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Tarps68, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of B_Curtin
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

B_Curtin, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of jlsugarman
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jlsugarman, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of yossarian14
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of beans923
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

beans923, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Neehan
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This pours a peasant, light amber with a decent head. The head seemed to increase in size and retention as it was consumed. Nice. The smell is of rich, dark fruits primarily of apples, pears, plums, etc. These continue into the taste with a nice backing of slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is the only weak component of the beer as it is very watery. However, quite drinkable.

Neehan, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of DavidHamilton
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

DavidHamilton, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

AnitaBrewski, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of NIURicky
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

NIURicky, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of rlpete
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

rlpete, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

thatoneguymike, Apr 21, 2014
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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