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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,248 Ratings
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Ratings: 1248
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%

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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4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 01:06:16 | More by reebtaerG
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery tasting room, the beer is a vibrant, caramel-brown coloring with a thin, white, filmy surface coating of head. Heart aromas of nut and toffee, with hints of booze and smoke. Flavors of roast and smoke initially, with a nutty sweetness forming a solid backbone. Subtle, tangy sweetness at the end of the palate and into the aftertaste. Smoke rejoins the toffee and nut sweetness in the aftertaste, blending into a smooth, light finish despite the robust palate and body throughout. Easy to drink and pretty damn tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 19:45:41 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a chalice glowing a dark ruby coloring, with reddish hues when held to the light. It held a two finger head of creamy, tan bubbles, showing fantastic retention. Sheets and patterns of lacing were left as it went. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared average. The nose gave steely caramel malts, smooth vanilla coolness, lemon sugars, and citric hop bite. With warmth the caramel sugars darkened, giving light espresso and flecks of metallics. Our first impression was that the flavoring was metallic and gritty, with a strong earthy bite. The flavoring opened with tropical fruit sweetness, drying dark chocolates, and cashew nuttiness. The middle peaked with smoother notes of creamy vanilla, and vanilla whipped cream topping. The smoothness of nuts also panned out, with walnut warmth, and bittering notes of amaretto and candied almonds. The end was warming of booze, and more of that nuttiness, which helped to deepen the caramel malt flavoring. The aftertaste breathed of souring grain, plastics, oaky notes, mustard seed, dark fruit of fig, and sweaty dog. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. The malts had a crisp evenness to them, with a light creamy, fleshy cactus consistency. The back did show a more watery bite, with light toast to simultaneously coat and dry the mouth with each sip. There was nice slurp, cream, and froth to each sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nuttiness through the flavoring. It really added seriousness to the finish, contrasting with the sourness of grain and bittering phenolic plastics. This made for a clean and clear finish to the sip. Otherwise the aroma and flavoring were a bit subdued, and not quite as robust as we would have like for the style or the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 23:20:27 | More by TheBrewo
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-medium dark copper body with a thick 1 finger head that maintains itself well then fads and leaves ample lacing .body is slightly hazy

S-hops, orange peels, plums, dark fruits, malt, vanilla, clove, honey

T-heavy maltiness, baking chocolate, walnuts, vanilla, subtle hops

M-thick body with very very low carbonation. Leaves palate semi dry waiting for the next sip

O-another very enjoyable offering from what has become a favorite brewery of mine. Every beer they make is deeply complex and rich with flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 04:30:38 | More by HopsYeast
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark bronze, with ruby hues shining through. Off-white head leaves behind nice streaks of lacing.

S: Sweet malt up front, along with figs and cherries. Smells a tad sour. There is a wood-like element which exists with spices and clove.

T: An odd descriptor, but "semi-sweet" comes to mind, in the sense of malt and fruit combination. Candy-like brown sugar meets tart cherries and dark fruits. A spicy yeastiness is in the background. The flavors are not overwhelming, somewhat muted.

M: Rather thin, sub-medium body. Fairly low carbonation.

O: It's enjoyable, but not Allagash's best offering. Tasty if you're in the mood for something less sweet and fruity.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 21:43:25 | More by mostpoetsdo
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copy of a review deleted due to BA maintenance. This is a review of Allagash Double Ale, which was once a separate entity from Allagash Dubbel Reserve, back in the day....

Thanks to JohnnyP for the extra Double! Poured a pleasing brown/mahogany color, with a thin, fine head and nice lacework. Refreshing aroma of sweet malt, candy sugar and dark fruit. Mouthfeel very acceptable! Taste mirrored the aromas: malty, sweet, great fruitiness, some dryness in the finish. Aftertaste lingered and hit the spot! Not as complex as the Dubbel Reserve, yet good nonetheless!!

appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


[ serving type: bottle ]
beer review id: 20748 / 07-30-2002 17:16:49

*** *** *** *** *** ***

Sampling a 750ml from batch #34 today (04JAN03)of Allagash Dubbel Reserve, a cold, blustery, snowy New England day. Shoveled out over a foot of snow earlier, and it's coming down again! Color is more of a mahogany.... Lacing is decent! Nose displays dark fruit, and a whiff, albeit slight, of chocolate. Medium body, and a carbonation-induced foamy/creamy mouthfeel. Dark fruit flavors, malty, with a dry finish, and, once more, hints of chocolate. Nice brew! Same ratings across the board as batch #20... Prosit!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

*** ***

Enjoyed batch #20 of Allagash Dubbel Reserve out on the deck on a lazy Spring afternoon (31MAR02) in New England, with the temps hitting about 70F.... Dark brown color, hazy-cloudy due to the yeasties swirled in! Frothy head, but doesn't last; is lacey, though... Fruity, sweet nose, with same fruity, sweet taste to start. Some toasty maltiness....leads to a sourish-fruity, bitter, dry end.... good flavor. Medium body and tongue-smoothness... albeit with a touch of prickly carbonation....but this diminishes as the bier warms... All-in-all, another nice job from Allagash! (4.5/4.0/4.04.0/4.0 = 4.10)


Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 21:27:04 | More by Bierman9
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Dark amber apple cider color. Tan head. Average lacing.

Smells super sweet and malty, with cocoa.

Tastes malty. Flavorful, but not as rich or complex as I was expecting. Smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 18:44:52 | More by bceagles39
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Doubles are not my favorite style but George Keeley's on Amsterdam Avenue in New York City was having an Allagash special, with seven or eight varieties on tap.

It was 2:00 on a weekend so I decided to have the lowest ABV selection they had. The double was actually very good. Refreshing while still having a good malt character. Not too raisonny but interesting enough to be enjoyable and light.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2010 21:17:47 | More by david18
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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 25cl Allagash goblet.

A: Radiant, slightly hazy light-brown body; one-finger head of fine white foam; average retention and light, spotty lace.

S: Dry, bready malt dominates. Some light fruitiness from the yeast comes through on the tail end.

T: Much like the nose, but with even less yeast presence. More toastiness from the malt, and a dull, bitter finish. Not that great, actually. Disappointing.

M: Fairly light for the style, with a slightly delayed explosion of fresh carbonation. Not bad at all.

D: I find this beer somewhat boring, and therefore don't find myself eager to keep drinking it. For once I don't find the 25cl Allagash glass unduly restrictive.

Notes: I'm usually one to sing Allagash's praises, but this offering leaves me cold. Maybe it doesn't help that the last dubblel I had was the inimitable Westmalle.


Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 22:56:09 | More by woosterbill
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no.5 of the american beers during the Taste of Paste event @ the stag's head in NYC.

and definetly part of a roller-coaster of tastes such a night was.

This dubbel was definetly a reminder of good things in the direction of a westmalle dubbel. the beer has a nice dark pour that is not opaque but isn't convincingly translucent either. small pale tan head, more compact than abundant.

Which generally implies a nice release of spicy malty notes present at the nose right away. not so much sweet as it is a blend of spices, some vanilla somewhere in there, very discrete above an also prevalent grassy hop feel and mouldy yeasty thing.

Taste is good, not a strong one and not dying to go for absolute sweetness, much like the trappist counterpart i mentioned before. this describes a much raw ingredient feel to it, unprocessed, you process it.

Well bodied but still carbonated, refreshing and fresh tasting.

a good beer any day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 19:45:08 | More by Andreji
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3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with a light white head, some good lace, fair-solid head retention.

S: Malt, brown sugar.

T: Very malty, molasses and candi sugar heavy. But that is really the flavour, there's no real complexity and yeast nuance that you find from the better Belgian examples. A good flavour, don't get me wrong, just wish there was more. Call me underwhelmed.

M: Nice medium-full body, smooth, not overcarbonated.

D: A solid real intro into this style. The American examples of tripels I have really liked, but the dubbels still have some work to do. Certainly one of the better priced 750s out there, so it's got that going for it which is nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 21:48:07 | More by Halcyondays
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at an Allagash tasting on 7/23/2009. It was a rooftop bar - hard to get anything off the nose when the wind was whipping the aroma of the beer across the isle of manhattan!

What Allagash had to say:
Dark mahogany color with ruby hues and a complex malty taste. Dry finish with hints of chocolate and nuts. 7% abv

What I had to say:
Malts are upfront with citrus hops on backend. It has a watery finish with good bitterness that lingers. It's a solid brew that needs food to bring out some of its underlying characteristics. This is a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2009 18:22:06 | More by DawnL
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap an opaque light chocolaty brown with a fairly thick, pale tan head. Rich, smoky, malty aroma has a yeasty undertone, and invites a taste. Flavor is malty with hints of cinnamon, cloves, yeast and caramel - very toothsome. Texture is very smooth and leaves behind a nice tingle.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 02:44:56 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a mild head of two fingers with tan colored foam that's rather long lasting.

The color is deep caramel and cloudy. It promises the roasted malt that you're sure to taste.

The flavor is of roasted malt, caramel, peat and the sweet of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is richm full and lasting. The malts stay with you.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2009 23:09:05 | More by ABOWMan
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep red-amber color with a tall and thick tan colored head that takes some time to settle to a ring around the glass. Very nice lacing.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some dark fruits, and then a big spicy yeast finish.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, dark fruits, and then a big spicy yeast finish just like the nose. Very mild aftertaste and well rounded.
M: Very smooth and warming.
D: Pretty drinkable beer as it was no problem to finish it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2008 10:34:01 | More by erosier
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Goblet from waitress Dorsey at the Gingerman in Midtown Manhattan.

A: Dark amber with a minor head yet retained legs quite well throughout.

S/T: Quite hoppy for my pallet but not overpowering for those who like 'em.

M: Average with medium carbonation.

D: Got better and smoother as it warmed up from teh inital hoppiness. would not go back for this one but would recommend to pale ale blokes.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2008 21:36:41 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Liberty St Tavern in Allentown, served in a goblet.

A: Very nice looking dark, hazy amber/brown. Nice thick, sticky head with great retention and leaves lots of thick lacing.
S: Not very strong smell, and whats their is typical for a belgian. Some malt, dark fruit, slightly sweet, spices, etc.
T: Medium bodied and creamy with high carbonation but leaves a watery taste in mouth. Spicy, sweet body, with some earthy flavors, very nice, but nothing special and very clean finish with very little taste.

A pleasant double, but nothing special. A little too watery and lacking in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2008 03:10:40 | More by yourefragile
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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark brown, with no head and excellent lacing.
Very little ni thew way of a nose, even as it warmed. Sweet malt and chocolate, maybe som dark fruit but really really subtle.
The taste was a little better, especially as it warmed. Sweet dark malt, brown sugar and dark fruits. Almost no aftertaste.
The feel was rather watery, a little bit sweet but mostly bitter up front and almost no aftertaste.
Overall it was a very mediocre dubbel, which surprised me as I enjoy most of what Allagash makes. I'll have to try a few more of these before my mind is totally made up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2008 14:36:32 | More by sinistrsam
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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drawn from sixtel (batch #72) into Chimay glass.

Very nice appearance - puffy, tan, two-finger head of tiny bubbles with nice retention, and decent lacing throughout. Deep brown color, with hints of orange/red when held to sunlight.

Smell was very sweet throughout with a "pumpkin spice" (cinnamon, nutmeg) present. Definitely some raisin as it warmed as well.

Sweetness and spice carried through to the taste, but the deep fruit I was expecting turned to a more bitter, fresh-cracked-walnut quality.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel, with a slight bitter bite in the finish.

Quite pleasant & drinkable overall, even if not among my favorites in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 21:50:46 | More by BeerImmediately
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a darkish brown tone with a 2 finger beige head that refuses to yield. Plenty of sticky lacing around the glass.
Smell is of doughy, caramel, cocoa, vanilla, and yeast.
Taste is of a sugary bread mix with cocoa and caramel standing out among the ingredients.
Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth with a mild cocoa powder grittiness that doesn't muddle the brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2006 12:41:07 | More by weeare138
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at cambridge common:

A: poured a dark chestnut with a ruby tint. Huge white head with lacing that stayed on the glass forever! At the end of the pint it was as if I rubbed the inside of the glass with a thick layer of marshmellows.

S: Not too much really going on here, I felt. Bland with a hint of honey.

T: Honeysuckle galore! A very sweet brew. Tasty nonetheless, but I felt like something was missing. Nothing to balance the sweetness. Could use some stronger malt character.

A totally drinkable brew. Definitely wanted another one of these as soon as I was done.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2005 01:19:34 | More by Lnedrive14
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark garnet color with a creamy white head. Nose is a diverse assortment of toasted malt, caramel sweetness, dark fruit and herbal hops. Taste features notes of toasted malt, candy sugar, caramel, oatmeal (though it's not brewed with any), mild fruitiness and an herbal, dry hops finish. Especially smooth on draught, but still a touch too thin on the palate. Fairly full-bodied, but loses some character as it reaches room temperature. Drinkability is quite good for a brew of this size with its sweetness, fruit characteristics and balance all creating equal impressions. Definitely worth trying if found on draught.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2003 04:26:23 | More by Jon
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the glass it pours a dark reddish/brown color. The head was a cream color and left a lace that clinged to the sides (like spiderman). The aroma was generally a fruit smell. Like lemons, and some malt. In the taste flavors of the lemon (fruit) were apparent. It had low tones of wheat (bread) and malt as well. Flavorful/strong. There was no apparent flavor of alcohol which surprised me after I found out that it was high in it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2002 09:32:13 | More by Jarod
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this one a second chance from a tap. The previous six-pack was definitely abused because the tapped stuff was awesome. Had a nice fruity aroma and the brew was not at all too yeasty. The flavor was rich and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2002 16:05:10 | More by beernut7
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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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