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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,246 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1246
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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice drink of various nice malts and tastes and some very good yeast. Alcohol fig aftertaste and fine for one beer. Though not a great balance, it worked. Another good brew from this brewery, I will try them all. Nice head, nice dark colour. Mild spice and mimimal hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 03:55:25 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Pours an opaque, dirty looking dark brown with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Lacing is spotty rings down the side of the glass. Smells like dark fruits (plums, cherries) and pineapple. Tastes of the dark fruit, sweet malt, and yeast. There is a biting bitterness to this beer that hits the back of the tongue. Carbonation is a little flat on this beer. Drinkability is a little above average due to the bitterness and carbonation. I am glad I tried this one from Allagash but I would't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:17:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 16:21:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is perfect, dark brown with an incredible head of tan that just comes up and over the top superbly an leaves tons of lacing and coating in its wake. aroma of dark belgian yeast, hints of brown sugar, earthy an evil dark grains and hints at light grasses and interesting notes of malts. flavor smooth, creamy, like velvet as it caresses the tongue and really just puts on an amazing show of flavor. creamy and subtle finish is smooth, sugary and long lasting as the last drop is just as good as the first.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:20:34 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger or so of off-white head that fades quickly into a thin layer of foam.

S: Quite bready but there's a lot of toffee and caramel here as well. Some mild spice notes along with a touch of chocolate. Might be some dark fruit notes in there as well.

T: Seems to have a metallic flavor which is not very enjoyable. Luckily, some good chocolate and bread on the finish. A mild spice and some brown sugar. As I drink this, the metal actually becomes more and more pronounced.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is sort of lacing here.

D: Pretty disappointing, but I have to say, I'm not entirely surprised. I've only really enjoyed a couple of Allagash beers, and this is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 23:01:58 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Batch #87

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a head that is solidly Belgian in character; plenty of lace patterns line the sides of the snifter

Smell: Brown sugar, figs and clove, with an underlying woody/nutty aspect

Taste: Opens with a woody, brown sugar character that adds some figgy fruit and clove spice by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are decidedly mellow, with some sweet tobacco on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the most complex dubbel out there, this is much better than their regular Double and is among the better American examples of the style as it is neither cloying nor overly alcohol-laden

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 18:02:46 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown/black color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma is comprised of slightly roasted malt, light funky yeast and exotic spices. Warm alcohol taste with subtle cherry/figs with full body and light carbonation. Wow! I didn’t expect this to be this good. Probably better then most original Belgian Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 17:33:48 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A decadent and lavishly Belgian Dubbel Ale with a plethera of well melded flavor for an elegant and rewarding session. With the development of 3-years of bottle conditioning, this bottle shared at Decatur's Brick Store Pub was an epic session!

With a pour of rust-stained hues of mohogany and mauve, the hazy beer releases a very froathy and creamy head of lightly tanned foam. Persistence with intircate patterns of lace, the foam character carries itself with as much grace as any Dubble I've seen.

Rounded aromas of brown sugar and molasses weave fold in on fruity esters of apples, berries, dates, figs, and grapes. Corriander, white pepper, clove, and zesty alcohols give a spicy balance to the nose where only a mild herbal hop presence is detected. Chocolate, walnuts, and a mild wine-like vinous note continue to deliver waves of experinces for the olfactory sense.

Rich sweetness of malt shape the early taste with the same brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate character that was promised by the nose. Remaining malty succulent and sweet, the beer draws in the spicy, fruity, earthy, and winey notes of pepper, dates, figs, walnuts, grape, cider, blackberries, oaky wines, and a mild element of must or dust. A very complex flavor spread creates every much as interest as in aroma.

Rich and malty, the vibrant carbonation allows for early creaminess but a fleeting dryness in finish. Aided by warming alcohols and a gradual hop drying, the semi-malt finish lingers deep onto the palate in a very desert-like fashion.

Perhaps a touch sweeter than classic Trappist Dubbels, but Allagash Dubbel tilts toward the maltier side of the scale for a succulent session that rivals some of the best made Belgian Strong Dark Ales. This beer has proven to cellar with grace and confidence, at least through three years of conditioning.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 15:27:35 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured cloudy light brown in color with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties..
S: There are aromas of dark fruits, spices and yeast in the nose along with some notes of caramel.
T: The initial taste is rather spicy from the yeast, but as the beer warms up a mild amount of sweetness becomes evident and provides an interesting contrast in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is also a moderate amount of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: Compared to other dubbels, this beer isn't quite as easy to drink because of the amount of dryness and spiciness. The becomes a bit more drinkable as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 01:55:32 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #68.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a small, tight off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of tart, ripe fruits, spices, and floral hops. Faint whiff of tobacco and cocoa, too.

Taste: Dark maltiness with notes of chocolate and toffee. All the while there's a pervasive tart fruitiness. Hint of tobacco. Gentle floral hops. There's a light spiciness near the end which lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 02:54:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some reddish tints with a light head that is gone in a flash.The aroma really sweet and slightly nutty with some alcohol notes.Taste is is sweet with some roasted nut flavors with a light hooy note not in the background.A really drinkable beer for the style I have to say,a decent brew for the style but there are better for sure out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 03:19:47 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cervoise at Durty Nellie's.

This was chosen for me at random from the beer menu by my '80s-loving companions. They didn't do all that bad, frankly. It pours a hazy amber-garnet topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises wheat, raisins, brown sugar, and light rye bread. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and wheat. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and an almost chewy feel. Overall, a solid dubbel, nothing too fancy but tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 20:48:07 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle. Carefully poured it delivers a surprisingly clear, mahogany with amber-orange highlights and a short cap of creamy off-white foam. The retention is good and it leaves some thin lacing about the glass. The aroma is delicate but fresh, clean and fairly complex with notes of earth and wood, spice, grass, dried straw, mild chocolate and a subdued note of vanilla. In the mouth, it's very fine carbonation lends a gentle caress to the tongue against its medium/light body. The flavor starts with an earthy malt as the spiciness tries to work it's way through. It displays a short note of chocolate and then becomes a bit toasty, woody and biscuity before finishing with a flash of dark fruit and a flourish of drying spiciness. The alcohol is well-hidden but does reveal itself a bit towards the end of the glass. Quite nice

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 14:09:24 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, big, fizzy creamy head. Aroma:very subtle and light, hints of cocoa and nuts, very smooth texture, soft palate. Medium body, good balance, not too forward, but, really? You want to know what I really like? The FORWARD beers, that's what! So if points are missing, it's because I feel that they're pulling back. For an "Abbey Dubbel", I expect a bit more than what I find here. Very nice, very good, very tasty, but my socks are still on tight, thank you very much.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 22:22:47 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, dark fruit, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of roasted malts up front with background flavors of caramel, some dark fruit, spice and Belgian yeast. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer with a lot of substance to it. I could drink a few of them, but I don't think it's one that I'd want to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 04:50:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep auburn with some foam that subsides quickly. Maintains a skim and some lacing.

A burnt malt dominates the smell, moving into cereal territory. Unpleasant stale tobacco quality about it, felt very out of place.

Taste is coarse roasted malt, grain of paradise maybe. Tobacco again, not as rough as the smell. Some bitter hops in the finish, drying toward the end.

Mouthfeel doesn't redeem this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 06:05:11 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Based on notes:

Poured a hazed chestnut with almost 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Chocolaty, smoked malt & roasted malt

T: Roasted malt, & earthy phenol-funk up front. Caramel follows with earthy/fruity yeast dryness. Finishes dry with chocolate & roasted malt notes

MF: Medium bodied with decent carbonation, balanced well for the style

Drinks pretty easy for the abv, a down to earth interpretation of a dubbel

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 14:50:00 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #54

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful caramel scent along with a mild yeast fruitiness. It's dry with some raisiny aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very dry, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes watery with some yeast esters. I love the malt flavor. It has a nice caramel and raisin feel, but it's a bit thin in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got excellent malt flavor as well as a very aromatic yeast presence.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 23:00:37 | More by WesWes
Photo of Mora2000


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 58. Poured into an Allagash goblet. Appearance is brown with a rich, creamy head. Smell is of malt and dark fruits. This beer tastes like it smells, with a slight hop bitterness but mainly raisins and plums. The beer was very carbonated. This is what I am looking for in a Belgian Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 05:17:25 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Only a decent attempt at a double. There is nothing wrong with the beer, just seems a bit lackluster for a double. This was fairly clean with a bit of maltiness that was accompanied by a hint of fruit and just a tad of the characteristic spicy Belgian notes. I wonder if I got an old bottle, though with a double one would think that it would age well.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 22:08:48 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a typical shade of brown with a light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer was a little earthy, it also had some dark fruits and yeast aromas in there. The taste of the beer had some nice sweet flavors upfront that faded into a dry soft aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, easy to drink and very smooth. Overall it's a pretty good Dubbel I think. I wasn't disappointed by it at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 05:32:58 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - no freshness date (I included this because there was a lack of a head, can't tell whether it's from age or just made that way):

Well, I was just ready to pour this into an Allagash glass. It fell and broke...and I didn't even start drinking yet..So - poured it into a similar glass.

Pours hazed brown with a few bubbles as a head.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with earthy, dark fruits.

The taste is malty - caramel/toffee - slightly chocolatey. Some graininess - not much. Seven malts are used. It's malty alright - but the richness seems to struggle a bit. There is a balancing earthiness to it. Finishes dry.

Appropriately light-bodied. Clean (almost too much so). On the weak side, though.

Well - it's drinkable for sure. Not more than a decent stab at the style, though. Put it next to some of the classics from Belgium and it falls short, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 03:15:05 | More by jwc215
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Hearty, full, and even. It's smooth with clean tones. Almost a nutty flavor to it. I think you'd want to drink this with a hearty meal - a meat and potatoes kind of thing. But hey...that is just my immature palate's wild guess. I know Allagash makes a lot of different stuff, so I would be quicker to try the others before coming back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 02:45:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears deep copper amber brown with a full two finger sized head complete with astonishing lacing throughout my session with this brew. Arom is very nice with a full hop arom (pine cones) wrapped in brown sugar and some nice layers of spicing with buttery maple syrup malt tones great flavor, and pleasing to see this many hops in a dubbel. Taste is slightly harsh from the dark roasts but this nicely balanced brew throws in a wonderful hop bitterness earthy and pine cone tones with a syrupy sweet full flavor, another reason to bow down to Allagash as a premiere belgium style brewery. Mouthfeel is bubbly high in carbonation tickles the back of the throat goes great with meat and potatoes had some buffalo meatloaf and mashed potatoes paired with this awesome brew. I cuold drink a couple bottles of this at a sitting but not much more than that a great enjoyable complex ale meant to be enjoyed and not overly consumed in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 15:56:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and solidly brown, but light does shine through well. The beige head lasts and leaves a ring of lace after each sip.

Lots of barnyard smells. Good chocolate malt aroma giving it a mocha-like nose.

Less like a Dubbel and more like a well-hopped brown ale: Belgium meets Newcastle. For me, it's an excellent combination. I like the balance and the variety. The aftertaste, interestingly leaves the strongest Belgian flavor. The initial taste is brown (chocolate and crystal) malts.

This is closer to my preference than a full-blown Belgian. But it doesn't match the traditional flavors of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 00:15:23 | More by smcolw
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