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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,454 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 103 | 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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Ratings: 1,454 | Reviews: 746 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.3%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.1%

djrn2, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, May 16, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

acurtis, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark copper brown with a thick smoooth tan head. Nice appearance and very inviting.

Banana malt nose with light hints of spice. Again, inviting.

Then you taste it. A bit thin, watery mouthfeel. Short flavors lime acid citrus character/flavors. Medium acidic sour flavors. Short flavors; short balance; little character and a short lightly sour finish. Allagash has many better.

GRG1313, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.3%

kjkinsey, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Apr 11, 2010
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 12, 2005
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: thick 3 finger off white head on a brown with maroon hues body.

S: bread, yeast, caramel malts, touch of dark fruit, fig/apricot.

T: strong on the bready side with sweetness from caramel malts and toffee with the mildest of brown sugar notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation. this is a lot thinner and watery than I would expect.

Overall: this one is a little too thin for me and what I expect from the genre with the taste seemly held back. I have had better Dubbels. This isnt quite up to par with the other Allagash brews I have had.

kylehay2004, Jun 06, 2012
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.

womencantsail, Jan 22, 2011
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.

Knapp85, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +5.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

SocalKicks, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Dec 21, 2003
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.

emerge077, Feb 17, 2007
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 26, 2011
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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,454 ratings.