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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,491 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 39
Gots: 113 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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

The Allagash Dubbel pours into a chalice a cloudy copper, and produces a thin, tan head.

The smell is spices, breads and yeast.

The taste begins with a slightly sweet malt presence and ends with a smooth transition to mild hops. Seriously nice blend in the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium with plenty of effervescence. The carbonation lends a dryness to this brew which teases the palate into quicker, subsequent sips (hehe) ... no problem there.

Needless to say the Allagash Dubbel is an extremely drinkable brew; very pleasant experience indeed.

Photo of jharmon
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of callmeishmALE
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of arkansastroy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of 49degrees
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer with a very complex character. Pours a deep amber toned brown color with a suitably large (1"+) head which slowly fades to a nice surface foam coverage. Large white collar and minimal lacing.

Very traditioanl Belgian double style aromas with strong earth tones and citrusy orange smells. Slightly sour and tart in smell, but the earthy tones, oak like, round out the sourness extremely well.

Taste wise, this is very robust, perfumey and full of that trademark Belgian trademark element. Earthy, fruity, and very very enjoyavble. Doesn't bite you too hard considering the 7.6% abv, but would catch up if not suspecting the delayed punch. Would make for a nice winter warmer and in my case tonight, made for a great dinner accompaniament with roasted red peppers.

Very drinable for the style, not quite as exciting as some of the great Belgian brewed renditions of the style, but still extremely enjoyable and would definitely recommend this to someone whose looking to tackle a new brew from the style. Thanks to 'malto' for bringing the brew to the West Coast for me to enjoy, sadly, I've never seen anything from Allagash in this region. Hopefully one day, they'll start shipping their brews to the West Coast.

[ STATS:>> 750ml bottle / ABV: 7.6% abv / PRICE: N/A ]

Photo of hellomcfly
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured half of this into a small wine glass. Dark ruby brown color with no head to speak of. Poured the 2nd half in the glass with a really aggressive pour and now it has a one finger tan head.

S - Smells strongly of dark fruit, toffee, and maybe some spice. Nice smell.

T - Notes of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and an oak flavor as well. Little bit of yeast spicyness.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.

D - The 7.60% alcohol is certainly present but not overwhelming but I still just could not see me having multiple bottles of this in one sitting.

Photo of Paul_Zills121
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Running4beer
2.66/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep dark amber color with a medium off white head, slowly dwindles down to a nice lace. Aroma was that of grass, twigs and yeast. This had the taste of earth, twigs, yeast, chocolate malt, raisons or prunes really didn't like the taste very much as the yeasty taste was overwhelming IMO. I'm glad I only drank one, don't think I could have drank more than that.

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

This dubbel poured into my chalice with a minimal head which soon retreated to the rim of the glass. It appears brown with ruby red tones. Aroma is mostly dark fruit and a bit of molasses.

This Allagash tastes of darker malts with a rum-raisin flavor. I can't detect much hops. It feels medium bodied. At 7.6% there is not much of an alcohol presence taste wise. Very drinkable, I enjoyed this one even more as it warmed up a bit.

Photo of DawnL
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of stunna
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Trappissed
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not too happy with this one. Smelled like spices and surprisingly a little boozy as well. In the flavor I was getting: caramel, leather, tobacco, prunes, and figs. A little touch of yeast and spices. Tobacco actually stood out quite a bit, and not in a pleasant way. First letdown from Allagash, but I won't let it deter me from trying more of their brews in the future.

Photo of grahambo
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of LIVEfreak2
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of chileman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

Reddish-burgandy color, hints of purple and green when held to light. Minimal head. Some weird random bubble action ... it's aliiiive!

Fruity, slightly musty smell. Not your usual dubbel smell. Light and sweet first sip. Pretty unusual brew here. Reminds me some of beers I've had with some combination of raisin or fig or dates in the flavor.

A little bitey with the first big sip. 7% ABV masked well so far, high drinkability on that end although the flavor may drag it down unless more surprises await.

Still sweet and fruity. A smooth drinker. Hard to tell if the sweetness is more a malt sweetness or the added special sugar. I'm thinking the special sugar. Its not like the usual Belgian sweetness though, hard to put words to it.

For this level of alcohol they've played this really light. Sort of a starter or gateway dubbel, perhaps. Aromas coming alive a little more in the glass, as this thing warms up.

This has some really strong elements but something's missing. A little more to chew on if you will, or some tartness to counter the sweetness although the faintest tartness is presenting itself about halfway through. The malts may be the story here, a beer to ponder after dinner or even alongside chicken or fish.

Photo of xanok
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle into a tulip.

A-Pours cloudy, opaque brown that's almost a ruby color. Tons of thick head on this with seemingly great retention.

S-Nuts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses. Hops are pretty standard for the style, sweet and floral.

T-Oaks, dark fruit, and sweet, sweet goodness. Not very complex, but still pretty delicious. Quite spicey as well.

M-Medium, near heavy-bodied with moderate carbonation. An interesting bitterness lingers in my mouth for a few seconds after each sip. Not sure I like that.

D-Pretty smooth going down, but boy is this filling. The tired cliche of a beer being a meal applies here. The ABV is well hidden.

Notes:This isn't one of my favorite styles. I got this because it was my favorite when I did the tour at Allagash. I think this has inspired me a little seek out more dubbels.

Photo of DanMolony
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Batch 46 - a corked 750ml brown bottle.

I pours a nice reddish brown color with good head sticky rings.

The nose is odd - and to be honest quite unpleasant. Too astringent for a Belgian look a like. The yeasts are overpowering not letting the underlying smells out.

This is a fairly competent Dubbel taste wise. It is a full mouth of various herbs and spices - but not overpowering. The usual malty goodness you see in a superior Belgian is not found here. It finishes nice and dry.

Musings: For the uninitiated - go to Ommegang for a better offering in an American Belgian-style.

Photo of crhensel
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle poured into trappist glass). Poured very dark brown with very small head, and you could smell the complexity of the malts... with a hint of cocoa(?) Flavor retained the malty sweetness, but it was not overpowering. Finished with a bitter aftertaste that provided a nice bite at the end.

Photo of Conceptuallogic
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of weazal
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Cohesive aroma of coffee and brown sugar sweetness. There's an almost bright, wet pine component (or acidic coffee?). Strong bourbon vanilla notes, too.

T: Sharp carbonation stands out. Flavor starts mellow until the sweetness kicks in, climaxing with a noticeable roasted bitterness most dominantly at the end. The mouthfeel is moderately thick despite it ending fairly dry. Flavor-wise it's mostly figs, banana, and some apple.

It's nice and polished, but didn't stand out or seem like anything particularly special.

Photo of atlason
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip at ~53F. Batch #97.

A: Deep copper, ample puffy head and good lacing. Slight hazy.

S: Belgian yeast, grassy hops, light caramel.

T: Pretty aggressive hops, reminds me a bit of the style of Allagash White in terms of the deviation from the oringinal. Fairly close to the Ommegang style but not quite as warm and malty, a bit tinnier.

M: Middle of the road in terms of viscosity, pretty acidic with medium carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall quite impressive brew, not a world class example of the dubbel style though.

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,491 ratings.