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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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very good

1,511 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 41
Gots: 124 | 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 Moose34
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of AltimusPrime
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Wiedemann
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Rio
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dark amber, almost purple color, with a decent head that receeded to a thin lace rather quickly. Grassy aromas that I've found in many Belgians, along with a bit of a citrus (lemon?) aroma, and a dark, sugary fruit smell, reminicents of grapes.

A bit of a fruity, sweet taste, followed almost immediately by a sharp tartness. The taste of alcohol is pretty prevalent in here, as well, while the feel seems almost a frothy, smooth feel.

A very good Dubbel in my limited experience with the style. Very enjoyable. Many thanks to afatty for sharing this beer with me.

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

Allagash's White, Dubbel, and Tripel are all wonderful, but the Dubbel holds a special place in my heart. Granted, Allagash White is one of the first craft beers I ever drank, so it's got its own little spot as well, but that's another review. For some reason, I avoided the Dubbel for years. I didn't think I was as big a fan of the style, and didn't think it would live up to the White, Tripel or Black. I didn't want to ruin my thoughts of the brewer. What a dumb train of thought that was.

I grabbed this bottle along with the white, tripel and black for a side by side tasting. To my amazement, the Dubbel near blew them out of the water. Really, that sense was because it had been the black sheep for so long, but there's definitely no question. This beer earns its place as an Allagash standard.

Poured a lighter, milkier brown than I expected with minimal head. On the nose - as per usual - caramel and toffee, but qualified by a bit of breadiness, quite nice.

On tasting and body, surprisingly unique. Much creamier and more relaxed than most dubbels. The spice doesn't hit you over the head either. A nice bit of hop, as well. Really defines itself among the style here.

Overall, very glad I finally got over the pretense and grabbed a bottle. Can't wait to find this in a bar.

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

750ML corked and caged. Batch #33. Pours a dark brown with a big, creamy head that lasts. Laces well. Aroma was a little disappointing, I was expecting a little more malt nose. First sip revealed surpressed candy sugar, caramel, and light fruit. Nice mouthfeel, but a little under carbonated. Slight "tinny" aftertaste. Lingering malt in the finish, not crisp or dry. Definitely better as it warmed. I will give the benefit of a doubt, and try next bottle after it has been out of the fridge for a while.

Photo of skullsplitter
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of brian44556
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a SN Ovila Chalice. No date on the bottle.

Pours a dark amber, copper color. A small white head forms, but doesn't last very long. Leaves a nice ring of lacing around the edges of the glass. Smells of toffee, caramel, fresh bread, and dark fruits. The taste is very malty, with notes of sweet caramel, bread, and bananas. The mouthful was average with decent carbonation present. Overall this beer didn't do it for me. I'm glad I had a chance to try it, but there are much better Dubbel's out there.

Photo of NIURicky
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Bigdoc91
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Xadoor
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 750ml bottle with cork. Poured a dark rich brown into the glass with a thick creamy head. Sweet smelling with caramel and chocolate aromas. Flavour is much of the same with a bit of spiciness and earthiness. A very good full, rich tasting beer.

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

Dubbel Reserve, Batch # 96

A: Poured into wine glass, huge frothy head, Ruby brown, lacing clings to glass as it goes down.

S: Delicious herbal spicy aroma. Rounded yet tart. Menthol-ish scent at end. Orange Peel.

T: Very smooth and rounded herbal flavor. Yeasty finish.

M: Grainy chewy mouthfeel. A bit chunky for my taste.

D: The herbal medicinal aspect of this will keep the drinkabilty down. I am sort of grin and bearing it as it goes down. Interesting but not a party in my mouth.

I am a bit disappointing with this as I just had it on tap and it was sublime. In the bottle it doesn't taste nearly as impressive. Oh well... I'd get it on tap in a heartbeat, but won't be buying this $8.99 25 ouner bottle again. I will try the trippel though for the same price. Still hard to not buy the cheaper and better la fin du monde for a new-world Belgian ale treat.

Photo of derryd
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Gasp100
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - like pouring a coke which has been shaken really hard into a glass.
S - Dark cherry, plum, grapes, vinous, earthy.
T - Toffee, caramel, dark dried fruits, maybe a hint of vanilla?
M - The mouthfeel was rough and biting, maybe a little overcarbonated?
D - I'll finish the 750ml; probably wouldn't drink more than that though. I'm just getting back into Belgian's but overall this was nice. Much more crisp and way drier than anything I've had before. The hard candy sugary sweetness was barely detectable.

Photo of callmeishmALE
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Rickstar
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Khutso
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of halfP1NT
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, murky brown with a thin, white head that does leave a little bit of lacing.

Smell is light; yeasty with some dark fruit (raisins, cherry and fig).

Taste is the same; a little bit yeasty with dark fruit and chocolate. While I do enjoy this beer, I feel like it is lacking something in body and flavor. The flavors that are there are pleasing, but it's like there's not enough of them.

There was a lot of carbonation in this beer which I didn't really like...I feel like it prevented the flavors from coming through a bit. I was waiting for this beer to become more flavorful as it warmed, but it remained a bit lacking.

Drinkability was actually pretty good on this one. The alcohol is really well hidden, and the lack of any strong flavors prevents it from becoming cloying.

Photo of bjoyce12
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich amber color. Not opaque; a good solid coppery color. Good foam, not too heady though. Good aroma. Not too many undertones noticed, but a solid aroma. Slightly fruity, a little light, not overwhelming. That's the confusing aspect of this ale; I expect dubbels to pack a punch, both in alcohol content as well as taste and smell. But this doesn't, and that's not a bad thing. I just need to reset my expectations.

Taste comes through stronger than the aroma. Not with the depth of a Belgian, but still good. Sensed dried fruit and light chocolate hints. Actually, its taste gives it a better drinkability. This is another good solid offering from an outstanding brewery.

Photo of NHGrafx
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a dark deep reddish burgundy color when lit from behind. Not much of a head, probably just a bad pour. There is some rather thick creamy lacing on this one.

There is a slight fruity aroma in this, sort of like raisins. Also some roasted malt aromas as well. I sense a very faint yeast aroma as well.

Taste is pretty good. A bit sweet to start, like brown sugar and raisons, which yields to some malty taste in the middle and a moderately bitter roasted malt hoppy finish. Slight coffee like aftertaste with some sweetness. The sweetness from the sugars seem to linger throughout, but it is not overpowering or anything. Feels pretty creamy in the mouth.

Overall pretty nice. I have always been pleased with Allagash's Belgian style beers.

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 arkansastroy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Trombone69
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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 ]

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.