Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours a very dark amber, not a lot of head, but decent lacing on the way down. Smells wonderful...a malty sweetness with a hint of banana and clove in the mix. First sip hits with a subtle but surprising bitterness that quickly washes away in malty sweetness, with notes of yeast and bread in there. A bit on the light side for a dubbel -- some folks might like something more weighty, but I think this makes it a better beer to pair with food, rather than as the after-dinner brew.
Overall, a good representation of the style without the heaviness. For me, that worked well. For others, it might not. But I'd buy this one again.
04-11-2008 13:27:27 | More by Newsman
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
This is an all around great brew, one that I will most definitely seek out again. Indeed, as I sit here and finish my last sips of the sampler bottle I picked up, I'm already planning a trip to the brew store to re-up.
A - Amber to brown, pushing to the dark end of the spectrum as far as color/style. Some haze evident. Fairly low head that sticks around. Lacing present.
S - A very rounded smell. I'm getting some chocolaty notes, mingling with herbals.
T - Complex. Some cocoa/coffee again present. Alpine herbals -- licorice/anise. Very well balanced, and really quite fantastic.
M - Absolutely exceptional. Very smooth, but not slick or greasy. Heavy enough, but not too heavy. The mouthfeel (in concert with taste) is perhaps the most striking aspect of this brew.
D - Drinkability is good, but the 7% ABV will have most imbibers cutting this one off sooner...not that that's a bad thing. This is really a beer to be sipped and enjoyed.
03-17-2009 01:44:39 | More by JJBlanche
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
A= a brownish copper hue between amber and brown with a medium sized head
S= very malty smell sweet , maple syrup.
T= bitter yet slightly malty with bitter orange/grapefruit , figs,grapes,rasins, dried fruit notes.
MF= medium bodied with faint carbonation, finnish lingers.
This Allagash would go well with a steak or a beef stew, game meat, pork, curried/spicey foods.
10-31-2011 00:42:53 | More by mrcarterxxl
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
This is the double reserve batch #69!
It pours a nice brown with a rather large head that subsudes while drinking. The smell is mostly ester with and yeast with a hint of sweetness. It tastes sweet up front with vanilla hints, with a full mouth that fizzes and foams. Unfortunatelly the finish remains a little foamy, but its flavor is rather nice. It has hints of chocolate and maybe some butterscotsh, I also detect some maltiness.
In general this is a decent drinking beer, I think that it might do a little better with some further aging.
01-15-2008 01:02:23 | More by jscondon
4.47/5 rDev +17.6%
Classic Belgian style bottle with the cork and cage. Pours a nice and cloudy brown with a nice head leaving lots of lace. The smell is spicy and earthy from the bottle conditioning. Very smooth flavor, not a lot of the alcohol warmness. Lots of crystal malt biscuit flavor. The carbonation is a bit low, usually the bottle conditioned belgians have more of a carbonation tingle. This is a great belgian style beer, made in America. How wonderful
05-18-2005 02:08:33 | More by fizzyfred
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
really enjoyed this brew. allagash seems to be quite the brewery. i'm relatively new to the belgians, so i don't really have too much to compare this to. thought however, after looking around that this beer seemed to be spot on. really great dark color with a beautiful fluffy white head. great sweet fruity, wheat smells in the noise. the taste was great as well, with a nice warmth from the alcohol. there is a ligthness to the taste, that is enjoyable. lots of nice citrusy, fruity flavors offset the alcohol and wheat malt.
03-13-2009 15:56:48 | More by irishtjb11
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
Served from a bottle into a snifter. Color is between ruby red and mahogany with a loose off-white head; slightly hazy; low retention; minimal-moderate lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet; candy, caramelized sugar; a hint of floral, earthy hops. Taste is a mellow sweetness; can definitely taste the Belgian yeast; nutty with a hint of banana; a little boozy. Feel is pretty light; carbonation is nice; no lingering aftertaste.
Overall, not too impressed with this. Glad I tried it, but was hoping for a better offering from Allagash. The smell and taste were lacking. Maybe they were trying to understate these two components, but it didn't keep my interest. Will move on to try their Tripel and Quad soon. Cheers!
02-25-2013 02:06:10 | More by bensbeers
2.7/5 rDev -28.9%
Bought a six of this upon a recommendation. It turned out to be less than I had anticipated. The head was weak with little complexity in the nose and had a cloudy, medium brown appearance. The body was weak with some hop bitterness and a strong, but dry yeast flavor which was really not appealing, plus some noticeable alcohol. Where is this sweetness that I had heard about? I was really dissappointed. Maybe I got ahold of a bad batch. Unfortunely, I will not be giving this one a second try.
04-18-2002 19:29:14 | More by DrewS
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
2008-01-26, Winooski Beverage Warehouse, bomber++ with cork & cage.
Pours: Clear very dark amber. Quite thick tan head, receeding by half in 1 minute, leaving solid lacing around the glass and a mostly-even rocky surface.
Smell: Stocky alcohol, and not much else. With agitation, minor hints of dark sugar. Fleeting malt notes after serious stronger agitation.
Taste: lighter than expected. thick malty body. lingering ... not brown, not molasses, but sugar. No significant malt standing out.
Mouthfeel: Rich, but not overpoweringly thick. Strong head gets into the mouth readily, leaving a foamy mouthfeel. A bit of residual thickness in the mouth.
Drinkability: Medium, but not low. Clearly this is not a session beer, but the rest of the bottle will readily fill this glass.
01-26-2008 20:35:56 | More by jsled
2.83/5 rDev -25.5%
a: chestnut brown, with initial rocky head that dissipates
s: chocolate, caramel, roasted malt
t: not very much depth of flavor...very one-dimensional. not even much belgian character
m: thin...would expect a bigger mouthfeel
d: this one is drinkable...but not great per the style.
06-28-2010 13:40:47 | More by jpoder
3.81/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a deep cloudy amber with a nice rich head. Inviting. Smells like sweet caramel malts with just a hint of alcohol to bite the nose. Tastes rich with sweet biscuity malts, clove, and a little lemon bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant and resinous on the tongue. Overall, enjoyed this brew and would buy again.
04-12-2014 16:26:17 | More by tbraun1
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
A: When I first poured this beer I was expecting a nice amber. What I got was a pretty good,dark amber. The thing I remember the most about it was the tan head. Overall the aesthetics of the beer were charming and very nice.
Smell: This beer smelt good. One could tell the seven herbs they used were used with careful thought and process. The smell that comes most to by brain was dark sugar.
Taste: When I first took a sip of this beer all I could think of was drinking like a pure sugar drink. Which was right up my alley for what I was aiming for at the time.
Mouthfeel: This drink is rich in the mouthfeel. For the vision of thickness I was a little worried but in the end, it was easy to drink.
Drinkability: This drink is very drinkable. It goes very well with steak. This is the type of beer that is good for catching up with a good friend and want to get beyond the macro brews and keep it local.
01-27-2008 03:43:17 | More by spiffysamurai
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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