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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

1,478 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,478
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 104 | 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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Photo of chileman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 ChuckD
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
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 Paul_Zills121
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of hphilip456
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of MareInfinitus
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dcbike
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bdaggett
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of beernbbq
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In its 25.4 oz bottle with a cork and wire hood. Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. Smell is slightly burnt chocolate. Taste is very thin, I keep looking for something to happen with each swallow, but nothing doing. Certainly very inexpensive but with more flavorful offerings from Ommegang and Unibroue available, I'll spend up for the taste. Allagash Wit and Summer Ale seem to be the ones that are winners for me.

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

Pours a deep, murky, tea-like brown color with a creamy off-white head that retains fairly well. Aroma consists of clove, raison, and belgian spice. Taste falls right in line behind the aroma, with clove and raison flavors. This beer also has a pronounced, and complex malt flavor...when followed by the alcohol warmth, it kind of reminds me of warm bread. Plum and yeast flavors are on the back end before a pretty clean finish. Body is somewhat light for a dubbel, and carbonation is a bit much, but this beer still drinks quite easily. Worth a try, but too pricey for what it is in my estimation.

Photo of theo871
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Gurrett
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Holmsiepoo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Havion383
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Mikkiicky
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ErinnA
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Allagash...at last we meet!!! I've heard so much but experienced so little from this raved about Maine brewery. Purchased the Dubbel Reserve, Tripel Reserve, and a 6 pack of Grand Cru from a store in VA.

Batch # 32, 750 ml bottle.

Deep brownish-garnet in color, and quite clear. Initial huge, pillowy off-white head that persists for a while. Smells doughy, fruity, with some nutty qualities. Hints of the yeast are captured in the aroma too. The taste is well blended and balanced. Malt and Belgian yeast are apparent. Fruit and yeast notes thoughout, but somewhat subdued. Some alcohol warming (not overpowering). And, I really hate to compare beer characteristics to wine, but this ale resembles a red wine some respects. Finishes rather dry.

This is a quality beer in Belgian style. Allagash has, thus far, lived up to all I anticipated. I can't wait to try the tripel.

Photo of Cohasset
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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