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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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very good

1,397 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 88 | 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 rlpete
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

rlpete, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Admittingly I'm not very experienced with Dubbels, but having said that I still enjoyed this beer. It poured a nice cloudy amber with a modest head and lace that remained fairly well. The smell was very malty, but had earthy and slightly fruity tones. The taste was much the same, dominated by layers of malt, earthy, grainy, and slightly fruity. The body was pleasant, but the carbonation was a bit on the light side. All in all I enjoyed this beer, it is very solid, and definitely above average, but it is not amazing.

BittRnessabounds, May 31, 2003
Photo of mattffrost
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Beer is cloudy dark brown with a tint of some orange. Foam is a very light brown that leaves some good lacing. Foam is lasting quite awhile. This beer looks of good quality.

S Malty grain smell. Also I get some spicy fruit flavor smell.

T A hint of sweentness up front. Finishes just a little bit bitter but not much. I would say it has a general spicy taste with a hint of sweetness. Not super complex but very nicely balanced.

M Very mild and creamy. This is a high quality beer.

D Easy to drink for me but the alcohol can sneak up on you.

mattffrost, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Tatuchris
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Tatuchris, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of leoinsd
4/5  rDev +5.3%

leoinsd, Sunday at 01:58 AM
Photo of paceyourself
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch# 26
A tan medium sized head quickly disappeared with little lace. Cloudy dark brown color with active carbonation. Heavy honey and raisin like aroma. Carbonation hits the mouth hard but quickly retreats. Sweet dark malty taste dominants until a nice light bitter finish.Drinkability? ok, but it seems batch #26 could be very interesting after some maturing. I'll defintely get some for later.

paceyourself, Oct 05, 2002
Photo of LOCAL
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

LOCAL, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of SnowGoon99
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into Stella Artois glass

Appearance was a medium to dark amber. I poured the yeast in with it so it was cloudy most likely due to that. Probably would've been clear if i hadn't. Smell was spicy with some pronounced Belgian yeast characteristics (esters). Could've used a little bit more nose but still was very nice.

When i tasted it might've been a little cold so flavors were subdued. Notes of spice and alcohol were apparent. Also some caramel in the background. Body was awesome and for such a high alcohol beer it was very drinkable. Could've probably had a couple of these and then fallen down afterward.

Overall a very tasty beer but i'd like to try the classic Dubbels from Belgium to compare.

SnowGoon99, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Cohasset
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Cohasset, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Vietmeier
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Vietmeier, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of cookin420
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was out of a 22oz bottle, poured into a jumbo tulip, (Stella Artois). Bottle conditioned, batch #69 at 45 degrees, good carbonation and nice slow pour yields a Brown-purple beer with a tight bubbled, bone white head which after finishing maintained thou out. good lacing. Smells fresh bright and slightly sour with a hint of bread. very dry nose, not at all what I was expecting, (something malt and syrupy). Mouthfeel is smooth with just the right carb to lighten it up. Tastes of roasted malts, and a bit burnt as well as a bit of apricot. Not much in the hop smell, taste or bitter, a little on the latter. Very clean dry finish, probably a great beer with spicy food or a peppercorn steak. Could hold up to just about any hearty foods. Drink ability is dangerous, luckily the abv is not too high.

cookin420, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of DrewKid4
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle from Shaw's in Belmont, NH served into tulip style glass.

A: Opaque brown - dark amber with a couple inch tan head.

S: Earthy. Slight citrus due to the Belgian yeast.

T: Very earthy, with some brown sugar bittersweetness and roasted malts of a good stout. Undertones of something like pears. Great touch on all the tastebuds.

M: Reminds me of a light stout or a bock than a Belgian. Kinda on the thin side.

D: Very easy to drink for a Belgian. Would reccomend it to any casual dark beer drinker.

DrewKid4, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of heyitsbyron
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a single bottle ($1.35) into a tulip glass.

Poured medium brown with a large 2cm+ head that dissipated quickly. Darker than expected, pretty opaque.

Smelled not as strong as I had hoped. Smells sort of remind me of the porter/stout styles, though certainly Belgian yeast and malt flavors abound.

Standard Belgian flavors, but substantially more bitter than I would have thought-- I like that. This bitterness hides a bit of fruit that's there and in general I think it's a bit watery for me.

A little heavy on the carbonation, but for the most part smooth without being syrupy.

Good alcohol content. Nice beer for introducing others to the style. It's certainly nothing special, but I found myself enjoying it nonetheless.

heyitsbyron, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of kirbsicles
4/5  rDev +5.3%

kirbsicles, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of 2Shaws
4/5  rDev +5.3%

2Shaws, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DimWit
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

DimWit, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of gbgreg1
3.8/5  rDev 0%

gbgreg1, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Abra
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a small, but persistent head.
Aroma is Belgian spice, yeasty, dark fruit, and malt.

Taste begins with a strong malt presence which is followed by dark fruit/yeast and a subtle touch of sweetness at the end that blends with the bitterness very nicely. Picking up on hints of chocolate, molasses, and a definite roasted nut flavor. It finishes dry and has a high carbonation level.

Overall, a very nice Belgian dubbel.

Abra, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of Jackz29
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Jackz29, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Nowhereman529
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown from the bottle with a little bit of white/cream head which doesn't remain too long.

Smell is a little smoky, a little fruity, a little malty. Smells very tasty, very much a fall type beer.

Taste is a little light, with malt predominant over some of the more dark fruit flavors. There's still a little of the smokiness to it, but overall the malt and fruit is what comes up front.

Mouthfeel is too light for a dubbel. It's a little too thin and perhaps a little too carbonated for my taste. It doesn't break the beer, but it doesn't help it's cause any.

This is an overall very drinkable beer. I would recommend it to anyone.

Nowhereman529, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Malty. A bit of caramel and raisin like esters. Some cherry maybe? Mildly spicy/phenolic. No perceived hop aroma. Very little alcohol.

Appearance - Deep Amber with nice red hue. Beautiful. First pour was clear. Nice off-white head. Good retention at about 1/2 fingerwidth. A lot of visible carbonation.

Flavor - Malty sweetness up front. Dark sugars. Chocolate. Spicy phenols. Finishes dry. No perceived hops. Bitterness is low, balanced toward malt. Very little alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium-high carbonation. Dry. Alcohol, but not hot.

Overall Impression - A good, complex beer. A good example of the Belgian Dubbel style. Because it is only 7% ABV it does not have to hot characteristic that many dark Belgians have. This makes it really easy to drink. If I could buy it locally this would for sure make it into my regular buys.

Hullabaloo2, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of Trombone69
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Trombone69, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of StoutHearted
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown with a thick, foamy head. The aroma yields an earthy, yeasty smell. It has a strong malt taste with raisin and date tones, without a great deal of sweetness, but a slight hint of sour. The tartness of the alcohol is also apparent from a deep sniff. Not very hoppy nor bitter, but a thick mouthfeel lingers on the tongue and the back of the throat. Nice drinkability if you don't mind the yeast coating your tongue. It goes very well with Mediterranean food.

StoutHearted, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of CypriotPhilosopher
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

CypriotPhilosopher, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of robertp1024
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The scent and initial taste of malts hits you hard. It has a wonderful malty chocolate smell, and a great taste to follow. The head sticks around for a while and leaves traces throughout the whole drinking experience. The color is a dark brown, which resembles the chocolate and dark fruits you taste with every sip. There is a very slight hoppyness. The alcohol level although high, never effects the taste. Excellent dubbel especially for an American brewery.

robertp1024, Jul 01, 2005
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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