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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,512 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 40
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 bum732
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown, nice foamy head eventually settling into a fluffy haze. Smells of dark wood, some clove spiciness, some medicinals, a little brown sugar. Tastes very thin of clove like malt throughout ending with some peppery bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with not much aftertaste. Nice moderate carbonation.

I always have trouble judging dubbels. I think the smell is great, but the taste never steps up. I don't know if this a characteristic of most dubbels, but i'm not sure if i like. If i didn't know the alcohol in this, i would say this is a great sessionable belgium. That said, i'm very happy this wasn't overly sweet and boozy like many belgians. This is something i could drink multiples of.

Photo of Voonder
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brown (coke-like) color with pretty big light tan head. Smell - yeast, rye bread, a bit of caramel. Very earthy. Quite nice. Taste - yeasty upfront, sweet malts, some bread, smooth finish. Very creamy, very rich, great stuff. Very drinkable for ABV. I think it is my first dubbel and I'm liking it a lot!

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

Comes out of the tap an opaque light chocolaty brown with a fairly thick, pale tan head. Rich, smoky, malty aroma has a yeasty undertone, and invites a taste. Flavor is malty with hints of cinnamon, cloves, yeast and caramel - very toothsome. Texture is very smooth and leaves behind a nice tingle.

Photo of iceball585
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown color, cloudy, thin cream color head that faded to a thin ring, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Raisens, prunes, tart, dark malts, hint of alcohol

T- Grapes, earthy, caramel malt, toasted grains, slightly sweet, hint of cocoa

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, crisp, clean, warming of alcohol

D- Worth buying

This is a pretty easy to drink dubbel. Good flavor but not too overpowering. It also hides the alcohol very well (you could drink a lot of it).

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a bottle of this on my birthday. 3 pours total all of equal measure. Somewhat dissapointed just because my standards for Allagash are so high. Still, a good beer that I would purchase again.

A- Dark, ruby-brown maroon mix. A really hefty amount of carbonation. Frothy off white head. Very good looking beer in my glass.

S- Dried fruits, spice, sweet sugars.

T- Tobacco, chewy prunes, apples, dried fruits. Great raison flavor. This did lack the sweetness I like with dubbels. Too herbally for my liking.

M- Thin mouthfeel as well. Maybe this was a bad bottle? Not sure. Medium bodied and a somewaht sticky mouthfeel.

D- Easy drinking dubbel. Lacked the complexity that I would have wanted. Needs some tweaking, this could be very good.

Photo of stephens101
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A smooth pour from the 750 ML bottle results in a prominent tan head which fades fairly quickly, but steadily, leaving a small vertical stripe all around the goblet. Smells of caramel, dark chocolate and sour candy. Some yeast and alcohol are interspersed as well. Tastes of very dark, unsweetened chocolate and some phenols. The taste is a bit austere, but somehow it works, as underneath a few dark fruits and some grain exist, making things a bit more interesting. Mouth-feel moves toward the heavy end of medium. There's not a lot happening with the carbonation, but there's enough to keep an openness to the entire experience. Can't complain here, but if someone put a gun to my head and made me choose one Allegash brew, it would be the Tripel.

Photo of KeefD
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown, ruby edges, small head that fell quickly, no lacing. Smell is sour and yeasty, a bit of spice. Taste is malty, sweet, some brown sugar, light chocolate, yeasty, earthy, little hop bitterness. Alcohol is not well hidden at all considering it's only 7%. I have no idea how fresh this is. It doesn't taste like it's gone bad, it just doesn't taste good. I'm slightly disappointed with this one. I wasn't expecting much, but it was letdown.

Photo of dasenebler
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure this is exactly the same beer as pictured and described above. My bottle said "Dubbel Ale" instead of "Double Ale" and my abv was 7% rather than 7.6%. Maybe they've switched it up a little bit at Allagash.

Gorgeous appearance in my opinion. Cloudy dark amber with a refined head and good lacing. Aroma was nothing special. Pretty sweet, a hint of tang and hops. Not enough yeast!

Flavor was good, a little one dimensional. Sweet, reminiscent of caramel, but a toasty, slightly roasty malt flavor balances that, along with a modest amount of hop bitterness. Hint of spice. Mouthfeel not as full as I wanted, but the carbonation was excellent and overall it felt smooth.

This is good for an American Dubbel but it pales in comparison (complexity) to something like St. Bernardus. I need to try it out of the 750ml bottle to see if there's a difference. I think that size might only be the "Reserve" version though.

Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark ruby color with a small off white head.

Scent of dark fruits, sugars, yeast, tobacco and grass. Nicely balanced, but not perfect.

Taste of tea, dark fruits, earth, yeast, tobacco, sugars, and some caramel. Finishes with a hint of chocolate. Good stuff, and a good representation of one of my favorite styles.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with good carbonation.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Batch #77, poured into a goblet. A golden brown color with a thick, tan, sticky head. A sweet aroma, sometimes like molasses, sometimes like maple syrup. The taste was sweet and malty, and I think a bit of fig. The beer was a bit on the thin side, but nevertheless enjoyable.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Pillsner glass (Batch#77.) Pours a hazy dark brown. Nice thick cream colored head. Mild sweet aroma. Excellent tasting. Slightly sweet with hints of spice andnuts. No bitterness at all. Smooth finish, no aftertaste. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability, could definitely be a session beer.

Photo of firkinhophead
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML corked and caged bottle.

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a thin cap of mocha-colored foam that settles to film on top and ring around the edges. Head is tight and creamy-looking. Very nice.

Aroma is nutty, with a hint of spice. Some sweet maple notes as well. No real hop aroma.

Taste is nicely balanced right from the start, with cola-like brown sugar sweetness, spicy bitterness, and tangy yeast. Caramel and a hint of cocoa dominate the malts. Fruity esters are more subdued than in a typical dubbel, but there are definite notes of raisin and apple. Tart apple and citrus emerge middle to end, with a bracing herbal hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but is consistent and clean. Some tingly carbonation and lingering dry finish. Could be a bit creamier.

Drinkability is excellent. The dry qualities keep it from being too rich and mouthcoating. Would be excellent with sweet grilled meats or smoky cheeses. Recommended.

Photo of ABOWMan
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a mild head of two fingers with tan colored foam that's rather long lasting.

The color is deep caramel and cloudy. It promises the roasted malt that you're sure to taste.

The flavor is of roasted malt, caramel, peat and the sweet of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is richm full and lasting. The malts stay with you.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights and a big, tan head. Aroma is cocoa, roasty, a bit nutty and molasses.

Taste is sweet and malty, molasses and brown sugar, a bit spicy, roasty and cocoa. Nutty. Fantasrically complex and unconventional.

Finish is a bit dry. Fairly crisp carbonation, creamy and full bodied. Very unique take, delicious.

Photo of CMW
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown with a one finger off-white head that dissaptes quickly. Good lacing.

S - Somewhat sweeter than I expected mixed with a bready aroma.

T - Roasted malt mixed with a molasses sweetness. I can definately taste some darker fruits as well (figs and raisins.

M - Not as robust and creamy as I would like and the carbonation feels a little bit high.

D - Quite drinkable, however I would probably not have more tha one.

Photo of mikereaser
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky chestnut brown with no foam

S - Brown sugar, sweet malt and bready yeasty aroma

T - Sweet malt upfront with a bit of alcoholish flavor

M/D - Medium bodied and very sweet, a little too much for my taste. Although not a bad beer, I just don't find it pleasing to me.

Photo of pvsob
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice cola/ruby color with a big two-finger head (off-white). Great lacing.

S- Malt, spices, apples, and faint raisins. A little earthy yeast aroma as well.

T- Sweet malt upfront followed by a hint of dark fruit. This fruit flavor is decimated by a bitter/spicy bite that finishes this beer off. Some hops make themselves known in the finish.

M- Medium and very creamy with plenty of carbonation.

D/)- A great interpretation of a Belgian Dubbel. Dubbels aren't really my favorite style, but I can appreciate a good on when I taste one. Cheers!

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

A: Nut brown with nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Very active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Rocky nougat colored head just keeps growing and growing. Leaves a tremendous amount of lace.

S: A raw coco aroma hit me first. Dark fruit scents come in from behind along with a slight sourdough note.

T: Very complex after you sit with it for awhile. I started out only really noticing sharp bakers chocolate and a slightly sour bitterness. After awhile, apple, plum and lemon flavors started coming through. Finishes dry and tart, with a mild acidic bite.

M: Medium body feels a little undercarbonated, despite the beer's fierce head.

D: Nice beer overall. I was in a really foul mood when I popped this open, and it cheered me right up.

Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light brown, good head with fluffy lacing.

Smells of soft spices and fruits, apple, pear, cinnamon.

Taste subtle, but very nice. Dark fruits, malts, and spices. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel carbonated, goes well with the taste.

I liked this. Very solid and drinkable.

Photo of beveritt
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is the typical Allagash design, with a forest of colored, falling leaves. This beer is listed as Doubel on BA, but my label says Dubbel. Also, ABV is 7.0% on Allagash's website vice the 7.2% on BA. I assume this is the same beer with slight tweaks. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of two fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind great lacing, and eventually falling to a thin coating of foam. The beer itself is a muddy brown, with slight reddish hints. Essentially opaque. Fair amount of sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strange as this may sound, this smells distinctly like sushi, at least the nutty after-aroma I get from some sushi.

Taste: Slight metallic copper flavor upfront, followed by a very slightly sweet malt. Vegetal aged hop notes finish this one out.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Well, actually a little disappointed in this one. Not nearly the sweet and complex Belgian I was hoping for. I had planned on cellaring the remaining 3 of these for a few years to see what happened, but not so sure now.

Photo of pd360
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Allagash Dubbel pours a deep, dark slightly cloudy amber with a thin head. While other reviewers are noting raisins and spices, I primarily tasted a chocolate and coffee flavor. Easily drinkable and not too thick, this beer has become one of my favorites that I will keep stocked in my refrigerator. Another win from Allagash who can seem to do no wrong.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a goblet. Pours ruby-amber with a thin off-white head.

S - Brown sugar, earthy, malty.

T - Mild raisins, a little coppery, malt, brown sugars, bit of hoppish tinge at the backend.

M - On the thin side of medium bodied, with some mild carbonation.

Notes - A good dubbel, but definitely not the best I've ever had.

Photo of errantnight
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes over the holiday

Was up at Healthy Spirits in SF with a couple buddies who had never been there, both in to craft brew, but only in a "healthy, non-obsessed" manner (unlike myself). Both from Boston, one of them nabbed this... an old favorite he buys frequently. While I'm rolling my eyes and going gaga over all the more difficult to find beauties... so we go home, and we crack this open (after a Redemption.... drool)... and wow. An awesome reminder that overlooking the readily available from the reliably excellent breweries is not always a recipe for success.

So this one pours a rich milk chocolate brown with a creamy thin head with nice lacing. Pale amber highlights. Just a bit of haze, likely from some loose yeast slipping in.

Nose is a strong toasty, bready rich malt forward explosion. A molasses, brown bread rolling in with just a side hint of yeasty esters. Phenomenal, if not as complex as I'd look for in a perfect 5.

The taste again is just a delight. There's just an incredible balance of flavors, the toasted malt blends perfectly with a complex darker caramel sweetness finishing out with a hint of spice and a light bitterness... not sweet, and not achingly dry. Not quite as full as nuance or as rich in flavor as the best dubbels I've had, but it's darn close, and in some ways, I'd prefer to drink this on a more regular basis.

Only complaint is the mouthfeel, could be a bit creamier... a bit more carbonation perhaps, although I don't know if that would throw off some of the flavor components.

Compulsively drinkable. Man I love Allagash.

Photo of kmsnola
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a champagne flute (New Year's Eve at midnight)...

A - Poured a deep ruby brown with a two finger head...probably more head than usual because of the flute.

S - Figs, raisins, fruit

T - This is one complex beer. I got figs, candied fruit, sweet raisin, a little ester, maybe wood

M - Thinner than I would have expected, but a decent bodied beer

D - Medium to medium high drinkabilty...I had two glasses and I think it was enough. A nice beer to share with another.

Photo of astrasday
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a 750 ml. bottle into a wine glass. Pours a nice dark brown--almost like a wood finish when the sediment gets into the bottle. A white head quickly dissipates to a nice lacing.

Smell consisted lightly of yeast, malts, cane sugar, and banana.

Taste was a bit complex. The expected spiciness came through with a tinge of yeast. Then some acidic coffee and hops rushed in and then gave way to sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is good: smooth and rich. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is high on this one. Goes down easy with no disagreements.

The flavor was a bit too hoppy. It is an interesting brew, but not close to representing the standard Dubbel.

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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