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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,333 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,333
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 30
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
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.

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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From batch number 56 according to the 750 ml corked bottle. Very murky brown body, almost opaque, with thick light tan head that is at least a couple inches high. Smells spicey, yeasty, and fruity, as many Belgians do. Tastes roasty, fruity and spicy. Sweet but not too sweet, spicy and citrusy hop notes definitely there. Not quite sure what to make of this one. It’s rather good, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 16:39:08 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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HoustonTX

Texas

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

Allagash Dubbel Reserve

Poured a very dark amber color. Large creamy white head, which falls pretty fast. Retention is good however. Smell has a lot going for it, almost a roasted quality about it. Fruit and lots of it, with a dash of caramel and brown sugar. Chocolate thrown into the mix as well. Smell is very malty. Now for the taste! Taste upfront is really nice, caramel and brown sugar, with fruity undertones. Light green grapes, plums, and more brown sugar. Nutmeg spice quality as well, and a hint of vanilla. Aftertaste of roasted/earthy hops, truly balance this beer. This brew has a lot of depth to it. Flavors mend together nicely, Allagash did well on this one. I really like how it's not as sweet as most Dubbels. Mouthfeel is tingly, and has a caramelized texture to it. Chewy, and creamy. Light, and balanced. This beer does well on the drinkability category.

Allagash has an incredibly solid Dubbel here. This is definitely one of my favorite Dubbels, has tons of complexity, and never gets too sweet or overwhealming. The flavors meld together in perfect fashion. I cannot recommend this beer enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 17:50:56 | More by HoustonTX
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stephendr

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color – medium tan head – malt, brown sugar, chocolate, alcohol, apple nose - taste of toasted malt, sour red fruit, brown sugar , acidic– thick to medium creamy body - aftertaste sour red fruit and toasted/burn Dark amber color – medium tan head – malt, brown sugar, chocolate, alcohol, apple nose - taste of toasted malt, sour red fruit, brown sugar , acidic– thick to medium creamy body - aftertaste sour red fruit and toasted/burn

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 03:57:53 | More by stephendr
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Damian

Massachusetts

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

Poured a deep ruby-brown with a small, white, frothy head and moderate, creeping lacing.

Initial smell was harsh and metallic (typical of many dubbels). Later, however, the true aroma comes forth. Strong malts, toffee and burnt sugar were most obvious followed by some spice.

Taste was rich and enticing. Citrus, coriander, nutmeg and malts prevailed with a subtle hop bite on the swallow. Sweet caramel notes were detectable in the aftertaste.

Creamy, velvety mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Alcohol was fairly well hidden at 7.6% ABV.

Overall, quite an impressive dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 00:55:41 | More by Damian
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dull cider notes in a murky brown body, cloudy. No head, and no lacing. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Initial sourdough and yeast, followed by a sweet toffee and raisin nose. Pleasant, but a little sweet.

Taste: Dry, slightly bitter fennel finish. Dried plums, raisins, and a little orange peel. Some caramel in the middle with a brief cocoa bristle.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but refreshing and drinkable. Low carbonation, bitter finish and a good malt aftertaste.

Drinkability: Ok, but lacks the sweet/sour development characteristic of dubbels and abbey ales. Easy drinking at a good price, but not a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 16:05:54 | More by expatsteve
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with an interesting cascade effect, and a huge head which leaves interesting lacing. Smell is faint, but when its really teased out there is almost a bit of coffee too it, with of course a good amount of sweet malts. The first 25% of the taste seems to be neutral, then it explodes and develops, mostly with the taste of sweet malts. The carbonation is perfect, making the taste almost dance on the tongue while slowing making its way down your throat. Very clean finish, with only the malts lingering.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 01:08:18 | More by Toddv29424
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

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

Shared with expatsteve before the great Trappapalooza '06 shopping excursion.

Pour: murky caramel-amber/cider brown with a minimal off-white head that fades to a spotty coating.

Nose: spicy yeast, raisins, caramel/toffee, sourdough bread, iced tea.

Taste: bitter spice, bready yeast, raisin booze, copper twinge in the finish.

Feel: thin, a bit on the watery side with a metallic bite and smooth, fine carbonation.

Drinkabilty/Overall: an easy drinking dubbel, nothing jumps out at you and nothing offends you - guess that means its well-made, but I feel like I did back in high school when my soccer team tied - sometimes a result, even a loss, would have been more satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 17:26:58 | More by Golden2wenty1
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

This is a 750 mL bottle of Dubbel Reserve served in a Three Philosophers glass. The ale is warming as I type.

Appearance: The ale is a brown color that offers auburn orange hints when held to light. There is a small head that laces nicely as well.

Smell: The ale has a slightly spicy nose that is punctuated by a sweet candied sugar aroma.

Taste: The ale has a cereal malt flavor that gradually transitions into a candied sugar flavor. That flavor is fairly dry and finishes long.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits very well on the palate with the candied sugars softening the feel.

Drinkability: The ale is quite drinkable, although it is a little too heavy for a scorching August day.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 01:01:21 | More by akorsak
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours velvety red-brown with a modest head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell is very caramel malty, with nice chocolate and dark fruit presence. Hints of bitter spiciness.

Taste is very similiar to the nose. Very pleasant, if subdued flavor. A bit of a woody dryness. Finish is dry and a little sour.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. A little more viscosity would have went a long way.

Very mild and easy to drink, the high ABV is completely hidden. So smooth and mild you will wonder where it went.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 22:12:12 | More by Blakaeris
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surfmanjim

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Maredsous Chalice. The beer poured a reddish brown with very little head. The smell was of chocolate and dark fruits, with really not much else going on. The taste was much like the aroma, with not much complexity and a dry and acidic aftertaste. There was very little carbonation and the body was decent. An o.k., but not a great dubel.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 00:29:56 | More by surfmanjim
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bigman147

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a brownish/orange with some reddish/garnet hues. Head was off white and only lingered for a few minutes before slight lacing on the glass was the only thing visible.

Aroma: The smell of malt and chocolate with a slight buttery aroma. Almost like caramel or butterscotch (however not overpowering or unpleasant.

Flavor: Tastes definitely of roasted chocolate malts with some dark fruit. Slight acidic taste and some lingering hop bitterness. Trace spice (cinnamon or cardamon?)

Mouthfeel: Beer had the appropriate carbonation and good body to maintain the malt balance. Slight sweetness from the malt which elimated some of the drinkability.

Overall, it was a tasty beer but I wouldn't be able to drink more than one of these in a session. The high alcohol also makes drinking too much of this difficult.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 01:41:12 | More by bigman147
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

Pours one of the most beautiful dark caramel colors I've seen on a beer. Topped with a tan head and great bubbles journeying up the side in vertical formations. Lots of lace too...always a plus.

Smells predominantly sweet, like caramel, brown sugar and creamery butter. Faint orange peel spice, dark fruit and molasses too.

Rich flavors, remaining as sweet as the aromas hinted at. Seemed overly sweet on first taste, but successive sips prove this has plenty of other things happening. I've definitely had way sweeter beers. Brown sugar very much dominates the flavor, with a hard-to-pinpoint dark fruit/spice mixture adding some balance. Mild alcohol provides a warming addition to the depth of flavor.

Interesting mouthfeel, not incredibly buoyant, quite full and solid and something that I hesitate to call chalky (nothing but bad connotations there), so I'll say it's slightly gritty. Hefty but not overly heavy.

A fairly unique dubbel here. I can't help but think it will take on new facets next time; there's something in its depths that's eluding me. But I do know this: it tastes very good and I hope to always have one of these waiting in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 22:31:45 | More by Metalmonk
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer from the bottle, labeled batch 56. The color and head looked great, deep copper with ruby highlights under a persistent creamy tan head. Very effervescent. The nose is mostly malty with some pepper spiciness and some herbal notes. The spiciness dominates the taste probably due to the effervescence, it is really biting, but then the malt takes that away, then it ends very dry. The mouthfeel is medium - light, I would like it more if it was a little thicker.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 13:44:28 | More by orsulacp
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tastybeer

North Carolina

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

Color is darkened red, slightly purple and brown with a light tan head. A good 1/8 inch layer remains of the head which seems a little to slick for much lacing to cling to glass. The focus is on malts here. Aroma consists of caramel malts, faint smokey tobacco, a dash of chocolate, a bit of coffee, soft and sugary, some bread and earthiness, various mixed dark fruits, and modest but yummy spicing. Taste is more lushly fruity than the nose. A bit of fruit tartness that is only mildly detectable in the nose is a nice extra in the taste. Mouthfeel is decent. Slick and smooth. Pretty good drinkability too.

This seems close to being really really good but right now it comes through as just a fair amount of various tasty things. Still quite good but I think there needs to be greater focus on something to give this dubbel extra character. Surely worth a try or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 01:45:53 | More by tastybeer
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy brownish amber with an off-white and lasting head which lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy with a strong earthiness. Coupled with that were dark fruits, raisins and prunes, at a moderate level. The aroma was floral and a bit fruity.

The flavor was nicely done with caramel malt character and some dark fruits, again raisins and prunes, but at a low level. The flavor contained a light Belgian yeast spice character and a bit of chocolate and perhaps roast. The flavor also contained a spicy and slightly grassy bittering that was prominent and nice.

The finish was dry with a lasting grassy bittering and low level dark fruits into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation level. Just a bit of warming was detectable after consumption, otherwise the alcohol was hidden in the aroma and flavor. Dubbel Reserve blows the doors off the double, but both need a malt boost.

750 ml bottle, batch 52.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 23:42:20 | More by GCBrewingCo
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jwff

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 44 in a chalice. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a creamy offwhite head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Smell is bread, sugar, molasses, and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell except with a burnt toast flavor and grittiness that coats the tongue. This flavor is a little overwhelming, but the brown sugar, molasses and alcohol all come in reinforcing what I already got from this brew from the smell.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very creamy and gritty at the same time. Nice touch of carbonation at the end. This beer is minorly sweet, but I would have no problem finishing this myself or sharing it with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 01:08:39 | More by jwff
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DaggerEyes

New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a mostly opaque copper / rust color, when held to light it displayed slight hints of golden ruby. Not much head to speak of and a pretty underwhelming ammount of lacing.

A decent nose, showcasing strong malt characterisitcs. Earthy, grassy, a bit of smokeness hidden in the back, some barnyard hints.

The taste falls in line for the most part with what is detected by the nose, perhaps some brown sugar sweetness or cooked fruit tastes creep in on the finish.

A decent mouth feel, active on the start finishes very dry and leave you almost panting, a beer that is definately more enjoyable with a glass of water near by to cleanse the pallate now and again.

Not a bad beer, but I was expecting a bit more out of it from some chatter I had heard about Allagash. I definitely want to try more beers by them and I'm glad I tried this one even though I don't think i'll be picking it up again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 03:24:15 | More by DaggerEyes
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cheers2beers

Texas

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

Served in an over-sized Wiezen glass.

Apperance: Pours a very rich and slightly cloudy shade of deep nutty brown. Slightly orange edges when held to the light. Nice two finger head that has some good staying power. Minimal lacing is seen.

Smell: An understated sweetness that is fruit oriented in nature. Prunes, apples and believe it or not some cranberry as well. Very nice yet sublte.

Taste: Slightly bitter at first then it evolves into a nutty and figgy extravaganza. A nice subtle bready,malty flavor comes through in the finish with no alcohol detected. It's not quit as nice as the top belgians but a nice effort non the less.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin with a medium to high carbonation. Bubbles from start to finish Not much hops to add to slickness of mouthfeel. but this is a good representation of the style.

Drinkability: This is a nice effort from Allagash. Not many American brewery's can hit Belgian styles but Allagash is about as close as you can get. I had no trouble at all quaffing this brew and I look forward to there tripel and quad. Buy it and love it.

Cheers2Beers

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 01:46:18 | More by cheers2beers
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NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: cloudy pale brown. Small head and a bit of lacing. Not much to look at.
s: wonderful fruity belgian goodness. Caramel malty dubbel is a smell warms me up even on a hot evening. Allagash has some of the nicest smelling belgians that come to mind.
t: oddly enough the taste is fleeting. It has that bitter dubbel, caramel flavor, but it vanishes too quickly.
m: medium mouth feel and thinness keeps flavors at bay.
d: this is good. A good dubbel, but this is no Westmalle which is near perfection in brewing.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 02:57:24 | More by NiceGuyMike
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, glows a bright blush color against the light. Troublingly lame head for a Belgian-style ale.

Smell: Remniscent of Gulden Draak, with a similar sundae-like sweetness. Plenty of milk chocolate, peanuts, figs, honey, and light strawberry jam-like fruit. Earthy yeast, spicy alcohol, and a mild allspice character. Cola, lemon rind, and estery notes become more noticeable as it warms.

Taste: Peanut skins, earthy, figgy malts. Finishes with herbal notes and a flash of minerals.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick but not very creamy or chewy.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good beer that goes down easier than a lot of dubbels, but it lacks depth. I'd love to try it as a sauce/marinade for pork, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 03:17:02 | More by soulgrowl
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dirtylou

Washington

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

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: poured into a chalice, dark mahogany, tinted slightly ruby, purple tint, very little head and only a slight ring around the glass left behind, full and deep appearance

smell: noticeable yeast presence, candy-like brown sugar, bready, caramel, raisin, big and malty, fig

taste: a big malty dubbel from allagash...brown sugar, caramel, slight ginger, sweet dark fruits - plum, black cherry, apple, yeast, grain, touch of cocoa, sweet bitter finish

mouthfeel: medium body, yeast crispness. alive on the tongue

drinkability: pretty high

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 23:43:41 | More by dirtylou
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Drew966

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Dubbel pours a dark brown, which looks like ruby throughout when holding it up to the light. Smell is fairly disappointing, perhaps it was too cold when I was attempting to smell it. Taste is good, but not spectacular for a Belgian style ale. Tastes almost like a brown ale. Definetely worth a try, but I had expected more.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 05:41:29 | More by Drew966
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longarm

Maryland

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

Ruddy brown and hazy brew. Nice frothy carbonation leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma mostly fruit bread supporting sweet malt. Flavor has a moderate malt backbone complemented with a light taste of candied sugar, green apples and something resembling prune. A rather dry finish also contains light hops aftertaste.

An easy drinker with few flaws. Somewhat on the boring side for a Dubbel, but this is certainly worth trying again and again. I might cellar a few to see what other flavors develop.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 23:46:15 | More by longarm
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walleye

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle forgot to put batch number down but think it was 54, shared with bieristgut in fl. poured a dark amber, with a tan head that left very little lacing. aroma malts, nuttty, got some nice sweet dark fruits like plums, dark cherries, some caramel showed up as it warmed. flavor nicwe sweetness, the caramel came out a little stronger, followed by the plums and cherries, with hints of wood and a small amount of alcohol. good beer

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 13:08:34 | More by walleye
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle from " batch 50 ". Leaves less than a 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates into just surface skim that does actually remain until the end. Not really much lacing at all. The little bit of head is beige in color, sitting on top of a brown, sort of weakly-brewed-coffee looking body. Can see tight columns of carbonation here and there.

Aroma - Bready, yeasty malt. Dried plums. Slight alcohol odor. Some raisins.

Taste - Just like the aroma. Sweet raisiny, dried plums, yeasty bread. Some alcohol warmth that almost tastes too strong or harsh, but then comes back from the brink. Dry, very dry, actually, aftertaste, of sweet dried fruit, and bread. Not really anything in the way of hop flavor at all, and of course, none was expected. The overall taste of this can very delicate, that is, very faint at times. It's pretty good when you've got it, though.

Mouthfeel - tending towards the thin, and surprisingly large amount of carbonation ( something of a turn-off to me ). A non-hop dryness after downing sip ( and, eventually, the whole thing ) .

Drinkability - this goes down decently. But it's far too subtle for my tastes, I would only get this occaisionly, and just one bottle at that ( or two bottles if it ever came in 12 oz. form ) .

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 18:35:01 | More by ultralarry2006
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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