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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,428 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,428
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 34
Gots: 94 | 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.

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

Poured from a caged and corked bottle batch #65

Beer pours a deep brown and appears opaque with one finger of frothy tan head.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of fruit. A light yeastiness is present, but caramel malt dominates. Also a subtle alcohol aroma present.

Taste shows big malt character. Dark malts produce caramel and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is lively due to good carbonation, and is fairly full.

Drinkability is medium to high due to great flavors.

Goliath, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of sstackho
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle consumed about six months after purchase, I'm guessing. I wasn't sure how well this was going to age - I hadn't realized this was bottle conditioned until I just looked it up now. Pours a murky brown with a bit of head. The aroma is malty with a bit of spice. The flavour follows exactly the same way, but with the spice more prevalent than was on the nose. Tastes in a similar vein to some winter seasonal beers that I've been having recently. Enjoyable stuff.

sstackho, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of manleyphoto
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgian beers are generally regarded as the best, most unique and most complex beers on the planet. Belgians have elevated the art of making beer to the same levels as the French have taken wine. Breweries that have been operating for hundreds of years have pushed the boundaries of malt, yeast, and hops, creating spicy and floral beers with layer upon layer of texture and flavor.
Roughly 3,000 miles west of Brussels in Portland, Maine American brewers with a passion for Belgian beers have created a roster of brews that are now rivaling the taste and quality of their continental forbears. Allagash Brewing produces exclusively Belgian-style ales in the traditional method with the full force and flavor of their Belgian counterparts. Allagash Dubbel is a dark reddish mahogany beer produced in the style of Trappist inspired abbey house brews. Dubbel is brewed to showcase the complexity of flavors that can be coaxed out of malt by the signature Belgian-style yeast. The taste is of rich caramel sweetness with hints of raisiny wine-like notes. The full malt-forward flavor is balanced with a medium-thin body and a solid dry finish with a hint of hops.
Belgians have discovered the key to making a full flavored beer without a punishing thick and heavy body. The sweet rich malt is complemented with the addition of dark candi sugar, which after fermentation, dries out the finish of the beer without making it cloyingly sweet. Allagash has mastered the art of drinkability, and Dubbel is definitely a drinkable beer.
If the traditional Belgian brewers make the best beer in the world, then their American cousins are hot on their heels. Try any beer in the Allagash lineup and taste the quality and craftsmanship of the Belgian-style in American hands.

manleyphoto, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drawn from sixtel (batch #72) into Chimay glass.

Very nice appearance - puffy, tan, two-finger head of tiny bubbles with nice retention, and decent lacing throughout. Deep brown color, with hints of orange/red when held to sunlight.

Smell was very sweet throughout with a "pumpkin spice" (cinnamon, nutmeg) present. Definitely some raisin as it warmed as well.

Sweetness and spice carried through to the taste, but the deep fruit I was expecting turned to a more bitter, fresh-cracked-walnut quality.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel, with a slight bitter bite in the finish.

Quite pleasant & drinkable overall, even if not among my favorites in the style.

BeerImmediately, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of diamondc
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found a dusty bomber of Allagash Dubbel in the back shelves of the local liquor store. I'm starting to take a liking to Dubbels. I recently had a 3 year old bottle of Maredsous 8 which was the beer 'highlight' for me from last year. This one is Batch #51.

Appearance was very good. Dark brown with some red highlights. A nice fluffy head. Already some nice lacing on the Chimay chalice.

Smell was of milk chocolate covered raisins. On second sniff I got some Macadamia.

Taste was very much like the aroma. Chocolate, raisins, walnuts. Some kola nut flavor lurking on the aftertaste. Not much hop flavor. I think the hops have mellowed out after sitting on the shelf for so many years. Virtually no alcohol taste.

Lots of flavor on every gulp, making this one a sipper. Still a lot of carbonation going. This one would go great with some beef stew or oysters.

diamondc, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yum yum yum, another belgian, is it worthy? we shall see

pours a very dark ruby red color with a small head into my chalice, what little head there is stays around for a while. the smell is absolutely fantastic, vanilla, raisins, sweet malt, yeast, an over abundance of wonderful aromas. taste is good, but not up to the level of the aroma, it is a good beer, has a good full taste to it, but isn't nearly as complex as it smells. very good beer, could of been great

1fastz28, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of spiffysamurai
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

spiffysamurai, Jan 27, 2008
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 jsled
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jsled, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice; batch #65

Pours a hazy deep orange-brown. Nice fluffy off-white head rose to a little under a finger and subsided slowly to leave light, sticky lacing down the glass.

Mild smell, slightly subdued. Sweet and fruity. Hint of raisins, caramel and yeast. Maybe a little bit of cocoa.

Creamy malt taste that really coats the mouth. Fruity and light, very dry finish. I really like the way the malt hits you at first and yields way to the fruit/raisin taste and then finishes with a malty dryness. Its like a malt sandwich.

Full-bodied and creamy.

The drinkability is on par for the style.

This is a very enjoyable beer, there isn't too much by this brewery that I frown upon. A good one to have in the rotation.

ColForbinBC, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of jscondon
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jscondon, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Allagash Dubbel had a dark, brownish-amber appearance with little head when poured. There was a slight tinge of fruit in the smell, but not as obvious as with other dubbels. The taste was okay, yielding some apple flavors and other fruits. Despite this, the taste was a little underwhelming, with an inescapably bland finish. The mouthfeel was a little too tingly and carbonated for my palate. Overall, it's a drinkable beer, though there are many other very good dubbels (straight from Belgium) I would go for first.

avalon07, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a very tight, creamy head that sticks around. The aromas are beautifully balanced with a slight sourness, slightly sweet malt, and dark fruit, a touch of almond and hazlenut all intermingling. Very nice. The taste is very nice, but a tad too subtle. Gentle flavors dark dry malt, quite attenuated. Apple brandy flavors with a touch of sweet fruit as well. Slightly tannic finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and this is extremely easy to drink.

Georgiabeer, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a dark brown with gold highlights. Thin tan head and decent lacing all around.

Aroma of sweet malt and Belgian yeast.

Taste is very Belgian with the yeast. Also sugary sweet with the flavors of dark ripe fruits and a bit of malt. The 7.60% alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

Overall, this is a nice easy-to-drink Dubbel but perhaps just a bit too sweet for me.

Monkeyknife, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange... great appearance... dark, ruby-red, off-color brown with modest head... a prune-colored beer... smell is sweet, reminiscent of figs, prunes, and fruits... Allagash White is one of my favorite Witbier's, so had high hopes for this well-respected brewery... didn't disappoint... really good taste... tastes very sweet with fig flavors... some cinnammon sweetness with added fruity tones... similar to a doppelbock... good depiction of the style.. good mouthfeel and easy to drink... would never notice teh 7%ABV behind a palate of thick, rich sweetness.. Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of grub
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a trade with johnnnniee. thanks!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch #62. sampled dec 31/07.

pours deep red with a small dense tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. alcohol. date and dried cherry. nice fresh and slightly floral hops. bit of dark chocolate. hint of roast.

taste is nice, but not very dubbel-ish. comes across more as a brown ale. bit of dark chocolate. light roast. very light dark fruit, but certainly not to the level i'd expect in a dubbel. no nice belgian yeasty character either.

mouthfeel is good. medium low very fine well integrated carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. this was a balanced and enjoyable beer. if you blindfolded me i'd swear it was a brown ale, and a nice attempt at it. misses the mark for a dubbel, but still enjoyable. perhaps this one needs some time to age and develop?

grub, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of montageman
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice.

I'm not familiar with Allagash, as they've just recently begun to be available in Michigan. Sadly, this particular beer was a disappointment. The appearance of this beer is very nice - dark amber with a very bright white head. The smell is sweet with ripe fruit (maybe raisins?) and brown sugar. Unsatisfying in the best way to describe the taste - watery sweetness with very little balance. Mouthfeel is watery, but serviceable. Eh, this is drinkable, I guess, but nothing to go out of your way for. Maybe I had a bad bottle? No recommendation either way.

montageman, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hearty, full, and even. It's smooth with clean tones. Almost a nutty flavor to it. I think you'd want to drink this with a hearty meal - a meat and potatoes kind of thing. But hey...that is just my immature palate's wild guess. I know Allagash makes a lot of different stuff, so I would be quicker to try the others before coming back to this one.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice two finger head on the pour and good lacing down the glass. The smell was slightly metallic and did not waver me one way or the other. Pours a nice dark color, has some roasty malts with a nice touch of Belgian yeast. A crowd pleaser for sure. A bit thin on the body, but can be viewed as a session beer, as this was really, I mean, really easy to drink.

bigdeuce, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of Riggsy
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pored into snifter.
A: Pours a brownish brown into glass. Ever so slightly hazy with a thin white head.

S: A bit citrusy with some brown sugar sweetness. Dark fruit is evident. A bit lacking in the Belgian phenolic I would expect out of a dubbel.

T: Malty as a dubbel should be, and with some hop bitterness. Tastes more like a brown ale due to the lack of any Belgian character. Still a good tasting beer but I would expect more.

M: Medium to medium-full with medium carbonation.

D: Very approachable and drinkable just not really as complex as I would care for.

Riggsy, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of ruleof72
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden caramel color. Head is medium thick and sticks around. Lacing is nice

Smell is bready fruit with a hint of citrus. Very nice

Taste is excellent with citrus, dried apples/cider and a hint of the bready yeastiness that make dubbels so good

Mouthfeel and drinkability are very good. This is a very good beer and definitely worth a try.

ruleof72, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of jim102864
2.05/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass with a one finger, creamy head. Nice lace webbed the glass.

Nose was mild, which is always a warning sign when it comes to Belgians since that usually means deep sadness when it comes to taste. This doctrine held true again and I was left crying in my beer (sorry).

As I said, taste is what matters and this one left me feeling flat. It was so very mild in flavor that there was simply nothing going on here. No candi sugar? No dark fruit? No maltiness? Molasses? Get the paddles 'cause this one has no pulse.

The mouthfeel followed suit with the rest of the experience. Thin. Lifeless. Very disappointing.

As to drinkability I can only ask one question: I spent how much for this??!! These guys sell this stuff in four packs and command a princely sum but they're insulting the style with their limp effort. Won't revisit this one unless it's offered free. Otherwise, it's time for Allagash to give this brew the dirt nap.

jim102864, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - no freshness date (I included this because there was a lack of a head, can't tell whether it's from age or just made that way):

Well, I was just ready to pour this into an Allagash glass. It fell and broke...and I didn't even start drinking yet..So - poured it into a similar glass.

Pours hazed brown with a few bubbles as a head.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with earthy, dark fruits.

The taste is malty - caramel/toffee - slightly chocolatey. Some graininess - not much. Seven malts are used. It's malty alright - but the richness seems to struggle a bit. There is a balancing earthiness to it. Finishes dry.

Appropriately light-bodied. Clean (almost too much so). On the weak side, though.

Well - it's drinkable for sure. Not more than a decent stab at the style, though. Put it next to some of the classics from Belgium and it falls short, IMO.

jwc215, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of garbercury
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Vintage for the Allagash, I have a ton of respect for American Micro-Brewers who attempt to make real beer, instead of just another "lets see how much hops we can infuse in a beer" type. Sorry, had to vent a bit there...Sorry hops and all you hippy brewers who seemingly confuse it with what you smoke, brew Belgians! After that rant, have to say I was a little disappointed in this one..

A---Brownish red, very little head but had some sticky lacing.

S---Eh, medicinal.

T---As one poster stated aptly, kind of tastes like a brown ale infused with some belgian yeast. It is a little medicine tasting, I just dont love it.

M--beer like

D---Not that great, disappointed in this one.

garbercury, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 12oz bottle with the label reading Dubbel Ale, with a 7.0% ABV. Per review of the website the Dubbel Reserve only comes in the 750ml, so I believe I have the correct beer here. The appearance is a murky dark ruby brown color with a smallish tan head that left some light lacing on the glass. The smell is of old dusty chocolate, a little spice and earthy qualities, could be a little stronger. The taste starts off with a sweet berry flavor which is quickly subdued by a complex malt profile. The malt has musty chocolate characteristics which lead into a sligh Belgian spice and candi sugar flavor. The feel is a tad thin, with soft carbonation, finishes slightly bitter. A good American version of the dubbel, nice flavor profile.

Gmann, Dec 15, 2007
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,428 ratings.