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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
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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 40
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
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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 montageman
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Riggsy
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of ruleof72
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of jim102864
2.06/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of garbercury
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of BDIMike
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is amber-brown. It had a really nice head that stayed throughout the drink.
The smell was excellent. Multiple scents. Exceptional in my mind. There was citrus, hops, malts, and even a sweetness to the smell.
The taste was great as well. Very nice for a double. Nice malts and hops as well. Caramel taste to it, but slightly spicier. Fruit and sweet taste at the end.
All the while, it is a full beer with a great feel to it. Very fulfilling and smooth.
Very drinkable for the type of beer it is. With its high ABV, one can't drink a ton without some serious side effects.

Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch #52.

The corked popped out of this one like a champagne.

A: Amber-brown; huge, light-tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Raisins, brown sugar, dark bread, cotton-candy fruity esters, nut, some earthy minerals, really nice.

T: Bready, slightly spicey, dark caramel, dark fruit, metallic minerals, brown sugar, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation; silky smooth.

D: At only 7%, this is exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of mistermonkey
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Dark ruby/copper tone with nice off-white head about a thick. Mostly fruit in the nose, taste of nuts and raisins, but thin and almost watery. I was expecting more from this from all the hype. Not that I couldn't put back a few, but, I'd probably reach for something else. Had the fluxus at the Brickstore and was much more inpressed.

Photo of Upgrayedd
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This was the first time I saw Allagash anything in Michigan, so I had to pick it up. I'm not sure of this beer being considered a Dubbel. If I did a blind tasting, I would think this this is an English Brown fermented with Belgian yeast. The smell was a bit yeasty with fusel in the background. The taste was overwhelmingly chocolate. So much so that it practically hid the plum/raisin characteristic I expected from this style. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery. Overall, this is quite drinkable for the ABV, it just doesn't go down like I think a Dubbel should.

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #54

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful caramel scent along with a mild yeast fruitiness. It's dry with some raisiny aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very dry, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes watery with some yeast esters. I love the malt flavor. It has a nice caramel and raisin feel, but it's a bit thin in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's got excellent malt flavor as well as a very aromatic yeast presence.

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

Pours rich reddish brown with thin off white head and a steady stream of bubbles passing up through the body.; Interesting wavy lace that becomes spotty. Malty smell with sweet cookie and hint of sour yeast. Good warm malt with sugary sweetness for the initial flavor transitions smoothly to a slightly acidic and mildly bitter aftertaste. Good complexity and very enjoyable flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy texture, active carbonation, and a dry, slightly alcoholic finish. Overall, this is a very nice taster that is pleasantly complex. I liked it much better than their Tripel, but that is probably somewhat of a style preference for me. I would highly recommend this one as another good example of an American brewed Belgian-style dub.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #68.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a small, tight off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of tart, ripe fruits, spices, and floral hops. Faint whiff of tobacco and cocoa, too.

Taste: Dark maltiness with notes of chocolate and toffee. All the while there's a pervasive tart fruitiness. Hint of tobacco. Gentle floral hops. There's a light spiciness near the end which lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid take on the style.

Photo of BWH3
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dubbel Allagash Brewery
750mL bottle from a Goblet at 50 degrees F

Belgian dubbel brewed with 7 malts and Belgian candi.

Appearance: Gorgeous amber brown ale with tan bubbly head atop. Clarity is slightly cloudy. Head lasts and lasts but doesn't pour so big as to dominate the glass. Flawless appearance as Allagash beers typically are. (5.0)

Smell: Dark fruit and sour notes dominate the nose. The hops or malt add an earthy or mineral like aroma. There is little to no yeast spiciness or banana esters discernable to me. The aroma is pleasant but not complex enough for my liking. I prefer a dubbel to have an intimidatingly complex aroma that makes me question what the taste will be like. This is not one of those types of bouquets, but it is still acceptable. (3.0)

Taste: Not very bold is my first impression. The dark fruit is very subdued. The malt sweetness is not very impressive either. A tart sour flavor does come through fairly strong. The hops contributions are appropriately minimal. The flavor is alright but nothing fabulous. The most perplexing flavor is the bitterness of the grist dominating the aftertaste. (3.0)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied which is right. The gas is also good for the style. (4.5)

Drinkability: Enjoyable. This is a good introduction to the style for an individual who may not appreciate the excess complexity of the better examples of this style. I recommend picking one up to enjoy with a friend. (4.0)

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

This dubbel had a nice brown color with a dirty-white head floating on top. A musty smell at first and a pleasant taste with chocolate and estery flavors. I liked this beer and it was easy to drink. Very nice dubbel and at $6 a bottle a pretty good deal.

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

Batch 65 Poured Into the Stone tulip.

A - Pours like root beer or a dark cider. A bit cloudy. Head reduces quickly, lacing average.

S - Very well within style but wholly unimpressive. Nice, but nothing incredible.

T - See smell above. Same issues. Nice, but lacks endurance and complexity. Finish is weird - the sweet front does not balance out to the bitter finish. Rather, the malt disappears seemingly on it's own and then the quick bitter axe.

M - Medium, almost thin.

D- This beer tricks you into thinking it is more than it is. Not a bad beer, but not a great one, either.

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

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass at 45 degrees F.

Slightly hazy raisin pudding brown body with coppery edges and a hefty finger of thick, lacy, light khaki head. Estery bubble gum and sweetish fruits on the nose, along with a mildly floral edge. Light toasted grain up front before toffeeish malts and fruits come in. Herbal hop bitterness and spices (anise) around the edges. Figs and bubblegum fruits with a hint of alcohol in the finish. Not bad, but just missing something to pull it all together and the bubblegum is a little strong.

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

Poured from a fat shortie into a Watou chalice. The beer looked real nice, with a dark reddish copper hue, tranlucent, and a thin but uncompromising head. The aroma wasn't as enticing as my favorite dubbels (Westmalle, St. Bernardus Prior 8 & Pater 6), but sweet and inviting nonetheless. The flavor was nice but not really complex, mostly sweet malts and possibly a little bit of burnt malt as well. Nice beer, a little simple for the style in my opinion, but nice.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky caramel brown with a one inch rocky tannish white head with bits of lacing clinging down the sides of the glass. Which I have to say is a nice surprise considering this glass does not do so well at maintaining lacing. I only wish the head lasted a bit longer before fading into a ring.

S: The bready malts are most pronounced in this beer but it also has a very nice hints of candied sugar and dark fruits. All of these aromas are subued

T/MF: The carbonation is more active in filling the mouth with gas (if that makes sense) than it does bubbling on the tongue. The initial flavor of this beer is hints of fruit balanced by a subtle toasted nutty flavor that becomes more pronounced in the finish and leaves the pallet quite clean.

D: This is a really nice beer but it leaves me wanting more, more sweetness, more fruitiness, just more, but maybe I'm being too greedy. This is a well balanced and subtle, if one dimensional dubbel. Highly drinkable and hides it ABV quite well.

Photo of funkengruven
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured into my Chimay chalice a nice dark brown, disappointingly with little head, most dubbels I've had are exploding with head, not this one. Smell is sweet, malty, and fruity. Taste is like that too, Alcohol is undetectable in this one too. Nothing suggests even in the least that the ABV of this stuff is 7.6%. There is very little in the way of Belgian style dubbels that even come close to the drinkability of this brew. It's quite good, and considerably less expensive than the genuine article. I'd recommend it.

Photo of mnj21655
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with no visible freshness date poured into a chalice

Pours brown with hints of copper and just under a finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing. Aroma is a bit malty but mostly dark fruits, namely plums and raisins, possibly sour cherries. Aroma is good but a bit to fruity for the style, too one-dimensional. Taste is reminiscent of the aroma. At first the dark fruits from the aroma return but give way to malt flavors, mostly toasted and/or crystal, and some spiciness that reminds me of cloves coupled with a light hop bitterness in the finish. Good mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation, just a bit of alcohol warming. Drinkability is ok, I enjoyed this brew but, in my opinion, the dark fruits are just a bit too dominant and make this slightly less drinkable than it would have otherwise been.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #62. Blood orange with a weathered bronze-like glow. The sandstone colored crown filled the majority of the glass initially and is still mammoth in size several minutes later. As it slowly melts away, a beautiful array of tacky lace finds its way to the glass and gives the beer a gorgeous, authentic look.

The nose is classically dubbel-like as well; never a certainty when it comes to the American-brewed versions (but then Allagash is in a league of their own as far as I'm concerned). The aroma is primarily brown fruity and brown bready with a complementary amount of clove yeastiness. The ability to use quality yeast well is one of this brewery's keys to success.

I'm surprised at Dubbel Reserve's... reserve. It isn't as bold or as flavorful as most of what Allagash brews, but that doesn't make it bad beer, not by a long shot. If you want subtlety and drinkability in a beer of this style, I can't think of too many domestic dubbels that are better. In fact, change 'too many' to 'any'.

The flavor profile features the same quasi-dark fruitiness found in the nose (brown apples and figs), along with a pleasing amount of ground clove and mild tobacco notes on the finish. A light molasses quality leads me to think that some amount of dark candi sugar was used. Complex it ain't. Delicious it is.

Given the less than aggressive nature of the flavor, the mouthfeel is very well done. I thought it was a trifle light at first, but the passage of time has resulted in a sneaky suppleness and a minor amount of mouthcoating that makes drinking a pleasure. The only thing keeping the mouthfeel from the next highest score is that it could be a bit more expansive.

Dubbel Reserve isn't the equal of most of what these guys brew, but then Allagash's best is some of the finest beer in the world. Anyone looking to dip a toe into the dubbel style could do a whole lot worse than to start right here. Forget toes, once this review is completed, I plan to plunge into the rest of this '750' with reckless abandon.

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,512 ratings.