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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,430 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,430
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Photo of Damian
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.

Damian, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
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.

expatsteve, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
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.

Toddv29424, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
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.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
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.

Blakaeris, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of surfmanjim
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.

surfmanjim, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of bigman147
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.

bigman147, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Metalmonk, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
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.

orsulacp, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
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.

tastybeer, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
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.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of jwff
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.

jwff, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
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.

DaggerEyes, May 29, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
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

cheers2beers, May 24, 2006
Photo of NiceGuyMike
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.

NiceGuyMike, May 20, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
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.

soulgrowl, May 09, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, May 08, 2006
Photo of Drew966
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.

Drew966, May 04, 2006
Photo of longarm
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.

longarm, May 04, 2006
Photo of walleye
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

walleye, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
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 ) .

ultralarry2006, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of Shovelbum
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cream tan one finger head over a coffee colored body. A thin head sticks around for quite a while leaving delicate lace formations. Aromas of sweet caramel and biscuits waft from my chalice before I’ve even raised it. A bit of vinous fruit, herbal goodness and a touch of yeast join the bouquet after I’ve raised my glass. Flavors of chocolate, dark vinous fruit, and earth riding on an interesting interplay between a generous sweetness and a spicy hop bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp in the mouth with a mild yet lingering dryness.

An impressive ale. There is a nice mixture of dark roasted flavors as well as erthy and spicy notes contributing to a beer that is overall very complex, yet quite smooth and quaffable. Divine.

Shovelbum, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got as part of the Great BIF Race 2006 by MABZ of team Spring.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy brownish orange. It has a light tan head that fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a fruity aroma. It smells of dates and figs. It smells slightly spicy. Like coriander. It has a slight cirtus hop aroma, but only just a touch.

This beer tastes sweet. It has a date like flavor. It has a slight caramel flavor. It also tastes slightly bready. It has some earthy yeast flavor also.

This beer is pleasently smooth. It is highly carbonated. It leaves a date like taste on the palate.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. It is only just a little high in alcohol. Also, the well balanced flavor is mild enough to enjoy for a while.

Thanks MABZ for this one.

OStrungT, Apr 20, 2006
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
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,430 ratings.