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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,480 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,480
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 107 | 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 Nipitato
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Marty's Liqours in Allston, MA.

A: Deep chestnut brown. Good off white head retention.

S: Malty sweet. Clove like spicy phenols present. Moderate fruity esters that exhibit a raisin characteristic.

T: Nice sweet malty taste complimented by estery raisin flavor and clove like phenols. Finishes nice and dry. Bitter up front as well.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol warming. Moderate carbonation.

D: A good solid interpretation of a Belgian classic. Easy to drink while providing enough to ponder.

Photo of ojiikun
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml champagner into a nice big wine glass. Batch #59. Body is clear and very dark brown and then suddenly cloudy with yeast near the end. Head is light for the beer's colour and very chunky and long-lasting.

Smell is initially of musty peas and old belgian yeast. As it warms, the better parts of the yeast come thru - more sour frut and warm black pepper. At the very end, almost gets a hint of eucalyptus or mild mint.

Taste is bright, sour fruit on top of minerals and seltzer. Quite dry for a dubbel - no hints of the sweet style this claims to be. Hops are there, though only to provide a fresh edge to the fruity body. Malt is present but masquerades as thin bread.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are exceptional, with little indication of ABV on the tongue or lips. Bitter taste can slow you down if you were expecting a sweet, dark dubbel.

In particular, all of the flavours (other than dry, bitter minerals) in this were very, very understated for a dubbel. With no unfermentables on which to ride, it's little surprise.

Photo of bjoyce12
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich amber color. Not opaque; a good solid coppery color. Good foam, not too heady though. Good aroma. Not too many undertones noticed, but a solid aroma. Slightly fruity, a little light, not overwhelming. That's the confusing aspect of this ale; I expect dubbels to pack a punch, both in alcohol content as well as taste and smell. But this doesn't, and that's not a bad thing. I just need to reset my expectations.

Taste comes through stronger than the aroma. Not with the depth of a Belgian, but still good. Sensed dried fruit and light chocolate hints. Actually, its taste gives it a better drinkability. This is another good solid offering from an outstanding brewery.

Photo of Neehan
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This pours a peasant, light amber with a decent head. The head seemed to increase in size and retention as it was consumed. Nice. The smell is of rich, dark fruits primarily of apples, pears, plums, etc. These continue into the taste with a nice backing of slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is the only weak component of the beer as it is very watery. However, quite drinkable.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks nice and appetizing in my new Rochefort chalice that my girlfriend got me for Christmas. She scored some major points with this fine piece of glassware! But ahh,...the beer. Deep chestnut brown with garnet highlights and very little head development.

S - Toffee and caramel are the major aromas, with caramelized sugar and some lovely yeast notes.

T - Pancake syrup, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, and caramel add up to a wonderfully sweet and malty brew. Gentle hop notes keep things from getting too sweet and add a bit of dryness to the finish. Excellent sipping desert beer.

M - Full bodied with full dextrin textures on the tongue. Carbonation is nice, and the finish is quite dry. My mouth feels the way it does after eating pancakes with syrup, only drier.

Photo of Vancer
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, gonna start with the bottom line – I was really disappointed in the flavor of this staple brew. A semi-harsh, phenolic and woody finish really held it back in my ratings. Crap, I really looked forward to it.

Pour was OK – clear ruby red, lacey ring of tan. I could smell the sweet malts, Belgium yeast and sugar cane – where the hell where they in the taste??

Dry and crisp, the malts just were not there. damn

Maybe the pour into a Dixie cup had something to do with it…

Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 Oz bottle poured into a goblet. I see no date on the bottle.

This pours a murky brown color that lets a little red through when held up to a light. I got no head to speak of.

A thin malty aroma with a tiny hint of alcohol. Really nothing else there at all. In fact I had to go smell something else to make sure my nose was working. I'm surprised by the lack of aroma in this Dubbel.

Taste also has a thin maltiness to it with some spicy hops in the finish. Really nothing to write home about however. Ok I'm no expert but this really is not a good example of the style in my opinion.

Medium body with noticeable carbonation.

I guess this is drinkable but I will not be buying it again. Not a good effort from such a great brewery.

Photo of dherling
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out dark, cloudy and brown with a creamy off-white head. The nose is sugar, molasses, bread, and a bit of alcohol. The taste is similar to the smell but with a slightly smokey aspect. This aspect is a bit much, but the molasses and alcohol and a big bite that balances. The mouthfeel is creamy with a bit of carbonated bite. The finish is ever so slightly on the huge side.

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

Pours a hazy brown, some orange, thick tan head forms, sticks for the long haul, tons of lace. Smell is sweet, spices, yeast, toffee, fruits, minor funk. Taste is sweet up front, spices and yeast hit through the middle with malty toffee goodness, some spice and alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Great balance, very easy to drink, probably my favourite non-trappist dubbel.

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

Batch #48:
Clear, deep amber with ruby highlights. It poured with a rocky, tan head that left clumpy lacing behind. Malty aroma, light chocolate, yeasty bread, fruity with some raisin and plum, light alcohol. Same in the flavour, with lingering malt and alcohol warmth. Medium bodied with carbonation on the high side. Light dryness. Pretty nice overall. Another Allagash beer that I've enjoyed.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: With a pop of the cork, the highly carbonated beer flowed into the glass. Ruddy mahagoney brown with loads of haze, the towers creamy oatmeal colored head perches like a dallop of cream on a pie.

S: I could smell the beer when the cork came out. Very nutty, with low lying chocolate, red apple, coffee, cinnamon and fresh yeast.

T: Sort of a subdued flavor....coffee is in the fore front with minor caramel, alderberries and brown sugar. Gets sweeter after the swallow. Finishes with mellow caramel and red fruits.

M: Medium but really fluffy and overcarbonated

D: Not really sure how this gets categorized as a dubbel except that is loaded with sugar. Gets a bit sticky after a while

Photo of Rudgers73
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL corked, caged bottle.

A- Nice deep brown color. Lots of froathy head that settles to a rocky cap on the beer.

S- Strong nutty, burnt caramel, sap/oak. Floral hoppy undertone.

T- Starts rich, roasted, burnt toffee. Turns into a more hoppy, rough-around-the-edges taste with a bit of alcohol at the end.

M- Smooth and clean. Leaves that sugary residue in your mouth.

D- Great taste. I'm sure much better if it sat in the celler for a few years. From the taste of this, I'm sure their tripels are amazing.

Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in the mood for something belgian (style...not necessarily orgin), and after really enjoying their Wit at the GABF, I went for the Allagash.
Pours a "standard" murky brown, although it's a little lighter than I exepcted. The head starts out like it's going to be small, but blooms a little as you pour more.
Smell is of yeast, a little alcohol, cocoa, and a little spice.
Flavor seems to be dominated by a sharp belgian yeast and a bitter chocolate. While the smell is a little boozy, the flavor doesn't really have that aspect.
Mouthfeel's designed for sipping, but it's not too heavy so that swallowing becomes tough.
Not bad. I split a bottle of it with some cheese and it was a good compliment.
I'm not really a huge belgian fanatic (although I get random cravings), but this is as good as most imports at 1/2 the cost. If you like the style, this comes highly recommended.

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

Allagash Dubbel Reserve
750 ML brown bottle with a caged cork
Batch #58
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a dark brown with light amber highlights on the bottom of the glass. A marvelous head forms on top with a shape and form that reminds me of shaving cream. Attractive patterns of sticky lacings cling on the side of the glassware.

Pleasant nose with whiffs of malts, sweetness, funky yeast and a touch of citrus.

A malt heavy mouthfeel develops with a pressured carbonation presense. Flavors of rock candy, chewy malts, orange sweetness and cloves. A mini hop snap provides a delightful finish.

Yet another enjoyable offering from Allagash.

Photo of BigRedN
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, consumed during trip to Ft. Worth TX. Corked and caged 750 ml. Bottle indicated this is Batch 51.

Appearance: Poured into two glasses, a pint glass and a red wine glass (it was the best I could do besides a pint glass at the hotel). The beer is a nice dark amber to grown. Bood off white head lingers into the beer, some lacing.

Smell: Dark malts. Dark fruits (plum, black cherry), a touch raisiny. Dark malts come through as the beer warms, and it becomes a little chocolatey.

Taste: I would almost call this a "malt bomb". Roasted malt, with a nice hop bitterness on the finish to keep it in balance.

Mouthfeel: Full in body, yet still good carbonation so it does not feel "heavy". The high alcohol is also well hidden.

Drinkability: First chance to purchase this beer (never seen it near Nebraska), I'm glad I did. My kind of beer.

Photo of Gasp100
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - like pouring a coke which has been shaken really hard into a glass.
S - Dark cherry, plum, grapes, vinous, earthy.
T - Toffee, caramel, dark dried fruits, maybe a hint of vanilla?
M - The mouthfeel was rough and biting, maybe a little overcarbonated?
D - I'll finish the 750ml; probably wouldn't drink more than that though. I'm just getting back into Belgian's but overall this was nice. Much more crisp and way drier than anything I've had before. The hard candy sugary sweetness was barely detectable.

Photo of badbeer
2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a muddy dark brown color with a white-ish head with good retention. Smell was spicey with a bit of clove, seemed different. Light taste of brown sugar and spice, and a little clove, just seemed bland. Light bodied, high carbonation. Really light and dry on the tongue, I was looking forward to trying this, just a little let down. I may try it again sometime to see if I was missing something, but I really didn't care for this.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Says Batch #56 on the front of the bottle.

The head is fairly dense and retentive with a very very sticky lacing. Color is dark brown to black. The smell is fruity and slightly sour with some clove, sticky caramel and some sour plum. It also has a woody smell to it. Taste is light and fast to leave the palate leaving you wondering what it tasted like. Hard to tell besides the help of the smell. The mouthfeel is slightly watery and smooth. Overall it doesn't hold a bold enough flavor for me to try again.

Photo of rarevos
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Very dark brown with a hint of red at the edges. Loads of tan head that dissipated pretty quickly, leaving good lacing and a bunch of sticky trails.

S: Not as fruity in the nose as other Dubbels. This one has a load of caramel and malt up front with just a hint of figs. Some molasses as well, with some milk chocolate and some earthiness.

T/M: Sweet malt up front with a hint of caramel and cocoa. Finish is malty (again), has a hint of dust/sand, and it's abrupt: all of the malty aftertaste is gone quickly and is replaced by a mild warming sensation from the alcohol. Slick mouthfeel.

D: Not my favorite Dubbel. It's not trying to simply copy the Westmalles and Chimays of the world, but the result isn't terribly complex. Lots of malt, lots of burnt sweetness, and barely any yeast contribution at all. I'm glad I tried it, but I'll be sticking with the Trappists on this one, price be damned.

Photo of rodrot
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy brown color with a 1 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma was malty with a bit of spice in the nose. Other than that, not much smell to this one. Taste was of sweet caramel malts, spices(clove maybe?), chocolatey notes and almond. The body was light to medium in the palate. Drinkability was slightly better than average. Not a bad Dubbel, but not a great one either. Given other choices, I'd probably pass on this one in the future. Served from a 12 oz bottle, 7.0 abv noted on the label.

Photo of goochpunch
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from batch #51 poured into my Pabst Blue Ribbon chalice.

Pours out a murky dark brown that reminds me of the color of dates. Somewhat thin and tannish head seems to hold up, but doesn't impress too much. Smells of toasted and roasted malts, dried fruit, and a little like RC Cola. Phenolics are subdued and have to be searched for. Some alcohol present. This is really far from what I expected when I think of a dubbel, but I'm digging it. Starts off with a mix of cola and dates which reminds me of a malty doppelbock. Soon the toasted and roasted malt come in giving me flavors like that of a porter. Finishes with a slight hop flavor and bitterness and the coffee-like lingering flavor of the malt. Phenolics kind of get run out of this beer by the other flavors, but they are present in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel could be thicker and have more mellow carbonation for my tastes. This weirdo dubbel-doppelbock-porter tasting thing keeps it interesting and drinkable.

Photo of far333
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a crystal brandy snifter alongside a heaping bowl of Belgian style steamed mussels. Unfortunately the mussels were the closest thing to Belgian style on the table.

This beer pours an attractive toasted caramel color, but the head never fully materializes. No chance for enhanced aromas or lacing around the glass. Aroma is mainly of Belgian yeast funk, faintly highlighted by some fruit and cinnamon.

Flavor is yeasty upfront with a distinct peppery bite. The 7 malts allegedly used in the brewing process do not make themselves known, and the candy sugar adds just a tiny bit of sweetness that is overwhelmed by spice and a lemon peel bitter that lingers long.

Mouthfeel is undercarbonated, a little slick. Not very drinkable, not very enjoyable.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
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.

Photo of HoustonTX
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.

Photo of stephendr
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

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,480 ratings.