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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,530 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,530
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 42
Gots: 133 | 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:
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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Ratings: 1,530 | Reviews: 763
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.

Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is confusing me. A little unlike any other beer i've ever had. Something about being batch #60 on the label, but no mention of date. It's been in my cellar for 3 months.

It's seriously lacking in the fruity notes i typically associate with dubbels, and i get a pretty strong sense of roasted barley. Really? Roasted barley in a dubbel?

It's very interesting, so i give it a pretty high mark on taste, but i'm so confounded by it's oddities that drinkability suffers.

I reserve the right to review this one again someday, and perhaps reach a completely different conclusion. I'm not convinced i'm tasting what the brewer intended. Not sure what could have happened to this batch or bottle.

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

Thanks goes out to barleywinebrewer for this brew.

750 ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Batch 62

Pours a nice semi-clear mahogony color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, some nice slicks and sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty, hint of raisins, figs, plums, and some caramel. The tasty is malty, nice dose of dark fruits, just a slight yeasty feel, and some caramel. Medium body, but a little watery, a nice complex brew though. Drinkable, this is a very nice dubbel from Allagash. Definitely want to try other's from the line.

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Based on notes:

Poured a hazed chestnut with almost 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Chocolaty, smoked malt & roasted malt

T: Roasted malt, & earthy phenol-funk up front. Caramel follows with earthy/fruity yeast dryness. Finishes dry with chocolate & roasted malt notes

MF: Medium bodied with decent carbonation, balanced well for the style

Drinks pretty easy for the abv, a down to earth interpretation of a dubbel

Photo of number1bum
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #6.

Twist off bottle pours a mud brown/deep copper color with only about one finger of off-white head. Leaves a decent lace around the glass and some stick, and has decent clarity.

Smell is fresh bread, yeast, raisins and some malty sweetness. Taste is of sweet malts and candi sugar, along with raisin and a nuttiness toward the back end. Yeast flavor really comes through in the finish, and the aftertaste is dry and a little funky from the yeast. It's pretty light in the mouth for a beer over 7% and the carbonation tingles the tongue a bit.

Overall it's a good, if somewhat pedestrian double. Not a bad option to have hanging around, but nothing to go nuts trying to find either.

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

A- hazy translucent medium brown body. Pours with relatively thin off-white head that quickly fades to a nice collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Deep, rich, roasted malt smell. Hints of Belgian sugars.

T- Initial taste is of bready and roasted malt-somewhat bitter. Finish is yeasty and sugary. Quite sweet. This is a brew that activates every taste bud on your tongue. Pretty interesting and complex.

M-Medium carbonation and light weight body. Goes down fairly smooth.

D- This is a pretty good brew and the 7% ABV is pretty well hidden. One that I will probably venture to have again.

Photo of RedHaze
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep walnut brown with a one finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin cap. The lacing is thick, almost completely covering the inside on the glass.

Smell; sweet almost sugary, with lots of dark fruits. Raisins, plums and dates are all present as well as some roasted earthy notes.

Taste; as with the nose the flavor starts out sweet with brown sugar, and little chocolate. Raisins, plums and dates give this the fruitiness you would expect with a double, and the finish is a touch on the earthy side. Not the best double out there, but pretty darn respectable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice smooth carbonation, and the drinkability is good.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-brown color. Great creamy tan head laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Has a good malty/earthy aroma with nuts, coffee, bananas, and clove.

Taste: The flavor is of roasted malts, milk chocolate, toffee, spices, and a bit of fruit. Maybe not as complex as some other dubbels, but it's still very tasty. Light alcohol in the finish. Semi-sweet roasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy-smooth. Medium- to heavy-bodied with a good mellow carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol levels here are fine, and it's quite easy and enjoyable to drink.

Among the best US-brewed Belgian-style ales I've had. It's lacking some of the complexities of it's "old world" counterparts, but it's still a really tasty and enjoyable beer. Works well on it's own for many occasions. I'll certainly get this again.

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,530 ratings.