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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,391 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,391
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
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 Enola
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first from Allagash.

The beer poured a cloudy brown with a small head. The smell is very inviting. The taste is possibly like canteloupe or some other weird fruit. I got this beer in a trade with wcudwight. For a higher alcohol beer this one is par. I would probably try other high alcohol beers before coming back to this one but I certainly would not turn it down. An average beer. A drinkable beer.

Enola, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled: 11.12.05

Puffy off-white froth forms the head, light and airy and fades fairly fast leaving moderate lacing that washes off with each sip. The liquid is dark reddish brown.

The aroma is funky. Unfortunately, it’s not the good funky. Has a sever chemical smell, almost like chlorine(!). Beneath that, I picked up Belgian yeastiness.

I’d almost written off this as a bad bottle, but the flavor wasn’t nearly as bad as the nose. Strangely (and fortunate) enough, none of that chemical smell carried into the taste. It’s nutty off the bat, light and malty with a slightly bitter finish. Still, this did not live up to other brews from Allagash, so I was a little disappointed. The beer sits light in the mouth and is mid carbed.

It’ goes down easy, so it’s good drinker, but maybe someone who likes it a bit more would find that to matter more to them.

GolgiIPAratus, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of lpayette
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #52 on this 750ml bottle. Poured into a Hefeweizen glass....

Pours a Hazy Brownish/Amber color, with plenty of off-white colored head. The head lasted right down to the last sip. Smells of malt and banana. Subtle tastes of banana and caramel. Quite surprisingly smooth for a 7% abv, with only a hint of 'boozyness' at the end of a sip, which increases as the beer warms. Overall this beer is incredibly easy to drink, and well worth giving a try.

lpayette, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one sitting in my cellar (aka closet) for about 2 years now, and after chatting with somebody at the Allagash booth at NEBF who said it was starting to push it, finally decided to share it with a few Montreal BAs. Batch number: 38

Appearance: Dark brown caramel, with a crown of salt and pepper.

Smell: Quite madeirized, with plenty of cork in the nose, subtle alcohol fumes.

Taste: Mid carbonation, caramel malt, but that "aged cork" taste took a little too much space, I'd have to give this one another shot with a fresh sample in order to enjoy it's subtleties.

Goldorak, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours beuatifully into my goblet, an opaque, mahoghany brown topped with creamy foam and luxurious lacing. The nose on this Dubbel is equally intoxicating with numerous scents, the strongest of which are spice, yeast, and alcohol. There is also a bit of citrus peel and clove as well.
The taste is no less exquisite. The chocolate/coffee flavors of the start give way to roasted malt, with a calm hop balance and a smoky texture. This is a strong beer but the alcohol is well masked and just provides a pleasant backround. Mouthfeel is not quite silky but still very smooth. This is a nicely warming beer, I could see another during our first big snowstorm of the year. The taste also changes in character as it warms, which is terrific.
Wow..strong performance by Allagash, I'll definitely be picking up more of their stuff in the fairly near future.

daliandragon, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a beautiful beer.A dark coppery color with a huge head.This has a lot of carbonation.You can smell the malt,sugar and wheat.To me,this taste like a wheat beer and I don't like wheat beer.I'll try to be objective.This has a medium feel thats not bad.
All in all this is OK for the type of beer it is,it's not my favorite.

jmz62565, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly dark mahogany pour with a deep garnet cast. Billowy 2 finger head of khaki erupts in my Gulden Draak tulip, leaving crusty lace in it's wake. Head retention is impressive.

Aromas are a bit subdued until it really warms up a bit. Once there, it displays rich chewy fruit mingled with delicate spice.

Flavor thankfully has a lot more to it than the nose. Dark ripe fruits, chewy raisins, grape, berry, and malty caramel with hints of dark sugars.

Mouthfeel is slick and coating, a meaty medium, and very creamy. A nice dubbel, much better than I remember it.

AlexJ, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, Batch 47, poured into a chalice. Pours a dark murky brown with some hues of deep ruby red on the bottom of the glass, finger of beige head that subsides to a lingering spotty cap. Aroma is quite peppery, with some brown sugary sweetness and a slightly vinous note . Taste was a very nice dark earthy malt, with hints of slighty roasted coffee, figs, berries, and brown sugar upfront. These give way to a big yeasty center and a nicely spiced finish and a bit of surpising hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an excellent carbonation that cleanses your palate after each sip. I really liked this beer--not quite as complex as some dubbels, but does have nice flavors and is a really easy drinker.

cubedbee, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I see the positive reviews, but this beer just did nothing whatsoever for me. In fact, I even kind of disliked it.

Not too much to say about the look or smell. It's dark amber, and smells sweet & very malty.

The taste was the big letdown. Just not much happening at all. Too sweetish, and surprisingly devoid of complexity. You take a sip, the taste quickly washes over your tongue, and just as quickly, the flavor is gone without a trace.

A disappointing, boring, and forgettable beer. I wont be having it again.

chOAKbarrell, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml brown bottle into a wine glass the poured yielded a beautiful 2 finger, fluffy, white head atop a light brown colored beer. Streams of carbonation bubbles ran up the glass and generous spots of lace stuck to the glass throughout the sample.

The smell was malty with dark fruits and slight caramel. Some fig in the nose, perhaps plum as well.

A semi-sweet malty taste is the innitial sensation followed by a dryer almost nutty finish. Some soft dark fruit flavors of red grapes and figs with an ever so slight wine-y alcoholic warming. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes more apparent but remains well balanced and not over powering.

A medium body with ample carbonation.

Very drinakble and enjoyable. The flavors are balanced and blend well and the alcohol although noticable, far from inhibits drinking more than one glass.

Sycodrummer, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out nearly black with a decent little head and okay lacing. Nothing impressive.

Smells like ripe Dubble fruit. Plums and banana with a hearty zip of alcohol.

Taste is a bit of a letdown. Almost a wheat spice upfront--corriander and ginger. Fruit in the middle, and it ends on a warm, dry combination of spice and fruit. Very dry. Complex, but not all that great.

Decent dubble.

mynie, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12oz brown bottle into a Chalice

This beer pours a deep hazy copper brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Head seems to dissapear fairly quickly.

The dominate smell is the malts with some underlying wheats and bittering hops. Also picking up on some nuttyness. Possibly almonds. A bit sweet on the nose also.

Malty is right, the malts really stick out on your palate, a sweet character comes through also. The finish is remarkably smooth though. Picking up on the higher alcohol level, but it is not overpowering.A nice dubbel.

charlottebeerguy, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Xadoor
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 750ml bottle with cork. Poured a dark rich brown into the glass with a thick creamy head. Sweet smelling with caramel and chocolate aromas. Flavour is much of the same with a bit of spiciness and earthiness. A very good full, rich tasting beer.

Xadoor, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of bashiba
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice medium shade of brown with a thin light head.

Slight caramal and malt sweetness are present.

Taste is dominated by a toffee and slight coffee flavor with a bit of earthy hops as well. Very smooth, but flavor is a little lacking overall.

Mouthfeel is slick and light.

Drinkability is pretty average on this one.

bashiba, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, dark brown color. Decent amount of head, little lacing. Smell is mostly coffee and spices, mostly pepper. Some chocolate and lots of red wine coming through as well.

Taste again reminds me of wine, with some malty and coffee flavors hidden in there. Mouthfeel is chewy, full, bubbly. Pretty drinkable, but could be too sweet after a while. A good dubbel, not my favorite ever, but a good brew.

scooter231, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, Batch #48

Appearance: Deep mahogany body with a big tan head. Head retention was good, pretty good lacing too.

Smell: Light candi sweetness, but it's not cloying. Nice herbal/eathy tones, yeasty and gingery. Very nice.

Taste/Feel: Lots of carbonation, quite crisp. Flavors are not too intense, this could be a session belgian if it weren't so expensive. Good flavors from the yeast and some hoppy bite as well. Just malty enough to not be too sweet.

Drinkability: I'd definately have this again. This would make a great beer to start off somebody on Belgians.

JackStraw22, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 44

Pours a dark mahogany with a nice full tan head that falls to a cap and laces well.

Aroma is malty, mostly dark plums ect.. but some apple noticed after it sits a while. Mixture of spice and hops also present.

Taste is lots of toasted malt inundated with carbonation that tingles the tounge. After the carbonation dies down candi sugars appear and mix with fruit and hints of chocolate malt. FInish is lingering brown sugar sweetness mixed with spice and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium nice lively carbonation.

Drinkability is good, a nice attempt at a style that is hard to nail down well.

mntlover, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch #46 750 ml

pours a dark brown mud color, unresponsive to light. capped by a thin off-white loose head and somewhat light and foofy despite its darkness. aroma is typical dubbel, evoking candi sugars and tart berry notes. on the fresher side with the slightest hop tinge. mouthfeel is wonderfully silky without diacetyl. malty sweetness is bullied by bitter dark fruits like fig and prune.. a bit too obtuse for me.. more of a belgian strong ale ala creation than a true dubbel. licorice and clove tap you on the shoulder. the flavor, albeit large, balances nicely with the lightness of body. fresh cut grass and slight roasted chestnut and charred wood hints in the end. one of the better american belgians but i think it will age well and mellow the extreme hi/lo's. (see venom's review)

goodbyeohio, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice solid murky brown color with a 3 finger head that falls slowly to a solid coating over top, leaving some big lace on the glass. The nose is nice and spicey. I get a good brown sugar sweetness underlying the spiceyness. I like it. The flavor is much the same. Base of brown sugaryness overlayed with yeasty spiceyness. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I like the interplay of the flavor and the feel/carbonation. Overall, a very nice brew. No hint of the alcohol in the nose or flavor. I like hte flavor and the feel. Nothing to knock in this one.

kmpitz2, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of Zraly
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber ale with a "dulce de leche" hued head sits happily in my wide mouth wine glass. Poured from Batch #49. A scent of cocoa wafts upwards. Clingy down the glass.

Beautiful, earthy flavors permeate this selection, with the dominance leaning toward chocolate malts and coffee flavors mingled with more subtle fruit nuances. Phenolic and dry finish brings a "tightness" to the overall composition, rendering the more spicey anise flavors an opportunity to do their thing from the beginning and end of the tasting experience. Slightly vinous. Toasty and a bit alcoholic, this is a real treat!

The hops remain minimal and the body itself is medium. The carbonation is just enough to prevent this ale from coming across too syrupy or sweet. I think this is an excellent example of a well crafted Belgian style ale made here in the States. Allagash is proving to be a class act. And for under $6 for a 750ml bottle, the value of this selection is unbelievable.

This would be divine with freshly churned vanilla ice cream.

Zraly, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from BevMo in Hollywood. Batch 48

An American Dubbel that tastes as good as alot of belgians for less dough! perfect. I'll have to add this regularly to the stable.

It was pretty complex, earthy, malty, warming taste. surprisingly it didnt linger too long. Almost scary because this beer makes me want to drink it fast because of the cleansing of the palate at the end of each drink. The malt is stronger in the middle and at the end a mild coffee with a little sweetness and warming round it out.

If it was a blind taste test I wouldnt be able to tell this is from Maine instead of Brussels....YES keep up the good work.

DogFood11, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Batch #42, poured into a goblet.
Looks and smells as a dubbel should; dark red-brown body, tan head, fruity aroma.
The initial taste is very good but there is an aftertaste here that doesn't taste right to me. I have had this one a few times, thinking I may have gotten poorly stored or bad samples, but the same aftertaste has happened with each. For me, it takes away from the mouthfeel and drinkability.
The alcohol comes across as a bit too strong for the style. I've had 8% dubbels that hid the alcohol with much more grace.
The overall experience is a positive one. This brew is also a good value for a quality brewery.
I still feel that this lacks something, and that Allagash's tripel is much better relative to style, and as an overall beer experience.
This coming from someone that generally prefers dubbels to tripels.

ommegangpbr, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of lord2464
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

silky looking foam head and deap dark body. Aromas are sweet and caramel like with biscuit aroma. The taste is good, but looses something from the smell. The beer is full flavored and deceivingly light - almost to light. Their is a distinct latte flavor and a ever so slight mineral/metalic finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian, but not nearly as good as the Reserve bottle.

lord2464, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge head that dissapates quickly it seems but never quite goes away. Easy to see that this is a very vinous brew.

Very sweet toasty alcohol aroma. So aromatic and wonderfully fruity, I'm getting hints of raisins here and there.

Light roasted malts phenols up front with a sweeter huge malt background leads up to a minimal hop character. Good dosage of bitterness plays with plums and raisins and other fruit peels. Finishes a touch alcoholic with a dab of apple peel at the finish. Not overly yeasty at all, but a little spicy if anything.

Medium to syrupy bodied, with heavy carbonation, appropriate to style.

Not bad at all, very complex.

beersarang, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had some confusion about which beer I was actually getting here, the Double Ale or the Dubbel Reserve. I emailed the company but haven't gotten a response, so I'll review it as the Double Ale. You can check out this thread if you think you have the same problem:

Poured into a goblet, it had a light brown color with a small to medium head. Good retention, not a whole lot of lacing. Great malty aroma, very sweet! Tons of caramel, and maybe some roasted malts as well. The balance weighs heavily towards the malts. Some hints of coffee upon tasting but sticking strongly to the caramel malts. No complaints about the mouthfeel or drinkability. This was an excellent pairing with a spaghetti with beef and mushroom sauce that I made.

Jacobob10, Jul 07, 2005
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