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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,326 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,326
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 31
Gots: 76 | 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 crookedhalo


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

75 cl cork and caged bottle. Pours a chestnut brown color with a big beige head. Scorched malt, yeasty and cidery nose with a lot of dark fruit and vinous tones to it. Hops are picked up more in the taste than in the nose. Soft carbonation gives it a creamy, almost chalky mouthfeel. Dark malts and candi sugar play into the vinous, yeasty character to create all kinds of fruitiness ranging from grape and currant to plum and passionfruit and finishing with a bit of spiciness, like clove. There's more dubbel characteristics, like chocolate, in the aroma than the taste. A good dubbel, with its own, unique character.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 05:04:13 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice drink of various nice malts and tastes and some very good yeast. Alcohol fig aftertaste and fine for one beer. Though not a great balance, it worked. Another good brew from this brewery, I will try them all. Nice head, nice dark colour. Mild spice and mimimal hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 03:55:25 | More by Sammy
Photo of rkhaze


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

Pours a clear reddish brown with amedium sized, creamy beige head. A stream of carbonation bubbles emitted from the center of the Duvel goblet to feed the head. It got rocky and pock marked as it fell.
Aromas of lightly roasted sweet malt, rum soaked fruit, nuts and tangy yeast at the end. Smells rich and earthy.
Sweet malt, brown sugar and juicy/tangy fruit flavors. Mild tart yeast, nuts and a slightly funky taste in the finish. There was an alcohol warmth. Didn't seem to be as tasty as the smell promised.
Light bodied with a full, round, yet thin and highly carbonated mouthfeel.
Decent drinkability. Not bad, but seemed a little off kilter.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 02:31:29 | More by rkhaze
Photo of HappyHourHero


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

Big bottle of batch #36. Big foamy, oatmeal cream colored head leaves a solid coat of lace. Aromas of raisins, chocolate, yeast, and a pinch of apple, pretty damn nice. Hazy chocolate brown colored beer with an amber hue. Medium-full body, mouthfeel is silky smooth, almost creamy. Chocolate malt up front, some apple in towards the middle, and a mild bitterness takes over in the end. Finish fades back towards the chocolate. Flavor didn't live up to the initial impression from the look and smell of the beer, but all in all very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 23:27:16 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of Doppel07


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-bronze body with a frothy white head. Aroma of Belgian candy sugar, bubble gum, chocolate, and a hint of leather. Nice crisp bitter flavor. Full and smooth palate. This is an excellent and very drinkable beer. One of my favorite dubbels.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 02:39:40 | More by Doppel07
Photo of danadeny


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

dark brown body with fothy off white head. Malty smell, with some rasin, raspberry, maybe a little cranberry. Strong malty sensation in the begining. Musty earth tones to the middle. Slight bitter hop finish. The rosted malt and hop flavors last into the aftertaste. Mouth feel is good, slight carbonation and watery finish. good smooth drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 02:32:22 | More by danadeny
Photo of ppoitras


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" beige head above a deeply reddish brown brew. Head faded to a layer of bubbles rather quickly, and lacing was average. Aroma is of yeasty cherries, it seems. Taste is lightly of Belgian-style malts, followed with the slightly sour fruit/cherry motif. Mouthfeel is not bad for a dubbel, although I wish it was just a bit more chewy, it's kind of thin, seemingly. Drinkability is good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 01:58:32 | More by ppoitras
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


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

Do these folks make a bad beer? This went great with steak and shrimp tonight. Tangy, smooth, not too sweet. One of the more enjoyable dubbels I've had. Similar to thier other beers, and excellent as always. I've enjoyed every Allagash beer I've had, and I'm very grateful that they send 'em way down here!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 05:06:44 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of BadBadger

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I nice enjoyable ale. Pours a deep amber color. There was a minimal head but this did not distract for the enjoyment. The smell is a pleasant mixture of the the hops and malt to be encountered. The taste is good, a malts and hops nicely mixed, neither one outweighing the other. Pleasant mouthfeel. Definitely worth giving a try. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 13:28:47 | More by BadBadger
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I took VENOM's advice from his review and have had this cellaring for just about a year. I would like to try it compared to a fresh bottle, but that'll be for another time.

Pours a deep amber mahogany and the lacing left is fairly thick...good after this amount of time. The nose is thick with spices, the varied malts used to brew it, distinctly Belgian yeast, and alcohol.

The mouthfeel, I am guessing due to the aging, is nearly perfect. Just a hint of spiciness on the palate leaves this fairly dry and wonderfully smooth. Not too thin but not syrupy...oh so nice. Flavors don't assault the senses with complexity, but it is rather well balanced. Nice malty profile that leads to a bittersweet, Belgian-candylike finish. Alcohol hides itself well. This is one I wouldn't mind having a few of on the porch when its about 60 degrees in October. Looking forward to a comparison against a fresh version.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 01:22:21 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of SheepNutz


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish-brown color with half a finger of head that dies away quickly. No lacing left on this one. The smell is rich and malty, lots of sugary sweetness. Brown sugar, honey, and caramel all mix together for a great aroma. A hint of hops in there too. The taste is also fairly malty and sweet. Some molasses and toffee flavors in there under the roasted malt. The mouthfeel is just a little light. The drinkability is really good for a 7.6% brew. Another nice offering from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 02:38:22 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of Boto


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

12oz bottle: This one pours an opaque brown color. There was some tan head, but it dissapated quickly. The aroma is sweet: mainly caramel malt. Possibly a hint of cherries down in there, there is definitely a hint of fruit. Somewhat yeasty too. The taste isn’t as good as the nose. Sweet, yet a bit thin in body. Caramel, fruits and a bit of spiciness to the taste. Good, but I think it should be a little more full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 18:24:17 | More by Boto
Photo of connecticutpoet


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had high hopes for this beer, and I was not disappointed. It was a nice dark amber color, and the nose was a lovely blend of hops and complex malts. Almost a layered scent. It was only slightly bitter, with hints of roastiness (is that even a word?) and some dark flavorings. Definitely one I would not mind having again. Perfect for sitting and sipping while watching a good sports show on the tube. It gave me a nice warm feeling.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 04:20:23 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of yeagerbm


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

Appearance- Dark amber color and thin white head
Smell- Medicinal and dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste- light bodied dark fruits and alcohol with a earthy dry finish
Mouthfeel- thin but smooth with active carbonation
drinkability- average
Not so impressed by this one. Maybe the fact that my first dubbel was a Westmalle will prevent me from being satisfied with anything else. This is an average beer but nothing that I enjoyed much.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 04:43:45 | More by yeagerbm
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Downed on 4/17/2004 at the Other Side Café in Boston with my buddies Kumar and Jim. 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Poured with a zesty mahogany to light oak hue. A nice and weird carbonation, almost like a soft drink, and there was no head present to speak of with the exception of a light middle foaminess. The constant ascension of carbonation made for an enjoyable viewing experience. Bouquet held a fantastic malt head, combined with slight curry and annis scents. Bold, early malt character at first taste, with some sweet alcohol imparted over the draught. Cinnamon followed at end. There seemed to be a definite Christmas spiciness to the whole proceedings.

I could gorge on many of these fine brews from the wonderful state of Maine

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 20:58:45 | More by Truh
Photo of Mitchster


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7.0% ABV, OG=1.064, 750ml bottle Batch #24

Releasing the cage and popping the cork with a hefty release of gas, this decanted brew pours out to a very clear dark-ruby, forming a poofy and rocky peaking tan head with excellent retention and solid sheets of clumpy sea-foam lacing. The head is so thick that the second pour retains a slant, later forming cerebral appearing sulci and gyri. Aroma is very rich and pleasing....immediately distinct with potent raw apple cider. The apples are so pronounced, I can smell slightly sour Macintosh apple skins. There is a warming aroma of cleanly fermented alcohol with suggestions of darker fruits to come (which don't). Carbonation is medium-strong. Mouthfeel is initially semi-spritzy and gaseous with a peppery dry astringency in the finish and a medium-light body. Taste starts out with spicy phenolics, apple juice, dark-n-dry cider, and potent cloves followed by a dry and spicy blast of alcohol, then some lingering herbal and woody notes in the dry finish. No dark fruits or bananas, but a touch of yeast, juniper, and cedar in the middle. There is a very subtle mouthfeel and taste of either deeply toasted wheat malt or roasted barley. There is only a slight bitterness throughout. The abundance of peppery alcohol makes you think it's stronger than it really is. The alcohol warms the gullet. This really feels, act's and tastes like a 10% ABV brew. As it warms, it doesn't change or evolve at all.

While this is certainly a high quality brew, I expect more out of my dubbels. This was unique and very enjoyable, but I wanted more malt body and a bit more complexity. This was very one-dimensional, but enjoyable for what it's worth.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 02:58:46 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Quaffer


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

25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Lightly hazy, deep copper color. A tan, coarse head rose up easily and became dense as it dissipated. A thin layer of bubbles remained for a long time. The head seemed sticky, but there was no lacing.

Smell: Nothing surprising here. Fruity esthers, yeast, caramel and sweet malts, and a light smokiness. The smoke component strengthened as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, but fairly smooth. Kind of watery upfront, but it seemed to thicken up as it moved to the back of the mouth.

Taste: Very straightforward flavor. Sharp fruity tartness combined with light alcohol and spices. These flavors continued on into the finish, where the tartness subsided and some yeast became apparent. Sweet malt provided a foundation for everything else. Almost a menthol-like component in the aftertaste.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 20:41:20 | More by Quaffer
Photo of yankeeheel


4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared about 9 months. Served at cellar temp.

Pours a lovely dark ruborous brown. When backlit looks candy apple red. Huge tan tinged head rises up the sides of the tulip glass.

Smells very yeasty in that special belgian kind of way. Mmmm... Little bits of spice and apple permeate.

Tastes like it just got off the boat. Has a very fruity bouquet, followed up by lots of dry malt and that yeast. Finishes dry with a flavor that lingers and lingers.

Chewy, big, smooth, lovely describe the mouthfeel.

Yea, I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 01:22:29 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of rdailey76


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

Pours a nice deep amber to cherry color with a nice thick off-white head, which settles down to about a 1/4 inch head sustaining through the session. Very appealing smell that wafts of a bittersweet scent. The taste is very similar to what I have tasted from Arrogant Bastard, which was surprising. I love the mouthfeel with a definite sense of "thickness" or depth. I like the brew, but this 750ml is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 01:20:08 | More by rdailey76
Photo of marburg


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly average dubbel. Quite dark in appearance. Mushy lemons and tart, creamy aromas. A bit yeasty. Flavor is similarly "musty" but loaded with cookie and molasses malt flavors along with some ripe fruits. Alcohol blends well, but you can tell there's some booze in this brew. The label notes how much -- rather, how many varieties of -- malt was used in this beer, and you can tell. It's got some nice complexity to it. And there's not much in the way of aftertaste or any astringency. But the end result is a little bland, especially considering what the style can be.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 02:13:02 | More by marburg
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy, dark ruby, with a quick two fingers of spongy light tan head that soon drops to a mottled frothy quilt. Swirls of droopy lacing grace the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a toffee sweetness of toasted malt along with flighty notes of berries and banana. A yeasty tarness cruises in toward the end then gives in to a mild hoppy bitterness at the finish.

Upon tasting, the toasted malt sweetness takes the first forward step, bearing notes of caramel and vanilla. The yeast plays through in the middle, delivering a mellow tang, along with a slightly ashy earthiness couples with a distant spice current. The alcohol gives undertstated notice of itself as well. A distant berry aura comes and goes near the end, then a general dry hops bitterness fades at the end.

Medium bodied, it coats nicely enough, draining away gradually and leaving a dry hops glow at the back of the mouth.

No one thing jumps out here, but it all comes together smoothly and cleanly. The slight ashy impression is the sole off-note, even that's minimal. It's very basic, with a simple straightforward balance. The solid ABV gives some real warmth to the overall picture. It's kind of a WYSIWYG thing, delivering at face value, and that makes it drinkable, but I'd likely put the brakes on after one or two of these. And so, I like it just fine, and certainly enough to believe that, if it has Maine on it, it has good in it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 14:38:55 | More by Foxman
Photo of ctrlfreak

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch# 33

Apperarance: deep amber/brown colored beer with a decent off white head
The Aroma: aroma with a tiny hint of citrus
The Taste: malt sweetness, then progresses to some of the spicy notes
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, tingly on the tongue and slightly warming.
Drinkability: I loved this Dubbel. I will go back for more!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 03:08:24 | More by ctrlfreak
Photo of necoadam


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark amber color with little head on it. Smell consisted of some spices and some fruity tones. Taste was a little complex. At first some brown sugar kicks in then mixes with some fruit. There's some chocolate undertones towards the end. Once this beer warms up, the spices start to come out in the aftertaste. It's not very overwhelming. ABV is very well hidden. Granted, there are better Dubbel's on the market, but this could do.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 02:14:45 | More by necoadam
Photo of ark57


2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is a lovely ruby-brown in color. The aroma smells of raisins and biscuit malt. The taste is almost a burnt bitterness and is slightly spicy. It should be sweeter and the burnt taste is a turn off on this particular style. Nor is it a terribly complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 13:50:35 | More by ark57
Photo of travolta


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Apperance: Dark Amber, a little redness. Head was awsome, didnt last as long as Id like, but the formation was nice and rocky.

Nose: Usual Belgain nose, thick. The nose is close together, for me, that means the different scents are hard to pick between. I get cofee, tofee, spice.

Taste: Great mouthfeel. It has a nice aftertaste, which doesent linger in the mouth too long. A little bitter, but very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 03:14:06 | More by travolta
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