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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,512 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 40
Gots: 124 | FT: 0
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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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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
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.

Photo of xgrafcorex
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice creamy light tan head, smells of delicious yeast and malt. also has some hints of sweetness, fruit maybe. the taste is a little different...theres a bitterness to it that isn't in the smell. to be perfectly honest, my first thought was "doh! i wish it tasted more like it smells." not to say its bad..just a tad let down after finding out how good it smells. i guess i can kinda smell the bitterness more now..could all be in my head. can't decide if i can taste the alcohol, or if its spices or even carbonation. could be carbonation, there are plenty of little bubbles still going up to the top as with many beers of this and similar styles. the sweetness seems more bitter in the taste. have warmed up to the taste a little since i started drinking it..still have to say my hopes were set a little higher after having the allagash white. head is still sticking around..some lacing too. fairly complex taste overall..i'm sure i'm missing something in there.

Photo of allengarvin
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #59, no other date mentioned. However, probably new since Allagash has only recently made a return to Texas. Served in a Chimay glass. This pours out a dark, hazy reddish brown with a large creamy tannish head (and very long-lasting) on top. The nose is somewhat faint, with some fruity yeast notes and a touch of cocoa-tinted malt. Very nice malt profile for a dubbel, with a hint of roasted malt in the dryness, a tasteful (but restrained--this is no porter) chocolateness. Yeast character is fruity, though not overly so, with some light vanilla character. Finish lingers around the malt. Smooth texture, but the carbonation remains unusually high despite my vigorous pour that left an enormous amount of foam.

Understated, with less yeast character than most Belgians, but very tasty. A subtle offering, which I think stands out more because of its tastefulness than most American interpretations of the style.

Photo of Flyer
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black-cherry red with a fair head. Classic fruity ale aroma. The taste is malty but clean, with some dried fruit (maybe a little peach) and more fruit creeping in at the end, only to be washed away by a solid, but not particularly intense hop finish. I would love to try this after it's had a chance to mature, because right now it's a good, solid dubbel, but it's just not distinctive enough to grab my attention.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

$6,21 Kwik Liquor North Green River Rd. Evansville, Ind. USA
Says, "Batch #56"

This looked and smelled quite nicely, but everything else was rather ho-hum. The colour was a medium leaning toward medium dark cloudy brown with a beautiful head. Wonderful head retention, too. This looked really nice in my glass. The smell was nice, as well, consisting of caramel and roasted grains, but no really discernable, specific profile. There was also a musty smell present, as well, that reminded me of a damp basement. I find this with some frequency in many Belgian styles.
Taste was a bit of a dissappointment. It wasn't bad, but I felt it lacked alot of depth. It was sweet and had a decent flavour to it, I suppose, but it certainly had no complexity. I found it rather challenging to locate and pin down specific flavour profiles other than simply, "It's malty and sweet..". Mouthfeel was a bit of a disaster, for the style anyway, as it was very thin and lifeless. This is surprising considering the size of the head, and how long it lasted.
Overall, I'm glad I had the chance to review this, but this simply isn't for me. My other one will most likely be used as trade bait.

Photo of khiasmus
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber/ruby with three fingers of thick white head that sticks to the glass.

S- Strong malt, with hints of banana, toast, nutmeg, pepper, caramel, corn syrup, and a touch of warm alcohol.

T- Not nearly as sweet or malt-balanced as I expected. Good malt character that includes some banana and toast, but not nearly as complex as the nose.

M- Medium body with medium carbonation and a smooth finish. Good, but not special.

D- Since it's not as complex as many a dubbel, it's easily drinkable. However, the converse is true... it's not as enjoyable.

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color with not much carbonation apparent. The aroma is strong and malty with some hints of fruit, mainly raisin and some coffee characteristics. Taste isn't far away from the aroma with more of a malty, coffee flavor and not much else in the taste. Definitely a strong one. Malty but definitely not chewy. Mouthfeel is a bit uninspiring. Not bad but I can say that I've had better.

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

I thought this beer was quite good and quite complex. The flavors were a really nice blend of roastness and touches of sourness and cloviness. Quite distinctive...and recommended.

Appearance is a hazy red-brown with very good head formation. Aroma was very roasty, plus a touch of sourness that I really liked. Flavor was more of the same, plus some spiciness. Mouthfeel was smooth and good. Quite a good beer.

A 4-pack of 12 oz bottles I bought from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown with a thick, foamy head. The aroma yields an earthy, yeasty smell. It has a strong malt taste with raisin and date tones, without a great deal of sweetness, but a slight hint of sour. The tartness of the alcohol is also apparent from a deep sniff. Not very hoppy nor bitter, but a thick mouthfeel lingers on the tongue and the back of the throat. Nice drinkability if you don't mind the yeast coating your tongue. It goes very well with Mediterranean food.

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

750ml corked and caged brown bottle labeled "batch 59."

Pours opaque copper-tinged brown with small but persistent creamy tan head. The smell is entirely appropriate for the style; full of candi sugar, cherries, caramel, and alcohol-laced tropical fruit. In flavor, the beer tends more towards fruity softness and toasted malt. Pineapple and pear notes lead to a semi-sweet caramel and cocoa powder center. Finishes with drying toasted biscuit and coffee malt notes and some warming spicy alcohol fruitiness. The medium-rich body is heavily slanted towards creaminess, becoming increasingly smooth and luxurious as the beer warms. A very good dubbel!

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

Batch number 60, pours a dark coppery-brown that sports a dense two-finger beige head with good retention. Nice clingy lace and plenty of carbonation give this brew a great appealing look.

Sweet malt and spicy yeast stand out in the nose. Dusty and earthy, with a light sweetness of fig, raisins, plum, clove and banana.

The flavor is much the same as the smell with the addition of a sharp bittering hop, drying the finish. This batch seems a bit less sweet than previous ones I've tasted and not as dimentional. A medium body that's a little brash on the tongue.

Overall drinkability is good and is a good interpretation of the style...this is a very tasty, Belgian inspired ale of quality.

Photo of BadRockBeer
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 750ml corked and caged brown bottle. Features batch number (58) and serving instructions.

Appearance: Burn copper in color slight haze. Very tight tan head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Some what of an estery yeast lingers in the nose. Malt is quite pronounced, biscuity.

Taste: Belgian yeast is first to greet you. Phenolic notes run throughout. Several dried fruits cherries, plums. The finish is quite dry with a large roasty malt complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, light well balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. This is an easy drinker for such a complex beer. As most know Allagash Brewing is one of the best American/Belgian breweries in the states. The beer is a great example of their abilities and quality.

Photo of Albertv05
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into a chalice type glass with a little bit of off-white lacing; I was expecting more since dubbels usually have higher carbonation levels. The color was a nice dark mahogany brown with a little bit of haze which was okay.

The aroma was what I was expecting but just a bit lacking. I could pick out candi sugar, belgian malts, plums, and a little spiciness from the yeast in the aroma.

The flavor was smooth and well blended. Again, dark fruits, malt, candi sugar stuck out. Not nearly enough yeast characteristic in the taste which was disappointing.

Over all this wasn't a great dubbel but it was still good. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this again unless it was on tap someplace. I think Allagash played it a little too safe with this beer. Fermentation must have been kept too cool too long because there seems to be a huge void where some belgian yeast characteristics should be. I'm being pretty critical, so I'd like to repeat this still is a good beer, just not fantastic.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark foggy amber with a touch of raisin color to it. The head is just a thin collar of light tan.

Smells of prunes, brown sugar, under-ripe strawberries and an overall gentle sourness.

Tastes surprisingly sour for the style with a bit of thin maple syrup and old coffee over tart cherries, concord grapes and dry leaves.

The mouthfeel is light with an unobtrusive carbonation.

Uninspiring, especially considering the two I had before this one.

Photo of BobThomas
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml (batch 40) bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a chestnutty redish color with a small white head that quickly faded to a decent lacing. Tiny bubbles make their way to the top of the glass. The smell reveals a malt forward brew with a chalky, candied vanilla aroma with some definite earthiness. Taste reveals more of the same with an more alcoholic finish than expected and some lingering chalkiness. Perhaps some oxidation in the bottle. Theres kind of a bitey carbonation that i'm not too fond of but the beer is pretty creamy feeling other than that. I'm going to leave the mouthfeel as an average rating and blame it on oxidation. An okay beer, not the best Allagash brew I've ever had, but still drinkable.

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

Batch #51
Dark amber brown in color with a thick offwhite creamy head. Smell is nutty with spiced fruits with a toffy sweetness. Taste is spicy fruits, toffee with a good hop bite and a carbonation zing, having a medium mouthfeel. Though for me its a little too much on the carbonation side, I would like to try another batch # to get a new perspective on it.

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Mesa Liquors on Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara, CA. It's a decent place to find the occasional rare microbrew for the area, but the selection is very small and so it's not worth a long trip.

A - Brown body with a slight orange tint. Medium head with good lacing and great staying power.
S - Yeasty scents. Mushy old grapes. Malty sweetness.
T - Quite spicey in a general kind of way. I can't pin point any one flavor, just an overall spice flavor like a winter warmer.
M - Moves over the entire tongue smooth and pleasantly.
D - A good melding of flavor and fairly subtle masking of the alcohol content makes this a very drinkable brew.

Photo of flexabull
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer pours a dull cloudy brown color with a faint head.

Aromas are bready, sweet, yeast like, and with a bit of tart apple.

Taste is dry, and lean. There is a slightly tart apple like character, there is also a sour and dusty flavor on the finish. This is nothing special... it's a pretty average tasting Dubbel.

The mouthfeel is way too lean. This has a really thin and watery character.

Drinkability is not bad. It's not a bad tasting beer, but it's pretty boring and underwhelming. I'd probably pass this one by in the store.

Thanks for the chance jpagewatts.

Photo of BlindPig
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge tan head on a very dark brown body and when help to light you get some dark red hues.
S- Dark fruit esters, big helping of malts, light grass and earthy hops.
T- Toffee malts come through big with some darker fruits. Some light grass hops come through leaving a light bitterness on them. There is one main flavor that I just can't seem to pick out. It is almost like a coffee flavor.
M- Medium body with low carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. I have had some better dubbels. The fruits don't come through as big as I would of expected.

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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