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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,491 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 39
Gots: 113 | 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 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

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

Poured a deep ruby-brown with a small, white, frothy head and moderate, creeping lacing.

Initial smell was harsh and metallic (typical of many dubbels). Later, however, the true aroma comes forth. Strong malts, toffee and burnt sugar were most obvious followed by some spice.

Taste was rich and enticing. Citrus, coriander, nutmeg and malts prevailed with a subtle hop bite on the swallow. Sweet caramel notes were detectable in the aftertaste.

Creamy, velvety mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Alcohol was fairly well hidden at 7.6% ABV.

Overall, quite an impressive dubbel.

Photo of expatsteve
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dull cider notes in a murky brown body, cloudy. No head, and no lacing. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Initial sourdough and yeast, followed by a sweet toffee and raisin nose. Pleasant, but a little sweet.

Taste: Dry, slightly bitter fennel finish. Dried plums, raisins, and a little orange peel. Some caramel in the middle with a brief cocoa bristle.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but refreshing and drinkable. Low carbonation, bitter finish and a good malt aftertaste.

Drinkability: Ok, but lacks the sweet/sour development characteristic of dubbels and abbey ales. Easy drinking at a good price, but not a great example of the style.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with an interesting cascade effect, and a huge head which leaves interesting lacing. Smell is faint, but when its really teased out there is almost a bit of coffee too it, with of course a good amount of sweet malts. The first 25% of the taste seems to be neutral, then it explodes and develops, mostly with the taste of sweet malts. The carbonation is perfect, making the taste almost dance on the tongue while slowing making its way down your throat. Very clean finish, with only the malts lingering.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with expatsteve before the great Trappapalooza '06 shopping excursion.

Pour: murky caramel-amber/cider brown with a minimal off-white head that fades to a spotty coating.

Nose: spicy yeast, raisins, caramel/toffee, sourdough bread, iced tea.

Taste: bitter spice, bready yeast, raisin booze, copper twinge in the finish.

Feel: thin, a bit on the watery side with a metallic bite and smooth, fine carbonation.

Drinkabilty/Overall: an easy drinking dubbel, nothing jumps out at you and nothing offends you - guess that means its well-made, but I feel like I did back in high school when my soccer team tied - sometimes a result, even a loss, would have been more satisfying.

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

This is a 750 mL bottle of Dubbel Reserve served in a Three Philosophers glass. The ale is warming as I type.

Appearance: The ale is a brown color that offers auburn orange hints when held to light. There is a small head that laces nicely as well.

Smell: The ale has a slightly spicy nose that is punctuated by a sweet candied sugar aroma.

Taste: The ale has a cereal malt flavor that gradually transitions into a candied sugar flavor. That flavor is fairly dry and finishes long.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits very well on the palate with the candied sugars softening the feel.

Drinkability: The ale is quite drinkable, although it is a little too heavy for a scorching August day.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours velvety red-brown with a modest head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell is very caramel malty, with nice chocolate and dark fruit presence. Hints of bitter spiciness.

Taste is very similiar to the nose. Very pleasant, if subdued flavor. A bit of a woody dryness. Finish is dry and a little sour.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. A little more viscosity would have went a long way.

Very mild and easy to drink, the high ABV is completely hidden. So smooth and mild you will wonder where it went.

Photo of surfmanjim
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Maredsous Chalice. The beer poured a reddish brown with very little head. The smell was of chocolate and dark fruits, with really not much else going on. The taste was much like the aroma, with not much complexity and a dry and acidic aftertaste. There was very little carbonation and the body was decent. An o.k., but not a great dubel.

Photo of bigman147
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a brownish/orange with some reddish/garnet hues. Head was off white and only lingered for a few minutes before slight lacing on the glass was the only thing visible.

Aroma: The smell of malt and chocolate with a slight buttery aroma. Almost like caramel or butterscotch (however not overpowering or unpleasant.

Flavor: Tastes definitely of roasted chocolate malts with some dark fruit. Slight acidic taste and some lingering hop bitterness. Trace spice (cinnamon or cardamon?)

Mouthfeel: Beer had the appropriate carbonation and good body to maintain the malt balance. Slight sweetness from the malt which elimated some of the drinkability.

Overall, it was a tasty beer but I wouldn't be able to drink more than one of these in a session. The high alcohol also makes drinking too much of this difficult.

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

Pours one of the most beautiful dark caramel colors I've seen on a beer. Topped with a tan head and great bubbles journeying up the side in vertical formations. Lots of lace too...always a plus.

Smells predominantly sweet, like caramel, brown sugar and creamery butter. Faint orange peel spice, dark fruit and molasses too.

Rich flavors, remaining as sweet as the aromas hinted at. Seemed overly sweet on first taste, but successive sips prove this has plenty of other things happening. I've definitely had way sweeter beers. Brown sugar very much dominates the flavor, with a hard-to-pinpoint dark fruit/spice mixture adding some balance. Mild alcohol provides a warming addition to the depth of flavor.

Interesting mouthfeel, not incredibly buoyant, quite full and solid and something that I hesitate to call chalky (nothing but bad connotations there), so I'll say it's slightly gritty. Hefty but not overly heavy.

A fairly unique dubbel here. I can't help but think it will take on new facets next time; there's something in its depths that's eluding me. But I do know this: it tastes very good and I hope to always have one of these waiting in the cellar.

Photo of orsulacp
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer from the bottle, labeled batch 56. The color and head looked great, deep copper with ruby highlights under a persistent creamy tan head. Very effervescent. The nose is mostly malty with some pepper spiciness and some herbal notes. The spiciness dominates the taste probably due to the effervescence, it is really biting, but then the malt takes that away, then it ends very dry. The mouthfeel is medium - light, I would like it more if it was a little thicker.

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

Color is darkened red, slightly purple and brown with a light tan head. A good 1/8 inch layer remains of the head which seems a little to slick for much lacing to cling to glass. The focus is on malts here. Aroma consists of caramel malts, faint smokey tobacco, a dash of chocolate, a bit of coffee, soft and sugary, some bread and earthiness, various mixed dark fruits, and modest but yummy spicing. Taste is more lushly fruity than the nose. A bit of fruit tartness that is only mildly detectable in the nose is a nice extra in the taste. Mouthfeel is decent. Slick and smooth. Pretty good drinkability too.

This seems close to being really really good but right now it comes through as just a fair amount of various tasty things. Still quite good but I think there needs to be greater focus on something to give this dubbel extra character. Surely worth a try or two.

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

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy brownish amber with an off-white and lasting head which lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy with a strong earthiness. Coupled with that were dark fruits, raisins and prunes, at a moderate level. The aroma was floral and a bit fruity.

The flavor was nicely done with caramel malt character and some dark fruits, again raisins and prunes, but at a low level. The flavor contained a light Belgian yeast spice character and a bit of chocolate and perhaps roast. The flavor also contained a spicy and slightly grassy bittering that was prominent and nice.

The finish was dry with a lasting grassy bittering and low level dark fruits into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation level. Just a bit of warming was detectable after consumption, otherwise the alcohol was hidden in the aroma and flavor. Dubbel Reserve blows the doors off the double, but both need a malt boost.

750 ml bottle, batch 52.

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

Batch 44 in a chalice. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a creamy offwhite head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Smell is bread, sugar, molasses, and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Taste is similar to the smell except with a burnt toast flavor and grittiness that coats the tongue. This flavor is a little overwhelming, but the brown sugar, molasses and alcohol all come in reinforcing what I already got from this brew from the smell.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very creamy and gritty at the same time. Nice touch of carbonation at the end. This beer is minorly sweet, but I would have no problem finishing this myself or sharing it with a friend.

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

Poured a mostly opaque copper / rust color, when held to light it displayed slight hints of golden ruby. Not much head to speak of and a pretty underwhelming ammount of lacing.

A decent nose, showcasing strong malt characterisitcs. Earthy, grassy, a bit of smokeness hidden in the back, some barnyard hints.

The taste falls in line for the most part with what is detected by the nose, perhaps some brown sugar sweetness or cooked fruit tastes creep in on the finish.

A decent mouth feel, active on the start finishes very dry and leave you almost panting, a beer that is definately more enjoyable with a glass of water near by to cleanse the pallate now and again.

Not a bad beer, but I was expecting a bit more out of it from some chatter I had heard about Allagash. I definitely want to try more beers by them and I'm glad I tried this one even though I don't think i'll be picking it up again in the near future.

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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