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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,436 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 34
Gots: 97 | 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:
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 phisig137
2.25/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked 750 into a tulip, this beer shows a dark brown mahogany color, with a nice lasting head. Unfortunatley, it's downhill from here.

The aroma leaves a lot to be desired, smeeling very faintly of sugars, and some kind of rotten raisins. Flavorwise it is much the same, tasting of funky raisins, wet cardboard, and an unpleasant dryness. It almost burns my tongue with the alcohol tingle, and is relatively bad. It's a damn shame too, considering how good Allagash's other offerings are, specifically the Odessey.

Allagash has much better beers out there, and there are also much better examples of an American version of a belgian double. The only saving grace of this beer IMO, is that it was only $5.50. It was drinkable for the price, and I managed to drink the whole bottle, but I don't think I'll ever be purchasing it again. Perhaps I just got a bad bottle...

phisig137, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good brown appearance with decent sized head and a little lacing. Good dubbel head. Fruity with a little alcohol, some yeastiness. The taste is a little lacking. Simliar taste to a good dubbel but it's lacking some of the in your face attitude that the Belgians have. Give this one a try but don't expect it to kick the shit out of your favorite dubbel.

timtheenchanta, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good American representation of a belgian style. Thanks to mentor for supplying the bottle.

The beer pours to a nutty brown color with a slight ruby hue and a nice thick off-white head. Laces very well to the glass.

The smell is good. A light candiness to it with a nice mild roasty malt aroma. A feint bit of the hops even.

The taste is just as good. A good medium between sweet and dry. The same nice candy flavor and the same mild roast and hops. Has a distinct belgian character to it while at the same time it seems like a crisp and clean american ale.

I liked it quite a bit, but it seems a little bit different from dubbels I've had in the past. Maybe my palate is becoming more discernable, but this beer didn't taste quite as foreign and esoteric as most authentic belgians, but rather it seemed like a good american ale with dubbel characteristics.

neonbrown82, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance: murky brown, quite similar to muddy stream water. when looked down at from above it looks a little better than through the side of the glass.

smell: brown sugar, molasses and some fruit... nothing that stands out as enticing, but nothing that turns me off.

taste: just like it smells: molasses with a fruitiness. kinda reminds me of flavored water, but more complex... not tasty and complex, just interesting and complex.

mouthfeel: i find this way too light on my palate. if it had more body i might find it better overall. there is a welcome sense of bitterness that helps interact with the sweet character of the taste, but it's kinda sharp.

drinkability: the sharpness is a bit too much for me, and combined with the taste i don't think i want to drink this again, let alone more than once in a sitting.

dbalsock, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a deep dark amber body that is slightly hazy. The carbonation is lots of tiny bubbles that rise slowly to the surface. The head is a smooth light tan creamy that quickly fades to a few big bubbles floating on the surface.

S- This beer has a soft malt sweetness with a hint of toast. There is no aroma of fruits or floral notes.

T- This beer has a smooth malt that is slightly sweet and balances with the slight peppery bitterness in the finish. There is no alcohol bite at the finish but I think there is just enough to enhance the pepper notes.

M- This beer has a nice medium-full body with strong carbonation fizz to make it feel more full.

D- I'm not sure if this beer has been mishandled or if it is just sort of bla. I don't taste any of the complexity that I would hope for in this style. The bitterness at the finish might be hops or it might be an off flavor. I will give this beer another shot but I'm just not impressed.

rhoadsrage, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this dubbel is mahogany in colour with a minimal head and no lace... it has super fast little carbonation bubbles...the nose holds spice and a rich malted aroma...smells somewhat vinous and dark fruit charactered with yeast inflections...the flavour is that of a dominant malt base with spicery and vinous impressions...yeasty tones as if bottle refermented...mouthfeel is not overly robust and tips in at the fat end of lightness approaching medium...drinkability is good as this is quite the mild little creation...finish is super clean as the label proclaims...I would go so far as to designate it as sessionable if one were to see fit as an admirer of the style... quite pleasant...nothing mind blowing at all, but solid...first Allagash for me...not the last...

SupaCelt, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of GnomeKing
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The chocolate and caramel tastes are the most prominent, but don't overwhelm the beer. Some other tastes get through too, most notably nutty and roasted flavors. This deep amber brew is smooth, drinkable, and well-blended.

A fair amount of lacing. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and the taste isn't super complex, so this is somewhat of an easy-going Belgian style. Still, there's a fair amount going on, and the tastes are all really enjoyable.

You may not be overwhelmed, but you'll want another...and another...and another, which is what really matters.

GnomeKing, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #48

Pours out a very dark brown, like a dark leather. Almost no light coming through. Looks very potent. 2 inch light tan head foams up.

Smells like i'm in a world of trouble. This smells so strong. Stong current smells. Spiced prunes or raisons. Actually lots of raisons. Small alcohol aroma hits my nose. a small chocolate hint that gives it sweetness. Lots of malts.

Taste is interesting. Initial taste is very rich and prunish. Has a salty flavor to it, but also a sweet malty flavor. As it sits on my tongue i get a lot of roasted flavor in the malts. They stick around after i swallow. but it seems to finish dry to me.

Mouthfeel i think is a little off. Not all that full compared to other dubbels. Is thin.

Overall this one seemed very promising to me, but let me down. Its not bad, but i just think there are a bunch out there that are better. I wish i was drinking the tripel right now.

acrawf6, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Creamy two finger, off-white head. Deep brown out of light, in light a brown-cherry color that is beautiful. Head decreases to a thin film, but leaves significant lacing along sides of the glass. Though not much light is able to pass through, one can detect some mild carbonation emanating from the bottom of the glass.
S: Opens with scents of dense, sweet malt and a bit of alcohol. With time and warmth, more complex notes emerge: prunes, port wine, raisins, brown sugar syrup.
T: Scent precedes and mimics the taste quite well, for the presence of prunes, malt sweetness, raisins, and faint red wine are detectable alongside a barely-there Belgian yeastiness necessary for the style. As the dominant flavors melt away, there follows a dry finish of diluted chocolate and slight hop bitterness.
M: The beer's presence is definately felt in its smooth, medium body that houses a light, but present carbonation.
D: The ale leaves a warm impression on the drinker, with enough characteristics to make drinking another worthwhile and an enjoyment of drinking that makes it easy to do so.

falloutsnow, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of mabirch
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first time having the Dubbel Reserve (Batch 49) and I was pleased. Was poured slowly into a chalice, as was recommended on the bottle.

The color was a hazy reddish brown with a one finger head that faded down, but did not dissapear completely and left a fair amount of lacing.

The scent was mild, fruity with a slight chocolately tone; the taste was similar, sweet, fruity and spicey with a light finish.

Excellent mouthfeel, with a nice amount of carbonation.

Would like to try this after being aged; will most certainly buy this again.

mabirch, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of ChuckD
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 46 - a corked 750ml brown bottle.

I pours a nice reddish brown color with good head sticky rings.

The nose is odd - and to be honest quite unpleasant. Too astringent for a Belgian look a like. The yeasts are overpowering not letting the underlying smells out.

This is a fairly competent Dubbel taste wise. It is a full mouth of various herbs and spices - but not overpowering. The usual malty goodness you see in a superior Belgian is not found here. It finishes nice and dry.

Musings: For the uninitiated - go to Ommegang for a better offering in an American Belgian-style.

ChuckD, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL Bottle, marked as batch #50

Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a tan head that thins, but doesn't fade. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt and yeasty fruitiness. Nice aroma of dark fruits with a slight breadiness.

A sweet malt taste upfront followed by a wave of yeast inspired fruitiness. Finishes quite clean with only a trace of malt on the backend.

Nice full body and creamy texture.

Extremely easy to drink. I could drink one of these bottles every day.

MaltyGoodness, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch #38. But who’s counting?

Pours a thick, mostly cloudy burnt brown color with red (and slightly orange) hues around the edge. Decent head that is pretty creamy but some bigger bubbles remain. Good lacing as well.

The smell is noticeable with a Belgium yeast smell. I noticed first apricots and other tropical fruits. Some bananas too. Other notes of sweet malt, with a touch of roasted and Belgium, and somewhat of a tart aroma. Limited spice smells and no real phenols esters either.

The taste is not very Belgium at all. It has a woodsy taste with a good roasted flavor mixed with a light black malt at the end. A burnt after taste mostly. A creamy texture with touch of caramel and a sharp acidic taste that reminds me of sour apples. No sweetness here. I would have expected this beer to be drier, but maybe if I would have aged it more.

The beer is smooth with a mild body. I would have liked more flavor overall. The acidic aftertaste washes most remnants of flavor away. Although very easy to drink, no strong phenol tastes, it needs more to make it better. Tell that to the bean counters.

Oxymoron, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of taez555
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #51

This beer poured a small tan head with a hazy brown body.

Nose was a mix of alcohol, yeast, chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, plums and even some tropical fruit.

Taste was very clean, up front and muted. Mild dark chocolate, dark fruit and dark malts. Yeast phenols, plums, raisins, coffee and mild chocolate. A mild bitterness with almost a coffee like bitterness. The beer really become much more tannic and bitter as it warms. Medium bodied and earthy. Really an amazing beer as it warms.

A classic Belgian dubbel, yet it’s from Maine. A really perfect example of a dubbel. Rich flavorful, my kind of beer. I could drink this all day.

taez555, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of Hagbard
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully presented in a 750 ml corked and caged bottle. The Allagash Dubbel Reserve pours into a chalice light brown with nice ruby highlights. A very thin white head forms. The aroma is very malty with a pronounced Belgian spiciness. There's also some sweet overripe fruit in the background. The taste begins with the spiciness and a fruity sweetness enters quickly. A nuttiness seems to be hiding in the finish. All this is supported by a very strong and interesting malt base. The mouthfeel is OK, but it finishes a bit watery and thin. The drinkability is great, the alcohol is hidden nicely and it goes down very easily and smoothly. I had no problem killing the 750 ml bottle by myself on a snowy Friday night. This dubbel is a very good beer, but I can't help thinking something is missing. There just doesn't seem to be anything that separates it from other very good dubbels, elevating it to truly great status.

Hagbard, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-brown color with a thick tan colored head that has staying power and leaves behind some lacing. Faint aromas of dried fruit, grapes, honey, and bread seem to come out. Somewhat expected for this style, but interesting nonetheless. The taste is great with a fruity sweetness paired with a hop profile that fluctuates as the beer warms. A variety of flavors dance across my tongue and leave behind a sweet coating that is really very nice. The aftertaste develops into a rather sour flavor in the back of my throat, hence a deduction in points for mouthfeel. I think this would be alleviated by aging. The drinkability is good for this beer despite it's high ABV because of it's distinct flavor spectrum and it's complex texture.

jaluria, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at cambridge common:

A: poured a dark chestnut with a ruby tint. Huge white head with lacing that stayed on the glass forever! At the end of the pint it was as if I rubbed the inside of the glass with a thick layer of marshmellows.

S: Not too much really going on here, I felt. Bland with a hint of honey.

T: Honeysuckle galore! A very sweet brew. Tasty nonetheless, but I felt like something was missing. Nothing to balance the sweetness. Could use some stronger malt character.

A totally drinkable brew. Definitely wanted another one of these as soon as I was done.

Lnedrive14, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off-white, creamy pillow-like head. Trails of thin and spotted lacing. Deep burgundy, maroon in color with a ruby hue.

Light, milk chocolate, toffee aroma. An underlying candied sweetness with hints of tartness: green apple, sour cherry. Sharp hints of alcohol throughout the nose.

Creamy chocolate and caramel that weave in and out of the sip between a sharp, citric acidity: apple, cherry, and plum. Also hints of a subtle oak character. A burst of carbonation followed by an alcohol-tinged oak soaked aftertaste.

A faint medium bodied; active carbonation on the palate. Mellow and rather dry.

A lighter Dubbel in terms of body and abv%. A decent brew with some interesting flavor compliments, but nothing that floored me.

NEhophead, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of steinlifter
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a hazy brownish/red, tan frothy head that hugged the glass, and left thick foam on the sides of the glass all the way through.
smell was of raisin, and plums?..definitely dark fruit.
taste was absolutley fantastic, again dark fruits, I can detect a yeasty flavor, mild hops, nice malt, bit of spiciness...extremely well balanced.
mouthfeel was full and creamy, slight dryness toward finish.
drinkability is great! a very well-done beer, on par with the "true" Belgians, I enjoyed this very much, and highly recommend!

steinlifter, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of wcudwight
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy. Mix of dark reds, browns, yellows and oranges. Much darker than I expected. Smell is pretty mild. Maybe some pine? Taste is exceptional. The best balanced beer I have tried. Malty, fruity(cherries, plums), sweet, earthy, rich, complex and smooth. Feels good in mouth. Beer has some hidden kick. Very Drinkable. Very solid beer that is worth seeking out.

wcudwight, Nov 23, 2005
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
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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