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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 101 | 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 shamus
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I brought this 750ml corked bottle back from a trip to Boston for a friend who likes Belgian beers. It poured with a fine head and looked coppery and cloudy in the glass. As a double fermented beer that's as it should be.

While it had a nice scent and tasted quite fine, it was more subtle than the Belgian beers of this syle. It reminded a bit of a toned down Maudite, a beer from Unibroue in Quebec.

A good beer but I was hoping for something more having brought it all the way home.

shamus, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of bignick
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purhcased at Reservoir Wine and Spirits in Cleveland Circle in Brighton. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

It poured a hazy amber with minimal head. It smelled mildly of berries and maybe some apple. The taste is a little harsh and yeasty up front, but finishes very nicely and sweetly...very drinkable. This is not the greatest attempt at a Belgian dubbel, but it is a drinkable and economical choice for session drinking.

bignick, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of joeskirkie
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brown in the body, creamy biege for a head. Nice and strong.

Malty sorta grainy aroma. I pick up a doughiness with a spicy hint, kinda like cloves.

Lightly fruity flavour (figs, raisons) it's sweet with light coffee hints and other malts and it has a very mild bitterness on the end.

Mild carbonation here, it's smooth, earthy, satisfying, and relaxing.

It's a good lazy Sunday afternoon beer.

joeskirkie, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I aged this one about sixth months after purchase before I couldn't resist any longer

Pours a dark amber color with tan, semi-soapy head. Some large bubbles surface.

The aroma has a rich fuity malt character, along with a hint of coffee.

The taste, is as expected, complex. The malt and hop balance is good. A very herbal woody falvour, with cherry, coffee, and a hint of liquorice.

The woodiness comes out more in the aftertaste. Very smooth to drink, and goes down nice. Pretty darn good, hard to believe it is brewed in New England.


Freshie, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark brown color with caramel brown color around the edges. The head is a light tan and rocky. Its one finger thickness leaves a good amount of lacing ringing the glass.

There is a fruity aroma hinting of apples and cherries

The flavor is sweet, sour and fruity. It was a bit surprising at first taste. Very little hop flavor, but, there are good amounts of sweet malts thrown in.

abcsofbeer, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this at Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY while looking for something new and this was a great find. It poured well with a delicate touch and the familiar wave of bubbles in brown strings. The resulting head held its shape until the first taste.

The first taste reminded me a little of the Whale's Tail from Cisco brewing on Nantucket, but the lightness and flowing coffee highlights cascaded like gain from a pushed Mesa Boogie amp.

This would be a good beer with bbq'd pork or grilled chicken.

bonbright7, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. 7% abv

Dirty brown color with an off-white foamy head. Aromas of Belgian yeast and a wide array of various malts. The flavor is predominantly spices with a surprisingly soft malt profile. Not sure of the year, since there is no date on it, but I'm assuming it's less than 2 years old. Overall, it's a better than average dubbel, but certainly not standout in my book.

Bottle courtesy of mynie.

hero27, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma of this semi-hazy brown ale is surprisingly malty, combined with brown sugar and an increasingly roasty aroma. Flavors of yeast and fruit appear on the palate, swiftly followed by malt, and a little roastiness that lends a touch of astringency. But the big feature here is malt, on the palate and in the finish too. This beer didn't seem as typically "Belgian" to me as some others, but it is quite good nonetheless.

VoodooBrew, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy reddish brown ale with a one finger off white head that dissipates in moments. Small spots of lacing are left behind.

S - Caramel malt, some mild dark red fruit odors that I cannot pinpoint. The smell is very weak with only a little to its credit.

T - Equal mix of coffee, caramel and chocolate malts, a light cherry flavor and some chicory. The aftertaste is a dull coffee bitterness, rather drab and dissapointing. The foretaste is most pleasant though.

M - Smooth, viscous and very refreshing.

D - Enjoyable, not too strong, easy to drink, very refreshing. A nice dubbel, I just wish that the odor had more to offer.

mrasskicktastic, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a darkish brown tone with a 2 finger beige head that refuses to yield. Plenty of sticky lacing around the glass.
Smell is of doughy, caramel, cocoa, vanilla, and yeast.
Taste is of a sugary bread mix with cocoa and caramel standing out among the ingredients.
Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth with a mild cocoa powder grittiness that doesn't muddle the brew.

weeare138, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
1.85/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The beer looks good, I'll give it that. A deep tawny brown with a nice fluffy head that quickly collapses.

After that it is all downhill. What little malt makes its presence known is pleasant enough, but the overpowering carbonation makes this beer feel like a soda-pop. Couple that with the lack of balancing hops and the wild, fruity yeast flavours, and the beer is most unpleasant.
I'm not sure what it is about the yeast that is sorely misplaced, perhaps it is the lemon zest mixing with the rich caramel, or the tang of soured and rotten kumquats. Kumquat, that is actually a good description for this beer. Sweet, yet sour with a good deal of citrus mixed in. Overcarbonate and serve.

I liked Chimay red. I did not like this. I was barely able to finish a pint of it.

shbobdb, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of acoatley
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper, fairly clear with ever so slight red tint. Large head dissipates rather quickly but the lace lasts to the last drop.
Aroma: Moderate fruity esters of plum, light malty caramel sweetness soft alcohol is well masked by the other aromas
Flavor: Creamy caramel, raisins and plum, excellent malty sweetness, pleasant bitterness with a crisp finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation, feels silky on the palate, warm alcohol good for a cold winter night.
Overall: Not my favorite dubbel but still an excellent selection.

acoatley, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This dark, slightly hazy brew features a fruity and mildly alcoholic aroma. The palate includes, among other things, a fruitiness that is noticeably more complex: there are lighter fruit flavors, such as apple, but also darker fruits as well (raisins, dates, etc). A nice hop spice, especially in the bitter, lingering finish, along with a distinct grain flavor complement the whole package nicely.

Not bad, more drinkable than most dubbels, but not quite as satisfying either. Still, recommended.

arguemaniac, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #51
Appearance: Initially pours a partially clear deep reddish brown color with a thick 1/2" head of fluffy tan foam. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it looks like it is going to be around for a while anyway. There is some pretty thick lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Lots of bready yeast and a dry cracker-like smell along with quite an assortment of ripe fruit aromatics. There is a mild floral character to the aroma that is as deeply hidden as some subtle spicing in the background.

Taste: The flavor is much richer with more chocolate than the aroma suggested. There is still a very assertive yeasty flavor that you notice in the beginning, but this seems to be a carry-over from the aroma that leads into the flavor. It definitely starts off with some sweetness, but this is quickly obscured by the carbonation and the fruity flavors. Just as you get to pick out some of the fruit in particular, you get led into the finish which gives the impression of being dry and well attenuated. There is a little spiciness that you get late in the finish that I assume is due to the alcohol...though it isn't TOO high being 7%. The alcohol coexists with the roast from the chocolate and other dark grains to make the throat sensation in the end feel a little dry and almost balanced toward the bitter. A very complex beer, I must say.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer! It has a very well rounded flavor. There is a bit too aggressive of a roast profile in the flavor for my taste, but the beer still remains balanced with that flavor at play. I will definitely be drinking this beer again.

SkeeterHawk, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have recommended this brew to many friends and have converted all to Allagash fans. This brew is a nice introduction to both Allagash and Belgium style beers.

This tasting's notes

Appearance: Pours nicely into a the glass, a ruby reddish-almost black beer with a nice head.

Smell: Belgium candy sugar and malty sweetness with subtle fruit notes.

Taste: Malty, with hints of belgium candy sugar light wisp of alcohol in the back of the mouth. As it warms to room temp, the taste expandes and makes you want to come back for more.

Mouthfeel: Nice light to medium body.

Drinkability: very nice. I'm setting some down for aging in the cellar, but mostly for ease of enjoyment and sharing in the near term.

barleywinebrewer, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of cracgor
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #53
This is a very nice looking beer. Really one of the nicest I have seen in awhile. It pours out with the traditional belgium tall head and lots of carbonation. The beer is translucent, appearing a dark brown until you hold the beer up to the light and it appears a cherry red all the way through. It has a nice cherry/red plum smell to it. A bit of coriander in there too. Not bad, it would be nice if the fruity smell played better with the coriander. The coriander not just falls flat.
Next step is to taste it. It has a different taste, less roasted than I am accustomed. The fruity come out with much less spice coming later in the taste for me. A little like cranberry and black cherry. Not bad tasting at all, but I'd like to see more roasted flavor come out. With a little more chocolate flavor I could see this getting a 5.0 with a taste like a cherry cordial.
Other than the one negative this is a nicely drinkable beer. No alcohol flavor, light to medium body and clean with a nice bite of carbonation. No problems drinking this one at all.

cracgor, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #52:Pours a cloudy deep mahogany, with some ruby highlights, and a thick beige head that retains well. The aroma is striking, with big dark fruit notes jumping out of the chalice (fig, prune, grape, cherry and blackberry), as well as dark candy sugar, some light spices (corriander, clove), light floral and herbal hops, tobacco, chocolate and a touch of alcohol. The flavor starts out with some dark fruits (fig, grape, cherry), followed by some spices (corriander, clove, anise), some chocolate, tobacco, candy sugar, herbal and floral hops and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is a tad light, with prickly carbonation and drinkability is pretty good. An enjoyable dubbel, american or not, definately a step up from the double ale, nicely done.

silver0rlead, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized wine goblet. Murky russet brown with a fizzy sand-colored cap. Aromas are of "typical" Belgian yeasty esters: tart apples, green grapes, etc., with a brown sugar/maple sweet baked goods scent. Dark dried fruits come through in the taste: figs and dates primarily. There is an easy-going vinous quality to the flavor of this beer. Somewhat of a mineral aspect to the finish as well. Barely a trace of some sort of grassy/spicy hop. Medium body; mouthfeel is dry and just a bit effervescent. Not so familiar with the style, but this is pretty nice as far as I'm concerned.

orfeu, Feb 16, 2006
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
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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