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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,397 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,397
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 88 | 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.

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Photo of Zraly
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark amber ale with a "dulce de leche" hued head sits happily in my wide mouth wine glass. Poured from Batch #49. A scent of cocoa wafts upwards. Clingy down the glass.

Beautiful, earthy flavors permeate this selection, with the dominance leaning toward chocolate malts and coffee flavors mingled with more subtle fruit nuances. Phenolic and dry finish brings a "tightness" to the overall composition, rendering the more spicey anise flavors an opportunity to do their thing from the beginning and end of the tasting experience. Slightly vinous. Toasty and a bit alcoholic, this is a real treat!

The hops remain minimal and the body itself is medium. The carbonation is just enough to prevent this ale from coming across too syrupy or sweet. I think this is an excellent example of a well crafted Belgian style ale made here in the States. Allagash is proving to be a class act. And for under $6 for a 750ml bottle, the value of this selection is unbelievable.

This would be divine with freshly churned vanilla ice cream.

Zraly, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from BevMo in Hollywood. Batch 48

An American Dubbel that tastes as good as alot of belgians for less dough! perfect. I'll have to add this regularly to the stable.

It was pretty complex, earthy, malty, warming taste. surprisingly it didnt linger too long. Almost scary because this beer makes me want to drink it fast because of the cleansing of the palate at the end of each drink. The malt is stronger in the middle and at the end a mild coffee with a little sweetness and warming round it out.

If it was a blind taste test I wouldnt be able to tell this is from Maine instead of Brussels....YES keep up the good work.

DogFood11, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Batch #42, poured into a goblet.
Looks and smells as a dubbel should; dark red-brown body, tan head, fruity aroma.
The initial taste is very good but there is an aftertaste here that doesn't taste right to me. I have had this one a few times, thinking I may have gotten poorly stored or bad samples, but the same aftertaste has happened with each. For me, it takes away from the mouthfeel and drinkability.
The alcohol comes across as a bit too strong for the style. I've had 8% dubbels that hid the alcohol with much more grace.
The overall experience is a positive one. This brew is also a good value for a quality brewery.
I still feel that this lacks something, and that Allagash's tripel is much better relative to style, and as an overall beer experience.
This coming from someone that generally prefers dubbels to tripels.

ommegangpbr, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of lord2464
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

silky looking foam head and deap dark body. Aromas are sweet and caramel like with biscuit aroma. The taste is good, but looses something from the smell. The beer is full flavored and deceivingly light - almost to light. Their is a distinct latte flavor and a ever so slight mineral/metalic finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian, but not nearly as good as the Reserve bottle.

lord2464, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge head that dissapates quickly it seems but never quite goes away. Easy to see that this is a very vinous brew.

Very sweet toasty alcohol aroma. So aromatic and wonderfully fruity, I'm getting hints of raisins here and there.

Light roasted malts phenols up front with a sweeter huge malt background leads up to a minimal hop character. Good dosage of bitterness plays with plums and raisins and other fruit peels. Finishes a touch alcoholic with a dab of apple peel at the finish. Not overly yeasty at all, but a little spicy if anything.

Medium to syrupy bodied, with heavy carbonation, appropriate to style.

Not bad at all, very complex.

beersarang, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had some confusion about which beer I was actually getting here, the Double Ale or the Dubbel Reserve. I emailed the company but haven't gotten a response, so I'll review it as the Double Ale. You can check out this thread if you think you have the same problem:
http://www.beeradvocate.com/forum/read.php?thread=509124

Poured into a goblet, it had a light brown color with a small to medium head. Good retention, not a whole lot of lacing. Great malty aroma, very sweet! Tons of caramel, and maybe some roasted malts as well. The balance weighs heavily towards the malts. Some hints of coffee upon tasting but sticking strongly to the caramel malts. No complaints about the mouthfeel or drinkability. This was an excellent pairing with a spaghetti with beef and mushroom sauce that I made.

Jacobob10, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of robertp1024
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The scent and initial taste of malts hits you hard. It has a wonderful malty chocolate smell, and a great taste to follow. The head sticks around for a while and leaves traces throughout the whole drinking experience. The color is a dark brown, which resembles the chocolate and dark fruits you taste with every sip. There is a very slight hoppyness. The alcohol level although high, never effects the taste. Excellent dubbel especially for an American brewery.

robertp1024, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one showed a sporting head that went down rather quickly as most Dubbel heads seem to do. The body was dark for the style though and mysteriously murky.

Smell – The malt base here is very rich. You can pick up the strong Belgian yeast even when it’s refrigerator cold. The sweet part of the nose is like brown or table sugar with lots of chocolate.

Taste – Yes, this is a very dark and yeasty Dubbel. The dark chocolate flavor of the malts is very well done. The yeast steps back a bit from the nose but is still there. The sweets are even with the malts. They are very table sugary and granular. The only fruit I can readily identify is the banana.

Mouthfeel – This is in between medium and full-bodied with some wonderful carbonation and a lasting bitterness at the finish.

Drinkability – This is one of the better American efforts that I’ve had of the style. It lacked complexity for sure like a lot of the other reviews pointed out, but overall it was far superior to some of the half-witted hoppy efforts that I’ve had the displeasure of trying from the US over the years. Allagash can be proud of this one.

RoyalT, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of zen
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer was a little disappointing after have some of the other allagash line. it smelled really good and looked really good. but as i took a taste of it it was just bland. not what i though it was going to be. maybe i just had my hopes too high. i might just try another 4 pack just to see if maybe like i said before my hopes were too high.

zen, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle labeled as Batch #43.

Appearance: Dark red to brown liquid with a thick and fluffy tan head. The head leaves excellent lacing all down the glass as it is consumed.

Smell: Malty sweet with a slight roasty nose. Clean, yummy and a very appetizing aroma. Light scent of alcohol and some mixed fruit scent.

Taste: Sweet, clean roasty flavor with floral undertones. It's malty with dry fruit flavors. Prunes, raisins, and a dry grassy flavor. This beer is mostly rich and tasty maltiness that gives rise to the subtle supporting flavors. It's a bit spicy with black pepper flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: This beer is a pleasure to drink. So far I have not been disappointed with any beer I've tasted from Allagash. This beer is excellent all around. I particularly like the strong malt presentation that develops good but very light supporting flavors. This beer is not overdone with distracting flavors but it is simple yet complex and tasty.

BrewMaster, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a three-finger light tan head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Nose is raisiny/medicinal. Starts sweet with the malts, finish is tart raisin but is too thin. $4.95 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Batch #47.

jdhilt, May 21, 2005
Photo of fizzyfred
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic Belgian style bottle with the cork and cage. Pours a nice and cloudy brown with a nice head leaving lots of lace. The smell is spicy and earthy from the bottle conditioning. Very smooth flavor, not a lot of the alcohol warmness. Lots of crystal malt biscuit flavor. The carbonation is a bit low, usually the bottle conditioned belgians have more of a carbonation tingle. This is a great belgian style beer, made in America. How wonderful

fizzyfred, May 18, 2005
Photo of JackTheRipper
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy ruddy~brown in color. No head. No lacing.

S: Nice earthy smell, malts are faint for the "seven different malts" used. Underneath everything is a neat molasses smell.

T: Sweet without much complexity. There is a nice taste of plums here. The thing that sticks in my craw is a nasty metallic aftertaste. Faint bitterness.

M: Nice body. CO2 is nicely done and the alcohol level feels lower than the stated ABV%.

D&N: I may have to use another review for this one, as it stands, this is a subpar beer that seems overhyped.

JackTheRipper, May 06, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a red brown with a clumpy head. The nose seemed to be understated which ties in with the taste. The old fruit lfavours were there but I felt the midbody was a little thin for the style. Yes, it was very smooth but I kept wanting more flavour. Not the best I have tasted from these guys.

canucklehead, May 02, 2005
Photo of droomyster
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brownish red, with a short off white head that lasts pretty well. Smells of raisins and plums, bubblegummy spices. Sweet tastes of prunes and figs. Surprisingly close to medium bodied, thought it would be heavier. Light carbonation gives it a very smooth and pleasant feel.

droomyster, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #48.

Gorgeous beer. Pours a deep brown-red, like a hearty goulash gravy sauce. Huge fluffy head that settles into a pillowy film and leaves traces behind.

My initial whiff hit me with a very vinous grape smell. Upon further sniffs, I found a very hearty yeasty character, with a very sweet and sugary fragrance. Ample amounts of maple-syrup pull through, with a somewhat minty/menthol coolness in the nose. Fruity esters present throughout, with hints of prunes, raisins, and some citrus.

Alcoholic and warming taste, there is a definite hidden smokey character underneath the more up-front tastes. Tart flavors up front but oh-so-sweet on the intake. Fruity and very mature tasting, chewy at the end because I can taste the hop oils and it is very earthy and vegetable-like. I can't pinpoint what it is but there is a specific floral flavor at the end.

Good carbonation and a thick body, you must sip this one. Gulping it wouldn't be just difficult, but it would do it a disservice. It is enjoyed in little sips. Awesome beer!

Litterbean, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of bditty187
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes…

Batch #29

Dark brown in hue, damn near black in the middle, there are shades of ruby around the edges. When backlit the red really shines, it is quite nice. The head was beige in color; the rocky, foamy mass was almost three fingers in height. Head retention was excellent, it sat on top of the liquid forever. A tight cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was sticky, widespread, and disorganized. On the whole the Dubbel is off to a good start, it is eye-candy and that is all I can ask for.

The nose is not as deep as I would want. I like the sharp green apples that poke through the fizzy alcohol notes, marshmallows, and roasted caramel and chocolate. This really isn’t the desired complexity. Sure there are some dark fruits (with an alcoholic twang) and some raisin toasted soaked in rum but I want more than just suggestions. I want full on aroma development. Sure, I can’t obviously tell this beer is Belgian and in a blind sniff I would call it a Dubbel. However to be great the potency needs to be high, the smells need to be articulate. It is inviting but unimpressive.

The palate is very good. It is on the same line as the nose. This is a blessing and a cruse. Like the nose, green apples blast through the warm alcohol, marshmallows, and semi-sweet chocolate. Modest pepper notes are found at the back, near the finish, sweet ending. I really wish there was more completely here. I do like how the alcohol is restrained and only modestly warm. The finish is lame. It needs a bigger punch, it is too sweet and “flat,” it is missing something, maybe a bit more hops. Something needs to breakup the monotony. Still I’m thinking this would be tasty with a cheese and fruit platter or some grilled game.

Medium-light in body, the mouthfeel is decent, the carbonation is fizzy and pleasantly mild. It is relaxing, maybe too much so for the style. I’d like more life, stronger effervescences is needed. I like a nice relaxing mouthfeel for a Barleywine, not a Dubbel. Workable.

This is a really good Dubbel but I can’t help feeling it is too clean and thus too Americanized. It is on par with New Belgium Abbey, maybe a tickle better. Both are sold at damn good prices. I got my 750ml for $4.50 in Milwaukee, WI. If I see this beer again I will buy it. Good stuff. Worth a try… but I enjoyed the Allagash Tripel Reserve much more.

bditty187, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slight head on the pour. Reddish brown in color. Kind of like a garnet when held to the light. The aroma was yeasty with dried fruit. The flavor was very rich malts. Notes of cherries and raisins came through in the flavor. The finish was fairly dry. The alcohol was at first not particularly noticeable, but as I went through the bottle the alcohol became more pronounced. A decent enough dubbel (still prefer tripels) for a night with a find beer, but not something I would pick over a tripel any day.

MuddyFeet, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - reddish brown pour, large light mocha head that starts big and ends thin yet solid. Ropy lacing.

Aroma - dark malt and intense dark fruit sweetness like figs or plums mixed with molasses or licorice.

Taste - tastes yummy, the grain is almost like rye but softer. Not as sweet as I thought it might be. It's there but it's light and matches up well with the tasty and slightly muted malts. Great balance. Not very intense for a Belgian, delicious nonetheless.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy and coating with lots of bubbles.

Drinkability - delicious. Not a show stopper but a fine sessional dubbel.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of medic25
2.48/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a chalice; poured a nutty-brown color with very little head. Fairly unpleasant odor. Not sure how to best describe the flavor. Unfortunately the best word I can come up with is "fishy". Overpowering, unpleasant malt flavor, with a bitter, skunked aftertaste. I have so wanted to like Allagash beers (I love Belgians, and I live in New England- perfect combo!), but after trying this and the the summer ale, I've been very disappointed.

medic25, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown/black color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma is comprised of slightly roasted malt, light funky yeast and exotic spices. Warm alcohol taste with subtle cherry/figs with full body and light carbonation. Wow! I didn’t expect this to be this good. Probably better then most original Belgian Dubbel.

Phyl21ca, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky looking iced tea with a light tan fluffy cap. Scattered webs of light lacing. The nose had light fruitiness with a big sweetness. Caramel and sugars with a hint of alcohol in the back. This seems to become more of a sweet bomb as it warmed. Sugary sweetness upfront with some dark fruits coming in on the back of the taste. A light dusting of spices. A tad overly sweet in my opinion. Smooth mouthfeel with a lighter body. Drinkability would be helped by the sweetness being a bit more balanced but overall not bad. Solid brew but the sweetness becomes cloying towards the end.

meathookjones, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This serving of Allagash Dubbel Reserve was poured from a 12oz. bottle. The beer is a hazy dark mahogeny color with a fizzy light tan head on top. The foam quickly dissolves to a thin ring around the surface leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

A spicy aroma of allspice and clove with hints of sweet malt and carmelized sugar hovers over the beer. Each sip of this medium bodied brew is smooth on the palate and full of flavor. The taste begins with spices (clove, allspice) and moves toward more earthy notes of nuts and yeast. There's a caramel malt flavor in the background holding everything together. It finishes with a mild floral hop flavor.

I found this beer to have the typical blend of malts and spices for a Belgian style dubbel, but the flavor was well balanced and smooth. The spices and alcohol did not dominate as in other dubbel style beers I've had.

WanderingFool, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #43.

Poured into my St Bernardus chalice, this American take on the Belgian dubbel had a dark mahogany color, lots of fine carbonation crawling up the walls of the glass, and a dense, creamy light tan head that remained intact to the final gulp. Quite visually appealing.
The nose was pretty complex with hearty, earthy malt notes. A moderate herbal aroma was noted as was a fairly prominant alcohol presence which kind of got in the way to the point of distraction, hence the 3.5 rating.
The taste of even more varied, the malt profile really dominating the landscape. The earthiness was very evident and a subtle peaty, smoky flavor seeped through, mixing well with the sweetness of candy sugar and, to a lesser degree, fruit such as raisins. A mild tartness like that a green grapes or banana briefly came through before a muffled herbal hoppiness and a light flush of alcohol presented itself in the finish. The feel was medium/full in body and creamy smooth, almost velvety.
Wow, this was pretty damn good, really easy to drink. One of the better American examples of this style and well worth picking up.

Boilermaker88, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of HogHill
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dubbel poured into my chalice with a minimal head which soon retreated to the rim of the glass. It appears brown with ruby red tones. Aroma is mostly dark fruit and a bit of molasses.

This Allagash tastes of darker malts with a rum-raisin flavor. I can't detect much hops. It feels medium bodied. At 7.6% there is not much of an alcohol presence taste wise. Very drinkable, I enjoyed this one even more as it warmed up a bit.

HogHill, Mar 07, 2005
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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