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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,335 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 30
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
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 Quaffer


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Lightly hazy, deep copper color. A tan, coarse head rose up easily and became dense as it dissipated. A thin layer of bubbles remained for a long time. The head seemed sticky, but there was no lacing.

Smell: Nothing surprising here. Fruity esthers, yeast, caramel and sweet malts, and a light smokiness. The smoke component strengthened as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, but fairly smooth. Kind of watery upfront, but it seemed to thicken up as it moved to the back of the mouth.

Taste: Very straightforward flavor. Sharp fruity tartness combined with light alcohol and spices. These flavors continued on into the finish, where the tartness subsided and some yeast became apparent. Sweet malt provided a foundation for everything else. Almost a menthol-like component in the aftertaste.

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 20:41:20 | More by Quaffer
Photo of yankeeheel


4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared about 9 months. Served at cellar temp.

Pours a lovely dark ruborous brown. When backlit looks candy apple red. Huge tan tinged head rises up the sides of the tulip glass.

Smells very yeasty in that special belgian kind of way. Mmmm... Little bits of spice and apple permeate.

Tastes like it just got off the boat. Has a very fruity bouquet, followed up by lots of dry malt and that yeast. Finishes dry with a flavor that lingers and lingers.

Chewy, big, smooth, lovely describe the mouthfeel.

Yea, I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 01:22:29 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of rdailey76


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep amber to cherry color with a nice thick off-white head, which settles down to about a 1/4 inch head sustaining through the session. Very appealing smell that wafts of a bittersweet scent. The taste is very similar to what I have tasted from Arrogant Bastard, which was surprising. I love the mouthfeel with a definite sense of "thickness" or depth. I like the brew, but this 750ml is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 01:20:08 | More by rdailey76
Photo of marburg


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly average dubbel. Quite dark in appearance. Mushy lemons and tart, creamy aromas. A bit yeasty. Flavor is similarly "musty" but loaded with cookie and molasses malt flavors along with some ripe fruits. Alcohol blends well, but you can tell there's some booze in this brew. The label notes how much -- rather, how many varieties of -- malt was used in this beer, and you can tell. It's got some nice complexity to it. And there's not much in the way of aftertaste or any astringency. But the end result is a little bland, especially considering what the style can be.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 02:13:02 | More by marburg
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a cloudy, dark ruby, with a quick two fingers of spongy light tan head that soon drops to a mottled frothy quilt. Swirls of droopy lacing grace the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a toffee sweetness of toasted malt along with flighty notes of berries and banana. A yeasty tarness cruises in toward the end then gives in to a mild hoppy bitterness at the finish.

Upon tasting, the toasted malt sweetness takes the first forward step, bearing notes of caramel and vanilla. The yeast plays through in the middle, delivering a mellow tang, along with a slightly ashy earthiness couples with a distant spice current. The alcohol gives undertstated notice of itself as well. A distant berry aura comes and goes near the end, then a general dry hops bitterness fades at the end.

Medium bodied, it coats nicely enough, draining away gradually and leaving a dry hops glow at the back of the mouth.

No one thing jumps out here, but it all comes together smoothly and cleanly. The slight ashy impression is the sole off-note, even that's minimal. It's very basic, with a simple straightforward balance. The solid ABV gives some real warmth to the overall picture. It's kind of a WYSIWYG thing, delivering at face value, and that makes it drinkable, but I'd likely put the brakes on after one or two of these. And so, I like it just fine, and certainly enough to believe that, if it has Maine on it, it has good in it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 14:38:55 | More by Foxman
Photo of ctrlfreak

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch# 33

Apperarance: deep amber/brown colored beer with a decent off white head
The Aroma: aroma with a tiny hint of citrus
The Taste: malt sweetness, then progresses to some of the spicy notes
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, tingly on the tongue and slightly warming.
Drinkability: I loved this Dubbel. I will go back for more!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 03:08:24 | More by ctrlfreak
Photo of necoadam


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark amber color with little head on it. Smell consisted of some spices and some fruity tones. Taste was a little complex. At first some brown sugar kicks in then mixes with some fruit. There's some chocolate undertones towards the end. Once this beer warms up, the spices start to come out in the aftertaste. It's not very overwhelming. ABV is very well hidden. Granted, there are better Dubbel's on the market, but this could do.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 02:14:45 | More by necoadam
Photo of ark57


2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is a lovely ruby-brown in color. The aroma smells of raisins and biscuit malt. The taste is almost a burnt bitterness and is slightly spicy. It should be sweeter and the burnt taste is a turn off on this particular style. Nor is it a terribly complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 13:50:35 | More by ark57
Photo of travolta


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Apperance: Dark Amber, a little redness. Head was awsome, didnt last as long as Id like, but the formation was nice and rocky.

Nose: Usual Belgain nose, thick. The nose is close together, for me, that means the different scents are hard to pick between. I get cofee, tofee, spice.

Taste: Great mouthfeel. It has a nice aftertaste, which doesent linger in the mouth too long. A little bitter, but very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 03:14:06 | More by travolta
Photo of Bachus

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hard pour into a snifter reveals a lovely deep mahogany colour with an off white head that quickly dissipates. It leaves a fine lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is that of strong coffee, hints of sour cherry.

Lots of malt, coffee, and a hint of dark chocolate flavors--very little sweetness to this double.

Mouthfeel is rather one dimensional.

A drinkable ale, but not terribly complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 13:35:16 | More by Bachus
Photo of ChicoraBoy


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Ester reminding me of wheat beer, but much more malty and sweet. Bit of fruity hops. Small, off-white head atop cloudy, medium brown beer. Soft carb, med-heavy body. Silky. Sweet and malty, bit of molasses. Nutty sweet finish and after. Tinge of sour/bitter. Yeasty. Pretty good, with complex profile like a dark wheat/bock mix. Still has some rough edges to work out.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 19:29:37 | More by ChicoraBoy
Photo of mschofield


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dark red, could be brown, so I'll call it mahogany. The head was thin and off-white, quickly settled to a film. It just did not present as a Belgian would. I poured my second rather harshly but even that only resulted in a small tannish head. Left thin webs of lacing.
Biscuity malt aroma, with a bit of cherry/dark fruit.
The taste was robust, flavored of malt, some orange/grapfruit rind, and oak. A small presence of cinammon/spice. Cherry, raisin and plum.
A medium bodied, nicely warming beer, but not up to an Abbey Dubbel standard.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 18:46:19 | More by mschofield
Photo of beernbbq


3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In its 25.4 oz bottle with a cork and wire hood. Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. Smell is slightly burnt chocolate. Taste is very thin, I keep looking for something to happen with each swallow, but nothing doing. Certainly very inexpensive but with more flavorful offerings from Ommegang and Unibroue available, I'll spend up for the taste. Allagash Wit and Summer Ale seem to be the ones that are winners for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 12:21:35 | More by beernbbq
Photo of GreenWBush


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

After a nice dance with some other American-made Belgian style beers (New Belgium, Ommegang) I figured to take most BA's advice and check out Allagash. I went for the Dubbel, figuring it would be a nice mellow example of what the brewery can do.

This beer pours a tannish-red color with a monster fluffy head that got quite out of control. There were nice swaths of lacing on the glass, and there was a nice Belgian-sweetness on the nose.

I wasn't hugely into this Dubbel. It had a chocolate-bar sweetness with hints of spice and cinnamon. The beer has a thin mouthfeel, which was the most dissapointing part. Most Belgians have rich and hedonistic mouthfeels, but this one just didn't cut it. More like a watery-stout feel on the palate. I was also annoyed by the fact that this beer seems much bigger than it really is, coming in at a relatively mild 7%.

I'll keep trying this brewery's offerings, but for now I think i'll take a Ommegang if i'm drinking Belgian on a budget.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 01:48:27 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of byrd


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #39
Big pop when removing cork. Very dark mahogany brown in color with a slight haze. Huge foamy light tan head that recedes quite slowly. The head eventually becomes a thick, bumpy lace – thick in spots and thin in others with lots holding on around the edges. Some carbonation rising from the sides of the glass. Nice spicy aroma with a tiny hint of citrus. Good mouthfeel. Not overly full - maybe a bit on the light side, yet it still goes down remarkably well. Nice spicy brew, yet there’s also a good distinctive malt start that is bready and a bit yeasty. Becomes smoother when additional yeast is poured in from the bottle. Spices come in along with a prickly carbonation towards mid swallow and last through the finish. The malt is sweet but is never overly so or cloying. The sweetness peaks through again in the aftertaste. Not surprisingly, this is yet another superb brew from the fine folks at Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 02:27:30 | More by byrd
Photo of oelergud


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

Batch# 38
Dark brown body, light tan head and moderate carbonation.
Smells of caramel molasses and spice.. maybe cinnamon.
Taste pretty sweet, earth-like, only a faint hop presence in the aftertaste and a hint of brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is decent, not thin, not thick but good and leaves a caramel like coat on the tongue.
Good decent belgian style ale and goes down nice and easy.


Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 01:00:12 | More by oelergud
Photo of CRJMellor


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml Batch #34

Pours a maroon color with golden highlights. Medium head fades fast but nice lace. Lots of carbonation bubbles suspended in thick potion. Aroma has prunes, raisins, hint of chocolate and maybe cassis. Taste was very piney and yeasty, reminded somewhat of this Anchor Steam X-mas. Secondary tastes were some and a lactose type taste in the back end followed by a short somewhat bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was very lively but somewhat short-lived.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 20:15:31 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

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

With White, Special Reserve, and Tripel Reserve already under my belt, you can bet I jumped at the chance to try Allagash's Dubbel Reserve. I picked up a 750 mL corked and caged bottle (Batch #34) at Beaver Liquors in Avon, Colorado.

It poured a rich mahogany red-brown with a foam of fine light brown bubbles. The nose was wheaty and round, with light hints of dark fruit and dry spice--maybe nutmeg? Maybe not.

Flavor is much of the same, rich and crisp (yet also round) with prominent malts laced with the same hints of fruit and spice. Soft on the palate and wonderfully round, this Dubbel's alcohol is faintly noticeable as a sour note after the other flavors have run their course.

Good sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 02:16:16 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of mickeymac


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 ml bottle, it's an eye-pleasing brown with a foamy off-white head that settles down a bit after a few minutes. The smell is bits of spice, malty sweetness, and traces of orange. This is not the most complex tasting dubbel in the world. Despite that, it's a great tasting dubbel that's eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 00:44:02 | More by mickeymac
Photo of lackenhauser


4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ruby-like color with a head that doesnt quit.Like a layer off cool whip on top better get a spoon!!!Nice aroma-malty,spicy,yeasty.Has that "belgian" aroma going.Nice earth like scent to it.Great flavor-chocolate/coffee notes dominate.Good mouthfeel.A highly drinkable beer.I like the fact that its on the "lower" end of the scale for a Belgian double.This was my first Allagash product-very nice indeed.I could see going thru a few of these in a sitting.All around wonderful for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 02:04:35 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of FranklinPCombs


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the end of the bottle so it poured out cloudy, with the yeast. The head was big and foamy, and receded, although it left little lace. The smell is a bit fruity, with hints of chocolate and spice with a raw malty and yeasty subtone. The flavor is a mildly burnt earthy flavor, with the fruitiness still there, and subtle hints of malt, and hops that bite the back of the tongue. THe aftertaste is again the burnt woodsy flavors. The mouthfeel is full of sharp carbonation bubbles and the bite at the back of the throat. Quite balanced and drinkable, all together.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 02:21:53 | More by FranklinPCombs
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #38, this poured a dark and translucent tea color. Massively persistent, fine-bubbled head. Second pour (purposely a bit rough) filled over 3/4 of my glass with foam, and it refused to go anywhere soon.

Aroma is restrained, cola and maybe brown sugar.

Taste is a bit light for the style; as predicted from the smell, brown sugar and a mild cola flavor predominate. Dry, and very little estery yeast. This came off as pretty one-diemensional at first.

Second pour, and probably warming, improved the flavor considerably. A bit of clove and nut flavor appeared, but still I feel this could do better against other American belgian-style ales. A little too boring and thin.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 01:39:51 | More by shirfan
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some reddish tints with a light head that is gone in a flash.The aroma really sweet and slightly nutty with some alcohol notes.Taste is is sweet with some roasted nut flavors with a light hooy note not in the background.A really drinkable beer for the style I have to say,a decent brew for the style but there are better for sure out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 03:19:47 | More by oberon
Photo of merlin48


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

750ml dark brown bottle, "Batch 29", bottled on March 5, 2002, according to a prompt and courteous email reply from the folks at Allagash. Corked and caged presentation, served at about 55 degrees into a goblet. Clear ruby amber color when held to the light, and a bountiful tan head that stayed the distance. Lots of attractive lacing all over the goblet. Fruity nose at first, then a touch of orange blossom honey, spicy hops, and hints of apricot and pineapple. Complex and inviting nose! Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sufficient carbonation, and good hop balance to the many malts that cry out. The aftertaste, which is my only dislike, is distinctively of a port wine.

Dark fruits dominate the initial taste, as roasted Kona coffee, toffee, and some dry biscuit arrive to take part in the interesting mixture. Hops hold their ground throughout the long sipping exerience to lend a nice balance to all the malts. Alcohol warmness adds a pleasant touch halfway through the bottle, especially on a cold December night. I don't like the aftertaste which seems yeasty or astringent, and lasts forever. This was my only beverage, other than bottled water, the evening tasted and reviewed(Dec 11, 2003).

Overall, this is a very fine Belgian style dark ale with a complex, mostly malt, profile with a pleasant punch of sweet dried apricots and enough hops to bitter it out just about right. Excellent pairing for a sharp cheddar or quality blue cheese. Not an everyday ale, but one that I would love to keep on hand in the cellar. I bet these will be even better at 2.5 to 3 years from the bottling date.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 03:35:14 | More by merlin48
Photo of xgrigorix


4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown 750 ml bottle, corked & caged. Batch #35 - bottled on 12/27/02 (according to the nice lady at the brewery), sampled on 12/6/03.

Lovely mahogany colour, clear, medium sized bubbles move quickly to the top. Large off white head retains very well & leaves plenty of lace behind.

Deep & rich aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, & other less definable Belgian aromatics.

Yummy! Very port/sherry like character. Spicy with notes of allspice & cinnamon. The middle is big, round, and fruity with hints of raisins. A complex, & dry finish. Medium bodied, racing carbonation. A wonderfully aged masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 18:12:04 | More by xgrigorix
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