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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,511 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 41
Gots: 124 | 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:
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 jockstrappy
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, murky, tea-like brown color with a creamy off-white head that retains fairly well. Aroma consists of clove, raison, and belgian spice. Taste falls right in line behind the aroma, with clove and raison flavors. This beer also has a pronounced, and complex malt flavor...when followed by the alcohol warmth, it kind of reminds me of warm bread. Plum and yeast flavors are on the back end before a pretty clean finish. Body is somewhat light for a dubbel, and carbonation is a bit much, but this beer still drinks quite easily. Worth a try, but too pricey for what it is in my estimation.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch #40 750 mL bottle. Poured into a chalice, a deep mahogony verging on somewhere between ruby and amber through a light, a hefty off white head develops that never falls thinner than an eigth inch, bubbled lacings spattered here and there. The aroma develops as it warms, yeasty and malty, herbal hops play in the background as some bananas sit around and play cards, a little too reserved for me. The taste is better, though still mellow, just better developed, a woodiness that pairs well with the fruity esters and malty goodness, some chocolate. Unfortunately, there is simply too much carbonationhere to appreciate everything, and it doesn't fade as it warms and sits, and its only saved by the decent body and dry finish that seems to counterbalance everything else out. In sum, I'd like to love this on, but I continue to be underwhelmed by Allagash.

Photo of emerge077
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep auburn with some foam that subsides quickly. Maintains a skim and some lacing.

A burnt malt dominates the smell, moving into cereal territory. Unpleasant stale tobacco quality about it, felt very out of place.

Taste is coarse roasted malt, grain of paradise maybe. Tobacco again, not as rough as the smell. Some bitter hops in the finish, drying toward the end.

Mouthfeel doesn't redeem this one.

Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml. Bottle
Binny's Orland Park

Batch #43

Allagash Dubbel Reserve poured a muddy murky garnet. Faint ruby highlights when held to the light along with some lively carbonation. 1 finger off white head formed on the pour and fell down to a cap with some thick islnds floating around. This beer looks really mysterious and murky, like it's going to be packed with flavor. Leaves sheet lacing after each sip.

The nose on this beer is packed full of dark fruits. Plums and black cherries are present along with a sweet smell of candy sugars (?). There's even some pear and fig. Mild doughy aroma as well. Loaded with malt and a slight mustiness showing up toward the back.

The taste is a little more subdued than the aroma. More doughiness which is quickly followed by all the dark fruits that were found in the aroma. Especially the plums and cherries. The musty earthiness shows itself on the swallow along with a mild bittersweet chocolate. Mild hop spiciness on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is the low point of this beer. The body is on the lighter side of medium but as it moves along my palate the body seems a little thinner than I would like it.

This is an easy drinker. The flavors go so nice together it's easy to drink this faster than you should.

This is a good quality dubbel from Allagash. The mouthfeel is the only thing lacking but that's just me being picky. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable beer.

Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a chill hazed coca-cola brown colored ale with a tall brown head.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a strong herbal aroma like jagermeister. Lots of clove aroma and brown sugar with some fainter licorice and menthol to it.

The taste starts sweet coffee with a fairly strong taste of clove. The taste doesn't develop all that much as you drink this, pretty much clove coffee with a little chocolate. There is plenty of coriander in this and you can really taste it.

Mouthfeel is OK

This is OK but I don't really like this one very much. There is just something about this that I just don't like. I think probably it is the clove taste that kills this one for me.

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

Bottle Inspection: 750 ml corked and caged. Batch #58 (which is nice, but doesn’t give me a year), glass and pouring suggestions (followed) and 7% abv listed.

Aroma: Fig, plum and pear esters mingle with a powdery yeast note.

Appearance: Opaque chalice shows thick clear edges when a break in the frothy cloud cover occurs. Ropey lines of lace cling to the sides.

Flavor: A raisin quality, but not rich and cloying as most raisins come across as. Taste is simple, and maybe a bit thin, but I think that is more of the style than this brew. Some nice melon and bubble gum come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel: A bit heavy handed in carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.

Overall Impression: Solid Dubbel, a hard style to hit. The powdery yeast characteristic is a combination of the mouthfeel being so dry and a firm yeast element. While a bit distracting, there is enough good malt and yeast flavors to keep me entertained.

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

Picked up a bottle at Marty's Liqours in Allston, MA.

A: Deep chestnut brown. Good off white head retention.

S: Malty sweet. Clove like spicy phenols present. Moderate fruity esters that exhibit a raisin characteristic.

T: Nice sweet malty taste complimented by estery raisin flavor and clove like phenols. Finishes nice and dry. Bitter up front as well.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol warming. Moderate carbonation.

D: A good solid interpretation of a Belgian classic. Easy to drink while providing enough to ponder.

Photo of ojiikun
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml champagner into a nice big wine glass. Batch #59. Body is clear and very dark brown and then suddenly cloudy with yeast near the end. Head is light for the beer's colour and very chunky and long-lasting.

Smell is initially of musty peas and old belgian yeast. As it warms, the better parts of the yeast come thru - more sour frut and warm black pepper. At the very end, almost gets a hint of eucalyptus or mild mint.

Taste is bright, sour fruit on top of minerals and seltzer. Quite dry for a dubbel - no hints of the sweet style this claims to be. Hops are there, though only to provide a fresh edge to the fruity body. Malt is present but masquerades as thin bread.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are exceptional, with little indication of ABV on the tongue or lips. Bitter taste can slow you down if you were expecting a sweet, dark dubbel.

In particular, all of the flavours (other than dry, bitter minerals) in this were very, very understated for a dubbel. With no unfermentables on which to ride, it's little surprise.

Photo of bjoyce12
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich amber color. Not opaque; a good solid coppery color. Good foam, not too heady though. Good aroma. Not too many undertones noticed, but a solid aroma. Slightly fruity, a little light, not overwhelming. That's the confusing aspect of this ale; I expect dubbels to pack a punch, both in alcohol content as well as taste and smell. But this doesn't, and that's not a bad thing. I just need to reset my expectations.

Taste comes through stronger than the aroma. Not with the depth of a Belgian, but still good. Sensed dried fruit and light chocolate hints. Actually, its taste gives it a better drinkability. This is another good solid offering from an outstanding brewery.

Photo of Neehan
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This pours a peasant, light amber with a decent head. The head seemed to increase in size and retention as it was consumed. Nice. The smell is of rich, dark fruits primarily of apples, pears, plums, etc. These continue into the taste with a nice backing of slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is the only weak component of the beer as it is very watery. However, quite drinkable.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks nice and appetizing in my new Rochefort chalice that my girlfriend got me for Christmas. She scored some major points with this fine piece of glassware! But ahh,...the beer. Deep chestnut brown with garnet highlights and very little head development.

S - Toffee and caramel are the major aromas, with caramelized sugar and some lovely yeast notes.

T - Pancake syrup, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, and caramel add up to a wonderfully sweet and malty brew. Gentle hop notes keep things from getting too sweet and add a bit of dryness to the finish. Excellent sipping desert beer.

M - Full bodied with full dextrin textures on the tongue. Carbonation is nice, and the finish is quite dry. My mouth feels the way it does after eating pancakes with syrup, only drier.

Photo of Vancer
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, gonna start with the bottom line – I was really disappointed in the flavor of this staple brew. A semi-harsh, phenolic and woody finish really held it back in my ratings. Crap, I really looked forward to it.

Pour was OK – clear ruby red, lacey ring of tan. I could smell the sweet malts, Belgium yeast and sugar cane – where the hell where they in the taste??

Dry and crisp, the malts just were not there. damn

Maybe the pour into a Dixie cup had something to do with it…

Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.28/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 Oz bottle poured into a goblet. I see no date on the bottle.

This pours a murky brown color that lets a little red through when held up to a light. I got no head to speak of.

A thin malty aroma with a tiny hint of alcohol. Really nothing else there at all. In fact I had to go smell something else to make sure my nose was working. I'm surprised by the lack of aroma in this Dubbel.

Taste also has a thin maltiness to it with some spicy hops in the finish. Really nothing to write home about however. Ok I'm no expert but this really is not a good example of the style in my opinion.

Medium body with noticeable carbonation.

I guess this is drinkable but I will not be buying it again. Not a good effort from such a great brewery.

Photo of dherling
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out dark, cloudy and brown with a creamy off-white head. The nose is sugar, molasses, bread, and a bit of alcohol. The taste is similar to the smell but with a slightly smokey aspect. This aspect is a bit much, but the molasses and alcohol and a big bite that balances. The mouthfeel is creamy with a bit of carbonated bite. The finish is ever so slightly on the huge side.

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

Pours a hazy brown, some orange, thick tan head forms, sticks for the long haul, tons of lace. Smell is sweet, spices, yeast, toffee, fruits, minor funk. Taste is sweet up front, spices and yeast hit through the middle with malty toffee goodness, some spice and alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Great balance, very easy to drink, probably my favourite non-trappist dubbel.

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

Batch #48:
Clear, deep amber with ruby highlights. It poured with a rocky, tan head that left clumpy lacing behind. Malty aroma, light chocolate, yeasty bread, fruity with some raisin and plum, light alcohol. Same in the flavour, with lingering malt and alcohol warmth. Medium bodied with carbonation on the high side. Light dryness. Pretty nice overall. Another Allagash beer that I've enjoyed.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: With a pop of the cork, the highly carbonated beer flowed into the glass. Ruddy mahagoney brown with loads of haze, the towers creamy oatmeal colored head perches like a dallop of cream on a pie.

S: I could smell the beer when the cork came out. Very nutty, with low lying chocolate, red apple, coffee, cinnamon and fresh yeast.

T: Sort of a subdued flavor....coffee is in the fore front with minor caramel, alderberries and brown sugar. Gets sweeter after the swallow. Finishes with mellow caramel and red fruits.

M: Medium but really fluffy and overcarbonated

D: Not really sure how this gets categorized as a dubbel except that is loaded with sugar. Gets a bit sticky after a while

Photo of Rudgers73
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL corked, caged bottle.

A- Nice deep brown color. Lots of froathy head that settles to a rocky cap on the beer.

S- Strong nutty, burnt caramel, sap/oak. Floral hoppy undertone.

T- Starts rich, roasted, burnt toffee. Turns into a more hoppy, rough-around-the-edges taste with a bit of alcohol at the end.

M- Smooth and clean. Leaves that sugary residue in your mouth.

D- Great taste. I'm sure much better if it sat in the celler for a few years. From the taste of this, I'm sure their tripels are amazing.

Photo of Domingo
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in the mood for something belgian (style...not necessarily orgin), and after really enjoying their Wit at the GABF, I went for the Allagash.
Pours a "standard" murky brown, although it's a little lighter than I exepcted. The head starts out like it's going to be small, but blooms a little as you pour more.
Smell is of yeast, a little alcohol, cocoa, and a little spice.
Flavor seems to be dominated by a sharp belgian yeast and a bitter chocolate. While the smell is a little boozy, the flavor doesn't really have that aspect.
Mouthfeel's designed for sipping, but it's not too heavy so that swallowing becomes tough.
Not bad. I split a bottle of it with some cheese and it was a good compliment.
I'm not really a huge belgian fanatic (although I get random cravings), but this is as good as most imports at 1/2 the cost. If you like the style, this comes highly recommended.

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

Allagash Dubbel Reserve
750 ML brown bottle with a caged cork
Batch #58
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a dark brown with light amber highlights on the bottom of the glass. A marvelous head forms on top with a shape and form that reminds me of shaving cream. Attractive patterns of sticky lacings cling on the side of the glassware.

Pleasant nose with whiffs of malts, sweetness, funky yeast and a touch of citrus.

A malt heavy mouthfeel develops with a pressured carbonation presense. Flavors of rock candy, chewy malts, orange sweetness and cloves. A mini hop snap provides a delightful finish.

Yet another enjoyable offering from Allagash.

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
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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
2.34/5  rDev -38.4%
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
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,511 ratings.