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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,360 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,360
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 31
Gots: 81 | 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.

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Photo of TastyTaste


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

I am starting to sense a pattern with these corked and cage bottles that I have been buying lately. They all have a delicious woody-earthy flavor. A dark brown body, with a sizable light tan head. An ok beer, if not overly flavorful. OK malty flavor with some muted hops. I bought this bottle, which was probably 2 years old, but it didn't have any ill effects on the beer.

12-19-2004 22:58:50 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

It just happened that my friend and I went to "Beer Heaven" and grabbed a 4-pack of this. Unaware, the actual brewmaster and owner of Allagash was standing right behind us and said "nice choice, thats my beer!" I thought the guy was blowing smoke up my ass, but he handed my friend his business card and thanked us for supporting him. So, needless to say, that was pretty cool. Now on the other hand, this beer is not so cool. I love allagash products and was shocked by this brew. The appearance isn't terrible. It was an opaque dark brown with a red glow in the light. The head was pretty small but held on for a little bit. The aroma was semi-sweet with malt and sugar hints. The taste was suprisingly off. It was beyond what I consider to be dry. My mouth immediately began to search for any remaining saliva to prevent total loss of all taste. The alcohol was very evident and came on strong along with the dryness. Now let me clarify, dryness is not always a bad factor, but this was just not a favorable presence. In order to finish it, I will have to struggle. Still have love for Allagash though!

12-05-2004 20:49:16 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of bultrey

New York

2.42/5  rDev -36.3%

What a strange beer. First off, what's with the twist-off cap? I couldn't get mine off for the life of me, so I resorted to the traditional method -- using my teeth.
Anyway, this pours a murky brown-amber color with minimal head and the slightest lacing. The first thing I thought of when I smelled it was a cigar dipped in some sort of chocolate liqueur. There are also undertones of fig, raisin and other dark fruits.
As for the taste, I find this drinks much more like a German-style dopplebock than a Belgian dubble, particularly the heavy cocoa accents. It doesn't quite have that banana-clove thing going either. There is an earthy, slight tobacco aftertaste, with decent hops bittering to round things out. This makes for a clean finish but not an incredibly mouthfilling or complex beer. Therefore, it would actually make as decent a session beer as a dubble probably could be.

Re-review 10-16
I was being too nice to this beer because I love so many of Allagash's other offerings. This stinks. It tastes like a liquid Tootsie roll. I actually poured most of this out, which is rare for me. I would be doing a disservice to BA's who might read this to give this anything higher than a 3.0.

11-30-2004 23:27:21 | More by bultrey
Photo of scottum


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Been sitting on this one for a while. Batch number thirty-one is listed on the label.

Pour out a wonderful deep brown with a huge off-white/tan headskie. Tastes sharp and floral with some lingering sweetness. A decent dubbel, but not up to snuff with the imports. Certainly worth checking out.

11-30-2004 00:31:49 | More by scottum
Photo of Shaw


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Batch No. 43.

It's a deep ruby color with a short, light brown head. It smells musty and sweet with caramelized notes and a hint of sourness.

This isn't as sweet as other Dubbels I've had. It is a bit drier and wine-like and subtle. The musty smell kind of translates into the taste, no doubt from being cellared by Allagash before retail. It has been a while since I've had a beer like this so it's interesting to shift my palate from super-hoppy ales to this.

Check it out. Allagash did a good job.

11-07-2004 04:19:17 | More by Shaw
Photo of cooter

New York

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

I wasn't going to review this one, but halfway through, changed my mind. It has a beautiful head and a dark amber color. The word that comes to mind when smelling is "smooth," not quite sure why. Tastes of tobacco (both pipe and cigarette, not a cigar), moss, vinegar, lime, grapefruit, hops, cannabis smoke aftertaste. Really interesting. As you might be able to tell, it's very smokey, and I like it. The immediate brunt of the taste is a Belgian dark ale, but the smoke and tart, sour tastes are very fun. I'm happy I have a sixer, cause it'll be fun to explore. I may modify this review when I have it again...

Ok, I read the other reviews, and realized that I while I did get cherry, I did not get toffee. Carry on.

11-03-2004 23:31:21 | More by cooter
Photo of Rio


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Hazy, dark amber, almost purple color, with a decent head that receeded to a thin lace rather quickly. Grassy aromas that I've found in many Belgians, along with a bit of a citrus (lemon?) aroma, and a dark, sugary fruit smell, reminicents of grapes.

A bit of a fruity, sweet taste, followed almost immediately by a sharp tartness. The taste of alcohol is pretty prevalent in here, as well, while the feel seems almost a frothy, smooth feel.

A very good Dubbel in my limited experience with the style. Very enjoyable. Many thanks to afatty for sharing this beer with me.

11-01-2004 04:55:11 | More by Rio
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10%

Opaque, dark maroon body with juuuust a haze and a ring of foam, overall pretty still-looking. Nose has lots of citrus/coriander witbier character (must be that Belgian yeast ;) with a dry wheatiness that portends smooth flavor. Spots of vanilla and mint--quite yummy smelling.

Taste is complex sweet and woody malts. Some toasty graham and dry nuttiness, mild citrus. A bitter layer of flavorful toffee streaks through the mouth into the aftertaste and changes to be more and more bitter, coming to dominate the whole palate.

There's a spritzy carbonation mouthfeel that I didn't love--but I felt that it lightened the brew significantly, taking the burden off the malts and the booze. Nice brew that I'd buy again in a jiffy.

10-30-2004 21:46:51 | More by donnebaby
Photo of Bdc


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Hazy chestnut in color with an ample, lasting, off-white head. Mild, spicy aroma with hints of plum. Smooth, silky mouthfeel. Flavor is rich malt with notes of chocolate, fruit, earth, nuts. Slightly alcoholic with a dry finish. An enjoyable interpretation of the style.

10-25-2004 21:32:54 | More by Bdc
Photo of crookedhalo


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

75 cl cork and caged bottle. Pours a chestnut brown color with a big beige head. Scorched malt, yeasty and cidery nose with a lot of dark fruit and vinous tones to it. Hops are picked up more in the taste than in the nose. Soft carbonation gives it a creamy, almost chalky mouthfeel. Dark malts and candi sugar play into the vinous, yeasty character to create all kinds of fruitiness ranging from grape and currant to plum and passionfruit and finishing with a bit of spiciness, like clove. There's more dubbel characteristics, like chocolate, in the aroma than the taste. A good dubbel, with its own, unique character.

10-07-2004 05:04:13 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Very nice drink of various nice malts and tastes and some very good yeast. Alcohol fig aftertaste and fine for one beer. Though not a great balance, it worked. Another good brew from this brewery, I will try them all. Nice head, nice dark colour. Mild spice and mimimal hops.

10-03-2004 03:55:25 | More by Sammy
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a clear reddish brown with amedium sized, creamy beige head. A stream of carbonation bubbles emitted from the center of the Duvel goblet to feed the head. It got rocky and pock marked as it fell.
Aromas of lightly roasted sweet malt, rum soaked fruit, nuts and tangy yeast at the end. Smells rich and earthy.
Sweet malt, brown sugar and juicy/tangy fruit flavors. Mild tart yeast, nuts and a slightly funky taste in the finish. There was an alcohol warmth. Didn't seem to be as tasty as the smell promised.
Light bodied with a full, round, yet thin and highly carbonated mouthfeel.
Decent drinkability. Not bad, but seemed a little off kilter.

09-21-2004 02:31:29 | More by rkhaze
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Big bottle of batch #36. Big foamy, oatmeal cream colored head leaves a solid coat of lace. Aromas of raisins, chocolate, yeast, and a pinch of apple, pretty damn nice. Hazy chocolate brown colored beer with an amber hue. Medium-full body, mouthfeel is silky smooth, almost creamy. Chocolate malt up front, some apple in towards the middle, and a mild bitterness takes over in the end. Finish fades back towards the chocolate. Flavor didn't live up to the initial impression from the look and smell of the beer, but all in all very nice.

09-19-2004 23:27:16 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of Doppel07


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours an amber-bronze body with a frothy white head. Aroma of Belgian candy sugar, bubble gum, chocolate, and a hint of leather. Nice crisp bitter flavor. Full and smooth palate. This is an excellent and very drinkable beer. One of my favorite dubbels.

09-09-2004 02:39:40 | More by Doppel07
Photo of danadeny


4/5  rDev +5.3%

dark brown body with fothy off white head. Malty smell, with some rasin, raspberry, maybe a little cranberry. Strong malty sensation in the begining. Musty earth tones to the middle. Slight bitter hop finish. The rosted malt and hop flavors last into the aftertaste. Mouth feel is good, slight carbonation and watery finish. good smooth drinkability.

09-09-2004 02:32:22 | More by danadeny
Photo of ppoitras


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

12ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" beige head above a deeply reddish brown brew. Head faded to a layer of bubbles rather quickly, and lacing was average. Aroma is of yeasty cherries, it seems. Taste is lightly of Belgian-style malts, followed with the slightly sour fruit/cherry motif. Mouthfeel is not bad for a dubbel, although I wish it was just a bit more chewy, it's kind of thin, seemingly. Drinkability is good for the style.

08-21-2004 01:58:32 | More by ppoitras
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

Do these folks make a bad beer? This went great with steak and shrimp tonight. Tangy, smooth, not too sweet. One of the more enjoyable dubbels I've had. Similar to thier other beers, and excellent as always. I've enjoyed every Allagash beer I've had, and I'm very grateful that they send 'em way down here!

08-09-2004 05:06:44 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of BadBadger

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

I nice enjoyable ale. Pours a deep amber color. There was a minimal head but this did not distract for the enjoyment. The smell is a pleasant mixture of the the hops and malt to be encountered. The taste is good, a malts and hops nicely mixed, neither one outweighing the other. Pleasant mouthfeel. Definitely worth giving a try. Enjoy!

07-31-2004 13:28:47 | More by BadBadger
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

I took VENOM's advice from his review and have had this cellaring for just about a year. I would like to try it compared to a fresh bottle, but that'll be for another time.

Pours a deep amber mahogany and the lacing left is fairly thick...good after this amount of time. The nose is thick with spices, the varied malts used to brew it, distinctly Belgian yeast, and alcohol.

The mouthfeel, I am guessing due to the aging, is nearly perfect. Just a hint of spiciness on the palate leaves this fairly dry and wonderfully smooth. Not too thin but not syrupy...oh so nice. Flavors don't assault the senses with complexity, but it is rather well balanced. Nice malty profile that leads to a bittersweet, Belgian-candylike finish. Alcohol hides itself well. This is one I wouldn't mind having a few of on the porch when its about 60 degrees in October. Looking forward to a comparison against a fresh version.

07-11-2004 01:22:21 | More by IrishRedRock
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish-brown color with half a finger of head that dies away quickly. No lacing left on this one. The smell is rich and malty, lots of sugary sweetness. Brown sugar, honey, and caramel all mix together for a great aroma. A hint of hops in there too. The taste is also fairly malty and sweet. Some molasses and toffee flavors in there under the roasted malt. The mouthfeel is just a little light. The drinkability is really good for a 7.6% brew. Another nice offering from Allagash.

07-09-2004 02:38:22 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of Boto


4/5  rDev +5.3%

12oz bottle: This one pours an opaque brown color. There was some tan head, but it dissapated quickly. The aroma is sweet: mainly caramel malt. Possibly a hint of cherries down in there, there is definitely a hint of fruit. Somewhat yeasty too. The taste isn’t as good as the nose. Sweet, yet a bit thin in body. Caramel, fruits and a bit of spiciness to the taste. Good, but I think it should be a little more full bodied.

06-26-2004 18:24:17 | More by Boto
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

I had high hopes for this beer, and I was not disappointed. It was a nice dark amber color, and the nose was a lovely blend of hops and complex malts. Almost a layered scent. It was only slightly bitter, with hints of roastiness (is that even a word?) and some dark flavorings. Definitely one I would not mind having again. Perfect for sitting and sipping while watching a good sports show on the tube. It gave me a nice warm feeling.

06-17-2004 04:20:23 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of yeagerbm


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Appearance- Dark amber color and thin white head
Smell- Medicinal and dark fruit and alcohol.
Taste- light bodied dark fruits and alcohol with a earthy dry finish
Mouthfeel- thin but smooth with active carbonation
drinkability- average
Not so impressed by this one. Maybe the fact that my first dubbel was a Westmalle will prevent me from being satisfied with anything else. This is an average beer but nothing that I enjoyed much.

05-31-2004 04:43:45 | More by yeagerbm
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Downed on 4/17/2004 at the Other Side Café in Boston with my buddies Kumar and Jim. 12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Poured with a zesty mahogany to light oak hue. A nice and weird carbonation, almost like a soft drink, and there was no head present to speak of with the exception of a light middle foaminess. The constant ascension of carbonation made for an enjoyable viewing experience. Bouquet held a fantastic malt head, combined with slight curry and annis scents. Bold, early malt character at first taste, with some sweet alcohol imparted over the draught. Cinnamon followed at end. There seemed to be a definite Christmas spiciness to the whole proceedings.

I could gorge on many of these fine brews from the wonderful state of Maine

05-28-2004 20:58:45 | More by Truh
Photo of Mitchster


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

7.0% ABV, OG=1.064, 750ml bottle Batch #24

Releasing the cage and popping the cork with a hefty release of gas, this decanted brew pours out to a very clear dark-ruby, forming a poofy and rocky peaking tan head with excellent retention and solid sheets of clumpy sea-foam lacing. The head is so thick that the second pour retains a slant, later forming cerebral appearing sulci and gyri. Aroma is very rich and pleasing....immediately distinct with potent raw apple cider. The apples are so pronounced, I can smell slightly sour Macintosh apple skins. There is a warming aroma of cleanly fermented alcohol with suggestions of darker fruits to come (which don't). Carbonation is medium-strong. Mouthfeel is initially semi-spritzy and gaseous with a peppery dry astringency in the finish and a medium-light body. Taste starts out with spicy phenolics, apple juice, dark-n-dry cider, and potent cloves followed by a dry and spicy blast of alcohol, then some lingering herbal and woody notes in the dry finish. No dark fruits or bananas, but a touch of yeast, juniper, and cedar in the middle. There is a very subtle mouthfeel and taste of either deeply toasted wheat malt or roasted barley. There is only a slight bitterness throughout. The abundance of peppery alcohol makes you think it's stronger than it really is. The alcohol warms the gullet. This really feels, act's and tastes like a 10% ABV brew. As it warms, it doesn't change or evolve at all.

While this is certainly a high quality brew, I expect more out of my dubbels. This was unique and very enjoyable, but I wanted more malt body and a bit more complexity. This was very one-dimensional, but enjoyable for what it's worth.

04-24-2004 02:58:46 | More by Mitchster
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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