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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,527 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,527
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 41
Gots: 132 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 1,527 | Reviews: 763
Photo of SilentSabre
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

$6,21 Kwik Liquor North Green River Rd. Evansville, Ind. USA
Says, "Batch #56"

This looked and smelled quite nicely, but everything else was rather ho-hum. The colour was a medium leaning toward medium dark cloudy brown with a beautiful head. Wonderful head retention, too. This looked really nice in my glass. The smell was nice, as well, consisting of caramel and roasted grains, but no really discernable, specific profile. There was also a musty smell present, as well, that reminded me of a damp basement. I find this with some frequency in many Belgian styles.
Taste was a bit of a dissappointment. It wasn't bad, but I felt it lacked alot of depth. It was sweet and had a decent flavour to it, I suppose, but it certainly had no complexity. I found it rather challenging to locate and pin down specific flavour profiles other than simply, "It's malty and sweet..". Mouthfeel was a bit of a disaster, for the style anyway, as it was very thin and lifeless. This is surprising considering the size of the head, and how long it lasted.
Overall, I'm glad I had the chance to review this, but this simply isn't for me. My other one will most likely be used as trade bait.

Photo of khiasmus
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber/ruby with three fingers of thick white head that sticks to the glass.

S- Strong malt, with hints of banana, toast, nutmeg, pepper, caramel, corn syrup, and a touch of warm alcohol.

T- Not nearly as sweet or malt-balanced as I expected. Good malt character that includes some banana and toast, but not nearly as complex as the nose.

M- Medium body with medium carbonation and a smooth finish. Good, but not special.

D- Since it's not as complex as many a dubbel, it's easily drinkable. However, the converse is true... it's not as enjoyable.

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color with not much carbonation apparent. The aroma is strong and malty with some hints of fruit, mainly raisin and some coffee characteristics. Taste isn't far away from the aroma with more of a malty, coffee flavor and not much else in the taste. Definitely a strong one. Malty but definitely not chewy. Mouthfeel is a bit uninspiring. Not bad but I can say that I've had better.

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

I thought this beer was quite good and quite complex. The flavors were a really nice blend of roastness and touches of sourness and cloviness. Quite distinctive...and recommended.

Appearance is a hazy red-brown with very good head formation. Aroma was very roasty, plus a touch of sourness that I really liked. Flavor was more of the same, plus some spiciness. Mouthfeel was smooth and good. Quite a good beer.

A 4-pack of 12 oz bottles I bought from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

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

It pours a dark brown with a thick, foamy head. The aroma yields an earthy, yeasty smell. It has a strong malt taste with raisin and date tones, without a great deal of sweetness, but a slight hint of sour. The tartness of the alcohol is also apparent from a deep sniff. Not very hoppy nor bitter, but a thick mouthfeel lingers on the tongue and the back of the throat. Nice drinkability if you don't mind the yeast coating your tongue. It goes very well with Mediterranean food.

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

750ml corked and caged brown bottle labeled "batch 59."

Pours opaque copper-tinged brown with small but persistent creamy tan head. The smell is entirely appropriate for the style; full of candi sugar, cherries, caramel, and alcohol-laced tropical fruit. In flavor, the beer tends more towards fruity softness and toasted malt. Pineapple and pear notes lead to a semi-sweet caramel and cocoa powder center. Finishes with drying toasted biscuit and coffee malt notes and some warming spicy alcohol fruitiness. The medium-rich body is heavily slanted towards creaminess, becoming increasingly smooth and luxurious as the beer warms. A very good dubbel!

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

Batch number 60, pours a dark coppery-brown that sports a dense two-finger beige head with good retention. Nice clingy lace and plenty of carbonation give this brew a great appealing look.

Sweet malt and spicy yeast stand out in the nose. Dusty and earthy, with a light sweetness of fig, raisins, plum, clove and banana.

The flavor is much the same as the smell with the addition of a sharp bittering hop, drying the finish. This batch seems a bit less sweet than previous ones I've tasted and not as dimentional. A medium body that's a little brash on the tongue.

Overall drinkability is good and is a good interpretation of the style...this is a very tasty, Belgian inspired ale of quality.

Photo of BadRockBeer
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 750ml corked and caged brown bottle. Features batch number (58) and serving instructions.

Appearance: Burn copper in color slight haze. Very tight tan head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Some what of an estery yeast lingers in the nose. Malt is quite pronounced, biscuity.

Taste: Belgian yeast is first to greet you. Phenolic notes run throughout. Several dried fruits cherries, plums. The finish is quite dry with a large roasty malt complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, light well balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. This is an easy drinker for such a complex beer. As most know Allagash Brewing is one of the best American/Belgian breweries in the states. The beer is a great example of their abilities and quality.

Photo of Albertv05
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into a chalice type glass with a little bit of off-white lacing; I was expecting more since dubbels usually have higher carbonation levels. The color was a nice dark mahogany brown with a little bit of haze which was okay.

The aroma was what I was expecting but just a bit lacking. I could pick out candi sugar, belgian malts, plums, and a little spiciness from the yeast in the aroma.

The flavor was smooth and well blended. Again, dark fruits, malt, candi sugar stuck out. Not nearly enough yeast characteristic in the taste which was disappointing.

Over all this wasn't a great dubbel but it was still good. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this again unless it was on tap someplace. I think Allagash played it a little too safe with this beer. Fermentation must have been kept too cool too long because there seems to be a huge void where some belgian yeast characteristics should be. I'm being pretty critical, so I'd like to repeat this still is a good beer, just not fantastic.

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

This beer pours a dark foggy amber with a touch of raisin color to it. The head is just a thin collar of light tan.

Smells of prunes, brown sugar, under-ripe strawberries and an overall gentle sourness.

Tastes surprisingly sour for the style with a bit of thin maple syrup and old coffee over tart cherries, concord grapes and dry leaves.

The mouthfeel is light with an unobtrusive carbonation.

Uninspiring, especially considering the two I had before this one.

Photo of BobThomas
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml (batch 40) bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a chestnutty redish color with a small white head that quickly faded to a decent lacing. Tiny bubbles make their way to the top of the glass. The smell reveals a malt forward brew with a chalky, candied vanilla aroma with some definite earthiness. Taste reveals more of the same with an more alcoholic finish than expected and some lingering chalkiness. Perhaps some oxidation in the bottle. Theres kind of a bitey carbonation that i'm not too fond of but the beer is pretty creamy feeling other than that. I'm going to leave the mouthfeel as an average rating and blame it on oxidation. An okay beer, not the best Allagash brew I've ever had, but still drinkable.

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

Batch #51
Dark amber brown in color with a thick offwhite creamy head. Smell is nutty with spiced fruits with a toffy sweetness. Taste is spicy fruits, toffee with a good hop bite and a carbonation zing, having a medium mouthfeel. Though for me its a little too much on the carbonation side, I would like to try another batch # to get a new perspective on it.

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Mesa Liquors on Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara, CA. It's a decent place to find the occasional rare microbrew for the area, but the selection is very small and so it's not worth a long trip.

A - Brown body with a slight orange tint. Medium head with good lacing and great staying power.
S - Yeasty scents. Mushy old grapes. Malty sweetness.
T - Quite spicey in a general kind of way. I can't pin point any one flavor, just an overall spice flavor like a winter warmer.
M - Moves over the entire tongue smooth and pleasantly.
D - A good melding of flavor and fairly subtle masking of the alcohol content makes this a very drinkable brew.

Photo of flexabull
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beer pours a dull cloudy brown color with a faint head.

Aromas are bready, sweet, yeast like, and with a bit of tart apple.

Taste is dry, and lean. There is a slightly tart apple like character, there is also a sour and dusty flavor on the finish. This is nothing special... it's a pretty average tasting Dubbel.

The mouthfeel is way too lean. This has a really thin and watery character.

Drinkability is not bad. It's not a bad tasting beer, but it's pretty boring and underwhelming. I'd probably pass this one by in the store.

Thanks for the chance jpagewatts.

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

A- Huge tan head on a very dark brown body and when help to light you get some dark red hues.
S- Dark fruit esters, big helping of malts, light grass and earthy hops.
T- Toffee malts come through big with some darker fruits. Some light grass hops come through leaving a light bitterness on them. There is one main flavor that I just can't seem to pick out. It is almost like a coffee flavor.
M- Medium body with low carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. I have had some better dubbels. The fruits don't come through as big as I would of expected.

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

thanks to bwyker for this, it was my first trade.

pours a hazy dark bronze, with some orange hues, the head is light tan and quickly disappears in to a few stray patches of very fine bubbles.
the aroma is very soft, subtle, malty, hint of citrus, some alcohol.
the flavor is also very soft, malty, fruity, balanced, subtule not any flavor over powering the other. I really like this brewery, they have the belgian brewing down, an american chimay

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.

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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