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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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very good

771 Reviews
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Reviews: 771
Hads: 1,612
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 53
Gots: 176 | 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:
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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Reviews: 771 | Hads: 1,612
Photo of Shade1951
3/5  rDev -21.1%

I found this ale disappointing. It has a nice appearance, but I am just not getting the aromas many other reviewers have alluded to. I get something quite mild and vaguely fruity.

There is something a bit acrid in the taste. Another reviewer described a flavor of burnt rubber - and while I don't find the flavor that in-your-face acrid, I can see where he was coming from.

Obviously, different people have different receptors in their taste buds. I will finish drinking this, but I can't say that I'm enjoying it.

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Photo of m_hall
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gentle pour from a 750 ml bottle (Batch 113, if you're playing along at home) into a tulip glass. Color is clear, dark honey (took care not to disturb the yeast sediement on the initial pour) crowned by a light tan three-finger head that fell to a sparse film, leaving light lacing on the glass. Naturally there was increasing haziness as the bottle was finished.

Nose is sweetly aromatic- dried fruits, malts, with just a hint of cloves. Traces of alcohol in the background, but not to nose-burning intensity.

Taste is sweet up front- caramel, candi sugar, ripe fruits and an almost chocolate note. The flavors progress into a green apple-like tartness (quite Belgian) with toasted nuts leading to a fairly dry finish that has an almost woody quality that lingers a bit. Hops are quite subdued.

Mouth-feel is moderately rich without being syrupy; not heavy, but not too light. Carbonation is medium, just enough to tingle.

An outstanding American representative of the Belgian style, faithful but memorable in its own right. This one stands up alongside Ommegang's offerings as the best of US breweries attempting this form.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper/amber color. A thin head quickly dissipates into a very thin white lace that sticks to the sides of the glass and disappears completely towards the end of the drink.
The aroma is my favorite attribute of this beer! I smell malty sweetness with hints of maple syrup, caramel, belgian candy sugar and coffee.
The taste is complex. Sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, grains, a hint of spice, yeast as well as a creamy/milky finish that reminds me of a cafe au lait. The finish also has a slightly dry element.
The feel is rich, heavy, creamy and robust. It feels like a meal. Served cold, it is refreshing at the same time. The carbonation is low but still tickles the tongue.
Overall, this is a solid dubbed; a Belgian style that I love. I have thus far enjoyed all of Allagash's products, and this one is no different.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

Thanks 302BeerGuy for this trade.

Appearance (4.25) : Has a creamy cap that's somewhere between beige and off-white. Three fingers is the number. Body is kind of a blood-orange to orange tint and 70% opacity. Nice lacing on the glass in rings.

Aroma (3.75) : Malty with some alcohol. Smell of discarded fruit rinds and some acorn. Slight wood, slight banana peel. Bouquet is weak to medium strength.

Taste (3.25) : A bit of sour and lightly metallic alcohol strikes the first blow, giving way to a wheaty bubble gum flavor on the finish. There's really only two sides to this coin. Very simple. Sour alcohol, bubble gum wheat. After a short while (say, 10 minutes) the beer takes on a medicinal taste...with slight bubble gum. I actually ended up pouring it after I finished the review.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Medium bodied, semi-creamy, mild carbonation, ends pasty on the tongue.

Overall (3.38) : Eh, it's okay. I wouldn't have it again unless there was nothing else available. It's an impressive ale, but nothing world class and nothing especially outstanding. Very simple but has a few too many metallic notes going on in the flavor profile.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass
A: Translucent amber color with a one-finger head
S: Caramel, fig, a bit of spice
T: Caramel/brown sugar, raisin/fig, a bit of wheat/yeast
F: Medium-bodied, pleasant carbonation, not too sweet
O: Solid flavors but most importantly well-balanced

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Photo of fx20736
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice at cellar temp.

Look: Turbid honeyed Ochre with a thin Beige head, scant lacing.

Smell: bruised fruits; overripe apples, peaches, raisins, sultanas

Taste:fruity like aroma with a touch of sage like bitterness

Feel: supple, slippery, smooth

overall: very good American Dubbel. I miss a strong Belgian yeast presence which holds this one back a little.

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Photo of illpass78
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a murky amber with a finger-width off-white head. Leaves spotty lacing behind. Carbonation a little more than average.

Aroma: Smells of dark fruit, especially figs, along with orange marmalade, woodiness, and malt.

Taste: Follows the nose, with figs and prunes leading the way, and some molasses and toffee present as well.

Mouthfeel: Great depth. Perfect for a slow sip.

Overall: Really tasty Belgian-style ale. Tons of flavor, nice sturdiness. Somewhat wine-like in its complexity. Allagash can do no wrong.

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Photo of yarnbomb
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

I just don't like this beer. Every bottle I've had tastes like rubber tires and disappointment. The drafts haven't been much better. I love Allagash but this beer makes me sad.

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Photo of Act25
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%

Allagash does belgian really well.

A: 3.75 - Hazy brown beer, with a dreamy creamy head and only a little lace. While the beer gets better as it warms, the appearance flags.
S: 4.25 Well-rounded meld of brown sugar and fruit, with a church like wood smell and dark walnuts.
T: 4.25 equal to the smell - Sweetness is tempered by spice, nuts, pepper and a wine like / tannin feel. Oaky, dusty, and very complex.

MF: 4 - Fine mouth feel long hop drying finish, gets better as she warms. Good last beer of evening. Plenty of complexity to meditate on.

Other reviewers says it cellars well.

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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Prune and dark dried fruit aromas, toffee and a hint of chocolate
Pours deep reddish brown under a thick, persistent, off-white 2" foam cap that produces classic cathedral window lace.
Dark malt toffee flavors that approach chocolate, dried fruit - primarily prune and fig, a touch of sweetness but on the dry side for a dubbel
Creamy smooth medium body with above average fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, amber/brown color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty, bready, and slightly funky. From the Belgian yeast maybe? There are some notes of crystalized sugar and dried stone fruit, such as prunes or raisins. Toffee.

Taste: Yep, that’s a Belgian dubbel! Strong notes of malt and freshly baked sourdough bread, followed by some toffee-like sweetness, dried stone fruit, like prunes or raisins or figs, and a little bit of Belgian funk. Really, really good!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, as a dubbel should be, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is a surprising little amount of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a really, really good American version of a Belgian dubbel! Malty, earthy, bready, fruity, funky, slightly sweet, delicious!

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Look: Dark amber brown with red hues. Big Frothy off white head that disappeared quickly. Smell: Belgian spicy yeast, roasted malt, black wild cherries, candy sugar, toffee sweetness as the brew gets warmer. Taste: wheat, mild spicy yeast, candy sugar, cherries in the backend, roasted nut type of flavor, bread dough. Feel: medium body, boring carbonation.

Overall: this is an ok brew, the only weakness this provides is the boring carbonation, it isn’t as lively as I would have liked but it comes together nicely. This is worthy.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown to reddish with a one finger head that dissipated a little fast, nice lacing, with good carbonation

Softer aroma than expected, some hints of dark fruits, plums and prunes, figs, not much in way of spices, a little biscuit like

More cocoa than chocolate, with a little nut flavor, not as pronounced as a nut brown ale, but similar, definitely the American side of this attempt at a Dubbel

Very smooth and full mount feel, with a little alcohol at the finish, I may have had my temperature in the fridge a little too cold for this one. That being said, perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite from Allagash, but it is a decent American attempt that deserves a look from us. I really think that Allagash does a good job at not only representing this type, but capturing the whole spectrum of Belgian ales. An above average ale, no shame in serving this or ordering. I will go back again. A very nice break from the dozen or so IPAs you will run across tonight.

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Photo of richj1970
3.8/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with one finger head. Spotty lacing.

S: Biscuit malts and yeast esters. Dark fruits. Hint of spice.

T: Dark fruits. Plum, dates. Cinnamon, clove, and peppery spice. Ripe bananas.

M: Full bodied with a residual sweetness.

O: Nice dubbel. Like most things I've tried from Allegany, very well done.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear cranberry red color with some mahogany shades. Minimal off-white froth but with good retention.

(S)- Lots of biscuit-like yeast. Plenty of bubblegum meets some dark fruits and banana at the end.

(T)- Very similar to the smell with a dry biscuity yeast meets some dark fruits, banana, and subtle bubblegum.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A slight grainy feel the the beer texture-wise, but tastes great and minimal bitterness.

(O)- Not many american brewers makes a great dubbel, but this one is one of the best I have had from the states.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a. Nice brown color, cloudy, with 1.5 finger tan head. Disappears quickly into a trace skimming the top.

s. Spicier than expected - malt coriander, cinnamon

t. Coriander from the spice or the yeast, alcohol on the finish

m. For a 7% ABV it does not hide the alcohol well. Dry, alcohol finish hurts mouthfeel.

o. OK Beer - Coriander kills it for me, but if you like coriander, give this a try.

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Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a light bright ruby red. Light for the style.

The aroma has cherry, Belgian yeast, sugar, and lots of spice.

The flavor follows with candy sweetness, lots of Belgian spice as in pepper, an herbal quality with sage. It is a dry brew on the finish.

A decent dubbel.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dusty brown that looks amber in the light. It is pretty cloudy and has three fingers of perfect tan head creamy that rockily settles to a fat half finger. Very good; some strings of clumpy lacing.

Warm and spicy. Dark fruits, wine, hard water, cloves, some yeasty phenols.

Soft, smooth, and slightly nutty. Chocolate, rum, raisins, nuts, bubblegum, brown sugar, clove. Very good.

Almost-coating and medium to full bodied. There is a lot of prickly carbonation and a really lush, velvety feel to it. Slight, clean finish.

Very, very good dubbel.
This is a nice drinking, Belgian-tasting beer that is a pleasure to quaff. I think it tastes a lot like a brown in some respects, but the Belgian yeast characteristics, head, cloudiness, smell, etc. is all there.
Beautiful and pleasing in just about every aspect. Very solid version of possibly my favorite style.
This is the first beer I have had from these guys and I am definitely looking forward to trying more.
Will have again; well worth looking for.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Lightly hazy brownish amber color with a decent sized off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Brown sugar, clove, and pepper yeasty esters dominate the aroma. Hints of dark dried fruits round out the nose. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Nice light easy drinking dubbel.

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Photo of tbraun1
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cloudy amber with a nice rich head. Inviting. Smells like sweet caramel malts with just a hint of alcohol to bite the nose. Tastes rich with sweet biscuity malts, clove, and a little lemon bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant and resinous on the tongue. Overall, enjoyed this brew and would buy again.

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Photo of Abra
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a small, but persistent head.
Aroma is Belgian spice, yeasty, dark fruit, and malt.

Taste begins with a strong malt presence which is followed by dark fruit/yeast and a subtle touch of sweetness at the end that blends with the bitterness very nicely. Picking up on hints of chocolate, molasses, and a definite roasted nut flavor. It finishes dry and has a high carbonation level.

Overall, a very nice Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this bottle is fairly old...

A: Ruby with a thin bubbly head and lacing that slides down the snifter

S: Nutty and plums. I pick up a hint of noble hops - I'm probably just crazy.

T: Complex and loaded with dark fruits such as raisins, plums, and also a nutty flavor. Somewhat warming.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

O: I measure most belgian beers against breweries such as Ommegang and Chimay and this surpassed both of their dubbels in my book. Complex, layered, dry, and balanced. Great dubbel.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Vin 909 in an Allagash glass

A-Pours a burnt orange red color, with one finger of head. Decent lacing.

S-Aromas are full of dark fruits including dates, figs, raisins, also some toffee and other sweet malts.

T-Taste is of dark fruits, now i get cherries, figs, raisins, and a slight nuttiness.

M-Mouthfell is well balanced great carbonation. Has a finish that is clean and smooth with very good drinkability.

O-Overall, this is a great brew away to go Allagash!

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Photo of deebo
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 750 ml bottle that is a couple years old, picked up on a trip to CA. Batch 100.

Poured into a widemouth glass, a couple fingers of a beige creamy head emerge topping a relatively clear brown brew with ruby red highlights. Great lacing. As I get the yeast out in the 2nd glass the murkiness is as expected.

Aroma cold is dubbelish-sweet malts with plenty of ripe fruit. The malt character is a little stronger than most Belgians with a stronger roasted note. The fruity esters are strong with definite notes of prune and chocolate covered raisins.

Initial taste is at about 35-40F and very smooth. The malt and fruity esters from the yeast dominate. I should let this warm up to let more flavors come out but this is damn tasty cold.

Nice mouthfeel, slight carbonation tang in the finish. Dry. Slight warming, but doesn't hit you until its way down deep.

This dubbel is a little heavier in the roasted barley malt than most. The fruitiness is definite but lacks the flavor complexity of the greats such as Westmalle. A super easy to drink dubbel with plenty of good stuff going on. Well done. Wish I could get Allagash easier here in MN, would be drinking the hell out of there beers-especially the white.

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Photo of Guden
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium brown with a few small specks of a head.

S- Cherry, fig, prune, toffee, cardamom, allspice, toast

T- Like the nose, pronounced fruit, toffee sweetness and spice. A bit of a sour, roasty, dry moderately bitter finish.

M- Fairly dry with moderate, prickly carbonation.

O- A decent dubbel, though far from my favorite. The yeast character comes off similar to Chimay Red but something about the finish seems muddled, with the combination of dry, roast and sour flavors. One of the better American version, but not as good as any of the true trappists.

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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