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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

772 Reviews
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Reviews: 772
Hads: 1,614
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: 772 | Hads: 1,614
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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Photo of Andrew041180
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured gently into an Allagash glass. The beer is mostly brown, with some copper highlights. A small head builds naturally and then recedes as I drink the beer down slowly. There is always at least a skimming of head and it leaves a pleasant lacing on the glass.

S - Faint smell, I left the bottle out for at least 30 minutes to warm, maybe that wasn't long enough. What I can detect is mild sweetness and a little bit of yeast.

T - Follows the nose with the malty sweetness, not overpowering, but clearly the dominant flavor in this beer. The yeast takes on a slight bit of banana flavor, similar to a German hefe. It's very nice.

M - Soft carbonation and a medium body make this one a pleasure to swirl around. On the dry side, and with a bit of a thrill on the tongue on the finish.

O - Excellent beer. I picked it up as part of a mix-six, so not sure how the pricing follows. I'll be looking into it again. My sense is that it's probably going to cost more than I'd like to pay on a regular basis, but hopefully I'm wrong.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearence: finger of white/tan head that retains reasonably well. Color is a cloudy, dark tan/brown. Streams of bubbles risinf to the surface.

Smell: aroma is lacking. Belgian yeast mostly. Hint of wheat.

Taste: taste is mild, in a good way. Smooth Belgian style bread, some fruit. Not too complex but still fits the belgian dubble profile. Very unique.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly crisp, very carbonated.

Overall: was really pleasantly surprised. I excpected a strong belgian ale where I got something that had the flavor profile of a belgian ale but was much smoother and more drinkable then I would have guessed. Would buy sooner then I would other strong belgian beers.

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Photo of brureview
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is better at 50+F- although there are taste subtleties which are different in the 45-50F temps.

The beer poured a light tea color with a 1 finger head into a Stone Barley wine glass.
I like this glass for beers with strong accentuated tastes.

The aroma was light lemon and spice- the dominant aroma.

The mouth feel was very carbonated.

The taste and finish changed with warming. At lower serving temps, the taste was very spicy-some lemon. As the beer warmed, there was a refreshing bitterness along with a mild alcohol finish.

Overall, an excellent Dubbel. Different than Belgian brewed and with more a strong clove spicy character.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Color is a brownish red color. Small head formed on the pour with very low active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Lacing on the glass was minimal.

Smell: A robust caramel malt aroma greets the drinker. The medium bodied fruits brighten up the brew quite a bit with accents of pepper and spices. Smokey malt picked up on the back end.

Taste: the front is earthy tones of prairie grass. Dry grains, sticky dough, and medium bodied fruits provide a solid body. Bananas, clove, straw, and pepper stick around on the palate for a while after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry, some fruity sweetness, with a slightly creamy body.

Overall: Can always count on Allagash for a solid brew. I could have used a strong malt body with maybe some more darker fruit accents. Overall very good though.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A brisk pour creates a small 1/2 finger of creamy froth that settles to a few clumps. The color is a deep caramel red.

The aroma is nicely Belgian with a sour tart note and yeasty. Very subtle malt aroma.

The taste is more of the sour tang just like it smells. The second sip produces more of the medium roasted malt taste along with some spice from the yeast. No real sweetness to this beer, very well attenuated. Peppery, berry flavors. Some earthy hops arrive on the finish.

Motuhfeel is crisp with light carbonation. Body is light/med.

Overall a nice brew to satisfy the mood for a Belgium beer and an OK value when purchased on sale.

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Photo of Curtis
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a damned fine beer. Poured a clear copper into the official kronenbourg beer reviewing glass. Tight bubbles, more resembling foam like guiness. Incredibly smooth. Mouthfeel is amazing, carbonation is perfect. Some fruit, light oak, touch of smoke.... great balance. Rich, yet subtle. Aroma has a slight wine touch to it and a little wiff of alcohol. Again, the balance covers this nicely. Smoooth.. the alabash brewers are the master craftsmen. This would make a nice pairing with a big, juicy steak.

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Photo of youngs11
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper-colored and rather translucent in appearance, visible carbonation. Half inch head displays great retention and there is good lacing.

Pretty mild aroma. Yeast is up-front in the nose, grain is apparent as well.

Taste is very balanced. Not in your face with the malt profile, and just enough bitterness to break even on the taste buds.

MF is excellent. Smooth and silky. While the carbonation is noticeable, it is not tingly at all. Feels medium bodied.

Overall I really enjoyed this brew. Excellent feel and balanced in taste. I am no Dubbel guru, but I would recommend trying one.

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Photo of gr0g
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is cloudy, reddish-brown with orange highlights. Fluffy, creamy head leaves some streaks of lace in its wake. Aroma leads with a chalky yeast character, then some faint fruit notes follow. Not much going on.

Dry flavor profile, very little malty sweetness or residual sugars detectable. It's definitely on the lighter end of the Dubbel scale. Ripe dark fruit flavors and light caramel malt backbone. Bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is the highlight of the show thanks to very fine, soft carbonation. No harshness or prickliness at all.

Allagash has a nice Dubbel here, but it's notably lacking in "pop." With Ommegang also readily available in 4-packs, this is kind of a hard sell.

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Photo of DavidBart
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As always, Allagash rarely disappoints. As different as the beer styles are, they all have a common thread. Whether it's the White or this Dubbel, there's that common characteristic which I love.

This one is murky brown. Not a see through beer, yet still translucent. Small head that quickly dissipates but leaves nice lacing. Medium bodied. It's sort of a Dubbel Light. Pleasant and refreshing. Not overly characteristic.
Overall a nice beer. I'm not sure if I'm going to go out of my way to seek it out again, but if it pops up on a menu somewhere, I will not be reluctant to order it up. Cheers!

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

very light for a dubbel, in both color and flavor and even alcohol. it pours a pale muted reddish rust color with a prominent cream colored head of big bubbles, Belgian yeast is obvious on looks alone. the nose agrees, dark fruity notes from the malt, and a slight spice, complimented by robust Belgian yeast that has fermented basically all sugar here. this isn't sweet like so many dubbels, its almost dry, subtly flavored, and then disappearing on the tongue. figs and honey are noticeable in the flavor, as is rich red malt. it finishes especially clean for the style, owing in part to its high level of carbonation. only medium bodied at most, this is more drinkable than many versions of the style, but it lacks the depth that makes the style great in my opinion. a good beer, especially in the fall, but allagash has proven itself to be capable of far better things, which is more of a compliment to their operation than a knock on this particular beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in goblet, signature Chinatown glass.

Appearance: A deep red amber body with medium bubbles all over. The head is roughly half an inch coming an off white color.

Smell: fruity almost like grapes and yeast, nice but a little light for a dubbel.

Taste: Smooth complexity, grapey sweet with a bready feel. Has a bit sourness to it and a black cherry feel on the finish.

Mouth: Medium body throughout, smooth with a slight dry finish. Sticky enough, not bad at all.

Overall: I think this is my first Allagash review, but definitely not my first Allagash beer. Quality stuff but there's better out there. If good don't mind burning ten bucks for a 22 oz. bomber give it a go.Salud!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a Chimay goblet. I have been holding onto this bottle of batch 99 for a few years now. I think it was about time now to open it up.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy reddish brown with some clarity when held up to light and bubbles are seem coming up through the glass.

Smell: Spicy yeast, caramel malts, Belgian candy, dark fruits, alcohol, apples, and pear.

Taste: Spicy, a little boozy, raisins, caramel, apples, pears, Belgian candy, yeasty esters

Mouthfeel: A little dry, medium to high carbonation, medium bodied, a little tingly, and a little boozy.

Overall: I have had this before, but I think the bottle aging for a few years made it better. I should held onto it for a few more. Oh well, still an awesome beer.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Allagash Brewing Company - Allagash Dubbel Ale, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours dark hazy maroon brown with a good sized soapy head that retains well. Lacing is there but quite sparse.

Smell - Belgian sour, dates, and nuts, a faint hint of chocolate and sweet in the malts. Brett stands out the most.

Taste - Fruity and sweet, then Belgian sour and bitter overrides. It's not one-dimensional, but it heavily favors the sour/bitter to a point where you lose some of the fruit and sweet creaminess.

Mouthfeel - Rests bitter. On the boozier side for 7%. Medium-bodied. Throat hot. Decent drinkability.

Overall - Not much to say, it is what it is. Why go Dubbel when you can go Tripel? Still, a solid Allagash offering.

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

A - Nut-brown, hints of orange or red. Extremely murky center. Poured about a 1 1/2 finger head, which quickly dissipated down to a thin residue. Head is slightly off-white, and lacing is unremarkable.

S - Light scent, nothing overpowering. Some Belgian candi and dark fruit. Slight alcohol scent.

T - Very pleasant. Light first taste, with sweetness and candi coming in, finished with notes of nuts, cherries, prunes, and other dark fruit. Slightly more developed flavor than the nose implied. Chewing reveals a more vibrant flavor profile.

M - This is a medium-bodied beverage. There is some alcohol and carbonation sting, but it's mostly smooth. Significant foaming if you try to swish or chew it, but that also reveals more flavor. Oily, and clings to the throat.

O - This is a reasonably complex Dubbel, very good for the price point. It's lighter than its Trappist cousins, but it's not missing anything in the flavor profile.

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

Poured on-tap at the brewery tasting room, the beer is a vibrant, caramel-brown coloring with a thin, white, filmy surface coating of head. Heart aromas of nut and toffee, with hints of booze and smoke. Flavors of roast and smoke initially, with a nutty sweetness forming a solid backbone. Subtle, tangy sweetness at the end of the palate and into the aftertaste. Smoke rejoins the toffee and nut sweetness in the aftertaste, blending into a smooth, light finish despite the robust palate and body throughout. Easy to drink and pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy red brown with two-finger, off-white, fizzy, foamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet. Dark fruit. Caramel malt. Belgian yeast and spice.

T: Moderate to high sweetness and light bitterness. Cherries, caramel malt, and Belgian spice.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Pretty good, but not the best. I like Ommegang much better.

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

Good Dubbel. Pours a muddy brown color with a medium size antique white head into my Chimay goblet. The head is well carbonated, delicate bubbles. There are flecks of lacing on the glass. Smell is fairly mild, a little Belgian yeast and some bready malt.

The flavor is the same as the aroma but much more ramped up. A strong malty backbone with very pronounced Belgian yeast presence.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth as silk. Not much in the way of hops but that is right for the style.

Good one. I could sip on this all night.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I poured this yukky beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy, amber in color and poured a nice frothy tan head. The smell was nice whispering notes of creamy caramel and nutty goodness that makes you just want to bite it. Then you drink it and the dream is over. SOUR yuk, SOUR beer. Abbey sourness I can't stand. I will not buy again.

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Photo of harrymel
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

Browk with cherry hues, some central foam. Smells of traditional belgian yeast: sweet, some malts, some cheery, almond and a touch of shock coller. Medium bodied with thigh, higher carb and forward carb with a semi dry fnish. I'd drink aggain but 'I'm not likely to order again in a pub.

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

A - pours a hazy amber with almost no head. Moderate bubbles.

S - mild aroma of Belgian yeast and soft spice. Nothing much from the hops.

T - soft citrus and caramel malt. Tangy and slightly dry.

M - low-medium body, creamy, moderate carbonation and low bitterness.

O - not the greatest example of the style, but not bad either. Flawless, smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of bensbeers
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter. Color is between ruby red and mahogany with a loose off-white head; slightly hazy; low retention; minimal-moderate lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet; candy, caramelized sugar; a hint of floral, earthy hops. Taste is a mellow sweetness; can definitely taste the Belgian yeast; nutty with a hint of banana; a little boozy. Feel is pretty light; carbonation is nice; no lingering aftertaste.

Overall, not too impressed with this. Glad I tried it, but was hoping for a better offering from Allagash. The smell and taste were lacking. Maybe they were trying to understate these two components, but it didn't keep my interest. Will move on to try their Tripel and Quad soon. Cheers!

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into goblet.

A - Classic look of Belgian dubbel. Nice head, beautiful color, nice lacing on glass.

S - Pretty standard smell, but maybe just a tad light.

T - Enjoyable (especially at first). Maybe just a tad thin and watery. Still, the malty and bready flavors come through.

M - While the taste is thin, the mouth is not quite so. Pretty standard medium body.

O - This is an enjoyable beer, but certainly not in the elite of dubbels. I won't avoid it in the future, but I do prefer Allagash's Tripel.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before sitting down at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient sheet of lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Belgian yeast brings notes of banana and bubble gum and the carbonation provides nice effervescence. Also some mild spice and a twinge of wild funk.

T- Bready malt melds with yeasty richness and some herbal spice. Has a clean taste with very little hop characteristic. Alcohol is incredibly well-subdued creating a very smooth drink. Speaking of smoothness, there's a slight butter flavor that bounces off the sweetness. Soft notes of toffee and caramel.

M- A bit spritzy from the medium-high carbonation. The body is about as medium as it gets.

O- One of the best dubbels I've ever had, if not the best.

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Photo of thlayli87
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy reddish amber color with thin head. No lacing.

S - Toffee and chocolate malt aromas.

T - Chocolate, roasty malts, bread, hint of lemon, and some alcohol.

M - Fairly light bodied.

O - The flavor profile is excellent but the mouthfeel is a little thin. I would have appreciated a little more thickness. Good representation of the style. Would not hesitate to buy again.

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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