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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,246 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1246
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Photo of JChristopher


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptional beer. It shines a brilliant garnet red in the glass as it sports a thick, creamy off-white head, which laces nicely. Bananas and cloves tickle the nose as a rich brown sugar scent satisfies. The taste? Remarkable. The spice hits the tongue immediately followed by a rush of light sweetness. It's subtly estery. Belgian yeast is at the forefront, that is for sure. It has a very rich malty flavor with a hint of herbal hop. The mouthfeel is lightly creamy and all too spectacular. Try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 02:45:15 | More by JChristopher
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cherry brown, cloudy fizzy which foams atop and fades into a light top layer. Dark fruit smell. Rich complex malty taste, candi sugar. Some yeast. Bubblegum too, but just a little.

Tasty, blended well. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 12:11:34 | More by KTCamm
Photo of haazer


3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml. Batch 102

A- Loud pop and gunsmoke. Frothy off white foam settles to a nice half finger cap. The brew is a lovely ruby red, with shades of dark cranberry. This is the most transparent dubbel, yet it's still almost fully opaque. Light does shine through to reveal lively carbonation.

S- Bready, sweet and caramel malt profile. A Belgian yeast profile in here, and some toffee candy characteristic. Some phenols, and a subdued bit of dark fruit.

T- A little bit sweetness, bread and caramel. Some toffee, and a bit of plum. Nothing really stands out though. Not offensive, but not pleasing. A tiny bit of nuttiness too.

M- Medium bodied and HIGHLY carbonated. This is the most carbonated a brew with this heavy a feel to it. Kinda takes away from this some.

O- Deffinitely had much better dubbels, and definitely had much better from Allagash. As a brewer of a lot of Belgian styles, this style isn't there strong suit. Doesn't deter my opinion of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 03:20:23 | More by haazer
Photo of tony223366


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

A: Right off the bat i have to say this is a beautiful beer. Ruby shaded amber with decent clarity. Its a little foggy though. Off white fluffy head. About two fingers that quickly receded.

S: i get lots of caramelly dark fruits. Primarily raisins. Some rich dark malts. Smells sweet as a dubbel should.

T: I'm surprised by the amount of chocolate i get in beer. Past that its a dubbel done right the caramel, dark fruits, sweetness and slight alcohol make this tasty. I do reallyenjoy that chocolate

M: mouth is medium and creamy.

O: a spot on tasty american dubbel. Bravo to Allagash

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 05:18:02 | More by tony223366
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. From the brewery.

A: Pours a ruby amber with a 3/4 finger off white head. Dissipates to a thin film within a minute. A fair amount of visible carbonation.

S: Dark fruits and roasty malt some hints of licorice or something spicy.

T: Has all of the qualities you would expect in a dubbel. Very true to the style. Malt forward with belgian rounding it out. Sweet with some carmel at the end.

M: Easy drinking, a little thin on the mouth though. Average carbonation. Could use a little cleaner finish.

Overall the flavor profile is what a dubbel should be. Although it doesnt add much too the style. It's great to see a belgian like this brewed in America.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:05:57 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of DrFayhee

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy brown-ruby coloring with a very thin head.
S: Maple-smelling malts, some caramel and nutmeg, pretty even throughout.
T: More hoppy than I expected from the smell. Some malty bready flavors up front and closes with a lot of spice and hop snap.
M: Too carbonated for me. Kind of evaporates in your mouth.

It's growing on me but I just wish it was less carbonated. It's a two-dimensional beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 03:44:03 | More by DrFayhee
Photo of modernartblues


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

Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet Tulip

A: dark-ruby-copper body, great clarity, off off white head, recedes to a thin cover, splashes of lacing

N: spices, candied sugar, peaches, hints of clove, tinge of belgian yeast, touches of sweetness

T: well balanced in flavor, spices, sugar, nuttiness, fruit notes are all present, with no note being in the forefront, the finish is dry and pleasant

M: medium to full

O: this is a style I am still getting acquainted with, but I quite enjoyed this offering from Allagash

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 23:56:40 | More by modernartblues
Photo of LiquidAmber


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

Review from 4/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium red-orange amber. Nice thick off white head and lacing. Looks good. Sweet malt, light fruit and Belgian spicing aroma. Complex fruit, sweet malt and spice flavor. Some spice and hop bitterness in the middle and finish, with a pleasant malt and clove element to the aftertaste. Somewhat more spiced and more reminiscent of a tripel in some respects. A different take on the dubbel that works well.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 03:34:18 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 3411-10:18. Sampled on Leap Day - Feb 29, 2012. The pour is a slightly cloudy medium amber with a generous fluffy tan head. It leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is alive with sweet malts, yeast, coriander and other spices, with a slight hop coating. The body is medium. The flavor is of candied malts and pepper. It ends fairly dry. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 01:13:39 | More by puboflyons
Photo of PhantasIPA


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

The appearance is a dark amber color that does not allow much light to pass through. It poured with a 3/4 inch head and looked like a classic ale.

The smell is pleasant. It has a dark, nutty smell with a touch of brown sugar.

The taste is crisp, nutty, sweet, and refreshing. I think it tastes great. Balance is a term often used in describing beer but this brew really does have it all in regard to balance. A beer this smooth with an alcohol content of 7% is hard to find.

The mouth feel is light and refreshing, a contrast to its color and nutty characteristic. Before the first sip I prepared for a heavy taste and feel, but got the opposite.

Good beer! Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 01:28:17 | More by PhantasIPA
Photo of grannaniwa


1.78/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours nice and brown with a creamy-looking head. Nose has a nice foundation of yeasty smells, but gets ruined (for me) by a sharp burnt rubber aroma mixed with some cooked corn.

Cooked corn overtones spoil most of the taste for me as well. Aftertaste of rubber. I feel like I am exhaling rubber fumes after I swallow. Either this is a bad bottle, or this just has a terrible mismatch of flavors for me. I will have to try this again at some point in the future.

Overall: D, I cannot finish the 12 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 02:08:09 | More by grannaniwa
Photo of 4thelvofbeer


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

This is the first Allagash beer I have enjoyed. I have heard a lot of good things about these beers and have accumulated a good stock of some of their other limited production beers that are in various stages of aging. Anyway, back to the dubbel...(drinking it as I am writing)

A: Golden brown with a nice head and carbonation
S: Fruity and light, pleasant
T: Very nice, fruits with almost a light plum flavor (I did just get finished drinking some pretty steep stouts!!)
M: Sweet and light, creamy and nice
O: Really good beer, a good start for my first Allagash!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:31:14 | More by 4thelvofbeer
Photo of kojevergas


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; I've yet to have a bad beer from Allagash. I'm really looking forward to this. Paired with pretzel goldfish. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm up over time. Batch 100.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream and thickness, and great retention - especially for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent caramel-amber. Appealing for the style. I expected it to be a bit darker.

Sm: Dry fruit esters. Cream and yeast. A light strength aroma.

T: Cream throughout, with dry fruit esters - plums, raisins, etc., and candied sugar. Some yeast, but it isn't overpowering. Not as malty as expected. The finish is lovely dried plum over cream. Light toasted malt is lovely but delightfully subtle. No alcohol comes through. Impressive layering. Complex yet subtle, and brilliantly balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Suits the flavour profile quite well. Not too thick nor too thin. Not too sharp or overcarbonated. Really well executed.

Dr/Ov: This would age fantastically. Extremely drinkable for the ABV. I'd definitely have this again, preferably aged (in a bottle, obviously). A fantastic dubbel. Allagash still has yet to disappoint me.


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 22:40:09 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle dark red and cloudy and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smells fruity with bananas and malty sweetness.

Tastes very fruity and malty much like the smell. There is a bitter alcohol after taste which isn't unpleasent. It's a little too sweet for me though.

Lightly carbonated and very smooth.

It's easy to drink but you can taste the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 18:02:03 | More by Dave1999
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass (later a borrowed chalice):

A: hazy brown body leaves a one finger off white head that only lasted several seconds, left some spotty lacing down the sides of the pint glass but clung to the sides of the chalice

S: yeast up front and then caramel, clove, dark fruits (raisins and plums), alcohol

T: all of the previously mentioned flavors combine and make it slightly bready sweet

M: medium, decent amount of harshness on the tongue, sweet aftertaste, slightly dry finish

O: a bit too much yeast for me, probably won't re-visit

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 00:58:35 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-a slightly hazy medium amber with a gorgeous fingers worth of creamy looking head

S-dark fruits, caramel, malt, and a spicy clove finish

T-taste is similar to the smell, brown bread like malt, caramel, light raisins, and spices. I am getting a high amount of carbonation that is very overpowering and also a slight metallic taste.

M-medium body, high carbonation, dry finish

Overall the look was perfect, smell was good, but the taste I just couldn't get into. Too much carbonation, too light on flavors, and has a very off putting metallic taste. I have had this beer before and it did not taste like this, hoping its just a bad batch.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 22:48:13 | More by ksimons
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 101

Mahogany body color with explosive Carbonation. Off white creamy head. Soap-like lacing left on the glass.

Mostly bananas and Belgian yeast. Not much else.

Dark dry fruits, bananas, Belgian yeast, some citrus fruits, brown sugar.

Dry mouth feel, carbonation is light, light to medium body. Nice mouth feel. It leaves the mouth slightly sticky.

I'm still trying to get used to and get to know more about Belgian beers. I have had quite a few Dubbel's before. This is tasty and reminds me of the ones I have had. This gets more complex and tasty as it sits.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 07:22:26 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of MightyMonk

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I may be a bit biased because of my love of a great Belgian style ale. This ale is IMHO one of the better American interpretations of the style and under rated. Ommegang may be the king, but this take on the style has a life of it's own.

It pours with a nice off white head, poured at 50 deg. maybe 3 to 4 fingers in a wide-mouth Belgian beer glass. It has a darker color for a true Dubbel. Dark redish mahogany.

The aroma has a nice fruit tone with floral notes.

The first thing to hit my taste buds is the unexpected big malty flavor that is a delight. The after tones of spicy flavors (clove, pepper, coriander) and the warming alcohol are why I love the style so much.

The smooth carbonation and complex character of the taste give this beer a high mark in all the right places. The color may be a bit dark for a true Dubbel, but the malty highlights make this beer a winner.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 23:00:11 | More by MightyMonk
Photo of Kinsman


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

Surprised to see that I haven't reviewed this yet so it's time to revisit one of my first Belgian-style beers.

Pours a nice dark amber color with some ruby highlights and capped by a thick and creamy head that leaves a healthy dose of sticky lace behind.

Aroma is notably sweet with lots of fruity notes reminiscent of grape juice and apples. Not as much of a spice note in the aroma as some Dubbels but the yeast character does leave some.

Fruity and juicy up front with a touch of brown sugar as well. Spice note comes out a bit more on the palate with notes of clove and maybe some nutmeg. Long lasting finish leaves a bit of toasted malt flavor.

Mouhtfeel is medium bodied and smooth textured with a nice creamy finish. Overall, Allagash Dubbel is nice affordable American made dubbel, making it great for budget conscious beer geeks.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 23:48:33 | More by Kinsman
Photo of jman892


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a one finger light tan head. Looks just like apple cider

S - Smells nicely of yeast and pears

T - Taste has toffee/caramel malts, balanced off with some apple sweetness. There is a bit of earthiness to it as well

M - Strong carbonation on this one, alcohol is very well hidden throughout

O - Tasty, easy drinker. Glad to have tried it and would definitely have this again

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 17:57:47 | More by jman892
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another good one from Allagash. Poured into a Chimay chalice, to the top with a thin head reduced to a lace around the glass and an island in the center. Has a smell of phenols, spices and biscuits, vague dark fruits. Almost savory.

The taste is a little light while still acheiving a complexity. The malt is strong and acquired a spice from the Belgian yeast. It tastes sweet up front but finishes dry. Not my favorite from Allagash, but that's an easily quaffable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 19:50:32 | More by wcintula
Photo of rwrk42

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: A dark brown murky cloudy look with a nice foam head
Smell: Sweet caramel with a wonderful malty smell. Slight citrus aroma
Taste: Very smooth and malty. Nice mouthfeel. Sweet malt flavor and caramel undertones
A very good dubbel....would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:18:36 | More by rwrk42
Photo of grittybrews


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a muddy brown with three fingers of fluffy cream-colored head. Gentle aroma of spice, banana, and bready yeast.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Biscuity toffee sweetness up front mingling with apple, banana, and earthy spice on the relatively dry finish.

Pretty tasty; not too sweet and well-balanced. Worth trying at least once!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 04:45:58 | More by grittybrews
Photo of HopsYeast

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-medium dark copper body with a thick 1 finger head that maintains itself well then fads and leaves ample lacing .body is slightly hazy

S-hops, orange peels, plums, dark fruits, malt, vanilla, clove, honey

T-heavy maltiness, baking chocolate, walnuts, vanilla, subtle hops

M-thick body with very very low carbonation. Leaves palate semi dry waiting for the next sip

O-another very enjoyable offering from what has become a favorite brewery of mine. Every beer they make is deeply complex and rich with flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 04:30:38 | More by HopsYeast
Photo of musicman575


4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is hazy amber with a thin layer of fine, light tan bubbles.

Yeast is the dominant smell plus pear and some spiciness, even a light note of coffee.

A gentle sweetness and some dextrins compliment the bready and chocolatey malts in this medium bodied beer.

I'm enjoying this more and more!

Leaves a bit of warmth as a perfect amount of carbonation and an ample hopping finish it off

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:12:31 | More by musicman575
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