Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

764 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 764
Hads: 1,583
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 51
Gots: 158 | 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: 764 | Hads: 1,583
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. (695 characters)

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! (599 characters)

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. (960 characters)

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! (689 characters)

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. (811 characters)

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. (731 characters)

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. (936 characters)

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. (546 characters)

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. (447 characters)

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. (527 characters)

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. (350 characters)

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. (301 characters)

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. (364 characters)

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! (710 characters)

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. (512 characters)

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. (903 characters)

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. (382 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 2642 13:40 is printed on the label. I emailed the brewery for curiosity's sake and they say it was bottled on 9/21/2012.
Pours amber in color topped with a frothy, ivory colored head that holds decent retention & leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are fruity and malty with caramel and bready yeast. Tastes are sweet with caramel, brown sugar, fruity and spicy Belgian yeast, but a little medicinal and metallic especially on the finish. Body is medium, while being nice and creamy. Overall, I've had better from Allagash, but this was decent. (560 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a gorgeous hazy amber color with a nice stream of carbonation rising up from the center. The head is a thick, frothy two finger offwhite color that retains itself quite well. As it slowly recedes, a beautiful but slight layer of lacing is left on the glass. This is everything a good dubbel should look like, period.

S: Classically bready, with a great balance between yeast and malts. There's also a nice amount of candied sugar, apple, pear, and chocolate. While subtle, it gives off a nice vibe of apple pie.

T: Sweet sugars come first, before transitioning gradually into a neutral, bready finish. A little on the simple side, but the balance here is top caliber. A faint touch of hops give it a perfect amount of bitterness to neutralize the candied sugar. Given a chance to warm up, a modicum of complexity makes itself known - and it's just enough to keep the beer interesting.

M: Clean, dry, and - dare I say - refreshing. Palate tingling astringency appears on the aftertaste, giving off said refreshment ability instead of weighing it down. A great beer to savor in spite of its initially light impression.

O: Really hard to complain about this one. This hits a nice balance between being clean and being complex. An excellent example of a 'subtle' beer. (1,318 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle (batch 101) poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a slightly reddish but mostly brownish amber color with an even neutral clarity that shows a steady stream of carbonation bubbles over a mostly translucent haze. Two fingers of fluffy pale khacki head lingers for several minutes, eventually working its way to the surface only to leave behind a thick web of lacing.

S - A bit metallic up front with lots of fruity esters. I actually get quite a bit of candied apples with the mix of lightly tart fruit and some nice caramelly malt. A mix of spices including cinnamon that enhances the candy apple impression. Low level, clean hop bitterness, bready grain, hints of Belgian yeast.

T - Rich malty base with Belgian yeast character up front. Surprisingly assertive hop bitterness, clean and crisp. Spicy and fruity with the apple character of the aroma finding a prominant home in the flavor as well...also getting some raisins too. Cinnamon, candy sugar and caramel malt carry into the flavor profile too. No real alcohol is noticeable.

M - Medium/full bodied. Complex blend of malt, spicy Belgian yeast character, fruity esters, and hop bitterness. Super well balanced and surprisingly easy drinking for such a full beer.

O - This really is a great Dubbel. I find that many in the style are over the top malty and way too sweet for my liking. I'm struck the incredible balance found here. This is one of those beers that I see on the shelf all of the time and just pass over. Very happy that somebody gave this to me for a Christmas gift...otherwise I would have probably continued to ignore this fine beer. (1,652 characters)

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

This was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a chalice glowing a dark ruby coloring, with reddish hues when held to the light. It held a two finger head of creamy, tan bubbles, showing fantastic retention. Sheets and patterns of lacing were left as it went. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared average. The nose gave steely caramel malts, smooth vanilla coolness, lemon sugars, and citric hop bite. With warmth the caramel sugars darkened, giving light espresso and flecks of metallics. Our first impression was that the flavoring was metallic and gritty, with a strong earthy bite. The flavoring opened with tropical fruit sweetness, drying dark chocolates, and cashew nuttiness. The middle peaked with smoother notes of creamy vanilla, and vanilla whipped cream topping. The smoothness of nuts also panned out, with walnut warmth, and bittering notes of amaretto and candied almonds. The end was warming of booze, and more of that nuttiness, which helped to deepen the caramel malt flavoring. The aftertaste breathed of souring grain, plastics, oaky notes, mustard seed, dark fruit of fig, and sweaty dog. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. The malts had a crisp evenness to them, with a light creamy, fleshy cactus consistency. The back did show a more watery bite, with light toast to simultaneously coat and dry the mouth with each sip. There was nice slurp, cream, and froth to each sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nuttiness through the flavoring. It really added seriousness to the finish, contrasting with the sourness of grain and bittering phenolic plastics. This made for a clean and clear finish to the sip. Otherwise the aroma and flavoring were a bit subdued, and not quite as robust as we would have like for the style or the brewery. (1,901 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Nikki's liquors in north providence , rhode island.

A - pours a clear copper body with a nice 2.5" white head that leaves little lacing.

S- Belgian spices, banana, wheat, lemon. Fresh and inviting.

T- citrus, cloves, yeast, big smokeyness with an odd metallic aftertaste.

M- medium low carbonation, medium heavy body

Overall this was a delicious brew with a clean, balanced finish. I didn't expect anything less from allagash. An excellent interpretation of the style. (548 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown with a tan foam head. It lasted more than expected, but left no lace.

Stuck my nose in over the course of drinking the entire beer, and got a much more limited nose than I expected. Some fruit and brown sugar at best, some light booze.

Brown sugar, burnt sugar, some dark fruit, nuts, and a little earthy bitterness. The booze is slightly there. The balance between sweet and bitter is very good, with neither dominating. The biggest surprise is how this one just seems to dry out, finishing lightly bitter and nutty. This makes this very drinkable.

Fuller bodied, but this one has some carbonation to keep it feeling lighter.

Overall, a solid domestic dubbel. Wonderful balance but lacks a bit of punch. Still, very enjoyable. (751 characters)

Photo of mgironta
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured with almost no head, except for a hint of white capping the dark orange cloudy body. Mild carbonation was visible on the brew. The nose had hints of spices and dark fruit. A bit of the typical Belgian smells, but pretty subdued. The taste was definite dark fruits with some booze. I also got some spice and breadiness to it. The other odd thing I got was a bit of a metallic taste. A bit of brown sugar and caramel comes out towards the end. The metallic taste really lingers with the finish. This brew was a bit of a let down. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again. (585 characters)

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

A: Amber in color with a fizzy, quickly building and fading off-white head. Very little lace and retention.

S: Nicely roasted malt, yeast, some grass/barn, light fruit, faint hops.

T: Everything in the nose. The fruity flavors and yeast come together to create a balanced Dubbel with a slightly hoppy but cloying finish.

M: Good carbonation, dried fruit finish, but a little cloying although not detracting from the overall experience.

O: Fine stuff. I haven't had many beers of this style but it seems to be a consistent, middle-of-the-pack example. (554 characters)

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