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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

1,361 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 31
Gots: 81 | 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:
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 ikantspel


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

batch #92. served at around 60° into a fine china chalice

appears a dark amber, fat creamy almost 2 finger head. lacing is still there after a couple of minutes

nutty smell with dark cherry, yeast, malt, and plum

toffee, malt, and cocoa? flavor. hint of caramel creeping in

pretty smooth. not as strong as i thought. a good dubbel nonetheless

09-13-2011 05:02:01 | More by ikantspel
Photo of EkimGram

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into Duvel snifter. Colour is a very cloudy brown. Finger-thick head is very heavy and leaves an excellent lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark fruits and spice followed by some spicy yeast, cloves, and goodness.

Taste: As the smell, plenty of dark fruits. The yest definitely has more of a presence in the taste than in the smell:

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied buy not heavy. Thick, just the slightest, gentlest amount of carbonation. Finishes just slightly sticky.

Overall: A very solid Dublle, especially an American-made one. If I come across this brew again I will definitely be getting more of it.

09-09-2011 06:10:44 | More by EkimGram
Photo of t8s8l8


4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

Look- A dark amber beer, brown red and orange colors fill the glass. a nice big fluffy head with lots of bubbles, falls slowly but keeps a descent lacing.

Aroma- fruity, mostly dark fruits possibly plum, raisins or sour cherry's.A slight alcohol note.

Taste- a malty sweetness that goes well with the fruity yeast aroma. slightly sour, sweet chocolate. a subtle hop taste. a tongue tingling awesomely dry beer.

Overall Experience- A nice beer fit to style. just an amazingly drinkable beer nothing but great brews from Allagash.

08-27-2011 23:46:38 | More by t8s8l8
Photo of bierfreundlich


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

A - Pours a nice deep amber with tints of red and purple. The head is thin with fine bubbles, off-white in color. Some lacing on the side of the glass.

S - Very fragrant sour smell like green apples, plums, and cherries. Yeasty and fruity.

T - Tastes quite fruity, going along with the smell: dark stone-fruits

M - Thin and very light on the palate. Carbonation is light to medium.

D - Overall, an exceptionally smooth beer that I can thoroughly enjoy.

08-27-2011 01:21:34 | More by bierfreundlich
Photo of vandemonian


3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Allagash Dubbel Ale is Dubbel by name but not by nature. Look elsewhere if you want a rich, spicy Belgian beer.

A: Amber colour and a 15 mm head that fades to very good lacing. 4.5

S: Malt with some woodiness. No noticable yeast. 3.5

T: Malty/grainy into a crisp slightly sour aftertaste. Lager like finish. Not that much like a Dubbel. 3.5

M: Fizzy. 3

O: Not great; not much like a Dubbel. 3

08-24-2011 02:36:03 | More by vandemonian
Photo of Duff27


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

Batch 72, probably 3 to 4 years old.

A- One inch off white head atop a hazy copper beer. Good head retention and great! lacing.

S- Spiciness, but not in a macho, jerky kind of way.

T- Belgian yeast but very subdued. Tasty, real smooth. Would guess right around 7%abv, well balanced.

M- Plus side of carbonation. Smooth, easy mouthfeel.

D/O- Yum. Big thanks to TATURBO for this and the rest of the beer sampled today. I would love to try this fresh but I don't know if its possible to be better than this. Wow.

08-14-2011 21:37:20 | More by Duff27
Photo of draheim


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

750mL (Batch 94, not sure what the bottling date is) poured into a chalice. Rich mahogany color w/ a light tan head that sticks around forever - vigorous carbonation supports infinite head retention. This is a beautiful glass of beer.

Aroma is rich caramel malt and brown sugar.

Taste is figs, dates, raisins, and candy sugar.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice dry finish.

Overall a really good dubbel. Not as much spice as others I've had, pretty straightforward, but solid nonetheless.

08-11-2011 05:41:49 | More by draheim
Photo of bskrtz


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

12 ounce bottle, served cold in glass challis.

A) Cloudy cola with off-white head.

S) Musty basement, sweet & sour mash. Baked bread, nutmeg and mild alcohol esthers

T) Sweet beginning with bitter finish. Dark cherry, cooked dark fruit. Crisp and refreshing.

M) Some effervescent bottle conditioned fiz but a bit flat. Sort of thick, syruppy, sticky

O) Lets face it, this is one tough category. Competition includes the authentic Belgians themselves and thus even an average score is an achievement.

07-31-2011 05:17:21 | More by bskrtz
Photo of Kuromaru


3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

Appearance--Pours a hazy caramel/ amber with a creamy 1 finger head that only dissipates slightly and remains throughout. There is some modest lacing. This beer is a real beauty; it looks rich, satisfying and inviting. The appearance is definitely this beer's strong point.

Smell--Immediately, the heavy, wet mushroom yeastiness fills the nose and will not let go. As the beer warms up, it gives way to some good solid toasted malts. I also got some notes of fig, plum and spices, though this was mild. Dense, sourdough bready yeast is most definitely the identifying characteristic.

Mouthfeel--This offering is lightly carbonated, with a good presence in the body. It's not too heavy, but still a tad sticky. It finishes with an unexpectedly sharp, clean bitterness. Next to look, the mouthfeel is what makes beer a complex, interesting standout.

Taste--Again, bready yeast dominates. In fact, it's almost completely overpowering. Until the bitter hop finish kicks in, and even afterward, the yeast is just too penetrating. A lot of the complexity in the nose is lost in the taste because of it.

Overall--Even as this beer warms up and the spices and malts have a chance to shine, the yeast just doesn't allow it. Combined with the hop finish, which is nice, I picked up a lasting note of--this is going to sound nuts--asparagus. This is an interesting offering, though not as drinkable and balanced as I usually find in a dubbel.

07-19-2011 18:46:23 | More by Kuromaru
Photo of kgwine

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

750 ml bottle into a small snifter glass.

I think balance is the winning aspect of this brew.

A: A coppery brown color with a fair amount of opaque cloudiness with a tan larger bubbled head.

S: A touch of toasty malt, faint caramel, and nice subtle spices like nutmeg.

T: Figs and a touch of banana on the palate, slightly toasty malts, and a nice finish of hoppy goodness.

M: This is where this beer shines. The balance shows through with just enough effervescence and a nice long finish.

O: This is a damn good brew. I'd buy it again. The 7% ABV is hardly noticeable. I think some gouda cheese, apples, and a hunk of bread would suit this beer.

07-13-2011 01:57:08 | More by kgwine
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: A nice hazy brown with some tan head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Fruity and sweet, with some nice Belgian yeast spice

Taste: Fruity, plums, and cherries. Some Belgian yeast spice in there too. Decent sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, high carbonation

Overall: Pretty good. Good for a different take on the classic Dubbel style. Not as much flavor as higher rated Dubbels, but that does seem to give it better drinkability. Ommegang Abbey is better, but I'd probably just pick whatever is available in 4 packs.

07-03-2011 23:57:47 | More by MadCat
Photo of arizcards


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Francestown Village Market on Monday for $8.49.

Brew poured an amber brown that had a nice off white head.

Nose is of belgian yeast and malts.

Taste is nutty, hints of chocolate, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with classic belgian yeast strain.

Overall this is a tasty brew, nice representation of the style.

06-23-2011 20:40:10 | More by arizcards
Photo of mdaschaf


4/5  rDev +5.3%

Review from notes:

A: Pours a hazy brown, with a one finger, off-white head, on the foamy side. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and some doughy/biscuit malt.

T: Some lightly roasted malt up front, caramel, dark fruit, a hint of coffee and some doughy malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, with a dry finish.

O: A solid dubbel, fits to style very well.

06-11-2011 23:07:01 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

pour is perfect, dark brown with an incredible head of tan that just comes up and over the top superbly an leaves tons of lacing and coating in its wake. aroma of dark belgian yeast, hints of brown sugar, earthy an evil dark grains and hints at light grasses and interesting notes of malts. flavor smooth, creamy, like velvet as it caresses the tongue and really just puts on an amazing show of flavor. creamy and subtle finish is smooth, sugary and long lasting as the last drop is just as good as the first.

06-01-2011 03:20:34 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of DaveBlack


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

A: Almost no head on this beer at all, just a very thin layer of head that fades into a gentle , swirled coating on the surface. The beer leaves a full ring of lacing. Rich, reddish-brown color.

S: sweet malts, some slight alcohol notes, and Belgian yeast.

T: Much heavier on the Belgian yeast than the aroma. Clove, dominates, with some bitterness and a slightly sweet roasted malt flavor. The flavor leaves me wanting something, though. The taste fades away to leave a medicinal flavor, and then dirty water.

M: medium body, with a fair amount of carbonation.

O: I am underwhelmed by this beer. It starts off strong, but just doesn't back up the initial punch of flavor. Has some characteristics of a good Belgian, but it doesn't come together for me.

05-29-2011 19:20:27 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of NODAK


3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

Smells sweet, with brown sugar and perhaps caramel to it. Asking with this is a nice spiciness....cloves. There is also a roasted note, maybe coffee.

Pours light brown in the glass...little head.

Has a sweet malty taste upfront with caramel and bananas, which quickly fades to a earthy, almost roasted taste. A hint of coffee maybe. I'd dare say it is a bit odd for style for what I've had before. Smattering of bitterness on the finish....very slight.

Not my favorite in style. Has some stout characteristics. I'd perfect a little sweeter or spicier in a beer of this style.

05-29-2011 02:50:05 | More by NODAK
Photo of birdman200

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

A: dark caramel color into snifter, minimal head, lovely lacing.
S: Faint coffee, toffee, toasted, wet wood, foresty.
T: Very complex, verrrry faint stout-eque flavor, very faint berry, nicely balanced malt backbone, not very big hop flavor, little tangy.
M: Little bite, sticks to mouth easily. Despite seeming a little watery, had a rather big body to it.
D: A lot going on. Not that familiar with style, but very good nonetheless - Allagash does Belgians extremely well.

05-16-2011 20:32:07 | More by birdman200
Photo of kevanb


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Allagash Dubbel Reserve, Batch #96. Caged Cork bottle.

A: Really cloudy, beautiful color, looks like an iced tea, very caramel like. Quite nice head, nice lacing, very appealing.

S: Nice aroma, a little heavy on the rasin notes, but you can smell the typical aromas of a darker Belgian, dark fruits such as plums and cherries are noticeable. Brown sugar, caramel and almost hints of something reminiscent of bread pudding, coffee also comes through. Wish it was more balanced thought.

T: Solid flavor, nice balance of the fruits with the bread flavors. A bit of coffee comes through as well. Matches the aroma well.

M: A little too bubbly for what I was expecting. Smooth all the way down though.

O: Very nice Belgian here. Getting the Reserve was a bit of a let down, was expecting something really off the charts, perhaps not worth the price. I would certainly get this again in the regular, likely cheaper variety. I'll still enjoy finishing this bottle.

05-15-2011 03:50:51 | More by kevanb
Photo of n00tz


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

A - A tight foamy tan head that stacks about 1cm above the amber body below, consistent average density of carbonation bubbles rise from the glassware.

S - Floral yeast dominates the head, with fruity malts and slight herbal spice.

T - high amounts of dried grain barley and wheat, starchy malts, dark fruits, and a floral yeast championing the back end.

M - medium bodied, creamy, with a nice clean finish. yeast and dark fruit malts punch back on the burp.

D - Impressive offering of a belgian style from a domestic microbrewery. Allagash has a winner.

05-13-2011 22:37:39 | More by n00tz
Photo of BelgiumBill


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

I had the 750 which appears to be known as the Dubbel Reserve, though the same beer.

I poured into a tulip glass aggressively which produced a very thick and foamy beige head. It appeared a nice hazy caramel color in the glass with good lacing throughout.

The smell light and was dominated by yeast, with bread, and malts.

The flavors were complex malts probably owing to the numerous varieties of malts used. Also some banana bread and touch of bitters.

Drinkability was good though the alcohol produced a small bite on the sides of the tongue - more than what I would expect at 7%.

Overall, good example of the style and I had no trouble finishing the 750ml though I will probably opt to try a few other Dubbel's before I return to this one.

05-01-2011 18:21:11 | More by BelgiumBill
Photo of brian44556


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a SN Ovila Chalice. No date on the bottle.

Pours a dark amber, copper color. A small white head forms, but doesn't last very long. Leaves a nice ring of lacing around the edges of the glass. Smells of toffee, caramel, fresh bread, and dark fruits. The taste is very malty, with notes of sweet caramel, bread, and bananas. The mouthful was average with decent carbonation present. Overall this beer didn't do it for me. I'm glad I had a chance to try it, but there are much better Dubbel's out there.

04-29-2011 01:27:06 | More by brian44556
Photo of billybob


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

allagash dubbel is much differant than the dubbel beer i have tasted. it has a bolder complex taste yet balanced and very smooth and easy to drink. pours cloudy amber in color with a fair head and lace. spice and hint of herbs with a slightly sweet smell. malty smooth medium mouthfeel. slightly sweet with hints of caramel and coffee.

04-12-2011 18:29:39 | More by billybob
Photo of petacutlasaurus


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Allagash's White, Dubbel, and Tripel are all wonderful, but the Dubbel holds a special place in my heart. Granted, Allagash White is one of the first craft beers I ever drank, so it's got its own little spot as well, but that's another review. For some reason, I avoided the Dubbel for years. I didn't think I was as big a fan of the style, and didn't think it would live up to the White, Tripel or Black. I didn't want to ruin my thoughts of the brewer. What a dumb train of thought that was.

I grabbed this bottle along with the white, tripel and black for a side by side tasting. To my amazement, the Dubbel near blew them out of the water. Really, that sense was because it had been the black sheep for so long, but there's definitely no question. This beer earns its place as an Allagash standard.

Poured a lighter, milkier brown than I expected with minimal head. On the nose - as per usual - caramel and toffee, but qualified by a bit of breadiness, quite nice.

On tasting and body, surprisingly unique. Much creamier and more relaxed than most dubbels. The spice doesn't hit you over the head either. A nice bit of hop, as well. Really defines itself among the style here.

Overall, very glad I finally got over the pretense and grabbed a bottle. Can't wait to find this in a bar.

04-08-2011 23:39:12 | More by petacutlasaurus
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a murky brown with some red highlights, moderate cap of khaki head, little retention and spotty lacing. Scent is dominated by the bready malts, lightly toasted, moderate yeastyness, candi sugar and dark fruits on the back. Taste is fairly malt forward, crusty wheat bread, lightly toasted grians. Candi and brown sugar combine with some fruit notes, yeast profile lower than many other Belgians. Medium bodied, moderate carbonations, minimal lingering sweetness. A nice beer, quite malty yet not as sweet.

04-01-2011 15:55:05 | More by rfgetz
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks Hollie for sending this one out!

Poured into a chalice.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some nice lacing. Color is a burnt rustic orange with a copper hue.

Aroma: Seems different than most dubbels I have had. A lot of cereal gains and nuts. Roasted malts and dark fruits show. Bananas and some spices. Toffee and caramel flavored malts.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Big cereal grain, caramel, and toffee up front. Some dried fruits and bananas. A touch of spice and some roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel: Dry, roasted, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a tad dry.

Overall, a decent dubbel even though it wasn't what I was expecting. It was really drinkable and my bottle didn't last long. I will probably end up grabbing my second pretty soon here. Definitely worth a try!

03-31-2011 03:23:48 | More by mothman
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