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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

765 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 765
Hads: 1,588
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 52
Gots: 164 | 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: 765 | Hads: 1,588
Photo of ChrisBowers
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe how surprised I was by Allagash's double offering. After being totally underwhelmed by Allagash's White, I wasn't expecting much from Allagash's Double. Boy was I wrong. I bought a single of it as a throw-in with a purchase of Westmalle Doubele and St. Bernardus Abt 12 and it definately held its own. Deep burgundy hue, excellent floral aromas, I was in love. I just bought a log of it for my home bar, can't wait to try it on draft! Anyone looking for a lower-cost alternative to that Chimay or Westie, check this out! (536 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #34: Ah the beauteous color of a well brewed double, a deep translucent bruin, the head impossible in size, spumescent in texture, a nice winsome tan in color, with the resultant lace a thick glutinous sheet that welds itself to the glass. Lots of malt in the nose, hints of yeast, cotton candy sweet, magnificent in its freshness, what a treat for this old schnozzle. Begins malt and sweet, the top is middling, the finish has a delicate acidity, but the hops are unremitting in their spicy bite, aftertaste is droughty and long lasting, another winner from a most magnificent brewery that just recently came back into my life. (634 characters)

Photo of avylover
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour here from a 750ml bottle. Dark hazy golden/burgundy with a very nice white frothy head. The aroma is strong of salted peanuts, with some pear frutiness in the background. The taste is also nutty, with a very mild fruitiness. Alcohol is almost non-existent, but this brew has a somewhat watery mouthfeel....which makes it very drinkable. A nice change up from your typical belgian ale, but somewhat lacking in overall character. The theme here is definitely peanuts. (483 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #30. 750ml of Dubbel Reserve.

After the gold colored wired frame is twisted and removed along with the gold steel retaining cap, my hand strains to restrain the cork as it slowly loosened, the tension builds as the bottle tries hard to ejaculate its protector. A loud “phurp” echoes in my Apartment

An audible fizz is a surprise, as I carefully pour the beer into a clean glass. A tan brown head races up the glass and quickly builds into a foaming mass that resembles expandable insulation foam. When held to the ear, the beer continually fizzes, pops and snaps as the head slowly collapses amid turmoil of implosions within its body. After a few minutes, only lace smattered on the walls gives away the fact that any kind of head ever existed.

The nose is restrained at first, but develops as the head collapses. Yeast and Malt is dominant, with some fresh baked bread and a hint of orange and some fruits at the back end. A rather typical Dubbel Nose.

Starts with a creamy malt wake-up call that coats the mouth. This smoothly introduces a yeasty middle, with a bit of a malty kick at the finish. Smacking the lips and swallowing after the beer is consumed only confirms and reminds you how good this is. A decent level of inherent carbonation gives a good mouthfeel and aids the fruity finish that often breaks through when the beer is swirled in the mouth. The finish has a lovely dry, warming almost alcoholic ending that relaxes.

Although drinkability is good, it is not the most complex of Dubbels. That said – it is a damn good attempt at one, and I would be grateful to drink it again.

A Dubbel Thanks-Thanks Murph-Murph ! (1,661 characters)

Photo of 49degrees
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer with a very complex character. Pours a deep amber toned brown color with a suitably large (1"+) head which slowly fades to a nice surface foam coverage. Large white collar and minimal lacing.

Very traditioanl Belgian double style aromas with strong earth tones and citrusy orange smells. Slightly sour and tart in smell, but the earthy tones, oak like, round out the sourness extremely well.

Taste wise, this is very robust, perfumey and full of that trademark Belgian trademark element. Earthy, fruity, and very very enjoyavble. Doesn't bite you too hard considering the 7.6% abv, but would catch up if not suspecting the delayed punch. Would make for a nice winter warmer and in my case tonight, made for a great dinner accompaniament with roasted red peppers.

Very drinable for the style, not quite as exciting as some of the great Belgian brewed renditions of the style, but still extremely enjoyable and would definitely recommend this to someone whose looking to tackle a new brew from the style. Thanks to 'malto' for bringing the brew to the West Coast for me to enjoy, sadly, I've never seen anything from Allagash in this region. Hopefully one day, they'll start shipping their brews to the West Coast.

[ STATS:>> 750ml bottle / ABV: 7.6% abv / PRICE: N/A ] (1,295 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and cloudy with a slowly forming head of pale tan. One of the prettiest colored heads I have ever seen, an interesting mix of small and large bubbles, as if the beer were fermenting in front of you, but not resilient; it soon fades to a skim around the rim. Good lacing, though.

Very fresh aroma, slightly sweet and gets much sweeter as it warms up.

Rich taste! Wow! Low carbonation but still tangy, with a deep fudgy chocolate sweetness that hangs and burns in the middle of your mouth. A nice chewy, malty, slightly burnt taste. Caramel and brown sugar and a hint of coffee.

It seems to me, though, that it faded quickly -- within a few minutes the carbonation had dissipated.

But, a nice Mainiac brew. I want more. (747 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber/ruby color with a creamy, sticky head, which leaves a thin lace on the glass. Yeasty aroma is complemented by earthy and sweet undertones. Hints of lemon were also detected amongst the aromas. Tastes of mild hop bitterness and yeast were present. This is quite a sweet and full-bodied beer. It's very enjoyable. (328 characters)

Photo of pezoids
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a slightly cloudy auburn brown. The head was rocky and dense, which left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was like candy corn, almost caramel smelling. The beer went down pretty smooth with a malt and alcohol presence. The beer was light to medium bodied with bittersweet chocolate notes. Drinkable and tasty. (333 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazy copper color with a big rocky mountain head. Head last for a while leaving a nice sexy lace behind. Citrus and raisans fill the nose. Apples also hit the nose with this brew a cidery smell pours out from the glass. The same cidery flavor fills the palatte with great pleasure. This is a great beer from a great brewery, I will making a trip to this brewery soon.

Cheers (396 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #28
Possibly the most explosive cork popping I’ve ever seen from a beer! Pours a dark brownish amber color with a very tall and foamy tan colored head that dissipates in chunks leaving a thick and rocky lace that clings to the glass. Nose is very herbal and medicinal. Medium to heavy in body with a very smooth mouthfeel. Taste is sweet roasted malts and candied fruit at first quickly followed by some herbal notes and strong juniper berry flavors leading to a very dry finish. A nice brew that makes me wish Allagash beers were available here in Texas. Thanks to paceyourself for sending me this brew! (612 characters)

Photo of cretemixer
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #24
Man, did the cork pop on this baby! A beautiful auburn colored liquid sits beneath an acre of thick ivory colored head. It looks like it may be awhile before I can get to the beer. My daughter thinks it is whipped cream and now wants my beer too. The head leaves a beautiful lace & I can't wait any longer.
Malty aroma, yeast and dark fruits. There is a vegetal quality to it as well. I taste raisins, malt, grape peel, malt and malt. Opens medium dry, very smooth with a very mild bitterness. It becomes bready as it warms,and there is a vinous quality too.
Nice carbonation and body make for a drinkable dubbel. My first Allagash & it won't be my last. (670 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my third brew from Allagash and I have to say that they are doing something right here. They have put a very interesting spin on some great traditional styles. I have to applaud them. Now onto the beer.

It poured a deep scarlet almost purplish color with almost no head. The smell was deep with a full array of sweet fruity smells, especially those of grapes, currants and raisons. The taste was full bodied with hints of red wine, raspberry, smokey notes and a little bitter hop flavor. It definitely had some typical Belgian flavors in the background, but they did not in any way overshadow the inventivness of this beer. This is another excellent effort from The Allagash Brewing Co.! (698 characters)

Photo of cbl2
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy Dark Brown poured out of a 750 mL bottle (batch #29).

Smell: Corriander and malt

Taste: Powerful and yeasty at first; flavors a little overwhelming; finishes with bitter hoppy flavor and taste of alcohol. Mimics Belgian dubbel, but not as good.

Drinkability: While I found this beer to be an admirable take on the Belgian style, I wouldn't call this an everyday beer, unless of course you are spending everyday in Portland Maine on vacation as I was, when I consumed this. Then by all means quaff away! (530 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Cloudy reddish-brown in color, huge sticky foamy head, leaves a clingy lacing in my glass, a lot of floaties. Malty fruity yeasty bubblegum aromas, fruity caremel apple banana flavors, medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel, finishes sugary sweet, a good solid dubbel. (302 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hand-numbered batch #30 in a 750ml. This beer poured to a very dark brown (almost black brew) with a tannish head that died quickly, but left a nice lace all over the glass. The aroma is full of yeast and sweet fruits. You will also pick up a hint of alcohol.

The flavor is nice and roasty. It is filled with dark malts and a blend of hops to spice it up a little bit. The yeast qualities are at a good level, and add a great flavor to this brew. At the end, you will pick up the alcohol, which is faint for the 7%, but it is definitely noticeable. The finish is dry after the hops hit you, you are left with alcohol and a bready aftertaste. (646 characters)

Photo of Viking
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 33. Pours a dark reddish-brown. Thick creamy head that, unfortunately, thinned out rather quickly. Still, it left plenty of lace behind and atop the brew. Farly malty, toffee-like aroma. Fruity esters lurking just below the malty smell. Flavor isn't quite as malty as the smell. A bit more fruit and hops balances the malt nicely. Finish has a slight tart fruit taste, as well as a faint lingering metallic tang. Still has a pretty strong toffee-malt taste. Fairly light-bodied and rough mouthfeel. Good brew, but this won't be my top choice when I go for another Allagash or Dubbel. (589 characters)

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remember the batch number, it was in the thirties. A good nice dark amber color, nice fruity flavors and good malt. Seemed like a good beer to enjoy after we were pounded by another foot of snow. Was not disappointed. (225 characters)

Photo of HopheadEd
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ML corked and caged. Batch #33. Pours a dark brown with a big, creamy head that lasts. Laces well. Aroma was a little disappointing, I was expecting a little more malt nose. First sip revealed surpressed candy sugar, caramel, and light fruit. Nice mouthfeel, but a little under carbonated. Slight "tinny" aftertaste. Lingering malt in the finish, not crisp or dry. Definitely better as it warmed. I will give the benefit of a doubt, and try next bottle after it has been out of the fridge for a while. (504 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, big, fizzy creamy head. Aroma:very subtle and light, hints of cocoa and nuts, very smooth texture, soft palate. Medium body, good balance, not too forward, but, really? You want to know what I really like? The FORWARD beers, that's what! So if points are missing, it's because I feel that they're pulling back. For an "Abbey Dubbel", I expect a bit more than what I find here. Very nice, very good, very tasty, but my socks are still on tight, thank you very much. (485 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Dubbel Reserve: Belgian-Style Ale: In the big 750 ml bottle with the corked top. I really enjoyed this beer, I thought it had a very nice balance and was not dominated by the raison sweetness I’ve seen in other Belgian doubles. Looked great in the glass, excellent retention of the tan head, that left a huge coating of lace down the sides. The aroma was very rich with traces of espresso and chocolate.

The taste was very impressive, complex with any element of the brew dominating the others. The traditional sweetness in this beer did not take that all to fatal step into cloying/raison sweetness that to me makes it hard to enjoy this style with food. The Allagash had a very crisp finish that left me wanting more. Very nice. (744 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of my Allagash stash at the bottom of the fridge. Very brown in color with little to no head at all. The smell is malt all the way with a hint of sweetness. The taste is again malt, much more sweetness and a hint of coffee. Something doesn't seem right here. Doesn't seem as balanced as it should be as the sweetness takes over too much. I am a little disappointed as the Grand Cru was amazing. I am no expert with this style and would like to try a different offering to see how each one is different. (511 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to Minnesota, Allagash!

Batch #33...as dark brown and opaque as you can get, big head, lots of bubble sizes -- one was as big as a "cave" in a raised glazed donut. Yeasty, bready aromas, nice astringent muskiness. Surprisingly light and spritzy, burnt raisins, slight citrus, a bite of coffee and a mid-mouth sense of bitter hops. I liked this brew and its resemblance to Belgian funk in the aroma. The malts were a little mediciny bitter and unidimensional, sweeter complexity would place it in Unibroue territory. As it is, I'll probably move on to try some other Allagash brews. (592 characters)

Photo of Jarod
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the glass it pours a dark reddish/brown color. The head was a cream color and left a lace that clinged to the sides (like spiderman). The aroma was generally a fruit smell. Like lemons, and some malt. In the taste flavors of the lemon (fruit) were apparent. It had low tones of wheat (bread) and malt as well. Flavorful/strong. There was no apparent flavor of alcohol which surprised me after I found out that it was high in it. (431 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash is an underrated brewery and this is an underrated dubbel. As far as quality US produced versions of Belgian brews, Allagash is at the top of the heap, alongside Ommegang and New Belgium, perhaps even surpassing them. This is a sugary dubbel that pours with a huge frothy head and enticing aroma of wood and grasses. Big caramel bite with sugar, lemon, and spice flavors. Subtle finish, a big blast of sugar; as beer mellows in glass, becomes more wine-like and slippery, almost watery. Best enjoyed alongside a hearty meal; on its own it can be too candylike. Had a thick beef stew with this and it was incredible. Burgers, steak, lamb, this beer will go with them all. Could conceivably go with dessert as well. Perfect for the budget-minded Belgian lover. (767 characters)

Photo of MaineBeerMan
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite dark brown in color with some yeast cloudiness. Nice full of white head retained well and left a lot of lace.
Aromas of banana, lemon rind, bubblegum and something that I can only describe as like a bale of dry hay or straw. (Yes, I read Jason's review before I wrote this and must say he hit the nail on the head as far as the grass and/or barnyard smells. I have tried a lot of Belgian style ales before, but never heard of that in a description, and it was very enlightening.)
Toasted wheat flavor, almost like a slice of toast, is followed by some malt sweetness and lemon and banana fruitiness. Wasn't as sweet or malty as I expected. Very light hop bitterness becomes evident in the dry finish.
Nicely drinkable beer but not a favorite of the Belgian styles or even the Allagash brews. (800 characters)

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.