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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

771 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 771
Hads: 1,613
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: 771 | Hads: 1,613
Photo of TXHops
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Original Gravity: 1.064
-Final Gravity: 1.012
-ABV: 7%
-ABW: 5.5%
-Attenuation: 81%
-Real Extract: 5.24 P
-Calories: 209

Allagash in Texas. What will they think of next? Anyway, I grabbed me a bomber of the dubbel since I’d been reading Benny post about this stuff for MONTHS now. Figured it must be pretty good.

The beer poured an appetizing, translucent ruby with a big beige head. Ahh, bottle conditioning is to head retention what dry hopping is to aroma…. The nose on this beer was vinous, dusty, fruity and very spicy—like potpourri with cinnamon. The fluffy body had a raisiny, rum cake flavor, but in a “light” kinda way. If you can imagine a rum-cake-flavored angel food cake, then you’ll begin to follow me… The fairly quick finish features more of the dried spices, followed by an even drier, lingering dried fruit flavor (3 “dried”’s in one sentence? Weak…)

Complex, but not as complex as most of the Belgian dubbels I’ve had, nor as some of the other American dubbels I’ve had. There is however, a delicate finesse which suggests some real skill in the brewhouse. This is a well-made beer, if not quite as flavorful as some other interpretations of the style.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle, batch #33 - What a wild color this stuff pours out, it looks like darkly varnished cherrywood and the head is amazingly huge, two fingers high of tannish, fluffy whipped cream, crusty even with large pockets and divets, and it rains curtains of lace with some sticking in strings and ink-blot patches.
Aroma is quite nice with a big spicy, citrusy, orangy floral hop up front and sweet with toffee, dark fruit, and breadish notes.
Taste is spicy of orange peel and hops up front, goes super yummy smooth with great balance of malty richness. Some of the mellowing out through the middle and end has some dry dark fruits and yeast of bread lingers. Warms of alcohol a bit after a few sips. Quite complex and firmly held in its balance.
Feel is pretty close to full-medium body, firm and mellowing warm with all sorts of spicy and drying things going on.
I haven't had many dubbles, so my thoughts are quite high on this. But in that regards, no matter what, its a very darn good and drinkable dubble. Smooth and a bit sneaky, always a good feature to have in any beer.

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Photo of philipt
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash...at last we meet!!! I've heard so much but experienced so little from this raved about Maine brewery. Purchased the Dubbel Reserve, Tripel Reserve, and a 6 pack of Grand Cru from a store in VA.

Batch # 32, 750 ml bottle.

Deep brownish-garnet in color, and quite clear. Initial huge, pillowy off-white head that persists for a while. Smells doughy, fruity, with some nutty qualities. Hints of the yeast are captured in the aroma too. The taste is well blended and balanced. Malt and Belgian yeast are apparent. Fruit and yeast notes thoughout, but somewhat subdued. Some alcohol warming (not overpowering). And, I really hate to compare beer characteristics to wine, but this ale resembles a red wine some respects. Finishes rather dry.

This is a quality beer in Belgian style. Allagash has, thus far, lived up to all I anticipated. I can't wait to try the tripel.

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

Batch #27
750ml bottle

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color that offers little clarity. Delicate lacing on the side of the glass is all that's left of the light tan head that started out a fair size.

Smell: The aroma's an inviting mixture of dark fruits, orange peel, baked bread, licorice, and a considerable phenolic note. Very nice...

Flavor: I'm surprised by how much of a hop presence is in this beer. It's well balanced with the malt, but I still wasn't expecting it... Has a fairly rich flavor with an assertive peppery spiciness on top. The dark fruits that were in the aroma are here: raison, plum, and fig. Faint suggestion of orange peel. There's a nice licorice touch as well. Freshly baked bread adds a touch of warmth, which is aided by the soft rush of alcohol in the finish. Phenolic burps burst forth... Finishes with a firm hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This brew is a touch on the watery side with a dry mouthfeel from the alcohol. It needs more thickness to be able to compete with the real dubbels from Belgium.

Drinkability: This is a well done dubbel. I could drink this again, but there are several from Belgium that I would buy first. While it's not in the same league as Allagash's White, Tripel, or Grand Cru, this is a very drinkable, American-made example of the style.

While many of Belgium's dubbels seem to be full-flavored assaults on the drinker's tastebuds, this one is quite laid-back and easy-going.

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

Pours a dark, hazy amber with a creamy, sticky lace. Typical Beligian aroma: grassy, earthy, and a bit tart. Taste is very earthy malt. I did not detect very much fruitiness. Clean aftertaste. Quite warming. Certainly not one of the best dubbels I've had, but not bad all around.

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Photo of jaz
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #33 - 750ml bottle. Poured a nice deep red color and left a half-inch head. The initial taste was smooth, and the alcohol taste was also apparent, along with a hint of fruitiness. It had a pleasant aroma and excellent lacing on the glass down to the end. I was a little disappointed by the watery mouthfeel, and the body and character were lacking compared to other Dubbels I've tried. However, overall, I found this beer to be enjoyable and balanced. I could easily finish off 2 or 3 in a sitting, providing I lost my car keys!

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of avylover
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 !

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Photo of 49degrees
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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 ]

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Photo of Darkale
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of pezoids
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.


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Photo of Morris729
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of cretemixer
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.!

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Photo of cbl2
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Viking
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of HopheadEd
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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