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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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very good

1,389 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,389
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 87 | 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 kmsnola
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from a 750ml into a champagne flute (New Year's Eve at midnight)...

A - Poured a deep ruby brown with a two finger head...probably more head than usual because of the flute.

S - Figs, raisins, fruit

T - This is one complex beer. I got figs, candied fruit, sweet raisin, a little ester, maybe wood

M - Thinner than I would have expected, but a decent bodied beer

D - Medium to medium high drinkabilty...I had two glasses and I think it was enough. A nice beer to share with another.

kmsnola, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of astrasday
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured this one from a 750 ml. bottle into a wine glass. Pours a nice dark brown--almost like a wood finish when the sediment gets into the bottle. A white head quickly dissipates to a nice lacing.

Smell consisted lightly of yeast, malts, cane sugar, and banana.

Taste was a bit complex. The expected spiciness came through with a tinge of yeast. Then some acidic coffee and hops rushed in and then gave way to sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is good: smooth and rich. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is high on this one. Goes down easy with no disagreements.

The flavor was a bit too hoppy. It is an interesting brew, but not close to representing the standard Dubbel.

astrasday, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of DudleyRose
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%

Very drinkable, fresh version of a Belgian. I actually liked it better than a Westmalle I had yesterday, which may have to do with the fact that the Allagash is made close by. True to style in smell and taste.

Brown, slightly cloudy, thin but persistent head. Nice candy, fruit ester taste. No off aftertaste at all. It's just a wonderful beer!

DudleyRose, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

A- A deep, slightly cloudy amber beer with a little brown tossed in. The head is white and thin but very creamy looking. The lacing is excellent. Not as meaty looking as some other dubbles I have divulged in.

S- A nice sugary sweetness, brown sugar, bread, slightly funky and Belgian, caramel, vanilla, and apple cider. Pretty complex, but just not stunning.

T- A bit of cotton candy hits me first, then the caramel, bread, and apple cider come in in the background. A lot of little flavors come through, but it is oddly a little watery on the tail end.

M- Nice and creamy with enough carbonation to keep things from falling flat.

D- A decent take at the style. This is not a go to beer for the style, but it is a good American take. I enjoyed it.

david131, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of YankChef
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a la fin du monde glass

appearance: dark amber with some purplish hues and a nice head

smell: slightly fruity and big time yeasty and slightly bready.

taste: slightly sweet upfront and definitely bready and yeasty, raisins and pleasant until the finish which is really bitter and unpleasant...

overall: I like allagash but im not terribly fond of this beer, their tripel is amazing but this one falls short.

YankChef, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Thanks Krista.

A - Two and a half inches of loud and frothy tan head. It has some solid stamina too. The body is mildly transparent and a medium brown color with hints of dark orange, purple and maroon.

S - Soapy brown sugar and malt.

T - Some late notes of spice over a consistent malt base. Not much as far as complexity here but in my opinion this is a good flavor.

M - This is one of the smoothest dubbels I've ever enjoyed. It's a nice afternoon brew.

~ This is a very drinkable beer. I would really like to grab a six pack for the Holidays.

cdkrenz, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

Reviewed on 7/20/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown/amber with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, fruits, yeast, and peanut butter. Flavor strongly of nuts, with some roasted malt, dark fruits, alcohol. I had this on tap awhile ago and really enjoyed this, but having it now, out of a bottle, it was uninspiring. Just ok for me.
6/4/6/4/12 (3.2/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

A- a nice brown , not too dark and a nice brown head
S- complex!, cherries, coffee, malt , faint nut smells
T- full bodied, malty, not really sweet or sour, somewhere in the middle, you can taste some faint fruit smells, the coffee not so much
M- creamy, easy to enjoy, sits happily on your tounge
D- totally refreshing , the abv is high, but its hard to taste the alcohol at all, its very well hidden

my favorite dubbel, no. but very good

gdfan47, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Very aggressive head sits atop this mahogany colored brew. Very translucent with no visible carbonation... But there are some suspended particles. Very tiny. I didn't really disturb the bottle so I'm not sure if it's sediment. Head has very nice retention and structure. I was able to get it to rise an inch above the top of my tulip shaped glass. Really a gorgeous beer!

Aroma is of dark fruits and also a bit yeasty. Some sharp spice in the aroma as well. I am anticipating tasting some pepper based upon this.

Pretty nice flavor. Starts a bit spicy (as I thought) and then heads into a quick moment of malty sweetness. After this you get some nice fruits and then the Belgian yeast notes and complexity. It drifts off from there with a bit of hop bitterness... Not as deep as I had hoped.

Mouth feel is a bit lighter than I had expected and hoped. The finish is also a little empty or dry. A little more punch at the end would do this beer a world of good.

Nice drinkability, but I was hoping for more.

Reagan1984, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark mahagony color with thin white head. Pleasant aroma of cherries and raspberry. Flavor is similar to aroma with hints of cherry and raspberry but also contains an awful syrupy medicinal robitussin taste that left a nasty after taste.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Bottle batch #38.

Poured a hazy deep amber with a large off-white light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Complex malty and alcohol aroma. Medium body with flat carbonation. Solid complex sweet malty flavor with a spicy soft alcohol finish of average duration.

tmoneyba, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

Notes are from bottle and from 5/27/04. I've had this a few other times since then, but don't see too much of a difference from back then.

Poured a dark brown color with almost no head. Chocolate coffee tasting with a slight bitter after taste. Some light yeast. I wrote down that this was somewhat 'different' from most Dubbels I've had.

hopdog, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottle at Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, VA. Poured into a pint glass (provided).

Appearance: Good one-finger, slightly off-white head with sticky lacing and really good retention. The bubbles are really fine, which makes the head look very smooth. It's a deep amber brown, lighter than most dubbels I've enjoyed - has lots of ruby and mahogany hues.

Aroma: Mild stone fruits, spices (nutmeg, cloves) from the yeast, brown sugar, and golden raisins. Very sweet, fruity, spicy. Excellent.

Taste: Sweet candy sugar up front, same spices as in the nose, other lightly roasted malts, a nice rounded toasty flavor in the finish. There's also a faint ghostly alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Low sublimation - stays very liquidy in the mouth - but the foamy goodness that is there is very smooth and even.

Drinkability: Fairly high. It's not a sweet dubbel - rather dry, so it's not cloying - nor are the spices too harsh or overwhelming. The alcohol is also not too noticeable nor too terribly high (7.0% abv).

It's a good attempt at a Belgian style, but at the same time it's got its own thing goin' on in a few different places. Appreciated both for its uniqueness and its loyalty to its style.

CrellMoset, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

The aroma has malt, spice, and leather. The appearance is reddish brown with a slight hazing and a nice head. The flavor is nice, it has the same elements as the aroma. The palate is thinner than expected but not bad. This is a quality beer and somewhat unique.

nick76, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of hellomcfly
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured half of this into a small wine glass. Dark ruby brown color with no head to speak of. Poured the 2nd half in the glass with a really aggressive pour and now it has a one finger tan head.

S - Smells strongly of dark fruit, toffee, and maybe some spice. Nice smell.

T - Notes of dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and an oak flavor as well. Little bit of yeast spicyness.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.

D - The 7.60% alcohol is certainly present but not overwhelming but I still just could not see me having multiple bottles of this in one sitting.

hellomcfly, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of HenrySwank
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%

12 oz brown bottle. Bottle I got said Allagash Dubbel Ale instead of Allagash Double Ale. Exactly same bottle only spelled different ....is this same beer? Anyway, my take is...

A - Dark /creamy brown, inch head cleared quickly, some lacing.

S - Sweet, cotton candy like with a little edge to it

T - Smokey, hint of sweetness, coffee, bitter finish

MF - creamy but not sticky...good.

D - Pretty good, though only would get one at a time.

HenrySwank, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Thanks cookin420 for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a goblet.

Dark, hazy brown with some reddish overtones, a rather small tan head that holds very well, and leaves some lacing as I slowly make my way down the glass.
Sweetish aroma keeps improving as the beer warms, candi sugar, yestiness, dark fruits, some spices.
Medium bodied, smooth and pleasant on the palate. Not complex, but very flavorful, sweetish dark fruits, cnadi sugar, a hint of molasses, and spices as well as a yestiness to bring it to a nice balance.
A very pleasant brew, if not spectacular. Well worthwhile and easy to drink beer.

brdc, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Reviewed 1/13/2006 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown color, with a medium sized tan head. An aroma of spices, flowers, and citrus. Medium body and warming. A taste of floral, spices, but slightly acidic and slightly bitter. Good taste, though not as much flavor as the triple.

jujubeast6000, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of mattffrost
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

A Beer is cloudy dark brown with a tint of some orange. Foam is a very light brown that leaves some good lacing. Foam is lasting quite awhile. This beer looks of good quality.

S Malty grain smell. Also I get some spicy fruit flavor smell.

T A hint of sweentness up front. Finishes just a little bit bitter but not much. I would say it has a general spicy taste with a hint of sweetness. Not super complex but very nicely balanced.

M Very mild and creamy. This is a high quality beer.

D Easy to drink for me but the alcohol can sneak up on you.

mattffrost, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured into a narrow snifter. Dark brown with lots of foam head on the top. A sweet raisin and caramel smell. A bitter taste void of the sweet flavors I was expecting. It is drinkable but doesn't compare well to others of its style.. the taste I notice is not similar to other "dubbels" at all.

webmanspidey, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of biergut
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Thanks to BA spointon for this extra in our trade!

Poured in to an Affligem stemmed glass, even a hard pour did not produce much head. Color was an unfiltered light brown and aroma was very hard to determine. It was probably very subtle, but due to a little congestion, I could not make it out. Taste was mild and a little weak; I was expecting something a little stronger in taste. It is listed as 7.60% ABV but the bottle I have says 7.0% ABV on the label.

After letting it get to room temperature, I could detect a faint raisin aroma and the taste was very smooth. Still not quite what I expected from a Dubbel.

biergut, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of matty
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Dark brown colored ale with a very rich slow fading head,Aroma is fruity.Taste is caramel and fruit.Pretty good ale that is very drinkable.I would most likely buy again but not actively seek out.I think that this is decent enough to try at least one time!!

matty, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

I poured a bottle from batch 75 into a tulip glass. The beer pours a dark brown with a nice white head. If you hold it up to a light it almost appears orange. The smell is bready with a hint of cough syrup. The beer is very smooth, a slight bready taste with a light phenolic finish. The beer is medium bodied with adequite carbonation. I imagine it would match well with most foods, as it is not an overpowering brew. Overall, an enjoyable Belgian ale.

bonkers, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Nice, thick sticky beige head on a muddy brown opaque body. Aroma is strong of chocolate and dark fruit. Not overpowering but very inviting and mysterious. Taste is like blended unsweetened chocolate and cherries- very strongly malty with enough roastyness in there to hint at a darker beer. This beer has a lot of really nice clean flavors of a Belgian without anything too tricky. I'd be excited to see this at a bar on tap. Very very drinkable, but a little simple for a Dubble. Still very good.

wiseguy142, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +5.3%

L: Pours a deep red-amber color with a tall and thick tan colored head that takes some time to settle to a ring around the glass. Very nice lacing.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some dark fruits, and then a big spicy yeast finish.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, dark fruits, and then a big spicy yeast finish just like the nose. Very mild aftertaste and well rounded.
M: Very smooth and warming.
D: Pretty drinkable beer as it was no problem to finish it.

erosier, Sep 26, 2008
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