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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,333 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,333
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 30
Gots: 77 | 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.

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3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, murky brown with a thin, white head that does leave a little bit of lacing.

Smell is light; yeasty with some dark fruit (raisins, cherry and fig).

Taste is the same; a little bit yeasty with dark fruit and chocolate. While I do enjoy this beer, I feel like it is lacking something in body and flavor. The flavors that are there are pleasing, but it's like there's not enough of them.

There was a lot of carbonation in this beer which I didn't really like...I feel like it prevented the flavors from coming through a bit. I was waiting for this beer to become more flavorful as it warmed, but it remained a bit lacking.

Drinkability was actually pretty good on this one. The alcohol is really well hidden, and the lack of any strong flavors prevents it from becoming cloying.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 15:48:41 | More by halfP1NT
Photo of indiapaleale


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #71

Pours a beautiful amber, slightly reddish hue with a very nice, thick fluffy head. Carbonation is a little less than I remember the small bottle having. A Belgian chalice sure can present a beer nicely.

Smell is burnt sugar, toast and strong sweet malt. There are also hints of molasses and caramel in the nose.

Taste is smooth and the initial flavors seem to be a little less intense. Definitely a lot of malty sweetness but the rich fruit flavors are a lot more hidden. The spiciness of the yeast makes itself present along with the burnt sugar and toast that are also present in the smell. Feels like silk in your mouth, very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 20:03:40 | More by indiapaleale
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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, it smells like a dry beer with hops, spices, rum and dates; it's a dark brown color with lots of carbonation and a nice tan head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles; it does have a nice thick lacing; its fairly clear with only a little bit of cloudiness in it (which may be my fault). It has a sweet roasted malts flavor with some spices, coffee beans; it is slightly dry overall, it is medium bodied and really warms up your mouth and has a mild bitter aftertaste. It's pretty smooth overall and leaves a dry malty taste in your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 09:33:00 | More by vickersspitfire
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New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An example from Batch #46, this has been cellared for at least two, possibly three years. 750ml bottle served between fridge and cellar temperature, allowing to come to room temperature at the end of the tasting.

Served in a wide mouthed Westmalle chalice and paired with two sausages and Raclette cheese from France.

Appearance- On a traditional pour, this beer glows light brown with a trace of cognac, even cherry red in the light. Beautifully light in body, it supports a pale bisque three finger head that reduces over a few minutes. It's soft and delicate, lacing sporadically in long horizontal bands.

Smell- The fragrant, full aromas of dark fruit (plums, prunes, figs, and especially dates) take hold immediately... this is a luscious malty treat for the nose. Some light phenols are in the air, and I'm getting the most subtle whiff of hops. Definitely similar in smell to an Ommegang Dubbel at its prime.

Taste- This is a *perfect* example of what a properly cellared, bottle conditioned Belgian style beer is capable of becoming. Malty and sweet from the start, but the sweetness is immediately complemented by a gentle spiciness and the luscious overtones of dark, ripe fruits. The finish is the epitomy of a perfect dubbel, where the fruits concede to a malt infused palate of musty, old books and leather... and then that spritz of modest hop bitterness completes the swallow. Outrageously perfect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Liquid velvet in the mouth. Unbelievable... it's impossible to discern the bubbles in this beer's texture. Sip after sip, I'm marveling at the balance and eloquence from start to finish. One of the best beers I've enjoyed over the last twelve months.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 01:39:54 | More by yelterdow
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3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet glass.

Pours a light brown color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves light lacing. Aromas of sweet maltiness, alcohol, dark fruit and a hint of banana. Smokey, alcohol up front taste leading to the fruity, yeasty flavor finishing with a burnt coffee/bitter chocolate. Moderate carbonation, a bit watery in the mouth. Average drinkability, if it finished a little smoother, would be higher.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 18:37:15 | More by scottg
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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid around $1.79 for a single (12 oz.) at the Jungle...

The beer pours a cloudy chocolate base with a thin white head, head retains throughout and specks of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a well-blended sweet malt variety although a touch of alcohol on the nose to tell you what is coming.

The taste is mellow coupled with low carbonation, the sweet malt sustains with a nice creamy head, no alcohol on the tongue; reminds me of a well-crafted beer from Belgium. The M&D is perfect, this is both perfect in the mouth and an ideal session beer.

Final Thought: A very nice showing again from Allagash! I would love to sample their beers on tap someday.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 02:36:21 | More by mobyfann
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3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nut brown color typical to Belgian Dubbels. Thin brown head with no retention and just a little bit of lacing.

S - Way too much alcohol. A little sweet, nutty maltiness.

T - A bready malt sweetness. Alcohol is not near as strong in the taste as it is in the aroma. A surprising bitter bite sneaks in for a quick second as well.

M/D - A little on the thin side but overall a nice smooth creaminess. A passable dubbel, but not one of the better examples.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 14:14:40 | More by ckeegan04
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with some amber tints. It has a finger thick head that settles down to a thin layer of off-white bubbles.

S: It has the classic yeast aroma lets you know its a Belgian style beer. There is also a roasted malt, hints of dark fruits, and a hint of some sort of spicing. Its pleasing to the nose.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit and a hint of caramel. There isn't a lot of hoppiness in this one, but it is still very well balanced. The alcohol is completely hidden in the taste.

M: Its a medium body beer. It has almost no in mouth carbonation at all. It does have a very clean finish.

D: Due to it being very balanced with no alcohol warming at all, it is very drinkable for a dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 01:42:54 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Goblet from waitress Dorsey at the Gingerman in Midtown Manhattan.

A: Dark amber with a minor head yet retained legs quite well throughout.

S/T: Quite hoppy for my pallet but not overpowering for those who like 'em.

M: Average with medium carbonation.

D: Got better and smoother as it warmed up from teh inital hoppiness. would not go back for this one but would recommend to pale ale blokes.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2008 21:36:41 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decanted at cellar temp into a goblet

A - The foam burst forth from the neck of this stubby bottle as the crown was cracked - luckily I had the glass close by and not much was lost.
The light cream head rose up above the rim of the glass at more than 3 fingers high, but settled to 1 finger quickly and made some sticky lace on the sides w/ substantial stickage.

S - Very nutty w/ Belgian yeast that is spiced gently and the malt roastiness is evident w/ a light sweetness in the nose after a swirl. Slightly bready/ earthy combination of scents is dominant

M - Rich, roasted, but not overly roasted to the point of coffee or burned. A somewhat dry feel w/ smooth round edges - very nutty and biscuity - almost nut bread-like

T - This has a very fine toasted malt taste. The yeast gives it a gentle bready flavor w/ a very faint spice either malt or yeast spicines, but probably both. I like how the biscuit comes forward 1st and the sweet brown sugar element holds back. The malt blend is slightly roasty but mostly biscuit and the yeast are what sticks out. Very complex indeed , I am jazzed by the low key way this ale go my palates attention w/ a fine mellow nuance of malt as the centerpiece.

D - A very fulfilling beer like liquid bread that really hits 'that' spot. I can tell there is a raisiny sweetness there as the glass is drained . Earthy, lovely and expertly crafted. This is a must try dubbel

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 17:19:06 | More by Slatetank
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber-brown, batch #69. A nice, offwhite head with some decent retention.

S: Some coffee notes, perhaps just hints of dark fruits, herbal aromas. A bit mild, perhaps, all around.

T: Herbal, some light touches of caramel like sweetness - but very, very little. Some of the coffee notes coming through in the flavour as well, but perhaps a little more towards the bitter side.

M + D: A foamy richness in the mouth, which feels quite good all the way down. A little more mild in overall experience than some other Belgians or Belgian-styled that I have had, but that's not a particularly bad thing. I would have it again (though would likely reconsider location - this bottle was ice cold and took forever to warm up)

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 21:58:30 | More by Proteus93
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2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Looks like ice tea with a brown frothy head.

Aroma - Has a light barnyard like wet hay smell.

Palate - Light fizzy carbonation.

Flavor - Very light and smooth up front with a slight malty aftertaste

Final thoughts - It was OK form me, not really my style of brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 15:07:46 | More by praufs01
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with some light tan head.
S - Fairly alcoholic smelling, along with some hint of coffee amongst the hops.
T - Some fresh hops and roasty malts. Quite boozy and watery. Leaves no trace and does not pack a punch. It promises but doesn't deliver.
M - Mostly boozy and watery, very light bodied.
D - Fairly decent for a dubbel, they are usually harder to drink, but more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 17:57:43 | More by Quej
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and solidly brown, but light does shine through well. The beige head lasts and leaves a ring of lace after each sip.

Lots of barnyard smells. Good chocolate malt aroma giving it a mocha-like nose.

Less like a Dubbel and more like a well-hopped brown ale: Belgium meets Newcastle. For me, it's an excellent combination. I like the balance and the variety. The aftertaste, interestingly leaves the strongest Belgian flavor. The initial taste is brown (chocolate and crystal) malts.

This is closer to my preference than a full-blown Belgian. But it doesn't match the traditional flavors of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 00:15:23 | More by smcolw
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New Jersey

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

Pours a very dark amber, not a lot of head, but decent lacing on the way down. Smells wonderful...a malty sweetness with a hint of banana and clove in the mix. First sip hits with a subtle but surprising bitterness that quickly washes away in malty sweetness, with notes of yeast and bread in there. A bit on the light side for a dubbel -- some folks might like something more weighty, but I think this makes it a better beer to pair with food, rather than as the after-dinner brew.

Overall, a good representation of the style without the heaviness. For me, that worked well. For others, it might not. But I'd buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 13:27:27 | More by Newsman
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice rich brown color with a haze that glows like a peach. There's not much head and then there's not much lacing, but the color is pretty at least.

S- There's some bannana and sweeter malt scents, nothing amazing but still inviting.

T- The taste to this beer is... dense. I'm not sure why it seems that way, but it somewhat reminds me of fruitcake, or poundcake. The maltiness is strong and delicious. Most of the rest of the flavor is earthy yeastiness.

M- Suprisingly effervescent. I think I would prefer something heavier.

D- I don't have much experience with dubbels, but I'm enjoying this one. Not too complex, and malty as hell. Though I wish I could distill some hops flavors out of it, it's still quite a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 05:33:27 | More by zdk9
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3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Unique appearance that varies greatly on lighting and line of sight... One angle portrays a dark top and lighter amber bottom... Another a hazy redish amber... Makes the beer seem complex and mysterious...

S - Strong malt aroma... Slight yeast... Very subtle dark cherry scent... A little overpowering...

T - Wheat and grain characteristics dominate... Very little of the malt flavor makes it way through... A slight bit of hops at the finish...

M - Light bodied for a dubbel... Doesn't coat the palette as well as I would like...

D - Not terrible, but not a Dubbel that I would ever seek out again or even recommend...

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 02:23:57 | More by philbe311
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District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Liberty St Tavern in Allentown, served in a goblet.

A: Very nice looking dark, hazy amber/brown. Nice thick, sticky head with great retention and leaves lots of thick lacing.
S: Not very strong smell, and whats their is typical for a belgian. Some malt, dark fruit, slightly sweet, spices, etc.
T: Medium bodied and creamy with high carbonation but leaves a watery taste in mouth. Spicy, sweet body, with some earthy flavors, very nice, but nothing special and very clean finish with very little taste.

A pleasant double, but nothing special. A little too watery and lacking in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2008 03:10:40 | More by yourefragile
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a chalice. Batch # 70.

Dark chestnut brown brew raised a foamy, creamy, rocky tan head that recedes with sticky, beautiful lace.

Aroma is a typical caramel-malty, spicy-sweet dubbel nose, hints of root beer, cola, cloves, brown sugar--all quite faint, however. The mouthfeel of this presumably young brew is astoundingly foamy and active...loads of fine, creamy bubbles fill the mouth with each sip. It's impressive, but a bit distracting. I should have aged this bottle longer, it would probably calm down with time. But I must rate as I drink, and it's a bit too bubbly. Behind the bubbles a nice medium-bodied mouthfeel, not sticky.

The flavor has a very restrained sweetness, a bit surprising, since so many dubbels lean toward the brown sugar-sweet side. Here, the sweetness is more than balanced by pronounced clove spiciness and a lot more hoppy bitterness in the finish than is typical. I am not sure if the balance would improve with age, but maybe that bitterness would mellow and integrate.

An interesting and different dubbel. Definitely well-made, and worth aging a bottle for a year or two to see if it changes. A little unbalanced and lacking in complexity, but I applaud how the spiciness and lightness keep sweetness in check and keep it more drinakble than many American takes on Belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:54:55 | More by kenito799
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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark brown, with no head and excellent lacing.
Very little ni thew way of a nose, even as it warmed. Sweet malt and chocolate, maybe som dark fruit but really really subtle.
The taste was a little better, especially as it warmed. Sweet dark malt, brown sugar and dark fruits. Almost no aftertaste.
The feel was rather watery, a little bit sweet but mostly bitter up front and almost no aftertaste.
Overall it was a very mediocre dubbel, which surprised me as I enjoy most of what Allagash makes. I'll have to try a few more of these before my mind is totally made up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2008 14:36:32 | More by sinistrsam
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy dark brown with tan head. It smelled like malt and yeast with a bit of perfume and alcohol. It tasted bland at first with malt and slight wild hops flavoring. The taste grew stronger and better as it warmed, and it had a nice somewhat bitter aftertaste. It was watery and carbonated, and easy to drink. Overall it started out boring but then became pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 20:41:58 | More by Pencible
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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a dark ruby red with white lacing. The aroma is very fruity with blackberry and plum with a bit of biscuit grains. The taste has sweet bready malts with slight date and raisin flavors. There are also mellow caramel and toasted notes with a hint of hops and vanilla. The body is on the thin side of medium, light for the style, but very drinkable. The carbonation is also a bit light, but it's very pleasant. All in all, this is a great dubbel and it makes me want to drink more Allagash beers. Thank you Maine.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 03:29:08 | More by tempest
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, dark fruit, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of roasted malts up front with background flavors of caramel, some dark fruit, spice and Belgian yeast. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer with a lot of substance to it. I could drink a few of them, but I don't think it's one that I'd want to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 04:50:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown and amber. Not enough foam for this dubbel or bubbling or lacing. Great color for this Belgian style, just lacking a few other elements. The aroma is awesome. Full of nuts, cherries, hardwood, and even a little leather. Very complex. The first sip is a deep toasted malt, the middle gets a little more fruity, cherries mostly. Then a woody mlat with a little more roast coming through to the finish. Along with a few nuts and some pumperknickel bread. The palate feels real good, sweet, toasty, and just the right amount of dryness. Great for meats with a brown sauce. Lots of garlic.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 05:32:48 | More by scruffwhor
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Three fingers of light brown head topping a dark brown body with copper highlights. As the head settles it leaves nice lace.

S - Coriander with dark caramel and a light raisin note.

T - Malty caramel flavor up front, followed by a roasted grain note. Spicy yeast character in the middle, notes of coriander and some fruit as well. The finish consists of a lingering roasted note with hints of tobacco.

M - Medium body, high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Drinkable, but not particularly complex; the flavor comes off as a bit weak and watery. The roasted flavor is a bit too strong for my taste and it lacks some of the rich caramel and fruit notes I would like to see in a dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 06:28:35 | More by nickfl
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