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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,372 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 83 | 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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jujubeast6000

Texas

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.

11-02-2008 17:05:43 | More by jujubeast6000
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mattffrost

California

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.

11-02-2008 00:32:55 | More by mattffrost
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webmanspidey

Michigan

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.

10-29-2008 02:28:45 | More by webmanspidey
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biergut

Texas

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.

10-25-2008 02:34:53 | More by biergut
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matty

Pennsylvania

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!!

10-25-2008 02:21:18 | More by matty
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bonkers

New Jersey

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.

10-13-2008 23:28:25 | More by bonkers
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wiseguy142

New York

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.

10-04-2008 02:33:43 | More by wiseguy142
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erosier

Connecticut

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.

09-26-2008 10:34:01 | More by erosier
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle at Winking Lizard. Pours a dark brownish-amber color with a medium thick and foamy beige head that has decent retention. Patchy lacing on the glass. Dark fruit and light chocolate in the nose, with a touch of hops. Medium-bodied and smooth with a faint nutty character, and flavors of fruit, chocolate and malt. The finish is lightly spiced with a malty aftertaste that lingers awhile. Above average overall.

09-25-2008 21:28:59 | More by Dogbrick
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Nowhereman529

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a cloudy brown from the bottle with a little bit of white/cream head which doesn't remain too long.

Smell is a little smoky, a little fruity, a little malty. Smells very tasty, very much a fall type beer.

Taste is a little light, with malt predominant over some of the more dark fruit flavors. There's still a little of the smokiness to it, but overall the malt and fruit is what comes up front.

Mouthfeel is too light for a dubbel. It's a little too thin and perhaps a little too carbonated for my taste. It doesn't break the beer, but it doesn't help it's cause any.

This is an overall very drinkable beer. I would recommend it to anyone.

09-22-2008 02:53:39 | More by Nowhereman529
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Dark, cloudy, opalescent brown with just highlights of dark orange around the sides. Small bubbles of carbonation feed a creamy head of beige crema. Excellent lacing.

Dark liquor type aromas on the nose; port, chocolate and rum. There's a nice dry, but sweet mocha character to it as well. It's really quite sweet, but it's a dark sweetness - verging towards bitter or toasted. Very nice.

Taste is also good, but a little thin. There's a very pleasant sweet character on the front palate that slides into a more bittersweet dark chocolate or burnt toffee flavour. But it's quite thin in the mouth, and I get a kind of empty feeling from the taste - like the full spectrum of the palate isn't filled in.

The bits that are there are nice, but it really feels like it's missing something - it really lacks depth in the palate.

That being said, it's very drinkable, especially for a 7% brew. Indeed, the thin palate probably improves its drinkability, because it doesn't feel like it's bloating you.

Overall, it's a decent brew. Very pleasant and easy to drink. But unlike their White, which very nearly puts the Belgian Witbiers to shame, this one is only an approximation of the Trappist brewers' art.

09-20-2008 03:08:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ckaufman

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

12 oz. screw cap bottle into a tulip glass...

Poured a cloudy brown color with some reddish tints if you hold it up to a light source. Respectable tan head with medium lacing and minimal retention. Very malty in smell with undertones of fruit, wood, and yeast. A good tasting beer with lots of complex malt flavor, yeast, and earthy fruit notes. Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation and a dry/crisp finish. I probably would not drink more than one of these in a single sitting. A little too rich in flavor for my personal liking.

I do have one complaint regarding this beer... a f#!%ing screw cap... what the hell is that???

09-15-2008 16:13:36 | More by ckaufman
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from a stubby 12 oz to a snifter the liquid is dark with good carbonation. The head is nice 2 fingers, off white to light tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is good mild yeast is nice and the dark fruit notes are quite well done.

The taste is very good, really a very well done brew and very close if not as good as any thing else I have tried. The light roasy coffee and chocolate notes in the finish are not strong but very good.

The mouth feel is nice, good carbonation and nice body.

The drinkability is very good, not I wish I had the bomber in stead.

Prosit, MK

09-11-2008 06:08:10 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

A: Very dark brown; some amber highlights. Pours with a two finger coarse light brown/tan head that slowly dissipates to a quarter inch thickening at the rim. Generous lacing.

S: Distinct yeast aroma, roasted malt, dark fruits and spice. Very nice.

T: Sweet up front followed by dark fruit and a hint of caramel. Well balanced as hoppiness wasn't very detectable. Alcohol also well hidden in the taste.

M: Medium body. Even carbonation was just right. Clean, dry finish.

D: Balance and absence of alcohol warming make it frighteningly drinkable.

09-05-2008 01:18:56 | More by Haybeerman
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pwoods

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a Leffe over sized wine glass. No dating.

A: Pours a deep shoe leather brown, opaque. About a finger worth of light khaki head forms and holds nicely. Decent lacing.

S: Caramel malts and light candi sugar. Has a large, raw yeast smell that's a bit off.

T/M: Caramel malts with toffee and light chocolate undertones. Hops are way down. A small touch of yeast spice but not enough for me. No fruity esters or phenols. Body is medium full, smooth and lacking a bit in carbonation.

D: Pretty average ABV and decently easy to drink. Just not very impressive. I'll probably look elsewhere.

08-30-2008 05:03:50 | More by pwoods
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Jyubei

New Mexico

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

A. A thin head on top of a dark amber body with limited lacing

S. Malt and hops, followed by the faint aroma one gets when walking into a home improvement store's garden department. Also has a hint of fruits and an oat bread.

T. Malt and hops with spices, bread and citrus. A slightly astringent aftertaste.

M. A fruit syrup feel with a sticky finish

D. This Dubbel makes an excellent apertif. It got me drooling and would be great with a medium cheddar or rye bread.

08-28-2008 23:48:22 | More by Jyubei
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JRed

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Large, foamy, immortal head and deep dark hazel looks makes for an attractive beer. Aroma of alcohol hiding behind a chocolate mask holding a can of roasted nuts and it aint Halloween but I invite him in for a drink anyway. The chocolate mask fades quickly and I see the alcoholic substance for what it is, I enjoy its stay all the same. Malty, medium body and tastes reminiscent of irish coffee and I'm McDonald's slogan about it.
Cheers.

08-28-2008 23:06:16 | More by JRed
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USCTrojanBrian

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

Reddish-burgandy color, hints of purple and green when held to light. Minimal head. Some weird random bubble action ... it's aliiiive!

Fruity, slightly musty smell. Not your usual dubbel smell. Light and sweet first sip. Pretty unusual brew here. Reminds me some of beers I've had with some combination of raisin or fig or dates in the flavor.

A little bitey with the first big sip. 7% ABV masked well so far, high drinkability on that end although the flavor may drag it down unless more surprises await.

Still sweet and fruity. A smooth drinker. Hard to tell if the sweetness is more a malt sweetness or the added special sugar. I'm thinking the special sugar. Its not like the usual Belgian sweetness though, hard to put words to it.

For this level of alcohol they've played this really light. Sort of a starter or gateway dubbel, perhaps. Aromas coming alive a little more in the glass, as this thing warms up.

This has some really strong elements but something's missing. A little more to chew on if you will, or some tartness to counter the sweetness although the faintest tartness is presenting itself about halfway through. The malts may be the story here, a beer to ponder after dinner or even alongside chicken or fish.

08-27-2008 04:21:38 | More by USCTrojanBrian
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Came from its beautiful corked bottle. Appearance was wicked good. Dark, cloudy amber-brown with a thick, long lasting head and creamy lacing. Aromas are rich but not overpowering. Slight, dark grape fruit flavors mixed with malts. The taste was slightly more complex than the aromas. The bittersweet flavor had a more specific grape flavoring with a slight woody texture. Mouthfeel was a good body mixed with a silky and almost creamy texture. Overall, a great treat.

08-24-2008 01:11:27 | More by fitzy84
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Deep plum brown colored body with virtually no head. Lace is also minimal.

Aroma is sweet, slightly fruity, and spiced... exactly what you want from a Belgian nose. Unfortunately the richness and intensity drop off quite a bit as it sits. Straight from the pour it was great, but it weakens quickly.

The flavor is a touch watered down. Dark fruits are there, but the spice profile and malts leave a lot to be desired for the style. The finish is quite muted almost to the point of being bland.

08-20-2008 23:56:26 | More by HugoGrim
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured out of the bottle a deep reddish brown with a one finger head of tan bubbles. Displays broken lacing but not much retention. Alcohol esters and wet malts dominate the nose with a slight nuttiness. The flavors were similar, chocolate, bready malts, yeast, a hint of sweetness towards the end. Well balanced despite the lack of hops character. Distinctly different flavor 'phases'. Long malty finish. A good beer and good example of the style.

08-20-2008 22:27:05 | More by thekevlarkid
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everetends

Alabama

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Batch #63. 750 ml bottle purchased at Four Winds in P'cola. Poured into a goblet.

A: Poured a beautiful dark brown with just a bit of amber hues poking out the corners when held to light. Had a nice mocha head that slowly receeded to frothy ring. Leave some nice web like lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is of dark fruits (PRUNES!), roasted malt, spiced rum, cloves. Smell is faint but very interesting.

T: Taste is showcasing some prunes. Really dark fruit flavor first and foremost. Roasted malt and caramel come through and make an almost candied flavor profile. There is wood flavor, maybe cedar going on here too. Very nice.

M: Medium in body but is way too watery to me. This beer really doesn't coat the mouth or have much complexity in the feel. Alcohol is very subdued, a plus. Just doesn't seem this beer should be in the crisp and refreshing category.

D: Very nice brew. It has a great look and flavor. The feel really takes away from this beer. This could be so much more. Ah well, can't win em all.

08-20-2008 04:00:22 | More by everetends
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jdoncbus

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

I don't see "Reserve" on the bottle but assume it's the same offering. Pours a deeply tanned leather into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Thin bubbly head with some carbonation clinging to the botom of the glass with moderate lacing.

Nose consists of burnt malt with strong whiffs of prune and raisin. Very mild hop presence with mostly wild grass and spices.

Crisp on the palate from the carbonation, with flavors such as cloves, black licorice, buttery-sour malt, and wood. A pleasing alcohol burn makes itself known and leaves the mouth slick and a little bit tart.

An enjoyable beer, especially when its 67' in August with the sun setting while sitting on the deck. I could enjoy a couple more of these...

08-16-2008 00:16:10 | More by jdoncbus
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%

A- A good looking hazy bottle brown with a hint of red thrown in to the mix. Foamy head that leaves quickly.

S- The smell of dark fruits is present.

T- Along with the dark fruit tastes there is a smoke/wood taste that comes to the for front. There is also a spicy almost herbal taste.

M- Feels good in the mouth.

D- Easy to drink. Its that simple.

08-10-2008 02:32:05 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Trueant1

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Batch # 73

This beer had the sexiest, greatest pour a beer can have. Pours dark amber and cloudy right into the glass. Sits in the glass the same.
Slightly offwhite rolling billowing 2 inch head. Great, great lacing on the sides of the glass.

SMells of raisons, clove spice, yiest, and a general overall "sweetness".

Raisons and phenolic flavors dominate the palette. I good hop profile with mild bittering followed by medium alcohol spice. Yeast is present alongside with a classic belgian candy sugar taste.
A very wet, sugary dominance over all other aspects of this brew. Somewhat over carbonated.

Another great dubbel right along the lines with it's style. A very typey Dubbel.

08-04-2008 01:39:07 | More by Trueant1
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