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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,491 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 39
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Stunner97
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown and slight light can bee seen when held up, a bit murky and bit cloudy, when held up to light also almost reddish brown, pours a nice thick foam tan head

Smell- malty smelling nose, caramel, brown sugar, overall a sweet not ultra complex nose

Taste- upfront good amount of sugar and sweet maltiness, on the finish though it is kicked in its place by a firm spice and bitteness, nice enjoyable balance of bitter and sweet balance,

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with very dry finish for the style

Drinkability-did find this beer very easy drinking, good balance of sweet malts and spice, one that you could probably enjoy drinkin all nite, very nice example

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and spices. Taste is mild, malty, a tad bland. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a good but unspectacular beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After several hours of playing FIFA 10, it's time for a beer. And after a night of going with a spiced dubbel, I'm going with a classic American dubbel. 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Like many beers I pour, it looks good. Dark carmel brown color, creamy looking, with a bone white head on top that leaves some good spots of lacing. Odd husky chocolate raisin aroma. More husky dark malted notes in the aroma. As time progresses, the huskiness is slightly smoothened out.

There's hardly any yeast presence in its taste. It's all about the malt, but the malt is haywire. Chocolate malt comes out first. A little caramel, and then out comes some rough grainy flavors, making this beer distracting at times. Dry astringent malty flavors stick to the tongue. The texture is fine with a medium feel and tiny bubbles that buzz up the tongue, but the aftertaste lingers with husky malt that not entirely pleasant.

In the overall picture, it's a decent beer. Compared to other dubbels, this is towards the bottom of the latter of what I've tasted. Now deciding between Allagash Dubbel and last night's Siamese Twin...ummm, I'm not sure which I'd choose.

Reviewed on: 02-12-2010 07:38:32

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #87

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a head that is solidly Belgian in character; plenty of lace patterns line the sides of the snifter

Smell: Brown sugar, figs and clove, with an underlying woody/nutty aspect

Taste: Opens with a woody, brown sugar character that adds some figgy fruit and clove spice by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are decidedly mellow, with some sweet tobacco on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the most complex dubbel out there, this is much better than their regular Double and is among the better American examples of the style as it is neither cloying nor overly alcohol-laden

Photo of jmerloni
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An electric hazy dark orange mahogany that looks OH so rich. Moderate head with decent retention and very nice lacing.

S - Very full! Dark fruit, figs, some citrus, raisins, yeast, malt, spice. A lot going on here!

T - As complex as the nose suggests but not as intense. Dark fruits are definitely present: cherries especially! Granny smith apple sourness. Citrus rind. Malty and acidic on the afterbite. Earthy. Very interesting but not quite as wild as Chimay rouge.

M - Medium bodied with carbonation on the end. A little watery in places like their witbier is and that's a bit strange. Il feel like this is a trend with Allagash. Their mouthfeel kinda sucks in a weird way. Boring.

D - Moderately drinkable but I think I'd feel like an asshole if I drank more than a couple of these because they're so delicate and posh. I think Allagash's market is weird like that - I never feel like I'm supposed to drink more than 2 of anything they make. Nevertheless, dubbels are a new style for me and they intrigue the hell out of me!

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a dark brownish

S- The aroma is dark fruits (most notably raisins and plums) along with spices and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with slightly sweet and fruity malts with some spices lightly dancing around on the tongue and a dry yeasty finish with spices lingering well into the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a pretty decent Dubbel that is worth a try.

Photo of david18
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Doubles are not my favorite style but George Keeley's on Amsterdam Avenue in New York City was having an Allagash special, with seven or eight varieties on tap.

It was 2:00 on a weekend so I decided to have the lowest ABV selection they had. The double was actually very good. Refreshing while still having a good malt character. Not too raisonny but interesting enough to be enjoyable and light.

Photo of mjaskula
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a dark red-brown with a tan head that thins but doesn't go away. Leaves some thick lacing.

Aroma is thick and sweet with molasses. Flavor is classic dubbel, sweet and slightly spicy. The belgian yeast character comes through nicely. Finishes with a hint of wood. Not sure if this one is barrel aged or it's character from the cork, I cellared it on it's side for six months.

It carbonation is a bit high and it finishes up dry. A pretty good doubbel.

Photo of woosterbill
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 25cl Allagash goblet.

A: Radiant, slightly hazy light-brown body; one-finger head of fine white foam; average retention and light, spotty lace.

S: Dry, bready malt dominates. Some light fruitiness from the yeast comes through on the tail end.

T: Much like the nose, but with even less yeast presence. More toastiness from the malt, and a dull, bitter finish. Not that great, actually. Disappointing.

M: Fairly light for the style, with a slightly delayed explosion of fresh carbonation. Not bad at all.

D: I find this beer somewhat boring, and therefore don't find myself eager to keep drinking it. For once I don't find the 25cl Allagash glass unduly restrictive.

Notes: I'm usually one to sing Allagash's praises, but this offering leaves me cold. Maybe it doesn't help that the last dubblel I had was the inimitable Westmalle.


Photo of adamette
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the stubby brown 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $2.25 a few weeks ago into my gold rimmed Rare Vos somewhat tall cone shaped glass since I had not used that recently. No observed "best by" date.

A Dark caramel, opaque body under a very light brown meringue like creamy head that left a curtain like lacing on the inside of the glass. 4.0

S Some malty sweetness but the most prominent smell that I get is a barley husk grain. I do not perceive too much alcohol. Interesting smell but expected more sweetness (less of the grain) and also a more prominent Belgian yeast smell. 2.5

T Like some kind of comback from the underwhelming smell, the taste redeems what I was missing in the smell nicely. There in the taste is the expected and welcomed malt sweetness (nothing extreme) along with the Belgian yeast taste that I like. This remains a dubbel on the grainy side, though, but that is just fine. ABV well hidden too. 4.5

M Nice light bread like smoothness and depth to this beer which is not only appropriate to the style but one that I like. 4.0

D Drinking these 12 ounces was easy. 4.0

Notes: A unique smell to this classic tasting dubbel, Allagash demonstrates its significant skill again with this one.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally tried Allagash Dubbel for the first time, and served in a Westmalle chalice.

Appearance is dark brown with a significant reddish hue - almost makes this brew look burgundy. Head is a perfect 2 cm, but dissipates and is pretty fizzy (small bubbles). Smell is mild - not of the fruit overtones I'm used to with a dubbel. Coffee and chocolate are both in there.

Taste is where this was disappointing - didn't have the strong belgian sugar or dark fruits. There was a mild chocolate and heavy malty flavor to this. Light carbonation and strong medium body - makes this mouthfeel very nice.

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

Look: Deep amber, cloudy, fluffy pillow-like head with unreal lacing

Smell: Yeast, cloves, plums and apple

Taste: Up front: Very malty with a slight alcohol bite. Finish: Dry and spicy

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, and a little sticky

Drinkability: Smooth and easy to drink

Overall Impression: We felt this beer's flavor was a bit weak for the style, but he flavor was reasonably complex and balanced. A good American made example that should go over well with Newbeez

Photo of feedmechili
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Frothy, fizzy head which didn't quickly dissipate. Brown in color, like diluted cola.

Aroma of yeast, cloves, and raisins. Rich, malty, fruity spice taste, with a fizzy medium body. Good American Belgian ale. I liked it.

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

no.5 of the american beers during the Taste of Paste event @ the stag's head in NYC.

and definetly part of a roller-coaster of tastes such a night was.

This dubbel was definetly a reminder of good things in the direction of a westmalle dubbel. the beer has a nice dark pour that is not opaque but isn't convincingly translucent either. small pale tan head, more compact than abundant.

Which generally implies a nice release of spicy malty notes present at the nose right away. not so much sweet as it is a blend of spices, some vanilla somewhere in there, very discrete above an also prevalent grassy hop feel and mouldy yeasty thing.

Taste is good, not a strong one and not dying to go for absolute sweetness, much like the trappist counterpart i mentioned before. this describes a much raw ingredient feel to it, unprocessed, you process it.

Well bodied but still carbonated, refreshing and fresh tasting.

a good beer any day.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy ruby-brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of biscuity malts with solid amounts of figs and raisins. Also present are mild spices and hints of brown sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Smooth lightly toasted biscuity malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark fruit flavors - figs and raisins mostly. Hints of muted clove enter into things midway through the sip along with a bit more nutmeg and brown sugar. The ending is dominated by fruit flavors. To reiterate, the flavors imparted from the spices do a nice job of being part of the supporting cast and letting the malt and yeast shine.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall I thought the nose gained a bit from the cask pour but the flavor suffered a bit. Still, a solid beer and well worth a shot.

Photo of sitarist
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark nut brown. Head is small and an off white color. Small amounts of lacing.

S- Smells like a good Brandy, alcohol is present but doesn't overpower. Complex with fruits, brown sugar, spice, and a hint of chocolate.

T- Not as complex as the nose. Taste like plum wine. If you really look hard there are some good flavors.

M- Thin and dry with light carbonation. Mouth-feel matches the flavors well.

D- I could have a couple/few of these.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with a light white head, some good lace, fair-solid head retention.

S: Malt, brown sugar.

T: Very malty, molasses and candi sugar heavy. But that is really the flavour, there's no real complexity and yeast nuance that you find from the better Belgian examples. A good flavour, don't get me wrong, just wish there was more. Call me underwhelmed.

M: Nice medium-full body, smooth, not overcarbonated.

D: A solid real intro into this style. The American examples of tripels I have really liked, but the dubbels still have some work to do. Certainly one of the better priced 750s out there, so it's got that going for it which is nice.

Photo of jrallen34
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a murky brown with a tan light head, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is a little matly and some hops.

The taste is ok, nothing special, its pretty simple just a little malt not much else.

The feel is medium, ok drinkability.

Overall, a less than average dubbel.

Photo of fastsrt
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle to chalice
A: reddish brown, disappointing head, no lace
S: dark fruits (figs), some booze, not much else.
T: dark fruit, chocolate and coffee, a hint of booze
M: highly carbonated, lighter body than most dubbbels, thin, this beer has a nice malt and hop balance.
D: highly drinkable,complex flavors I drank this following a Rochefort 10 which was not a good Idea because it made this brew taste like H2O, affordable at 8 bucks for a four banger. would buy again and again, this is one of my top styles and is a tasty brew. I feel that this brew is a good

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

Allagash Dubbel Reserve....batch #86

Appearance-dark brown, with huge fizzy head in my chalice glass , bubbles are huge and crackling, head is almost too much but does settle.

Smell-caramel malt, spice and raisin, alcoholic heat fumes surround, final wave of malt at the end.

Taste/Mouthfeel-rush of plum and spicy caramel, warm alcohol buzz, hops do appear and mix in well, medium body, touch of raisin at the end as it goes down also mild alcoholic burn.

Drinkability-nice smoothness, body works, plenty of flavor.

Overall-great beer, very flavorful, everything works well, enjoyable to drink. Nice job by Allagash, hits the style really well.

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

Poured from 750mL bottle (batch 67) into Chimay chalice glass.

A - Poured a thick cloudy reddish amber with a nice yeasty head that hung around for a bit. Looks thick and syrupy with a sugary tint. Somewhat sticky lacing.

S - Alcohol and sugar. Some dark fruit undertones like prunes, raisins, plum. Nice and subtle as the style is supposed to be having the nose lead with sugar and a hint of cinnamon and spice.

T - Plum, raisin and fig-like. Not nearly as sweet as the nose suggests, certainly more spicey than the smell.

M - Has a bit of an alcohol bite...much more so than beers of the same style with a higher ABV. Leaves my mouth tingling with a bit of a sting which eventually evolves into a somewhat bittery dryness.

D - Not too filling or overbearing. Somewhat subtle for the style...a bit more spicey than I am used to and I feel like the alcohol jumps out a bit.

Photo of JMD
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich mahogany color with ruby tones. Small head that dissipates quickly, and leaves some small lacing on the glass.

S: Candied fruit, brown sugar and some belgian funk.

T: Carmel malt, and ripe candied fruit. Belgian yeast and some light hops on the backend.

M: Light to medium bodied with active carbonation.

D: Not my favorite example of the style, but still a highly drinkable offering from Allagash.

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle with no date into a pint glass. My bottle indicates an ABV of 7% and also says "Dubbel Ale" instead of "Double Ale".

A: An aggressive pour yielded a 2.5 finger head which was frothy at first and then became a creamy film. The head retention was good, the lacing spare. The body is muddy, about 80% opaque. The color is a burnt dark orange or sienna brown. Tawny edges line the glass.

S: Above average malt backbone, toasted bread mixed with a brief whiff of chocolate and some sweet candied sugar. Rather complex malt structure. There were really no apparent hops to speak of. A light yeastiness of worn leather plus a Belgian funkyness/sourness.

T: The taste components sounds like this brew would have a phenomenal outcome, but the flavor combinations didn't work out to anything special. Banana bread, cardamom, clove, plum, allspice and rose water. A pretty spicy recipe. Moderately sweet.

M: The mouthfeel is odd. Light in body, thin in texture and a fizzy carbonation. The flavor duration is very short too. Not one of this brew's finer moments here.

D: Seemingly good at first, this beer ended up being pretty average in my opinion. Doesn't drink bad, but there is a lack of character that puts me off.

Photo of irishking1977
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash makes some good brews, but I've only had their Dubbel, Tripel and white ale, and have noticed that it depends on the serving type as to how good or bad they can be.

A: This one poured a brown/amber with a small tan head and a bunch of lacing. Resembles more of a amber/abbey ale than what I have come to know as a dubbel. Still, not bad.

S: Nice! Very appetizing combination of brown sugar and malt. Not too overwhelming, not too faint. Just right.

T: Good tasting brew, but my olfactory senses deceived my palate. It's kind of watered down version of what I had detected in the smell of the brew. Not bad, but was expecting more.

M: Like I said, kind of watered down; minimal carbonation, a quick, and uneventful finish to each sip. Not many dubbels could be real session brews, but because this one lacks some taste and character, this could be a sessionable brew.

D: If this one came in six packs for less than ten dollars, then I would consider it a worthy session brew for the colder months. For me, that's both good and bad in that the brew could be more distinguished and have more character with a firmer taste and perhaps more variation in the ingredients used.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From batch #82, according to the bottle.

A: Amber brown with a big, off-white head, maybe 3 fingers, but that dissipates fast. It's very cloudy.

S: Belgiany smelling, if that makes sense. Hints of brown sugar and cooked apples. Perhaps dry fruit, too.

T: Again, belgiany, similar to the smell. I get more candi sugar flavors in the taste though.

M: Creamy with good carbonation.

D: Good, wouldn't guess 7% abv.

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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