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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,309 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 28
Gots: 72 | 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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Photo of nickfl


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
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark ice-tea color with lots of small suspended peppery floaties and virtually no head. There was a slight haziness and a very light visible carbonation factor.

S: some darken molasses, dark fruit (raisins), and some slight rum notes. The aroma was dark and sweet with a touch of alcohol spiciness (cinnamon) and woodiness.

T: malty, with a nice toasted malt backbone and munich sweetness along with some darken caramel. There was a very soft fruitiness from the yeast, but not much. A light smoky woodiness and some rum hints were also detected. The beer finished very clean with some spicy alcohol and malt sweetness and complexity.

M: The mouthful was smooth and creamy, a bit light, but had soft bread notes as well coming through.

D: Overall the beer was very cleanly brewed with a nice toasted caramel sweetness and alcohol warming. Great drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 01:09:09 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of lehows

New York

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

Poured a very dark amber color from batch number 68. Aroma was very sweet and mildly fruity. Flavors of dark fruit lightly spiced with malt carrying throughout. Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy but welcoming. Drinkability is high given the 7% ABV. Overall another good offering from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 01:33:00 | More by lehows
Photo of rkuhnel


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

From a 750 ml C&C Bottle (#66) this poured the color of cranberry juice with a nice cream off-white head and great lacing. Simply beautiful. Nose iof fruit, chocolate, nuts, and caramel malts. Rich and smooth mouthfeel. Robust flavors with a long dry finish. Wonder if aging would have helped this, but this is the only bottle I had.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 03:55:35 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of SirSaranac

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours dark like cola.... a 1 finger head... decent lacing. Scent is malty, spicy... perhaps brown sugar?... slight coffee aroma as well. Spicy in flavor... a cookie like malt... nice. Well balanced flavor. Med body.... overall, a rather drinkable brew. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 04:49:50 | More by SirSaranac
Photo of dnichols


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I sampled this brew at a local beer sampling event featuring 17 quality beers from East of the Mississippi and Canada. We sampled from a 750 ml caged and corked bottle.

A: It poured a dark murky brown body with a tank head composed of varied bubbles. The head went down fast leaving a ring around the collar that suppored a modest leggy lacing.

S: The aroma of roasted malts was dominant, followed by the creamy yeasts and sweet sugars.

T: It began with a malty sweet chocolate and dark fruit flavor. The abundant carbonation was distracting but contributed to a zesty bite on the backside. There were hints of plums and bananas.

M: It is a medium bodied brew with a sweet front and clean finish. It was a bit over the top in carbonation which distracted from the quality of the beer.

D: I was a little disappointed with this effort. Allagash is one of my favorite breweries but this beer does not stack up well with others in this styles. Its an easy brew to drink as long as you can get by the bite of the over the top carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 17:35:46 | More by dnichols
Photo of Goliath


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

Poured from a caged and corked bottle batch #65

Beer pours a deep brown and appears opaque with one finger of frothy tan head.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of fruit. A light yeastiness is present, but caramel malt dominates. Also a subtle alcohol aroma present.

Taste shows big malt character. Dark malts produce caramel and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel is lively due to good carbonation, and is fairly full.

Drinkability is medium to high due to great flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 17:12:16 | More by Goliath
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle consumed about six months after purchase, I'm guessing. I wasn't sure how well this was going to age - I hadn't realized this was bottle conditioned until I just looked it up now. Pours a murky brown with a bit of head. The aroma is malty with a bit of spice. The flavour follows exactly the same way, but with the spice more prevalent than was on the nose. Tastes in a similar vein to some winter seasonal beers that I've been having recently. Enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 04:55:22 | More by sstackho
Photo of manleyphoto


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

Belgian beers are generally regarded as the best, most unique and most complex beers on the planet. Belgians have elevated the art of making beer to the same levels as the French have taken wine. Breweries that have been operating for hundreds of years have pushed the boundaries of malt, yeast, and hops, creating spicy and floral beers with layer upon layer of texture and flavor.
Roughly 3,000 miles west of Brussels in Portland, Maine American brewers with a passion for Belgian beers have created a roster of brews that are now rivaling the taste and quality of their continental forbears. Allagash Brewing produces exclusively Belgian-style ales in the traditional method with the full force and flavor of their Belgian counterparts. Allagash Dubbel is a dark reddish mahogany beer produced in the style of Trappist inspired abbey house brews. Dubbel is brewed to showcase the complexity of flavors that can be coaxed out of malt by the signature Belgian-style yeast. The taste is of rich caramel sweetness with hints of raisiny wine-like notes. The full malt-forward flavor is balanced with a medium-thin body and a solid dry finish with a hint of hops.
Belgians have discovered the key to making a full flavored beer without a punishing thick and heavy body. The sweet rich malt is complemented with the addition of dark candi sugar, which after fermentation, dries out the finish of the beer without making it cloyingly sweet. Allagash has mastered the art of drinkability, and Dubbel is definitely a drinkable beer.
If the traditional Belgian brewers make the best beer in the world, then their American cousins are hot on their heels. Try any beer in the Allagash lineup and taste the quality and craftsmanship of the Belgian-style in American hands.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 17:58:06 | More by manleyphoto
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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drawn from sixtel (batch #72) into Chimay glass.

Very nice appearance - puffy, tan, two-finger head of tiny bubbles with nice retention, and decent lacing throughout. Deep brown color, with hints of orange/red when held to sunlight.

Smell was very sweet throughout with a "pumpkin spice" (cinnamon, nutmeg) present. Definitely some raisin as it warmed as well.

Sweetness and spice carried through to the taste, but the deep fruit I was expecting turned to a more bitter, fresh-cracked-walnut quality.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel, with a slight bitter bite in the finish.

Quite pleasant & drinkable overall, even if not among my favorites in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 21:50:46 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of diamondc


4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found a dusty bomber of Allagash Dubbel in the back shelves of the local liquor store. I'm starting to take a liking to Dubbels. I recently had a 3 year old bottle of Maredsous 8 which was the beer 'highlight' for me from last year. This one is Batch #51.

Appearance was very good. Dark brown with some red highlights. A nice fluffy head. Already some nice lacing on the Chimay chalice.

Smell was of milk chocolate covered raisins. On second sniff I got some Macadamia.

Taste was very much like the aroma. Chocolate, raisins, walnuts. Some kola nut flavor lurking on the aftertaste. Not much hop flavor. I think the hops have mellowed out after sitting on the shelf for so many years. Virtually no alcohol taste.

Lots of flavor on every gulp, making this one a sipper. Still a lot of carbonation going. This one would go great with some beef stew or oysters.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 08:47:41 | More by diamondc
Photo of 1fastz28


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yum yum yum, another belgian, is it worthy? we shall see

pours a very dark ruby red color with a small head into my chalice, what little head there is stays around for a while. the smell is absolutely fantastic, vanilla, raisins, sweet malt, yeast, an over abundance of wonderful aromas. taste is good, but not up to the level of the aroma, it is a good beer, has a good full taste to it, but isn't nearly as complex as it smells. very good beer, could of been great

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 03:23:06 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of spiffysamurai


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When I first poured this beer I was expecting a nice amber. What I got was a pretty good,dark amber. The thing I remember the most about it was the tan head. Overall the aesthetics of the beer were charming and very nice.

Smell: This beer smelt good. One could tell the seven herbs they used were used with careful thought and process. The smell that comes most to by brain was dark sugar.

Taste: When I first took a sip of this beer all I could think of was drinking like a pure sugar drink. Which was right up my alley for what I was aiming for at the time.

Mouthfeel: This drink is rich in the mouthfeel. For the vision of thickness I was a little worried but in the end, it was easy to drink.

Drinkability: This drink is very drinkable. It goes very well with steak. This is the type of beer that is good for catching up with a good friend and want to get beyond the macro brews and keep it local.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 03:43:17 | More by spiffysamurai
Photo of cookin420


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this was out of a 22oz bottle, poured into a jumbo tulip, (Stella Artois). Bottle conditioned, batch #69 at 45 degrees, good carbonation and nice slow pour yields a Brown-purple beer with a tight bubbled, bone white head which after finishing maintained thou out. good lacing. Smells fresh bright and slightly sour with a hint of bread. very dry nose, not at all what I was expecting, (something malt and syrupy). Mouthfeel is smooth with just the right carb to lighten it up. Tastes of roasted malts, and a bit burnt as well as a bit of apricot. Not much in the hop smell, taste or bitter, a little on the latter. Very clean dry finish, probably a great beer with spicy food or a peppercorn steak. Could hold up to just about any hearty foods. Drink ability is dangerous, luckily the abv is not too high.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 01:08:21 | More by cookin420
Photo of jsled


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008-01-26, Winooski Beverage Warehouse, bomber++ with cork & cage.

Pours: Clear very dark amber. Quite thick tan head, receeding by half in 1 minute, leaving solid lacing around the glass and a mostly-even rocky surface.

Smell: Stocky alcohol, and not much else. With agitation, minor hints of dark sugar. Fleeting malt notes after serious stronger agitation.

Taste: lighter than expected. thick malty body. lingering ... not brown, not molasses, but sugar. No significant malt standing out.

Mouthfeel: Rich, but not overpoweringly thick. Strong head gets into the mouth readily, leaving a foamy mouthfeel. A bit of residual thickness in the mouth.

Drinkability: Medium, but not low. Clearly this is not a session beer, but the rest of the bottle will readily fill this glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 20:35:56 | More by jsled
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice; batch #65

Pours a hazy deep orange-brown. Nice fluffy off-white head rose to a little under a finger and subsided slowly to leave light, sticky lacing down the glass.

Mild smell, slightly subdued. Sweet and fruity. Hint of raisins, caramel and yeast. Maybe a little bit of cocoa.

Creamy malt taste that really coats the mouth. Fruity and light, very dry finish. I really like the way the malt hits you at first and yields way to the fruit/raisin taste and then finishes with a malty dryness. Its like a malt sandwich.

Full-bodied and creamy.

The drinkability is on par for the style.

This is a very enjoyable beer, there isn't too much by this brewery that I frown upon. A good one to have in the rotation.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 02:57:06 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of jscondon


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

This is the double reserve batch #69!

It pours a nice brown with a rather large head that subsudes while drinking. The smell is mostly ester with and yeast with a hint of sweetness. It tastes sweet up front with vanilla hints, with a full mouth that fizzes and foams. Unfortunatelly the finish remains a little foamy, but its flavor is rather nice. It has hints of chocolate and maybe some butterscotsh, I also detect some maltiness.

In general this is a decent drinking beer, I think that it might do a little better with some further aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 01:02:23 | More by jscondon
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Allagash Dubbel had a dark, brownish-amber appearance with little head when poured. There was a slight tinge of fruit in the smell, but not as obvious as with other dubbels. The taste was okay, yielding some apple flavors and other fruits. Despite this, the taste was a little underwhelming, with an inescapably bland finish. The mouthfeel was a little too tingly and carbonated for my palate. Overall, it's a drinkable beer, though there are many other very good dubbels (straight from Belgium) I would go for first.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 14:56:42 | More by avalon07
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a very tight, creamy head that sticks around. The aromas are beautifully balanced with a slight sourness, slightly sweet malt, and dark fruit, a touch of almond and hazlenut all intermingling. Very nice. The taste is very nice, but a tad too subtle. Gentle flavors dark dry malt, quite attenuated. Apple brandy flavors with a touch of sweet fruit as well. Slightly tannic finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and this is extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 02:51:12 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a dark brown with gold highlights. Thin tan head and decent lacing all around.

Aroma of sweet malt and Belgian yeast.

Taste is very Belgian with the yeast. Also sugary sweet with the flavors of dark ripe fruits and a bit of malt. The 7.60% alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

Overall, this is a nice easy-to-drink Dubbel but perhaps just a bit too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 01:06:40 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange... great appearance... dark, ruby-red, off-color brown with modest head... a prune-colored beer... smell is sweet, reminiscent of figs, prunes, and fruits... Allagash White is one of my favorite Witbier's, so had high hopes for this well-respected brewery... didn't disappoint... really good taste... tastes very sweet with fig flavors... some cinnammon sweetness with added fruity tones... similar to a doppelbock... good depiction of the style.. good mouthfeel and easy to drink... would never notice teh 7%ABV behind a palate of thick, rich sweetness.. Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 23:58:20 | More by dsa7783
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this one in a trade with johnnnniee. thanks!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch #62. sampled dec 31/07.

pours deep red with a small dense tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is good. alcohol. date and dried cherry. nice fresh and slightly floral hops. bit of dark chocolate. hint of roast.

taste is nice, but not very dubbel-ish. comes across more as a brown ale. bit of dark chocolate. light roast. very light dark fruit, but certainly not to the level i'd expect in a dubbel. no nice belgian yeasty character either.

mouthfeel is good. medium low very fine well integrated carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. this was a balanced and enjoyable beer. if you blindfolded me i'd swear it was a brown ale, and a nice attempt at it. misses the mark for a dubbel, but still enjoyable. perhaps this one needs some time to age and develop?

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 19:27:28 | More by grub
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2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice.

I'm not familiar with Allagash, as they've just recently begun to be available in Michigan. Sadly, this particular beer was a disappointment. The appearance of this beer is very nice - dark amber with a very bright white head. The smell is sweet with ripe fruit (maybe raisins?) and brown sugar. Unsatisfying in the best way to describe the taste - watery sweetness with very little balance. Mouthfeel is watery, but serviceable. Eh, this is drinkable, I guess, but nothing to go out of your way for. Maybe I had a bad bottle? No recommendation either way.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 02:16:28 | More by montageman
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hearty, full, and even. It's smooth with clean tones. Almost a nutty flavor to it. I think you'd want to drink this with a hearty meal - a meat and potatoes kind of thing. But hey...that is just my immature palate's wild guess. I know Allagash makes a lot of different stuff, so I would be quicker to try the others before coming back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 02:45:05 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of bigdeuce


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice two finger head on the pour and good lacing down the glass. The smell was slightly metallic and did not waver me one way or the other. Pours a nice dark color, has some roasty malts with a nice touch of Belgian yeast. A crowd pleaser for sure. A bit thin on the body, but can be viewed as a session beer, as this was really, I mean, really easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 00:27:22 | More by bigdeuce
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