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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 35
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
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 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.

Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL corked bottle labeled Batch #79 poured into a snifter in three parts.

Appearance is deep light amber brown with a lot of haze. Two finger beige head with good retention. Smell is dark fruits and caramel. Slight bitter astrigency also present. The flavor hits first with caramel, brown sugar, plums and raisin notes. Medicinal, herb flavor comes next to balance out all the sweetness. Only a small hop presence at the end. Clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and some carbonation. Drinkability is great. The clean finish, subtle flavor, and managable ABV are the reason for this.

Overall, a drinkable, complex dubbel. The medicinal flavor can wear thin at times, but it doesn't detract much from this beer.

Photo of berley31
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a very spare head that quickly diminished to a ring on top of the beer. Body is dark brown and hazy.

S: Pretty good aroma of some roastiness, clove, and some fruit as well.

T: Slightly fruity, with hints of dark chocolate. Seems like there may be cloves in there as well. Finishes a bit dry, but otherwise a pretty smooth-drinking beer.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with lively carbonation.

D: A pretty easy-drinking dubbel... a very solid representation of the style, and lives up to the high Allagash standards.

Photo of Minotaur
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Dubbel pours a cinnamon stick brown with very orange-copper highlights. The head is thick and beige and evaporates to a skim across the medium-dark beer leaving an attractive lacing that clings for a long time.

The aroma is surprisingly non-descript. A bit of bread aroma and a bit of pear or apple tang.

The taste is unlike most other Allagash I've tried in that it is not at all deep. There is a bitterness across the flat of the tongue and surprisingly little malt sweetness. The malt is predominantly dry and biscuit-like. There is a definite floral-herbal flavor which I find a little off-putting with the dry bitter nature of the beer; it isn't what I typically encounter or want in Belgian Dubbels. Perhaps this bottle is a bit young but the flavors are not as superbly integrated as I generally find from this brewer. I would even venture to use the term "flat" in taste.

It has an incredibly smooth and bubbly mouthfeel that is satisfying like a bite of bread. It is very drinkable despite the strangely bland taste and aroma.

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

Batch #45. Yet another drinkable beer from Allagash. Surprise! The color is unspectacular, and the head lasts but a brief period, even if you work hard to generate one. But the aroma is generous, full of cinnamon and cloves, oranges, apricots and other assorted fruity things with enough bread to give it some depth. The body is reasonably dense and, as you'd expect, full of fruit. There's a good deal of spicy nutmeg and cinnamon, and even a bit of mossiness. The carbonation is mild, but enough to give some bite. A family favorite.

Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from drhinehart- thanks!!

A: pours a dark red/mahogany with a bone white razor thin head, leaves heavy lacing, slightly hazy appearance

S: smell of candied sugar, spicy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, red fruits - cherry, strawberry, cranberry

T: taste isn't as bright and sweet as the nose, there is more presence of bready malts which team up with the sweet notes. The belgian yeast character is subdued on the tongue, the finish is slightly boozy. Not as sweet as most Dubbels I have tried, but pretty well balanced

MF: medium to high carbonation, medium body

D: This is easy drinking for the style, not cloyingly sweet but also not as complex as others of the style are, this one falls somewhere in the middle

Photo of njbcmatt
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Despite a medium brown color, was obviously quite clear. Cream colored head mostly dissipated quickly, but still laced the glass all the way down.

S - Something piney, woodsy beneath the stronger caramel notes. A little bit of burnt sugar in there too, and I don't mean that negatively. Dried, dark fruits, maybe prune-like. A little bit of coffee in the back there too.

T- Lovely balance of alcohol, carbonation, malt and hop. I can clearly taste each of their impacts on the overall flavor. Slightly metallic, bitter aftertaste is the only negative I can even mention.

M - Lingers nicely, as I would expect in a medium-heavy medium-dark beer. Has the body I like in this style of beer.

D - Certainly the type of beer I like to drink on a regular basis, but that's more personal preference than anything else.

Photo of TubaManJack
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am going to disagree with most of you all.While I found my four pack to be a decent representation of the style I didn't find it a standout-above average style.

Appearance- Slight sediment and low carbonation
Smell- A touch of brown sugar and slight grain scent
Mouthfeel- Slightly Metallic and carbonated.
Taste- Nothing is really standing out or distinguishing it other than a weird brown sugar taste that comes out in the mouthfeel- coating your mouth.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750. I think it was 8 or 9 bucks.

Appearance: This pours a hazy light brown-amber. Not really the prettiest color. Not unlike dirty water. The head is pretty impressive at first-- big, white, and foamy. Some pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Malty and caramelly. A little spicy. Slight hint of breadiness. A slight metallic smell.

Taste: Caramel malt. A little bit sweet. Spicy like clove and cinnamon. It finishes long, bready, and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately carbonated. Bubbly and foamy. Feels good.

Drinkability: This is a tasty, drinkable dubbel. Beats the hell out of their normal "double" which is watery and metallic.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a walnut to mahogany brown with amber hues and a thin tan head leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma is primarily of malt, unidentifiable sweetness, dark fruits, and a fresh yeast zest.

Sweet nut flavor, slightly roasted malt, a touch of spice, and chocolate and nut to finish as advertised.

Medium in body and carbonation, slightly drying with just slight abv bite.

Very easy to drink, subtle yet tasty flavors, and all around refreshing.

Photo of crhensel
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle poured into trappist glass). Poured very dark brown with very small head, and you could smell the complexity of the malts... with a hint of cocoa(?) Flavor retained the malty sweetness, but it was not overpowering. Finished with a bitter aftertaste that provided a nice bite at the end.

Photo of biegaman
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Dubbel is a lovely red ochre colour and, even despite the deep brownish hue, succeeds at being a perfectly clear specimen. There is plenty of tinseled highlighting to occupy the eyes. If, instead, they should be up for a challenge I recommend trying to trace the finely knit veins of lace left behind by this huge ridge of head.

It is certainly a most spirited aroma, one replete with plenty of Belgian yeast character. In fact, I swear I've smelt this same thing somewhere else before... oh, I know! In my favourite Trappist dubbel. The malts lend sweetness as they eschew caramel and toffee. The beer is doused in cinnamon and clove and has a most musty, earthy hoppiness.

This is a well seasoned beer. Since the brewery doesn't list any spices on the ingredients list I'll have to assume all this zestful, savory flavouring is coming from the yeast. Again, clove and cinnamon are foremost with hints of brown sugar not far behind. This taste, perfectly suited to Fall weather, has me thinking of pumpkin pie and caramelized apples.

A total of seven different varieties of malts produce a whole other cast of flavours. Maple syrup and molasses are definitely on that list. Honeycomb, toffee and a whole slew of nuts (pecans and walnuts in particular) also make the cut. There's also a trace amount of dark, currant-like fruit. The candi-sugar champions sweetness over the spice or bitterness.

Once again, the yeast is doing its job with poise, firmness and confidence. Between clove and nutmeg and the form of whatever other spice it takes on, the yeast is sure to coat every square inch of the tongue with a spirited seasoning. The malts, for their part, don't seem to possess the same brashness. This is feeling a little thin.

Brewers that consistently make Belgian-style ales seem to fair better at it than those who dabble in it occasionally. Allagash is among the best (it could be argued that they are the best) American brewery that makes Belgian ales - they do it consistently and they do it consistently well. Have a taste of their Dubbel and you'll see what I mean...

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 58. Poured into an Allagash goblet. Appearance is brown with a rich, creamy head. Smell is of malt and dark fruits. This beer tastes like it smells, with a slight hop bitterness but mainly raisins and plums. The beer was very carbonated. This is what I am looking for in a Belgian Dubbel.

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

Nice three finger head with and a beautiful mahogany color. Interesting lacing that's still lingering even as i look at the empty glass.

Aroma is nearly all malt with a hint of cocoa-very nice.

Mouthfeel is thick and beer is overall well balanced.

The cocoa was more prevalent iin the aroma, but still noticeable in trace amounts in the taste. At first i thought it had a bit of a watered down finish, but I kind of changed my mind by the end of the 12 oz, I guess it's just a dry finish.

They're not lying about the complex malts--I held many sips in my mouth trying to identify exactly what was in there. This is an enjoyable, drinkable beer.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clouded burgandy color with a large white head. Tiny bubble retention leaves lacey drifts.

Aroma is of wet, fall leaves and musty sawdust yeast, tangy peach and cantaloupe.

Taste is the usual caramel malts and candy sugar with some mild peach fuzz and plum in back. Sort of a burnt rust bitter.

Lightly oxidized? Though how I bought a mildly oxidized 4 pack of Allagash 5 minutes down the street in Portland is beyond me.

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

S: Cohesive aroma of coffee and brown sugar sweetness. There's an almost bright, wet pine component (or acidic coffee?). Strong bourbon vanilla notes, too.

T: Sharp carbonation stands out. Flavor starts mellow until the sweetness kicks in, climaxing with a noticeable roasted bitterness most dominantly at the end. The mouthfeel is moderately thick despite it ending fairly dry. Flavor-wise it's mostly figs, banana, and some apple.

It's nice and polished, but didn't stand out or seem like anything particularly special.

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.