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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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1,492 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,492
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 40
Gots: 112 | 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 mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
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
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
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
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a very nice dark brown color with ruby tinting. Very creamy head of light beige colored foam, almost two-fingers worth, sits on top. Retention is excellent and the lacing is almost curtain-like and very sticky.

The nose is somewhat subdued, but still very nice. Mild hints of dark fruits and toasted nuts. Belgian candi sugar and a nice hint of rich maltiness. Good medium yeast presence.

Mmmm....nice medium-level malt presence. Nothing overwhelming, just a nice hint of richness. Hops hit right in the middle. They're not overstated at all, but they kind of overpower the dark fruits that are trying to be noticed. A nice level of spices and a hint of yeastiness comes in at the end.
This beer has a good amount of balance going on. Unfortunately, I want my dubbels to be pretty malt forward, so while this is good, it's not my favorite.

A nice full-bodied brew. Very smooth. Medium level of carbonation, filled with tiny little bubbles. This one has a wonderful amount of creaminess, which is a highpoint for me.

7.0%abv is a little outside of the guidelines for a session beer. As well as it's hidden in this one though, this is a great, drinkable beer

Photo of alpinebryant
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium brown haze with a huge head that stood throughout the whole drink. Scent of a spiced ale, lots of Malt on the nose, and a peppery belgian scent.

Taste of bitter maltiness , It says 7 malts on the label. Mellow flavor. Not extremely belgian tasting, nor too hopped, decent balance, with a bitter afterkick.

Thick mouthfeel, drinkable, yet I wouldnt necessarily want to drink a whole bunch of these over another beer.

Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my DFH Goblet. Reads Allagash ''Dubbel Ale' on the bottle - no freshness dating indicated. Poured a murky, bark brown with a fluffy, off-white, quarter inch head - brew resonates ruby red when held up to the light. Some thick slashes of lacing adhered to the sides of the glass during the tasting - similar to a swath of paint in consistency and retention. Nose is dark malt, brown sugar some belgian yeast character and perhaps a hint of anise. Taste consistent with nose with the faintest hint of dark fruit in the mix - somewhat muted and dry finishing. Mouthfeel is medium/light in consistency with a subtle background carbonation. Somewhat lacking in flavor for a dubbel, but not bad. I'll have to give the Reserve a try to see how it stacks up.

Photo of Thur123
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Time for review, first off...this pours a deep hazy garnet color with very little carbonation and a short lasting off-white head that sticks to the walls of my goblet slightly. Over all a very pleasant and humble looking beer. The smell is a diluted citrus with the Belgium yeast smell. There is no alcohol present, at least to my nose, at the time of the current sniff.

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First a bit of roasted malt which flows right into the complex spice character, which is actually kind of standard and not so complex. Towards the end of the taste is a subtle kind of roasted nuttiness and the sweet citrus lingers on the tongue. Over all this taste is smooth, interesting, and different. The mouth feel is a little thin and not very silky for something with this much malt character but in the end it still delivers the flavor. A good intro for me to the style, I want more dubbel.

Photo of kegger22
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, batch 68. Poured a reddish brown with a generous head that lasted throughout. The aroma was fruity, an upgrade from the other dubbels that I have had. The taste was malty sweet, but with bitterness at the back of the throat. The taste does nothing to distinguish itself. Flavor is not really helped as it warms. The feel was light bodied, crisp with good carbonation. Drinkability was good.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark caramel color brown, dense white head that laces nicely.

S- Dark and medium roasted malts, some apple, and a bit of spice. Somewhat reserved.

T- Roasted malt, wow this is underwhelming. I'm searching, and I can get a bit of spice and dark fruit. Decent amount of leafy hops, but this one is slightly metallic and watery too. Just a mess of a dubbel, IMO.

M- Medium body, creamy with moderate carbonation.

D- I've had better, and I wish I was drinking Ommegang. Can slug it down though... seek others.

Photo of ToddT
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium brown color with ruby tint and a thick two finger beige head. Head falls slowly and is long lasting leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, bread and light spices. Some fruit too, banana, and clove.

T- Sweet malts right away with a bitter bite of hops at the middle. The fruit and spice wants to come to the front and be known but is washed away by the hops and malt. Finish is a continuation of the hop bitterness, the fruit struggle to come out and dry final note.

M- Creamy feel and medium in body. Carbonation is good almost too much, but it doesn't cross the line here.

D- Drinkable, but not memorable. At 7.0% ABV the alcohol doesn't show though but it is a little weak for a dubbel.

If it just had the complexity of most other dubbels I've tried or something other than the hop bite, which seems out of character for the style, it could be quite good.

Photo of tpd975
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rich deep amber brown hue with a very small off white head that quickly dies to a tight ring. Very light spotty lace left behind as this one is consumed.

S: Tons of nice sweet summer fruit mixed with rock candy sugar. Very light spice, banana, and yeast.

T: Fruity sweetness right from the start. Very fruity pebbles like. Light spice and dark fruit in the middle. Light yeast, clove, and bananas.

M: Medium in body, nice flavors, despite the low carbonation the flavor seems to carry.

D: Pretty good. I like this one. Nice tasty sweet fruity treat.

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

The Allagash Dubbel pours into a chalice a cloudy copper, and produces a thin, tan head.

The smell is spices, breads and yeast.

The taste begins with a slightly sweet malt presence and ends with a smooth transition to mild hops. Seriously nice blend in the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium with plenty of effervescence. The carbonation lends a dryness to this brew which teases the palate into quicker, subsequent sips (hehe) ... no problem there.

Needless to say the Allagash Dubbel is an extremely drinkable brew; very pleasant experience indeed.

Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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