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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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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.

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champ103

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

A: Pours a dark brown/reddish color. A large white head forms, and sticks around. Some light lace is left behind.
S: A sweet malt aroma. Not much dept though, some raisins and a woody character. Not very aromatic.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of malt and yeast flavors. Smokey and woody (almost burnt flavor).
M/D: Medium body and a bit watery that is very dry. Relatively easy to drink considering the high ABV. Though the dry mouthfeel really makes this a sipping beer.

Not a bad Dubbel, but fairly typical. A good example of the style by an American brewery.

08-02-2008 21:10:18 | More by champ103
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spointon

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a deep mahogany color with a rather thin tan head and minimal carbonation release. I would say the color was dead on to what I expected, but the lack of head and lower carbonation were a bit of a surprise.

S= As expected, I picked up a lot of sweet, chewy malts and very little hops. Definite notes of sweet raisins and molasses, milder bits of caramel, and a slight earthiness that I really enjoyed.

T= The flavors of this ale were very front loaded. I got a lot of malt notes, including ripe fruit, biscuit, and caramel sweetness. The flavors faded in the end, but left the slightest bit of sour/tartness on the tongue that was intriguing.

MF= This was a heavier medium-bodied beer that was, in my opinion, slightly under-carbonated.

D= This is a good but not outstanding dubbel. I appreciated the complexity of the flavors, but couldn't help thinking that there are a lot of dubbels that I like better and that this beer is not as good as the Allagash White or Trippel. Having said that, these go down remarkable well and the ABV can easily sneak up on you.

07-31-2008 05:27:14 | More by spointon
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gpogo

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

A- Opaque dark brown amber with small cream head

A- Rich malt aroma. Caramel and raisins.

T- Sweet candi sugars, roasted malt, slight dark chocolate taste appears as it warms.

M- Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, no noticeable warmth.

D- A decent dubbel, not as belgian-like as others I've had. No typical belgian yeast aroma/flavor, but enjoyable. Kindof plain overall.

07-31-2008 02:36:55 | More by gpogo
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Pumpernickel/banana nut bread crust hybrid in color - cloudy dark mahogany. Thin yeasty head that has some strength.

Subtle malt and yeast with cinnamon and maybe some cloves and coriander in a smaller dose. Slightly stewy ambiance. Crisp roasted malt. I have no idea why but I smell something stalky - maybe asparagus?!

Mild and pleasantly earthy. Definitely a warm beef stew quality to it. Carbonation helps cut thinkness. Grassy hops, very mellow malt and yeast. Alcohol is hidden.

I'm not a fan of earthiness but the malt, yeast and slight spice backbone mellows it out nicely. Very full finish with minimal aftertaste.

This is quite drinkable for a style I need to explore in further depth - I am used to the bolder flavor profile of Trippels and Quads but this is very enjoyable.

07-29-2008 11:01:03 | More by IBUnit63
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Ben4881

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Allagash Dubbel Reserve
Allagash Brewing Company

Appearance:
This beer is a thick, murky, brown with very faint suggestions of orange when held to the light. A healthy, thick, tan head forms with great retention and no lacing.

Smell:
Not a very strong smell, rather elusive. I can smell bread from the yeast and a sweet malt caramel odor.

Taste:
A flavor of roasted malt is surprisingly consistent throughout the drinking experience. Sweet and toasty flavors hit the palette first, then a very smooth transition to an almost untraceable alcohol flavor which leads to a wet finish of bitter coffee and roasted nuts. The finishing flavor lingers in the aftertaste with the slight addition of alcohol flavor. This unique flavor has characteristics of both Belgian ales and nut brown ales, delicious.

Mouthfeel:
This brew has a very still medium to heavy body with very little carbonation.

Drinkability:
7% ABV is on the lower end of the spectrum for a dubbel, but it makes this beer much more drinkable. The subdued alcohol flavor also makes it drinkable. The balance between yeast and malt makes it drinkable. The only thing slowing this beer down is the hefty thickness of its body.

07-24-2008 01:11:28 | More by Ben4881
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deepsouth

Mississippi

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

this beer poured a ruby color with a thin head. beer appears to be pretty thin as well.

the smell is dark dried fruit and malt.

the tast is malty, a bit muted with faint dark fruits.

the mouthfeel is thin but thickens a bit as it warms.

although this beer was easy to drink, it isn't anywhere near a great dubbel.

07-23-2008 14:46:56 | More by deepsouth
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aubuc1

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%

25.4 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Dark brown with some ruby highlights and a thin head.

Raisiny smell with a yeasty bread follow up.

Sweet but subtle taste that is extremely smoothe.

Great carbonation that scrubs your whole mouth.

Very nice beer that could be from an abbey in Belgium.

07-22-2008 22:52:37 | More by aubuc1
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woemad

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Big-ass 25.4oz bomber that identifies this as a bottle from batch # 71, picked up the beginning of the month at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $7.99.

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass, this was a deep, dark brown color that took on more of a russet shade when held up to the light. There was a good two inches of creamy, bubbly light tan foam that left sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

The nose was spicy - with bits of cloves - and sweet - brown sugary but not overbearingly so. A very slight cherry scent is also present.

The taste starts out with a rich, malty sweetness, then the spices kick in, with cloves and a little bit of orange peel being detectable to the tastebuds. The malts are the dominant partner, but there's a nice balance with the spiciness of the yeast.

This doesn't quite have that effervescent mouthfeel that so many Belgian beers are known for. While the mouthfeel is better than many U.S. micro versions of Abbey-style ales that I've tried (Brother David, I'm looking at you), it's not going to make me forget the authentic Belgians available in my neck of the woods.

While I've mostly enjoyed drinking this beer, I don't think I'd want more than one at any given time, as it's abv and it's flavor are not things that remind me of ideal session beers. As U.S. versions of Belgian beer styles go, it's not quite there, but it's close.

07-21-2008 00:53:30 | More by woemad
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corey0212

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours brown through the middle, but with big chunky ruby red highlights, big foamy tan head fades very slowly and leaves a tremendous amount of lacing in the glass. Smell is malty, raisin, some brown sugar, and maybe a little orange is detected. Taste is rich & malty, more raisin and brown sugar, some clove spice. Medium-bodied and dry, active carbonation, and ultimately, really drinkable.

07-12-2008 02:08:05 | More by corey0212
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blackie

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

750 mL, Batch #68

a: pours a one-finger khaki head that shows good retention, the beer is hazy, dark amber-brown in color

s: some mild dark fruits (raisins) underneath a big nutty presence and an uncharacteristically high papery hop aroma, some light phenolic spice and banana, light booze notes, smell is considerably better than the taste

m: carbonation just on the high side of medium, with a medium body...seems a bit thin, but not bad

t: pale and toasted Belgian malts with some nutty flavors building after the swallow, lacks much of the dark fruit I love about dubbels, hop bitterness seems high, papery aged hop flavors, on the bland and rough side for what I consider to be a more fruity, delicate style

d: high, but I'd quickly trade some of this drinkability for more flavor

06-27-2008 05:43:22 | More by blackie
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NHGrafx

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a dark deep reddish burgundy color when lit from behind. Not much of a head, probably just a bad pour. There is some rather thick creamy lacing on this one.

There is a slight fruity aroma in this, sort of like raisins. Also some roasted malt aromas as well. I sense a very faint yeast aroma as well.

Taste is pretty good. A bit sweet to start, like brown sugar and raisons, which yields to some malty taste in the middle and a moderately bitter roasted malt hoppy finish. Slight coffee like aftertaste with some sweetness. The sweetness from the sugars seem to linger throughout, but it is not overpowering or anything. Feels pretty creamy in the mouth.

Overall pretty nice. I have always been pleased with Allagash's Belgian style beers.

06-25-2008 00:23:36 | More by NHGrafx
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Batch #62

A: Brown and hazy. There was a nice head which quickly drifted off and slight lacing.

S: Malty with raison/date notes and a hint of molasses.

T: Malty and caramel. Good, but no outstanding characteristics.

M: Thin to medium. Would have liked a more lush feel.

D: Easy to drink, but not outstanding.

06-23-2008 13:09:14 | More by barefootbrewer
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Thanks to AdamB84 for this Allagash treat.

Pour with a thin, quick-dying head. Looks like an amber in the glass. Aroma is faint but interesting, sweetly cloying with strong malts.

Taste is a 75 yard bomb on the malts. Can't make out much more. Goes down nicely, easy to drink, nice for a warm summer evening.

Nice beer. Not the best Allagash offering I've had, but worth tossing down the hatch.

06-08-2008 00:56:10 | More by maximum12
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Hokies

Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass. Pours a deep amber color with 2 inch off white head and leaves lacing on the top of the beer. Aromas of coffee, brown sugar, raisins and malt. The taste starts off light then you can taste the sugar, chocolate and raisins and finishes with a nice malt backbone. The beer is nice and light with low carbonation and finishes dry. A decent example of a Belgian Dubbel.

06-05-2008 00:26:41 | More by Hokies
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halfP1NT

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

This beer pours a dark, murky brown with a thin, white head that does leave a little bit of lacing.

Smell is light; yeasty with some dark fruit (raisins, cherry and fig).

Taste is the same; a little bit yeasty with dark fruit and chocolate. While I do enjoy this beer, I feel like it is lacking something in body and flavor. The flavors that are there are pleasing, but it's like there's not enough of them.

There was a lot of carbonation in this beer which I didn't really like...I feel like it prevented the flavors from coming through a bit. I was waiting for this beer to become more flavorful as it warmed, but it remained a bit lacking.

Drinkability was actually pretty good on this one. The alcohol is really well hidden, and the lack of any strong flavors prevents it from becoming cloying.

05-31-2008 15:48:41 | More by halfP1NT
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Batch #71

Pours a beautiful amber, slightly reddish hue with a very nice, thick fluffy head. Carbonation is a little less than I remember the small bottle having. A Belgian chalice sure can present a beer nicely.

Smell is burnt sugar, toast and strong sweet malt. There are also hints of molasses and caramel in the nose.

Taste is smooth and the initial flavors seem to be a little less intense. Definitely a lot of malty sweetness but the rich fruit flavors are a lot more hidden. The spiciness of the yeast makes itself present along with the burnt sugar and toast that are also present in the smell. Feels like silk in your mouth, very easy drinking beer.

05-26-2008 20:03:40 | More by indiapaleale
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vickersspitfire

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured into a goblet, it smells like a dry beer with hops, spices, rum and dates; it's a dark brown color with lots of carbonation and a nice tan head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles; it does have a nice thick lacing; its fairly clear with only a little bit of cloudiness in it (which may be my fault). It has a sweet roasted malts flavor with some spices, coffee beans; it is slightly dry overall, it is medium bodied and really warms up your mouth and has a mild bitter aftertaste. It's pretty smooth overall and leaves a dry malty taste in your mouth.

05-20-2008 09:33:00 | More by vickersspitfire
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +28.4%

An example from Batch #46, this has been cellared for at least two, possibly three years. 750ml bottle served between fridge and cellar temperature, allowing to come to room temperature at the end of the tasting.

Served in a wide mouthed Westmalle chalice and paired with two sausages and Raclette cheese from France.

Appearance- On a traditional pour, this beer glows light brown with a trace of cognac, even cherry red in the light. Beautifully light in body, it supports a pale bisque three finger head that reduces over a few minutes. It's soft and delicate, lacing sporadically in long horizontal bands.

Smell- The fragrant, full aromas of dark fruit (plums, prunes, figs, and especially dates) take hold immediately... this is a luscious malty treat for the nose. Some light phenols are in the air, and I'm getting the most subtle whiff of hops. Definitely similar in smell to an Ommegang Dubbel at its prime.

Taste- This is a *perfect* example of what a properly cellared, bottle conditioned Belgian style beer is capable of becoming. Malty and sweet from the start, but the sweetness is immediately complemented by a gentle spiciness and the luscious overtones of dark, ripe fruits. The finish is the epitomy of a perfect dubbel, where the fruits concede to a malt infused palate of musty, old books and leather... and then that spritz of modest hop bitterness completes the swallow. Outrageously perfect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Liquid velvet in the mouth. Unbelievable... it's impossible to discern the bubbles in this beer's texture. Sip after sip, I'm marveling at the balance and eloquence from start to finish. One of the best beers I've enjoyed over the last twelve months.

05-17-2008 01:39:54 | More by yelterdow
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scottg

Vermont

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet glass.

Pours a light brown color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves light lacing. Aromas of sweet maltiness, alcohol, dark fruit and a hint of banana. Smokey, alcohol up front taste leading to the fruity, yeasty flavor finishing with a burnt coffee/bitter chocolate. Moderate carbonation, a bit watery in the mouth. Average drinkability, if it finished a little smoother, would be higher.

05-14-2008 18:37:15 | More by scottg
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mobyfann

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Paid around $1.79 for a single (12 oz.) at the Jungle...

The beer pours a cloudy chocolate base with a thin white head, head retains throughout and specks of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a well-blended sweet malt variety although a touch of alcohol on the nose to tell you what is coming.

The taste is mellow coupled with low carbonation, the sweet malt sustains with a nice creamy head, no alcohol on the tongue; reminds me of a well-crafted beer from Belgium. The M&D is perfect, this is both perfect in the mouth and an ideal session beer.

Final Thought: A very nice showing again from Allagash! I would love to sample their beers on tap someday.

05-09-2008 02:36:21 | More by mobyfann
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -19.7%

A - Nut brown color typical to Belgian Dubbels. Thin brown head with no retention and just a little bit of lacing.

S - Way too much alcohol. A little sweet, nutty maltiness.

T - A bready malt sweetness. Alcohol is not near as strong in the taste as it is in the aroma. A surprising bitter bite sneaks in for a quick second as well.

M/D - A little on the thin side but overall a nice smooth creaminess. A passable dubbel, but not one of the better examples.

05-08-2008 14:14:40 | More by ckeegan04
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GatorBeerNerd

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Pours an extremely dark brown with some amber tints. It has a finger thick head that settles down to a thin layer of off-white bubbles.

S: It has the classic yeast aroma lets you know its a Belgian style beer. There is also a roasted malt, hints of dark fruits, and a hint of some sort of spicing. Its pleasing to the nose.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit and a hint of caramel. There isn't a lot of hoppiness in this one, but it is still very well balanced. The alcohol is completely hidden in the taste.

M: Its a medium body beer. It has almost no in mouth carbonation at all. It does have a very clean finish.

D: Due to it being very balanced with no alcohol warming at all, it is very drinkable for a dubbel.

05-03-2008 01:42:54 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured into a Goblet from waitress Dorsey at the Gingerman in Midtown Manhattan.

A: Dark amber with a minor head yet retained legs quite well throughout.

S/T: Quite hoppy for my pallet but not overpowering for those who like 'em.

M: Average with medium carbonation.

D: Got better and smoother as it warmed up from teh inital hoppiness. would not go back for this one but would recommend to pale ale blokes.

04-24-2008 21:36:41 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

Decanted at cellar temp into a goblet

A - The foam burst forth from the neck of this stubby bottle as the crown was cracked - luckily I had the glass close by and not much was lost.
The light cream head rose up above the rim of the glass at more than 3 fingers high, but settled to 1 finger quickly and made some sticky lace on the sides w/ substantial stickage.

S - Very nutty w/ Belgian yeast that is spiced gently and the malt roastiness is evident w/ a light sweetness in the nose after a swirl. Slightly bready/ earthy combination of scents is dominant

M - Rich, roasted, but not overly roasted to the point of coffee or burned. A somewhat dry feel w/ smooth round edges - very nutty and biscuity - almost nut bread-like

T - This has a very fine toasted malt taste. The yeast gives it a gentle bready flavor w/ a very faint spice either malt or yeast spicines, but probably both. I like how the biscuit comes forward 1st and the sweet brown sugar element holds back. The malt blend is slightly roasty but mostly biscuit and the yeast are what sticks out. Very complex indeed , I am jazzed by the low key way this ale go my palates attention w/ a fine mellow nuance of malt as the centerpiece.

D - A very fulfilling beer like liquid bread that really hits 'that' spot. I can tell there is a raisiny sweetness there as the glass is drained . Earthy, lovely and expertly crafted. This is a must try dubbel

04-23-2008 17:19:06 | More by Slatetank
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

A: A dark amber-brown, batch #69. A nice, offwhite head with some decent retention.

S: Some coffee notes, perhaps just hints of dark fruits, herbal aromas. A bit mild, perhaps, all around.

T: Herbal, some light touches of caramel like sweetness - but very, very little. Some of the coffee notes coming through in the flavour as well, but perhaps a little more towards the bitter side.

M + D: A foamy richness in the mouth, which feels quite good all the way down. A little more mild in overall experience than some other Belgians or Belgian-styled that I have had, but that's not a particularly bad thing. I would have it again (though would likely reconsider location - this bottle was ice cold and took forever to warm up)

04-14-2008 21:58:30 | More by Proteus93
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