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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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1,428 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,428
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 34
Gots: 94 | 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 lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Batch #77, poured into a goblet. A golden brown color with a thick, tan, sticky head. A sweet aroma, sometimes like molasses, sometimes like maple syrup. The taste was sweet and malty, and I think a bit of fig. The beer was a bit on the thin side, but nevertheless enjoyable.

lordofthewiens, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Pillsner glass (Batch#77.) Pours a hazy dark brown. Nice thick cream colored head. Mild sweet aroma. Excellent tasting. Slightly sweet with hints of spice andnuts. No bitterness at all. Smooth finish, no aftertaste. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability, could definitely be a session beer.

Nascartailgatefa, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of firkinhophead
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML corked and caged bottle.

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a thin cap of mocha-colored foam that settles to film on top and ring around the edges. Head is tight and creamy-looking. Very nice.

Aroma is nutty, with a hint of spice. Some sweet maple notes as well. No real hop aroma.

Taste is nicely balanced right from the start, with cola-like brown sugar sweetness, spicy bitterness, and tangy yeast. Caramel and a hint of cocoa dominate the malts. Fruity esters are more subdued than in a typical dubbel, but there are definite notes of raisin and apple. Tart apple and citrus emerge middle to end, with a bracing herbal hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but is consistent and clean. Some tingly carbonation and lingering dry finish. Could be a bit creamier.

Drinkability is excellent. The dry qualities keep it from being too rich and mouthcoating. Would be excellent with sweet grilled meats or smoky cheeses. Recommended.

firkinhophead, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a mild head of two fingers with tan colored foam that's rather long lasting.

The color is deep caramel and cloudy. It promises the roasted malt that you're sure to taste.

The flavor is of roasted malt, caramel, peat and the sweet of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is richm full and lasting. The malts stay with you.

ABOWMan, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights and a big, tan head. Aroma is cocoa, roasty, a bit nutty and molasses.

Taste is sweet and malty, molasses and brown sugar, a bit spicy, roasty and cocoa. Nutty. Fantasrically complex and unconventional.

Finish is a bit dry. Fairly crisp carbonation, creamy and full bodied. Very unique take, delicious.

JohnQVegas, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark brown with a one finger off-white head that dissaptes quickly. Good lacing.

S - Somewhat sweeter than I expected mixed with a bready aroma.

T - Roasted malt mixed with a molasses sweetness. I can definately taste some darker fruits as well (figs and raisins.

M - Not as robust and creamy as I would like and the carbonation feels a little bit high.

D - Quite drinkable, however I would probably not have more tha one.

CMW, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of mikereaser
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky chestnut brown with no foam

S - Brown sugar, sweet malt and bready yeasty aroma

T - Sweet malt upfront with a bit of alcoholish flavor

M/D - Medium bodied and very sweet, a little too much for my taste. Although not a bad beer, I just don't find it pleasing to me.

mikereaser, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of pvsob
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice cola/ruby color with a big two-finger head (off-white). Great lacing.

S- Malt, spices, apples, and faint raisins. A little earthy yeast aroma as well.

T- Sweet malt upfront followed by a hint of dark fruit. This fruit flavor is decimated by a bitter/spicy bite that finishes this beer off. Some hops make themselves known in the finish.

M- Medium and very creamy with plenty of carbonation.

D/)- A great interpretation of a Belgian Dubbel. Dubbels aren't really my favorite style, but I can appreciate a good on when I taste one. Cheers!

pvsob, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nut brown with nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Very active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Rocky nougat colored head just keeps growing and growing. Leaves a tremendous amount of lace.

S: A raw coco aroma hit me first. Dark fruit scents come in from behind along with a slight sourdough note.

T: Very complex after you sit with it for awhile. I started out only really noticing sharp bakers chocolate and a slightly sour bitterness. After awhile, apple, plum and lemon flavors started coming through. Finishes dry and tart, with a mild acidic bite.

M: Medium body feels a little undercarbonated, despite the beer's fierce head.

D: Nice beer overall. I was in a really foul mood when I popped this open, and it cheered me right up.

Rayek, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light brown, good head with fluffy lacing.

Smells of soft spices and fruits, apple, pear, cinnamon.

Taste subtle, but very nice. Dark fruits, malts, and spices. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel carbonated, goes well with the taste.

I liked this. Very solid and drinkable.

Strix, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of beveritt
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is the typical Allagash design, with a forest of colored, falling leaves. This beer is listed as Doubel on BA, but my label says Dubbel. Also, ABV is 7.0% on Allagash's website vice the 7.2% on BA. I assume this is the same beer with slight tweaks. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of two fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind great lacing, and eventually falling to a thin coating of foam. The beer itself is a muddy brown, with slight reddish hints. Essentially opaque. Fair amount of sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strange as this may sound, this smells distinctly like sushi, at least the nutty after-aroma I get from some sushi.

Taste: Slight metallic copper flavor upfront, followed by a very slightly sweet malt. Vegetal aged hop notes finish this one out.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Well, actually a little disappointed in this one. Not nearly the sweet and complex Belgian I was hoping for. I had planned on cellaring the remaining 3 of these for a few years to see what happened, but not so sure now.

beveritt, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of pd360
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Allagash Dubbel pours a deep, dark slightly cloudy amber with a thin head. While other reviewers are noting raisins and spices, I primarily tasted a chocolate and coffee flavor. Easily drinkable and not too thick, this beer has become one of my favorites that I will keep stocked in my refrigerator. Another win from Allagash who can seem to do no wrong.

pd360, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a goblet. Pours ruby-amber with a thin off-white head.

S - Brown sugar, earthy, malty.

T - Mild raisins, a little coppery, malt, brown sugars, bit of hoppish tinge at the backend.

M - On the thin side of medium bodied, with some mild carbonation.

Notes - A good dubbel, but definitely not the best I've ever had.

HeyItsChili, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of errantnight
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes over the holiday

Was up at Healthy Spirits in SF with a couple buddies who had never been there, both in to craft brew, but only in a "healthy, non-obsessed" manner (unlike myself). Both from Boston, one of them nabbed this... an old favorite he buys frequently. While I'm rolling my eyes and going gaga over all the more difficult to find beauties... so we go home, and we crack this open (after a Redemption.... drool)... and wow. An awesome reminder that overlooking the readily available from the reliably excellent breweries is not always a recipe for success.

So this one pours a rich milk chocolate brown with a creamy thin head with nice lacing. Pale amber highlights. Just a bit of haze, likely from some loose yeast slipping in.

Nose is a strong toasty, bready rich malt forward explosion. A molasses, brown bread rolling in with just a side hint of yeasty esters. Phenomenal, if not as complex as I'd look for in a perfect 5.

The taste again is just a delight. There's just an incredible balance of flavors, the toasted malt blends perfectly with a complex darker caramel sweetness finishing out with a hint of spice and a light bitterness... not sweet, and not achingly dry. Not quite as full as nuance or as rich in flavor as the best dubbels I've had, but it's darn close, and in some ways, I'd prefer to drink this on a more regular basis.

Only complaint is the mouthfeel, could be a bit creamier... a bit more carbonation perhaps, although I don't know if that would throw off some of the flavor components.

Compulsively drinkable. Man I love Allagash.

errantnight, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of kmsnola
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a champagne flute (New Year's Eve at midnight)...

A - Poured a deep ruby brown with a two finger head...probably more head than usual because of the flute.

S - Figs, raisins, fruit

T - This is one complex beer. I got figs, candied fruit, sweet raisin, a little ester, maybe wood

M - Thinner than I would have expected, but a decent bodied beer

D - Medium to medium high drinkabilty...I had two glasses and I think it was enough. A nice beer to share with another.

kmsnola, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of astrasday
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a 750 ml. bottle into a wine glass. Pours a nice dark brown--almost like a wood finish when the sediment gets into the bottle. A white head quickly dissipates to a nice lacing.

Smell consisted lightly of yeast, malts, cane sugar, and banana.

Taste was a bit complex. The expected spiciness came through with a tinge of yeast. Then some acidic coffee and hops rushed in and then gave way to sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is good: smooth and rich. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is high on this one. Goes down easy with no disagreements.

The flavor was a bit too hoppy. It is an interesting brew, but not close to representing the standard Dubbel.

astrasday, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of DudleyRose
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very drinkable, fresh version of a Belgian. I actually liked it better than a Westmalle I had yesterday, which may have to do with the fact that the Allagash is made close by. True to style in smell and taste.

Brown, slightly cloudy, thin but persistent head. Nice candy, fruit ester taste. No off aftertaste at all. It's just a wonderful beer!

DudleyRose, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of david131
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, slightly cloudy amber beer with a little brown tossed in. The head is white and thin but very creamy looking. The lacing is excellent. Not as meaty looking as some other dubbles I have divulged in.

S- A nice sugary sweetness, brown sugar, bread, slightly funky and Belgian, caramel, vanilla, and apple cider. Pretty complex, but just not stunning.

T- A bit of cotton candy hits me first, then the caramel, bread, and apple cider come in in the background. A lot of little flavors come through, but it is oddly a little watery on the tail end.

M- Nice and creamy with enough carbonation to keep things from falling flat.

D- A decent take at the style. This is not a go to beer for the style, but it is a good American take. I enjoyed it.

david131, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of YankChef
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a la fin du monde glass

appearance: dark amber with some purplish hues and a nice head

smell: slightly fruity and big time yeasty and slightly bready.

taste: slightly sweet upfront and definitely bready and yeasty, raisins and pleasant until the finish which is really bitter and unpleasant...

overall: I like allagash but im not terribly fond of this beer, their tripel is amazing but this one falls short.

YankChef, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Krista.

A - Two and a half inches of loud and frothy tan head. It has some solid stamina too. The body is mildly transparent and a medium brown color with hints of dark orange, purple and maroon.

S - Soapy brown sugar and malt.

T - Some late notes of spice over a consistent malt base. Not much as far as complexity here but in my opinion this is a good flavor.

M - This is one of the smoothest dubbels I've ever enjoyed. It's a nice afternoon brew.

~ This is a very drinkable beer. I would really like to grab a six pack for the Holidays.

cdkrenz, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/20/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown/amber with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, fruits, yeast, and peanut butter. Flavor strongly of nuts, with some roasted malt, dark fruits, alcohol. I had this on tap awhile ago and really enjoyed this, but having it now, out of a bottle, it was uninspiring. Just ok for me.
6/4/6/4/12 (3.2/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a nice brown , not too dark and a nice brown head
S- complex!, cherries, coffee, malt , faint nut smells
T- full bodied, malty, not really sweet or sour, somewhere in the middle, you can taste some faint fruit smells, the coffee not so much
M- creamy, easy to enjoy, sits happily on your tounge
D- totally refreshing , the abv is high, but its hard to taste the alcohol at all, its very well hidden

my favorite dubbel, no. but very good

gdfan47, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very aggressive head sits atop this mahogany colored brew. Very translucent with no visible carbonation... But there are some suspended particles. Very tiny. I didn't really disturb the bottle so I'm not sure if it's sediment. Head has very nice retention and structure. I was able to get it to rise an inch above the top of my tulip shaped glass. Really a gorgeous beer!

Aroma is of dark fruits and also a bit yeasty. Some sharp spice in the aroma as well. I am anticipating tasting some pepper based upon this.

Pretty nice flavor. Starts a bit spicy (as I thought) and then heads into a quick moment of malty sweetness. After this you get some nice fruits and then the Belgian yeast notes and complexity. It drifts off from there with a bit of hop bitterness... Not as deep as I had hoped.

Mouth feel is a bit lighter than I had expected and hoped. The finish is also a little empty or dry. A little more punch at the end would do this beer a world of good.

Nice drinkability, but I was hoping for more.

Reagan1984, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark mahagony color with thin white head. Pleasant aroma of cherries and raspberry. Flavor is similar to aroma with hints of cherry and raspberry but also contains an awful syrupy medicinal robitussin taste that left a nasty after taste.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle batch #38.

Poured a hazy deep amber with a large off-white light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Complex malty and alcohol aroma. Medium body with flat carbonation. Solid complex sweet malty flavor with a spicy soft alcohol finish of average duration.

tmoneyba, Nov 22, 2008
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