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Allagash Dubbel Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

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very good

1,393 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,393
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 88 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Photo of matty
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colored ale with a very rich slow fading head,Aroma is fruity.Taste is caramel and fruit.Pretty good ale that is very drinkable.I would most likely buy again but not actively seek out.I think that this is decent enough to try at least one time!!

matty, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle from batch 75 into a tulip glass. The beer pours a dark brown with a nice white head. If you hold it up to a light it almost appears orange. The smell is bready with a hint of cough syrup. The beer is very smooth, a slight bready taste with a light phenolic finish. The beer is medium bodied with adequite carbonation. I imagine it would match well with most foods, as it is not an overpowering brew. Overall, an enjoyable Belgian ale.

bonkers, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, thick sticky beige head on a muddy brown opaque body. Aroma is strong of chocolate and dark fruit. Not overpowering but very inviting and mysterious. Taste is like blended unsweetened chocolate and cherries- very strongly malty with enough roastyness in there to hint at a darker beer. This beer has a lot of really nice clean flavors of a Belgian without anything too tricky. I'd be excited to see this at a bar on tap. Very very drinkable, but a little simple for a Dubble. Still very good.

wiseguy142, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep red-amber color with a tall and thick tan colored head that takes some time to settle to a ring around the glass. Very nice lacing.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some dark fruits, and then a big spicy yeast finish.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, dark fruits, and then a big spicy yeast finish just like the nose. Very mild aftertaste and well rounded.
M: Very smooth and warming.
D: Pretty drinkable beer as it was no problem to finish it.

erosier, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Winking Lizard. Pours a dark brownish-amber color with a medium thick and foamy beige head that has decent retention. Patchy lacing on the glass. Dark fruit and light chocolate in the nose, with a touch of hops. Medium-bodied and smooth with a faint nutty character, and flavors of fruit, chocolate and malt. The finish is lightly spiced with a malty aftertaste that lingers awhile. Above average overall.

Dogbrick, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of Nowhereman529
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown from the bottle with a little bit of white/cream head which doesn't remain too long.

Smell is a little smoky, a little fruity, a little malty. Smells very tasty, very much a fall type beer.

Taste is a little light, with malt predominant over some of the more dark fruit flavors. There's still a little of the smokiness to it, but overall the malt and fruit is what comes up front.

Mouthfeel is too light for a dubbel. It's a little too thin and perhaps a little too carbonated for my taste. It doesn't break the beer, but it doesn't help it's cause any.

This is an overall very drinkable beer. I would recommend it to anyone.

Nowhereman529, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark, cloudy, opalescent brown with just highlights of dark orange around the sides. Small bubbles of carbonation feed a creamy head of beige crema. Excellent lacing.

Dark liquor type aromas on the nose; port, chocolate and rum. There's a nice dry, but sweet mocha character to it as well. It's really quite sweet, but it's a dark sweetness - verging towards bitter or toasted. Very nice.

Taste is also good, but a little thin. There's a very pleasant sweet character on the front palate that slides into a more bittersweet dark chocolate or burnt toffee flavour. But it's quite thin in the mouth, and I get a kind of empty feeling from the taste - like the full spectrum of the palate isn't filled in.

The bits that are there are nice, but it really feels like it's missing something - it really lacks depth in the palate.

That being said, it's very drinkable, especially for a 7% brew. Indeed, the thin palate probably improves its drinkability, because it doesn't feel like it's bloating you.

Overall, it's a decent brew. Very pleasant and easy to drink. But unlike their White, which very nearly puts the Belgian Witbiers to shame, this one is only an approximation of the Trappist brewers' art.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of ckaufman
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. screw cap bottle into a tulip glass...

Poured a cloudy brown color with some reddish tints if you hold it up to a light source. Respectable tan head with medium lacing and minimal retention. Very malty in smell with undertones of fruit, wood, and yeast. A good tasting beer with lots of complex malt flavor, yeast, and earthy fruit notes. Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation and a dry/crisp finish. I probably would not drink more than one of these in a single sitting. A little too rich in flavor for my personal liking.

I do have one complaint regarding this beer... a f#!%ing screw cap... what the hell is that???

ckaufman, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 oz to a snifter the liquid is dark with good carbonation. The head is nice 2 fingers, off white to light tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is good mild yeast is nice and the dark fruit notes are quite well done.

The taste is very good, really a very well done brew and very close if not as good as any thing else I have tried. The light roasy coffee and chocolate notes in the finish are not strong but very good.

The mouth feel is nice, good carbonation and nice body.

The drinkability is very good, not I wish I had the bomber in stead.

Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown; some amber highlights. Pours with a two finger coarse light brown/tan head that slowly dissipates to a quarter inch thickening at the rim. Generous lacing.

S: Distinct yeast aroma, roasted malt, dark fruits and spice. Very nice.

T: Sweet up front followed by dark fruit and a hint of caramel. Well balanced as hoppiness wasn't very detectable. Alcohol also well hidden in the taste.

M: Medium body. Even carbonation was just right. Clean, dry finish.

D: Balance and absence of alcohol warming make it frighteningly drinkable.

Haybeerman, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a Leffe over sized wine glass. No dating.

A: Pours a deep shoe leather brown, opaque. About a finger worth of light khaki head forms and holds nicely. Decent lacing.

S: Caramel malts and light candi sugar. Has a large, raw yeast smell that's a bit off.

T/M: Caramel malts with toffee and light chocolate undertones. Hops are way down. A small touch of yeast spice but not enough for me. No fruity esters or phenols. Body is medium full, smooth and lacking a bit in carbonation.

D: Pretty average ABV and decently easy to drink. Just not very impressive. I'll probably look elsewhere.

pwoods, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Jyubei
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. A thin head on top of a dark amber body with limited lacing

S. Malt and hops, followed by the faint aroma one gets when walking into a home improvement store's garden department. Also has a hint of fruits and an oat bread.

T. Malt and hops with spices, bread and citrus. A slightly astringent aftertaste.

M. A fruit syrup feel with a sticky finish

D. This Dubbel makes an excellent apertif. It got me drooling and would be great with a medium cheddar or rye bread.

Jyubei, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of JRed
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large, foamy, immortal head and deep dark hazel looks makes for an attractive beer. Aroma of alcohol hiding behind a chocolate mask holding a can of roasted nuts and it aint Halloween but I invite him in for a drink anyway. The chocolate mask fades quickly and I see the alcoholic substance for what it is, I enjoy its stay all the same. Malty, medium body and tastes reminiscent of irish coffee and I'm McDonald's slogan about it.

JRed, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

Reddish-burgandy color, hints of purple and green when held to light. Minimal head. Some weird random bubble action ... it's aliiiive!

Fruity, slightly musty smell. Not your usual dubbel smell. Light and sweet first sip. Pretty unusual brew here. Reminds me some of beers I've had with some combination of raisin or fig or dates in the flavor.

A little bitey with the first big sip. 7% ABV masked well so far, high drinkability on that end although the flavor may drag it down unless more surprises await.

Still sweet and fruity. A smooth drinker. Hard to tell if the sweetness is more a malt sweetness or the added special sugar. I'm thinking the special sugar. Its not like the usual Belgian sweetness though, hard to put words to it.

For this level of alcohol they've played this really light. Sort of a starter or gateway dubbel, perhaps. Aromas coming alive a little more in the glass, as this thing warms up.

This has some really strong elements but something's missing. A little more to chew on if you will, or some tartness to counter the sweetness although the faintest tartness is presenting itself about halfway through. The malts may be the story here, a beer to ponder after dinner or even alongside chicken or fish.

USCTrojanBrian, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came from its beautiful corked bottle. Appearance was wicked good. Dark, cloudy amber-brown with a thick, long lasting head and creamy lacing. Aromas are rich but not overpowering. Slight, dark grape fruit flavors mixed with malts. The taste was slightly more complex than the aromas. The bittersweet flavor had a more specific grape flavoring with a slight woody texture. Mouthfeel was a good body mixed with a silky and almost creamy texture. Overall, a great treat.

fitzy84, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of HugoGrim
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Deep plum brown colored body with virtually no head. Lace is also minimal.

Aroma is sweet, slightly fruity, and spiced... exactly what you want from a Belgian nose. Unfortunately the richness and intensity drop off quite a bit as it sits. Straight from the pour it was great, but it weakens quickly.

The flavor is a touch watered down. Dark fruits are there, but the spice profile and malts leave a lot to be desired for the style. The finish is quite muted almost to the point of being bland.

HugoGrim, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle a deep reddish brown with a one finger head of tan bubbles. Displays broken lacing but not much retention. Alcohol esters and wet malts dominate the nose with a slight nuttiness. The flavors were similar, chocolate, bready malts, yeast, a hint of sweetness towards the end. Well balanced despite the lack of hops character. Distinctly different flavor 'phases'. Long malty finish. A good beer and good example of the style.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch #63. 750 ml bottle purchased at Four Winds in P'cola. Poured into a goblet.

A: Poured a beautiful dark brown with just a bit of amber hues poking out the corners when held to light. Had a nice mocha head that slowly receeded to frothy ring. Leave some nice web like lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is of dark fruits (PRUNES!), roasted malt, spiced rum, cloves. Smell is faint but very interesting.

T: Taste is showcasing some prunes. Really dark fruit flavor first and foremost. Roasted malt and caramel come through and make an almost candied flavor profile. There is wood flavor, maybe cedar going on here too. Very nice.

M: Medium in body but is way too watery to me. This beer really doesn't coat the mouth or have much complexity in the feel. Alcohol is very subdued, a plus. Just doesn't seem this beer should be in the crisp and refreshing category.

D: Very nice brew. It has a great look and flavor. The feel really takes away from this beer. This could be so much more. Ah well, can't win em all.

everetends, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of jdoncbus
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see "Reserve" on the bottle but assume it's the same offering. Pours a deeply tanned leather into a Trois Pistoles goblet. Thin bubbly head with some carbonation clinging to the botom of the glass with moderate lacing.

Nose consists of burnt malt with strong whiffs of prune and raisin. Very mild hop presence with mostly wild grass and spices.

Crisp on the palate from the carbonation, with flavors such as cloves, black licorice, buttery-sour malt, and wood. A pleasing alcohol burn makes itself known and leaves the mouth slick and a little bit tart.

An enjoyable beer, especially when its 67' in August with the sun setting while sitting on the deck. I could enjoy a couple more of these...

jdoncbus, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A good looking hazy bottle brown with a hint of red thrown in to the mix. Foamy head that leaves quickly.

S- The smell of dark fruits is present.

T- Along with the dark fruit tastes there is a smoke/wood taste that comes to the for front. There is also a spicy almost herbal taste.

M- Feels good in the mouth.

D- Easy to drink. Its that simple.

Wetpaperbag, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Trueant1
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 73

This beer had the sexiest, greatest pour a beer can have. Pours dark amber and cloudy right into the glass. Sits in the glass the same.
Slightly offwhite rolling billowing 2 inch head. Great, great lacing on the sides of the glass.

SMells of raisons, clove spice, yiest, and a general overall "sweetness".

Raisons and phenolic flavors dominate the palette. I good hop profile with mild bittering followed by medium alcohol spice. Yeast is present alongside with a classic belgian candy sugar taste.
A very wet, sugary dominance over all other aspects of this brew. Somewhat over carbonated.

Another great dubbel right along the lines with it's style. A very typey Dubbel.

Trueant1, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

champ103, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

spointon, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of gpogo
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

gpogo, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

IBUnit63, Jul 29, 2008
Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,393 ratings.