Dubbel Ale
Allagash Brewing Company

Dubbel AleDubbel Ale
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Style:
Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #51
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,794
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 11.23%
Reviews:
793
Ratings:
1,721
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  231
SCORE
86
Very Good
Dubbel AleDubbel Ale
Notes: 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 Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via Zid----Cheers!
This very nice ale pours a lightly cloudy burnt orange with a solid
head of off white foam that settles to a thick big bubbled ring, thin pool,
and shows some excellent lacing. Nose of toasted malts, light brown sugars,
light earthy yeast, light biscuit, and subtle citrus fruit notes. Flavors exceed the nose
with a mild orange zest surrounded in breaded malts and biscuit that are lightly dashed
with brown sugar and earthy yeast that mingles with light raisin and grape notes. Excellent
mouth feel; medium body, medium carbonation, and a lightly sweet and subtly dry finish with
a slight herbal hop note on the back.

Miss this one in the area----it is a solid brew from a great brewery that has
been missing for about 12 years or so.

Thanks again Zid!

Cheers

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has always been poured into a chalice. The appearance was a nice dark hazy brown color with a thin one finger white foamy head that dissipates within about a minute and leaves some light somewhat foamy lacing. The smell started off with a light Belgian spice, bready yeastiness, light apples and then slightly shifts towards an earthy raisin quality. The taste was sweet and spicy through the previously mentioned flavors. It left a long lingering sweet and spicy aftertaste which lead to the finish. On the palate, this one sat at/about a medium in body. There was a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but still not bad for the style. Overall, I say this was a good Dubbel. The best thing about it was the smell as it had a lot going on with it.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Traditional optics. The nose and the tongue are a tad too phenolic in a medicinal way - fairly bitter with a black anise flavor, which doesn't marry with the caramel malt or yeast. Really didn't pick-up any dark fruit or other flavors you usually see to balance the style.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, May 02, 2017
Photo of Holderness
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

slightly hazy dark reddish with a two finger light tan head. Fabulous retention and moderate lacing. Sweet on the nose, with overtones of dough, brown sugar, and malts. Taste is bold and robust, highlighting the caramely malts with a peppery backbone.

85/100

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Holderness from Massachusetts, Jan 23, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed copper edged medium brown, one finger of dense white foam, spray of lace down the glass. Smell: faint caramel apple, nutty, crusty bread note. Taste: pear, caramel, allspice, mildly spicy with orange and mint notes. Sticky and spiced finish. Nose is really sparse and overall it's mediocre.

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babaracas from Florida, Nov 05, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass

L: Pours a reddish-copper color, with a 1-finger off-white head and good lacing.

S: Moderate nose with yeast and malt presence.

T/F: Nicely balanced flavor, with some fruit, nut and chocolate overtones and solid malt presence, which adds some sweetness. Smooth finish with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: A little maltier than other dubbel's I've tried, but overall a very nice beer.

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mklmcgrew from California, Oct 28, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - beauteous deep amber, 1 finger brief head
S - yeasty, granny apple
T - nice balance of malt, mellow and round caramel flavors
F - what would be expected of a bottle conditioned ale
O- Allagash has done it again. This will be reteapted.

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BonzaiZymurgist from Connecticut, Aug 01, 2016
Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice murky brown beer with an off white head. The smell is caramel, dark fruit, apples and yeast. The taste is sweet with caramel apples and yeast with a peppery and mildly bitter finish. Great carbonation adds to the peppery effect as it stings the tongue a bit. Love this one.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, Jul 03, 2016
Photo of Sabtos
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Red maroon with a moderate beige head that dies down to a ring.

Smell is nutty, with raisin, and coffee.

Immediately warming on the palate, this Dubbel is surprisingly nutty, with a lot of notes of coffee and chocolate blending well with the yeast to help smooth the flavor and finish. I also get some sweet caramel, wood notes and tea.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jun 29, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: cloudy, chestnut with small off-white head; dissipates quickly, but good lacing

Smell: good belgian yeast notes; sweet malts; candi sugar and spices; smells great

Taste: fruity with tobacco notes and some dark fruits; finishes slightly dry; good, but not outstanding

Mouthfeel: slightly thin with good effervescence

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IchLiebeBier from Virginia, Jun 20, 2016
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3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had in May of 2016.

Tried it again on 12/03/16 in a 25 oz. bottle.

Nice legs/head/smell. Better taste than earlier this year.

Maybe this one was fresher? Definitely had better from Allagash - I'm thinking "malty" beers are not my thing.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As one of the few American dubbels to chase the Belgians for this entire Century (albeit a young one still), Allagash's rendition seems to have a very wide opinion that, frankly, is harder to digest than this dubbel. So, here is what I think.

The Allagash Dubbel Looks slightly better than OK. But it Smells much better; the initial chocolate aromas give way to mostly malt manifested in some dried fruits (call it figs or raisins) and supported by a few spices. Tastes are about the same with nothing new emerging, but clearly the yeast is enriching the flavors. My only criticism is that the carbonation -- while consistent with the abbey style -- prevents me from appreciating this until it warms. Note that I found this magnum even better on the second day because of less bubbles.

Here is a crazy suggestion for a successful ale: make another dubbel that is low-carbonation. If we have low calorie and low salt, why not low bubbles ?

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Apr 26, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; brown with a little orange at the edges; 1 finger light khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: Belgian yeast, sweet malt, brown bread, spicy; a hint of clove; a little apple pie;

T: sweet dark fruit up front; yeast gets added in at the middle; finish is dark fruit and milk chocolate - like a Cadbury Fruit and Nut bar;

M: medium to full bodied; creamy carbonation;

O: complex aromas and flavors;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Apr 10, 2016
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2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I've loved every offering from Allagash until I tried this one. I love Dubbel's so this disappointed me. After it washed down I had to make sure I didn't bite my lip or cut it on my glass because all I could taste was a metallic medicine aftertaste.

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TWINEMINDER from New York, Mar 04, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark ambery-red with a dense white head

Smell-Yeast and dark fruits

Taste-malty and yeasty sweetness gives way to dried fruit and finishes with some Esther banana flavor.

Mouthfeel-medium body with medium to medium-high carbonation.

Really good dubbel that gives some Belgians a run for their money

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Brew_42 from Massachusetts, Feb 24, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy ruddy brown with a very small amount of cream colored head. Even smaller retention leaves no lacing. The aroma is like brown bread and spices. The taste though is a little muddled and lacking. No off flavors but just slightly dull. The body is a little lighter, smoother with just a little carbonation.

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delta490 from Virginia, Feb 22, 2016
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Deep Red/brown/mahogony in color. Pours just under a one inch head, which is surprising given the typical carbonation in a belgian dubbel.

Aroma- Dark fruits, sweet malts, and candi sugar.

Taste- Lighter tasting dark fruits at first followed by mild belgian yeast "twang", and finishing with dark fruits and sweet chocolate.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, and a clean finish.

Overall- Great dubbel with all the characteristics you'd want and expect.

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CTbrew32 from Rhode Island, Feb 13, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 7% abv

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown/mahogany red. Two finger head that has the slightest tint of tan to it. Murky.

Smell- Caramel, dark fruit, sweet bread.

Taste- Starts of with a sweet slightly Belgianesque yeast, along with a nutty and sweet malt. The grainy flavor turns into a medicinal phenolic taste which is taken into the finish along with sublte notes of cherry and plum. The finish is sweet, with very minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with appropriate carbonation.

Overall- A fairly complex dubbel. Could have used a bit more fruit notes and less of a phenolic flavor but this does not detract too much as it still is well balanced. All in all pretty snooth and it does not seem near as heavy as this beer actually is.

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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania, Jan 28, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

It looks, smells, and tastes great! This is completely subjective, but my main problem is how carbonated the beer is. What is described as "dry," very much is, because it doesn't hit the tongue well. Overall it is a very solid beer given this one complaint. That said, I'd love to try it off tap!

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky dark ruby pour (brilliant in the sunlight), with a couple fingers of dense off-white foam that lingers. Aroma is mild malt and some spices. Flavor is similarly boring - some malt and slight tang of yeast, but overall watery with no really distinct flavors. Very smooth, and fairly clean finish, but just too weak/boring.

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tekstr1der from New Hampshire, Dec 07, 2015
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml poured into 2 tulips.

a: Dark reddish brown body. Two finger off white bubbly head.

s: A bit medicinal, Ricola-like herbs. Slight spice and alcohol.

t: Spicy, herbal and yeasty. Mulling spice balanced out a bit by the malt. Dry and earthy finish.

mf: Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

o: Not a bad double. Certainly not Allagash's best but, then again, better than most.

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PatrickCT from Connecticut, Dec 01, 2015
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a murky walnut brown with a large head that poofs. nose; bread, pear & hops. taste; sweet malt, brown sugar, fig, pear, gum and light earthy hops. finish is a touch dry and spicy, with some cherry showing up. medium carbonation and mouthfeel. despite the tasting notes, this is overall a tame example of the style and not overly complex. it's almost like a spicy brown ale with a fruit sweets character.

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jopezu from Georgia, Nov 21, 2015
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3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into an Allagash pint glass. Pours a chestnut with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Thin head that remains throughout and provides a bitter balance to the caramel and malt flavored taste. High level of carbonation that fills the mouth with flavor.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, ruby color with a huge foamy, white head. Lovely and clean. Retention is moderate and lacing is very heavy.
Smell - bready malt. Some dark fruit notes, but subtle. A bit of spiciness too.
Taste - sweet, estery flavors as well as a bit of fruitiness.
Feel - medium body,nice carbonation.
Overall - pretty nice dubbel. Wasn't spectacular but hit the spot for a craving.

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JamesStreet from Louisiana, Oct 24, 2015
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3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing a brew ive inadvertantly "cellared" in the back of my fridge for years. Bottle poured into a matching allagash cervoise. The brew appears a fairly clear deep burnt copper color with a finger of khaki head that fades leaving a full wall of lace.

Smells of belgian phenolics, raison and mild oxidation. It tastes herbal with faded yeasty phenolics and mild oxidation giving a somewhat papery feel. Ive clearly not done this brew any justice by aging it as long as I did but its still pretty good and I get the feeling this is a quality brew while fresh.

Its medium in body with modest carbonation. Well done and fairly typical for style.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Oct 21, 2015
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1721 ratings