Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of Holderness
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of BonzaiZymurgist
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Photo of Sabtos
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of kevintaraross
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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 HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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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2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
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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Photo of Brew_42
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of delta490
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of CTbrew32
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of PA-hunter
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of SteamSka
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +1.6%
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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Photo of PatrickCT
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -2.1%
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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Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark Ruby-mahogany color with an off-white head that settles to a thin layer of foam on the edge of the glass. Smell and aroma are of figs, raisin, earthy foliage, and some hints of caramel/brown sugar. It's a great dubbel that paired excellently with a cheese plate, especially with Vermont extra sharp white cheddar. Allagash are consistently excellent and this is just about the best and most affordable dubbel readily available on the market.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 5/22/12

L: A dark, hazy reddish-brown.

S: Deep Belgian aroma of dark malts, dates, and rum. Malty but not too spicy. Not bad.

T: Malty Belgian character upfront. Somewhat spicier than aroma lets on. Dark fruits, with a fairly clean finish. Rather unidimensional I gotta say. No significant aftertaste save a very slight bitterness.

F: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Slight alcoholic warmth, but pretty mellow for the abv.

Overall Impression: This was not an outstanding Dubbel; not terrible, but far from excellent. For my money there are much better ones available. As for Allagash, I think their pale Belgian beers are more on point.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright brown beer with a fluffy tan head. Nutty, doughy flavors with a mouth coating yeast flavor, soft biscuity malt and gentle hop backdrop. Excellent dubbel.

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Photo of squonk45
1.64/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This the second time I have opened a beer and said BLaaaaaaah who put a cigarette but in my bottle. just not a fan of the smokey tasting beers Did not care for the spice flavor either ..

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