Dubbel Ale
Allagash Brewing Company

Dubbel AleDubbel Ale
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Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #51
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,991
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 11.23%
Reviews:
793
Ratings:
1,721
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  66
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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Reviews by JamesStreet:
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

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.

Oct 24, 2015
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yarnbomb from Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

I just don't like this beer. Every bottle I've had tastes like rubber tires and disappointment. The drafts haven't been much better. I love Allagash but this beer makes me sad.

Oct 01, 2014
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emerge077 from Illinois

2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep auburn with some foam that subsides quickly. Maintains a skim and some lacing.

A burnt malt dominates the smell, moving into cereal territory. Unpleasant stale tobacco quality about it, felt very out of place.

Taste is coarse roasted malt, grain of paradise maybe. Tobacco again, not as rough as the smell. Some bitter hops in the finish, drying toward the end.

Mouthfeel doesn't redeem this one.

Feb 17, 2007
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womencantsail from California

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger or so of off-white head that fades quickly into a thin layer of foam.

S: Quite bready but there's a lot of toffee and caramel here as well. Some mild spice notes along with a touch of chocolate. Might be some dark fruit notes in there as well.

T: Seems to have a metallic flavor which is not very enjoyable. Luckily, some good chocolate and bread on the finish. A mild spice and some brown sugar. As I drink this, the metal actually becomes more and more pronounced.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is sort of lacing here.

D: Pretty disappointing, but I have to say, I'm not entirely surprised. I've only really enjoyed a couple of Allagash beers, and this is not one of them.

Jan 22, 2011
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Jul 05, 2013
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kenito799 from New York

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a chalice. Batch # 70.

Dark chestnut brown brew raised a foamy, creamy, rocky tan head that recedes with sticky, beautiful lace.

Aroma is a typical caramel-malty, spicy-sweet dubbel nose, hints of root beer, cola, cloves, brown sugar--all quite faint, however. The mouthfeel of this presumably young brew is astoundingly foamy and active...loads of fine, creamy bubbles fill the mouth with each sip. It's impressive, but a bit distracting. I should have aged this bottle longer, it would probably calm down with time. But I must rate as I drink, and it's a bit too bubbly. Behind the bubbles a nice medium-bodied mouthfeel, not sticky.

The flavor has a very restrained sweetness, a bit surprising, since so many dubbels lean toward the brown sugar-sweet side. Here, the sweetness is more than balanced by pronounced clove spiciness and a lot more hoppy bitterness in the finish than is typical. I am not sure if the balance would improve with age, but maybe that bitterness would mellow and integrate.

An interesting and different dubbel. Definitely well-made, and worth aging a bottle for a year or two to see if it changes. A little unbalanced and lacking in complexity, but I applaud how the spiciness and lightness keep sweetness in check and keep it more drinakble than many American takes on Belgian styles.

Apr 02, 2008
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ChuckS from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11%

Oct 03, 2013
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SickNukes from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

May 21, 2012
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bensbeers from Maryland

3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter. Color is between ruby red and mahogany with a loose off-white head; slightly hazy; low retention; minimal-moderate lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet; candy, caramelized sugar; a hint of floral, earthy hops. Taste is a mellow sweetness; can definitely taste the Belgian yeast; nutty with a hint of banana; a little boozy. Feel is pretty light; carbonation is nice; no lingering aftertaste.

Overall, not too impressed with this. Glad I tried it, but was hoping for a better offering from Allagash. The smell and taste were lacking. Maybe they were trying to understate these two components, but it didn't keep my interest. Will move on to try their Tripel and Quad soon. Cheers!

Feb 25, 2013
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Vonhinx from New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Jul 06, 2014
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Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 15, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked. I cannot believe the low review numbers for this brew...it pours a dark, murky and mysterious shade of darker brown, head is tan, pillowy, then a 1/8 inch of foam, and it leaves very nice lacing with some sheets of lace as well. Nose is raisins, yeast, rum, alcohol, varnish,horse blanket. This is a smooth as silk, big, large, complex,tasty, buttery double, that is pure taste, refinement and pleasue on the tongue. Notes of rum soaked raisins, vanilla, cookie dough, spices, cininimon toast, yeeha this stuff is tasty. go get some, NOW.

Jan 15, 2005
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hearty, full, and even. It's smooth with clean tones. Almost a nutty flavor to it. I think you'd want to drink this with a hearty meal - a meat and potatoes kind of thing. But hey...that is just my immature palate's wild guess. I know Allagash makes a lot of different stuff, so I would be quicker to try the others before coming back to this one.

Dec 30, 2007
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kaseydad from California

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Batch #91 750 ml

Poured into my snifter and I am met with a darker amber colored ale and big frothy massive cream colored head with major staying power throughout the session. Nice fruity smells with a malt whiff undertones. Pear and red apples are present. Interesting taste. There is an almost grainy type of taste followed by a leathery/dark chocolate powder at the back of the throat. Big malt/biscuit taste on the swallow. Some coffee taste lingers well after consumption. Just stepped away from the beer and came back for a sip and got major campfire smoke in the taste...and then a huge dose of malt. A lot going on here. Much too carbonated for my liking though. Still getting bubbles in the chest. Overall this is an interesting beer. A lot happening in the this bottle for a Dubbel. Well worth trying out for yourself and seeing what this is all about. At 7% a 750 is rather easy to consume...though I could see the taste getting tiresome.

Mar 26, 2011
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TheBrewo from New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a chalice glowing a dark ruby coloring, with reddish hues when held to the light. It held a two finger head of creamy, tan bubbles, showing fantastic retention. Sheets and patterns of lacing were left as it went. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared average. The nose gave steely caramel malts, smooth vanilla coolness, lemon sugars, and citric hop bite. With warmth the caramel sugars darkened, giving light espresso and flecks of metallics. Our first impression was that the flavoring was metallic and gritty, with a strong earthy bite. The flavoring opened with tropical fruit sweetness, drying dark chocolates, and cashew nuttiness. The middle peaked with smoother notes of creamy vanilla, and vanilla whipped cream topping. The smoothness of nuts also panned out, with walnut warmth, and bittering notes of amaretto and candied almonds. The end was warming of booze, and more of that nuttiness, which helped to deepen the caramel malt flavoring. The aftertaste breathed of souring grain, plastics, oaky notes, mustard seed, dark fruit of fig, and sweaty dog. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. The malts had a crisp evenness to them, with a light creamy, fleshy cactus consistency. The back did show a more watery bite, with light toast to simultaneously coat and dry the mouth with each sip. There was nice slurp, cream, and froth to each sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nuttiness through the flavoring. It really added seriousness to the finish, contrasting with the sourness of grain and bittering phenolic plastics. This made for a clean and clear finish to the sip. Otherwise the aroma and flavoring were a bit subdued, and not quite as robust as we would have like for the style or the brewery.

Nov 20, 2012
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Jul 07, 2012
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anzb from Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jul 30, 2014
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adam36 from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Aug 13, 2017
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tastybeer from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is darkened red, slightly purple and brown with a light tan head. A good 1/8 inch layer remains of the head which seems a little to slick for much lacing to cling to glass. The focus is on malts here. Aroma consists of caramel malts, faint smokey tobacco, a dash of chocolate, a bit of coffee, soft and sugary, some bread and earthiness, various mixed dark fruits, and modest but yummy spicing. Taste is more lushly fruity than the nose. A bit of fruit tartness that is only mildly detectable in the nose is a nice extra in the taste. Mouthfeel is decent. Slick and smooth. Pretty good drinkability too.

This seems close to being really really good but right now it comes through as just a fair amount of various tasty things. Still quite good but I think there needs to be greater focus on something to give this dubbel extra character. Surely worth a try or two.

Jun 14, 2006
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MrHurmateeowish from Maine

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From batch number 56 according to the 750 ml corked bottle. Very murky brown body, almost opaque, with thick light tan head that is at least a couple inches high. Smells spicey, yeasty, and fruity, as many Belgians do. Tastes roasty, fruity and spicy. Sweet but not too sweet, spicy and citrusy hop notes definitely there. Not quite sure what to make of this one. It’s rather good, though.

Sep 01, 2006
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silentjay from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy reddish brown with a nice fluffy, bone colored head that retains well and laces well.

definitely dark fruits are the first thing the nose picks up. raisins, dates. following is some lightly toasted bread from the malt.

taste is more malty than the aroma indicates, taking center stage over the fruity yeast. still, the fruits are present with raisins again as well as some banana. some spice is there, but is sweetened up by some chocolate and caramel flavors that linger on the tongue.

pretty high carbonation for the style. medium bodied with a sticky finish.

drinks fine. no complaints here. complex enough to keep you intrigued, but simple enough to go down smooth.

May 14, 2010
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle froma a variety pack. Pours hazy amber hue with a small, foamy white head. Aroma of ripe fruit, brewing sugar, yeast and caramel. Medium, crisp body. Taste is yeast, caramel malt, fruit and hints of earthy hops. Medium, dry finish. Fine dubbel.

Nov 22, 2010
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hockeyfighter19 from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 19, 2015
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Dag48 from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Mar 04, 2014
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LukeB from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apr 03, 2017
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