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.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Burgundy, mahogany with a nice light brown head and subdued carbonation but leaves nice lace. Raisiny fruit-cake aroma with light peppery spiciness. NIce chocolate, malty, raisin mix in flavor and not too sweet. Medium-full bodied with spicy alcohol tones ... nice ! A dry finish.

An excellent value !

Label states: "Belgian Style Ale" & "Seven malts, a special sugar, and our own Belgian Yeast" & "Methode Champenoise"

Per A.B.Co. website: Original Gravity: 1064

Batch #12 (hand numbered) (aged a few years maybe)
Tasted: 08/23/03

Batch #27
Tasted: 05/18/05 (with consistent notes)

($4.99 / 25.4 oz. / 750 ml corked tall straight bottle with a wire cage)

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Photo of bmeehan
4.89/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Allagash knows what they're doing, but we all know that. I haven't had the dubbel because I feel it'll be close to their tripel, which is a good beer, but doesn't blow me away—but the Dubbel Reserve is cut from a different cloth. It pours a dark amber color and smells of fruit and sugar. It tastes of fruit and goes down very smoothly with a little bit of an edge to it that makes it unique. It says it's aged in a cellar, and I wouldn't mind taking a trip to that cellar to thank it for its great work.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An example from Batch #46, this has been cellared for at least two, possibly three years. 750ml bottle served between fridge and cellar temperature, allowing to come to room temperature at the end of the tasting.

Served in a wide mouthed Westmalle chalice and paired with two sausages and Raclette cheese from France.

Appearance- On a traditional pour, this beer glows light brown with a trace of cognac, even cherry red in the light. Beautifully light in body, it supports a pale bisque three finger head that reduces over a few minutes. It's soft and delicate, lacing sporadically in long horizontal bands.

Smell- The fragrant, full aromas of dark fruit (plums, prunes, figs, and especially dates) take hold immediately... this is a luscious malty treat for the nose. Some light phenols are in the air, and I'm getting the most subtle whiff of hops. Definitely similar in smell to an Ommegang Dubbel at its prime.

Taste- This is a *perfect* example of what a properly cellared, bottle conditioned Belgian style beer is capable of becoming. Malty and sweet from the start, but the sweetness is immediately complemented by a gentle spiciness and the luscious overtones of dark, ripe fruits. The finish is the epitomy of a perfect dubbel, where the fruits concede to a malt infused palate of musty, old books and leather... and then that spritz of modest hop bitterness completes the swallow. Outrageously perfect.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Liquid velvet in the mouth. Unbelievable... it's impossible to discern the bubbles in this beer's texture. Sip after sip, I'm marveling at the balance and eloquence from start to finish. One of the best beers I've enjoyed over the last twelve months.

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Photo of DudleyRose
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
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!

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Photo of BierManVA
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Similar in aroma to an Ommegang, this dubbel hits you like a ton of bricks. Incredibly malty, you might think you are drinking a doppelbock...A few sips will tell you otherwise as you enjoy this sweet yet distinctly Belgiun dubbel. Hoppy aroma yet smooth...

The seven different malts in this lead you in several pleasant directions, chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee....the list goes on. Incredible balance around this.

Amazing, pls try it!


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Photo of dsa7783
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange... great appearance... dark, ruby-red, off-color brown with modest head... a prune-colored beer... smell is sweet, reminiscent of figs, prunes, and fruits... Allagash White is one of my favorite Witbier's, so had high hopes for this well-respected brewery... didn't disappoint... really good taste... tastes very sweet with fig flavors... some cinnammon sweetness with added fruity tones... similar to a doppelbock... good depiction of the style.. good mouthfeel and easy to drink... would never notice teh 7%ABV behind a palate of thick, rich sweetness.. Definitely recommended...

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown 750 ml bottle, corked & caged. Batch #35 - bottled on 12/27/02 (according to the nice lady at the brewery), sampled on 12/6/03.

Lovely mahogany colour, clear, medium sized bubbles move quickly to the top. Large off white head retains very well & leaves plenty of lace behind.

Deep & rich aromas of dark fruit, chocolate, & other less definable Belgian aromatics.

Yummy! Very port/sherry like character. Spicy with notes of allspice & cinnamon. The middle is big, round, and fruity with hints of raisins. A complex, & dry finish. Medium bodied, racing carbonation. A wonderfully aged masterpiece.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a hazy brownish/red, tan frothy head that hugged the glass, and left thick foam on the sides of the glass all the way through.
smell was of raisin, and plums?..definitely dark fruit.
taste was absolutley fantastic, again dark fruits, I can detect a yeasty flavor, mild hops, nice malt, bit of spiciness...extremely well balanced.
mouthfeel was full and creamy, slight dryness toward finish.
drinkability is great! a very well-done beer, on par with the "true" Belgians, I enjoyed this very much, and highly recommend!

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Photo of musicman575
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is hazy amber with a thin layer of fine, light tan bubbles.

Yeast is the dominant smell plus pear and some spiciness, even a light note of coffee.

A gentle sweetness and some dextrins compliment the bready and chocolatey malts in this medium bodied beer.

I'm enjoying this more and more!

Leaves a bit of warmth as a perfect amount of carbonation and an ample hopping finish it off

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Photo of frank4sail
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #23
Wow smell the cork... its like a sweet hop field in your hand. Sweet (candi sugar) nose with hops. Rich brown/ruby look in the goblet with a tan head. The head is dense creamy and lasting ... and lasting... and lasting... Very smooth silk mouth and also in the initial taste. Subtile smooth well rounded taste of sweet roasted malt,flavor with hints of chocolate and a slight hop bitterness in the finish. A little more hops than the style would dictate but I love hops and this is an awesome dubble for my taste. An awesome American product! Wonderfill retention to the end. This is the best Dubble I've had in a long time. If you find it buy two.. one to drink and one to cellar. Bravo Allagash!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before sitting down at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient sheet of lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Belgian yeast brings notes of banana and bubble gum and the carbonation provides nice effervescence. Also some mild spice and a twinge of wild funk.

T- Bready malt melds with yeasty richness and some herbal spice. Has a clean taste with very little hop characteristic. Alcohol is incredibly well-subdued creating a very smooth drink. Speaking of smoothness, there's a slight butter flavor that bounces off the sweetness. Soft notes of toffee and caramel.

M- A bit spritzy from the medium-high carbonation. The body is about as medium as it gets.

O- One of the best dubbels I've ever had, if not the best.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ruby-like color with a head that doesnt quit.Like a layer off cool whip on top better get a spoon!!!Nice aroma-malty,spicy,yeasty.Has that "belgian" aroma going.Nice earth like scent to it.Great flavor-chocolate/coffee notes dominate.Good mouthfeel.A highly drinkable beer.I like the fact that its on the "lower" end of the scale for a Belgian double.This was my first Allagash product-very nice indeed.I could see going thru a few of these in a sitting.All around wonderful for sure.

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Photo of crhensel
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle poured into trappist glass). Poured very dark brown with very small head, and you could smell the complexity of the malts... with a hint of cocoa(?) Flavor retained the malty sweetness, but it was not overpowering. Finished with a bitter aftertaste that provided a nice bite at the end.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cream tan one finger head over a coffee colored body. A thin head sticks around for quite a while leaving delicate lace formations. Aromas of sweet caramel and biscuits waft from my chalice before I’ve even raised it. A bit of vinous fruit, herbal goodness and a touch of yeast join the bouquet after I’ve raised my glass. Flavors of chocolate, dark vinous fruit, and earth riding on an interesting interplay between a generous sweetness and a spicy hop bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp in the mouth with a mild yet lingering dryness.

An impressive ale. There is a nice mixture of dark roasted flavors as well as erthy and spicy notes contributing to a beer that is overall very complex, yet quite smooth and quaffable. Divine.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is amber-brown. It had a really nice head that stayed throughout the drink.
The smell was excellent. Multiple scents. Exceptional in my mind. There was citrus, hops, malts, and even a sweetness to the smell.
The taste was great as well. Very nice for a double. Nice malts and hops as well. Caramel taste to it, but slightly spicier. Fruit and sweet taste at the end.
All the while, it is a full beer with a great feel to it. Very fulfilling and smooth.
Very drinkable for the type of beer it is. With its high ABV, one can't drink a ton without some serious side effects.

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Photo of Curtis
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a damned fine beer. Poured a clear copper into the official kronenbourg beer reviewing glass. Tight bubbles, more resembling foam like guiness. Incredibly smooth. Mouthfeel is amazing, carbonation is perfect. Some fruit, light oak, touch of smoke.... great balance. Rich, yet subtle. Aroma has a slight wine touch to it and a little wiff of alcohol. Again, the balance covers this nicely. Smoooth.. the alabash brewers are the master craftsmen. This would make a nice pairing with a big, juicy steak.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, amber/brown color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty, bready, and slightly funky. From the Belgian yeast maybe? There are some notes of crystalized sugar and dried stone fruit, such as prunes or raisins. Toffee.

Taste: Yep, that’s a Belgian dubbel! Strong notes of malt and freshly baked sourdough bread, followed by some toffee-like sweetness, dried stone fruit, like prunes or raisins or figs, and a little bit of Belgian funk. Really, really good!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, as a dubbel should be, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is a surprising little amount of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a really, really good American version of a Belgian dubbel! Malty, earthy, bready, fruity, funky, slightly sweet, delicious!

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #37
This pours a gorgeous dark brown with blood red hints when held up to the light. The head is very thick and creamy with an off white to tan color falling away slowly to leave heavy lacing down the glass.. The nose is an excellent spicy hop laced with malty and smokey undertones. The flavor is exceptionally dry for a Belgian style Dubbel, although lacking the fruity undertones like a native Belgian this one has some very strong and prominent character to it. The flavor is nutty and coffee tinged with spice (coriander). Very satisfying this is and I find its hops come on strong in the end as well. I am impressed with this one and I have to recommend it for it’s uniqueness.

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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 BigRedN
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, consumed during trip to Ft. Worth TX. Corked and caged 750 ml. Bottle indicated this is Batch 51.

Appearance: Poured into two glasses, a pint glass and a red wine glass (it was the best I could do besides a pint glass at the hotel). The beer is a nice dark amber to grown. Bood off white head lingers into the beer, some lacing.

Smell: Dark malts. Dark fruits (plum, black cherry), a touch raisiny. Dark malts come through as the beer warms, and it becomes a little chocolatey.

Taste: I would almost call this a "malt bomb". Roasted malt, with a nice hop bitterness on the finish to keep it in balance.

Mouthfeel: Full in body, yet still good carbonation so it does not feel "heavy". The high alcohol is also well hidden.

Drinkability: First chance to purchase this beer (never seen it near Nebraska), I'm glad I did. My kind of beer.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-brown color. Great creamy tan head laces the glass nicely.

Smell: Has a good malty/earthy aroma with nuts, coffee, bananas, and clove.

Taste: The flavor is of roasted malts, milk chocolate, toffee, spices, and a bit of fruit. Maybe not as complex as some other dubbels, but it's still very tasty. Light alcohol in the finish. Semi-sweet roasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy-smooth. Medium- to heavy-bodied with a good mellow carbonation.

Drinkability: The alcohol levels here are fine, and it's quite easy and enjoyable to drink.

Among the best US-brewed Belgian-style ales I've had. It's lacking some of the complexities of it's "old world" counterparts, but it's still a really tasty and enjoyable beer. Works well on it's own for many occasions. I'll certainly get this again.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: 750ml corked and caged bottle. Reserve, Btach #33 (same as the triple I had the other week). This beer poured a nice dark ruby red, brown-ish colour with a nice chunky head to it. The aromas were of various spices, belgian candy sugar, belgian yeast, and minimal hops. The flavors were also very good, but quite subtle. This is a very subtle Belgian dubble with a nice mouthfeel and a great drinkability factory...
Try it, love it, live it!

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Photo of Scooter77
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber/ruby color with a creamy, sticky head, which leaves a thin lace on the glass. Yeasty aroma is complemented by earthy and sweet undertones. Hints of lemon were also detected amongst the aromas. Tastes of mild hop bitterness and yeast were present. This is quite a sweet and full-bodied beer. It's very enjoyable.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an opaque reddish/purple color when held up to the light. There is a one finger off white head and light lacing. The head dissipates quickly but some of it hangs around as a collar.

The smell is very malty, and yeasty, sweet and some lightly roasted malts. Nutty and fruity, plums and pears as well as brown sugar. The smell improves as the brew warms up.

The taste thankfully follows the nose with sweet malts dominating. They are followed by lightly roasted malts, yeast, nuts and fruits then finishing with brown sugar. There are some very light spicy hops on the backend but this is a malt forward brew.

Overall, a damn find Dubbel.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle, batch #33 - What a wild color this stuff pours out, it looks like darkly varnished cherrywood and the head is amazingly huge, two fingers high of tannish, fluffy whipped cream, crusty even with large pockets and divets, and it rains curtains of lace with some sticking in strings and ink-blot patches.
Aroma is quite nice with a big spicy, citrusy, orangy floral hop up front and sweet with toffee, dark fruit, and breadish notes.
Taste is spicy of orange peel and hops up front, goes super yummy smooth with great balance of malty richness. Some of the mellowing out through the middle and end has some dry dark fruits and yeast of bread lingers. Warms of alcohol a bit after a few sips. Quite complex and firmly held in its balance.
Feel is pretty close to full-medium body, firm and mellowing warm with all sorts of spicy and drying things going on.
I haven't had many dubbles, so my thoughts are quite high on this. But in that regards, no matter what, its a very darn good and drinkable dubble. Smooth and a bit sneaky, always a good feature to have in any beer.

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