Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,707 Ratings
Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,707
Reviews:
791
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
224
For Trade:
2
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Photo of whoischrishays
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Allagash Dubbel had a dark, brownish-amber appearance with little head when poured. There was a slight tinge of fruit in the smell, but not as obvious as with other dubbels. The taste was okay, yielding some apple flavors and other fruits. Despite this, the taste was a little underwhelming, with an inescapably bland finish. The mouthfeel was a little too tingly and carbonated for my palate. Overall, it's a drinkable beer, though there are many other very good dubbels (straight from Belgium) I would go for first.

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Photo of Wingnut93
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pstanek
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maybe a little dark for me I'm a fan of allagash triple and white which are more suited to my taste.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from drhinehart- thanks!!

A: pours a dark red/mahogany with a bone white razor thin head, leaves heavy lacing, slightly hazy appearance

S: smell of candied sugar, spicy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, red fruits - cherry, strawberry, cranberry

T: taste isn't as bright and sweet as the nose, there is more presence of bready malts which team up with the sweet notes. The belgian yeast character is subdued on the tongue, the finish is slightly boozy. Not as sweet as most Dubbels I have tried, but pretty well balanced

MF: medium to high carbonation, medium body

D: This is easy drinking for the style, not cloyingly sweet but also not as complex as others of the style are, this one falls somewhere in the middle

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Photo of Hokies
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass. Pours a deep amber color with 2 inch off white head and leaves lacing on the top of the beer. Aromas of coffee, brown sugar, raisins and malt. The taste starts off light then you can taste the sugar, chocolate and raisins and finishes with a nice malt backbone. The beer is nice and light with low carbonation and finishes dry. A decent example of a Belgian Dubbel.

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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 OldYoda
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights into my Corsendonk goblet, leaving a minimal head and little residual lacing. Very opaque with a little haze.

Smell is excellent - earthy with a distinct coffee and chocolate tone. Really sets me up to take that first sip.

Taste follows smell very closely and is coffee and chocolate. Really very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy and creamy but not oily. Finishes very clean.

Drinkability is the only drawback here. At this ABV you aren't going to want more than two of these boys.

An outstanding offering from Allagash.

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Photo of kegger22
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, batch 68. Poured a reddish brown with a generous head that lasted throughout. The aroma was fruity, an upgrade from the other dubbels that I have had. The taste was malty sweet, but with bitterness at the back of the throat. The taste does nothing to distinguish itself. Flavor is not really helped as it warms. The feel was light bodied, crisp with good carbonation. Drinkability was good.

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Photo of cbl2
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy Dark Brown poured out of a 750 mL bottle (batch #29).

Smell: Corriander and malt

Taste: Powerful and yeasty at first; flavors a little overwhelming; finishes with bitter hoppy flavor and taste of alcohol. Mimics Belgian dubbel, but not as good.

Drinkability: While I found this beer to be an admirable take on the Belgian style, I wouldn't call this an everyday beer, unless of course you are spending everyday in Portland Maine on vacation as I was, when I consumed this. Then by all means quaff away!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Batch #42, poured into a goblet.
Looks and smells as a dubbel should; dark red-brown body, tan head, fruity aroma.
The initial taste is very good but there is an aftertaste here that doesn't taste right to me. I have had this one a few times, thinking I may have gotten poorly stored or bad samples, but the same aftertaste has happened with each. For me, it takes away from the mouthfeel and drinkability.
The alcohol comes across as a bit too strong for the style. I've had 8% dubbels that hid the alcohol with much more grace.
The overall experience is a positive one. This brew is also a good value for a quality brewery.
I still feel that this lacks something, and that Allagash's tripel is much better relative to style, and as an overall beer experience.
This coming from someone that generally prefers dubbels to tripels.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Marty's Liqours in Allston, MA.

A: Deep chestnut brown. Good off white head retention.

S: Malty sweet. Clove like spicy phenols present. Moderate fruity esters that exhibit a raisin characteristic.

T: Nice sweet malty taste complimented by estery raisin flavor and clove like phenols. Finishes nice and dry. Bitter up front as well.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol warming. Moderate carbonation.

D: A good solid interpretation of a Belgian classic. Easy to drink while providing enough to ponder.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Look: Dark amber brown with red hues. Big Frothy off white head that disappeared quickly. Smell: Belgian spicy yeast, roasted malt, black wild cherries, candy sugar, toffee sweetness as the brew gets warmer. Taste: wheat, mild spicy yeast, candy sugar, cherries in the backend, roasted nut type of flavor, bread dough. Feel: medium body, boring carbonation.

Overall: this is an ok brew, the only weakness this provides is the boring carbonation, it isn’t as lively as I would have liked but it comes together nicely. This is worthy.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the bottle dark red and cloudy and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smells fruity with bananas and malty sweetness.

Tastes very fruity and malty much like the smell. There is a bitter alcohol after taste which isn't unpleasent. It's a little too sweet for me though.

Lightly carbonated and very smooth.

It's easy to drink but you can taste the alcohol.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours velvety red-brown with a modest head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell is very caramel malty, with nice chocolate and dark fruit presence. Hints of bitter spiciness.

Taste is very similiar to the nose. Very pleasant, if subdued flavor. A bit of a woody dryness. Finish is dry and a little sour.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. A little more viscosity would have went a long way.

Very mild and easy to drink, the high ABV is completely hidden. So smooth and mild you will wonder where it went.

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Photo of Timtac
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alexgash
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass at 45 degrees F.

Slightly hazy raisin pudding brown body with coppery edges and a hefty finger of thick, lacy, light khaki head. Estery bubble gum and sweetish fruits on the nose, along with a mildly floral edge. Light toasted grain up front before toffeeish malts and fruits come in. Herbal hop bitterness and spices (anise) around the edges. Figs and bubblegum fruits with a hint of alcohol in the finish. Not bad, but just missing something to pull it all together and the bubblegum is a little strong.

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Photo of aaronh
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark amber color that borders on brown. Moderate off white head fades to a layer of thin foam. The aroma is a light, malty aroma with an interesting spicy note. Reminds me of a malty cola smell. The taste is very malty, with good roasted notes. True to the bottle's claim, the finish is very clean for such a malty, flavorful beer. Mouthfeel is decent, but not as memorable as other Allagash offerings. Drinkability is good, but this is a good one for me to have purchased one of. Too many other beers I like more to have more than one of these. Not a bad beer at all, just not that much better than average, and below what I've come to expect from Allagash.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The classic dubble. I would actually put this one a bit behind Ommegang's Abbey Dubbel. It's a bit fruity and sweet with a hint of spice, but it's surprisingly light for Allagash. Was expecting more oomph in this one.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drpimento
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best thing here was appearance, which was a huge, rocky, cream-colored, long lasting head, some lace, and a clear buckwheat honey amber color. Aroma is mainly yeast, some malt, fruit, spice. Flavor's similar to nose, somewhat bittersweet along with some carbonic tang and a little metallic. The metallic affects the body leaving high points that don't fit. Maybe this beer gets a lot better with age, as the label suggests.

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Photo of biggred1
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Russet amber with a creamy light tan head that leaves sticky lace on the glass. Belgian yeasty smell with some "circus peanut" candy and coriander aroma. Dark fruit with belgian spice and dry yeastiness. Allagash dubbel has good flavors but they could be more concentrated. Fairly light bodied for the style with seltzery carbonation. A nice drinking beer, just not on par with the best of the style.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 05.29.09 from a 750ml brown bottle. Caged. Corked. Batch #76. No freshness date.

A: Deep & dark amber color. Off-white that laced a bunch. Dissipated quickly (as per usual for a Dubbel).

S: Malt. Coffee. Belgian yeast (of course). Maybe a bit of chocolate or brown sugar...

T: Dark & yeasty - the coffee & chocolate sit have front row seat.

M: Medium to full bodied. Great carbs. A bit of bitterness for a good compliment.

D: I like this a bunch. Finished the whole 750ml rather quickly. A wonderful American effort. Not very complex (as noted is many reviews), but I could tell a lot of thought went into this brew.

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Photo of glennl
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice three finger head with and a beautiful mahogany color. Interesting lacing that's still lingering even as i look at the empty glass.

Aroma is nearly all malt with a hint of cocoa-very nice.

Mouthfeel is thick and beer is overall well balanced.

The cocoa was more prevalent iin the aroma, but still noticeable in trace amounts in the taste. At first i thought it had a bit of a watered down finish, but I kind of changed my mind by the end of the 12 oz, I guess it's just a dry finish.

They're not lying about the complex malts--I held many sips in my mouth trying to identify exactly what was in there. This is an enjoyable, drinkable beer.

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Photo of TXHops
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Original Gravity: 1.064
-Final Gravity: 1.012
-ABV: 7%
-ABW: 5.5%
-Attenuation: 81%
-Real Extract: 5.24 P
-Calories: 209

Allagash in Texas. What will they think of next? Anyway, I grabbed me a bomber of the dubbel since I’d been reading Benny post about this stuff for MONTHS now. Figured it must be pretty good.

The beer poured an appetizing, translucent ruby with a big beige head. Ahh, bottle conditioning is to head retention what dry hopping is to aroma…. The nose on this beer was vinous, dusty, fruity and very spicy—like potpourri with cinnamon. The fluffy body had a raisiny, rum cake flavor, but in a “light” kinda way. If you can imagine a rum-cake-flavored angel food cake, then you’ll begin to follow me… The fairly quick finish features more of the dried spices, followed by an even drier, lingering dried fruit flavor (3 “dried”’s in one sentence? Weak…)

Complex, but not as complex as most of the Belgian dubbels I’ve had, nor as some of the other American dubbels I’ve had. There is however, a delicate finesse which suggests some real skill in the brewhouse. This is a well-made beer, if not quite as flavorful as some other interpretations of the style.

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,707 ratings.
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