Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,708 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:
1,708
Reviews:
791
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
226
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice drink of various nice malts and tastes and some very good yeast. Alcohol fig aftertaste and fine for one beer. Though not a great balance, it worked. Another good brew from this brewery, I will try them all. Nice head, nice dark colour. Mild spice and mimimal hops.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: thick 3 finger off white head on a brown with maroon hues body.

S: bread, yeast, caramel malts, touch of dark fruit, fig/apricot.

T: strong on the bready side with sweetness from caramel malts and toffee with the mildest of brown sugar notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation. this is a lot thinner and watery than I would expect.

Overall: this one is a little too thin for me and what I expect from the genre with the taste seemly held back. I have had better Dubbels. This isnt quite up to par with the other Allagash brews I have had.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark copper brown with a thick smoooth tan head. Nice appearance and very inviting.

Banana malt nose with light hints of spice. Again, inviting.

Then you taste it. A bit thin, watery mouthfeel. Short flavors lime acid citrus character/flavors. Medium acidic sour flavors. Short flavors; short balance; little character and a short lightly sour finish. Allagash has many better.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, dirty looking dark brown with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer. Lacing is spotty rings down the side of the glass. Smells like dark fruits (plums, cherries) and pineapple. Tastes of the dark fruit, sweet malt, and yeast. There is a biting bitterness to this beer that hits the back of the tongue. Carbonation is a little flat on this beer. Drinkability is a little above average due to the bitterness and carbonation. I am glad I tried this one from Allagash but I would't get it again.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

very light for a dubbel, in both color and flavor and even alcohol. it pours a pale muted reddish rust color with a prominent cream colored head of big bubbles, Belgian yeast is obvious on looks alone. the nose agrees, dark fruity notes from the malt, and a slight spice, complimented by robust Belgian yeast that has fermented basically all sugar here. this isn't sweet like so many dubbels, its almost dry, subtly flavored, and then disappearing on the tongue. figs and honey are noticeable in the flavor, as is rich red malt. it finishes especially clean for the style, owing in part to its high level of carbonation. only medium bodied at most, this is more drinkable than many versions of the style, but it lacks the depth that makes the style great in my opinion. a good beer, especially in the fall, but allagash has proven itself to be capable of far better things, which is more of a compliment to their operation than a knock on this particular beer.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a typical shade of brown with a light tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer was a little earthy, it also had some dark fruits and yeast aromas in there. The taste of the beer had some nice sweet flavors upfront that faded into a dry soft aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, easy to drink and very smooth. Overall it's a pretty good Dubbel I think. I wasn't disappointed by it at all.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured cloudy light brown in color with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties..
S: There are aromas of dark fruits, spices and yeast in the nose along with some notes of caramel.
T: The initial taste is rather spicy from the yeast, but as the beer warms up a mild amount of sweetness becomes evident and provides an interesting contrast in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is also a moderate amount of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: Compared to other dubbels, this beer isn't quite as easy to drink because of the amount of dryness and spiciness. The becomes a bit more drinkable as it warms up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A decadent and lavishly Belgian Dubbel Ale with a plethera of well melded flavor for an elegant and rewarding session. With the development of 3-years of bottle conditioning, this bottle shared at Decatur's Brick Store Pub was an epic session!

With a pour of rust-stained hues of mohogany and mauve, the hazy beer releases a very froathy and creamy head of lightly tanned foam. Persistence with intircate patterns of lace, the foam character carries itself with as much grace as any Dubble I've seen.

Rounded aromas of brown sugar and molasses weave fold in on fruity esters of apples, berries, dates, figs, and grapes. Corriander, white pepper, clove, and zesty alcohols give a spicy balance to the nose where only a mild herbal hop presence is detected. Chocolate, walnuts, and a mild wine-like vinous note continue to deliver waves of experinces for the olfactory sense.

Rich sweetness of malt shape the early taste with the same brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate character that was promised by the nose. Remaining malty succulent and sweet, the beer draws in the spicy, fruity, earthy, and winey notes of pepper, dates, figs, walnuts, grape, cider, blackberries, oaky wines, and a mild element of must or dust. A very complex flavor spread creates every much as interest as in aroma.

Rich and malty, the vibrant carbonation allows for early creaminess but a fleeting dryness in finish. Aided by warming alcohols and a gradual hop drying, the semi-malt finish lingers deep onto the palate in a very desert-like fashion.

Perhaps a touch sweeter than classic Trappist Dubbels, but Allagash Dubbel tilts toward the maltier side of the scale for a succulent session that rivals some of the best made Belgian Strong Dark Ales. This beer has proven to cellar with grace and confidence, at least through three years of conditioning.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; I've yet to have a bad beer from Allagash. I'm really looking forward to this. Paired with pretzel goldfish. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm up over time. Batch 100.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream and thickness, and great retention - especially for the high ABV. Colour is a nontransparent caramel-amber. Appealing for the style. I expected it to be a bit darker.

Sm: Dry fruit esters. Cream and yeast. A light strength aroma.

T: Cream throughout, with dry fruit esters - plums, raisins, etc., and candied sugar. Some yeast, but it isn't overpowering. Not as malty as expected. The finish is lovely dried plum over cream. Light toasted malt is lovely but delightfully subtle. No alcohol comes through. Impressive layering. Complex yet subtle, and brilliantly balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream. Suits the flavour profile quite well. Not too thick nor too thin. Not too sharp or overcarbonated. Really well executed.

Dr/Ov: This would age fantastically. Extremely drinkable for the ABV. I'd definitely have this again, preferably aged (in a bottle, obviously). A fantastic dubbel. Allagash still has yet to disappoint me.

B+

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Photo of emerge077
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #87

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a head that is solidly Belgian in character; plenty of lace patterns line the sides of the snifter

Smell: Brown sugar, figs and clove, with an underlying woody/nutty aspect

Taste: Opens with a woody, brown sugar character that adds some figgy fruit and clove spice by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are decidedly mellow, with some sweet tobacco on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the most complex dubbel out there, this is much better than their regular Double and is among the better American examples of the style as it is neither cloying nor overly alcohol-laden

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep brown/black color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma is comprised of slightly roasted malt, light funky yeast and exotic spices. Warm alcohol taste with subtle cherry/figs with full body and light carbonation. Wow! I didn’t expect this to be this good. Probably better then most original Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip, batch 67. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with a nice and dense 2 finger light khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big raisin, apple, caramel, grape, candi sugar, molasses, and cherry. Some very nice and complex aromas here. Taste of grape, raisin, caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and yeast spiciness. Fairly dry finish, but there is some lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, and spices on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed at all in the taste or finish. Very nice drinkability for 7%. Overall this is definitely an excellent Dubbel from Allagash. Very balanced and drinkable.

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,708 ratings.
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