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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.


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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 mothman
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Hollie for sending this one out!

Poured into a chalice.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some nice lacing. Color is a burnt rustic orange with a copper hue.

Aroma: Seems different than most dubbels I have had. A lot of cereal gains and nuts. Roasted malts and dark fruits show. Bananas and some spices. Toffee and caramel flavored malts.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Big cereal grain, caramel, and toffee up front. Some dried fruits and bananas. A touch of spice and some roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel: Dry, roasted, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a tad dry.

Overall, a decent dubbel even though it wasn't what I was expecting. It was really drinkable and my bottle didn't last long. I will probably end up grabbing my second pretty soon here. Definitely worth a try!

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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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Photo of nickfl
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Three fingers of light brown head topping a dark brown body with copper highlights. As the head settles it leaves nice lace.

S - Coriander with dark caramel and a light raisin note.

T - Malty caramel flavor up front, followed by a roasted grain note. Spicy yeast character in the middle, notes of coriander and some fruit as well. The finish consists of a lingering roasted note with hints of tobacco.

M - Medium body, high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Drinkable, but not particularly complex; the flavor comes off as a bit weak and watery. The roasted flavor is a bit too strong for my taste and it lacks some of the rich caramel and fruit notes I would like to see in a dubbel.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some reddish tints with a light head that is gone in a flash.The aroma really sweet and slightly nutty with some alcohol notes.Taste is is sweet with some roasted nut flavors with a light hooy note not in the background.A really drinkable beer for the style I have to say,a decent brew for the style but there are better for sure out there.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle. Carefully poured it delivers a surprisingly clear, mahogany with amber-orange highlights and a short cap of creamy off-white foam. The retention is good and it leaves some thin lacing about the glass. The aroma is delicate but fresh, clean and fairly complex with notes of earth and wood, spice, grass, dried straw, mild chocolate and a subdued note of vanilla. In the mouth, it's very fine carbonation lends a gentle caress to the tongue against its medium/light body. The flavor starts with an earthy malt as the spiciness tries to work it's way through. It displays a short note of chocolate and then becomes a bit toasty, woody and biscuity before finishing with a flash of dark fruit and a flourish of drying spiciness. The alcohol is well-hidden but does reveal itself a bit towards the end of the glass. Quite nice

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. undated bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: a hazy orange-brown color with a moderate off-white foam head. Good retention, and leaves lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: fruity and spicy. somewhat subtle for style. Sweet with hints of raisins, figs, red wine and clove.

Taste: While this looks and smells like an authentic Belgian dubbel, the flavor is a bit more subtle and malty than expected. More clove than I'd prefer. Not Westmalle, but still the intensity, complexity and quality of the flavor yields a very good taste rating. Rather sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation; smooth for style; medium body.

Drinkability: mildness and lack of high pronounced flavor components yet attaining a very nice flavor blend give this beer good drinkability.

{Sediment in bottle added at mid-point: this increased the yeastiness, overall flavor intensity and richness, and even seemed to affect the body -- numerical ratings unaffected}

{rating confirmed and description tweaked with tasting on 6-27-11}

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, dark fruit, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of roasted malts up front with background flavors of caramel, some dark fruit, spice and Belgian yeast. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer with a lot of substance to it. I could drink a few of them, but I don't think it's one that I'd want to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #68.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a small, tight off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of tart, ripe fruits, spices, and floral hops. Faint whiff of tobacco and cocoa, too.

Taste: Dark maltiness with notes of chocolate and toffee. All the while there's a pervasive tart fruitiness. Hint of tobacco. Gentle floral hops. There's a light spiciness near the end which lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid take on the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #62. Blood orange with a weathered bronze-like glow. The sandstone colored crown filled the majority of the glass initially and is still mammoth in size several minutes later. As it slowly melts away, a beautiful array of tacky lace finds its way to the glass and gives the beer a gorgeous, authentic look.

The nose is classically dubbel-like as well; never a certainty when it comes to the American-brewed versions (but then Allagash is in a league of their own as far as I'm concerned). The aroma is primarily brown fruity and brown bready with a complementary amount of clove yeastiness. The ability to use quality yeast well is one of this brewery's keys to success.

I'm surprised at Dubbel Reserve's... reserve. It isn't as bold or as flavorful as most of what Allagash brews, but that doesn't make it bad beer, not by a long shot. If you want subtlety and drinkability in a beer of this style, I can't think of too many domestic dubbels that are better. In fact, change 'too many' to 'any'.

The flavor profile features the same quasi-dark fruitiness found in the nose (brown apples and figs), along with a pleasing amount of ground clove and mild tobacco notes on the finish. A light molasses quality leads me to think that some amount of dark candi sugar was used. Complex it ain't. Delicious it is.

Given the less than aggressive nature of the flavor, the mouthfeel is very well done. I thought it was a trifle light at first, but the passage of time has resulted in a sneaky suppleness and a minor amount of mouthcoating that makes drinking a pleasure. The only thing keeping the mouthfeel from the next highest score is that it could be a bit more expansive.

Dubbel Reserve isn't the equal of most of what these guys brew, but then Allagash's best is some of the finest beer in the world. Anyone looking to dip a toe into the dubbel style could do a whole lot worse than to start right here. Forget toes, once this review is completed, I plan to plunge into the rest of this '750' with reckless abandon.

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

Review from notes:

A: Pours a hazy brown, with a one finger, off-white head, on the foamy side. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and some doughy/biscuit malt.

T: Some lightly roasted malt up front, caramel, dark fruit, a hint of coffee and some doughy malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth, with a dry finish.

O: A solid dubbel, fits to style very well.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Based on notes:

Poured a hazed chestnut with almost 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Chocolaty, smoked malt & roasted malt

T: Roasted malt, & earthy phenol-funk up front. Caramel follows with earthy/fruity yeast dryness. Finishes dry with chocolate & roasted malt notes

MF: Medium bodied with decent carbonation, balanced well for the style

Drinks pretty easy for the abv, a down to earth interpretation of a dubbel

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is perfect, dark brown with an incredible head of tan that just comes up and over the top superbly an leaves tons of lacing and coating in its wake. aroma of dark belgian yeast, hints of brown sugar, earthy an evil dark grains and hints at light grasses and interesting notes of malts. flavor smooth, creamy, like velvet as it caresses the tongue and really just puts on an amazing show of flavor. creamy and subtle finish is smooth, sugary and long lasting as the last drop is just as good as the first.

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Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a dark amber, almost orange color with a big fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass.

The aroma has a mix of Belgian yeast and spices. A bit of a darker, malty, caramel flavors with a little sweetness comes through as well. Pretty appealing and flavorful aroma overall.

The taste shows a good amount of the Belgian yeast and spiciness to it. Some clove and cinnamon seem to be what I'm getting out of the spices. A candi sugar sweetness is also noticeable. Some malty flavors with a bit of caramel and tobacco seem to come through towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being between moderate and high. Drinkability is decent, it had some nice flavors and spices to it. Everything came together pretty well and was a pretty good beer overall.

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