Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale
1,710 Ratings
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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

Batch 61

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, fruity with notes of caramel. In the taste, fruity and a small tartness and dry yeastiness. A sour like bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry to tart fruitiness in the aftertaste. Nice sour presence that came with age, and a nice fruitiness.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 to a snifter.

Appearance: Clear, dark amber with a cream colored, 1" head.

Aroma: Lemon, grapefruit, and tons of apples and caramel.

Flavor: Crisp malt with small influxes of apple and cigar smoke moving through the incredibly dry texture. It is so airy that sometimes, it doesnt even taste like I am drinking anything. The small flavors coming in and out coincide with a flavor that I can only describe as a "plainness" that I am guessing has arisen due to it being in the fridge, and not a cellar for a long while.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Dubbel

A= a brownish copper hue between amber and brown with a medium sized head

S= very malty smell sweet , maple syrup.

T= bitter yet slightly malty with bitter orange/grapefruit , figs,grapes,rasins, dried fruit notes.

MF= medium bodied with faint carbonation, finnish lingers.

This Allagash would go well with a steak or a beef stew, game meat, pork, curried/spicey foods.

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3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a rich, cloudy mahogany-brown with a full two finger head. Only moderate head retention, it receded fairly quickly leaving behind a decent lace.

The nose is very fruity, bready, and sweet. Lots of overripe fruits, prunes, molasses, cherry, and even a hint of artificial chocolate.

Far too overly carbonated (for my personal tastes - the bubbles violently attack the tongue), there is a very rich malt caramel/toffee malt flavor to the beer. Though there is definite fruitiness, the fruit flavors recede more to the background than the nose would have suggested. Not overly sweet but with a fairly syrupy quality, I taste brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, and chocolate.

Overall I found it to be a rather underwhelming beer. The dubbel doesn't quite live up to the standards that Allagash has set and reset with nearly every other beer they produce. While I won't shy away from it in the future, I certainly won't be seeking it out ever again.

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

12 oz. bottle. Freshness date not noticed.
It pours clear ruby-hued mahogany color with a two finger dark beige head and loads of lacings.
Big aromas of raisin, prune juice, caramel, molasses, and cherry brandy.
Tastes of raisins, ripe plums, caramel, toasted malt, toffee, and slight yeasty spiciness mingle and balance. A bit of apple brandy is noticed in the finish.
This highly drinkable Dubbel is medium bodied with a moderate effervescence. It becomes slight oily and slick as it warms. Very nice representation of the style!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Pilsner glass

A: Two finger head that stuck around at a finger's width for a sip or two, but kept nice lacing throughout. Nice mahogany coloring.

S: Sweeter smell, woody aftertones.

T: Slight wood elements to the taste, but not much going on otherwise. Subtle but not great.

M: Feels very light, almost as if I'm sipping on foam, but with the smaller head, I know it is just the texture of the beer.

O: The bitterness is offset by the wonderfully light mouthfeel and aroma. Nice beer, but not my favorite.

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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was labeled as "Dubbel Reserve batch #99".

Poured a dark amber caramel color producing an active head that welled up on high and scupltured a wonderful crest at the rim of my glass. The beer serving was like that in an advertisement.

A modest nose- emanating hints of hops, caramel, malt and a fruity citrus background.

Alas the head was somewhat short lived-- as it receded into a coverlet over the surface of the beer.

The flavor was that of a light ale, with mild hop flavor, a tangy zest of citrus, spices and malt- I claim that the malt and hops were equal.

This beer reminds me of a Belgian brown ale.

The mouthfeel was cordial.

Overall this was a very satisfying beer-- it was not heavy on the palate nor was it overbearing in alcohol content or flavor.

I plan to purchase a few more bottles and cellar a few to see if this Dubbel changes character for the better over a period of time.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet, no freshness date, but from batch 88.

Pours a nice slightly hazy tea color with a bubbly off white head which quickly dissipates. The smell is a little musty, a little belgium funk, with some sugar and grape. The taste is pretty great, this might be aged, but I get some caramel malts, some grape all very dry on the way down along with some almost roasted malt / hop bitterness, this beer taste wise is fantastic. Feel is very carbonated, with a medium thickness.

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3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a dark beer which seems like I'd enjoy.
Thing is, it may not be dark enough for me.

Massive foam that nearly left the sam's glass.
Great sediment. Great brown hue.
Sticky lace.

Musty grape smell.

Light body. Toast character. Modest bitterness and dry alcohol.

Creamy, lighter than I'd hoped.

It has some watery-ness to it. Made well, possibly stored poorly and for too long.

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4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Dubbel Reserve 2006 Edition Batch #60

Opens with a large pop. Decants into two snifters, a cloudy brown color with a white head and good staying power. Aroma is raisin, belgian yeast fruityness, large malt and a hint of booze. In the taste, appleskin, white grapes, light fig and some faint spice. It could be the peppery Belgian yeast, or it could be muddled coriander, but there is a small spice on the tip of the tongue. Musty yeast, grapes, and malty all the while with faint caramel. There is a subtle, growing dryness to this beer, and time has evened out all the flavors and made for a smooth feel. Medium bodied, and somewhat light at that. Overall, the Allagash Dubbel holds up nicely with 5+ years on it, a nice treat.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch #92. served at around 60° into a fine china chalice

appears a dark amber, fat creamy almost 2 finger head. lacing is still there after a couple of minutes

nutty smell with dark cherry, yeast, malt, and plum

toffee, malt, and cocoa? flavor. hint of caramel creeping in

pretty smooth. not as strong as i thought. a good dubbel nonetheless

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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