Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

very good
1,707 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.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Allagash Dubbel Ale is Dubbel by name but not by nature. Look elsewhere if you want a rich, spicy Belgian beer.

A: Amber colour and a 15 mm head that fades to very good lacing. 4.5

S: Malt with some woodiness. No noticable yeast. 3.5

T: Malty/grainy into a crisp slightly sour aftertaste. Lager like finish. Not that much like a Dubbel. 3.5

M: Fizzy. 3

O: Not great; not much like a Dubbel. 3

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Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 72, probably 3 to 4 years old.

A- One inch off white head atop a hazy copper beer. Good head retention and great! lacing.

S- Spiciness, but not in a macho, jerky kind of way.

T- Belgian yeast but very subdued. Tasty, real smooth. Would guess right around 7%abv, well balanced.

M- Plus side of carbonation. Smooth, easy mouthfeel.

D/O- Yum. Big thanks to TATURBO for this and the rest of the beer sampled today. I would love to try this fresh but I don't know if its possible to be better than this. Wow.

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

750mL (Batch 94, not sure what the bottling date is) poured into a chalice. Rich mahogany color w/ a light tan head that sticks around forever - vigorous carbonation supports infinite head retention. This is a beautiful glass of beer.

Aroma is rich caramel malt and brown sugar.

Taste is figs, dates, raisins, and candy sugar.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice dry finish.

Overall a really good dubbel. Not as much spice as others I've had, pretty straightforward, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, served cold in glass challis.

A) Cloudy cola with off-white head.

S) Musty basement, sweet & sour mash. Baked bread, nutmeg and mild alcohol esthers

T) Sweet beginning with bitter finish. Dark cherry, cooked dark fruit. Crisp and refreshing.

M) Some effervescent bottle conditioned fiz but a bit flat. Sort of thick, syruppy, sticky

O) Lets face it, this is one tough category. Competition includes the authentic Belgians themselves and thus even an average score is an achievement.

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Photo of Kuromaru
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance--Pours a hazy caramel/ amber with a creamy 1 finger head that only dissipates slightly and remains throughout. There is some modest lacing. This beer is a real beauty; it looks rich, satisfying and inviting. The appearance is definitely this beer's strong point.

Smell--Immediately, the heavy, wet mushroom yeastiness fills the nose and will not let go. As the beer warms up, it gives way to some good solid toasted malts. I also got some notes of fig, plum and spices, though this was mild. Dense, sourdough bready yeast is most definitely the identifying characteristic.

Mouthfeel--This offering is lightly carbonated, with a good presence in the body. It's not too heavy, but still a tad sticky. It finishes with an unexpectedly sharp, clean bitterness. Next to look, the mouthfeel is what makes beer a complex, interesting standout.

Taste--Again, bready yeast dominates. In fact, it's almost completely overpowering. Until the bitter hop finish kicks in, and even afterward, the yeast is just too penetrating. A lot of the complexity in the nose is lost in the taste because of it.

Overall--Even as this beer warms up and the spices and malts have a chance to shine, the yeast just doesn't allow it. Combined with the hop finish, which is nice, I picked up a lasting note of--this is going to sound nuts--asparagus. This is an interesting offering, though not as drinkable and balanced as I usually find in a dubbel.

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Photo of kgwine
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a small snifter glass.

I think balance is the winning aspect of this brew.

A: A coppery brown color with a fair amount of opaque cloudiness with a tan larger bubbled head.

S: A touch of toasty malt, faint caramel, and nice subtle spices like nutmeg.

T: Figs and a touch of banana on the palate, slightly toasty malts, and a nice finish of hoppy goodness.

M: This is where this beer shines. The balance shows through with just enough effervescence and a nice long finish.

O: This is a damn good brew. I'd buy it again. The 7% ABV is hardly noticeable. I think some gouda cheese, apples, and a hunk of bread would suit this beer.

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

Appearance: A nice hazy brown with some tan head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Fruity and sweet, with some nice Belgian yeast spice

Taste: Fruity, plums, and cherries. Some Belgian yeast spice in there too. Decent sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, high carbonation

Overall: Pretty good. Good for a different take on the classic Dubbel style. Not as much flavor as higher rated Dubbels, but that does seem to give it better drinkability. Ommegang Abbey is better, but I'd probably just pick whatever is available in 4 packs.

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

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Francestown Village Market on Monday for $8.49.

Brew poured an amber brown that had a nice off white head.

Nose is of belgian yeast and malts.

Taste is nutty, hints of chocolate, and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with classic belgian yeast strain.

Overall this is a tasty brew, nice representation of the style.

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

A: Almost no head on this beer at all, just a very thin layer of head that fades into a gentle , swirled coating on the surface. The beer leaves a full ring of lacing. Rich, reddish-brown color.

S: sweet malts, some slight alcohol notes, and Belgian yeast.

T: Much heavier on the Belgian yeast than the aroma. Clove, dominates, with some bitterness and a slightly sweet roasted malt flavor. The flavor leaves me wanting something, though. The taste fades away to leave a medicinal flavor, and then dirty water.

M: medium body, with a fair amount of carbonation.

O: I am underwhelmed by this beer. It starts off strong, but just doesn't back up the initial punch of flavor. Has some characteristics of a good Belgian, but it doesn't come together for me.

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Photo of NODAK
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells sweet, with brown sugar and perhaps caramel to it. Asking with this is a nice spiciness....cloves. There is also a roasted note, maybe coffee.

Pours light brown in the glass...little head.

Has a sweet malty taste upfront with caramel and bananas, which quickly fades to a earthy, almost roasted taste. A hint of coffee maybe. I'd dare say it is a bit odd for style for what I've had before. Smattering of bitterness on the finish....very slight.

Not my favorite in style. Has some stout characteristics. I'd perfect a little sweeter or spicier in a beer of this style.

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Photo of birdman200
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark caramel color into snifter, minimal head, lovely lacing.
S: Faint coffee, toffee, toasted, wet wood, foresty.
T: Very complex, verrrry faint stout-eque flavor, very faint berry, nicely balanced malt backbone, not very big hop flavor, little tangy.
M: Little bite, sticks to mouth easily. Despite seeming a little watery, had a rather big body to it.
D: A lot going on. Not that familiar with style, but very good nonetheless - Allagash does Belgians extremely well.

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

Allagash Dubbel Reserve, Batch #96. Caged Cork bottle.

A: Really cloudy, beautiful color, looks like an iced tea, very caramel like. Quite nice head, nice lacing, very appealing.

S: Nice aroma, a little heavy on the rasin notes, but you can smell the typical aromas of a darker Belgian, dark fruits such as plums and cherries are noticeable. Brown sugar, caramel and almost hints of something reminiscent of bread pudding, coffee also comes through. Wish it was more balanced thought.

T: Solid flavor, nice balance of the fruits with the bread flavors. A bit of coffee comes through as well. Matches the aroma well.

M: A little too bubbly for what I was expecting. Smooth all the way down though.

O: Very nice Belgian here. Getting the Reserve was a bit of a let down, was expecting something really off the charts, perhaps not worth the price. I would certainly get this again in the regular, likely cheaper variety. I'll still enjoy finishing this bottle.

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Photo of n00tz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A tight foamy tan head that stacks about 1cm above the amber body below, consistent average density of carbonation bubbles rise from the glassware.

S - Floral yeast dominates the head, with fruity malts and slight herbal spice.

T - high amounts of dried grain barley and wheat, starchy malts, dark fruits, and a floral yeast championing the back end.

M - medium bodied, creamy, with a nice clean finish. yeast and dark fruit malts punch back on the burp.

D - Impressive offering of a belgian style from a domestic microbrewery. Allagash has a winner.

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

I had the 750 which appears to be known as the Dubbel Reserve, though the same beer.

I poured into a tulip glass aggressively which produced a very thick and foamy beige head. It appeared a nice hazy caramel color in the glass with good lacing throughout.

The smell light and was dominated by yeast, with bread, and malts.

The flavors were complex malts probably owing to the numerous varieties of malts used. Also some banana bread and touch of bitters.

Drinkability was good though the alcohol produced a small bite on the sides of the tongue - more than what I would expect at 7%.

Overall, good example of the style and I had no trouble finishing the 750ml though I will probably opt to try a few other Dubbel's before I return to this one.

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Photo of brian44556
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a SN Ovila Chalice. No date on the bottle.

Pours a dark amber, copper color. A small white head forms, but doesn't last very long. Leaves a nice ring of lacing around the edges of the glass. Smells of toffee, caramel, fresh bread, and dark fruits. The taste is very malty, with notes of sweet caramel, bread, and bananas. The mouthful was average with decent carbonation present. Overall this beer didn't do it for me. I'm glad I had a chance to try it, but there are much better Dubbel's out there.

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

allagash dubbel is much differant than the dubbel beer i have tasted. it has a bolder complex taste yet balanced and very smooth and easy to drink. pours cloudy amber in color with a fair head and lace. spice and hint of herbs with a slightly sweet smell. malty smooth medium mouthfeel. slightly sweet with hints of caramel and coffee.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash's White, Dubbel, and Tripel are all wonderful, but the Dubbel holds a special place in my heart. Granted, Allagash White is one of the first craft beers I ever drank, so it's got its own little spot as well, but that's another review. For some reason, I avoided the Dubbel for years. I didn't think I was as big a fan of the style, and didn't think it would live up to the White, Tripel or Black. I didn't want to ruin my thoughts of the brewer. What a dumb train of thought that was.

I grabbed this bottle along with the white, tripel and black for a side by side tasting. To my amazement, the Dubbel near blew them out of the water. Really, that sense was because it had been the black sheep for so long, but there's definitely no question. This beer earns its place as an Allagash standard.

Poured a lighter, milkier brown than I expected with minimal head. On the nose - as per usual - caramel and toffee, but qualified by a bit of breadiness, quite nice.

On tasting and body, surprisingly unique. Much creamier and more relaxed than most dubbels. The spice doesn't hit you over the head either. A nice bit of hop, as well. Really defines itself among the style here.

Overall, very glad I finally got over the pretense and grabbed a bottle. Can't wait to find this in a bar.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown with some red highlights, moderate cap of khaki head, little retention and spotty lacing. Scent is dominated by the bready malts, lightly toasted, moderate yeastyness, candi sugar and dark fruits on the back. Taste is fairly malt forward, crusty wheat bread, lightly toasted grians. Candi and brown sugar combine with some fruit notes, yeast profile lower than many other Belgians. Medium bodied, moderate carbonations, minimal lingering sweetness. A nice beer, quite malty yet not as sweet.

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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 tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, dark orange/brown in color

Smell: figs, cloves, and bread

Taste: bread, cloves, dark woods--like juniper, and figs

Mouthfeel: sweet at very beginning, then a bitter spike that mixes with the sweetness as the beer goes down, high carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability: A good dubbel that gets better as it warms. Not my favorite in the style, but the bitter spike does enough to keep this one on the edge. I could have a couple of these especially on a cold night.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Batch #91 750 ml

Poured into my snifter and I am met with a darker amber colored ale and big frothy massive cream colored head with major staying power throughout the session. Nice fruity smells with a malt whiff undertones. Pear and red apples are present. Interesting taste. There is an almost grainy type of taste followed by a leathery/dark chocolate powder at the back of the throat. Big malt/biscuit taste on the swallow. Some coffee taste lingers well after consumption. Just stepped away from the beer and came back for a sip and got major campfire smoke in the taste...and then a huge dose of malt. A lot going on here. Much too carbonated for my liking though. Still getting bubbles in the chest. Overall this is an interesting beer. A lot happening in the this bottle for a Dubbel. Well worth trying out for yourself and seeing what this is all about. At 7% a 750 is rather easy to consume...though I could see the taste getting tiresome.

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Photo of uustal
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mahogany with a red hue shining through. A pearl white head absorbs some of the red color. Laces all the way down the glass. Real nice looking. Aroma of pepper, spices, yeast and dark fruits. Smooth and malty flavor profile. Starts off with just a hint of Belgian spice and pepper, before the sweet dark fruit malts take over. This beer had nearly 2 years of age on it and it really smoothed it over. More malt on the finish, a bit of candied sugar, sweet bread and caramel. Nice sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of CountJustinian
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked/caged 750ml bottle into an Imperial Pint Glass. Dark brown with amber highlights. Good clingy off-white head. Not much in the nose. Clunky flavor of earth and some spice with a dry finish. Something sterile about it -- maybe eucalyptus? No trace of the fruitiness expected in a Dubbel. Generally didn't live up to its pricetag.

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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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