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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of Dotcubed
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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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
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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Photo of ikantspel
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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Photo of EkimGram
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into Duvel snifter. Colour is a very cloudy brown. Finger-thick head is very heavy and leaves an excellent lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark fruits and spice followed by some spicy yeast, cloves, and goodness.

Taste: As the smell, plenty of dark fruits. The yest definitely has more of a presence in the taste than in the smell:

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied buy not heavy. Thick, just the slightest, gentlest amount of carbonation. Finishes just slightly sticky.

Overall: A very solid Dublle, especially an American-made one. If I come across this brew again I will definitely be getting more of it.

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Photo of t8s8l8
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look- A dark amber beer, brown red and orange colors fill the glass. a nice big fluffy head with lots of bubbles, falls slowly but keeps a descent lacing.

Aroma- fruity, mostly dark fruits possibly plum, raisins or sour cherry's.A slight alcohol note.

Taste- a malty sweetness that goes well with the fruity yeast aroma. slightly sour, sweet chocolate. a subtle hop taste. a tongue tingling awesomely dry beer.

Overall Experience- A nice beer fit to style. just an amazingly drinkable beer nothing but great brews from Allagash.

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Photo of bierfreundlich
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice deep amber with tints of red and purple. The head is thin with fine bubbles, off-white in color. Some lacing on the side of the glass.

S - Very fragrant sour smell like green apples, plums, and cherries. Yeasty and fruity.

T - Tastes quite fruity, going along with the smell: dark stone-fruits

M - Thin and very light on the palate. Carbonation is light to medium.

D - Overall, an exceptionally smooth beer that I can thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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 +13.6%
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 +5.8%
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 -17.8%
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 -13.6%
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%
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%
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 +1.8%
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%
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 +5.8%
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 -7.3%
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 -13.4%
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 +5.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -1.6%
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 +0.5%
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 -9.4%
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%
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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