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 fank2788
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is quite cloudy brown in glass sort of muddy with a nice off white head that has good retention. To me the smell is a bit weak and somewhat dominated by belgian yeast character with a bit of clove and horse barn esters coming through. Beyond that there is a bit of bready malt and maybe some slight fruit. The taste too is classic belgian dubbel, I'm actually quite impressed. Fruit, molasses, bready grain and cloves are all present but well blended. The finish is tingly and dry as a result of the fine and lively carbonation. Slightly sweet but not cloying despite having little hop bitterness to balance. Overall quite good, but I expected that having always been impressed by beers from Allagash. They have definitely mastered the classic belgian styles.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark bronze, with ruby hues shining through. Off-white head leaves behind nice streaks of lacing.

S: Sweet malt up front, along with figs and cherries. Smells a tad sour. There is a wood-like element which exists with spices and clove.

T: An odd descriptor, but "semi-sweet" comes to mind, in the sense of malt and fruit combination. Candy-like brown sugar meets tart cherries and dark fruits. A spicy yeastiness is in the background. The flavors are not overwhelming, somewhat muted.

M: Rather thin, sub-medium body. Fairly low carbonation.

O: It's enjoyable, but not Allagash's best offering. Tasty if you're in the mood for something less sweet and fruity.

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Photo of KajII
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a medium hazy brown with a large off white frothy head that was mostly diminishing but had good lacing. The aroma was of roasted nutty malts, a sweet leathery yeast with hints of burnt coffee, molasses and a mild odor of dried fruit. It tasted lightly bitter in the beginning and finished with a malty-bitter flavor with notes of nuts and coffee with the flavor lasting an average amount of time. Mouthfeel was medium in body and creamy in texture with the carbonation being quite flat. Overall a tasty dubbel, but just an average brew.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet... it's a murky brown color with a finger-worth of creamy off-white head. Good looking beer.

It smells like raising and malt sweetness. Definitely some Belgian candy-sugar sweetness to it.

The taste is like the aroma but not super bold... it's kind of a let down after the aroma, but still good.

It's a little thin, but still overall a good beer. Not the best dubbel ever but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dubbel Reserve, Batch # 96

A: Poured into wine glass, huge frothy head, Ruby brown, lacing clings to glass as it goes down.

S: Delicious herbal spicy aroma. Rounded yet tart. Menthol-ish scent at end. Orange Peel.

T: Very smooth and rounded herbal flavor. Yeasty finish.

M: Grainy chewy mouthfeel. A bit chunky for my taste.

D: The herbal medicinal aspect of this will keep the drinkabilty down. I am sort of grin and bearing it as it goes down. Interesting but not a party in my mouth.

I am a bit disappointing with this as I just had it on tap and it was sublime. In the bottle it doesn't taste nearly as impressive. Oh well... I'd get it on tap in a heartbeat, but won't be buying this $8.99 25 ouner bottle again. I will try the trippel though for the same price. Still hard to not buy the cheaper and better la fin du monde for a new-world Belgian ale treat.

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Photo of veinless
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very murky dark mahogany, with tinges of purple and orange and minimal head that disappeared quickly. Lacing was not really present either.

Nose is very malty, with roasted biscuits, bread, and even some wood present. Belgian yeast offers spice and zest, with hints of coriander and clove. Smells a bit sweet as well, although it is not pure sugar and is not molasses or honey. Closest thing I can think of is jaggery, an Indian sweetener.

Taste is of many things all at once, with roasted cereals, some charred sweetness, and subtle earthy spice from the yeast (not coriander or clove here). Has a chalky dirt-like finish that leaves a tingle in the mouth, and not much taste either - this is the clean finish the label is referring to. Get a little bit of candy-like jaggery sweetness near the beginning, but it quickly fades away, masked by the variety of other flavors.

Mouthfeel is really good, as the beer is weighted well and offers a diverse array of sensations: smooth, creamy, chalky and thin. The chalky feeling in particular makes me feel like I just chewed on raw leaves, and makes this beer oddly similar in some ways to chewing paan (Indian post-meal breath-mint type food). The betel leaf feeling is very nice. Drinkability is aided greatly by the clean finish - all flavors are killed off, allowing the cycle of tastes to begin anew with each new sip. Mouthfeel however is not refreshed each time, which means the chalkiness can build up over time, leading to your teeth to feel like they have been chewing on each other the whole time. Nonetheless, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: muddy brown color with little lacing for head

Smell: scents of cherries and other dark fruits, sour

Taste: sour aftertaste with caramel undertones

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, smooth

Drinkability: very nice representative of a belgian dubbel here in the USA.


The cPJ

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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 ferrari29
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Mug

A - Beer poured with a one finger beige colored foam; it held very well; body was brown in appearance

S - Belgian ale spices, coriander, orange peel; some yeast floral notes; malty backbone

T - Tastes like a spicy Belgian ale with a malt backbone; yeasty with floral and herbal tastes, coriander and orange; though I expected it to be more flavorful

M - Effervescent on the tongue; the flavor lingers for a while; pours down the hatch with almost smooth creaminess

D - Good smooth drink; another quality Dubbel from Allagash; I would certainly have another

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Photo of justintcoons
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper with 2 fingers head that dissipates slowly. Moderate carbonation.

N: Strawberry, coriander, pear and dish soap.

T: Dish soap, flowers, earth, citrus, coriander, grains, burnt toffee and cocoa.

M: Medium bodied, frothy, creamy and smooth.

D: Decent drinkability. Somewhat bitter and slightly cloying.

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Photo of meadowstream
2.16/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I really like dubbels and wanted to try this Allagash double to see what their interpretation of the style is. Maybe this is just a bad bottle - possible, of course - but this is the worst commercial dubbel that I have tried.

It is a 750 ml corked bottle. The head is strong than one expects from a dubbel and the carbonation is good. The color is right off of the Chimay or Westmalle palette - perfect.

But, while packaging and appearance are really nice, the beer has a nasty flavor - more malty that a dubbel should be, hoppier than it should be, and it has a nasty metallic aftertaste. The hop flavor has little of what you expect from a dubbel - it lacks the combination of noble and earthy notes.

This is drinkable, but only barely.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-brown color. Has a medium-sized, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some light lacing.

Smell: Has a sweet, sort of caramel-y aroma to it. There is a little bit of fruitiness in the background here but not much.

Taste: Has a strong herbal hop bitterness up front. Surprisingly, the sweetness hinted at in the aroma doesn't really come out in the taste. All in all, it's a very "herbal" beer with flavors reminiscent of juniper and liquorice.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and crisp with an expressive carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent Belgian-style dubbel. While it's certainly not the best dubbel out there, it is one of the most drinkable. It really lacks some of that uniquely Belgian flavor to it but makes up for it in expressive hoppiness and a crisp feel. Worth a shot...

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Photo of adam42381
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark caramel color with a 1 finger bubbly off-white head which dissipates fairly quickly. Decent amount of fine-bubbled lacing.

Smell: Light Belgian yeast with clove and some winter spices I don't normally associate with the style. The aroma is not as strong as I would have preferred.

Taste: Typical dubbel flavor of Belgian yeast up front followed by dried fruits in the middle and ending with a bit of bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is dry and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Slightly above average drinkability. The alcohol is masked well, yet I wouldn't go back for another.

Overall: Pretty good dubbel overall. Not as good as I had hoped for considering the reputation of Allagash, but still a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copy of a review deleted due to BA maintenance. This is a review of Allagash Dubbel Ale, which was once a separate entity from Allagash Dubbel Reserve, back in the day....

Thanks to JohnnyP for the extra Dubbel! Poured a pleasing brown/mahogany color, with a thin, fine head and nice lacework. Refreshing aroma of sweet malt, candy sugar and dark fruit. Mouthfeel very acceptable! Taste mirrored the aromas: malty, sweet, great fruitiness, some dryness in the finish. Aftertaste lingered and hit the spot! Not as complex as the Dubbel Reserve, yet good nonetheless!!

appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


[ serving type: bottle ]
beer review id: 20748 / 07-30-2002 17:16:49

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Sampling a 750ml from batch #34 today (04JAN03)of Allagash Dubbel Reserve, a cold, blustery, snowy New England day. Shoveled out over a foot of snow earlier, and it's coming down again! Color is more of a mahogany.... Lacing is decent! Nose displays dark fruit, and a whiff, albeit slight, of chocolate. Medium body, and a carbonation-induced foamy/creamy mouthfeel. Dark fruit flavors, malty, with a dry finish, and, once more, hints of chocolate. Nice brew! Same ratings across the board as batch #20... Prosit!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Enjoyed batch #20 of Allagash Dubbel Reserve out on the deck on a lazy Spring afternoon (31MAR02) in New England, with the temps hitting about 70F.... Dark brown color, hazy-cloudy due to the yeasties swirled in! Frothy head, but doesn't last; is lacey, though... Fruity, sweet nose, with same fruity, sweet taste to start. Some toasty maltiness....leads to a sourish-fruity, bitter, dry end.... good flavor. Medium body and tongue-smoothness... albeit with a touch of prickly carbonation....but this diminishes as the bier warms... All-in-all, another nice job from Allagash! (4.5/4.0/4.04.0/4.0 = 4.10)


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Photo of ncfranklin
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep murky brown with a thick two finger head. Can't see any carbonation bubbles due to the cloudiness.

S: Sweet sugar is bodly up front behind dark fruits of raisin, only a slight bit of that belgian spice.

T: Big carbonation here. Fighting through the fix is a balance of sugar and fruit. Again, spice is minimal for the style, only peaking in on the finish.

M: Medium body, highly carbonated. Alot of tingle. Good finish that's not too tacky.

D: Not enough spice for me. But if you like a sweeter taste, this one might be up your alley.

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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 TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a cervoise at Durty Nellie's.

This was chosen for me at random from the beer menu by my '80s-loving companions. They didn't do all that bad, frankly. It pours a hazy amber-garnet topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises wheat, raisins, brown sugar, and light rye bread. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and wheat. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and an almost chewy feel. Overall, a solid dubbel, nothing too fancy but tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger or so of off-white head that fades quickly into a thin layer of foam.

S: Quite bready but there's a lot of toffee and caramel here as well. Some mild spice notes along with a touch of chocolate. Might be some dark fruit notes in there as well.

T: Seems to have a metallic flavor which is not very enjoyable. Luckily, some good chocolate and bread on the finish. A mild spice and some brown sugar. As I drink this, the metal actually becomes more and more pronounced.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is sort of lacing here.

D: Pretty disappointing, but I have to say, I'm not entirely surprised. I've only really enjoyed a couple of Allagash beers, and this is not one of them.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: This pours an orange tinted brown color with a glorious 2 cm eggshell foam head. Great retention, and webs of lace are left down the side of the glass.

Smell: Brown sugar, well blended dark fruits,

Taste: Either my taste buds have changed or this is just more subtle than the last time I had a dubbel. Brown sugar starts, with some light fig and plum flavors, and a clear clove yeast flavor pulls through. Not surprisingly, there is not a large hop presence, but a light spicy bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with lightly bubbly carbonation setting the tone. Lightly grainy, with a medium to full body.

Drinkability: I'm not sure if I want a more powerful flavor or not. Allagash always executes well, even if I don't agree with their intentions.

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

*review from notes on 5/26/10*

Poured into a chalice, deep amber / mahogany body with a finger of head that quickly fades leaving only a lace ring at the top. A nice sweetness to the nose (caramel, molasses, brown sugar) as well as some darker fruits. Getting alot more of the fruitiness in the taste, but still fairly sweet (even some chocolate flavor)...also some earthy / woody notes in the finish. Medium bodied, and seemed on the higher side of "average" carbonation

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Photo of Manoftyr
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a deep mahogany with red highlights, a finger of lightly beige head rises and slowly descends until about half a finger remains and then settles. Nice lacing, but I've seen richer. Looks solid.

Aroma-Spices and dark fruits, mostly prunes, mingle with a strong and distinctly Belgian yeasty aroma; some alcohol on the nose as well.

Taste-Dark dryish malts upfront, which I find a little out of place, followed by the more typical spices and dark fruit but they're rather subdued. It's a different and milder approach to a Dubbel, and it works well enough I suppose.

Mouthfeel-Lighter than usual and with less aggressive carbonation, but given the flavor profile this is approrpiate.

Drinkability-It's on the more drinkable side.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish orange with a small, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of caramel and dark fruits.

Tastes of fruits with some sweetness. Fruit is characterized by plum and apple. Some spiciness comes through as well with clove. A touch of molasses comes through.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber/brown and murky in my Leffe glass, slight tan head reduced quickly to a few centre bubbles. Regeneration quite good, though, until the beer was almost done. Thin lace, slight ring. Smell of prune tort, raisins, yeast. Taste is dark fruit with a freshness and attractively mild and balanced malt blend, finishes nicely and tastes quite good all around. The label states that it has a "remarkably clean finish" and that is certainly true, this Dubbel is crisp, pleasant and very refreshing. I found the body a bit thinner than I expected; still, this was nice and smooth going down and the alcohol hardly noticeable. I could drink this all night. Recommended.

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Photo of nhindian
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash goblet.

A - Pours a deep, caramel color, hazy with a bit of sediment. Builds an absolutely monstrous 3.5-fingered, khaki colored head. Rocky and has good retention. Lacing is magnificent as well, truly a nice replica of the Belgian styles.

S - Smell is a bit mild, but spices and Belgian yeast dominate the nose. Next comes some dark fruits, berries, and figs. Outside of that it's pretty low-key and repressed. Alcohol comes through in the end as well.

T - Taste follows the nose, relatively sweet and sugary in the front along with the Belgian yeast. Mid-palate is a bit strange, as if it's watery. Finish is nice, though. Crisp and pretty dry, and alcohol is well masked.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the low end of carbonation. As mentioned earlier, finish is dry and crisp, which really complements the spiciness in the profile.

D - Drinkability is high. Easy to drink and good flavor, besides the slight hiccup in the middle of the taste. Overall a good tasting Belgian, just were a bit more solid throughout.

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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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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,707 ratings.
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