Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

very good
1,708 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 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 confer
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this in the 750 ml bottle. Sherry looking in color. It is very foamy and the off head sticks around for a long time. The smell is that dark fruit smell, with a bit of booziness. The taste is okay but pretty plain with just the alcohol taste coming through. The feel is thick and creamy, this leaves a malty aftertaste that hangs around for a long time. Very drinkable, but not sure I would buy this again. I bought it because I think the Odyssey is fantastic. The Dubbel just didn't measure up.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber / bronze with nice tan long lasting head. Aroma is hops, sweet malty caramel. Taste is light hops, with malts dominating. Palate is medium to full body, good carbonation, creamy. Finish is sweet malty with some hops to balance this brew. A very nice well balance flavorful beer. Very enjoyable

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Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle froma a variety pack. Pours hazy amber hue with a small, foamy white head. Aroma of ripe fruit, brewing sugar, yeast and caramel. Medium, crisp body. Taste is yeast, caramel malt, fruit and hints of earthy hops. Medium, dry finish. Fine dubbel.

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

Thanks to Exiled for this! 750 ML poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a huge fluffy light brown head and decent lacing.

S: Caramel and malty. Belgian with some dark fruits and alcohol coming through.

T: Alcohol up front gives way to caramel maltiness at the end and a nice hoppy dry aftertaste.

MF: Medium bodied with a twang of carbonation

D: Very high. Really enjoyed this one.

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

Reserve Batch 84

A - The color is light brown with an almost ruby hue. It pours a one inch head that left a cake of foam around the edges of my snifter.

S - The smell is of sweet malts with s nice amount of yeasty aromas.

T - Sweet malts with a slight caramel flavor. Some hope bitterness is pushed aside by the mild yeast characters.

M - This brew is fairly highly carbonated and is very well balanced.

D - This beer is really delecious and is a very good Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a bit of bready melanoidin and spiocy yeast character but it's a bit too bready for a dubbel.

The pours is red-brown with a touch of haze. The head is small but creamy and light tan colour.

The flavour is nice with some malt character which is nice a dry and not cloying. There is a light tartness and the yeast characer is a little light for a Belgian style beer. A decent middle of the road dubbel.

The body is medium-full with moderately-high carbonation.

Tasty and a decent interpretation of the style.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed brown and amber color with an excellent head. Slight brown color, with great lacing and a thick consistency.

Aroma is sweet with caramel and bread malts, as well as a fresh spice element from the Belgian yeast. The maltiness comes through with a great amount of depth, bringing everything together nicely.

A nice, soft maltiness comes through up front with caramel and nut notes. Towards the finish, the spicy yeast character comes through very strongly, which is the only part that indicates this is 7% abv.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, with a dry finish and a light body throughout. This beer was very drinkable for a style I only crave once in a while.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

26th Review on BA.
12 oz bottle to Chimay 25cl goblet

App- Poured a murky red/brown with some faint orange highlights. Small head that quickly left. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smell-Very belgian, malty and smelled the yeast well.

Taste- It's pretty good. A bit spicy and malty. Get a touch of clove.

Mouth- A light medium drink with a little carbonation to it.

Drink- I'd like to try it again paired with the right cheese or chocolate.

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Photo of BeerThirty21
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 16oz. pilsner glass.

Pours amber in color with orangish-red hue resulting in about a 1/2 inch white head that quickly dissipated. Minimal lacing throughout. I've had the dubbel prior to this review and this was not the case.

Smells primarily of bananas and clove. Reminds me of an extract homebrew made with stale extract (twang/banana esters). Although the bananas are a nice fruity smell, I still am reminded of poorly constructed homebrews. Good malts with a nice hop finish. Would definitely drink again, but not my top beer from Allagash.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small one finger off white head. Reddish orange body.
Smells of clove, banana, sweet malts, some fruity notes.
Tastes of clove, some fruit banana and some others, sweet malts, finishes medium dry.
Medium carbing, med body, drinks fairly easily, I'd take this one any day of the week.

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Photo of Blanco
2.47/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a muddy looking reddish/brown color. Not very pleasant looking in terms of color. Head was a solid off-white with OK lacing. Smells of typical belgian ingredients and dark malts.

Taste is sort of a malt bomb, and is not very good. It's OK and I can finish it, but all I get is a ton of malt and not much else. Malt in and of itself isn't bad, but I was looking for some balance from spices or yeast and I got neither.

Mouthfeel is solid with a nice medium body with little mouth coating.

Drinkability is "meh." I'm not finding this nearly as good as other Allagash offerings and wouldn't have this one again.

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Photo of brianjay
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy brown with golden-orange hues. Head is a thin lace which does not want to hang around; it quickly moves on down to a ring around the glass.

I had to really put my nose in this one to get some aroma. Most present is sugar and baked bread.

Flavors of toasted wheat, brown sugar and apricot. Nothing overpowering on the flavor spectrum, everything is subtle.

Body has some viscosity, and the finish leaves a touch of dried fruit on the tongue. Most of the character is in the final moments.

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Photo of bbeane
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ML bottle- Batch #92

A- Poured into Corsondonk tulip... starts with a huge head with good retention that leaves a nice webb of lacing and becomes rockier as it slowly disappears. Beer is a somewhat cloudy bronze color with light activity

S- Has a pretty weak aroma... some yeasty, malty notes

T- Starts out with a bit of malty sweetness with some dark fruits followed by a very prominent lingering hop bitterness. No alcohol presense

M- Light/medium carbonation with medium body

D- A decent beer, though I don't think I'd be to apt to buying it again. Bit too much hop bitters for the style IMO


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Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle - Batch 70.

Allagash Dubbel Reserve is a medium brown color with good clarity. The head is thick and lasts quite a while. As it settles, some nice chunky lace is left behind.

Aroma is sweet and malty. There is a bit of winey oxidation smell but it's mild. I may even smell some rootbeer.

Flavor is spicy, fruity, sweet and enjoyable. Chocolate covered raisins, cloves, and cinnamon. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

Overall a very tasty dubbel! A great American version.

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Photo of SnowGoon99
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into Stella Artois glass

Appearance was a medium to dark amber. I poured the yeast in with it so it was cloudy most likely due to that. Probably would've been clear if i hadn't. Smell was spicy with some pronounced Belgian yeast characteristics (esters). Could've used a little bit more nose but still was very nice.

When i tasted it might've been a little cold so flavors were subdued. Notes of spice and alcohol were apparent. Also some caramel in the background. Body was awesome and for such a high alcohol beer it was very drinkable. Could've probably had a couple of these and then fallen down afterward.

Overall a very tasty beer but i'd like to try the classic Dubbels from Belgium to compare.

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

750ml into a tulip. Batch 88 poured a dark chestnut, medium foamy head, unexceptional.

Figgy, yeasty, spicy aroma, very nice.

Taste is the aroma plus minor phenols and subtle trailing bitterness. Not too sweet, little bitterness, phenols in check - this is a balanced brew!

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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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Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rutty red-amber supports the thick creamy off-white head that leaves a webbing of lace while dropping to a fine blanket.

Aroma is sweet, with a light funk followed by fig, dates leather and a hint of brandy or white wine. While not overly complex the fine layers have a subtle character.

Flavor is similar to the nose. With an addition of tobacco leaves. There is some alcohol here and lots of tea with warmth and a lingering bitter finish that entices one with each sip.

The body is smooth with a light to medium body, contrary to style, and soft carbonation. Again there is that alcohol, about as expected.

Great character and easily available, this makes for a fine beer to drink while reading, or with food.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Watou chalice.

Pours a dark very amber with a thin head that fades fast, not much lacing or a cap.

Smell is probably the best thing about this beer, a nice malty beer complimented by some candied sugar and a dash of spice.

Taste is actually a bit underwhelming when compared to others in the style, it has perfect carbonation unfortunately it just feels very thin, the flavors don't pounce like they should, the malt and candied sugar are the show but are missing a certain zing in a dubbel.

Still a very solid effort from Allagash and probably one of the cheaper and more readily available dubbels on the market.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with oglmcdgl by way of Dermopower, been a while since i've had this one.

A- A pretty reddish brown of a color with a weak whispy head that fades into nothing, no lacing, no nothing, pretty still.

S- Smells like a bunch of nuts put together with a big malt build with a Belgian yeast strain that is quite earthy. small amount of cocco with warming and hops are barely in the picture.

T- Tastes like your standard dubble with a big focus on nuts wrapped up in a bag. There is a small amount of roast mid point followed by a small amount of fruit (apples). A semi chocolale thing in the end thats barely noticable

M- Medium bodied and very lightly carbed. The body size is on par for the style but this feels a bit dead to me. No sign of the alcohol and not hot at all. It's decent, it could use some more life, kinda boring.

D- This is one that I will pick up from time to time especially in the fall, the two of them seem to go together. It's pretty drinkable since it's kinda simple in taste and feel. In fact this pretty much hits the nail on the head for the style now that I think about it. Allagash does Belgian right.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle was about 4 months old. Poured half into a stubby fluted glass to start and, as detailed below, after drinking the first half, poured the rest into a snifter-contoured glass.

Moderate-low volume of head and some decent lacing throughout. The color is a blandish rust hue and flickers with a tea-like dullness.

Confused to detect the presence of cigarette butts in the aroma. Really, should have stopped there. It dominated the smell until I poured the remainder of the bottle into the snifter-shaped glass and the tobacco and chemicals eased off a good bit. Still left the essence of an old man's Pall Mall-soaked corduroys but something similar to raisins lingered underneath. Maybe even some malt. Improved over time.

The flavors feel artificial. Luckily, were spared of ashtray but instead find really sugary fruity qualities, artificial almond/pecan extract, and some buttery/nutty candy over a moderately malty backbone. The best of these flavors start up front and like a high roller-coaster drop dive quickly down into a spoiled prune juice funk. I shudder to think how I'd react if the alcohol were higher and/or more detectable.

Surprisingly here the mouthfeel is smooth and fairly enjoyable - not much carbonation. Just to finish it, I found it scarily easy to take this in big gulps. I don't know what's going on here, but I'd be willing to give this a shot on tap, however. Never from bottle again, though.

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

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A- a finger or so of tan head from a steady pour atop a copper brown brew. Head settles after some time to a faint ring and a few spots of cascading lace.

S- sweet and slightly spicy with some brown sugar and cloves.

T- bready and sweet with cloves and a touch of cinnamon. Belgian yeast and some stone fruits.

M- medium body with a lively carb that keeps things lite.

D- tasty for sure and a reasonably price brew from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 7-26-10.

A: Brownish-amber in color; more amber emerges when held to light. Wild, speedy, linear carbonation bubbles stand out to my eye. A 1/2 finger head resulting from a fairly light pour retains well. The lacing is great- like the waters of the ocean stirred by a terrible tempest. Also, it is sooo sticky.

S: A complex, sweet malt bill greets my nose. Two scents that stand out the most are brown sugar and cappuccino. Hiding behind those aromas are vanilla, caramel, plum, and fig. This is a decently big and quite pleasant aroma. I would use this as an air freshener.

T: There is a spiciness to the taste that I did not detect in the smell. little pepper and coriander at the beginning of the ship support the sweet malts. Like the smell, the brown sugar and cappuccino flavors are most prevalent. There is not much complexity in the flavor of this beer, but it is a pleasant dubbel and it does have a nice dry, earthy hop finish that washes the sweetness of the malts off of my palate.

M: Fairly creamy, but just a bit on the thin and watery side for me. All of the surfaces of my palate are engaged, but the MF just seems to be missing a tangible ummph.

D: This is a nicely drinkable brew. It is not the most complex dubbel out there, but it is a pleasant sipper with a reasonable price tag.

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

750 ML bottle into a tulip.

A-Pours cloudy, opaque brown that's almost a ruby color. Tons of thick head on this with seemingly great retention.

S-Nuts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses. Hops are pretty standard for the style, sweet and floral.

T-Oaks, dark fruit, and sweet, sweet goodness. Not very complex, but still pretty delicious. Quite spicey as well.

M-Medium, near heavy-bodied with moderate carbonation. An interesting bitterness lingers in my mouth for a few seconds after each sip. Not sure I like that.

D-Pretty smooth going down, but boy is this filling. The tired cliche of a beer being a meal applies here. The ABV is well hidden.

Notes:This isn't one of my favorite styles. I got this because it was my favorite when I did the tour at Allagash. I think this has inspired me a little seek out more dubbels.

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,708 ratings.
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