Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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1,705 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 PintOHops
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Snifter

A - Ruby red/brown color with a soapy 1-2 finger head, it dissipated shortly after pouring. It left splashy/soapy lacing but nothing big.

S - Prune & plum notes, fig, bready with clove & peppery notes. There's a nutty, caramel like maltiness that reminds me of a Payday bar, it's like that nougat center in allot of candy bars. Interesting aroma. A bit of alcohol in there as well.

T - Dark fruity flavors upfront, unfolding into nutty, nougat like flavors. I definitely get a bit of clove and alcohol towards the finish. There's a Tootsie Roll like quality in here, very different from anything Ive had, bitterness mild but noticeable.

M - Smooth & a bit oily. Soft to almost absent Co2, medium-full bodied.

D - This one had a flavor & smell profile that I hadn't experienced before. Overall it was a little strange to me but certainly not off putting, I liked it but I probably wouldn't buy this one again. Not highly drinkable to me, I could finish a bottle or two. Worth a try maybe as a single if possible.

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

glass: Snifter

The color of this beer is dark brown with red and pink highlights. CO2 seems to give it a sparkle. Pour produced a half centimeter head that died down soon after. A nice ring and small film of suds sit atop the beer. small splashes stick to the glass from first sip to finish.

Smell is yeasty at first. Then it quickly turns to intense malt in the form of dark bread, baker's chocolate, sweet dates, peanuts and brown sugar. The faintest herbal hop aroma is also present.

Taste mirrors the aroma is that it has the same plethora of malt flavors. It's slightly sweet with a strong dark wheat bread flavor. Nothing really jumps out at me first or leaves the pallate last. It's well-integrated and finishes nicely.

Mouthfeel is light and velvety with low carbonation but just enough to not give the impression of a "flat" beer.

Very nice dubbel from Allagash.

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Photo of jpoder
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a: chestnut brown, with initial rocky head that dissipates

s: chocolate, caramel, roasted malt

t: not very much depth of flavor...very one-dimensional. not even much belgian character

m: thin...would expect a bigger mouthfeel

d: this one is drinkable...but not great per the style.

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

This hazy beer runs dark garnet to brown with a light tan head that rises really tall in a tulip glass. The lace is spotty and slowly slides down the glass.

The smell is a balancing act between Belgian yeast funk and caramel malt. The result is an odor like well-worn know how leather can get a little buttery in scent...sort of like that, without the butter.

The smell does not give away the flavor. The balance is even better here. From the smell I expected this to be sweeter, but it isn't all that sweet. There's a wonderful dryness to this beer, which I find amazing considering the amount of malts said to have been used in brewing this nectar. Still, the malts do take center stage bringing some tobacco to the show behind the typical raisin-like taste in this style. But one difference is that the sweetness of raisins is missing and only the "meaty" flavor of the fruit's flesh takes center stage.

There's a bit of a bitter bite at the back sides of the tongue I find unpleasant, yet I can forgive that considering the nice, dry finish. The body is nice and the alcohol doesn't really make itself known.

Allagash has done themselves proud with this one. This can stand on its own with most Belgian dubbels, paling only to some of the best. It is appropriate to the style in every way: smell, taste, ABV and body.

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

poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Pored a mahogany color with a small head that disappeared quickly. Fair lacing.

S- Malt and chocolate with dark fruits underneath.

T- Thick malt flavor with a slightly sweet chocolate finish. A little lingering bitterness.

M - Fills the mouth with a smooth mouthfeel and nice carbonation

D- Not as complex as I expected. Not a bad drinker.

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Photo of coastiefish
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

//// Batch #84 ////

From the pour- light brown ruby color with a great 2 1/2 finger head that lingers foamy & thick.

After a few sips, head dwindles down a bit, but still hanging in with bout 1 fingers worth. Nice scant lacing.

First sip, sweet and herbal, second, I get a big woosh of an alcohol taste, but doesn't last as I drink through the 750ml. Throughout the bottle I get a sweet light malt and subtle nutty flavor. Fairly dry finish. Picking up very very light hints of bubblegum.

Im having a hard time picking up anything distinct on the nose--what can I say- it just smells like a really attractive brew.

I love drinking through that frothy head. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky and (maybe a bit too?) oily.

Is it drinkable? it is..
I anticipated a bit more complexity and bigger characteristics from this one.
Also, I was hoping to compare this batch with other reviews, but I haven't seen anyone make clear they had this batch(#).
What batch you drinkin'!?

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Photo of Amalak
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at a beer tasting out of a bottle.
A--Good cloudy brown color with a thick, foamy head and lacing.
S--Beautiful floral and nut oak scent.
T--The taste is very true to the scent: Nutty oak with a mild floral undertone. Very beautiful. Very good balance of flavor and malt/bitter.

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Photo of bceagles39
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Dark amber apple cider color. Tan head. Average lacing.

Smells super sweet and malty, with cocoa.

Tastes malty. Flavorful, but not as rich or complex as I was expecting. Smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

This dark amber ale is a good quality ale, but not the best interpretation of a dubbel style beglian. It does have a slight bite to it as it goes down, but nothing unpleasant . the after taste is incredibly clean, just as is advertised on the bottle. All in all this is a decent beer, but not worthy of the same praise that many other Allagash brews deserve.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours very rich, with respectable head (about one finger). Mahogany with a ruddy glow. Appealing. Nice tracing. Impressive lacing.

S: Hm, not very pronounced. Slightly sour with alcoholic fruits.

T: Tasty! Grainy sweetness undergirded by malts and dark fruits. Slight aftertastes [notes break off]

M: Crisp and refreshing, due to carbonation and light taste. Clean and pleasant.

D: Very high. I would be happy drinking this beer several times and again.

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

pours a hazy reddish brown with a nice fluffy, bone colored head that retains well and laces well.

definitely dark fruits are the first thing the nose picks up. raisins, dates. following is some lightly toasted bread from the malt.

taste is more malty than the aroma indicates, taking center stage over the fruity yeast. still, the fruits are present with raisins again as well as some banana. some spice is there, but is sweetened up by some chocolate and caramel flavors that linger on the tongue.

pretty high carbonation for the style. medium bodied with a sticky finish.

drinks fine. no complaints here. complex enough to keep you intrigued, but simple enough to go down smooth.

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

A beer haiku for you:

"Short of a Belgian;
Better than some, but not 'tops'--
Single use serving."

Hopeful--as I am with all domestics when comparing to our Belgian standards--and again one that falls just shy. This category has some of the world standards, so can't be too hard on it. Worthy of trying, not heavy imbibing.


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Photo of biggred1
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Russet amber with a creamy light tan head that leaves sticky lace on the glass. Belgian yeasty smell with some "circus peanut" candy and coriander aroma. Dark fruit with belgian spice and dry yeastiness. Allagash dubbel has good flavors but they could be more concentrated. Fairly light bodied for the style with seltzery carbonation. A nice drinking beer, just not on par with the best of the style.

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

First taste of Allagash.

A- Kind of had to ''build'' the head by raising the bottle towards the end. The beige foam still isn't very impressive but by no means would I call it ugly, just a bit disappointing. Liquid is very nice though: A ruby mahogany if there is such a thing. Kind of hazy. Swirled the bottle for the last pour and got a nicer looking serving. Head now looks chewier and liquid is like 90% (he..) opaque. More brown than mahogany ruby. Lacing is ordinary. EDIT just checked the Allagash website : ''Allagash Dubbel boasts a dark mahogany color with ruby hues'' I love it when my reviews aren't nonsense!

S- dark fresh fruit instead of the often dried fruit I find in dubbels. A little bit of chocolate. Warming up releases a lot more chocolate.

T- A lot more chocolaty than the smell led on. Alcohol fits in nicely. I can taste the water a lot more than other dubbels I've tried. Interesting because it's light yet tasty. Label doesn't state anything about hops but I get some grassy, woody, nuttiness that seems to be hop induced. Maybe this is wrong for the style but I am really enjoying the hoppiness.

M- High carbonation. Smooth and dry. Doesn't foam up as much as other dubbels. I'd say this is more of good pale ale mouthfeel.

D- Very high. I'd down a few of these easy. Some dubbels are so delicious, they're easy to drink, this one is just so light and crisp it's easy to drink.

Really feels like a mix of a pale ale and a dubbel with so much hoppiness and not that much yeast character.
Glad I tried it with an open mind (not really craving belgian and kind of hop hungry).
Would buy it again.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown and slight light can bee seen when held up, a bit murky and bit cloudy, when held up to light also almost reddish brown, pours a nice thick foam tan head

Smell- malty smelling nose, caramel, brown sugar, overall a sweet not ultra complex nose

Taste- upfront good amount of sugar and sweet maltiness, on the finish though it is kicked in its place by a firm spice and bitteness, nice enjoyable balance of bitter and sweet balance,

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with very dry finish for the style

Drinkability-did find this beer very easy drinking, good balance of sweet malts and spice, one that you could probably enjoy drinkin all nite, very nice example

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and spices. Taste is mild, malty, a tad bland. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a good but unspectacular beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After several hours of playing FIFA 10, it's time for a beer. And after a night of going with a spiced dubbel, I'm going with a classic American dubbel. 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Like many beers I pour, it looks good. Dark carmel brown color, creamy looking, with a bone white head on top that leaves some good spots of lacing. Odd husky chocolate raisin aroma. More husky dark malted notes in the aroma. As time progresses, the huskiness is slightly smoothened out.

There's hardly any yeast presence in its taste. It's all about the malt, but the malt is haywire. Chocolate malt comes out first. A little caramel, and then out comes some rough grainy flavors, making this beer distracting at times. Dry astringent malty flavors stick to the tongue. The texture is fine with a medium feel and tiny bubbles that buzz up the tongue, but the aftertaste lingers with husky malt that not entirely pleasant.

In the overall picture, it's a decent beer. Compared to other dubbels, this is towards the bottom of the latter of what I've tasted. Now deciding between Allagash Dubbel and last night's Siamese Twin...ummm, I'm not sure which I'd choose.

Reviewed on: 02-12-2010 07:38:32

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #87

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a head that is solidly Belgian in character; plenty of lace patterns line the sides of the snifter

Smell: Brown sugar, figs and clove, with an underlying woody/nutty aspect

Taste: Opens with a woody, brown sugar character that adds some figgy fruit and clove spice by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are decidedly mellow, with some sweet tobacco on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the most complex dubbel out there, this is much better than their regular Double and is among the better American examples of the style as it is neither cloying nor overly alcohol-laden

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Photo of jmerloni
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An electric hazy dark orange mahogany that looks OH so rich. Moderate head with decent retention and very nice lacing.

S - Very full! Dark fruit, figs, some citrus, raisins, yeast, malt, spice. A lot going on here!

T - As complex as the nose suggests but not as intense. Dark fruits are definitely present: cherries especially! Granny smith apple sourness. Citrus rind. Malty and acidic on the afterbite. Earthy. Very interesting but not quite as wild as Chimay rouge.

M - Medium bodied with carbonation on the end. A little watery in places like their witbier is and that's a bit strange. Il feel like this is a trend with Allagash. Their mouthfeel kinda sucks in a weird way. Boring.

D - Moderately drinkable but I think I'd feel like an asshole if I drank more than a couple of these because they're so delicate and posh. I think Allagash's market is weird like that - I never feel like I'm supposed to drink more than 2 of anything they make. Nevertheless, dubbels are a new style for me and they intrigue the hell out of me!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a dark brownish

S- The aroma is dark fruits (most notably raisins and plums) along with spices and Belgian yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with slightly sweet and fruity malts with some spices lightly dancing around on the tongue and a dry yeasty finish with spices lingering well into the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a pretty decent Dubbel that is worth a try.

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Photo of david18
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Doubles are not my favorite style but George Keeley's on Amsterdam Avenue in New York City was having an Allagash special, with seven or eight varieties on tap.

It was 2:00 on a weekend so I decided to have the lowest ABV selection they had. The double was actually very good. Refreshing while still having a good malt character. Not too raisonny but interesting enough to be enjoyable and light.

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

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a dark red-brown with a tan head that thins but doesn't go away. Leaves some thick lacing.

Aroma is thick and sweet with molasses. Flavor is classic dubbel, sweet and slightly spicy. The belgian yeast character comes through nicely. Finishes with a hint of wood. Not sure if this one is barrel aged or it's character from the cork, I cellared it on it's side for six months.

It carbonation is a bit high and it finishes up dry. A pretty good doubbel.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 25cl Allagash goblet.

A: Radiant, slightly hazy light-brown body; one-finger head of fine white foam; average retention and light, spotty lace.

S: Dry, bready malt dominates. Some light fruitiness from the yeast comes through on the tail end.

T: Much like the nose, but with even less yeast presence. More toastiness from the malt, and a dull, bitter finish. Not that great, actually. Disappointing.

M: Fairly light for the style, with a slightly delayed explosion of fresh carbonation. Not bad at all.

D: I find this beer somewhat boring, and therefore don't find myself eager to keep drinking it. For once I don't find the 25cl Allagash glass unduly restrictive.

Notes: I'm usually one to sing Allagash's praises, but this offering leaves me cold. Maybe it doesn't help that the last dubblel I had was the inimitable Westmalle.


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Photo of adamette
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the stubby brown 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $2.25 a few weeks ago into my gold rimmed Rare Vos somewhat tall cone shaped glass since I had not used that recently. No observed "best by" date.

A Dark caramel, opaque body under a very light brown meringue like creamy head that left a curtain like lacing on the inside of the glass. 4.0

S Some malty sweetness but the most prominent smell that I get is a barley husk grain. I do not perceive too much alcohol. Interesting smell but expected more sweetness (less of the grain) and also a more prominent Belgian yeast smell. 2.5

T Like some kind of comback from the underwhelming smell, the taste redeems what I was missing in the smell nicely. There in the taste is the expected and welcomed malt sweetness (nothing extreme) along with the Belgian yeast taste that I like. This remains a dubbel on the grainy side, though, but that is just fine. ABV well hidden too. 4.5

M Nice light bread like smoothness and depth to this beer which is not only appropriate to the style but one that I like. 4.0

D Drinking these 12 ounces was easy. 4.0

Notes: A unique smell to this classic tasting dubbel, Allagash demonstrates its significant skill again with this one.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally tried Allagash Dubbel for the first time, and served in a Westmalle chalice.

Appearance is dark brown with a significant reddish hue - almost makes this brew look burgundy. Head is a perfect 2 cm, but dissipates and is pretty fizzy (small bubbles). Smell is mild - not of the fruit overtones I'm used to with a dubbel. Coffee and chocolate are both in there.

Taste is where this was disappointing - didn't have the strong belgian sugar or dark fruits. There was a mild chocolate and heavy malty flavor to this. Light carbonation and strong medium body - makes this mouthfeel very nice.

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